Google vs Oracle bits: Original Google Phone, Android revs, and $10 data plan

There is a lot of interesting news coming out of the Google v. Oracle Java trial today. Yesterday, former CEO Eric Schmidt gave his testimony to the court, and today Andy Rubin took the stand where he revealed a slide deck with Google’s ambitions to sell 10 million Android tablets during 2011 and other pieces of information related to Android revenue.

On-hand reports from The Verge point us to a few of the more intriguing statements made by Rubin and others today:

Google Phone:

The image above is of the “original Google phone” concept presented to carriers almost two years before Google finally launched the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1. The images of the device came up in the trial due to references to Java in the designs. A year later, in May 2007, almost a year after iPhone, Google was still designing Android with a physical keyboard in mind—as noted in Android specification documents during the trial.

Android Revenue:

First, we get a close look at Android revenue numbers for the first time. The numbers come from a quarterly report given by Rubin and others in 2010 that show the company expected revenue from Android to reach $278.1 million during the year.

The forecast was based on increasing the roughly 20 million Android phones in the market at the time to 40 million by the end of the year. Google was also expecting to pull in $158.9 million in Android ad revenue and just $3.8 million from its 30 percent cut of app sales. According to the report, Google forecasted bringing in $840.2 million from Android ads and $35.9m from app sales in 2012.

Subsidized unlimited data plans:

Another interesting document that emerged from the trial shows Google suggested to T-Mobile in 2006 that it would give up its finder’s fee commission for new customers in order to provide Android phones with $10 monthly unlimited data plans. Of course, that plan was never carried out, and the original Android T-Mobile G1 launched with the conventional $25+ plans.

T-Mobile HTC One goes on sale today. Go buy it (for fee with a trade in?)

I’ve had my HTC One S review unit for a week and can say that what I found before still stands. Without a doubt (O.K., one little one), this is the phone to get if you are on T-Mobile. In fact, there are few phones available from any carriers that can stand with this device. Here’s why:

  • The screen is beautiful. The not too big, not too small, 4.3-inch diagonally 540-by-960 display is not the monster that most high-end Androids tout today, but it is well big enough for just about anything you could throw at it. It is bright, vibrant and stands its ground to direct sunlight. Pixels are not discernable in normal use.
  • The phone is thin, light, and strong. At under 8mm thin, you will not find a thinner phone anywhere. At the same time, it has a beautiful unibody aluminum construction. It feels great in the hand and is relatively unnoticeable in the pocket.
  • Sense 4.0, while still an overlay, is an improvement from HTC. I really liked the camera software, as well as the some of the little weather, Stock, Sense Widgets, etc. I also like T-MobileTV, which broadcasts some good live and other content over the mobile network or Wi-Fi.
  • The experience is polished all around. Fast processor, ample battery time and great Beats sound.

To make the deal sweeter, T-Mobile started trade-ins today, which means you could get the One S free. Get the HTC One S for $199 on a two-year plan now.

Not quite: Google will sell 10M Android tablets in 2011, says Andy Rubin in 2010

The ongoing Oracle v. Google trial is churning up some doozies regarding the history of Android, and this latest one is almost unbelievable: Google projected to sell roughly 10 million Android tablets a year for 2011 and 2012 while seizing a third of the marketshare.

A presentation by former Android Inc. CEO Andy Rubin in July 2010, exhibited during the trial, revealed those hefty figures. Obviously, Google’s view was a little optimistic, especially because the search engine also expected Android tablets to reap $110 million in search revenue for 2011 and $220 million for 2012.

The company’s ballpark figures derived from a then-current Morgan Stanley estimate that placed the tablet market around 46 million units for 2012. Needless to say, Google missed its target. Rubin admitted last February that only 12 million Android tablets sold in the previous two years. Apple, on the other hand, has a stronghold on the market with over 67 million iPads sold, of which 11.8 million moved in Q2 2012 alone. 

Today’s two-year-old slide deck is significant, because it unearthed the first-ever Android revenue numbers, as well as early user-interface designs for Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

The gallery of slides is below.

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Facebook incorporates social app discovery channels into its Android app

Earlier this week, the folks over at Facebook rolled out version 1.9 of its Android app. Unbeknownst to us, the app actually included a new feature that is outlined by Facebook on its blog today. With this latest update, Facebook is bringing social app discovery channels to native Android apps. The update also makes Android now on par with iOS, which has had this feature for a few months. Over on the iOS side, users have enjoyed apps like Pinterest and Words with Friends.

Facebook announced: “Users can now discover native apps directly from Facebook for Android using the same social channels, such as Requests, Bookmarks, and News Feed, that are available on other platforms.”

I know the way Facebook explained it is a little confusing, but essentially you will now be able to launch an Android app that has Facebook integration from right inside of the social network’s app. Let’s say you have Word with Friends linked to your Facebook account, you will now be able to launch the Android app directly from the Facebook app. Facebook’s Alex Wu showed off the feature on video.

