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7 years ago

New Pictures of the Kogan Agora, the World's Second Android Device


The Kogan Agora, if you didn't know, will be the world's Second Android Device and Australia's First Android Device. We've seen some revised digital product shots of the device before but this may be the first shots of the device in the "real life". And though it looks a little bit unwieldily, we're becoming huge fans of this phone. And though Kogan is unknown in these parts, it seems to be fairly reputable in its home base of Australia.

It definitely has a Motorola Q9h or Samsung Blackjack look to it and the keyboard seems to be expansive enough. The biggest question is probably going to be can the smaller screen accommodate a capacitive touchscreen? Either way, we're glad that Kogan is releasing an Android Device with a front facing QWERTY because more choices in Android form factor is always a good thing.

The Kogan Agora is supposed to be released by the end of January, so expect more news to be coming about the world's second Android Device!

[via Gizmodo AU]

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7 years ago

Girl Tattoos Android Robot Onto Her Wrist


We'll be the first to admit that the Android Robot is probably the cutest green robot we've ever seen. I mean, look at it! It's round, has plenty of character, and seems just so...friendly. But even we were surprised when we stumbled on a girl tattooing the Android Logo onto her wrist--cute green robot and all.

Her name is Natalie "Kommodore" Thompson and she's either the biggest fan of open source operating systems or just loved that green robot more than us. And hey, we don't have any problem with this kind of self-expression because come on, the Android Robot is certainly a better tattoo to get than the Storm on your ankle.

Anyone else have Android Tattoos they'd like to share?

[Myspace via Engadget]

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7 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Users Getting Unknown SMS Messages ?


Apparently, some G1 users have encountered an odd problem that has them sending/receiving SMS and MMS messages to/from unknown numbers. The scenario: a G1 user receives a text claiming that they've been sending multiple texts to the unknown number. Not too big of a deal, could simply be just texting to the wrong phone number, right? Well, until they post the problem on a forum and multiple G1 users are claiming to experience the same issue! A lot of folks are supposedly receiving texts asking them "who is this" or claiming they had sent something that they didn't. Just odd.

The folks over at modmyGphone are saying that its an issue with the messaging servers that T-Mobile has set up for the G1. The problem is only apparent in the G1 and they are trying to fix it immediately.

Is anyone else experiencing this almost comically weird phenomenon? Let us know!

[via modmyGphone]

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7 years ago

HTC Touch HD Running Android -- VIDEO



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You may be familiar with the HTC Touch HD, it's that massively beautiful device that is spurning North America for reasons we simply don't understand. Even our friends over at WMExperts are in awe of this beautiful device and we can't blame them: 480 x 800 VGA edge-to-edge screen.

So it's not just another day at the office when we come across a video of the HTC Touch HD running Android. If any device can make EVERYONE pay attention to Android, it's definitely got to be the Touch HD. In the video, the HTC Touch HD demoes the Android Market and though it's ridiculously blurry and horribly lit, this might be the most exciting video I've seen in 2009.

[via modmyGphone]

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7 years ago

Android Shows Up on OpenMoko FreeRunner


We've previously reported on the union of Android and OpenMoko (the Open Source mobile platform before Android) and some shots of Android running on an OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner have popped up yet again. The FreeRunner looks the same as previous generations which doesn't exactly bode well since Android is a lot more intensive than OpenMoko was. It has the basic specs of any smartphone: A 400 MHz processor, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth, and a microSD slot.

Either way, even if this isn't exactly the NEWEST of hardware, we can stick it out. Old hardware or not, more devices on Android is always a good thing.


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7 years ago

Yes! We Want Android On Every WM Device, Please


So our good friends over at WMExperts (check out their new layout!) are in an uproar over Android being ported to all their devices. We had a stab at the Tilt, the Touch, and now it looks like we're even getting onto the uber-sexy Touch Diamond! Can you blame us? After the promise of Android being on multiple devices, it still is only available on the G1--we're simply itching for more devices!

Though porting Android to the Touch Diamond is more of a proof-of-concept than anything else (nothing really works yet), it sure would be flipping cool to have Android show up on different form factors. I think of all our biggest wishes for 2009, more Android devices tops the list! So in the meantime, thank you Windows Mobile for providing the hardware home for our Android. =)


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7 years ago

T-Mobile Really Sending Out Replacement G1 Batteries?


We had originally reported on the rumor that T-Mobile was going to be sending out replacement T-Mobile G1 batteries to G1 Users.  A lot of information was unclear: how was T-Mobile going to send out all those batteries, what size will they be, will they demand we return the battery, etc. When we asked T-Mobile about it, they stated that T-Mobile does not comment on any rumor/speculation stories.

