The video above is reportedly a custom HTC build of Android complete with unique aspects and future Android goodies like widgets that really make it look like TouchFlo 3D for Android. If you're unfamiliar with TouchFlo 3D, it's basically a HTC-built user interface that lies on top of Windows Mobile. From our experience with TouchFlo 3D, it basically hides the complexity of Windows Mobile and makes it more "finger friendly".
We're guessing that HTC has similar plans for Android--building a custom user interface on top of Android would bring a certain amount of consistency between HTC platforms. We're not sure if this is a good thing but it certainly looks like HTC has their own plans for Android.
Though the features in the video above doesn't exist yet, it's a good indicator of what's to come from HTC's Android front.
More T-Mobile 3G cities have been leaked (via TmoNews) and the list of upcoming T-Mobile 3G cities for Q2, Q3 and Q4 of this year is quite expansive--easily over a 100 cities are prepping for T-Mobile 3G.
Hit the jump to see the full list of planned T-Mobile 3G cities! Is your city among the lucky bunch? Let us know!
The T-Mobile 3G rollout continues! The month of May has T-Mobile 3G coming to four cities. Rockford and Springfield, Illinois should already be enjoying the speed of 3G while Henderson, Nevada and Wichita Falls, Texas just needs to wait a couple days in order to experience the fast data speeds of 3G!
Like we said, slowly but surely T-Mobile is covering the nation in 3G. Hopefully, it's not so slow that 4G will already be prevalent by the time T-Mobile finishes!
We know that Dell's Mini-line of netbooks is particularly versatile in terms of the different OS's it can run. We also know that our own Android OS is also versatile in terms of the different devices it can be ported to. What we didn't know is that Dell themsevles are testing out multiple OS's--Android included--to see what works best on their netbook line. In the video above, Dell's Doug Anson shows the Dell Mini 10v running three different OS's--one of them is Android 1.5 Cupcake.
Does this mean that Android is going to pop up onto a Dell Mini? Well, nothing is for certain yet but at least you know that Dell is interested in our favorite smartphone OS. In fact, Doug Anson said that Android is a "small and snappy OS" and that it runs "fairly nicely".
We still don't know what to think of Android and netbooks. On one hand we're excited about the potential but on the other, we're not sure a non-touch based solution for Android is desirable. We're very interested in hearing what you guys think about it, so let us know in the comments!
We always thought that the I7500 in the Samsung I7500 sounded a little too complicated for regular, consumer usage--it just had to0 many digits, didn't it? Apparently, France's Bouygues Telecom thought the same. They pulled the smart move and re-named the former Samsung I7500 as the new Samsung Galaxy. Don't worry, it still packs the same goodness as the I7500, just with a much catchier name.
And for all you French folks out there, you can expect the Samsung Galaxy to hit your country in early July. This marks the first time we've ever been jealous of the French. We kid, we kid. We like Tony Parker and french fries as much as the next guy.
We know you guys wanted to see the next generation of Android phones go head to head and now you've got it! CNET Asia just got their hands on both the HTC Magic and Samsung I7500 and put them side-by-side under the glaring light of the camera with nothing to protect themselves with. It's a good old fashioned head to head, photo shootout!
After seeing these pictures, we can safely say that whichever device you decide to buy, HTC Magic or Samsung I7500, we're confident that you're going to get a super sexy device with a powerful OS. Personally, we like the HTC Magic just a tick better, but that can change on any given day.
Which one do you guys like better? HTC Magic or Samsung I7500?
hit the jump for the rest of the photos of the HTC Magic vs Samsung I7500!
Our friends at Android Community just took out the HTC Magic's camera for a spin and came back with some pretty darn nice looking images. The 3.2 megapixel camera on the HTC Magic has been a point of emphasis for a lot of readers and it's good to see the photo quality come to light.
The picture above was taken with a HTC Magic with no editing or post production magic. If you ask us, it looks pretty darn good. Granted the picture was taking outside in the daylight, it doesn't look like an especially sunny day (that's London for ya!) and the quality still came out nicely. Overall, we're pretty impressed with the HTC Magic's photo capabilities and can't wait to get our own hands on it.
What do you guys think of the HTC Magic's photo quality?
hit the jump to see a couple more pictures taken with the HTC Magic!
Look, we know that you can't really confirm that an Archos Android MID is going to be released on June 11th but since we've already heard reports of such device, it takes far less of a leap to believe that the Android MID by Archos is forthcoming.
