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5 years ago

Scratch That: T-Mobile G1 Available at Wal-Mart TODAY

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We previously reported that Wal-Mart was going to sell the T-Mobile G1 starting November 24th which was right in time for the holidays. According to CNN Money, we need to fast forward that date to...TODAY.

Yeah folks, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart confirmed it. The G1 will be available in 550 Wal-Mart Stores at the low, low price of $148.88. Go get yours and tell us about it!

[CNN Money]

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5 years ago

China Mobile & Lenovo Launching Android Device in China Early 2009

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We at Android Central only knew of Lenovo as the maker of laptops and tablets. Admittedly, we're a fan of their PC work but we had no idea that they were big time makers of cell phones and smartphones in China. Until now.

China Mobile and Lenovo will team together to launch an Android Device for the Chinese Market in Early 2009. Spurning the likes of HTC, Motorola, Nokia etc. China Mobile chose Lenovo to capitalize on the skyrocketing demand for a G1 and/or Android device.

We're still a bit confused at choosing Lenovo though. What's wrong with the G1?

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Motorola Cutting Jobs, Focusing On Android

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We love Motorola here at Android Central, we really do. So it's sad for us to report that Motorola is planning to cut more jobs in an effort to cut costs and, well, make a buck in these tough economic times. According to sources who spoke to the WSJ, cuts are reportedly going to number in the thousands. Along with the job cuts, Motorola will "scrap dozens of phone designs" and focus on only a few projects.

Namely, Android.

We were half-kidding before that Motorola desperately needs Android to succeed and that their first Android device will be their last-ditch effort at survival. We're not kidding anymore. Whenever that Motorola Android phone comes out, it needs to be a hit or the Motorola we know and love will no longer be around. Make us proud Moto.

[WSJ via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Detroit Gets T-Mobile 3G!

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TmoNews has got the news that T-Mobile has gifted Detroit with 3G! Slowly but surely the boys in Magenta will cover the entire nation (hopefully, before 4G/LTE/WiMax/or whatever is next is done) with 3G networks!

This is good news for those living in Detroit because that means you'll be able to walk into a store and grab a T-Mobile G1. We know next to nothing about Detroit (other than the Pistons, Tigers, and Lions) but we hope that 3G+G1 will make your day!

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

G1 to sit next to iPhone at Walmart?

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Don't these two look good together? Through an unconfirmed report via anonymous tipster to Chris Ziegler at engadget, the T-Mobile G1 may be coming to a Walmart near you. This isn't too surprising given that I've seen some of my most favorite and sought-after phones pop up in places like Best Buy and Super Target, but the intriguing part is the price.

According to the anonymous tip, Walmart will be selling the G1 at a significantly lower price point at a wonky $148.88 with a 2-year contract. Last time I checked, the best price you can get from T-Mobile is $179.99. When can you expect this discounted G1 at Walmart? Try November 24th, in plenty of time for Christmas. I wonder what T-Mobile salespeople in the corporate stores will think of this? What do YOU think?

(Thank you, James (cherryhead25), for the tip!)

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5 years ago

Android Market: Developer Registration Already Started

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If you're a developer with a great idea, don't forget that the registration to get your app into Android Market has already started! Follow this link to get your app to millions of Android Users! And Android Users expect an onslaught of apps and games to come to the Market as soon as possible! We're already noticing the new stuff and can't wait to see what's next.

Be sure to check this space to see all the great apps that are coming our way!

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5 years ago

RC29 Update on T-Mobile G1

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Huh. Color us confused. We had originally reported about an OTA update that would update the build of Android on your T-Mobile G1 to the build number of RC28. The original build was RC19. The one showing up to a few lucky folks who got the update early? RC29. 

What do all these build numbers mean? Probably a whole lot of nothing yet other than the basic bug fixes and stability issues. Other than that, we're probably saying goodbye to RC28 before we ever said hello. Nice to meet you RC29!

The update reportedly takes only about 5 minutes and requires a reboot of your G1.

[Engadget]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Pouring Into China

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This is kind of interesting. China, notorious for their hands-on control over the Internet and such, is actually getting a lot of T-Mobile G1 units in all of its Android openness. The report says that the G1s are "pouring into China" since it was released in the US last week. The prices are hefty too, about $584 for the G1 and $73 to unlock it, I guess they really want some of that freedom.

[mocoNews via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Some Android Free Apps Aren't Really Free

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Have you guys run into this problem yet? Gizmodo is reporting that certain apps in the Android Market are posing as free but actually pulling a bait and switch on you to get you to pay for the apps. How are they doing this? Well, they put up the app on the Market for free and after you download it, the app's sole purpose is to link you to their website where you can buy the actual app. Not free but for $9.99.

