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5 years ago

T-Mobile Expanding 3G Coverage In Preparations for Android

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So it's no secret that the HTC Dream will have 3G and that T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier for the first Android Device-we all know that. We also do know that in its current shape, the 3G Coverage provided by T-Mobile is pitiful at best and nearly non-existent. Having just rolled out 3G in New York in May, T-Mobile has expanded to only a total of 13 cities since then: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and San Diego.

When the HTC Dream is released (currently speculated as being mid-October), T-Mobile will have 3G coverage in 14 more cities for a total of 27 cities with T-Mobile 3G. In comparison, by that same timeframe AT&T will have 350 cities with 3G coverage and people still complain about the lack of 3G being available on AT&T's network.

The lucky new 14 cities are: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle all of which will get 3G by mid-october. And by the end of the year, six more cities will get 3G: Birmingham, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, and Tampa.

In other words, hurry up T-Mobile, the fate of Android's first impression lies with you.

[Via CNET]

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5 years ago

CONFIRMED: Android Market, No App Checking from Google

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Google has released details on Android Market, the Android application that allows easy access to other applications, in short--it's Android's version of the App Store. The version that will ship in Android 1.0 will be in beta which means it won't currently support paid applications but it certainly plans on it. Having an Android Market will make getting third party applications for Android so much easier and can really show off the versatility of Android.

Terming it 'market' instead of 'store' was a conscious decision on Google's part because it wants to keep things open for developers and not kick out applications with no discretion (ahem, Apple). What's crucial is that Google keep malicious software out of Android Market or this free market might turn into a swap meet of malware.

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5 years ago

Gizmondo to Run Android

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Well we guess Google wasn't lying when they said Android will be able to run on any device that wants it because we have word (Via Gizmodo) that the Gizmondo 2, the follow up to the underwhelming original Gizmondo, will have the option to run Android. Cool huh?

This shows the versatility of Android and how it can easily adapt to each platform. Though the Gizmondo isn't really relevant in terms of pushing the Android OS forward, its still puts Android in more hands. Hopefully we'll see more from this front in the coming months.

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5 years ago

HTC Dream Pricing: $199 and Cheap Data

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So if anyone says that T-Mobile isn't going after AT&T and Apple with the HTC Dream, they're lying. We're getting news from the WSJ that the HTC Dream will release with a $199 price point and an "aggressively priced" data plan. Coming from T-Mobile an "aggressively priced" data plan sounds intriguing considering that their plans are currently the most affordable in town.

We also are catching word that the phone will be branded in Google glory, what this means, we have no idea but be sure to expect Google announcing its arrival with this handset.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile's App Store Won't Be Available to Android

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We caught word a month back that T-Mobile was planning to roll out an 'App Store' similar to that other App Store that would be available to all phones on T-Mobile. Well, that news has changed according to mocoNews, it looks like Android devices (and the Sidekick) won't have the T-Mobile App Store when the app store goes live. But don't fret, T-Mobile is still planning on eventually including Android just not when things are so green.

In any case, when the T-Mobile App Store launches it'll probably feel more like a beta since T-Mobile won't allow API Access or allow free apps to use advertisements. So I guess we won't be missing much, it's better to get all that trial and error out of the way before it reaches our Android handsets.

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5 years ago

Google Shows Off Android in a Video Presentation in London

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At Google's Developer Day over in London, Google seemed to show off a very complete-looking version of Android and a device that looks eerily similar to the HTC Dream. WIth the scheduled T-Mobile event to jump off September 23rd, I think it's safe to say that what we see in this video is pretty much what we'll see at the vent.

The actual device details were 'taped up' according to the video so we can't know for sure but Android is looking better and better by the day. Click the Read Link for the full video to see some basic Android UI and what 2 hours of development can create.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile & Google Releasing Details About Android September 23rd, It's Official

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So it looks like this Android thing is really ready to jump off. We have an official report from T-Mobile that they will host an Android-centric Event on September 23rd at 10:30 AM. This is what we've been waiting for folks, what can we expect? The official specs of the HTC Dream, the release date, pricing information, and a full tour of Android 1.0 isn't asking for too much is it?

The invite itself includes peeks of Google Maps, Street View, and 3G. Hopefully, T-Mobile will announce a widespread 3G rollout and GPS turn-by-turn directions for the HTC Dream. Either way, September 23rd is not too far off and the event is sure to be amazing. Keep checking Android Central for the latest updates on the HTC Dream and Android!

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5 years ago

HTC Expects to Sell 700,000 HTC Dreams THIS Year

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According to a report from the WSJ, HTC expects themselves to be able to sell 600,000 to 700,000 HTC Dream devices THIS year. Third party analysts had pegged the Dream to be able to sell 300,000 units, maybe 500,000 tops. So we're talking big expectations here.

