Oh yes. Cupcake rumors that we wish oh so much to be true are once again at the forefront of the discussion. This time Pocket-lint claims that T-Mobile representatives have confirmed that the Cupcake software update for Android will be released in April. To quote:
"We will be offering G1 users the firmware update sometime in April"
This does make a lot of sense considering the HTC Magic is going to be released in the same time frame and the Magic needs the soft keyboard that the Cupcake software update has. To remind you guys: Cupcake is supposed to include a soft on-screen keyboard, video recording, voice recorder, stereo Bluetooth, save MMS, among other features.
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Just because you CAN run Android on a Dell Axim x51v, should you? Although it doesn't seem to make much sense to run Android on an antiquity like this Dell Axim PDA, I can't help but admire Ertan D. for his creativity and know-how.
There are a few hiccups with this marriage of cutting-edge Android OS and elderly PDA hardware. Wi-Fi and Power Management are not fully cooperating. However, the touchscreen and D-Pad are performing normally. If anything, the fact that Ertan D. could successfully retrofit Android to an old device like the Axim x51v further illustrates the promise of the Android OS on a potentially limitless list of devices. Android on a Palm Vx, anyone?
If you didn't know, we're pretty big Android guys here. Huge, in fact. But we also respect the iPhone and though we understand its pitfalls, we also do understand that the iPhone changed smartphones forever and is embedded in the public's mind. EVERYTHING is compared to the iPhone. So when an analyst predicts that Android will outpace the iPhone by 2012, our Android fanboy-side jumps for joy but our realist-side raises an eyebrow.
Informa Telecoms & Media Analysts predict that Android with its open source operating system and no licensing cost will allow phone manufacturers to keep costs low and deliver affordable Android handsets to consumers eager to save a dollar. That viewpoint definitely makes sense in our current economic client, plus the advantage of the open source operating system allows for growth unseen in the mobile segment of the market and developers truly have the power. Combine it with the fact that Android is carrier flexible and multiple phone manufacturers are on board with Android, we can expect to see a load more of new Android devices in the near future.
However, to catch the iPhone? The iPhone in 2012 is sure to be a pretty darn good device (hopefully they'll solve cut & paste by then) and that doesn't even mention the fact that the iPhone 2009, 2010, and 2011 models are sure to garner a lot of press which allows Apple to be at the forefront of the smartphone world. To really challenge the iPhone in marketshare, Google needs to step up advertising for Android and keep offering best-in-class Google services with Android. The bottom line: In order to be as prominent and dominant as the iPhone, Android needs to be as synonymous with Google as the iPhone is with Apple.
So though we would love to surpass the iPhone in 2012. We believe the bar is just a wee bit lower than that. For now.
Hmm. This sounds like it may work but we haven't tested it out yet.
Since the paid apps problem in Android Dev Phones was only semi-solved with the 1.1 update to Dev Phones, it looks like HTC has delivered a solution that'll allow Dev Phone users to access the paid applications. Over at HTC's website, it shows detailed instructions on how to flash a Factory System Image onto the Dev Phone. We'd imagine that the Factory System Image would allow you to access the paid apps then?
One hangup though, Amazon is only offering the Black Model for the $97.99 price point while the White and Bronze version continue to go for the usual $179.99. We loved the white version but an $82 difference? We'll gladly go black.
And hey, if you looked at the new icon for "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" (try saying that 5 times straight!) it copies the same 'bag' theme as our lovely Android Market. Maybe Microsoft came up with the idea separately and designed the bag before they ever even saw Android Market's logo! That has to be it, right?! All jokes aside, the logo looks pretty nice, we can't tell you how the "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" works as a program though--that is still kind of unknown.
What you guys think? Who copied who, Android Market Logo or Windows Mobile Logo?
For those interested, the Australian G1 or we guess, the HTC Dream, has been photographed under seductive light and well, surprise! it looks the same. Well, other than the HTC logo being under the speaker instead of the T-Mobile branding, this is the G1 you know and love.
If you rock the Android Dev Phone you now have the right to be annoyed. Though Google just released a firmware update to your device which includes fixes for POP3 e-mail accounts, the alarm clock, Gmail send bug, mail notification, search by voice, and maps, it still only semi-solves the priced apps problem.
