Why next month, you ask? Well the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is happening--that's where all the bigwigs of the major phone makers come to show off their new (and hopefully Android-powered) devices--so that's as good a time as any to announce a brand spanking new Dell Smartphone.
WSJ's article states that there are two prototypes in the works: a full touchscreen device and a slider-styled device with a full QWERTY keyboard beneath the screen. iPhone-esque and Pre-esque, anyone? Supposedly they have both of these prototype devices on Windows Mobile AND Android. Could we soon see some Dell Built Android Powered devices?! Sounds pretty darn good to us. We're crossing our fingers. and toes.
T-Mobile just announced its subscriber numbers for Q4 2008:
“In the fourth quarter of 2008, T-Mobile USA added 621,000 net new customers compared to 670,000 in the third quarter of 2008 and 951,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007. T-Mobile USA’s gross customer addition growth in 2008 compared to 2007 was offset by higher blended churn, as explained below. Net new contract customer additions amounted to 267,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008, or 43% of total net new customer additions, compared to 293,000 or 44% in the third quarter of 2008 and 733,000 or 77% in the fourth quarter of 2007. Contract customers include FlexPay contract customers.”
With all things considered (read: bad economy), it looks like T-Mobile did a fairly decent job in retaining its customers and a not-so-bad job at gaining new ones. The official Q4 2008 numbers won't come out til later but for the most part T-Mobile seems confident in its growth because of their continuing 3G rollout and new attractive devices. G2 anyone?
The 1 million sales mark is a pretty good barometer in determining early success, popularity, and consumer interest in a particular smartphone model. Obviously it has its pitfalls in that gauging such short term success ignores longevity and overall success but it does serve us pretty well when the G1 is such a solid performer.
Taking a look at the chart (via Engadget) it looks like the T-Mobile G1 comes in at a solid 3rd place--which is already a magnificent feat. But upon closer inspection we must realize the odds stacked against our most loved device. The iPhone 3G sold a million units in 3 days because it released in 21 countries simultaneously. Likewise, the Nokia 5800 is certain to have similar massive worldwide appeal. Our G1 numbers come strictly from the United States. No foreign help necessary.
Combine the fact that AT&T and Verizon, which are exclusive carriers to the iPhone 3G and Blackberry Storm respectively, are the MOST POPULAR carriers in the US while T-Mobile is a distant 4th--the sales numbers of the G1 become even more incredible.
This is almost writing itself into an underdog story. The G1 has been an unequivocal success for T-Mobile--it didn't launch in multiple countries nor is part of a larger network yet it still manages to perform pretty favorably. Good job G1!
Probably one of the most anticipated smartphone firmware updates ever, Cupcake for Android sure is taking its sweet time to release. Obviously, the on-screen keyboard is a huge draw in its interest but there are a ton of new features that we shouldn't overlook. In the embedded video, a developer details the newest features of Android after the Cupcake Update. It's a great watch. And if you want to take Android Cupcake out for a personal spin (on an emulator, of course) here's how:
1. Download and install the Android SDK found here.
2. Download this zip containing new latest Android images:
The much-ballyhooed Cupcake Update to Android is all the rage in the new year. We've been tracking the ups and downs of the entire journey and remain hopeful that we'll one day get Cupcake in our hands. In the meantime, screenshots detailing what's new in Android after Cupcake will have to do.
We don't claim to have any inside information, in fact we know pretty much nothing about this Acer smartphone which is supposed to be announced on February 16th at MWC in Barcelona. But after getting spurned by the Agora and still (im)patiently waiting for the much fabled Second Android Device, we're grasping for straws here. Acer + Android, anybody? Or will they go Windows Mobile?
Opera Mini has finally left its beta stage and is being officially released for the Android platform. Watch out Chrome-Lite because Opera Mini 4.2 offers numerous fixes and some new features such as [via ZDNet]:
1. Now you can upload and download files through Opera Mini and save pages for offline viewing
2. Videos will be redirected to the system’s video player
3. Double tap now works for zooming in and out
4. Inline URL entry instead of using native input
5. Fixed password text entry to hide characters
6. Fixed problems with exiting application when back button was pressed
7. Improved trackball speed
8. All internal pages, like the start page, now have font size extra large for easier navigation
Everything sounds pretty nifty to us, the ability to save pages for offline viewing is especially crucial considering T-Mobile's anemic 3G coverage. We're pretty big fans of choice here at Android Central and though the native "chrome-lite" browser on Android is great, it looks like Opera Mini 4.2 is shaping up to be a real contender. What do you guy think? Anyone using Opera Mini over Android's Chrome?
She's a beauty, ain't she? Here's a closer look at the dual-SIM DSTL1 Android that General Mobile is bringing to the table at Barcelona next month for the 3GSM. It looks quite a bit like my iPhone 3G, but bolder. It most certainly makes my T-Mobile G1 look shamefully clunky, but hey, with a new platform like Android, you gotta start somewhere.
Is it an iPhone killer? Let's be honest, can anything really be an "iPhone killer" or just something to steal some of that prized market share? As Android matures and as phones like the DSTL1 become available with impressive specs and features, Apple may just want to keep one eye on the road and another eye looking over their shoulder.
Hot on the heels of some good news about the resurfacing Agora, there's more titillating news of new Android phones, specifically General Mobile's dual-SIM DSTL1 Android phone that they will showcase at the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. According to General Mobile, this will be the FIRST dual-SIM Android phone and is expected to ship in Q3 2009.
