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Get Your Hero at Best Buy for $129.99 – Hurry Ends 11/02

If you bought your Sprint HTC Hero from Best Buy or are planning on doing so and you’re a Reward Zone Member, allow me to give you $50. With an Online Coupon and Price Matching within 30-days, you can get the HTC Hero from Best Buy for only $129.99 whether or not you’ve already purchased it. The deal is only good until November 2nd:

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Google Is Not Bringing Its Own Phone To Market

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No Google Phone for You

Back on October 20th we brought you news of the rumor that Google was developing is own Android Phone.

Today we have bad news for those of you who thought this round of Google-phone rumors would end differently than the last. In a talk with CNET, Google VP Andy Rubin stated clearly that his company has no plans for any Android hardware.

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Palm Gets Sell Rating Due to Competition from Google Android

Palm (PALM Quote) was slapped with a sell rating Tuesday on concerns that the new arrivals in the smartphone market will crowd out the Pre.

The heroic makeover of Palm is facing a significant challenge as telcos like Verizon (VZ Quote), Sprint (S Quote), and AT&T (T Quote) align behind Apple (AAPL Quote), Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) and phones built on the Google (GOOG Quote) Android operating system, shoving Palm into fourth place among suppliers, writes BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long in a research note Tuesday.

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The downgrade comes a day ahead of Verizon’s introduction of the Motorola (MOT Quote) Droid phone running on Google’s Android system. It also follows a report earlier this month that Verizon was snubbing Palm next year and putting its full support behind Android and BlackBerry phones. Verizon has said it plans to offer the Palm Pre and Pixi phone early next year.

Google also has plans as reported here, to bring its own Android phone to the market as early as this year.

The heavy competition and the fading popularity of the Pre phone along with the potential cannibalization of Pre by the Pixi next month does not bode well for Palm, Long notes.

“We believe that the company will miss its guidance for the second half of fiscal 2010,” writes Long.

Palm shares fell 5.25% to $13.53 in late morning trading Tuesday.

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Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System

Published: October 25, 2009
Since 1996, Microsoft has been writing operating systems for little computers to carry in your pocket. It was a lonely business until the company’s perennial rival, Apple, introduced the Web-browsing, music-playing iPhone. But now that smartphones are popular, Microsoft’s operating system, Windows Mobile, is floundering.Laptop Cop

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Andrew Lees, Microsoft’s vice president for mobile communications, says the company has altered its cellphone software strategy.

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Motorola is one of the cellphone giants switching to the free Android software. Above, the company’s Cliq smartphone.

More cellphone makers are turning to the free Android operating system made by Microsoft’s latest nemesis, Google.

Cellphone makers that have used Windows Mobile to run their top-of-the-line smart-phones — including Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson — are now also making Android devices. Twelve Android handsets have been announced this year, with dozens more expected next year. Motorola has dropped Windows Mobile from its line entirely in a switch to Android. HTC, a major cellphone maker, expects half its phones sold this year to run Android. Dell is using Android for its entry into the cellphone market.

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Nokia & Apple Headed to Court Over Patent Breach

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, is suing Apple in a US court, alleging the iPhone infringes 10 of its wireless patents, in a move that could cost the Californian technology firm tens of millions of dollars.

The two companies have been locked in talks to agree a licensing deal that would see Nokia receive payments for the technology it has developed, which has become an industry-wide standard. Talks, however, failed to reach a settlement and Nokia has started legal proceedings, which are unlikely to enter court until the end of 2011.

A Nokia spokesman said that Apple would be able to continue developing the iPhone and shipping existing models, even though the company alleges that every device breaches its patents.

“We are not seeking to disrupt the business of any operator or the company, we are looking to get appropriate compensation for our intellectual property,” he said. “For Nokia, legal action is always a last resort.”

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“The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007,” Nokia said.

The company said it has invested billions in research and development over the past two decades and has successfully entered into licence agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors.

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president, Legal & Intellectual Property, at Nokia. “Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”

The move came as rumours run rife that Google is about to unveil the latest version of its software platform. Android 2.0 is rumoured to be nicknamed eclair, following on from version 1.5, which was branded “cupcake”, and version 1.6, codenamed “donut”. Much of the naming speculation comes after a video surfaced on the internet showing Google staff placing a giant eclair on the lawn of the company’s Mountain View headquarters, next to the existing cupcake and donut whose appearance had heralded previous software releases.

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Android’s Coming Home

A string of well-known companies will introduce a range of Android-powered household gadgets before the end of the year.

The devices will fall into three basic categories: home control devices, media control devices and home phones, says Bill Brown, Touch Revolution’s vice president of marketing. All the gadgets will feature touch-screens in sizes ranging from 4.3 to 10 inches, support Android as an operating system, and connect to the Web through wi-fi or wired ethernet. Depending on their purpose, they will sport bases (for perching on a desk or kitchen counter) or have a flat, tablet shape for handheld use or for embedding in a wall.

The new devices capitalize on Android’s strength as an open operating system with sophisticated communications features. The home control devices are designed to talk to major household systems, such as lights, locks, security and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC). The media devices play a similar unifying role in the entertainment realm, allowing users to program their digital video recorders (DVRs), remotely control their stereo systems, and view TV listings directly on the gadget’s screen.

Touch Revolution is calling the third category of products, “smart phones for the home.” These cordless phones, meant for indoors use only, will communicate via radio waves like typical home phones or through voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) on wi-fi.

Each device can be programmed to do more. A home phone might act like a digital photo frame, for instance, given the right software. As Android devices, they will be able to access the same applications written for Android cellphones unless the companies marketing them limit that feature.

Expect to see most of the products before the end of the year, in the U.S. and elsewhere. Brown says Touch Revolution is working with “companies with major brands” on upcoming launches. Touch Revolution provides the touch screens and Android features, encapsulated in a module. Its partners then customize the hardware and software, if they choose, and bring the product to market.

Why use Android at all? Brown says its partners liked the operating system’s ease of use, openness and touch-centric features. They also regarded it as a bargain since Google is distributing it for free.

Though just 17 months old, Touch Revolution boasts some flashy credentials. Founder and Chief Executive Mark Hamblin spent more than five years at Apple eventually rising to senior product design engineer. While there, he worked on both the iPhone and iPod touch, according to Brown.

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Verizon Announced Droid Event for October 28

Looks like that countdown clock on the Droid website was ticking down to the official announcement of the Verizon Droid. Verizon Wireless sent out invitations to the media that confirms what we already know, the Droid made by Motorola is headed to Verizon Wireless. Come October 28th, be ready for the onslaught of Droid.

In a separate promotional mailer from Verizon PR, 11/09 is listed on the backside. And since November 9th comes after October 28th, I’m betting that the November 9th date is the actual release date of the Droid.

To show how serious Verizon is about the Droid, check out the video of the package they mailed to MobileCrunch What says ‘Droid’ more than this?

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