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T-Mobile wants unlocked Galaxy Nexus users [Statement]

Earlier today, Google started selling the off-plan Galaxy Nexus on the new Play Store for $399. Both T-Mobile and AT&T are possible carriers for this device, but T-Mobile obviously has a bunch of love (more than 90 percent anyway) for Android. T-Mobile came out today and told us it has the best plans for the “bring your own device” set:

T-Mobile currently offers SIMs for customers who already have a GSM phone they want to use on the T-Mobile network, including the Galaxy Nexus. In order to set up an unlocked device on T-Mobile’s network, customers simply need to purchase a microSIM card and select a T-Mobile Value plan that suits their needs.

Customers can save up to $50 a month when they bring their own device to a SIM-Only Value Plan. See http://explore.t-mobile.com/phone-sim-card for more details.

It appears that T-Mobile is game for Galaxy Nexus users. Get the $30 monthly prepaid plan here.  Read more

Apple violates one Motorola Wi-Fi patent, says ITC judge

According to a report from Bloomberg, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender has ruled in favor (PDF) of Motorola and claimed Apple’s devices infringe on one Android-related patent owned by the company. The ruling is only a partial victory for Motorola’s attempt to receive an injunction on iPhones and iPads, because the judge’s decision will still have to be reviewed before import blocks can be achieved:

ITC Judge Thomas Pender said Apple violated one of four Motorola Mobility patent rights. The patent relates to Wi-Fi technology. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the six-member commission, which has the power to block imports that infringe U.S. patents.

As for the Wi-Fi patent in question (# 6,246,697), Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD that Motorola refused to license its industry-standard technology on “reasonable terms”:
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Sprint posts HTC EVO 4G LTE pre-order page, starts May 7

The Now Network wants you to “fall in love all over again,” as it has put up the pre-order page for the HTC EVO 4G LTE this afternoon. While customers cannot pre-order yet, we now know that those looking to get their hands on Sprint’s next 4G device do not have much longer, because pre-orders start May 7. Announced earlier this month at a media event in New York, the EVO 4G LTE packs a 4.7-inch HD 720p Super LCD display, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.0, and Google Wallet. Perhaps the EVO line is not your type: In that case, Sprint also offers the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper to satisfy your LTE needs. Oh yeah, Sprint’s LTE network has not launched yet. Nevertheless, it should roll out by mid-summer. You can sign-up at the link below to get more information.

Source: Sprint

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HTC Droid Incredible 4G pops up on Verizon’s ‘Droid Does’ site [Pulled]

While rumors of the device have popped up over the last few months, Verizon confirmed the news of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G on its Droid Does website earlier this morning. It was obviously a mistake, because Big Red pulled the listing from its website shortly after. Nevertheless, Android Central got a glimpse of the specs and price. While there is no launch date, we now know the Droid Incredible 4G packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, LTE bands, and Android 4.0 with HTC’s custom Sense 4 on top. Presumably, the device also features an 8-megapixel shooter. At $299, this handset will certainly be a hot-seller alongside the Droid RAZR Maxx and Droid 4. We reached out to Verizon to try to learn more.

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Samsung releases registration page for information on the ‘next Galaxy’

Samsung’s next Galaxy device is set to launch at a May 3 press event in London, but that has not stopped the company from releasing a ton of teasers for the new device. On top of two video teasers earlier this morning, Samsung also released a registration page to get more information on “a whole new world.” Samsung’s teasers are certainly getting us super excited, and you bet we will be on the look out for even more leaks. So far, rumors are pointing to a nice little spec bump, but overall features should not be that far off from the Galaxy S II. CNET said last week that the device might feature eye tracking technology and the absence of a home button. You can hit up the source link after the break to register, or just stick with 9to5Google for all the latest.

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Samsung hands out $200,000 to devs in Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge

As part of the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge, the company handed out $200,000 in cash prizes to mobile developers in the United States. The awards went to apps that made particular good use of the Galaxy Note’s S Pen stylus. The best overall app and grand prize of $100,000 went to “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC).

Other winners include second place best overall app “Maze Racer” with developer SmartyPantsGaming taking home $50,000, and third place best overall app “Drawing Pad” grabbing $25,000.

Popular Choice app went to SignDoc Mobile. It received $2,000 along with the rest of the honorable mention winners below:
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Samsung posts teaser website for the ‘Next Galaxy’ — opens tomorrow

Samsung plans to take the wraps off its next Galaxy device on May 3 at a media event in London. However, that has not stopped the Korea-based company from putting up a little teaser for its new handset. Scrambling the words “The Next Galaxy” into tgeltaayehxnx.com, Samsung posted a countdown timer for tomorrow morning to show us something about the device. While we are most likely not going to get a full look at the device until the media event, Sammy will probably tease something. We will be all eyes for whatever hits the web tomorrow morning. But hey, in the mean time, hit up the source link below to check the website out.  Read more

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha earned $47M in 2011

According to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Motorola Mobility’s Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha earned a whopping $47 million salary in 2011—quadrupling his pay during 2010. So, what is with the $34 million increase? Motorola said on Friday that Jha’s work to split Motorola into two companies, Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility, warranted such a raise.

Motorola Mobility agreed to sell to Google in a $12.5 billion deal last August, which has been approved by both United States and European regulators. China has not made a decision and just pushed for more time to review the deal.

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