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5 years ago

Huh? That's Time's Gadget of the Year?

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Hey, we didn't expect the G1 to clean out all of the end-of-the-year awards that seemingly every publisher known to man doles out when it's the end-of-the-year. No, we know that the G1 still needs work. But really? The Peek E-Mail Device is the NUMBER 1 gadget of the year? It's THAT much better than the G1?

If you didn't know (we didn't really know until we used the Google) the Peek E-Mail device is a gadget that delivers E-mail to you. And that's pretty much it. For the cost of $100 plus $20 per month for data you get basic E-mail. No web browsing. No Google. No video. No phone. No anything else.

Yeah. And how is this so much better than the G1?

[TIME]

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5 years ago

More Bad News From Motorola

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Yeah, we know. Another post about Motorola? Sorry but we still can't get over how badly Motorola bungled the whole situation in regards to Android and the immense consequence that their handset division is now facing. Engadget is reporting that 3,000 employees will be laid off and over two-thirds of those cuts will come from Motorola's handset division. Ye Gads.

Is anyone else imagining an alternate universe where Motorola was the first Android device and that it skyrocketed them back to mobile phone relevance? We know we are. Think about it, if Motorola had beaten the G1 to the market, the excitement of an Android device alone would carry their handset division for years to come. Even if it was just a few months off the release of the G1, Motorola would have still been able to capitalize on Android's initial popularity. Waiting a whole year? Well that just takes the juice out of the whole situation. We love you Moto, but boy did you mess this one up big time.

[Engadget]

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5 years ago

Halloween Redux: Android-O-Lantern, G1 Costume

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Halloween was this past Friday and well, we have some pictures showing T-Mobile G1 and Android love! It's great to know that Android is in the hearts of people across the world in this most interesting of holidays. We have to give major props for the Android Fan who carved this highly accurate, perfect rendition of the cute 'ol Android Robot. Degree of difficulty may not be that high but the execution is off the charts!

Also, after the jump we have every tech guy's favorite tech show host Olivia Munn dressed as the T-Mobile G1. Take that iPhone! Halloween is fun isn't it?

[Phandroid]

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5 years ago

More Android Market Stats and Numbers

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Medialets has come through with more Android Market stats and as always, they make for a good story. According to Medialets, here are the highlights:

  • 167 Apps have been downloaded between between 667,000 and 2.9 Million times.
  • Downloads are being driven by 41 apps, which account for between 73% and 83% of all possible downloads.
  • Two applications, Pac-Man by Namco and The Weather channel generated the most downloads (50,000 - 250,000).
  • Although download ranges can be very large, growth on the low-end was still nearly 80% during the first week.
  • 5 Categories account for 61% of all apps.
  • The number of apps has nearly tripled since launch, led by the Games, Tools and Productivity categories.

It's always fun to learn about the trends and figures of Android Market especially considering that Google has kept the exact details under wraps. What do you think about these numbers? Do you think Google will ever release the actual figures?

[Medialets]

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5 years ago

How To Manually Upgrade T-Mobile G1 to Firmware RC29

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Can't wait til November 11th for T-Mobile to give you the much ballyhooed RC29 update? Need to stay current with the latest firmware version available? No worries, we at Android Central got you covered! There's a way to manually upgrade your T-Mobile G1 to firmware RC29. It's easier than you think but then again not the 'official' route you should take and thus, a wee bit dangerous.

To get this done you need to:

  1. Download firmware RC29 from Google
  2. Rename downloaded file to update.zip and place it in the root of your MicroSD card
  3. Unplug USB cord
  4. Turn off G1.
  5. Turn G1 back on holding Home+End keys until you see the G1 image pop up
  6. From that icon, open keyboard and hit Alt+L
  7. Hit Alt+S to begin update
  8. Follow onscreen instructions and hit Home+Back to finish
  9. G1 will reboot to flash the new firmware
  10. Voila! RC29 Firmware is installed!

Be aware that this isn't the recommended solution, T-Mobile suggests that you simply just wait out for them to officially roll out the update to users. If you happen to destroy your phone, T-Mobile can't guarantee any replacements and if replacements were to be given, the turnaround rate may last a week. In all, Android Central warns you in attempting this process but hey, to each his own.

[MobileCrunch]

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5 years ago

Around SPE - 2 Nov 08

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Aroundspe

This week's Around SPE is sponsored by the Android Central Store, where you can find a full complement of accessories for the T-Mobile G1 including headset adapters, body skins, and screen protectors.

What's the big news in the Smartphone world this week? It's a mix, really. Android's looking like a viable platform to more and more people, there are a ton of Windows Mobile devices on the way, and both CrackBerry.com and the iPhone Blog are running contests that ought to spark your interest. Read on!