We at AndroidCentral can't imagine HTC pulling this off considering how few concrete details are currently available about the HTC Dream. Plus, T-Mobile is the smallest wireless operator in the USA and the expected launch date is the END of OCTOBER. 700,000 units in 2 months of work? That's overshooting it a bit.

But then again, if HTC manages to pull through..we'll be the first ones to apologize for doubting them.

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5 years ago

WSJ Says HTC Dream to Launch Late October

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Another day, another rumored release date for the much anticipated HTC Dream. Our previous report of a September 23rd release date has now been replaced by a WSJ report claiming that the actual release date will be closer to "late October". Which makes a wee bit more sense, that September 23rd deadline was right around the corner.

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6 years ago

Google Chrome Coming to Android?

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If you've been living under a rock, been on vacation for the past month, or completely ignore tech news, you've might have missed that Google released a browser called Chrome. We'll spare you the details of why Chrome is a key component in the Google Plan and leave you with an interesting nugget from CNET that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is expecting Chrome to make its way over to Android.

Though they were developed separately, Brin expects Android to take advantage of Chrome:

"Probably a subsequent version of Android is going to pick up a lot of the Chrome stack," Brin said, pointing to JavaScript improvements as one area.

Both Chrome and the Android Browser are based off WebKit so it doesn't seem like quite a stretch. I guess we'll see in the future when Chrome comes over to Android.

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6 years ago

HTC Dream to Launch September 23rd ?

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We have news from Reuters (via Gizmodo) that the HTC Dream, yep the first Android Device, will launch and hit stores on September 23rd. Sources familiar with the matter say:

"T-Mobile and Google will be making an announcement this month in New York City," two people told Reuters on Wednesday, adding Sept 23 was a likely date for the announcement.

Wow. That does fall in line with recent speculation but that means the Android Device will come within a week from today! Now that's exciting stuff.

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6 years ago

Android 1.0 to Lack Full Featured Bluetooth, Google Talk

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Some sad news for those hoping for full featured Android Devices by the end of the year: Android 1.0, the version that will ship with the HTC Dream is going to be missing GoogleTalk and some key features regarding Bluetooth such as sending files between bluetooth devices.

In the Android Developers Blog, Dan Morrill explains why, citing an incomplete Bluetooth API that simply won't be ready for Android 1.0. Regarding Google Talk, it lacks the security features to be seriously considered at this point. Luckily, the guys at Android are still working on implementing these features and we will probably see them in future Android iterations, just not 1.0.

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6 years ago

Look No Further: This IS the ACTUAL HTC Dream, Real Live Pics of First Android Device

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So here it is folks! The HTC Dream! We've caught the HTC Dream out in the wild (via Engadget)! And in the wild we mean up against leopard skin print and bad lighting. From these pictures, we can decipher that everything looks quite...spacious. The keyboard seems adequate, the home buttons are plentiful, and it seems to include a cross between a four-direction arrow and a trackball.

Obviously, there are some harsh lines due to the separation of screen and 'chin' that may dissuade consumers from buying it but I think it looks like a powerful device and falls in line with what HTC likes to do. And let's be honest here, the HTC Dream is only exciting because of the software (Android) and not the looks of it. This is the best device to launch Android with because of its inclusions of so many different mechanisms.

In other words, congratulations HTC Dream, you are the perfect guinea pig!

Read On For The Rest Of The Pictures!

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Rendered By Artist, Looks Sweet!

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Tired of all the engineering renderings? Sick of the blueprint-esque diagrams? Yeah, we are too. Luckily, we have the talented artist Neo Carlo Magno from Phonereport.info to show us what an "actual" HTC Dream will look like given the current information. Also, they've dug up a bunch of new specs that are worth a mention:

  • Includes a trackball (the rendering doesn't show this)
  • Dedicated Camera Button (a great bonus!)
  • MMS
  • Built In Compass

It looks like the HTC Dream will certainly be a dreamy device. Sorry, I couldn't help myself

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Rendering Highlighted Features

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Over at Android Community, they took the previous engineering renderings of the HTC Dream and highlighted every key feature that could be determined. Some new nuggets of information is that the HTC Dream is assumed to be 16.35mm, which is decent considering the iPhone is around 12.3 mm thick and the HTC Dream includes a slide out keyboard.

Obviously, with all these moving parts: a slide out keyboard, a strong chin, touchscreen, etc, it looks like it will certainly take time before case makers make a stylish and functional case. Unlike other phones which are typically one slab and that's it, it looks like the HTC Dream is going to be a wee bit more complicated than just that. We'll soon see!

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