Update: Google now says everything's back to normal. "The problem experienced by some users with T-Mobile data connections has been resolved. If you are still having trouble establishing a connection please power down your Nexus One, then turn it back on."
We're getting word from our forums that Nexus One users on T-Mobile are having data problems this morning. Here's the message many of you are seeing:
"To connect to the internet with the device you are using, you'll need a webConnect data plan. Please call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 to make sure you have the correct webConnect data plan "
That's no good, and T-Mo's support forums point to a national outage. And as you can imagine, support centers are getting hammered this morning (and likely will get hammered again when this is all over).
Do note that it looks like there are no issues if you're running it unlocked on AT&T (other than being stuck on EDGE, of course), so it's time to look T-Mo squarely in the eye. We'll keep you apprised. [T-Mobile]
Update: Want to see what everybody's saying? Here are some resources:
You can find all the download instructions HERE. We're not sure if the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be able to download the Sense UI ROM (we don't think so) but for all other HTC Magic owners, you'll have to provide the serial number to your Magic to give it a go. It looks like it's Windows only, so Mac Users go borrow a friend's PC. But most importantly, don't forget to back up your device.
To quote HTC:
This ROM Upgrade for your HTC Magic will let you experience HTC Sense on your phone. HTC Senselets you create a phone just right for you. You can customize your experience to be any way you like. Discover intuitive experiences that make everything you do on your phone effortless and delightful.
Let us know how Sense runs on the Magic! It's not quite 2.1 but you just woke up to a new phone that some think is even better. Now go get it already!
Because we were all clamoring for a successor to the original Samsung Galaxy, it looks like Samsung has decided to come out with a Samsung Galaxy 2. Okay, to be fair the Galaxy was a pretty good Android device that unfortunately got swept under the rug because it never truly caught on in the States and was left behind when other Android devices started coming out of the woodworks.
The picture above is reportedly just a render of what the Galaxy 2 is expected to look like but if its spec list is to be believed, it'll be packing some monster specs (that are actually growing typical of Android devices): 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED Screen, 5 megapixel camera, Android 2.1, and 32GB of internal memory. Nice. We're hoping Samsung leaves the Galaxy 2's 2.1 UI alone because Touchwiz isn't really our thing.
We're supposed to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy 2 at MWC so keep your eyes open!
Sprint had previously informed us via Twitter that they would update all of their Android devices to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010. That was great news--back in October. And then they reminded us again in December. And then it was clarified to be 2.1 shortly after that. Now in January, a Sprint Employee keeps the masses at bay by saying that "things are going very well so far" in testing and they're still on target to release it the first half of 2010. To quote:
A while back we announced our plans to update our Android devices to 2.1 in the first half of 2010. I just wanted to follow up with a quick status. The 2.1 update is currently being tested and things are going very well so far. We’re still targeting the first half of 2010 and if things continue to go smoothly we should have the update well within that time frame. I’m sure there will be a lot of questions about procedures and more exact time-frames but for now I won’t be able to say much more. I just wanted you all to know that things are still on track.
It's really considerate of Sprint to inform us and keep us updated throughout the process, but there's hardly any new information being passed around. It's just re-hashing what we already know. And with the target date of the 'first half 2010' being so incredibly vague, we wish they would have specified a month at least. But oh well. Just know that the Android 2.1 update is coming to you Sprint Android users. We hope soon.
Looks like Android is catching on fast overseas. The Motorola Motoroi, with its cute bump and all, is expected to reach 50,000 pre-orders by February 4th. That's the word from SK Telecom, the carrier that will exclusively carry the Motoroi. Color us surprised because well, that's a lot of units. Consider the fact that South Korea is a relatively small country, that Android is still fairly new there and that companies like LG & Samsung have an iron grip on their home country, those 50,000 pre-orders become even more impressive. For reference, our lovely Nexus One only managed to sell 20,000 units in its first week.
Speaking of the Nexus One, SK Telecom is also reviewing the possibility of carrying the Nexus One in South Korea, so it looks like the Android train will keep on rolling. But it won't just stop there, SK Telecom is expected to introduce 13 (!) Android smartphones this year. Good times for Android.
