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5 years ago

Huawei To Showcase Android Phone At Mobile World Congress in February

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Do you remember Huawei? They're a China-based phone manufacturer with Android aspirations. Just recently they announced that they'll be showcasing their Android-powered device at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona in February. The details are incredibly vague at the moment but don't ignore Huawei, it is quite likely that they'll build the phone and have a more popular and notable company brand it. We'll be eager to hear what Huawei has cooking for Android and remain hopeful to see who will become Android's Second Device.

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5 years ago

Could Android OS Run on a Jailbroken Palm Pre?

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We would be straight lying to you if we told you guys we don't pay attention to Palm Pre news. Simply put, it's going to be very interesting to see if the smartphone market can sustain so many power players, so keeping an eye on an upcoming competitor is something we have to do. So you could imagine our surprise when we heard that development on porting Android over to the Palm Pre was in the works and theoretically possible. Because well if the Palm Pre could run Android--that'd be a freaking sweet Android device!

The fine folks at PreCentral.net have connected the dots for us. The processor in the Pre is a OMAP3430 from Texas Instruments. There has been ongoing development on porting Android to the OMAP 3 System. The Palm Pre's processor is based on OMAP 3. So yeah, the stars do line up for this to be possible.

What would be necessary? A 2 stage bootloader, the linux kernel, and android filesystem and not to mention the countless drivers needed to get everything in working order. It'll be a tough task to get Android on a Palm Pre but at the moment, it certainly looks possible.

[PreCentral.net]

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5 years ago

New Android Cupcake Screenshots Show Virtual Keyboard, New Features

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This is getting exciting. As more and more news of the Cupcake Update for Android comes in, we can't help but believe that it's going to freshen up the platform and provide developers with more avenues to create applications. Here are some of the latest screenshots of Cupcake and some of the new features it'll include.

The biggest draw of the Cupcake Update, for me at least, is the virtual onscreen keyboard--some folks are still wary of soft keyboards but I believe it offers tremendous convenience and versatility. Obviously in order to succeed it needs a great auto-correct feature and a customizable dictionary but I think it'll help the Android platform expand.

According to developer Arron La, Cupcake is very rough around the edges. This doesn't bode particularly well considering we want our Cupcake now! But we'll give the Android team ample time to figure out all the kinks so that they can release a polished product.

Included in these new screenshots of Cupcake are some new features [via Arron La]:

1. New Local Setting Page - Gives you option to pick different locales and pick different text inputs. 2. New Option to view running and third party applications - An option to view running and third party applications from the normal application list. Does not provide a way to terminate them. 3. New windows opening/closing animation effect - a new popping effect when windows are opened/closed. 4. New default notepad - a very simple and ugly default notepad. 5. New Global Time application - not sure if it will be provided by T-Mobile but it’s just a rotating Earth and I couldn’t get it to do anything else. 6. New Spare Parts Application - Once again not sure if the official version will have this, but it provides a number of extra settings such as setting windows animation and transition animation speed, font size, end button behavior and etc. It also has a “display rotation” option which supposedly should allow auto-rotate base on orientation across the entire os, but it is not currently working. 7. New Virtual Keyboard - The virtual keyboard will pop up on every edit box. I didn’t feel any haptic feedback but I am thinking that it’s just not there on the example keyboard. Because the phone does not auto-rotate (an option exists but it doesn’t work), it’s very hard to type on it. The sample keyboard also does not provide auto-corrections. 8. Slightly better looking buttons with more shadow.

After the jump, more screenshots of the Cupcake Update to Android!

[via IntoMobile]

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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin -- Announcing the Winners!

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As it did the year before, the Smartphone Round Robin needed to go into overtime again this time around -- but we're finished now!  If you haven't been following along, here's what you missed:  Each of the editors of our five Smartphone Experts sites swapped phones for a week or so, reviewing and leanring what it's like to wear another smarphone user's shoes.  The result is the entire series of articles you see linked on this handy page, the Smartphone Round Robin of 2008.

