You've probably heard of Android 2.0 Donut. But did you know that future versions of Android will be named Eclair and Flan? It looks like Google is pretty serious in codenaming Android alphabetically after dessert type snacks. Originally, we thought following Android 1.5 Cupcake with Android 2.0 Donut was hilarious and clever, but seriously, Flan!?
As interesting as those name choices are, it doesn't really matter to us because with new versions of Android means new features. At a joint media event hosted by Google and T-Mobile, Andy Rubin the founder of Android, stated that a lot of emphasis on Android's future will be placed in social networking. He says:
“Social is a big push for now,” he said, saying eventually an inbound phone call could show the caller’s photo, name and the last update he or she posted to Facebook, for example. Another focus is expanding the ways software developers who build applications for Android phones can charge for them through the Android market, its storefront.
Renaming the HTC Hero/T-Mobile G1 Touch to the T-Mobile G2 Touch kind of makes sense to us. The G1 brand marks the first generation of Android phones and with the HTC Hero being a clear step up from the G1, the G2 brand represents a new generation. Or at least that's what we think. Either way, it's a new Android Phone and for the fine folks across the pond, it can be had for free!
This shouldn't come as a surprise for anyone but T-Mobile expects the myTouch 3G to outsell the T-Mobile G1. Talk about going on a limb *sarcasm*. T-Mobile CTO, Cole Brodman, expects the myTouch to be successful because of broader appeal, saying that "a vast majority of customers will be new to Android and new to smartphones".
We're definitely going to agree with T-Mobile here, the myTouch is the same Android goodness in a sexier package, a solid recipe for success. However, with so many heavyweight Android phones on the horizon, it's still kind of saying something with T-Mobile being so confident. An easier way to guarantee success for the myTouch? Price it at $99.
We've already waxed poetry and sent love letters to Sony Ericsson regarding the Sony Ericsson 'Rachael' Android XPERIA Phone. We're in love with the design, we're in love with the specs, and we're in love with the UI. Heck, we're in love with being in love with it.
So it's always great to see more angles and a different color of our most anticipated Android phone of the year. Yeah, we know we shouldn't play favorites but how can we contain ourselves after the video leak of the UI? If Sony Ericsson bungles the 'Rachael' up, we might never forgive them. Now hurry up and announce it already!
Carphone Warehouse, a UK mobile phone retailer, is said to have this pink version and the other basic colors of the HTC Hero in stock by late July (date subject to change). We're wondering if there are more colors of the HTC Hero floating around..
Hit the jump to see pictures of the HTC Hero in different colors!
We don't know about you guys but we like to let loose a little bit on our Fridays. So here's a bit of Friday fun. Take a look at the picture above, it's a shot of Google CEO Eric Schmidt taking a picture with a Blackberry. Not a lovely G1 or a sexy myTouch or even a beautiful Hero but a Blackberry. Where's the Android love from Google's own CEO?!
Maybe he's doing dutiful research on the competition but it's pretty sad (and hilarious, of course) that Google's own CEO isn't using the smartphone platform that his own company puts out. We're thinking that Schmitty (can we call him that?) is a dual-wielder, carrying both Android and Blackberry handsets, but really hoping that he's just taking a picture on a friend's Blackberry. Yeah, that must be it. It can't be his. Say it ain't so.
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?
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