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5 years ago

Can't Wait for the T-Mobile G1? Give the Emulator a Spin

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Obviously, only a lucky few are getting their hands on the T-Mobile G1 a little bit early. Sadly, most of us aren't that lucky or well-connected. I mean October 22nd is so far off! Good thing that T-Mobile is spreading a lot of the love to us regular customers and offering an emulator for the T-Mobile G1.  Though not everything is fully functional (the browser and street view come to mind) it still is a lot of fun to work through the G1 as if it was in your hands.

They also have a 360 degree view of the T-Mobile G1 for those who need to see all the virtual curves of this puppy. Overall, it performs rather well and if Android is truly like this, it'll sure to be a success. Go on and give the T-Mobile G1 a virtual test drive!

[T-Mobile]

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5 years ago

Ballmer on Android: It's Just Version One

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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, is babbling his mouth again (Via Engadget). This time he's offering his personal opinions about Android and how it compares to Windows Mobile. Here's Ballmer:

"You've got to remember Android is version one....and it looks like version one," he said. "They've got one handset maker, we've got 55. They're available through one operator, we've got 175."

And though we won't argue that it's not true, we do think that if Windows Mobile brushes off Android, it will be in for a rude awakening. Windows Mobile, as solid as it is, desperately needs a facelift and version one of Android looks as good as anything on Windows Mobile 6.0 or what have you..

[BBC]

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5 years ago

Ryan Block's Day With the T-Mobile G1

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So there have been some leaked pics, some hands-on, and some unboxing photos of the T-Mobile G1 but nobody has officially came out and said they've used the phone for longer than a couple minutes. Well, no one until Ryan Block, Engadget's Editor-at-large, told us he did. For an entire day. Spent with the T-Mobile G1.

His thoughts?

  • It's very solid and smaller than he thought
  • The keyboard is decent but maybe a little too flat
  • The screen is great and touch is responsive, no multi-touch kind of sucks.
  • Very snappy performance, Windows Mobile look out!
  • The browser is a distant 2nd to the iPhone's. Maps is ridiculously cool. Apps are good

He seems pretty smitten with the T-Mobile G1 and gives a sense that the G1 might become his daily driver. I think come October 22nd the T-Mobile G1 is going to surprise a lot of people and be a huge money maker for T-Mobile. October 22 where are you!

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5 years ago

Andy Rubin on Android Market: Free Trial for Paid Apps

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Android Market keeps looking better and better when compared heads-on with the iPhone's App Store. Android Market will accept everything and deny nothing while Apple's policy is confusing and kept in the dark. So when Andy Rubin announced that there will be a free trial for paid applications, many developers are beginning to become very, very interested in the Android platform.

Having a free trial for applications is good for both users and developers because users aren't locked into buying an application they might not use and developers are able to give users a taste of their work. Android Market will certainly receive a lot of attention from iPhone developers if they keep offering everything that developers want.

Which will obviously mean more apps for Android. Sweet.

[BusinessWeek]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Pre-Sale Update: Selling Like Hot Cakes

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Wow. We definitely did not expect the T-Mobile G1 to be THIS popular. Gizmodo is reporting that the T-Mobile has sold all the G1 units. Even after T-Mobile tripled their production to accommodate for such demand. Obviously, we're still left in the dark without actual numbers, but tripling production is jaw-dropping and simply stunning. If you pre-order now, you probably won't be able to get the G1 on Oct. 22 and instead will have to wait for a later date. Either way, the G1 is on fire!

Here's the official word from T-Mobile:

Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.

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6 years ago

Motorola Confirms Android Phone In The Works

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When we first reported about Motorola upping their Android Team to 350 people from 50, we were unsurprised. Motorola needs Android to continue being a player in the cell phone industry. So now that official word comes that Motorola is going to make Android devices, how does Android Central feel? Excited

We’re excited about the innovation possibilities on Android, and [we] look forward to delivering great products in partnership with Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

 

Motorola can definitely make some nice looking phones. We can't wait!

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxing, Really This Time

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Following up yesterday's news of a not-quite unboxing, we have come across an unboxing done right. TmoNews received these pictures from an anonymous tipster and were able to relay it to us. For those who did their homework, none of the accessories should come as a surprise since it was listed in the Quick Start Guide.

Here's a summary on the included accessories:

  • The carrying case is basic--we'll definitely need some third party alternatives.
  • The AC adapter is also basic, nothing too high quality there.
  • Headphones look solid, ExtUSB still blows
  • T-Mobile G1 looks good!

Hit the link for the rest of the pictures!

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

Handango to Open Android Marketplace Competitor, With Paid Apps

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Gizmodo is reporting that Handango, a popular application merchant for pretty much all mobile devices, is planning on opening up their own marketplace for Android that will include an option for paid applications. Currently, Android Market doesn't offer developers to charge for applications but will in the near future. They'll have 100 for-pay applications on the October 22nd launch date and will support one-time, monthly, or annual billing methods.

