The lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack on both the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G has drawn the ire of many Android users. It has been an indefensible decision on HTC's part for including that 'one-plug-to-rule-them-all' ExtUSB junk on their phones. It forced users to buy dongles (which is available in our store, btw =) ) and adapters that seemed senseless and was always annoying. Thankfully, HTC has realized their error and will now put out phones with the 3.5 mm standard, starting with the Hero. To quote HTC:
The vast majority of devices we launch after Hero will have a 3.5mm jack. Devices that we have already announced but that still come out after Hero will not necessarily be a part of this change.
So ExtUSB isn't done yet, but it sure is close. And for that, we can all celebrate! The tech world is a better place when manufacturers follow industry standards.
We don't know how they did it but the guys at Gizmodo managed to get the T-Mobile G1, myTouch 3G and HTC Hero all together in one place, at the same time and get pictures of it. Don't they just look like one big happy family?
The T-Mobile G1, as much as we love it, sticks out like a sore thumb to us. It just doesn't have as clean of lines as the Hero or as svelte a shape as the myTouch 3G. But then again, it's the only one in the HTC Android family to pack a physical keyboard. Aside from taking the snapshots, Gizmodo also found that the HTC Hero has other HTC software on it: a mail client with Exchange support and a beautiful twitter app. Score.
Which one is your favorite?
Hit the jump to see more pictures of HTC's Android Family!
We lauded Sony Ericsson for cutting no corners on the reported Android-powered XPERIA 'Rachael', it absolutely looked like a high-end device that packed a hefty punch: Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 7.2 megabytes HSDPA. On paper, it looked to be an absolute beast. So what could make the 'Rachael' even more stunning? To have a user interface as lovely as anything we've ever seen.
Sony Ericsson has built a new UI layer on top of Android (much like with what HTC did with HTC Sense) and boy, it sure is pretty. It seems to place a heavy emphasis on social networks and unified messaging and combines all kinds of sleek and sexy to deliver a fully immersive experience. If you watch the video, you can see the fluid use of widgets and from the looks of it, stellar usage of touch.
Obviously, it's still early in the game for 'Rachael' and for all we know the UI could be buggy and the hardware flawed, but we're pretty certain we have a winner here. Now let's hope Sony Ericsson officially announces it!
MobileCrunch reports that two more updates to Android are slated for this year. One minor, one major. The major update is widely expected to be Android 2.0 Donut which will bring universal search, speech-to-text APIs, handwriting gesture capabilities and more to Android. It's nice to know that Google has Android 2.0 Donut planned for this year. Now let's see if they can deliver. We can hardly wait.
So we guess those rumors of the HTC Hero heading to AT&T or Sprint are going to prove true after all because it sure doesn't look like it's coming to T-Mobile. T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman said that T-Mobile "has no plans to bring the HTC Hero to market" which in our book, sounds like a flat out NO to all things Hero for little Magenta.
On the bright side, we're hopeful that this means we'll see another carrier adopt Android. The HTC Hero is too compelling a device for the US market to completely ignore.
What do you say guys, AT&T or Sprint for the HTC Hero?
T-Mobile is really pushing the customizable nature of the myTouch 3G--custom gel skins, custom cases, custom straps, custom holsters, battery extenders, and docking ports. It really seems that the myTouch 3G's biggest feature is that customizability and it'll be very interesting to see how consumers react to it.
Is this type of customization something consumers are interested in? The iPhone is wildly popular but there is zero customization (other than color choice) offered by Apple. Is T-Mobile specifically pitting the customizable myTouch 3G against the iPhone? Will consumers fork over more money just so they can have that nifty myTouch commuter mug?
Let us know what you think about the myTouch 3G's customizable nature in the comments!
If you're currently a T-Mobile customer, you can pre-order the myTouch 3G on T-Mobile's website for guaranteed delivery by August 5th. It's nice to see T-Mobile reward loyal customers by offering them first dibs but not so nice seeing that $199.99 price tag.
The rumors have always pointed towards Google releasing an Operating System but we just never really took it seriously. We figured Android is a desktop-class OS and many netbook manufacturers have taken a liking to it, so Google needn't bring another OS into the market. Oh how wrong we were.
The Google Chrome OS, an open source platform (yay), is designed for x86 and ARM based netbooks, laptops, and desktop computers. Google says that the OS is going to be lightweight, enabling quick and easy access to the web and that it'll be virus free, for the underlying security architecture is completely new. We'll let Google describe the rest:
The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies
So what does this spell for Android? Android was an OS built for smartphones but undoubtedly had netbooks and MIDs in mind when being developed. The Google Chrome OS extends from the top end of desktop PC's to the low end of netbooks as well. There's obvious overlap and Google is acting pretty cryptic when it says:
While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
So we guess, only time will tell how Android and Google Chrome OS will co-exist and which one becomes preference on netbooks and other netbook-type devices. Our prediction? We're expecting Google Chrome OS to be hugely successful on netbooks while Android becomes the de-facto standard for touch based OS's.