But according to a tip from one of our well-informed readers, tyler, it looks like things are beginning to take shape in regards to this replacement battery giveaway:


Just wanted to let you guys know that i just got off the phone with a tmobile supervisor who confirmed that replacement batteries are being sent out and that there was an internal memo sent around that extra batteries are being sent out free of charge and there will be no need to send back your old one! He was unable however to confirm whether or not they would be of a higher capacity or not.


We at Android Central definitely wouldn't mind an extra battery, but still hold out hope that they'll improve it to 1400 mAh or so. Stay tuned to see if this rumor comes true!

Thanks for the tip tyler!

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7 years ago

RemoteDroid Allows You to Use G1 as a Wireles Keyboard & Mouse



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Chalk this up in the nifty column! RemoteDroid, an app in the Android Market, allows the T-Mobile G1 to become a wireless mouse & keyboard combination for your computer. The way it works is that it communicates through WiFi--check out the video to see some pretty cool implementation.

You can use the touchscreen and trackball to scroll around, the keyboard is fully functional--it's really great to see developers have their turn at the T-Mobile G1 and create unique apps for it. Check out the video to see how this app works!


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7 years ago

Get G1 Root Access Back with Leaked RC29 Firmware


A lot of us (me included) mindlessly upgraded to the RC30 firmware on our T-Mobile G1 and immediately realized that we could no longer have root access. Fear not, chavonbravo, an astute member of the XDA-developers forum got their hands on the RC29 firmware and uploaded it for all to use.

Taking a look at the directions, it doesn't look especially tough to flash back. If you want to gain root access again, check out the step-by-step instructions from the XDA after the break!

[via Gizmodo]

If you have RC30/RC8 or later, you must FIRST flash your phone to RC29/RC7 or lower to be able to exploit root access using the following steps. RC29 and lower users can skip this section.  1. Format the SD card to FAT32 mode (this is sometimes needed. The image is not always found if other files are on the sd card). 2. Unzip the RC29 or RC7 image file DREAMIMG.nbh to the SD card. (RC29 for US, RC7 is for UK) 3. Turn the device power off and insert SD card. 4. Hold Camera button, and press Power button to entry bootloader mode. 5. Press Power button to start upgrade procedure. 6. After finish, perform the soft reset to reboot. Follow these steps once you have RC29 or lower: On your G1, anything you type into your keyboard is also being run in a hidden console with root permissions. More information regarding that at the bottom of this post. But, to get root access, do the following: Instructions: 1. Restart your phone 2. Type telnetd and press enter - Yes, it will start up a Contact search, do not worry about this, just type telnetd and press enter (the enter button on the keypad). 3. Download an Android Telnet client (I have one on the Market) and connect to localhost. 4. you now have root!

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7 years ago

Round Robin: WMExpert Dieter Bohn's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1


Our good friend Dieter Bohn over at WMExperts has finally finished off his full review of the T-Mobile G1! Dieter is no stranger to the Android platform, but is a die-hard Windows Mobile guy, so his perspective is unique and definitely worthy of a read. Because of my personal belief that Android is going to take a lot of Windows Mobile's marketshare, it's interesting to see how Android and Windows Mobile measure up.

In all, this is the last review of the T-Mobile G1 from another editor, which means, expect Android Central's own take of the T-Mobile G1 very, very soon!

Head over to WMExperts to see Dieter's Final Thoughts! 


This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here

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7 years ago

Android Netbooks by 2010?


It appears that Android isn't just for phones anymore. Matthäus Krzykowski and Daniel Hartmann of have an Asus EEEPC 1000H running Google's Android mobile operating system. After a few hours of compiling, Android is up and running on the small Asus notebook.

Imagine the splash that Google could make with cheap netbooks running the open-source Android OS? If Microsoft isn't looking over their shoulder already, they may want to at least install rearview mirrors. Check out the article at here for more details. Regarding the significance of Android netbooks being available by 2010 - what do YOU think?


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7 years ago

The Smartphone Round Robin Extended to January 10th!


Well, lucky you! Due to the holidays, the time each device takes, the depth of each article...and of course a bit of irresponsibility on our part (sorry!) we're going to extend the Smartphone Round Robin until January 10th! So though you won't be able to rock the T-Mobile G1 as your daily driver (if you win, of course) when the ball drops to 2009, you'll certainly have 10 more days to enter the Win a Smartphone contest!

So to remind you of what you can win here at Android Central: the T-Mobile G1, the BlueAnt Z9 Bluetooth Headset, and SPE Screen Protectors. Not a bad deal to ring in the new year! And to make it even easier for any latecomers who've just heard about the Round Robin or even if you want a refresher on all the reviews from an Android User's perspective, we've tidied up a list of all the eligible posts after the break.