Speaking of the Motorola Cliq, a few of you started noting in the comments today that your phones saw updates, too. Turns out, according to Phone Scoop, that Version 1.3.8 -- which remains Android 1.5, by the way -- accidentally was pushed out to about 600 people and was only available for 15 minutes or so. Battery life, screen sensitivity and GPS are said to have been improved somewhat. No word yet on when any update will be made available again. [Motorola forums via Phonescoop]
Sure, there are precisely 3,497 ways (we counted) to get music on your Motorola Cliq. It's just that FM radio isn't one of them. Until now. Sort of. Alls you have to do is load up an LG ROM, mess around in some bin files and load an apk or six, and you're good to go. Simple, really, when you think about it. Oh, you don't know how to do that? Don't want to dive into the depths of a Linux-powered phone to listed to the latest from Ke$sha? Fine. Slacker. [via AndroidGuys]
Seriously, AT&T, it's time to give it a rest. You're getting as bad as Apple with these "facts." Woman looks at a Motorola Droid and says, "What is this?" Why, it's the Motorola Droid. It's what's propelling Android's numbers month after month. "Where are all my apps?" another woman asks. You're right, lady. It's real tough to find Android apps. Stop it. Just stop it. [via The iPhone Blog]
We're still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Dell Mini 5 -- a five-inch Android-powered Mobile Internet Device also known as the Streak-- and we're going to keep waiting, apparently. Michael Dell himself teased TechCrunch with it recently, saying nothing more than "it'll be out in a couple months."
Despite the CEO's unwillingness to talk about the nuts and bolts of the Mini 5, we do know that it's powered by the 1GHz Snapdragon processor (isn't everything these days?) and has a 5MP camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G capability. So, that's a snazzy-looking device. The question, Michael, is how much are you gonna charge us for that little slice of heaven? Video after the break. [TechCrunch]
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that his company has in the works "at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google." Sure sounds like the rumored Google Nexus Two to us, and again solidifies the relationship between the Android developer and hardware manufacturers. (Remember that Jha was on stage with Android and HTC execs at the launch of the Nexus One.)
As for the earnings call and Motorola's recent resurgence in the mobile space, Jha seemed upbeat, though cognizant of the road ahead. "We are just at the beginning of our transition to a smartphone company, and we have a lot of work ahead of us," he said. A couple of other points:
2 million Android-based smartphones sold in the fourth quarter. They expect lower sales in the first quarter.
"Cliq, Backflip and the majority of our new smartphones this year will feature MotoBLUR," Jha said.
As for the numbers end of things, Motorola sold 2 million Android-based smartphones in the fourth quarter. Sales hit $1.82 billion in Q4, up from $1.69 billion in the third quarter. Operating loss was $114 million, down from $183 million the previous quarter, and down from $476 million in Q4 2008. More on that after the break. [Motorola (pdf link)]
We're getting word that T-Mobile myTouch 3G users are seeing an over-the-air (OTA) update roll in, but unfortunately it's not an update to Android 2.0/2.1 or anything. It's looking like it's not much more than a radio fix (better 3G, anyone?), but that's nothing to scoff at, either. Sing out if you're seeing anything different. [T-Mobile forums via @tsuranoth]
Want a 10-inch tablet with a big black bezel for $500, all without that Apple/AT&T baggage? MSI has one in works, says Digitimes, source of all things sometimes true. The as-yet unannounced and unnamed tablet would run an as-yet unidentified version of Android, powered by a Tegra-based processor. And unlike the iPad (which you guys weren't too keen on, by the way), this one would feature "all the functions of a regular notebook." [Digitimes]
The biggest leap many Android users have to make is going all-in with Google. E-mail, contacts, search results -- Google knows it all. Today is International Data Privacy Day, and the Big G is taking the opportunity to explain its privacy principles in five easy bullet points. Peep them and a cute little explainer video after the break.
Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter application is now live in the Android Market. (If you missed it, be sure to check out our review.) TweetCaster features support for multiple Twitter accounts, geolocation, searches and all of your other favorite Twitter features.
A free, advertising-based version is available, and there's a premium (ad-free) version of TweetCaster available for $4.99 in the Android Market. Note: You need to install the free version first, and then the upgrade key, to go ad-free. Download links below.
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