Android Central

Android Central is still enamored with the G1, so we followed up our full review of Android with a look at the Android Market App Store. We're excited to see that said App Store should soon be populated with quality games from EA, not to mention complete Exchange support for push email and PIM info.

Of course, like the rest of the Android-watching-web-world, we noticed that some folks were touting that they'd successfully unlocked a T-Mobile G1. Yeah, we did that a week earlier than anybody else did and we got AT&T's data working just peachily as well, thanks. We'd be more bitter, but the fact that you can grab a G1 at Walmart has our head spinning so fast we ain't got time to mope.

CrackBerry.com

CrackBerry Nation is abuzz with new BlackBerry releases. After months and months and months and months of waiting, the BlackBerry Bold will finally be available from AT&T this Tuesday! Storm fever is still going strong, with launch parties taking place and release dates getting near. You can now pre-order a Storm from Vodafone, and things are still looking on track for the Storm to be out on Verizon by Black Friday. The Pearl Flip is making its rounds too: T-Mobile is now offering it in Red (in addition to the Black model they launched with) and it's starting to pop up in Rogers stores (in both black and pink) with November 4th availability everywhere.

Phase 1 of the The What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest was a huge success, with over 3,000 crazy CrackBerry addicts entering their What Would You Dos. Judging for that is going on as we speak (should be complete by Monday night).. with the top ten soon-to-be Storm winners to be contacted on Tuesday. Next step - they'll have to carry out their To Dos on video!

And the long-waited CrackBerry Book is nearing it's eBook launch date (print copy to follow in a couple weeks)... Featuring real life tales of BlackBerry Addiction gone too far and effective strategies to help get your use under control, this will be a must read for the BlackBerry Addict (expect your signifcant other to pick you up a copy!). Keep your eyes peeled for it to surface later this week!

The iPhone Blog

iPhone Live! -- our new podcast which will alternate with Phone Different and make us all nice and weekly -- is now archived and available in the iPhone blog's usual feed. Join Dieter, Brian, Chad, and Rene, for a discussion of iPhone 2.2, GPS, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and a Q&A from our live chat audience.

...You'll also be interested in the beginning of our Ultimate Accessory Pack Give Away Contest!

Big week for Apps as well, as TiPb interviews PCalc's James Thomson for a look behind the marketing and money of the App Store. New release Google Earth also goes App vs. App against veteran Earthscape, and we take a look at why Apple may have denied browser rival Opera Mini a place on the iPhone.

TreoCentral

Over at TreoCentral, we found via WMExperts about another clue telling us that the Treo Pro is on its way to Sprint. And we found out that the Treo 750 has disappeared from AT&T's website, and you can only get it from Palm in the unlocked variety.

We read that John Hartnett, Palm's SVP of Global Markets, is leaving the company in November for undisclosed reasons. This comes on the heels of Palm hiring Simon Lloyd as Senior Director, EMEA Marketing, to try and win some ground in the European market as Palm wants to make a comeback against the BlackBerry and iPhone in brand stakes. And speaking of markets, how about the stock market, in which Palm's stock teetered at low records (hitting $2.70) on Tuesday.

Brian has written a review of the Celio Redfly, which makes a great mobile companion for the Palm Treo Pro. If you haven't bought the Redfly as of this writing, you still have a chance to grab it for $199.95 in the TreoCentral Store.

WMExperts

WMExperts is buckling down for a deluge of new Windows Mobile releases in the coming weeks, although we did manage to get out of the gate early with first review of the Touch Pro on Sprint. We're expecting the AT&T version of that device, AKA the Fuze, to arrive on Monday and for the Verizon version to be pretty much identical Sprint's.

Mostly, though, we focused on the wider launch of Microsoft's Live Mesh service, which is a great cloud-sync application that works on Windows, Mac, and of course, Windows Mobile. Be sure to check out our early walkthrough.

Not enough for you? Well, we did confirm the rumor that we also were the first to report, namely that the Treo Pro will hit Sprint. WM devices on Sprint also finally joined the MMS crowd and, well, there's a mystery version of Windows Mobile that we're waiting on as well.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Taken Apart, Dissected, Analyzed

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If you're a fan of teardown pictures of complicated technology, you're just in luck! The T-Mobile G1 just received the royal treatment that honor many tech devices these days: a full, complete teardown process complete with high quality pictures. So what's the point in these pictures? Well, to tell you some cool stuff!

For example, the trackball in the G1 seems to be the exact same as the trackball in the Blackberry. For reasons unknown, there are two rumble packs in the G1. And it seems to be incredibly hard to disassemble the whole unit so if you're trying this at home, be careful!

Click the read link to see more details on the teardown!

[TechOn via Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

Verizon: Don't Buy The G1

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This happens all the time in the mobile world. When a carrier releases a hotly anticipated phone, all the other carriers send out internal E-mails detailing why that phone is the worst phone in the world. This time it's Verizon releasing notes about the G1. The reasons listed have all been known for a while now so it's not that big of a deal in the G1's case. However, it's always fun to see multimillion dollar companies act like little children squabbling over the most insignificant of details.