MobiHand is somewhere between an offender and a bystander for this little bit of purposeful miscommunication -- they didn't list the app in the Market, but hopefully they'll be able to keep such nefariousness from becoming commonplace on *their* store. You know, we at Android Central will pay for apps, we support the developer. And a lot of you developers definitely deserve it but seriously, don't need to pull a stunt like this to get money. How about you spend your time making a good app instead.

That'll get you money. And some self-respect.

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Android Market Can Has Lolcat Builder

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lolcat (via http://speaklolcat.com/):

GRAB UR G1, OPEN ANDROID MARKIT, AN DOWNLOAD TEH LOLCAT BUILDR BY DAVID BROWN. ONCE INSTALLD, U SIMPLY SELECT FOTO, ADD UR LOLCAT CAPSHUNS 2 TEH TOP OR BOTTOM (OR BOTH), AN DEN THARS CONVENIENT BUTN 2 BOTH SAVE AN DEN SHARE UR FOTO WIF TEH WURLD!

English:

Grab your G1, open Android Market, and download the Lolcat Builder by David Brown. Once installed, you simply select a photo, add your lolcat captions to the top or bottom (or both), and then there's a convenient button to both save and then share your photo with the world!

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5 years ago

Security Flaw Found in Android Browser

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Well, that was fast wasn't it? Before we could even get our hands really dirty with the T-Mobile G1 and Android, a security flaw has already been found. A group of security researchers have found that after visiting a malicious website, malicious code and software can be installed onto your G1 which will track your keystrokes. This is obviously not good news for anyone who uses Mobile Banking or enters their Credit Card number, among other things.

Google is a little peeved at the whole situation, wishing that the research group would have kept the flaw quiet until they come up with a fix. But the truth is, with phones becoming more and more like their PC counterparts, we all need to be aware of the power of smartphones and thus the risk.

[New York Times via BGR]

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5 years ago

Sprint: Android Isn't Good Enough Yet

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We at Android Central would think that if you're a carrier that is bleeding users, selling off bits and pieces in hopes of a major buyout, and just all around flailing around, that you would consider anything to help your company. Certainly you would consider the most buzzed about and anticipated phone platform in years. Without a doubt you'd take more than a passing glance at Android right? So why would Sprint CEO Dan Hesse say that Android isn't good enough in its current form to put the Sprint brand on, effectively passing on Android until some point in the future.

We've been using the T-Mobile G1 and Android extensively for the past weeks and you know what Sprint? It is good enough. It might even be better on a carrier with a better 3G network. It'll certainly be amazing on WiMAX. Go and save yourself Sprint by grabbing an Android device early so you can satisfy your customers and shareholders.

[Reuters via Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Sell 600,000 Units By Year End

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Curious to know how successful the T-Mobile G1 has been? We had previously mentioned a 1.5 million mark for the T-Mobile G1 that proved to be more guesstimate than anything. But this time the source is more solid since it's HTC CEO Peter Chou and the figure is at roughly 600,000 units by year end. Not quite 1.5 million but impressive nonetheless. To quote:

"It will be more than we originally planned. I'm saying we will ship more than 600,000."

 

It looks like Peter Chou and HTC are setting the 600,000 unit mark as the base for units sold. When the holiday season kicks in and people get more familiar with Android, we won't be surprised to see that number even higher.

[Android Guys]

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5 years ago

Android Coming to Germany?

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We reported that the T-Mobile G1 and Android will follow up the US release with a UK launch. Now we're catching word that the Android Roadmap shows that the Android SDK will release a German Version by Q4 2008, which is prompting speculation on a Germany G1 release. Sounds good to us, how about you guys?

[Android Guys]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Having POP3/IMAP Email Fail?

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If you are one of the lucky ones and you have already unboxed your shiny new T-Mobile G1, maybe you have a Gmail account that you already use religiously and your G1 is working like a dream. Or, if you use a POP3/IMAP email account, you can set up your email and things should also be dreamy, right?

Not so fast. Apparently there is a significant failure rate reported by new G1 users trying to send and receive POP3/IMAP email, claiming a connection failure rate as high as 95%, according to Kelly Hodgkins over at boygeniusreport.com (read the post here). Not good. To fix the problem, some users recommend resetting the phone to reestablish the connection, but allegedly the connection works just once and fails again.

If basic things like POP3/IMAP email are having problems, what other technical hobgoblins are in store? Are any of you trying to use POP3/IMAP, or Gmail only? Is this just an aberration in an otherwise bullet-proof device and OS, or is it just the first of glitches to come? Let us know what you think!

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