The good guys at iSuppli have figured out the Bill of Materials cost for the T-Mobile G1 and place it at approximately $143.89. They used a virtual teardown method which is presumably easier than a physical teardown (which they've yet to do) and the overall price takes no account for software, research & development, manufacturing, and accessories costs.
With the $143.89 estimate of the G1, the $179.99 price under a new 2-year contract seems extremely reasonable. Those who paid more to get it out of contract may feel the burn but hey, who ever said carriers were there to help you.
What do you think? Anyone surprised by the estimate?
It looks like all that suspense and rumor building of Wal-Mart selling the G1 for $148.88 was all bunk. It's being reported that the price will be $179.99 nationwide, which is the exact price point it was on launch day in T-Mobile stores and the exact price it still is.
Oddly, on Wal-Mart's website for the G1 it states, "Prices varies by store." Not all stores will have the G1 yet and we're still unsure of what criteria the store will have to fill out in order to carry the G1. In the meantime, don't expect a discount at Wal-Mart but be on the lookout for them on the shelves!
Whoa. Though Google and T-mobile squashed root access with the RC30 update it didn't stop people from having fun with it in the few days the G1 was jailbroken. Case in point: Jay Freeman loaded Debian onto the G1. For those who don't know, Debian Linux is another OS that adheres to openness.
What's even better than simply loading Debian onto the G1 is that he managed to get Android and Debian to work together. So you can have Android for your phone purposes and Debian for everything else. A great compromise no? To be sure, the process isn't for the faint of heart so be wary of jumping into this very, very cool hack.
We at Android Central will choose to sit and admire from afar. Don't say we didn't warn ya!
Huawei Technologies has just announced that they'll be bringing an Android-powered device in the first half of 2009. Huawei has typically focused on cheaper, lower-end phones but have realigned their focus toward smartphones with customization capabilities.
Huawei will not sell phone directly to end users, which mean the branding on the phone won't be theirs. More and more phone makers and big shakers are announcing their Android plans. It looks like this Android thing will get preeetyy popular, eh?
Do you have a dream of streaming your media to your G1? If you want to access the media library on your computer - watch your movies, t.v. shows, listen to your music and radio - and stream it to your G1, you may not have to wait too long. Orb is a popular multimedia streaming service that will first be available as an online service for your G1, and then later will be available as a native app for your Android phone.
FIVE, an alternative to Orb, is also under development for the Android platform. It's exciting to see that streaming multimedia is coming to Android sooner than later. Stay tuned!
With the holiday shopping season about to kick off, T-Mobile and Google are going to push the G1 at consumers and push it hard. All Things D is reporting that AOL has earned a giant contract from T-Mobile that will advertise the G1 on AOL's Platform A Network. A billion impressions have been sold so get ready for the onslaught of ads for our favorite toy.
With more and more eyes diverging to the Blackberry Storm and the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile and Google are trying to make certain that you won't forget about the G1. Let's see how these ads work out and let us know if you run into any!
A lot about Android is about the apps and a lot of times people don't know the development and story behind the developer's hard work. So it's great that Google is providing some great insight that details the origin behind some popular apps. In this series, we give focus to imeem and Amazon, two music based apps that are growing increasingly popular with Android users.
Here are the highlights:
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Completing imeem took around 6 weeks
imeem utilizes SQL lite databases, regular expressions, and web service API calls
Amazon uses Apache HTTP Client, ListView, MediaPlayer, and ViewGroups
Whatever Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, says always seems to be a good source for laughs for the rest of the blogosphere. This time he comes around saying that Android won't be able to make any money and that Android isn't a viable opponent..yet.
Here are the quotables:
"I don't really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said: 'Hey, we've just launched a new product that has no revenue model!'… I'm not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that's kind of what Google's telling their investors about Android,"
Though he is technically right and that Google doesn't make money on Android alone, he seems to be missing the point. Android serves as an extension of Google's services which all point back to search which all point back to ad revenue which all lead to money. Google's logic? If more people use Android, more people use Google, and more money for us. So we'll give Android away, heck, they'll let anyone use and tinker with it. Makes sense here.
