The NBA and T-Mobile share a great relationship and it looks like that goodwill extends over to Android! The NBA has just released an official application to keep track of scores, standings, schedules, and so forth for all your NBA basketball needs.
After taking 'Game Time' for a quick spin, we can tell you that it's a great looking app that gives you the box score for any game you would want. What we would LOVE to see is some video (or even audio) integration much like the iPhone's MLB app. Sure, 'Game Time' is free and MLB At Bat costs money, but if it's a full-featured app, I'd love to pay.
What is odd is the timing of the release. The NBA regular season started back in October and is a week or so from ending. Sure we have the playoffs to keep us busy but I would have loved to use this app throughout the entire season!
TmoNews got their hands on the jackpot, a purported list of T-Mobile 3G locations for 2009. We've documented T-Mobile's 3G rollout in the past but this list shows the roadmap of the future. Soon, T-Mobile 3G will blanket the country (just in time for 4G, d'oh!).
Taking a quick glance at the list we can see a lot of Texas and Arizona cities will be getting the good 'ol 3G. Are any of your guys' city still missing? Let us know in the comments!
Amico is a Taiwanese firm that was sporting their new Android handset at CTIA this week, and it looks like a pretty decent phone with some good specs. Although it's been whisked back to the workbench for a 3G upgrade, it has a fairly decent list of goodies: 3 megapixel camera, 624 MHz Marvell core, microSD slot, and a 3-inch resistive WQVGA display. A capacitive screen would be nicer, but if the price is right, then maybe this can be forgiven.
On a quirky note, this Amico Android handset is labeled "BRAVA" - coincidentally not far removed from Sony's BRAVIA - in what seems to be a shameless attempt to falsely affiliate with Sony's big name. That's unfortunate and Amico should consider changing this before it goes to market. Why not give us the Amico "Atomizer" or some such colorful, unique name? Let's wait and see what happens when it's all said and done, and in the meantime, check out a video of the "BRAVA" here.
The NYT is reporting that T-Mobile has plans to make a Tablet-styled Device AND a home phone for next year (2010) and that both of those devices will run Android. Wow. We're not getting more Android phones, we're getting more Android devices.
The Home Phone is supposed to come with a docking station to handle syncing and re-charging purposes with a release earlier than the tablet device. The tablet device is shrouded in mystery but you can expect a 7-inch, laptop looking device that'll handle the basic computing tasks.
We're not really sure if these two Android-powered fill a niche or create a niche or whatever, we're just intrigued by the possibility of Android in the home. The Home Phone is of particular interest to us because it's a relatively new market that may just be unnecessary. Why pay a monthly subscription for a device that's similarly powered to our smartphone but infinitely less mobile?
Is anyone interested in these two future Android powered T-Mobile devices?
According to T-Mobile USA, G1 Android users downloaded an average of at least 40 applications for their phones while iPhone users averaged about 37 apps. There is no data as to retention of apps - G1 users may have downloaded their 40 apps, only to keep half that number, while iPhone users may retain more on their device, and vice versa.
What we DO know, however, is that the Android Market is alive and well with G1 users digging into plenty of the apps offered there. Further data suggests that 80% of G1 owners download an Android application at least once per week.
Whether it's Google's Android Market or Apple's iTunes App Store, the model for offering apps from third-party developers in one convenient, easy-to-use location seems to be successful. What has your experience been like using the Android Market?
In the same article where Samsung revealed their plans for Android, they dropped a very interesting nugget regarding the status of Android. Samsung gave a clear distinction between the Android OS and "Google Experience" devices, lining themselves more with Android than with Google.
[Samsung] drew a distinction between devices built on the Android platform and "Google Experience" devices, which not only use Android but are also Google-centric, packed with the search giant's own applications. "Our commitment is more to the Android phone than the Google Experience device,".
This whole time, we've been lumping Android and Google together, believing that they were one and the same. Android was Google and Google was Android, the lines were blurred, there was no difference. Could we have been wrong?
Read on to see what Android Central thinks the phone industry thinks about Android and Google!