For example, how dare the G1 limit music to over-the-air downloads over Wi-Fi only! Shame on them!

Read on for another pic

[Engadget]

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6 years ago

EA Coming to Android

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For all you lovers of Monopoly, Tetris and Bejeweled, there is good news. As reported by Umair Khalid over at thesmartpda.com, these classic games from EA are on their way for Android and a T-Mobile G1 near you (hopefully you have one in your pocket!).

Adam Sussman, vice president of EA Mobile, said, "Android is another exciting new platform to offer customers great games with enhancements like touch and tilt capabilities." These popular titles appear to only be the first wave. EA Mobile will release more titles in the coming months and that's great news for all of us Android adopters. What titles would you like to see on your G1?

(Photo credited to Umair Khalid of thesmartpda.com).

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6 years ago

Aardvark Exchange client for Android Confirmed

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After a little more digging, we have a working link to sign up for the Aardvark Exchange client beta for Android. Just go here, enter your email address, then confirm for opting in. Our confidence level just went up several notches.

Thanks again goes to Stefan Frank and forum member Sherri for confirming this story. There is a glaring irony that I have an unlocked G1 but seldom use Google for my email, calendar or contacts management. Being able to hook up and sync via Exchange would be a huge plus for me. How many of you are going to sign up for the beta? Who amongst you will benefit from an Exchange client, and why? Share your thoughts!

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6 years ago

Aardvark bringing Exchange to Android?

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UPDATE: Time for a bit of rumor-mongering Exchange anticipation! Stefan Frank over at androidauthority.com claims a source (unidentified) notified them that the company Aardvark is bringing a Microsoft Exchange client to the Android platform. Allegedly, you can visit the company's web site and sign up to participate in a beta program once the client is available for testing.

If this is credible, Aardvark is promising real-time wireless synchronization of email, calendar, and contacts. Also, they are reporting that messaging will be included in the Android OS and the T-Mobile G1. The software is reported to publicly launch in Q1 of 2009 with limited beta starting right away, but you might have noticed my choice of words like "allegedly" and "credible." Even though a lot of folks are picking this up (yours truly included), I'm taking this with a grain of salt - the link allowing participation in the beta is broken, thus not inspiring me with tremendous confidence. We here at Android Central will let you know if there is truth to this rumor. We hope so! What do YOU think?

UPDATE: here is a working link for the beta signup!

(Photo credited to Stefan Frank and androidauthority.com)

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6 years ago

T-Mobile 3G: Next Stop Washington D.C.

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TmoNews brings us the news that our nation's capital city and future home of the next President of the United States of America, Washington D.C., will now offer T-Mobile 3G. This is great news for anyone in DC, political or not. And now everyone can appreciate the full power of the T-Mobile G1.

Slowly but surely T-Mobile will catch up in the 3G world, let's see how fast they can go yeah?

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Wal-Mart Status Update: Nov 3

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Another day, another T-Mobile G1 Wal-Mart update. Though we had reported that the G1 should have already started selling at Wal-Mart stores, we're getting word that the actual street date will be November 3rd. Again, the price is rumored to be $148.88 and it'll be available in 550 Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide. Hopefully, one of them will be in your area!

[Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Shutting Off Data For Those Who Pre-Ordered

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It's now been a week since most of the G1 pre-orders were delivered and many users are running into the problem of having no data. The culprit? Well, T-Mobile. The pre-ordered G1s came with a free week of T-Mobile data services and well, that week is now over. Therefore, T-Mobile blindly shut off data to the G1 and forgot to activate your paid data plan.

It's annoying to fix because you either have to call into T-Mobile or access your account online. Luckily, T-Mobile has award winning customer service so the process is a little less annoying. Did anyone run into this problem?

[Phandroid]

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6 years ago

The UK 'queues' up for the T-Mobile G1

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Today is the the launch of the T-Mobile G1 for our friends across the pond, the G1 will be available in T-Mobile stores throughout the United Kingdom. Looking at the pictures (posted on Telegraph.co.uk), it looks like a line, er 'queue', has built up in anticipation. Unlike our clear path to the G1, it looks like our UK brethren have to brave the rain as well (when does it not rain over there?) luckily T-Mobile offered some snazzy umbrellas for customers waiting in line.

We've also received word that some UK customers who signed up for news regarding the T-Mobile G1 got a "first dibs" of sorts on the G1. According to our tipster, T-Mobile sent out an e-mail that offered instructions on how to order a G1 before launch day. We're unsure of the shipping process, but hey if you can stay in and avoid the rain, why not?

Enjoy the G1 folks!

Thanks Duncan for the tip!

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