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5 years ago

Freescale Android Netbook for $199, Coming Soon?

Several days ago we reported that Freescale has developed a system-on-chip (SoC) for Android, opening up netbook possibilities. Desiring to carve out their share of the netbook pie, Glen Burchers, Marketing Director for Freescale, hinted at a summer 2009 availability and a price point of around $199. Providing a little something stronger than a hint, he said:

“Nobody needs this stuff but they want it, everybody wants it. And at the price point of $199, it’s a great Christmas present or birthday present.”

If the mention of Christmas present is a little more than a cliché, then the summer timeframe for a Freescale Netbook seems feasible. His assertion that nobody "needs" a netbook is probably true, but his further assertion that we "want" it is pretty accurate also. The summer timeframe is questionable, but an Android netbook will come our way sooner or later. Do you "need" or "want" a netbook running Android? [phandroid]

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5 years ago

Friday Fun: Shaq Uses a T-Mobile G1 ?!

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Since it's Friday (yeah!) we have some cool bit of news for you guys. It's not everyday we hear about a celebrity/athlete/personality using a T-Mobile G1 so when we do, we pay close attention. Crackberry can have their celeb sightings because we'll take the biggest (literally) star on the planet: Shaquille O'neal!

There's a great story about some normal guys' experience with meeting Shaq, the realness of Shaq's twitter account, and Shaq's surprising interest in technology,  that mentions this tidbit:

As I pulled out my phone to take a picture he snatched it out of my hand and inspected it. "What's this got? Windows Mobile?" He gave it the once over before handing it back and showing off his Google Phone.

 

I loved Shaq before, but now knowing that he's a fellow Android user?! Imagining his huge hands trying to type on the G1 keyboard? Complaining about the 'chin'? The possibilities are endless. In the end, it makes a lot of sense. T-Mobile has a huge NBA presence and many athletes have proclaimed their love for Sidekicks and the G1 is just a natural extension from there. Obviously, we'll never hear his stance on Open Source OS's but Shaq using a "Google Phone". Instant credibility. Sort of.

The story is a pretty good read if you're interested. And if you're not, it's Friday!

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5 years ago

Android Cupcake Video

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If you like your Google Android G1 from T-Mobile but you aren't crazy about the slide-out keyboard, cupcake may soon give you the much-anticipated on-screen keyboard as an option. This video, created by Brian Jepson, is a walkthrough of the on-screen keyboard on a G1 as well as more interesting screen transitions and some Linux shell time.

Although still a little buggy, this demo of cupcake is creating excitement for the good things to come, like better one-handed operation of the G1. Take a look at the video and share your impressions - are you excited for cupcake?

[geek.com]

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5 years ago

MWC Roundup: Android Central's Coverage of Mobile World Congress 2009

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Now that MWC '09 is but a distant memory we thought it'd be a good idea to round up all the Android news stories that Android Central covered in one easy, trackable post! The biggest news on the Android front was quite obviously the HTC Magic. It's sultry form factor, clean lines, and cupcake firmware simply stole the show! But don't think it was the only Android news because after a slow start to the Mobile World Congress, things picked up pretty nicely. So here are the links to all MWC Android news so you can catch-up, fall back in love with magic, and/or just refresh your memory:

HTC Magic

Other Hardware:

Software:

We still have some MWC loose ends we want to tie up, so even though the conference is over, expect a few more posts detailing all things Android at MWC. Thanks!

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5 years ago

MWC: Haier Shows Off Android Phones?

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Engadget reports that Haier, a company associated with household appliances to us, showed off a few noteworthy devices at MWC. Unfortunately we know next to nothing about these two devices other than the fact that they supposedly run Android. They couldn't even showcase the phone in action because it was "out of batteries". Not to mention that the two phones are called the G1 and G2. Huh!?

The fun doesn't stop there. There's supposed to be a Blackberry Curve 8900 look-a-like device that wasn't shown and ANOTHER device that the PR for Haier wasn't even certain of. So really, in all, Haier didn't show anything other than two supposed Android devices (one strikingly resembles a Blackberry Storm) and two vaporware devices. Yeah..

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5 years ago

Sprint Loses A Million Subscribers, $1.6 Billion Dollars Too

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We hate to focus on negativity here, especially in our country's current economic state, but Sprint just announced their Q4 2008 numbers and it ain't pretty. They lost 1.3 million subscribers and $1.6 billion. Apparently, as big as those numbers are it wasn't as bad as anticipated so their stock actually went up. Go figure.