Samsung is going to launch their first Android device in June of this year. Celebrate! Not so fast, because it's going to be released on a European Carrier first. After that, Samsung will release TWO Android Devices here in the US on TWO different carriers (T-Mobile and Sprint are where the smart money's at) in the second half of this year. Supposedly, the two US Android devices are going to look completely different due to carrier preference (let me guess, the T-Mobile version will have a 'chin').
So wait just a little bit longer kids, Samsung will eventually come to the Android party.
T-Mobile has just released some pretty interesting statistics regarding their flagship (and only) Android device, the T-Mobile G1. According to their numbers, among T-Mobile customers who've purchased a G1 "roughly half have traded up from a basic handset". Here are the rest of the numbers:
Approximately 80% of T-Mobile G1 users browse the web on a daily basis
The majority of T-Mobile G1 owners use Facebook and Youtube at least once a day and access Wi-Fi on a daily basis
On average, T-Mobile G1 customers have downloaded more than 40 applications from Android Market
Four out of five G1 customers download applications at least once a week
Taking a look at those numbers what pops out is the amount of apps being downloaded via Android Market. We can half-expect T-Mobile G1 users to use their phones more than other T-Mobile phones so accessing the web or using Youtube isn't suprising but downloading 40 applications (on average) from Android Market? That must mean these Android users are some sort of savvy! Keep it up Android Users!
What do you guys say? Were you surprised by the numbers?
Remember how we told you that Google was banning all tethering applications from Android Market and didn't look so "open" while doing so? Well, we might have spoke too soon. Google has backtracked and is now allowing tethering applications for users outside of the T-Mobile US network.
According to Google:
“We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application” Google statement to WiFi Tether for Root Users developer
This is a sigh of relief because Android isn't supposed to represent banning, denials, and closed (that's for the iPhone). Android is supposed to be the cute little green robot, the open source system, and the friendly--you come to Android expecting a certain amount of freedom and allowance.
We understand that if applications violate T-Mobile's Terms of Service, it's a no go. Thankfully, Google has allowed other Android users on other carriers access to the tethering applications.
According to reports, Germany and Austria's Android Users can now download paid apps in Android Market. We've had paid applications for a while now here in the States but now you guys get to enjoy them!
According to the reports, the HTC Magic will be given away for free to customers with a £25 or higher plan per month. As always, there are no specifics and nothing is really concrete in regards to price. With that said, we can surely expect the HTC Magic to release sooner than later and it's probably safe to say that Cupcake will be released to Android users within the same time frame.
If you need a reminder the HTC Magic is supposedly the G2 which is pretty much the same as the G1 except it's a full touchscreen with no sliding QWERTY keyboard. The styling and design of the Magic is definitely more drool-worthy than the G1 and of course, the oh so adorable chin is still around.
You could make an argument that the two biggest technology stories of 2008 was Android and netbooks. Android is a potential game-changer in both the wireless world and the mobile industry as a whole. Netbooks are an increasingly popular option for those who simply need the bare basics for their computing. So what could the biggest story of 2009 be? Perhaps, Android-Powered Netbooks? Netbooks running Android? We think so!
HP is reportedly looking into Android as the potential OS for its netbook line and honestly, it can make sense. Windows is currently too beefy for the netbook spectrum and Android is free, open-source, and extremely versatile. HP definitely should take a long and serious look into seeing if it is practical for a netbook to run Android because the potential is off the charts.
If this happens, and it still is a big if, Android is certainly going to be bigger than even we anticipated. HP is one of the biggest computer manufacturers in the US and having Android on their netbooks would put Android at the forefront of the revolution. Android in computers? Cool! Android in everyday life? Even better.
What do you guys think? Do you think Android would make a good OS for netbooks?
Yup. Just like Mobile World Congress 2009, Android Central will be reporting live and on location from CTIA Wireless 2009. The show is typically one of the biggest mobile/smartphone/wireless events of the year so hopefully we can get some Android related announcements and heaven forbid, actual Android devices.
We had already speculated that the HTC Magic aka T-Mobile G2 will show up at CTIA but other than that prediction, we don't have much else to base on. So we'll go with our gut and expect 4 Android Devices to be showcased and a few others to be simply announced. Let's go with one from Motorola, one from Samsung, and 2 from HTC (fingers crossed).
Android can't possibly make it two quite tradeshows in a row can they? What do you guys think will happen for Android at CTIA 2009?
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