So what are ya waiting for? Comment on any of the posts to give your chance a shot at winning! You have until January 10th! Heck, we'll even make THIS post a Round Robin contest post! 

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment To Win a T-Mobile G1! – Details Here

iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G Video Review

Questions on iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G Final Review

Answers to iPhone 3G Questions


AT&T Fuze

Fuze Video Review

Fuze Final Review

Answers to Fuze Questions


Blackberry Bold

Bold Video Review

Questions on Bold

Bold Final Review

Answers to Bold Questions


Palm Treo Pro

Treo Pro Video Review

Questions on Treo Pro

Treo Pro Final Review


T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile G1 Video Review


Others on the T-Mobile G1

TiPb Rene's Video Review

Help Rene in the Forums!

TiPb Rene's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1

Crackberry Kevin's Video Review

Help Kevin in the Forums!

Crackberry Kevin's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1

TreoCentral Jennifer's Video Review

TreoCentral Jennifer's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1

WMExpert Dieter's Video Review


Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable

Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable 1

Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable 2

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7 years ago

Paid Apps Coming to Android Market in Q1 2009


With the release of Android and the Android Market opening it's doors for our downloading pleasure, I'm probably like the rest of you and have been anxiously awaiting the day I could put down some cash for some epic Android apps. The free apps available thus far have been good and many have whetted our appetites for what the Android platform is capable of, but of course we want more!

More is on the way, and likely as soon as Q1 2009. Ross Miller over at engadget mobile reports that Eric Chu of Google has emailed registered Android Market members with news that paid apps are still coming in Q1 of '09. According to Chu, paid apps will first roll out to the U.S. and the U.K., followed by Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Spain. More countries will be announced later. Also, developers will have the ability to market their apps to specific countries. When developers can make some payola for their apps, it's certain to mean more variety and higher quality of apps - just look at the explosion of Apple's App Store. Will the Android Market explode in similar fashion?

[engadget mobile]

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7 years ago

Round Robin: Answers to Your Palm Treo Pro Questions


To wrap up the Palm Treo Pro round of the Smartphone Round Robin, we're going to give you the answers to a few of your questions on this HTC built, Windows Mobile powered, Palm branded device.

It seems that a lot of folks were wondering about the keyboard (and its smallness) and the cracking issues. I don't think the Treo Pro's keyboard layout is ideal (it's a bit too tight) but I do find the quality of the keys to be superb. With the cracking issues, I can't give a definitive answer since I'm not a day-to-day Treo user but I did do my best!

Read on to see your answers to your questions about the Palm Treo Pro!

Also, this is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here


CraigV asks What is the deal with the cracking on the cases? I'm thinking about one of these Treo Pros when it comes to Sprint, but the cracks have me worried. Do you think the Sprint version will fix that issue?


The Treo Pro that I used had no such cracks in the casing and since I don't have much experience with the Treo World, I'll defer to an article posted on TreoCentral regarding cracks with the Treo Pro. From what I can tell, it looks like the cracks are happening near the buttons and switches, I'm guessing it's a bit weaker at those points. Maybe a bad batch of plastic?


Bla1ze asks Is it as big as it looks in the pics?…to help, a size and weight comparison to the Bold would be great, not asking for specs or anything just a personal opinion.


Does it look big in the pictures? Maybe I'm just getting the wrong angles because to me the Treo Pro is very close to the perfect form factor. It's similarly shaped to the iPhone but less "slabby" feeling. The Bold is much wider and more gargantuan looking (though overall the Bold was fine for me) so I prefer the Treo form factor over the Bold. Though the Treo does compromise in keyboard space.


Devonair asks Is the stylus held in magnetically like on the Fuze? It seems like regular use would make it too loose to stay in the bottom-facing housing.


No, it's not magnetically held like in the Fuze. I thought that was a great idea in the Fuze and I don't understand why they didn't include it in the Treo Pro. If you're going to include a stylus, might as well make a cool way to store the stylus. Either way, the stylus is actually fairly secure and I don't think it'll get loose over time.


Dr. Tyrell asks My question for Casey is how snappy WinMo seems on the Treo Pro? Is there the lag common to the Fuze and some other WinMo devices?


Windows Mobile felt so much more at home on the Treo Pro than on the Fuze. I accepted the stylus and the menu system much quicker than on the Fuze. Would I consider it snappy when compared to the G1 or Bold? Not particularly. But is it better than most Windows Mobile phones? I'd say yes (though my experience is limited).


bas.o asks Can't wait for the sprint version to be released, do you think palm will release a refresh on the color scheme?


I'm no Treo Expert but I think color options are probably in the roadmap. The uber-popular Centro was made available in a ton of different colors so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Palm Treo Pro extend its lifespan by offering more color options.