What will you learn there?  You'll learn that there was no single smartphone that 'won' the Round Robin -- but that's by design.  There's no perfect smartphone out there, but there just might be the perfect smartphone to fit your needs.  If you're looking to get a new smartphone soon, think about what you need it do to and then hit up these articles -- you'll find that depending on what each of us care about, we'll give you a useful perspective on whether a given smartphone matches up. 

Actually, we explain it all pretty well on this page. Oh, yeah, one more thing, we are giving away fabulous prizes:

Find out who the winners are, after the break!

As it did the year before, the Smartphone Round Robin needed to go into overtime again this time around -- but we're finished now!  If you haven't been following along, here's what you missed:  Each of the editors of our five Smartphone Experts sites swapped phones for a week or so, reviewing and leanring what it's like to wear another smarphone user's shoes.  The result is the entire series of articles you see linked on this handy page, the Smartphone Round Robin of 2008.

What will you learn there?  You'll learn that there was no single smartphone that 'won' the Round Robin -- but that's by design.  There's no perfect smartphone out there, but there just might be the perfect smartphone to fit your needs.  If you're looking to get a new smartphone soon, think about what you need it do to and then hit up these articles -- you'll find that depending on what each of us care about, we'll give you a useful perspective on whether a given smartphone matches up. 

Actually, we explain it all pretty well on this page. Oh, yeah, one more thing, we are giving away fabulous prizes:

Find out who the winners are, after the break!

Smartphone Round Robin Winners!

Here are all the winners for the 2008 Smartphone Round Robin, chosen randomly in accordance with the contest rules:

From Android Central, winning the T-Mobile G1, the BlueAnt Z9 Bluetooth Headset, and SPE Screen Protectors, we have:

Hunter McNabb, for this post about how the G1 is snappier than the Fuze.

The runner up, who will receive a $50 coupon to any Smartphone Experts accessory store, is Devonair.

From CrackBerry.com, winning the BlackBerry Bold, Spare Battery, and Case-Mate Second Skin, we have:

Dimietriev, for this post about one of the 'little things' we pay attention to on Smartphones, namely the calculator.

The runner up, who will receive a $50 coupon to any Smartphone Experts accessory store, is jordanmah.

From The iPhone Blog, winning the iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset, we have:

Mark, for this post about his primary need in a smarpthone: messaging.

The runner up, who will receive a $50 coupon to any Smartphone Experts accessory store, is Jeff.

From TreoCentral, winning the Treo Pro, Case-Mate Clear Armor, and Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset (original), we have:

berdinkerdickle, for this post about just how important one-handed use is -- how else can you eat that sandwich?

The runner up, who will receive a $50 coupon to any Smartphone Experts accessory store, is Geo-Treo.

From WMExperts, winning the HTC Fuze and the Celio Redfly Mobile Companion, we have

Pamina, for this post about how somewhere in the the Fuze there's an awesome phone that's just waiting to come out.

The runner up, who will receive a $50 coupon to any Smartphone Experts accessory store, is blancmik.

Congratulations to all of our winners!  You can expect an email from Dieter (aka me) over the weekend.

A special thanks goes out to the sponsors of the Smartphone Round Robin, without whom we couldn't have possibly pulled it off:

Celio Corp

Palm

Case-Mate

Smartphone Outlet

Well, the Smartphone Round Robin has been a ridiculous amount of fun (and an equal share of work and shipping fees!) and we loved doing it.  We hope you loved following along and learned as much as we did along the way. 

We'll bring it back again, of course, later in 2009.  Here's a promise: this year we'll actually bring in some Nokia/Symbian action and heck, we might even deign to include a Windows Mobile Standard device.  Oh yeah, and there's that whole Palm Pre/webOS thing to look forward to as well.

The smartphone world is going to rock in 2009, and Smartphone Experts will be there to cover it all for you.

