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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 22 March 2009

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Tuesday was a big big day at Smartphone Experts. Not only did we have comprehensive coverage of the new iPhone 3.0 software announcement (and more keeps coming here) at The iPhone Blog, over at CrackBerry.com we had one of the very first hands-on with the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630. If you add in late developments like some additional Windows Mobile 6.5 features sneaking out at WMExperts and anticipation that the Nokia E71 will finally hit AT&T at Nokia Experts, you make for a fairly exciting week in the smartphone world.

Read on for the Best of SPE!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 is a Cash Cow for T-Mobile

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You might have never guessed it. But the T-Mobile G1 is the biggest money making device for T-Mobile. According to a comScore report (via electronista), the G1 brings in the largest profit for T-Mobile while only being the 8th best selling T-Mobile device.

How is this possible? Well, the 'required' monthly data plan definitely juices up the numbers and puts profit into T-Mobile's pockets and of course selling the device for $179.99 (while other phones are free) doesn't hurt either.

For the other carriers: the iPhone and Blackberry Storm are the cash cows for AT&T and Verizon, respectively. So it looks like touch screen makes customers come out in droves and smartphones (with data plan) are the easiest way for carriers to make a buck.

Anyone, anyone at all, surprised that the G1 is T-Mobile's most profitable device?

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5 years ago

Android Has a Sweet New Circular Zoom -- VIDEO

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Présentation vidéo du HTC Magic, le téléphone sous Google Android de SFR Some new Android features have been spotted and well, they look pretty darn sweet. First off, the new circular zoom feature. CNET France has gotten on video the new zoom feature that looks to replace the ol' plus/minus icon process. To initiate the zoom, double tap the screen and a onscreen wheel will pop up for zoom purposes. In the video, it details circular zooming in photos and web browsing. Though this is surely a roundabout way to zoom (when compared to multi-touch at least) it certainly seems more fluid than the current setup. Fast forward to 2:05 in the video to check it out. We also get a peek at the video recording capabilities on Android (at the 2:25 mark) which shows basic controls and the ability to share the video through Gmail, SMS, or upload directly to Youtube. Though these features were shown off on a HTC Magic, we're pretty sure they'll eventually pop up in Android. So, what do you guys think? Circular zoom for the win? [via phandroid

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5 years ago

The Rest of Samsung's 2009 Smartphone Lineup Revealed

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Here's the rest of the picture that leaked Samsung's Android Device and though we can't confirm that any other devices will run Android we can see the direction that Samsung intends to move.

Unsurprisingly, most of these devices are touch-based with a large screen. Some even have slide out keyboards. Remember, Samsung is reported to deliver three Android Devices in 2009 and if this slide is supposed to represent Samsung's 2009 plans, you're looking at them right now.

So let's play a little bit of Android-bingo, out of the 14 devices which ones do you think will be Android powered?

[engadget mobile]

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5 years ago

First Image of Samsung Android Smartphone Pops Up

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This is how desperate us Android users are for news on upcoming Android devices. The ridiculously blurry, pixelated picture above? That's Samsung's first Android Smartphone. It was reportedly shown at a dealer event in Amsterdam and a keen observer snapped this wonderfully speculative snapshot.

The details of the Samsung Android device are:

  • a 528 MHz Processor
  • Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Substantial (but undetermined) Internal Storage
  • microSD Port
  • 3.2-5 Megapixel Camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • Quad-band GSM
  • Candy-Bar Design
  • Two Versions: US and Europe/Asia

It's great to see some progress with non-HTC Android Devices (albeit as vague as they come) and though it's all really speculative at this point, we can't deny the fact that we're still excited to see something in the works.

What do you guys think of this? Is it ridiculous to take that picture as the truth? Or is it exciting to see more Android Devices come to fruition?

[engadget]

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5 years ago

HTC To Launch Three Android Smartphones This Year

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HTC, maker of the T-Mobile G1 and hotly anticipated HTC Magic, is quite obviously the biggest (read: only) Android Smartphone maker on the market. So when HTC speaks, the Android world stops to listen. Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, says that we can expect "at least" three Android Devices this year from HTC. We're not mad at that.

If you count the HTC Magic as one of the "three" devices, we should still expect two more HTC built, Android powered devices. What would be interesting is if they choose a different route for form factor so that they can offer a complete product line for Android. With the G1 being the sliding form factor and the Magic being the all touch device could we expect a Blackberry/Treo-esque front facing QWERTY design and a HTC Touch HD 'maxed out the specs' form factor? Only time will tell.

Here's HTC's 2009 product line. Which one will be Android?

[pc world]

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5 years ago

China Mobile HTC Magic Shown Off, Is Different

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China Mobile has a highly customized HTC Magic in the works loaded with custom firmware and TD-SCDMA capabilities (China's own network which should mean no Wi-Fi or 3G). If you take a look at the pictures you can see that this pre-production model has a lot of the software that is different from typical Android goodies, you almost get an iPhone-esque layout that honestly bears no resemblance to Android.

The HTC Magic China Mobile edition is supposed to be on track for a May release but details on pricing are still non-existent. Supposedly it's going to be called the Dopod G2. This obviously has little to do with the US or European market, but hey, it's always good to see the HTC Magic form factor!

Hit the jump to see more pictures of China Mobile's HTC Magic.

[engadget]

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5 years ago

Video Demo of New Cupcake Features

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Okay. Since this limbo of will we, won't we get Cupcake is currently at a won't we, the next best thing has got to be watching Cupcake in all its glory on video. An Android Developer decided to play nice and showcase some of the new features in Cupcake and we're all thankful for that.