Google sure does act pretty fast when it's concerning their baby Android huh? Only a few days after we first reported that the T-Mobile G1 has been 'jailbroken' and allowed root access to the phone, Google has come good with an update (build RC30) that prevents this from happening.
We’ve been notified of this issue (Jailbreaking of Android) and have developed a fix. We’re currently working with our partners to push the fix out and updating the open source code base to reflect these changes.
Over at the Android Central Headquarters, we've already received the fix OTA and have been rocking RC30 for over a day now. The RC30 update also fixes that very weird bug that would reboot the phone every time you type r-e-b-o-o-t. Tell us if you got it!
Enjoying your Veteran's Day? We sure are. And we think maybe you guys in Denver, CO would even more with this piece of good news: You guys are getting T-Mobile 3G today!
Excited much? Oh we know, the speeds are great and the service is better, just don't waste the day by playing with your 3G G1 now. And don't worry for those currently without 3G, your city could be next!
We had already told you guys that Firefox Mobile aka Fennec wasn't coming to Android but more details are coming out as to who's to blame. Fennec won't play nice with Android Market because apps in Android Market need to programmed with a custom form of Java to run on Android. Mozilla and the Fennec peeps won't have that and won't be releasing any form of Firefox until Google amends the limitation of Android Apps.
First an Android phone (G1?) was coming to AT&T sometime in December. Not so fast. Then, an Android phone was coming to AT&T, but not in December - could still be the G1. Hold the press. Yes, Android is coming to AT&T but it definitely won't be a G1, but some other hardware. Great! Oh, but wait. AT&T is evaluating the Android platform and perhaps if their evaluation ends up being positive (translation: if buckets of money can be made, we will sell Android or even two cups connected by a string), they will for sure (maybe) have an Android phone. [Gizmodo]
I'm using my unlocked G1 on AT&T now, but it would sure be nice to have an Android that served me up some 3G speed. Are you running unlocked on 3G now, or biding your time until AT&T finishes evaluating Android and sells some hardware of their own?
If your T-Mobile's G1 Android firmware is version 1.0 TC4-RC29 or earlier, you have an unintended extra "feature" - open the slider, press 'Enter' to pull up the application tab, then type in "reboot" and press 'Enter' again. Your G1 will follow your command and reboot your phone.
This bug causes Android to interpret words as commands and executes them as "superuser privileges." It is not yet known which other words can be interpreted as commands, but it's best to be wary of this bug and eliminate it via the latest firmware upgrade. If you are like me and have an unlocked G1, you will have to update your firmware manually when RC30 is available (Stay tuned! We'll post it when we get it!). Until then, be careful what you type!
Last week both CrackBerry.com and WMExperts found themselves on the cusp of major releases -- the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold on AT&T, the HTC Fuze on AT&T, not to mention a few others on the Windows Mobile side. So while everybody has been anticipating new devices, all of the editors at SPE are anticipating something else that will be starting on November 17th. The hint is right up there in the picture!
Read on for the full skinny on what's been happening around SPE!
WMExperts made a big splash Friday afternoon with the 'net's first and only video of the HTC Fuze for AT&T! Be sure to check back Monday morning because we're also cooking up a full review of this latest and greatest Windows Mobile smartphone. It looks like the Fuze release date has finally been pinned down, too.
Over at CrackBerry.com, thousands of BlackBerry enthusiasts rejoiced as AT&T stayed true to their promised November 4th release date and launched the Bold. Picking election day turned out to be a smart move for AT&T and RIM, as stations like CNN played the new AT&T BlackBerry Bold commercial all day long.
The BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry, continues to build on the hype leading up to its launch. Vodafone has dropped word of a November 14th release, and the Vodafone BlackBerry Storm bus has been traveling London which has turned out a bunch of Storm previewvideos. While Verizon has not given official on the availability of their Storm, the educated rumor points to the week of the 23rd.
