We knew that Android Dev Phone would be good for something! Android 1.5 aka Cupcake is now available for your download pleasure if you happen to own one of those quirky little Dev Phones. The instructions to update to Android 1.5 are listed on HTC's website which can be accessed: HERE.
It will be responsible for end to end delivery of innovative java based mobile applications on existing or pre-commercial handsets with an initial focus on voicemail applications. It is also expected to drive application development; conduct required testing and provides production support.
Are they looking to make Verizon-branded apps for Android to run on Verizon-branded devices? Does Verizon already have a team of Android specialists hammering away at the kinks? Is this amazing news or what!
We know a lot of people have and love Verizon but so far Verizon devices have been underwhelming at best. To see an Android-based Verizon device would be HUGE. Let's see if Android can beat the iPhone to America's largest network.
What do you guys think about a Verizon Android Device?
Yeah, the HTC Magic launch tour has officially begun! Even Austria's A1 has joined the party and announced that they'll be releasing the HTC Magic and all its magicness sometime soon. There is no confirmed date but hey, an announcement is better than nothing right?
Wahoo! The Second Android Device is officially official: Vodafone Spain has made the HTC Magic available through their online store. This is a full week (and change) before the purported May 1st release on Vodafone UK.
Excited to be one of the firsts to grab the HTC Magic? Well, it's going to cost you a pretty penny. We're not sure of the exact details since European Carriers tend to have a varying, flexible tier-based system but some reports have it as high as €399 ($519). If anyone can clarify on the pricing, we'd love to hear from you!
Expensive or not, it's great to see some new life in Android after months and months of waiting!
Some observations: there looks to be a 3.5mm headphone jack which should be a welcome addition considering HTC's current affair with ExtUSB, it seems to use microUSB for charging, and from the photos, it looks pretty good to us.
Hit the jump for more hands-on pictures of the Samsung I7500 and be sure to tell us what you think in the comments!
Oh yeah! We're getting another Android Device people! O2 Germany has just announced that the Samsung I7500 will be Samsung's (and the carrier's) first Android device. Hopefully this announcement will bring a HUGE wave of Android device announcements.
Now for more details on the Samsung I7500 which comes with some pretty decent specs:
Android 1.5 OS
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSPA
528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU
3.2-inch HVGA capacitive OLED touchscreen display
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
8GB internal flash memory
3.5 mm stereo jack
Metal case, 11.9 mm thick
Taking a look at the product shot of the Samsung I7500 it looks like it's missing the traditional Android Menu button. Also, it looks like Samsung decided to use a d-pad over a trackball. In either case, we're just happy to hear official word for an Android device--we'll fret the details later.
So what do you guys think, on first impression, of Samsung's first Android Device?
Oh yes! Italians can get in on the Android HTC Magic fun! Italy's TIM has put up a website for the HTC Magic for a low, low (read: high, high) price of €449 which is roughly $595 (yowza!). But hey, we're sure some people are willing to pay that hefty price to get their hands on the Second Android Device.
No launch date is posted so who knows when this is releasing but at least it's better than being left in the dark like us T-Mobile US customers!
Here's a funny image to brighten your Monday--that picture above isn't a shot of the T-Mobile G1 but rather of a fake, knockoff version that not only fakes the hardware but also runs some knockoff version of Android. It doesn't come with a slideout hardware keyboard and um, what's the point of faking Android? It's free to license!
Either way, it's pretty hilarious and if anyone was to ever spot one of these in real life be sure to send it in!
Hey, hey! Another Cupcake release rumor! But this time it comes from a more reputable source: T-Mobile Germany. How's that for (semi) official?
According to T-Mobile Germany's website, it looks like they're showcasing the Cupcake update to release in May. It doesn't really state US release plans, but hey if Germany is getting Cupcake in May, we can't be too far off right? If you forgot what Cupcake was, educate yourself:
Additional on-screen keyboard
Video recording and playback
Pictures and video include one-click Picasa and YouTube uploads
Automatic adjustment of the touchscreen when the G1 is held horizontal or vertical
We're also pretty sure you like free stuff. So you'll want to check out the What Would You Do for a Palm Pre Giveaway. We're also incredibly proud that CrackBerry.com reached - wait for it - One Million Members! They'll be tossing out celebratory gifts to them this week. WMExperts will be giving away a phone (check there on Monday). Also, did you know that The iPhone Blog is approaching their 1 year anniversary in a couple weeks? Expect some fun to happen there soon, too!
Much more more happened in the smartphone world, so as usual, we bring you our "Best of SPE roundup." Come take a look at what's news!
We're all excited about Android 1.5 here at Android Central but Google has just notified us that not all current apps may work in Android 1.5. Luckily, they've provided a few reasons on why certain apps may break and how to "future-proof" your applications. For a full read up you can head to the official Android Developers Blog but the rules to live by are as follows:
Don't use internal API's
Don't directly manipulate settings
Don't go overboard with layouts
Don't assume all hardware (i.e. physical keyboard) will be available
Make sure you allow "graceful" re-orientations of the screen
Google Product Search is a nifty way to get a quick price range, reviews, ratings, and details all through the power of search. Thankfully, all that information is now easily accessible on your Android Device. This new optimized feature is incredibly useful when you're in a store and want to learn more about a product.
We think this is a pretty neat feature but most users would probably choose an app like ShopSavvy before it. Either way, this is a great bonus feature for Android. What do you guys think? Would you use Google Product Search on Android?
There's no denying that the release of new Android phones has been – and we're putting this mildly – much slower than expected. But it looks like the MID market is picking up, and now comes word that MSI, best known for its internal hardware and now for its Wind series of netbooks, may be getting into the Android game.
Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009 aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
So while we might not be seeing as many Android phones as we'd hoped at this point, at least the platform itself seems to be steadily growing. Question is: Will this become the year of the Android netbook?
“We have not made any formal announcement of an Android- based device, although it’s likely that we’ll have one in 2009,” Aymar de Lencquesaing commented in a television interview today from Singapore. “We intend to have devices that will take advantage of multiple platforms.”
What's going to be unique about Acer's Android Devices is that they're going to use its presence in both the computer and mobile phone worlds to offer a better synchronizing experience--a synergy of sorts. They want to answer the question, "How do I port my environment from one device to another?"
Answer it Acer, answer it. We can't wait to see what you guys are cooking up!
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