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5 years ago

How Maps Work on Android

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Maps is going to be a big part of Android and the T-Mobile G1 has a lot of neat features that will allow it to be quite possibly the best GPS device on the market. The G1 combines a lot of technology and smart software into one slick package that'll deliver accurate real-life renderings.

The Maps program will be integrated with the phone and search, so when you find a location you want, you can't hit the call button immediately. Also, with GPS and My Location, Maps will always let you know where you are. But perhaps the most anticipated Maps feature is Street View with a built in compass. Because Street View gives you a 360 degree picture of your surroundings, a built-in compass controls the movement of Street View. It's essentially a looking glass into the world.

Do you believe that Maps on Android and the T-Mobile G1 will be the best GPS device on the market?

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD to be an Android Device?

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Let's classify this as a very odd rumor. Just mere days since HTC announced that they were NOT bringing the Touch HD to the United States (much to the chagrin of our friends over at WMExperts), we have a rumor claiming that the HTC Touch HD will be an Android Device. Wait..Wha !?

The sources claim that T-Mobile is prepping the Touch HD to become the second Android Device (Via Android Community). The Touch HD is no joke, sporting a 3.8 inch 800x480 screen (you read that right), 5 megapixel camera, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it's everything anyone ever wants in a phone and if it runs Android it'll be a complete game-changer.

So what do you guys think? Any faith in the rumor? Is the HTC Touch HD the best possible Android phone available?

[PhoneDog]

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5 years ago

More T-Mobile G1's In The Wild

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So after Ryan Block told us he used the T-Mobile G1 for a day, we have word that more and more Google employees are also getting in on the action. CNET reporter Stephen Shankland caught a Google employee using his G1 out in the public, surfing the web.

We at AndroidCentral will continue to give you as many "real life" pictures as we can of the T-Mobile G1 because we can't contain our excitement until we have it in our hands. We think that these "real life"/in-the-wild type pictures give a more accurate representation of the T-Mobile G1. Luckily, the G1 can handle it because it looks good in these pictures. Real good.

Photo Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News

[CNET]

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5 years ago

Some Pre-Orders of the T-Mobile G1 to be Shipped in November

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Well, after the massively popular pre-ordering process of the T-Mobile G1 that resulted in T-Mobile tripling production to meet demands, it still looks like it won't be enough. From T-Mobile,

Already ordered your T-Mobile G1? If you ordered before October 3, 2008 it will be delivered right to your door as early as October 22, 2008. Order yours before October 21, 2008, and it will be delivered as early as November 10, 2008.

So judging from those words, it looks like the cut-off date to get your T-Mobile G1 as early as October 22nd was October 3rd. So if you put in an order before that, you should be fine..if not, well, T-Mobile still has that G1 emulator up, right?

[T-Mobile]

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5 years ago

How Search Works in Android

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Obviously, Android is going to be pretty big on search, I mean, it is a Google product after all. So how will search work on Android, specifically the T-Mobile G1? Pretty darn well. Search is easier on Android because it's implemented across the many applications of Android.

Here are some neat features of search on Android:

  • Type-to-Search on Maps - start typing away and a search box will open
  • Some applications (Android Market) have search buttons, others (Home Screen) have search widgets
  • T-Mobile G1 has a DEDICATED search key on the keyboard
  • For Google Web Search it uses relevant, up-to-date suggestions
  • On Youtube or Gmail it provides recent queries for suggestions
  • Platform wide searching - for example, the Music App can use the browser or Youtube to search for artist info, more music, etc.

 

It's looking pretty good for us who are keen on search, isn't it? We at AndroidCentral expect to see more goodies in the T-Mobile G1 that only a company like Google can provide. Do you like search?

[Google Mobile Blog]

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5 years ago

Can't Wait for the T-Mobile G1? Give the Emulator a Spin

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Obviously, only a lucky few are getting their hands on the T-Mobile G1 a little bit early. Sadly, most of us aren't that lucky or well-connected. I mean October 22nd is so far off! Good thing that T-Mobile is spreading a lot of the love to us regular customers and offering an emulator for the T-Mobile G1.  Though not everything is fully functional (the browser and street view come to mind) it still is a lot of fun to work through the G1 as if it was in your hands.

They also have a 360 degree view of the T-Mobile G1 for those who need to see all the virtual curves of this puppy. Overall, it performs rather well and if Android is truly like this, it'll sure to be a success. Go on and give the T-Mobile G1 a virtual test drive!

[T-Mobile]

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5 years ago

Ballmer on Android: It's Just Version One

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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, is babbling his mouth again (Via Engadget). This time he's offering his personal opinions about Android and how it compares to Windows Mobile. Here's Ballmer:

"You've got to remember Android is version one....and it looks like version one," he said. "They've got one handset maker, we've got 55. They're available through one operator, we've got 175."

And though we won't argue that it's not true, we do think that if Windows Mobile brushes off Android, it will be in for a rude awakening. Windows Mobile, as solid as it is, desperately needs a facelift and version one of Android looks as good as anything on Windows Mobile 6.0 or what have you..

