Paid apps are all the rage in Android Market right now (hopefully you have them) and we thought it'd be a good idea to show you how the paid application system works. In short, it's pretty much exactly like the free app process with an added step of the Google Checkout screen.
Using Google Checkout is the obvious solution for handling paid applications in Android because many Gmail accounts are already tied into the Google Checkout and the G1 so it links up pretty easily. A confirmation e-mail is sent to you immediately when you purchase the paid app for filing purposes.
One gripe about the system is that Android Market definitely needs a sort option to separate paid apps from free apps, we think it'd make the user experience a lot better. As our astute readers have pointed out, clicking the menu button would allow you different sort options. Genius! Those who have purchased paid apps via Android Market already, what do you guys think?
Engadget dug up some more pictures of the Black HTC Magic and it's getting a whole lot sexier under the bright lights. We're still big fans of the white version but the black version definitely holds it own. Again, this is a pre-production unit so the button layout isn't finalized but the color option (it's uber glossy) is.
Click after the jump to see more of the Black HTC Magic!
We reported that France would get a taste of the facelifted HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) sometime soon. Now the official date is out of the bag: March 15th. What's most interesting about the announcement of the HTC Dream on Orange France is that Orange isn't part of the Open Handset Alliance. Is this a sign of things to come?
It’s no secret that the T-Mobile G1’s battery is one of the weakest aspects of the phone. Quite simply the 1150 mAh battery is not enough. It’s downright anemic by today’s standards and when you put into consideration the drain that 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS add, you’ll be at 50% battery by midday. This isn’t an issue if you’re near an electrical outlet, but what if you’re not, what to do then? We’re going to be taking a look at battery solutions in the next few weeks here at Android Central to find the ideal solution. We first start off with the Freedom Mobile Power for T-Mobile G1 ($49.95). It’s a compact solution that allows for charging your G1 wherever you go, so how does it perform? Read on for the rest of the review!
Vodafone UK's website is confirming that the HTC Magic will be available to UK customers beginning in April 2009. There aren't any specifics yet, no firm launch date, no pricing announced or phone plan specified but it looks like the Second Android Device will almost certainly be the HTC Magic. Now onto guessing about the Third Android Device...
If you've been wondering what the HTC Magic looks like in black, take a look at the picture up top. It definitely looks much glossier than the matte finish on the G1 and certainly a lot more luxurious. Personally, we still like the white version that was shown off at MWC better because it looked so dang clean and pristine. This black is a pretty good alternative though, sleek and modern.
This black version of the HTC Magic is still the pre-production unit that was shown off at MWC, which means it doesn't have the updated button layout. Wonder when we'll see the official version...
Evernote is a service that enables you to capture information, no matter where you are, what you are doing, and whether you have a smartphone or computer. Use software, browser plug-ins, and even your phone's camera, for creating and sharing notes or photos with others and as reminders for yourself.
Not only is Evernote a great service for capturing your information, but it's even better with a mobile site that's been recently optimized for Android phones. This Android optimization makes it easier for G1 users to create, search, read, and share notes and photos.
If an Android-optimized mobile site isn't enough, Evernote is planning on releasing an Android app in the future. Rolling with the green 'droid just gets better and better!
HTC, maker of the G1 and the upcoming Magic, is currently the only "real" player in the Android game. No other bigwig company has officially announced anything so it should be no surprise to us that HTC is quite smitten with our Android.
How smitten? Well, even in our current economic state, reports show that HTC has increased their workforce by 46% and it wouldn't be a far off guess that most of the new workforce will revolve around Android.
Even more so, an analyst speculates that HTC will release FIVE new Android phones this year. We're definitely crossing our fingers for that to come true! What do you guys think? Will HTC become the most important Android phone maker? Or is it already?
Our sister site the iPhone Blog dug up a great graph that charts the usage of mobile web browsers. Unsurprisingly, they bragged about their iPhone dominating the market but it's interesting to note that Android is coming up fairly quickly considering it only released in October of last year and is on the smallest carrier in the United States.
It'll soon outpace Windows Mobile and we wouldn't be too surprised if it took a solid 2nd place in the near future. The Android web browser is effective at rendering pages and also easy to use, there's no question it's one of the better mobile browsers on the market. As Android grows, so will its browser marketshare.
Engadget Mobile reports that Orange is going to be bringing the HTC Dream (facelift and all) to France on March 5th. Supposedly, it's going to cost 99 euros (~$124) after rebate on a 2-year contract with Orange's Origami Star Plus package (42 euros, ~$53) which includes unlimited data, unlimited text, and 50 hours of Orange Wi-Fi access spots.
Do we have anybody in France excited about this offer? Or does everyone just want the HTC Magic now?
Remember those unlimited voice plans from T-Mobile? Well, they're real. $49.99/month for unlimited voice on a single line and $89.99/month on a two-line family plan. The add-on's are pretty sweet too with $24.99 unlimited data and $9.99 unlimited messaging, all in all it seems like a very good deal for those interested in unlimited plans.
The fine print says that you have to be a T-Mobile customer for 22+ months in order to qualify and have a reliable payment history. Who knows what reliable means. Did anyone get this yet? Is anyone going to? Let us know!
We've seen this new T-Mobile G1 commercial on TV lately but it just recently popped up on T-Mobile's youtube channel for everyone's viewing pleasure. While the first G1 commercial focused on what the G1 can do, this spot sheds light on all the positive reviews that the G1 has been receiving. You get quotables from all the bigwigs like PC World, Gizmodo, GQ, the LA Times and Time.com effusing praise for the G1.
What's most interesting and hilarious is the subtle jab at a particular Steve who is speechless about the G1. His quote in the commercial:
" " -Steve
Is this Steve Jobs? Steve Ballmer? Perhaps both!? Let us know who you think 'Steve' is.
Although this is a video of a Nokia N800, which isn't even a smartphone, VMWare's MVP hypervisor virtual machine is enabling it to run both Windows and Android simultaneously. The virtual machine runs in the background of the native OS and allows a user to install different OSes as applications, then run them at the same time, if desired.
According to VMWare, the MVP is headed for smartphones sometime in the near future. The challenge they may face is the fact that they must partner with smartphone manufacturers and persuade them to install hypervisor on their handsets in order for MVP to work. It's difficult to imagine handset manufacturers wanting to open their device to multiple OSes, but then again, it could expand market appeal without adding much cost, if any. Would you want a handset enabled to run several OSes?
According to modmyGphone, we have news that German G1 Users are receiving the RC9 Firmware Update which is supposedly very similar to our RC33 Update. The UK still seems to be left out but it's in its testing phase and should roll out soon.
Again, if you're sick and tired of waiting for RC33 to come be sure to check out our great how-to article on how to update HERE. The RC9 package can be found here.
Here at Android Central we lament the fact that there are no Android Devices other than the G1. The original promise of hundreds of different Android Devices has yet to be realized and well, it's very disappointing to say the least. But is this LG offering any better?
So is this the road that Android might take? Will we see multiple tiers of phone models? Going form basic featurephones to higher end smartphones? Won't this confuse the Android user? A phone with no GPS and Wi-Fi can hardly take advantage of the Google's location based services. Or could we see the same body and form factor with different hardware specs?
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