It looks like China Unicom may have scored a coup against bigger rival China Mobile. They just might be the carrier in China that will launch the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) and the iPhone. Take that China Mobile!
There isn't an official confirmation but China Unicom has posted specs of the G1 and listed it as a supported handset. Getting on a Chinese carrier is almost guaranteeing Android a large slice of the worldwide mobile handset marketshare. What with billions of potential customers at their bidding, millions of new Android users aren't out of the question.
We'll wait for word confirming the G1 to China Unicom but it's looking pretty good.
Orange France is reportedly lining up to deliver 6 Android Phones in 2009. Yeah, we're stunned too. SIX! One of the six is already on Orange: the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Another of the devices we already know about: the HTC Hero which was leaked with the rest of HTC's 2009 product line. To us, the Hero looks like the true successor to the Dream with the same form factor and lovely chin.
But what's truly crazy is that the rest of the Android devices will be coming from the other bigwigs: Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson. So one device from each of these (currently silent) companies may 'easily' bring the Android Device count to 6.
Orange also confirmed that the Cupcake update will arrive in late April with another major update arriving in May.
Though we'd love for this to happen, we just don't see it in the cards. Maybe that's our cynicism speaking since we still only have ONE Android Device but six in one year seems just a bit outrageous. What do you guys think?
We love it when an application fills a need that only becomes glaringly obvious when said application is released. T-Mobile announced the 'My Account' application for Android that'll allow you to access all the details of your account, your current usage, remaining minutes and texts, online payment capabilities, support, among other features.
It makes so much sense being able to access your account right on your handheld. The information is cleaner, the options are easier, and it's a win for everybody involved. Instead of digging through the carrier website, you can now gain access directly from your G1. We wouldn't be surprised to see other carriers adopt this type of application.
Amazingly (or predictably?), Android has already made its mark on the mobile market. In only a few months time, Android has managed to build up 5% of the US smartphone web traffic.
This could be viewed as surprising to some because the T-Mobile G1 is still relatively new to the game and that it's locked onto the smallest carrier in the United States. On the flip side, it could be an obvious conclusion because the web browsing experience on the Android is better than any other mobile device (only the iPhone could argue).
So does this chart tell us that Android is wildly popular or that the Android browser, though new, is just that good? We're going to lean toward the latter because we still don't think Android has really taken off yet. Let's see this data in a year after more Android devices release and tell us what the pie chart marketshare looks like then. We expect an even bigger, more impressive slice.
If you've been searching for an IM application on Android that fits all your needs, Palringo may have just delivered the goods. Palringo was just announced to Android Market for the low cost of FREE. If you're not familiar with Palringo, (TiPb did a review of the iPhone version a while back) it's a fairly popular mobile IM application that supports AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, and other messaging platforms.
What makes Palringo even better is its versatility. Not only can you IM with your buddies but you can also send pictures and share your location. From our experience with Palringo with the iPhone we expect a great application. We'll be back soon with our full thoughts on Palringo on Android!
We got some good news and some bad news. First the good: that leaked image of the Samsung Android Device? Slated for a Q3 2009 release. Also, the device is supposed to use 3.5G technology from Qualcomm to enhance the user experience. The bad news? That we have to wait til Q3 2009!
And to rub salt on our wounds, DigiTimes is reporting that the other "top-five" handset makers (LG, Motorola, sony ericsson) will wait until after the Samsung Android Device is released. So that basically means no new Android phones until then. Dangit!
Is HTC going to be the Android handset maker by default?
So when you're a relatively successful smartphone with a relatively catchy name, what do you do? Well brand it and expand it, duh! We're getting reports that the Samsung Omnia, currently a Windows Mobile device, is going to get an overhaul and become a line of many devices. The Omnia Brand is headed in the HTC 'Touch' direction we guess.
But it's not just all about the name, signs are pointing to a Samsung Omnia Device powered by Android. In the most ideal situation, Samsung would love to have Omnia's for every type of mobile OS including Symbian, WinMob, and of course, our lovely Android. They're planning on releasing different models and versions so hopefully the Omnia Android can get a capacitive touchscreen and maintain that same sleek form factor!