Anyways, we know that the Palm Pre is going to give Sprint a flagship device but what about Android? Here's an idea: Sprint and Motorola team up to offer an Android device. 2 birds. 1 stone.

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Paid Apps Already In Android Market ?

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BGR is reporting that paid applications have been released in Android Market. We can't seem to find any on our G1, how about you guys? Anyone buy any apps yet? Anyone see any paid apps yet? Let us know in the comments!

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5 years ago

Google's Demo Reveals HTC Magic is the T-Mobile G2 ?

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We've been calling the HTC Magic the T-Mobile G2 around these parts because well, to us it already made sense. The HTC Magic was codenamed the Sapphire which was supposed to be the G2. And since Vodafone (and not T-Mobile, whom have the 'G' rights) is carrying the HTC Magic outside of the US it won't receive the "G" moniker..yet. But once it hits T-Mobile USA? We think G2 would be the safe assumption.

Engadget has dug up these slides (during the offline Gmail presentation) of a HTC Magic with T-Mobile US branding. So yeah, we do think the HTC Magic is going to be the G2. Time will tell if there'll be any unique tweaks for us stateside.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

MWC: Google Demos Offline Gmail for Android

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Google snuck in a pretty cool feature for Android at MWC--Offline Gmail. If you're a big time Gmail User, you might know that a new Labs feature was implemented that allows offline viewing and using of your desktop Gmail account. Well, this is in the works for Android as well. You can basically do everything you do on Gmail--labels, compose, etc--just offline. It'll save everything you do locally and after you get an internet connection, the web app will sync everything back to Gmail. Almost magic, ain't it?

There's no telling when this will be available but it might prove that future offline webapps are possible. Supposedly all this is made possible through HTML5 standards. Definitely interesting.

Check out the video after the jump!

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocase Surface Case for T-Mobile G1

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Because the G1 is so new, the market for cases for the G1 is only beginning to be realized. With all the unique aspects of the G1, making a case that works with the G1 can be a complicated process: the chin, the sliding mechanism, etc are all factors that have to be considered. Luckily, experienced companies like Seidio have stepped to the plate to offer a case solution for our T-Mobile G1 that works surprisingly well.

We’ll start our in-depth look at all the available cases for the T-Mobile G1 with a review of the Seidio Innocase Surface Case ($29.95) for the T-Mobile G1. How does this streamlined case work? How is the design? Does it offer adequate protection?

Read on for the rest of the review!

Design

The appeal of the Seidio Innocase Surface Case is its streamline design. In fact, when the case is applied—you can barely tell it’s there. According to Seidio, the Innocase Surface Case adds only 1mm of thickness. Quite simply, it offers great protection while adding only minimal bulk.

In order to accommodate for the T-Mobile G1’s moving parts, the case comes in two parts. The larger portion protects the body of the G1 including all of the back, the bottom of the phone, and the sides. It leaves cutouts open for the camera, speaker, and all of the controls. The top part of the Innocase Surface Case protects the rim and edges of the screen.

The only portion that remains uncovered is the front face of the chin—everything else is well protected by the Seidio Innocase Surface Case.

 

Usage

The Innocase Surface Case is very easy to put on. Everything is pretty much self-explanatory, you snap the G1 in where it can fit and voila—instant protection. Removing the case is just as easy—snap off and you’re back to normal. Seidio did a really good job in making these cases easy to apply and remove.

What I really liked about the case was the rubberized material it was made from. This offered immensely better grip of the T-Mobile G1 thus making the G1 less prone to slipping out of my hands. I think the added grip offers a lot more security than the sleeker surface of the G1. Also, I found the case to be extremely durable and easily capable of withstanding daily use. I no longer feared the scratches that come from being jangled with keys, change, and the like.

Another great touch to the Innocase is that the case is lined with felt—this creates a pillow-like cushion between the phone and case and helps prevent minor abrasions.

I only have one minor quibble with the Seidio Innocase Surface Case—it’s a little bit more difficult to remove the “charging cap” on the G1 because the cap becomes a bit recessed when the case is applied. It’s definitely not a deal breaker, just mildly annoying.