According to JD Power, the iPhone is absolutely destroying the Blackberry in *business* satisfaction due to it's drop dead ease of use and killer UI, but does Apple just not "get" the Four Pillars of PIM, something Palm nailed way back in 1997? Probably not, as the latest iPhone OS 2.2 leaks focus on over-the-air podcast downloads (admittedly super sweet!) and yet more App Store tweaks.
Speaking of the App Store, turns out Opera Mini was NOT denied (but probably would be), WeightBot's developers aren't done innovating on the iPhone just yet, and Shazam wants a piece of Midomi in our App vs. App battle royal for music mastery. (Leave a comment and you just might win an iTunes gift certificate). Of course, if you want to win a whole slew stuff -- an Ultimate iPhone Accessory Pack no less -- check out the Phone Different to find out this week's way to enter (hint: requires @theiphoneblog and rhymes with "sweet".)
Over at TreoCentral, we learned via a Barron's article that analysts at Avian Securities and Morgan Keegan downgraded PALM due to the belief that Palm's cash position will significantly erode ($248 million at the end of the latest quarter to $75 million over the next year) which leaves "little room for error." The downgrade was also due to a U.S. retailer survey resulting in the belief that smartphone sales will come in below expectations for the next several quarters.
We also found out in that same Barron's article that we might not (corrected, thanks Scott!) be seeing the Treo Pro on AT&T and the Treo 800w on Verizon in time for the holiday shopping season.
Plus we learned that Apple almost bought Palm back in the summer of 1997. Jean-Louis Gassée noted in an article over at Monday Note:
A perhaps little known fact: in the Summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm). "Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand." Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.
By now, you’ve certainly seen the T-Mobile G1 commercial that poses everyday questions from everyday people. We at Android Central were initially noncommittal about the “Questions” commercial’s effectiveness but after a few weeks of run, we’ve changed our stance. We like it. It just works.
But did you guys ever wonder what the answers were to those questions? Some of them have been on our minds here at the Android Central headquarters for the past few weeks so we decided to put the G1 to the test!
If any of you had been curious enough to type in all those questions in the Google Search toolbar on your G1, the predictive search would have popped up for each question! A very nice touch by Google. And if you were too lazy to search, don’t worry Android Central has the answers to the G1’s questions
Read on to see after the break!
Do Shark have eyelids?
Yes, shark have upper and lower eyelids but the lids don’t move and don’t close over the eyes. So in short, they don’t blink. Some sharks protect their eyes with a third eyelid called the nictitating membrane.
What’s my carbon footprint?
Sadly, the G1 doesn’t support flash so the first search result which is a calculator for your carbon footprint doesn't quite work. Though if you did want to know what kind of imprint you’re putting on our planet, this is the first result:
Which way to the convention?
This search points to an article detailing the confusion about where the Republican National Convention was. Heh, doesn’t matter now since the democratic candidate Barack Obama is our president-elect.
Do we have the same fingerprints?
Fingerprints are unique to each individual. The fingerprints may be more similar with relatives but everyone has their own set.
Can we get this cheaper somewhere else?
Boo. First fail of the day. The search for this on the G1 doesn't exactly answer the question. I was hoping to reach a great search engine for products or even a deals web site that listed new deals, instead I got a forum post asking how to get the cheapest vacation.
Do monkeys make good pets?
No. Monkeys do not make good pets. The commitment is long (20-40 years), they don’t manage well without full attention, they get jealous, they’re expensive, and illegal in some areas.
Still not convinced? Monkeys bite, are messy, mischievous, destructive, and can’t be effectively potty trained. In all, thanks to the G1 commercial we at Android Central will never house a pet monkey.
What’s really in a hot dog?
First, did you know that the US population consumes about 20 billion hot dogs a year which calculates to be 70 hot dogs per person, per year!
And to answer the age old question of what’s really in a hot dog:
"All hot dogs are cured and cooked sausages that consist of mainly pork, beef, chicken and turkey or a combination of meat and poultry. Meats used in hot dogs come from the muscle of the animal and looks much like what you buy in the grocer's case. Other ingredients include water, curing agents and spices, such as garlic, salt, sugar, ground mustard, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper."
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