Plus, the shade of green on the invitation should might as well be called Android-green, the similarity is too striking to be a coincidence right? And that faint MID-esque device in the background? We're sold! Our previous report said that the Archos Android MID device will sport a 5-inch touchscreen packaged in an ultra-thin body with hi-def video playing capabilities. It sounded sweet then and it sounds even sweeter now.
Do you guys think the Archos June 11th event is Android-focused? Or could it just be a mere coincidence?
Ugh. According to the leaked schedule, today was supposed to be the first day of the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update roll out. And what do you know? T-Mobile has just announced that they're delaying the release of Android 1.5 once again! That means we'll have to wait another week before we can get our hands on Cupcake.
T-Mobile is saying that they're "finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery" and that they "expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June". Sigh. Talk about bungling a good thing.
We know a lot of you guys have hotly anticipated Cupcake since the G1's release--try to wait one more week for all of Cupcake's goodness, yeah?
And my, it looks GOOD. You get the same Android you've learned to love with a fresh interface that is both sleek and intuitive and some newly redesigned apps like the browser, calendar, music player, etc. It even looks a bit snappier to us. In all, we don't know if Cupcake can hold off our anticipation for the next build of Android!
We tried to connect the dots before but it looks like the stars are aligning for the Samsung I7500, Samsung's first Android device, to be released to T-Mobile USA. What makes us believe that? Well, the Samsung I7500 just cleared the FCC (keeper of electronic approval and leaks) with support for T-Mobile's USA 1700 MHz 3G network.
We still don't know when the Samsung I7500 is going to be released stateside but it's nice to know that it's coming. Original reports expected a fall release, hopefully Samsung can speed up the process a bit?
We already knew that Android was finally coming to Canada, in fact, it was so aptly advertised as "The Revolution is Coming". Well, now we know where you can take part in the Android Revolution: Best Buy. Best Buy has announced that they'll be releasing both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream on June 2nd. As the image above says: The Revolution is Here (as in you can pre-order today).
Canada has so far been without the goodness that is Android and we're absolutely certain that our neighbors to the north will enjoy the Android experience. Let us know in the comments if you're from Canada and planning to buy a HTC Magic or HTC Dream!
One of the biggest strikes against Android is the lack of an official, native first-party Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client (third party support isn't quite as nice). We don't personally use Exchange but we know many folks who know of nothing else. So if you're a big Exchange user you'll be happy to know that the HTC Magic is going to offer Exchange ActiveSync support.
But there's a catch. The HTC Magic needs to be a non "with Google" phone in order to offer Exchange support. In this particular case, The HTC Magic that was seen with Exchange lacks the "with Google" branding and was therefore allowed to load whatever custom build of Android that HTC wanted. For example, the HTC-customized Magic includes better contact integration, more responsive and full featured camera app, and additional home screen widgets that won't be found in "with Google" HTC Magics. This particular Magic will be available in Singapore and most of Asia.
So basically, for Android phones that have the "with Google" branding (check the back of your G1 or Vodafone's Magic) will have to fall in line with certain standards that Google is putting out. The "with Google" branding is simply a carrier decision and though it definitely weakens the power of the device, the carriers get the benefit of name recognition.
We wish it wasn't like this and that we could have the best of both worlds, but we think HTC stands correct on this. We want our phones as full featured as possible!
We're getting some great commentary from our readers over at the old "Have You Got Cupcake Yet?" post that went up a week ago. For the most part, everyone is still waiting to receive the goodness that is Cupcake (we are too). We've been assured that it's rolling out and a rough "schedule" (if you can even call it that) has been revealed. As follows:
5% of Android Devices will receive the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update on Monday, May 18th
15% on Tuesday, May 19th
30% on Wednesday, May 20th
45% on Thursday, May 21st
60% on Friday, May 22nd
75% on Saturday, May 23rd
90% on Sunday, May 24th
100% on Monday, May 25th
So as you can see, the plan is to release slowly but surely. Remember, it's supposed to come OTA (over-the-air) so the only thing we can (officially) do is just wait our turn. What we still don't really understand is why doesn't T-Mobile/Google/Android just make it available for official consumer download via website? That way the die-hard Android Users who've been waiting for Cupcake since who knows when can get to downloading while the casual Android user receives it OTA. Makes sense to us.
So let's start up the conversation again! Did anybody residing in the US get their Android 1.5 Cupcake on yet? Holler in the comments and don't forget to tell us where you're from!
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