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5 years ago

Truphone Anywhere Launches on Android G1

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Truphone Anywhere, an app that enables the user to make low-cost international calls and send IMs on a variety of platforms, is now available in the Android Market for Android phones, including the T-Mobile G1. According to the press release from Comunicano, Inc., Truphone Anywhere is now available for customers in the U.S. and U.K. markets and should be available in March in the Germany and Austria Android Market. According to the press release:

As well as being able to make low-cost international voice calls, Truphone customers can also easily instant-message their friends across a variety of networks including MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and Twitter from within one Android application. Customers can also call friends anywhere in the world on Google Talk for the price of a local call, and similarly will soon will be able to instant-message and call their friends on Skype.

It's exciting as developers make more apps available for the Android platform that increase the usefulness of our 'droid phones. Truphone is already running on iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, and Nokia, so it's nice that Android can now join the club. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

[Comunicano]

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5 years ago

Samsung Android For T-Mobile and Sprint

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Just another black slab, or something more? Samsung Electronics will be releasing a Google Android phone on the T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel networks sometime in 2009. Although there are no details yet on pricing and specifications, this new Android phone is expected to look similar to the Samsung Omnia and Instinct with a large touchscreen. There has been a great deal of news and rumor lately about the race for a second Android handset - will this be the winner for second? Or will it be HTC or the warehoused Kogan Agora?

[phonemag]

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5 years ago

Android G2: Slimmed Down and Sans Keyboard

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It would appear that some spy photos of the Android G2 from HTC have been leaked. If these are real, they reveal a sleeker, shinier, and slimmed-down G2. This device is allegedly sporting a 3.2 megapixel camera and it is minus one keyboard. Availability of this bad boy is predicted to be mid-May, so until then or until something else rears it's green 'droid head, the "second Android handset" drought will continue. If the software keyboard is on par with the likes of the iPhone, I would welcome a keyboard-less device. What about you?

[gizmodo]

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5 years ago

G1 To Make Australian Appearance?

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Oi Mates! Now that the Kogan Agora appears to be on ice, at least for the near future, it's time for some potential good news for Android-lovers Down Under - an Optus Mobile technical document has appeared as evidence of an Android G1 being available in Australia. Courtesy of ZDNet's Australian branch, these docs have appeared and should give Aussies a glimmer of hope that the HTC-made G1 may be locally purchased instead of having to be imported at exorbitant prices. There is no hint as to when this will take place, but for the sake of Android aficionados in Australia, let's hope it happens soon!

[engadgetmobile]

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5 years ago

"Shining" Phone Bears Agora Resemblance

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Could this be the Second Coming of the Kogan Agora phone that was mothballed before it even saw the light of day? This "shining" phone has popped up on alibaba.com and, if you are willing to buy a lot of 100 @ $240.00 a piece, this new Android vaporware phone can be yours!

Please note that these are not actual pictures, but instead conceptual images of ... the Kogan Agora's lost twin? Hmmmm. Whether it's a REAL Kogan Agora or a REAL knock-off of a Kogan Agora, I think it's safe to say that we all would love to see some fresh faces in the Android handset arena.

[engadgetmobile]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Be Available in More European Countries

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Following up on our earlier report that Android Market can now be targeted to users in some European Countries we have caught word that the T-Mobile G1 will actually soon be available in said countries. T-Mobile announced that they'll have the G1 available to the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Austria by January 30th. Germany will follow on February 2nd and Poland will release the G1 sometime later.

Slowly but surely Android is going to be in the hands of more and more users and that my friend is a good thing. Especially if they use Germany's pricing of the G1. (It's going to sell for 1 Euro, roughly $1.33).

[Reuters UK]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Battery Replacements Already Shipping?