Dell is living proof that cramming Android into any old generic phone design is not enough to woo cellular providers. Consumers have become a fairly tech-savvy crowd and a nifty OS alone, like Android, isn't enough if the hardware is blah.
After finding disinterest from carriers they approached, Dell is going to have to hastily return to the drawing board and find a way to design some inspiring hardware that will keep them in the Android game. Will they be able to deliver the goods?
There are reports that the Acer Android smartphone will be called the A1 and that it'll arrive in September. Not to be confused with the tangy steak sauce, the A1 has a certain ring to it that works on a number of levels (Acer 1, Android 1, etc). A September release falls in line with Acer's super-secret, mysterious plans for Android in 2009.
We don't know much about the A1 (the picture above is of a C1) but we can assume that it'll launch in a touchscreen form factor. How come no one is making any front facing keyboard + touchscreen designs?
You might have never guessed it. But the T-Mobile G1 is the biggest money making device for T-Mobile. According to a comScore report (via electronista), the G1 brings in the largest profit for T-Mobile while only being the 8th best selling T-Mobile device.
How is this possible? Well, the 'required' monthly data plan definitely juices up the numbers and puts profit into T-Mobile's pockets and of course selling the device for $179.99 (while other phones are free) doesn't hurt either.
For the other carriers: the iPhone and Blackberry Storm are the cash cows for AT&T and Verizon, respectively. So it looks like touch screen makes customers come out in droves and smartphones (with data plan) are the easiest way for carriers to make a buck.
Anyone, anyone at all, surprised that the G1 is T-Mobile's most profitable device?
Présentation vidéo du HTC Magic, le téléphone sous Google Android de SFR Some new Android features have been spotted and well, they look pretty darn sweet. First off, the new circular zoom feature. CNET France has gotten on video the new zoom feature that looks to replace the ol' plus/minus icon process. To initiate the zoom, double tap the screen and a onscreen wheel will pop up for zoom purposes. In the video, it details circular zooming in photos and web browsing. Though this is surely a roundabout way to zoom (when compared to multi-touch at least) it certainly seems more fluid than the current setup. Fast forward to 2:05 in the video to check it out. We also get a peek at the video recording capabilities on Android (at the 2:25 mark) which shows basic controls and the ability to share the video through Gmail, SMS, or upload directly to Youtube. Though these features were shown off on a HTC Magic, we're pretty sure they'll eventually pop up in Android. So, what do you guys think? Circular zoom for the win? [via phandroid]
This is how desperate us Android users are for news on upcoming Android devices. The ridiculously blurry, pixelated picture above? That's Samsung's first Android Smartphone. It was reportedly shown at a dealer event in Amsterdam and a keen observer snapped this wonderfully speculative snapshot.
The details of the Samsung Android device are:
a 528 MHz Processor
Substantial (but undetermined) Internal Storage
3.2-5 Megapixel Camera
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
Two Versions: US and Europe/Asia
It's great to see some progress with non-HTC Android Devices (albeit as vague as they come) and though it's all really speculative at this point, we can't deny the fact that we're still excited to see something in the works.
What do you guys think of this? Is it ridiculous to take that picture as the truth? Or is it exciting to see more Android Devices come to fruition?
HTC, maker of the T-Mobile G1 and hotly anticipated HTC Magic, is quite obviously the biggest (read: only) Android Smartphone maker on the market. So when HTC speaks, the Android world stops to listen. Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, says that we can expect "at least" three Android Devices this year from HTC. We're not mad at that.
If you count the HTC Magic as one of the "three" devices, we should still expect two more HTC built, Android powered devices. What would be interesting is if they choose a different route for form factor so that they can offer a complete product line for Android. With the G1 being the sliding form factor and the Magic being the all touch device could we expect a Blackberry/Treo-esque front facing QWERTY design and a HTC Touch HD 'maxed out the specs' form factor? Only time will tell.
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