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5 years ago

Samsung Bringing Android Device to Sprint & T-Mobile ?

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Everybody is waiting in anticipation to see what the next Android devices will be, what they'll look like, who they'll come from, and so on. This time the word says that Samsung will be releasing Android Devices to both Sprint and T-Mobile in Q2. Supposedly, the devices are supposed to resemble the Omnia and Instinct, both of which are basically large screens with little buttons. Build quality on both are pretty great, if they're running Android..oh boy! We'll be on the look out for more news on the Samsung front!

Thanks BeeJay!

[Engadget Mobile]

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5 years ago

Google Search Optimized on Android

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Google Search has been optimized for Android (and iPhone)! If you haven't noticed, anytime you use Google to search on your G1, the results are now optimized to fit the width of the T-Mobile G1 screen. This is a great touch because you save a few seconds trying to zoom in and get to your results much, much quicker. Furthermore, you get more appropriate touchscreen icons to navigate to your search results. A win all around!

[Google Mobile Blog]

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5 years ago

HTC Predictions for 2008: Over 1 Million G1 'Droids!

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CEO Peter Chou of HTC reports that sales of the Android-runnin' G1 should exceed 1 million for 2008 and that 2009 may bring another two Android handsets, one of them slated for as early as Q1 2009. With over $500 million in revenue for November alone, HTC seems to be rocking. Other handset makers? Not so much. It seems that HTC has found a nice "sweet spot" with that lovable lil' green 'droid as more handsets are on the way. Will the faltering economy take a toll on sales, or will demand for Android handsets remain healthy for 2009?

[engadget]

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5 years ago

Google Gift to Employees: Let Them Eat Dogfood!

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Just when I was feeling the Christmas blues about my company bonus (or lack thereof), along comes this little tidbit that makes me all warm and fuzzy and full of Christmas cheer. Instead of a big fat Christmas bonus (historically upward of $20,000), Google employees can look forward to scarfing down some "dogfood" this year. Ok, not REAL dog food. "Dogfood" is corporate jargon for making employees use the company product, one of the benefits being continuing improvement of that product. So, Google employees can look forward to receiving their very own Dream phone (Android G1) in their stockings this year. From the mouth of Google:

This is a chance for us to once again dogfood a product and make it even better! Second, as we discussed in our email this week, the current economic crisis requires us to be more conservative about how we spend our money. We felt that giving the Dream phone would be a great holiday present - something we could all celebrate.  

The Dream phone (G1) has a special 'droid emblazoned on the back, will be unlocked, and carries a $180 value to Google employees. When Google isn't handing out $20,000 Christmas bonuses, we know that times are tough. To get even more details, check out Gizmodo here. Also, HUGE props to Gizmodo for a most excellent picture!

[Gizmodo via Valleywag.gawker.com]

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5 years ago

Motorola Ditching Symbian for Android?

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The news for Android users keeps getting better and better. Michael Oryl of MobileBurn posts that Sanjay Jha, the CEO of the Mobile Devices group at Motorola, confirmed rumors that Mot will discontinue making phones for Symbian OS and UIQ user interface and instead commit to two platforms: Windows Mobile and Android! This is great news for those of us in love with the green 'droid - more devices to choose from makes for happy consumers. Personally, I think that Motorola devices are a good fit for the Android OS. What do YOU think?

[engadget imobile via MobileBurn]

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5 years ago

Garmin to go Android

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Garmin has been toying with the idea of releasing smartphones for quite awhile now, but it looks like they've now found the right OS to make it happen: Android. CrunchGear is reporting that Garmin intends on creating and releasing Android-powered smartphones (presumably with a hefty focus on GPS functionality) by the end of 2009. They'll use their Nuviphone branding, naturally.

Welcome to the party, Garmin. Now, before you get too far in developing this phone, we wouldn't mind if you released a generic Garmin application with turn-by-turn directions for the rest of us.

Update: Belay that bit about "Nuviphone" and quite possibly the release timeline as well -- Engadget Mobile has updates stating that Nuviphone will still rock some custom version of Linux, not Android. Android's still on the way, though, just not exactly as predicted.

