And it is finally official. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion has been formally announced as T-Mobile's Second Android Device with pre-orders starting July 8th and an expected August release date. The myTouch 3G packs a 3.2" HVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, T-Mobile 3G, quadband Edge, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth (A2DP as well), and of course Android 1.5 Cupcake and your usual Android suite of Google applications.
Pre-orders start July 8th with three different color options: white, black, and the much anticipated merlot. So how about it guys, are you going to jump to myTouch 3G or is your T-Mobile G1 good enough? Still holding out for a Samsung Galaxy? Let us know in the comments!
Find more information about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G at T-Mobile or hit the jump to see the key features of the myTouch 3G!
If you remember T-Mobile's Android Roadmap that leaked a month ago, you would recognize this Motorola handset dubbed the Morrison. This live shot of the Motorola Morrison looks exactly like the thumbnail picture in the roadmap (which effectively gives more credence to that roadmap). And though it is expected to run Android, we can't help but be a bit underwhelmed by Motorola's offering.
But, man, if this is Motorola's only Android phone, we can't help but be disappointed. We wanted the combination of great Motorola hardware and potential-packed Android software. Guess we'll have to wait for the Motorola Ironman.
We don't know much about Columbus, Ohio but we know that they've recently been receiving the speed of T-Mobile 3G (via Tmonews). We certainly expected that a city of Columbus, Ohio's magnitude (it is the biggest city in Ohio, right?) to receive T-Mobile 3G much earlier, but we guess we were wrong.
What's the biggest city left that doesn't have T-Mobile 3G? Let us know in the comments!
Apple can market that the iPhone platform has thousands upon thousands of applications to choose from but if users don't stay loyal to those applications, is it actually useful? According to Flurry, a mobile analytics group, Android users have a higher application retention rate than their iPhone user counterparts. Meaning, in the long term Android users will continue to use applications while iPhone users will move on to another application.
Why is this so? Flurry suggest three theories:
Android offers far fewer applications compared to iPhone. With applications coming out on iPhone at a faster rate, iPhone users move onto other apps more quickly. For Android users, they make more use of what’s available, with less temptation to move to the next application.
The Android base tends to be “older,” have less time and interest to try new applications. Once they find an application they like, they stick with it.
The Android base is more tolerant, tend to be more tech savvy and find ways to appreciate what they have, even if their applications aren’t perfect.
From the suggested theories, the first theory sounds the most correct without needing to take leaps into assumptions. Android users have less applications to choose from which leads to less competition among apps, less apps to filter, and so on. It should actually come to no surprise that Android users are more 'loyal' to their applications than iPhone users. What is impressive is the difference between the two user bases, Android holds a significant edge in app retention--nearly 42% higher.
Why is this important? Well if I was a developer looking to 'make it' in the mobile market, I would take these statistics very seriously. It raises the question, is it better to have your application downloaded more but used less frequently or downloaded less with higher usage? Time will tell what developers turn to.
This is odd. According to T-Mobile UK's twitter account, the Second Android Device on T-Mobile UK will be called the G1 Touch. We thought all along that the Second Android Device (the HTC Magic) was called the MyTouch 3G? Are they going to call it two different names in the US and the UK? Or is the G1 Touch an entirely different device?
We're still thinking that the 'G1 Touch' will be the MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic aka the Google Ion but there are some unconfirmed reports floating around that the G1 Touch may actually be that super sexy Huawei U8230 we previously showed you guys. Either way, our eyes and ears will stay close to the developing story and we'll be sure to keep you guys updated on what exactly this G1 Touch is.
What do you guys think? Is that twitter account to be trusted? What is the G1 Touch?
One of our favorite applications on the web, on the iPhone and just about anywhere is Pandora. If you don't know Pandora, it's an Internet Radio station that allows you to create your own personal radio station. You just type in a song, artist, or composer you enjoy and Pandora will play similar songs into a highly customized playlist. A radio station that plays only the music you like. Streaming music at its finest
This is an application we sorely missed on Android but fear not, reports are indicating that an Android Pandora application is in the works! Pandora CTO Tom Conrad just announced that Pandora is developing an application for the Android platform. Sadly, he didn't reveal a timeline but the mention of Pandora and Android together is enough to get our hearts racing. We expect it to be just as amazing on Android as it is on the iPhone.
HTC CEO Peter Chou expects the HTC Magic to ship its millionth unit within "one to two months". Mind you, it's not exactly the same as 1 million units sold but HTC is very pleased with the current sales of the HTC Magic and expects it to beat many industry analysts' predictions. We guess tough economy or not, people still want their Android!
This is great news because it shows that the world is responding favorably to Android but even better news since we think Peter Chou knows that within that "one to two month" time frame lies a big US release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic. That'll get them to one million easily!
"Next week, T-Mobile will share more details about its next Android-powered phone, the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 with Google."
This statement is really just an announcement for a planned announcement with very little detail but all signs are pointing to the release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion). It seems like the rest of the world has access to the Magic while us patriots only have the G1. We can't wait til T-Mobile officially (read: finally) brings the MyTouch 3G to the US!
It seems like everyday someone has a great idea regarding Android. Sometimes it's software related, while other times it's completely new hardware but the fact of the matter is, people are using Android as a tool to take chances, showcase the future, and hopefully in turn--revolutionize the entire mobile market.
Take this rumored ZTE Android Phone. It won't be just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill phone because it might be solar powered. Yeah. That's a pretty dang cool idea, and it's coming to Android. Though it's not quite confirmed yet, it's a likely possibility. Could you imagine never needing to charge your smartphone ever again? That would be amazing! Obviously more testing will be needed in order to functionalize this kind of technology but the seeds are being planted.
Would you guys be interested in a solar powered Android Phone?
The Haier H7 is targeted for a September release (in France) and will run our favorite Android OS. Haier is relatively unproven in the smartphone market, so though they're promising an Android device, we won't be fully convinced until we see it in our hands. The model shown at CommunicAsia 2009 was a non-working prototype that will sport a 2.8 inch touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, and interestingly Android 2.0 Donut.
To our eyes the Haier H7 looks like a spitting image of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion). But with Android 2.0 Donut being reportedly loaded into the H7, it'll sure make for an interesting device. What do you guys think?
The WSJ reports that T-Mobile's Second Android Device will be announced next week and be made available some time in the summer. A 'summer' release date is a good thing because summer is already here but it's also a bad thing since 'summer' can last until September for all we know. We're hoping everything will be cleared up in next week's announcement.
We've heard about LG and Android before, but not quite like this. In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Chang Ma, VP of marketing strategy for mobile communications, said that LG is planning to release up to three Android Phones later this year. We're nearly at the halfway point of 2009 so LG's Android product line should be announced soon.
It's been a long trek covering Huawei and their plan to deliver an Android Phone, but the goal is finally in sight. Meet the Huawei U8230, the beautiful phone that will be running Android. Huawei announced the U8230 (the phone pictured above) at CommunicAsia and that it'll pack a 3.5inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a lovely 1500 mAh battery. A detailed look at the photo might suggest that there is also a front-facing camera and your usual Android hardware buttons and trackball.
Before you read this, we highly recommend watching the video above. We'll give you a minute. Okay. Now how cool is that? Layar is bringing the world's first mobile augmented reality browser to Android and the potential for this kind of application is truly limitless.
To give you a brief run through (for those who didn't heed our advice): Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroids
Though it's only available in the Netherlands, Layar will soon come to the UK, Germany, and yep, our own United States of America.
Does Layar's Augmented Reality Browser make you love Android even more?
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