This week we'll be bringing you more of the same, of course. Be sure you are paying special attention to CrackBerry.com, as this will be a HUGE week for CrackBerry Nation. This coming Thursday, February 26th, the site officially turns 2 years old!! And when CrackBerry.com turns another year older, it doesn't mean a day of celebrating, it means a week birthday festivities! Whether you're a BlackBerry owner or not you'll want to stay glued to the site for great contests, deals and giveaways each and every day. If you're not a daily visitor but want to follow the action, you can always subscribe to the CrackBerry RSS feeds or follow the site on Twitter at @crackberry.
Several days ago we reported that Freescale has developed a system-on-chip (SoC) for Android, opening up netbook possibilities. Desiring to carve out their share of the netbook pie, Glen Burchers, Marketing Director for Freescale, hinted at a summer 2009 availability and a price point of around $199. Providing a little something stronger than a hint, he said:
“Nobody needs this stuff but they want it, everybody wants it. And at the price point of $199, it’s a great Christmas present or birthday present.”
If the mention of Christmas present is a little more than a cliché, then the summer timeframe for a Freescale Netbook seems feasible. His assertion that nobody "needs" a netbook is probably true, but his further assertion that we "want" it is pretty accurate also. The summer timeframe is questionable, but an Android netbook will come our way sooner or later. Do you "need" or "want" a netbook running Android? [phandroid]
Since it's Friday (yeah!) we have some cool bit of news for you guys. It's not everyday we hear about a celebrity/athlete/personality using a T-Mobile G1 so when we do, we pay close attention. Crackberry can have their celeb sightings because we'll take the biggest (literally) star on the planet: Shaquille O'neal!
As I pulled out my phone to take a picture he snatched it out of my hand and inspected it.
"What's this got? Windows Mobile?"
He gave it the once over before handing it back and showing off his Google Phone.
I loved Shaq before, but now knowing that he's a fellow Android user?! Imagining his huge hands trying to type on the G1 keyboard? Complaining about the 'chin'? The possibilities are endless. In the end, it makes a lot of sense. T-Mobile has a huge NBA presence and many athletes have proclaimed their love for Sidekicks and the G1 is just a natural extension from there. Obviously, we'll never hear his stance on Open Source OS's but Shaq using a "Google Phone". Instant credibility. Sort of.
If you like your Google Android G1 from T-Mobile but you aren't crazy about the slide-out keyboard, cupcake may soon give you the much-anticipated on-screen keyboard as an option. This video, created by Brian Jepson, is a walkthrough of the on-screen keyboard on a G1 as well as more interesting screen transitions and some Linux shell time.
Although still a little buggy, this demo of cupcake is creating excitement for the good things to come, like better one-handed operation of the G1. Take a look at the video and share your impressions - are you excited for cupcake?
Now that MWC '09 is but a distant memory we thought it'd be a good idea to round up all the Android news stories that Android Central covered in one easy, trackable post! The biggest news on the Android front was quite obviously the HTC Magic. It's sultry form factor, clean lines, and cupcake firmware simply stole the show! But don't think it was the only Android news because after a slow start to the Mobile World Congress, things picked up pretty nicely. So here are the links to all MWC Android news so you can catch-up, fall back in love with magic, and/or just refresh your memory:
Engadget reports that Haier, a company associated with household appliances to us, showed off a few noteworthy devices at MWC. Unfortunately we know next to nothing about these two devices other than the fact that they supposedly run Android. They couldn't even showcase the phone in action because it was "out of batteries". Not to mention that the two phones are called the G1 and G2. Huh!?
The fun doesn't stop there. There's supposed to be a Blackberry Curve 8900 look-a-like device that wasn't shown and ANOTHER device that the PR for Haier wasn't even certain of. So really, in all, Haier didn't show anything other than two supposed Android devices (one strikingly resembles a Blackberry Storm) and two vaporware devices. Yeah..
We hate to focus on negativity here, especially in our country's current economic state, but Sprint just announced their Q4 2008 numbers and it ain't pretty. They lost 1.3 million subscribers and $1.6 billion. Apparently, as big as those numbers are it wasn't as bad as anticipated so their stock actually went up. Go figure.
Anyways, we know that the Palm Pre is going to give Sprint a flagship device but what about Android? Here's an idea: Sprint and Motorola team up to offer an Android device. 2 birds. 1 stone.
BGR is reporting that paid applications have been released in Android Market. We can't seem to find any on our G1, how about you guys? Anyone buy any apps yet? Anyone see any paid apps yet? Let us know in the comments!
Engadget has dug up these slides (during the offline Gmail presentation) of a HTC Magic with T-Mobile US branding. So yeah, we do think the HTC Magic is going to be the G2. Time will tell if there'll be any unique tweaks for us stateside.
Google snuck in a pretty cool feature for Android at MWC--Offline Gmail. If you're a big time Gmail User, you might know that a new Labs feature was implemented that allows offline viewing and using of your desktop Gmail account. Well, this is in the works for Android as well. You can basically do everything you do on Gmail--labels, compose, etc--just offline. It'll save everything you do locally and after you get an internet connection, the web app will sync everything back to Gmail. Almost magic, ain't it?
There's no telling when this will be available but it might prove that future offline webapps are possible. Supposedly all this is made possible through HTML5 standards. Definitely interesting.