 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Seidio Innocase Surface Case is a solid effort from the folks at Seidio. They really took the time and effort to thoughtfully form a great case that is both highly usable and unobtrusive. When you have the Innocase Surface Case on your T-Mobile G1, you can hardly notice it—it doesn’t detract from the overall look at all. But when you go about using your G1 you’ll grow to appreciate the added depth of field and texture on the case, the material is just great. I am a huge fan of this case and can give it my full recommendation for any G1 user looking for a potential case.

 

Pros

  • Streamline Design Adds Minimal Bulk
  • Great Texture That Offers Better Grip
  • Easy To Snap On/Off

Cons

  • Doesn't offer screen or chin protection

Final Rating: 4.5/5

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5 years ago

Eyes On: General Mobile DSTL1 Android Device at MWC

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Hey look what we have here! The HTC Magic wasn't the only Android Device at MWC! We have the DSTL1 from General Mobile and guess what folks, it runs Android! We had originally reported on the DSTL1 coming to MWC and we were definitely impressed with its product shots. After taking a look at the device, it looks to be a solid first effort that just misses the mark.

Here are some of the notable specs:

  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • Dual Sim Card Capabilities
  • 4 GB Internal Memory + microSD expansion
  • WiFi

and the not so notable info:

  • WQVGA
  • Resistive Touchscreen
  • EDGE Only
  • under $500, shipping Q2 2009

We can't deny that the DSTL1 looks beautiful--it's definitely sharper (and glossier) than any Android phone on the market and easily comparable to some of Windows Mobile's sleekest. What saddens us is the specs: the barely good enough resolution, the resistive touchscreen and the lack of 3G.

Unlike Windows Mobile, Android has no need for styli and resistive touch screens! And unlike the Blackberry Curve 8900, we LIKE our 3G! So Android Central's first impression is that this DSTL1 is a solid first effort and definitely interesting but there should be better options out there. We'll definitely keep our eyes open for DSTL2's or DSTL3's and General Mobile news in the future!

Read more to see a video of the DSTL1 !

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Guitar Hero Coming To Android Market

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Get ready to rock, folks! The uber-popular music game Guitar Hero, where you channel your inner Rock Star, is coming to Android Market! Obviously Guitar Hero on Android won't be the full featured version but you can expect some solid tracks from the likes of Deep Purple and Guns N' Roses, among others. We should expect gameplay to be similar to Tap Tap Revenge on the iPhone--it's not quite the real thing, but trust us, still loads of fun.

Guitar Hero on Android will soon be available to purchase through Android Market. Now that Android Market is accepting paid applications, we can expect more developers of Activision-caliber to develop apps and games for Android.  What do you guys think about Guitar Hero on Android?

[via joystiq]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile To Offer $50 Unlimited Plan

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T-Mobile is reportedly planning to offer a number of new plan and pricing options to their customers. According to a leaked screenshot, you'll have some great deals from the carrier. We're talking $50/month for unlimited anytime minutes with long distance, voicemail, three-way calling, and caller ID. Those customers who add a line and port a number to T-Mobile are in line for a $135 credit as well.

Family Talk Anytime Unlimited would be $90 with additional lines at $40. Data and Text messaging bundles are quoted at their current rate. We're not sure how accurate this report is, but it's definitely a juicy one. These unadvertised deals are supposed to begin on March 1st and will be offered to eligible customers via text, email, or phone.

[via electronista]

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5 years ago

THREE Samsung Androids by End 2009

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First they said their Android handsets were delayed. Then they were a no-show for MWC in Barcelona. Then, they weren't delayed again. Or, was that delayed no-show? No-show fo sho? Samsung is making our heads spin, but according to Won-Pyo Hong, Samsung's head of product strategy, the company would unveil "more than three" (yes, THREE) Android handsets by the end of the year. Is talk cheap or is this the real deal?

There is no confirmation concerning where these handsets will be released into the wild. Europe? Asia? The U.S.? Mr. Hong did confirm that Samsung Android handsets will be available in America and Europe by the end of the year. Is it time to start holding our breath?

[engadget]

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5 years ago

Quickoffice Coming to Android

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The office suite from Quickoffice is on it's way to an Android phone near you - hopefully the G1 in your hand. Quickoffice will be available soon in the Android Market for $7.99. It will provide viewing only of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Quickoffice will also feature file manager for easy memory card navigation of files, renaming and deleting files, and easy sorting of documents.

We would love to have a full-featured version that includes features like creating and editing documents and spreadsheets, but maybe that will come in future versions? Is $7.99 worth the price of admission for viewing only?

[intomobile]

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