One hangup though, Amazon is only offering the Black Model for the $97.99 price point while the White and Bronze version continue to go for the usual $179.99. We loved the white version but an $82 difference? We'll gladly go black.
And hey, if you looked at the new icon for "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" (try saying that 5 times straight!) it copies the same 'bag' theme as our lovely Android Market. Maybe Microsoft came up with the idea separately and designed the bag before they ever even saw Android Market's logo! That has to be it, right?! All jokes aside, the logo looks pretty nice, we can't tell you how the "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" works as a program though--that is still kind of unknown.
What you guys think? Who copied who, Android Market Logo or Windows Mobile Logo?
For those interested, the Australian G1 or we guess, the HTC Dream, has been photographed under seductive light and well, surprise! it looks the same. Well, other than the HTC logo being under the speaker instead of the T-Mobile branding, this is the G1 you know and love.
If you rock the Android Dev Phone you now have the right to be annoyed. Though Google just released a firmware update to your device which includes fixes for POP3 e-mail accounts, the alarm clock, Gmail send bug, mail notification, search by voice, and maps, it still only semi-solves the priced apps problem.
Yes, the Android Dev Phone can now have access to paid applications but with one freakn' huge caveat. Only the paid applications that aren't copy protected. According to Google, developers have an option of using a copy-protection feature known as "forward locking" which helps prevent applications from being copied off devices. Since the Android Dev Phone has unrestricted access to the content, it easily circumvents any copy protection. Therefore, copy-protected paid apps (most of them, we presume) still won't pop up in Android Market.
Look, we understand that the developers need to be rewarded for their hard work but leaving those who just spent $400 to support Android without a true solution to the paid applications problem definitely sucks. We hope to see a better solution in the near future.
A lot of people seem to think that Android isn't a big priority for Google, believing that any mobile smartphone platform is just as important to Google as Android. We obviously think different and this bit of news looks like Google is fully invested and behind the Android project.
Google has a dedicated team in Taiwan to look after Android and help it grow. This is crucial because of the partners that Google has in Taiwan. Namely, HTC (current maker of the G1 and HTC Magic) and to a lesser extent Acer and ASUS (two computer companies). This makes tons of sense because the biggest hardware supporters of Android are currently located in Taiwan/Asia and Google needs to work with them in order to build better devices.
Whoa. Can this be true? According to T-Mobile UK's latest financial numbers, it looks like the T-Mobile G1 accounts for nearly 20% of T-Mobile UK contract sales. According to T-Mobile UK, the T-Mobile G1 was clearly "the best-selling launch" of 2008. Having the G1 in tow, T-Mobile UK enjoyed a strong second half to the year (it launched at the end of October).
These numbers are a great base to build on and hopefully T-Mobile UK is prepared to compete with Vodafone and the HTC Magic for marketshare. How about it UK users, is the T-Mobile G1 that popular across the pond?
Whew! Good thing. We had originally reported that the LG KS360 (a yawn inducing device) might possibly be the first LG device to run Android. We didn't understand it then, it was basically a text messaging featurephone at best. Luckily, it looks like a bit of misreporting is to blame here.
Android Authority has it on good authority (?) that the original source was simply misquoted. Instead, LG is looking to offer a similar form factor to the LG KS360 for Android and thus not the terribly bland KS360 itself! This is good news because Android definitely needs more devices to get excited about and the KS360 simply wasn't going to cut it.
So now are we excited about what LG is going to bring? Yeap! Most LG phones are pretty great, we'd love to see what LG has cooking for Android.
If you're interested in checking out the HTC Magic's Service Manual (to make the wait seem shorter) it's been leaked to the xda developers forum. You can locate the manual HERE for download. It'll tell you how to disassemble, flash, and all around everything you can do with the HTC Magic. It's a great way to learn about the Android device that'll surely rock the world. Check it out!
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. Those who have purchased paid apps via Android Market already, what do you guys think?