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5 years ago

Android On-Screen Keyboard Coming

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For those of you who are like me and aren't crazy about a slide-out keyboard, there is relief on the way. The "cupcake" branch of Android development has spilled the beans that Google has been working on a soft, or on-screen, keyboard for the Android G1. It will be available as early as January 2009. What does this mean to you and me? It means that the G1 can be more one-handed-friendly! Take a look at the YouTube video which reveals how the on-screen keyboard works on the G1. Just select a text-entry box and the keyboard appears, ready for action!

[boygeniusreport]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Questions on the Palm Treo Pro?

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You got questions? We'll give you answers. So our time with the Treo Pro is nearing its end but before we finish up our full review of the Treo Pro, we're here to ask you if you G1 users out there if you have any questions on the Treo Pro? Any concerns about the hardware? Think Windows Mobile isn't for you?  How about the keyboard? Ask away in the comments!

And if you didn’t know, here at Android Central (and every other SPE site), anytime you comment on an official Round Robin post, you’re qualified to win a T-Mobile G1 (or a Bold, or a iPhone, or a Fuze, or a Treo Pro)! Flippin’ sweet right? Well, ask away my friends!

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

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Releasing a G2 Soon?

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An anonymous tipster from CellPhone Signal is divulging to Boy Genius Report that T-Mobile has a new Android-powered handset up their sleeve and it will be revealed as soon as January 26. The plastic factory screen protector is still on my G1 and a G2 is already on the way? These are exciting times indeed.

The G2 is expected to be a heavy-hitter in the features department. In addition to the G1 feature set, it will have a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, a front-facing VGA camera to take advantage of the new video calling service expected to come to T-Mobile soon, video capture and playback, and much more.

If it's real, then we're talking about a rather significant step up from the G1. Until more information is dragged out into the light of day, it's best to file this one under "rumored, but wouldn't it be nice?". For those of you with a G1 now, will you dump your G1 for a G2? If you don't have an Android handset yet and are still waiting, does the G2 look attractive?

[boygeniusreport]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: WMExpert's Dieter Bohn Video Review of the T-Mobile G1

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For Week 4 of the Smartphone Round Robin, the T-Mobile G1 is in the hands of our good friend Dieter Bohn! Dieter just finished up his Video Review and first impressions of the T-Mobile G1 but instead of choosing the normal route of detailing the hardware and software, he elects to do something entirely different--he defends the G1's hardware.

Let's face it. The G1 has caught a lot of flack for its supposed "ugly" and "bland" design. Deserved or not, even we at Android Central admit its not the prettiest in the bunch. So for Dieter to go out and defend the hardware? That's bold.

You should check out his Video Review to see the great points he raises on the design and it just might make you re-evaluate the way you saw the T-Mobile G1. One more thing. He even defends the chin.

Go check out Dieter's Video Defense of the T-Mobile G1's hardware!

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

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5 years ago

Android Firmware Update Pending

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Why in the world is our favorite green 'droid holding a cupcake, you ask? The "Cupcake" Android Development team has published a roadmap of vanquished bugs and added features that will soon arrive in the next firmware update. How soon? That is the big unknown, but it's good to know that it's on the way.

As far as what to expect in the update, here's a taste: Copy/paste and inline search for the browser, stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), support for third party soft keyboards and "other on-screen input methods", and video recording.

Whether all of the updates and bug fixes will be in a singular download is as uncertain as the date we'll see it happen, but it's nice to have our "cupcake" and eat it, too. Check out the full report here.

[MobileCrunch]

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5 years ago

G1 Makes Cover of Consumer Reports

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T-Mobile's Google Android phone, the G1, may not have cover-girl looks, but is still sexy enough to make a splash on the cover of the January 2009 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. This is a most excellent tip with a very special thanks to one of our forum members, Dr. Tyrell ('Blade Runner' reference duly noted and appreciated!). Thanks Dr. Tyrell!

As noted by Dr. Tyrell, the G1 and the iPhone 3G are recommended as "best choices for multimedia use." Below is an excerpt from Dr. Tyrell's post found here in the Android Central forums:

"I will just note that they primarily looked at voice quality, ease of use, talk time and PDA features. The G1 was knocked for some things that should be coming soon such as Exchange support, document editing and video capture."

Good work on spotting this one, Dr. Tyrell! It's nice to know that the G1 and Android are getting some cover time.

