With the end of the year holiday season in full swing, our thoughts inevitably begin to focus on the year ahead and according to some analysts, 2010 is going to be the year for Android to shine. Forrester Research is predicting that Android will grab a 10% market share in 2010, almost tripling its current 3.5% share. Much of this growth will be driven by strong manufacturer and carrier support from Qualcomm, Motorola, Verizon Wireless, and Google and an increase in the number of developers supporting the open Android platform. Speaking of developers, the Android Market is expected to explode,…

With a picture here and a rumor there, the Nexus One, aka the “Google phone”, has been slowly unveiled. Today, we can add another piece to the puzzle as a document with the full specifications of this hot, new handset has made its way straight from the halls of Google to the pages of blogs everywhere. Much of these specs have been confirmed by spy shots or hinted at by those lucky few who have had some hands-on time with the handset. Nonetheless, it is nice to see the specs presented in an organized, semi-official-looking manner. Hit the jump to…

The guys at Gizmodo got some face to face time with the Nexus One and provide us with the best hand-on preview of the phone thus far. They compare the Nexus One to the iPhone 3GS and the Motorola DROID and cover everything from the feel of the phone all the way down to the JavaScript performance of the web browser. The take home message is that the Nexus One, when it debuts, will be the best Android phone to date. It is fast, sleek, and has a beautiful display. Though it scores slightly behind the iPhone 3GS in Javascript…

More Nexus One images and videos continue to hit the blogosphere. This time around we have the Nexus One buddying up with the HTC Hero and sitting pretty next to an iPhone. In the images, you can really see the large screen and the smooth curves of the Nexus One. It is slightly longer and a little more narrow than the iPhone and it makes the Hero look like its small-screened, boxy cousin. In addition to the pictures, we have a five minute walk though which details the Android 2.1 interface. Sweet! The video and full-size images are after the…

The hardware that powers the Motorola Opus One, Android’s first iDen handset, has been revealed. The Opus One is rumored to run Android 1.5 with iDEN service enhancements and is supposedly powered by an unknown “Zeus” processor. With its rather plain plastic housing and rubber accents, the Opus One is on the entry level side of the handset spectrum. As such, highlights of the Opus One include a 3.1″ hVGA 320Ă—480 capacitive touchscreen display, a 3MP autofocus camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, iDEN PTT & PTX, aGPS/GPS with LBS, dual-mic noise-canceling technology and a set of preloaded apps…

The Barnes & Noble Nook has received its fair share of negative reviews from early adopters who claim the Android-powered e-reader is sluggish, especially when compared to the Amazon Kindle 2. B&N rolled out firmware 1.1 yesterday which hopes to improve the e-reader’s performance and add a new local promotional feature that will differentiate the Nook from its competition. The local promotions will allow Nook owners to download free reading content when visiting their local B&N store. In the future, it may even be possible to download and read an entire book while within the confines of a local B&N…

After a brief period of peace, the Nexus One rears its ugly head again. This time we get a closer look at the handset and an unboxing courtesy of twitter. The unboxing does not reveal anything extraordinary but it does give us some more eye candy of the phone. The backside of the handset, obscured in previous pictures by an ungainly post-it note, now gets a clear and un-fettered shot. We also have a short but sweet video showing off the new Android 2.1 interface. Additional pictures and video after the break. [via TechCrunch]

The Sony Ericsson X10 made its maiden voyage through the FCC and left behind a cornucopia of information. Some of the goodies include the full manual detailing the phone’s features and its custom Android interface, internal photos of the handset, external photos of the handset, and a test report chock full technical jargon. Inside the Declaration of FCC Conformity within the user manual, the folks over at BGR picked up on a brief reference to UMTS/HSPA Bands 1, 4, and 8 which corresponds to 2100/1700/900MHz. These three bands are known and loved by T-Mobile customers as they grace nearly every…

Those three mystery Android devices that kept appearing over the past few weeks have finally been given a name and a destination. The trio include the MT710, the XT701 and the XT800 and all three are slated for launch in China in early 2010. Each handset will land at a different carrier with the MT710 headed to China Mobile as part of its OPhone platform, the XT701 headed to China Unicom, and the XT800 headed to China Telecom. With their 3.7 inch, 854×480 touchscreen displays and 5MP cameras, these handsets are on the fast track to success. Hit the jump…

T-Mobile is running a promotion that offers the myTouch 3G for $50 less than usual from today through end of the day Monday next week (December 21, 2009).  That means you can get the Android powered smartphone for a pretty reasonable $99.99 with a new contract (or extension). The company is also running a promotion on accessories through the end of January 10, 2010.  If you buy a myTouch 3G gel, case, or shell, you can get a second accessory for 50% off (must be of lesser value).