Here are the specs for this device (subject to change, of course):
135g (4.75oz), 112 x 54 x 16mm (4.4 x 2.1 x .6 inches)
5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash (made by Sharp)
The picture provided here is a rendition of the phone, but should undergo some cosmetic changes (like the addition of more buttons) to accommodate the requirements for the Android OS. Also, the screen resolution is 400 x 240 - it will be interesting to see if this device can handle Android given that the Kogan Agora was initially shelved for a 320 x 240 resolution.
I would sure like me a dual-SIM phone, and especially one running Android. It would be a great way for me to carry my two phone lines in one place. Let's hope the DSTL1 is available when promised (or sooner!), available in the States, and available at a good price!
One of the more useful accessories for a smartphone is a sync and charge cable, and one of the better ones I've used is the Seidio Retractable S&C Cable for the T-Mobile G1 available here in the Android Central Store for $12.95. Read on after the jump for the complete review!
The Seidio Retractable S&C Cable has a solid, sturdy plastic housing with the "Seidio" logo on one side. At one end of the retractable ribbon cable is a standard USB connector and on the other end is a mini-USB connector for your T-Mobile G1 phone.
When coiled up, this sync and charge cable is only 4.5 inches long, making it easy to carry in a bag without entangling with anything. This is a huge plus for me due to the fact I'm a gadget freak and carry at least a couple sync and charge cables with me for various devices. The Seidio Retractable cable takes up very little space and I never have to worry about untangling the cable before use.
Once fully extended, the cable provides two feet of length from end to end. Just plug the USB connector into your laptop or desktop and the other end into your G1, and you're ready to sync and charge.
The design of the Seidio Retractable S&C Cable make it very usable for syncing and charging your G1. When extending the cable for use, just hold one of the connectors in each hand and pull them apart at the same time. You can extend the cable to the desired length, all the way up to the full two feet if you wish. When you are finished with the cable, just grab each end and pull both ends apart at the same time just enough to activate the spring in the housing, resulting in both ends winding up in the middle for easy storage.
When in use with your G1 Android phone, you can charge from your desktop, laptop, or Seidio USB wall charger. This cable is very handy for the traveler or if you just want to make sure you have a means of charging at any time, whether at home or work.
Given it's usefulness, compact design, and syncing/charging capability, I highly recommend the Seidio Retractable S&C Cable for your T-Mobile G1. It's small enough to throw in your pocket, backpack or case, and it easily extends to a reasonable length for easy use in syncing and charging. It then retracts easily for storage. If you want to reduce the frustration of tangled cables and have a means of syncing and charging your G1 that fits neatly in your pocket or bag, then head over to the Android Central Store and pick up the Seidio Retractable S&C Cable for $12.95 right here.
It appears the Kogan Agora still has a pulse, albeit no release date at this time. Ruslan Kogan has made it known that his previous Android attempt, the Agora, had screen compatibility issues, preventing mass production and release of a $200 unlocked Android phone as a second entrant into the Android world. We all held our breath and hoped, and now it appears our hoping is not in vain.
No code name has been leaked for the new device (perhaps "Phoenix" would be appropriate in that Kogan's new device seems to rise from the Agora ashes), but Mr. Kogan intimates that the new Agora's development is well under way and he still expects it to be available as the second Android handset (following on the heels of the T-Mobile G1, of course). He also hints that the phone will have the same pricing - let's all hope for a $200 unlocked Android handset with front-facing QWERTY keyboard, eh? Good luck on the new design, Mr. Kogan. We here at Android Central are pulling for you!
You may have heard the rumor and conjecture about Android supporting multi-touch in the not-too-distant future. Well, if you are a brave soul and are willing to gain root access on your beloved Android T-Mobile G1 device, then multi-touch may be ready for you sooner than you think.
Although still in the proof-of-concept phase, some ingenious people in the development community have provided an unofficial hack for multi-touch, including multi-touch browser and, as seen in the video, a multi-touch map app. If you are feeling adventurous and have an idea of what you are doing, then try it at your own risk. If you don't even know what "root access" means, then you may want to sit this one out and wait for official multi-touch.
Matt has a ton of knowledge about a subject that the rest of us at Smartphone Experts have historically lacked, namely Nokia, S60, and the Symbian OS in general. He gives himself a brief introduction here, in the unlikely event you're not familiar.
Nokia has, as yet, not successfully made a big smartphone push in the United States, but that's quite likely to change as they have a slew of exciting new devices coming out and are also likely to have their E71 messaging smartphone picked up by AT&T very soon. In other words, if, like us, you're relatively new to Nokia and S60 but want to learn more, Nokia Experts is surely going to be one of your best resources. Heck, Matt's already published a full review of the Nokia 5800 Tube XpressMusic touch screen S60 device. The 'Tube' is already a best-selling device overseas and is more of a worthy contender than you might think, so the review is definitely worth a read.
Go on and head over to Nokia Experts now and give 'em a big ol' hello!
We're getting reports that an app in Android Market called MemoryUp is destroying personal data, erasing contacts, and installing adware. The app, which was supposed to help optimize memory is instead responsible for wiping memory and spamming e-mail. It doesn't look good folks. We hate to see the Android Market become littered with problematic apps like this so hopefully Google can maintain some control over the app. In the meantime, make sure you guys STAY AWAY from the app MemoryUp!
Also, for the record, Android doesn't need a memory optimizer because Java eventually cleans up memory on its own.
We love goofy usages of the Android platform, it makes the Android platform seem so versatile. So when we stumbled upon this robot (aptly named Forknife) being controlled by a T-Mobile G1 and Android, well, we couldn't help but smile. Though it doesn't really do much but roam around the floor and occasionally move its arms (or fork and knife), it still is quite cute and fun to see.
If you want to control a robot with your T-Mobile G1 you can head over to Macpod Software to see how to accomplish the definitely challenging task
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