He goes over the Live Folders feature (which we're now excited for), the soft virtual keyboard (of course), a switch to a black and white photo preview for taking pictures (better response rate), video recording, a spinning globe, and some new settings tweaks.

From the video, the current build of Cupcake looks to be fairly solid and almost ready for the primetime. The only thing we noticed to not work was video recording but we're sure the Android Team is hammering the final details. After seeing this video we've got to say, we can't look at our G1's the same anymore. We want Cupcake. NOW.

Who's with us?

[gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Demo of Live Folder Feature in Cupcake -- VIDEO

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One of the more under-the-radar features of Cupcake is the ability to add Live Folders to the home screen. Dieter got a look at it with the HTC Magic and thought it was neat-o and after seeing the above video, we're pretty excited for it too.

As you can see, the video shows what a "Live Folder" is to Android. A Live Folder is basically a created folder that is automatically updated. In the video, it showcases a digg Live Folder--you have access to the top stories on digg right from your home screen via the Live Folder. We can definitely see potential for this in rss feeds, news feeds, twitter, etc. The ability to have an always on folder could be groundbreaking.

Anyone excited to use Live Folders in Android? We'll ask, how about more widgets while you're at it Google!

[better android]

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5 years ago

Android Market Merchant System Fixed Now

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You know that Android Market Merchant System problem we reported on yesterday? Well, it's been fixed! Google Support gave this statement:

“The issue you were having should now be resolved. Please reply to me here if you experience any further issue and thank you for your patience!”

Good thing Google jumped on this right away because leaving developers without an arena to showcase their paid apps is so..last year.

[android community]

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5 years ago

Motorola to Release 10 Smartphones Second Half 2009

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An analyst from Oppenheimer & Co. recently stated that Motorola plans to release 10 smartphones in the second half of this year. This obviously isn't concrete news from Motorola itself, but analysts do have some research (formula? magic? voodoo?) on determining this.

If this is true, this is amazing. 10 smartphones in the second half? Heck, if it's even half true, we'll be happy. There's no telling how many of those devices will run Android but we like our odds if they release 10 devices.

What do you guys think?

[wmexperts]

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5 years ago

Is Android Market Paid-Apps System Blocking New Merchants?

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It seems that Android and paid apps just don't seem to get along as they should. What with Dev Phone 1 users getting locked out, some users not having access to paid apps, it's definitely been a rocky start for paid apps. Now news comes in that developers are having trouble linking merchant accounts to their Android developer accounts, which leaves them unable to list paid apps in Android Market.

The image above is being seen by many developers locked out of the Android Market unable to offer their applications. The system is unable to setup the Merchan account. We're not sure if this is still going on, but if any Android Developer has come across this issue, let us know in the comments! Hopefully, we can get this fixed already.

[android community]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Says Cupcake's Release in April Is Just A Rumor

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Sigh. This cat and mouse game between reports on when the Android Cupcake update is coming out and what T-Mobile is "officially" saying just doesn't seem to stop. Just when we thought we were going to get Cupcake and all of its goodiness in April, a T-Mobile spokesman said it was merely an unconfirmed rumor and that there are no plans for an update "as far as I know".

Huh. Back to square one. When will we ever get to use you Cupcake!?

[android authority]

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5 years ago

Around SPE for 15 March, 2009

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Welcome to Around SPE, where we highlight the big news of the week from around the network in a format that's more than just a list-o-bullets. This week we're putting the spotlight on Android Central, which saw a fairly hefty redesign on Wednesday night. Search, registration, commenting, navigation, the whole shootin' match is all much improved.

We're also proud to announce that Android Central made a donation to Olin College to help students there develop mobile applications (with a special focus on Android, naturally). You can find out more information about the class here, or better yet -- go check out the applications already in development this early in the semester!

In Android news, we caught word that Amazon was selling the Black G1 for a measly $97.99. Then it got even better with Costco offering the G1 for $79.99, a whole $100 off! Why the discounts? Recession? Pressure from the HTC Magic? Finally, the long awaited Cupcake update is supposed to come to Android by April. Paid apps came to the UK Android Market. And we wondered whether the T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Magic) was going to show up at CTIA.

Now for the roundup of the week's news from our other SPE sites!

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5 years ago

Will the T-Mobile G2 Show Up at CTIA 2009 ?

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BGR is trying to put two and two together and predicting (with no sources, leaks, or tips) that the T-Mobile G2 is going to show up at CTIA. For those keeping score: the T-Mobile G2 is the HTC Magic and CTIA is a pretty huge mobile industry convention. What makes this interesting is that CTIA is right around the corner (April 1-3) and well, it does make a little sense.

Consider the fact that Android needs to become more relevant to be considered a true contender in the mobile industry. After the relatively quiet MWC we had to go through, the WORST thing would be to have another quiet convention where everyone is left wondering where Android is.

So what's better than making an impact at one of the biggest shows of the year? CTIA fits the bill perfectly. We're predicting big things for Android at CTIA because if Android is quiet again at CTIA, man we're going to be in for a long year.

This watercooler talk of Android and the T-Mobile G2 would surely make April an interesting month for Android. Remember, the HTC Magic is supposed to launch in April and the much anticipated Cupcake firmware is looking to be released in April as well. Can April get any bigger with the announcement of the T-Mobile G2? Could it be a month to remember with other Android Device announcements?

We personally would hate to see another opportunity slip by with Android barely making a peep. Now that Android has been on the market for nearly 6 months, it's time to see Android begin to fulfill its promise. With the Palm Pre still on everybody's minds and the iPhone 3.0 preview looking to steal attention, Android needs to shine the light back on itself. CTIA should be their show.

What do you guys think? Are we in for another quiet convention or can we expect some BIG news on the Android front? 

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