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Remember those reports that the T-Mobile G1 users were going to receive a free battery replacement for the anemic battery currently in the G1? Well, according to TmoNews, one user has already received their replacement battery and it is packed with 22% more power. The new replacement battery contains 1400mAh of much needed juice while the original battery is at a paltry 1150 mAh. Supposedly, the new 1400mAh battery can be used with the original battery door so there is no size increase.

Kudos to T-Mobile if they really are planning on sending out batteries to us G1 users. But we're not sure if this report can be confirmed since only one single user has spoken up about this. What about you guys? Anyone lucky enough to receive a new battery?

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5 years ago

Samsung to Make Android Device For Sprint & T-Mobile

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Our stance on Android Devices is that we want more of them, from any phone maker, on any network. Year 2009 seems to be shaping up in a big way for Android Devices and looks to be even bigger with Samsung confirming that they'll be bringing an Android Device to both Sprint AND T-Mobile this year. According to Samsung:

“We are accelerating the development process for Google phones in order to meet the specific needs of local carriers”

We're going to remain hopeful and translate "accelerating the development process" to "as soon as possible". We here at Android Central are crossing our fingers for the much fabled Second Android Device.

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Cellular Networks Preparing for Inauguration

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Countless numbers of cellphone-wielding citizens are about to descend upon our nation's capital for Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. Wireless providers are bracing for the spike in traffic, like cell phone calls, text messages, emails, and multimedia messages.

Temporary antennas and portable wireless towers, like those pictured to the right, are being added in an attempt to handle the increased traffic, but they are expected to be easily overwhelmed on Tuesday. Wireless carriers are even pleading with the public to consider the increased traffic and limit phone calls and sending pictures.

Joe Farren, spokesman for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, an industry trade group, said the following:

“If some of these estimates [increased traffic] come true, people should anticipate delays with regards to sending text messages or making phone calls or getting onto the Internet.”

 

If your text messages or data connections are slower than normal on your T-Mobile Android G1 this Tuesday, it's likely the Inauguration has something to do with it.

 

[nytimes.com, picture courtesy of Daniel Rosenbaum]

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5 years ago

DroidBerry Theme For Blackberry Bold Makes It Look Like Android

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Ah, the serene infinity water wallpaper. The giant clock. The battery charge icon. It all looks so familiar--but what is that darned Blackberry Logo doing on the bottom tab !? Well, turns out folks, our friends over at Crackberry have found a way to make their Bolds look more like Androids and from our perspective, it looks pretty accurate. There are a few obvious Blackberry touches but for the most part Jason Calhoun, the creator of this theme, did a really great job. What is more than a bit weird is that the Giant Clock doesn't actually work...it's just for show.

We've said it before but Android needs a Blackberry Bold type form factor because that simply would be a game changer. We guess merging an Android Theme with the Bold is a semi-start, kind of?

[Crackberry]

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5 years ago

Reported Facts About the Cupcake Update to Android

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Fresh off our report that the T-Mobile G1 should be receiving the Cupcake Update to Android by the end of January, more reported facts are coming out in regards to the G1, Cupcake, and Android. Here's a list of them which include some already known pieces of information:

  • There WILL be a G1 update shortly as it was INTENDED to be by mid-January so the next target is now by the end of January.
  • T-Mobile will not just provide Cupcake elements to the G2 and leave the G1 behind.
  • The next update will be called RC31 and include Cupcake elements.
  • The mass of calls lately for Cupcake is registering and causing T-Mobile to double their efforts in getting the update out.
  • NO ONE has received RC31 as of today.
  • When the update is released it will be done in stages “Over The Air” but it will be by region not when you purchased the G1.
  • The memo I was privy to is NOT distributed to Support personnel.
  • T-Mobile Specialists & Support are LAST to know when an update happens and are notified AFTER it is released as was the case with RC29 & RC30.
  • T-Mobile does have a battery improvement program in motion
  • T-Mobile’s plan for battery improvement will be one of OR a combination of efficiencies in an OTA update and an extended life battery replacement.

[TmoNews]

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