Nick asks How perfect would this type of form factor be for the android os? (rhetorical question)


Switch out the resistive screen for a capacitive and I'll fork over my credit card.


Jake asks I know the keypad on the Centro was terrible, is this one any better?


Hmm. Because the form factor is so skinny, there are some compromises in keyboard space—the space between each key is non-existent. I eventually started to type with my nails because I found it to be more accurate than thumb typing. In all honesty, you'll get used to the keyboard after a while and be a pro in no time.


Charlotte asks how is the typing experience with the keyboard? do you have to use extra force into pressing the keys? and the keys look a little small, do they really seem that way?


The keys are smaller than I'm used to, the spaces between the keys are also smaller than I'm used to but after a good few days of typing, you can get used to it. I don't think the smaller-than-typical keyboard is a deal breaker.

There's no extra force necessary to hit the buttons. My advice to type well on the Treo Pro—use your nails.


Cory asks Is Winmo actually useable with the d-pad or is it there for looks? Also how responsive/easy to use is it? It looks kind of thin and awkward to use. Is actually finding your desired contact and placing the call achievable with one hand?


The 5-way (d-pad) works fine with Windows Mobile, I was maneuvering fairly quickly with it. I do wish that the 5-way had a scroll wheel or something to that effect.

One handed use is a Treo staple. I had no problem doing any task one handed.


Steve asks Is this screen capacitive or resistive?


Resistive. Windows Mobile "supposedly" works better with a resistive screen because of the menu system and its popularity in Asian countries. Also, the smaller screen may have something to do with it.


Unkle Grouch asks Is the Treo Pro available on AT&T or Verizon?


Not quite. It's currently available unlocked so you can use it with any GSM carrier meaning AT&T or T-Mobile. Sprint is supposed to get a CDMA version by January 25th. Verizon? Do they ever have any good phones?


Neil asks My question is about performance, as in does it seem on par with the Fuze you guys also tested in the Round Robin…just talking about the OS itself, not TouchFlo 3D or any other add on UI.


I think the Treo Pro performs a lot better than the Fuze. I was instantly more comfortable with Windows Mobile on the Treo Pro. One problem with the Treo Pro is that it doesn't come out-of-the-box with as many third party apps as the Fuze does. So a few extra steps are necessary to make it "work" for you.


Ilikephones asks What 3 things would you change? Bigger/higher resolution screen? More battery life? Larger keyboard?


Larger capacitive screen. Wider keyboard. Run Android.


Roy asks does anyone actually prefer a stylus to fingers?


They say the Asian market (where WinMob is big) loves the stylus—something with Asian Characters being easier to write that way. And with smaller screen real estate it can be argued that a capacitive touch screen won't be as accurate.


Ryan asks How does that keyboard compare with a Curve's?


Hmm. Quality wise, I was never a fan of the Blackberry Curve's keyboard. I found it much too plasticky and hollow for my tastes. The Treo Pro's keyboard provides better texture, solidness, and feedback. But the Curve's spacing is darn near perfect for such a small space, so in the end I would probably still side with the Curve's keyboard.

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7 years ago

Will Cupcake Come to the G1? (Update: Yes!)


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We've all been on pins and needles over the upcoming cupcake build of Android, which is slated to add useful things like an on-screen keyboard, A2DP Stereo Bluetooth, and more. One of those pins just burst our bubble (to extend the metaphor), as Robert just tipped us on this thread over at Google Groups, where Jean-Baptiste Queru writes about how the G1's code isn't being currently rolled into Cupcake:

The G1 contains a significant number of proprietary applications, drivers, etc... that aren't part of the core Android Open-Source Project. Even if the source code for the 1.0 platform that powers the G1 was released, you'd still be missing many parts to turn the base platform into something that exactly matches what shipped on the G1. [...] Cupcake sets a base that should reduce the impact of the first aspect, with the open-source tree being hopefully eventually close (or identical) to the underlying platform of the stuff that ends up on consumer devices.

The part that's straightforward: it makes sense not to take a specific version of Android -- namely the one built for the G1 -- and put it back into the 'main build' of the core of Android. The question, then, is will the changes in Cupcake filter back out to the G1 branch? Robert feels that the answer is likely "No." We're less sure -- it sort of depends on how much support T-Mobile and HTC want to throw at a device that is, perhaps, more of a first effort than a sign of what Android will look like in a year.

If nothing else, take this post as a reminder that we're not at all sure yet what the update scenario is for Android on the G1. If it will be the iPhone-style "everybody gets it all the time" kind of scenario or the BlackBerry-style "You get it when the carrier gets around to it, but meanwhile feel free to try to hack it on yourself" kind of scenario

In other cupcake-related news, it has been merged into the master branch for Android, so it's now 'canon' code.

Update: Engadget confirms: it's coming to the G1!

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