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5 years ago

Ask Android Central: Is the T-Mobile G1 Available in the UK ?

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Continuing our newest feature, Ask Android Central, where you guys ask the question and we provide the answer, we have a question from Antoinette regarding the T-Mobile G1’s availability across the pond!

Antoinette asks “I really like the G1. It is a little costly. Do you think it is possible for me to buy one for the UK?”

 

Check out Android Central’s answer after the break!

To quickly and succinctly answer your question before we delve into the deeper issues such as price concerns, Yes, the T-Mobile G1 is available for the UK! It was released on October 30th, 2008 for FREE if you sign up for a £40/month plan. Worried that the £40/month was too steep (it roughly translates to $62)?

No worries! After a recent price drop in the UK, the T-Mobile G1 is NOW available for FREE if you sign up to a £30/month ($46) on a 18-month contract which includes “700 minutes, 1400 texts, or any mix you use”. We at Android Central aren’t exactly sure what “any mix you use” actually means, but we’re sure you UK folks might be more familiar with it. To sweeten the deal even more, T-Mobile UK is throwing in an 8GB microSD card!

Compared to the US, where we pay $179 for the phone, $55+ for a service plan, and only a 1GB microSD card included—it can almost be considered a steal! The UK version is also ALL white. Unlike the two-tone silver backing of the US version, the White UK G1 looks clean as a whistle!

Now for the greater concern. Is the G1 priced too high? We can’t speak for the UK pricing strategy since we’re not all too familiar with the phone climate across the pond, but here in the United States we think the G1 is definitely priced on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. At the very least, it’s the most competitive pricing of any smartphone in the Smartphone Round Robin.

Let’s take a look:

Obviously, this is an admittedly rough chart that doesn’t take into consideration A LOT of different factors. Like quality of the service, 3G networks, amount of minutes, text messages, etc. This is a very, very rough comparison of pricing you’d find on the carrier’s websites. But either way, the T-Mobile G1 is hands down the cheapest smartphone you can buy out the door.

We at Android Central won’t go as far to consider the G1’s price to be “cheap” but it surely is competitive. I think T-Mobile, Google, and HTC did a fair job in pricing it at a point where they could profit from hardware sales but still allow the consumer to save some money. In all, we think the G1 represents great value—you get a desktop-class OS with a burgeoning app selection, instant access to the internet, and well the knowledge of being cool to Google fans everywhere.

 

Did we get anything wrong? Tell us so in the comments! And if you have a question to ask Android Central, feel free to contact us via our Contacts Form and your question just might be featured in the next Ask Android Central!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile To Get Rid of Upgrade Fees?

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Tmonews is reporting that there are whispers that T-Mobile is going to finally get rid of the $18 upgrade fee that has irked a lot of customers whenever they upgrade to a newer handset. Obviously $18 isn't going to be a dealbreaker if you really wanted your G1 but in these tough economic conditions, every dollar counts.

“We have received feedback from you on behalf of our customers that the $18 Handset Upgrade Fee is a real customer diss atisfier. Based on your feedback, we are eliminiating the $18 Handset Upgrade Free effective immediately.” 

This is another sign that T-Mobile is still the friendliest carrier around these parts. And that isn't a backhanded compliment. Well, not really.

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Palm Treo Pro Video Review

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The Smartphone Round Robin is in Week 4 and this will be the last week we spend on another smartphone platform! Obviously, I'm eager to jump back onto the G1 but before we do that we have to give a fair and honest review to the Palm Treo Pro!

The Palm Treo Pro is a bit of a joint effort from a lot of important companies. The hardware was designed by HTC, the software runs Windows Mobile, but in the end its branded a Palm Treo Pro. Interesting. Either way, this is the Treo that combines everything you'd want spec-wise--3G, WiFi, GPS--in a smartphone. Is it too little too late? Or not nearly enough?

To give you a preview of my first impressions: I'm a HUGE fan of the form factor. It's not too wide, not too thin, and really feels easy to hold in the hand. And with Windows Mobile? I'm already instantly more comfortable using it than I was with the AT&T Fuze. Check out the video for the rest of Android Central's first impressions of the Palm Treo Pro!

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

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