Yes, the Android Dev Phone can now have access to paid applications but with one freakn' huge caveat. Only the paid applications that aren't copy protected. According to Google, developers have an option of using a copy-protection feature known as "forward locking" which helps prevent applications from being copied off devices. Since the Android Dev Phone has unrestricted access to the content, it easily circumvents any copy protection. Therefore, copy-protected paid apps (most of them, we presume) still won't pop up in Android Market.
Look, we understand that the developers need to be rewarded for their hard work but leaving those who just spent $400 to support Android without a true solution to the paid applications problem definitely sucks. We hope to see a better solution in the near future.
A lot of people seem to think that Android isn't a big priority for Google, believing that any mobile smartphone platform is just as important to Google as Android. We obviously think different and this bit of news looks like Google is fully invested and behind the Android project.
Google has a dedicated team in Taiwan to look after Android and help it grow. This is crucial because of the partners that Google has in Taiwan. Namely, HTC (current maker of the G1 and HTC Magic) and to a lesser extent Acer and ASUS (two computer companies). This makes tons of sense because the biggest hardware supporters of Android are currently located in Taiwan/Asia and Google needs to work with them in order to build better devices.
Whoa. Can this be true? According to T-Mobile UK's latest financial numbers, it looks like the T-Mobile G1 accounts for nearly 20% of T-Mobile UK contract sales. According to T-Mobile UK, the T-Mobile G1 was clearly "the best-selling launch" of 2008. Having the G1 in tow, T-Mobile UK enjoyed a strong second half to the year (it launched at the end of October).
These numbers are a great base to build on and hopefully T-Mobile UK is prepared to compete with Vodafone and the HTC Magic for marketshare. How about it UK users, is the T-Mobile G1 that popular across the pond?
Whew! Good thing. We had originally reported that the LG KS360 (a yawn inducing device) might possibly be the first LG device to run Android. We didn't understand it then, it was basically a text messaging featurephone at best. Luckily, it looks like a bit of misreporting is to blame here.
Android Authority has it on good authority (?) that the original source was simply misquoted. Instead, LG is looking to offer a similar form factor to the LG KS360 for Android and thus not the terribly bland KS360 itself! This is good news because Android definitely needs more devices to get excited about and the KS360 simply wasn't going to cut it.
So now are we excited about what LG is going to bring? Yeap! Most LG phones are pretty great, we'd love to see what LG has cooking for Android.
If you're interested in checking out the HTC Magic's Service Manual (to make the wait seem shorter) it's been leaked to the xda developers forum. You can locate the manual HERE for download. It'll tell you how to disassemble, flash, and all around everything you can do with the HTC Magic. It's a great way to learn about the Android device that'll surely rock the world. Check it out!
CDMA BlackBerry users got cause for excitement this week as the first live photos of the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630 surfaced at CrackBerry.com. With a form factor that looks very much like the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 had a child, this may just be the ultimate full-keyboard trackball BlackBerry.
And if you don't own a BlackBerry but woud like a free one, Where and CrackBerry.com have partnered to bring you the BlackBerry Haiku Contest. Just head over to CrackBerry.com and leave your Haiku in response to the question "Where is your BlackBerry Right Now?". Best Haiku wins!
Following the lame Nokia 5800 U.S. launch, Nokia has determined that the 3G issue was related to the device firmware so an update was issued so everything should be good to go now. The 5800 is a great, rather inexpensive device so this is good news. fring is also now available and optimized for the Nokia 5800. There are very few Twitter clients available for S60, but the most compelling one called Gravity is coming soon. Get a load of this fish story where a Nokia device survived in the belly of a cod. Lastly, the two winners of our Launch Contest were announced. Thanks to everyone for participating.
Paid apps are all the rage in Android Market right now (hopefully you have them) and we thought it'd be a good idea to show you how the paid application system works. In short, it's pretty much exactly like the free app process with an added step of the Google Checkout screen.
Using Google Checkout is the obvious solution for handling paid applications in Android because many Gmail accounts are already tied into the Google Checkout and the G1 so it links up pretty easily. A confirmation e-mail is sent to you immediately when you purchase the paid app for filing purposes.
One gripe about the system is that Android Market definitely needs a sort option to separate paid apps from free apps, we think it'd make the user experience a lot better. Those who have purchased paid apps via Android Market already, what do you guys think?
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