Obviously, with everything 'open' and Google essentially taking a hands off approach with the Android Market, it doesn't look like they can stop competitors from creating competing avenues or products. This might set bad precedent, with each big-name company opening their own "store" and taking away business from Google. Hopefully, this doesn't become the mess that we at AndroidCentral are desperately afraid of.

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxed: Kind Of, Not Really

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TmoNews got their hands on some great almost-unboxing pictures of the T-Mobile G1. Why almost? Well, because the T-Mobile G1 never actually comes out of the box. You get to see pictures of it up close inside the box, you get to see the accessories it comes with in the box, and you get to see the outside of the box.

Funny, one would think it'd only take a few more seconds for an actual "unboxing". Either way, use your imagination to the fullest to pretend like that T-Mobile G1 is yours! Click the link for the rest of the not quite unboxing shots!

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Arrive in Best Buy October 26th?

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The Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on a few screenshots that make it look like Best Buy will be carrying the T-Mobile G1 come November 16th 2008. The shipment of T-Mobile G1s are expected to reach stores October 26th, but the actual street date is listed on 11-16-2008.

Best Buy being able to sell the T-Mobile G1 is no surprise since they're fast becoming one of the biggest mobile retailers in the world, but the November Street date is interesting. Since the T-Mobile G1 is being shipped to T-Mobile customers first on Oct 22, will we have to wait a full month before other stores get in on the G1 fun? Or will it be an earlier date for T-Mobile stores?

Let us know what you think!

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6 years ago

The iPhone Blog Compares T-Mobile G1 & iPhone 3G

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The iPhone Blog recently compared hardware v. hardware of the iPhone 3G and the T-Mobile G1. Unsurprisingly, the final tally went toward the iPhone's favor, they seemed to be quite surprised by everything that the T-Mobile G1 offers, to quote:

Plainness aside, the T-Mobile G1 is the perfect device to launch Android with. Why? Because it includes all the popular input methods: touch-screen, keyboard, and even a trackball. Developers are able to create versatile apps that will extend past the T-Mobile G1 because of all the input methods available.

iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, they should all be excited for the potential of Android because it only makes those old guards innovate even more. With the T-Mobile G1 being the new kid on the block, we should expect more and more comparisons with every device. We have good money that the T-Mobile G1 will hold its own.

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6 years ago

EA Mobile Will Wait to Release Games on Android, So They Can Get Paid

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EA Mobile, a division of EA Games, states:

"EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games," they say. "EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market."

This obviously doesn't come to a surprise to us, since EA is big business and we all know big business loves money. The more interesting thing to note is that this might affect other developers who would also loved to get paid for their efforts, something that Android currently doesn't support.

So will we see a lack of earth-moving apps because the current system only supports free apps? Are us early adopters going to have to wait until Google figures out how to monetize Android Market?

Hopefully not but probably so.

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6 years ago

Samsung & LG Bringing Android Devices Q3 2009 ?

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Well it looks like everyone is eventually going to join the Android Party. Samsung and LG are expected to take a wait and see approach with Android and will probably come out with Android Devices in the second half of 2009 "at the earliest".

Though we at AndroidCentral would absolutely love a Samsung Instinct or LG Dare to run Android, it's a safe move on Samsung and LG's part, waiting almost a year to see how Android shapes up and let HTC and T-Mobile take the first hit on bugs, problems, and the like.

We can see more and more phone makers announce future Android plans but they'll likely keep a close eye on the T-Mobile G1. As for the T-Mobile G1, it'll likely succeed considering it's going to be the only Android device on the market.

[Unwiredview]

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6 years ago

VISA to Offer App For Android

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Visa has announced that they are going to offer an application in Android that will deliver notifications about Chase Visa Customers and Android Users. The plan is to give account activity updates, transfer money, show merchant offers, and also a unique location-based service that will allow Android Users to see where the merchants are offering specials.

If it succeeds, Visa will extend this type of relationship with other banks. Hey, pretty soon all we would have to carry is just an Android Device right?

[CNET]

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6 years ago

Motorola Building 350-Person Android Team?

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Having not been able to capitalize on the success of the original RAZR (has it been 4 years already?), Motorla is obviously in need of some shaking up. With sales declining and fewer and fewer capable models left in the pipeline, it should come to no surprise that Motorola is betting on the Android (after all, they are a member of the Open Handset Alliance). What is a surprise is how big they are betting.

TechCrunch is reporting that they have 50 people already on the Android Team and are planning to expand the Android division to 350 people strong. Obviously, Motorola needs to plan for the future and with Android looking like the next biggest thing, it isn't surprising that Motorola is hinging their success with Android. Motorola is already heavily involved in the Windows Mobile Game, so making a phone for Android (with no licensing costs) is a no brainer.

After all, Motorola still makes pretty phones..it's just that shoddy software that has disinterested folks.

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