[BBC]

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5 years ago

Ryan Block's Day With the T-Mobile G1

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So there have been some leaked pics, some hands-on, and some unboxing photos of the T-Mobile G1 but nobody has officially came out and said they've used the phone for longer than a couple minutes. Well, no one until Ryan Block, Engadget's Editor-at-large, told us he did. For an entire day. Spent with the T-Mobile G1.

His thoughts?

  • It's very solid and smaller than he thought
  • The keyboard is decent but maybe a little too flat
  • The screen is great and touch is responsive, no multi-touch kind of sucks.
  • Very snappy performance, Windows Mobile look out!
  • The browser is a distant 2nd to the iPhone's. Maps is ridiculously cool. Apps are good

He seems pretty smitten with the T-Mobile G1 and gives a sense that the G1 might become his daily driver. I think come October 22nd the T-Mobile G1 is going to surprise a lot of people and be a huge money maker for T-Mobile. October 22 where are you!

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5 years ago

Andy Rubin on Android Market: Free Trial for Paid Apps

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Android Market keeps looking better and better when compared heads-on with the iPhone's App Store. Android Market will accept everything and deny nothing while Apple's policy is confusing and kept in the dark. So when Andy Rubin announced that there will be a free trial for paid applications, many developers are beginning to become very, very interested in the Android platform.

Having a free trial for applications is good for both users and developers because users aren't locked into buying an application they might not use and developers are able to give users a taste of their work. Android Market will certainly receive a lot of attention from iPhone developers if they keep offering everything that developers want.

Which will obviously mean more apps for Android. Sweet.

[BusinessWeek]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Pre-Sale Update: Selling Like Hot Cakes

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Wow. We definitely did not expect the T-Mobile G1 to be THIS popular. Gizmodo is reporting that the T-Mobile has sold all the G1 units. Even after T-Mobile tripled their production to accommodate for such demand. Obviously, we're still left in the dark without actual numbers, but tripling production is jaw-dropping and simply stunning. If you pre-order now, you probably won't be able to get the G1 on Oct. 22 and instead will have to wait for a later date. Either way, the G1 is on fire!

Here's the official word from T-Mobile:

Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.

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5 years ago

Motorola Confirms Android Phone In The Works

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When we first reported about Motorola upping their Android Team to 350 people from 50, we were unsurprised. Motorola needs Android to continue being a player in the cell phone industry. So now that official word comes that Motorola is going to make Android devices, how does Android Central feel? Excited

We’re excited about the innovation possibilities on Android, and [we] look forward to delivering great products in partnership with Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

 

Motorola can definitely make some nice looking phones. We can't wait!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxing, Really This Time

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Following up yesterday's news of a not-quite unboxing, we have come across an unboxing done right. TmoNews received these pictures from an anonymous tipster and were able to relay it to us. For those who did their homework, none of the accessories should come as a surprise since it was listed in the Quick Start Guide.

Here's a summary on the included accessories:

  • The carrying case is basic--we'll definitely need some third party alternatives.
  • The AC adapter is also basic, nothing too high quality there.
  • Headphones look solid, ExtUSB still blows
  • T-Mobile G1 looks good!

Hit the link for the rest of the pictures!

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Handango to Open Android Marketplace Competitor, With Paid Apps

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Gizmodo is reporting that Handango, a popular application merchant for pretty much all mobile devices, is planning on opening up their own marketplace for Android that will include an option for paid applications. Currently, Android Market doesn't offer developers to charge for applications but will in the near future. They'll have 100 for-pay applications on the October 22nd launch date and will support one-time, monthly, or annual billing methods.

Obviously, with everything 'open' and Google essentially taking a hands off approach with the Android Market, it doesn't look like they can stop competitors from creating competing avenues or products. This might set bad precedent, with each big-name company opening their own "store" and taking away business from Google. Hopefully, this doesn't become the mess that we at AndroidCentral are desperately afraid of.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxed: Kind Of, Not Really

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TmoNews got their hands on some great almost-unboxing pictures of the T-Mobile G1. Why almost? Well, because the T-Mobile G1 never actually comes out of the box. You get to see pictures of it up close inside the box, you get to see the accessories it comes with in the box, and you get to see the outside of the box.

Funny, one would think it'd only take a few more seconds for an actual "unboxing". Either way, use your imagination to the fullest to pretend like that T-Mobile G1 is yours! Click the link for the rest of the not quite unboxing shots!

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Arrive in Best Buy October 26th?

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The Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on a few screenshots that make it look like Best Buy will be carrying the T-Mobile G1 come November 16th 2008. The shipment of T-Mobile G1s are expected to reach stores October 26th, but the actual street date is listed on 11-16-2008.

Best Buy being able to sell the T-Mobile G1 is no surprise since they're fast becoming one of the biggest mobile retailers in the world, but the November Street date is interesting. Since the T-Mobile G1 is being shipped to T-Mobile customers first on Oct 22, will we have to wait a full month before other stores get in on the G1 fun? Or will it be an earlier date for T-Mobile stores?

Let us know what you think!

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