What do you guys think about Google Chrome OS? What do you think this means for Android?
The video above was posted via T-Mobile's Youtube Channel and if you're interested in what the myTouch 3G can do, it's definitely worth a look. The most interesting thing to us is that the video never once mentions Android. It details all the Google apps but the word Android is strangely omitted. Perhaps, T-Mobile doesn't think Android is a big enough brand to sell a device on? It's definitely an interesting stance.
Instead, T-Mobile chose to hype the customizability of the myTouch 3G--you can personalize the back cover and add widgets to your liking, so that the 'myTouch 3G can be yours'. Right.
Want to know more about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and can't wait for today's media event? Well, Tmonews got a heck of a grab: pricing, launch info, and target release dates for the myTouch 3G. And though it's great to finally get the details on the myTouch 3G (a device that should have been released months ago), not all news is good news.
For one, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G is going to go on sale for $199.99 with new two year contracts, an acceptable amount...last year. With the iPhone 3G being available for $99, T-Mobile should have realized that the new mark has been set and matched their pricing. And honestly speaking, the myTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic is hardly a 'new' handset that'll justify the "premium" pricing. Wouldn't it make sense to draw more customers at the $99 price point especially when there's not significantly better than the current G1? The HTC Hero at $199 makes sense but the myTouch 3G? Even Rogers has the HTC Magic for $99!
What's going on T-Mobile? Guess we'll find out for sure today.
We thought the day would never come but the perpetual BETA tag on the Google Apps Suite has finally been removed and Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Talk now have the distinction as ready for the public, or beta-less, software. It was always a running joke on how Gmail managed to stay in Beta for 5 years, especially considering in recent years there was hardly anything Beta about Gmail.
So why the switch after all those years? As Google explains it:
We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.
Before you get excited, the Google G0 isn't a real Android phone. It's not coming out anytime soon and heck, it'll probably never be built. But boy is it one sexy device.
Taiwanese designer Tryi Yeh came up with this Android Phone concept and aside from its beautiful design, it has some pretty interesting features. Though it's billed as a slider-type device, the slide function only reveals a camera on one end and four customizable multi-functional buttons on the face--a pretty neat idea. Also drool worthy: the end-to-end touchscreen.
Sorry for showing these pictures to you guys since you may never look at your T-Mobile G1 the same ever again but man, what we would do to get a real production unit of this G0..
More pictures of the Google G0 Phone Concept after the jump!
Wikipedia is definitely one of our most frequented websites on the Android Browser. It's such a satisfying feeling when you can answer your own question in one quick search. And though we had to chug along the full site for quite some time, Wikipedia is now optimized for viewing on the Android browser (and iPhone, Pre, and Kindle). This new mobile Wikipedia site will make it immensely faster, easier, and even more useful.
Point your Android browsers to Wikipedia and you should be re-directed to the new mobile site of Wikipedia. Or you can head there directly HERE.
The Samsung Galaxy I7500 will be available to all you fine folks across the pond in August. O2 will be the lucky carrier for the United Kingdom, who'll carry the honor of releasing the first Android phone not made by HTC. The Samsung Galaxy was once the apple of our eye, but we can't help but feel the shine of it has been rubbed away after seeing the Hero and hearing reports of upcoming Motorola Android devices.
However, if we pay no mind to future Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy on paper is definitely the best of the current Android offerings. Multi-touch, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 8 GB of internal storage, 3.5 mm headphone jack, all housed in a sleek and thin design. We definitely see a winner here.
The interwebs were ablaze when The Guardian cited 'industry insiders' saying that Nokia, the world's largest phone manufacturer, was making an Android device to be introduced in September. The logic was understandable: though Nokia was the #1 phone manufacturer, they've been losing market share since smartphones have become more popular. Competitors like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android have been slowly chipping away at their lead and it may be only a matter of time before Nokia is overtaken. A Nokia built, Android powered device could potentially prevent that.
A Nokia Android device could have some very compelling specs and given the reputation of Nokia phones in regards to phone calls, media capture, and battery life I would be first in line to buy a Nokia Android unit
And though the prospect of a Nokia and Android union is exciting and makes some sense, it doesn't seem to add up or fit Nokia's current plans. Nokia phones run Symbian, another smartphone OS that Nokia has pledged their allegiance (and cash) to--to jump ship would be a complete shift in strategy that could prove unnecessary and too risky. But all this speculation is much ado about nothing as Nokia (predictably) squashes these rumors before they get out of hand, stating:
"There is no truth to this story whatsoever," a statement from the company read. "It is a well known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones."
So though it looks like Nokia has nothing Android-related in the works, it certainly won't stop Nokia and Android fans from continuing to hope. We'd love to see if Nokia can deliver a great experience on our lovely Android. What do you guys think?
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