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?
We've always been semi-interested in the Media Tablet space and our interest was obviously piqued when Archos was rumored to make an Android-powered tablet device. And though we haven't exactly heard about the tablet for some time, it's good to know that a September 15th launch for the Archos Android Media Tablet is looking more and more likely. The Tablet will run Android but will also include some custom-built Archos software on top.
The rumored specs:
800MHz TI OMAP 3440 processor
7.2 megabytes HSDPA
7 hours of Video Playback
The specs certainly make the Archos Android-powered tablet more compelling but will it be enough to convince consumers to take the plunge? Or is your regular ol' Android phone good enough?
The Revolution came to Rogers only a month ago, with the Canadian launch of both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, and joining the Revolution now has already become more affordable--Rogers just announced that they'll be dropping the price of both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream to a mere $99.99 (new 3-year contract applies).
This is a wonderful price to jump to Android with but one can't help but wonder if it's related to the recent hype of the HTC Hero or even a direct response to the iPhone 3G's $99 pricing. Rogers would certainly love to push a wider portfolio of smartphones out rather than becoming dependent on just Blackberrys and iPhones. Whatever the reason, it's a great price point to "join the revolution"!
The specs, if true, are stunning: it's supposedly using the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 GHz, has an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 7.2 megabytes HSDPA. We're hoping that this is all true because it'll certainly make for one heck of an Android device. It's supposed to be announced later in the year, so we just might hold off on that myTouch 3G purchase...