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5 years ago

Motorola Confirms Android Phone In The Works

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When we first reported about Motorola upping their Android Team to 350 people from 50, we were unsurprised. Motorola needs Android to continue being a player in the cell phone industry. So now that official word comes that Motorola is going to make Android devices, how does Android Central feel? Excited

We’re excited about the innovation possibilities on Android, and [we] look forward to delivering great products in partnership with Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

 

Motorola can definitely make some nice looking phones. We can't wait!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxing, Really This Time

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Following up yesterday's news of a not-quite unboxing, we have come across an unboxing done right. TmoNews received these pictures from an anonymous tipster and were able to relay it to us. For those who did their homework, none of the accessories should come as a surprise since it was listed in the Quick Start Guide.

Here's a summary on the included accessories:

  • The carrying case is basic--we'll definitely need some third party alternatives.
  • The AC adapter is also basic, nothing too high quality there.
  • Headphones look solid, ExtUSB still blows
  • T-Mobile G1 looks good!

Hit the link for the rest of the pictures!

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Handango to Open Android Marketplace Competitor, With Paid Apps

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Gizmodo is reporting that Handango, a popular application merchant for pretty much all mobile devices, is planning on opening up their own marketplace for Android that will include an option for paid applications. Currently, Android Market doesn't offer developers to charge for applications but will in the near future. They'll have 100 for-pay applications on the October 22nd launch date and will support one-time, monthly, or annual billing methods.

Obviously, with everything 'open' and Google essentially taking a hands off approach with the Android Market, it doesn't look like they can stop competitors from creating competing avenues or products. This might set bad precedent, with each big-name company opening their own "store" and taking away business from Google. Hopefully, this doesn't become the mess that we at AndroidCentral are desperately afraid of.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxed: Kind Of, Not Really

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TmoNews got their hands on some great almost-unboxing pictures of the T-Mobile G1. Why almost? Well, because the T-Mobile G1 never actually comes out of the box. You get to see pictures of it up close inside the box, you get to see the accessories it comes with in the box, and you get to see the outside of the box.

Funny, one would think it'd only take a few more seconds for an actual "unboxing". Either way, use your imagination to the fullest to pretend like that T-Mobile G1 is yours! Click the link for the rest of the not quite unboxing shots!

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Arrive in Best Buy October 26th?

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The Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on a few screenshots that make it look like Best Buy will be carrying the T-Mobile G1 come November 16th 2008. The shipment of T-Mobile G1s are expected to reach stores October 26th, but the actual street date is listed on 11-16-2008.

Best Buy being able to sell the T-Mobile G1 is no surprise since they're fast becoming one of the biggest mobile retailers in the world, but the November Street date is interesting. Since the T-Mobile G1 is being shipped to T-Mobile customers first on Oct 22, will we have to wait a full month before other stores get in on the G1 fun? Or will it be an earlier date for T-Mobile stores?

Let us know what you think!

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5 years ago

The iPhone Blog Compares T-Mobile G1 & iPhone 3G

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The iPhone Blog recently compared hardware v. hardware of the iPhone 3G and the T-Mobile G1. Unsurprisingly, the final tally went toward the iPhone's favor, they seemed to be quite surprised by everything that the T-Mobile G1 offers, to quote:

Plainness aside, the T-Mobile G1 is the perfect device to launch Android with. Why? Because it includes all the popular input methods: touch-screen, keyboard, and even a trackball. Developers are able to create versatile apps that will extend past the T-Mobile G1 because of all the input methods available.

iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, they should all be excited for the potential of Android because it only makes those old guards innovate even more. With the T-Mobile G1 being the new kid on the block, we should expect more and more comparisons with every device. We have good money that the T-Mobile G1 will hold its own.

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5 years ago

EA Mobile Will Wait to Release Games on Android, So They Can Get Paid

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EA Mobile, a division of EA Games, states:

"EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games," they say. "EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market."

This obviously doesn't come to a surprise to us, since EA is big business and we all know big business loves money. The more interesting thing to note is that this might affect other developers who would also loved to get paid for their efforts, something that Android currently doesn't support.

So will we see a lack of earth-moving apps because the current system only supports free apps? Are us early adopters going to have to wait until Google figures out how to monetize Android Market?

Hopefully not but probably so.

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5 years ago

Samsung & LG Bringing Android Devices Q3 2009 ?

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Well it looks like everyone is eventually going to join the Android Party. Samsung and LG are expected to take a wait and see approach with Android and will probably come out with Android Devices in the second half of 2009 "at the earliest".

Though we at AndroidCentral would absolutely love a Samsung Instinct or LG Dare to run Android, it's a safe move on Samsung and LG's part, waiting almost a year to see how Android shapes up and let HTC and T-Mobile take the first hit on bugs, problems, and the like.

We can see more and more phone makers announce future Android plans but they'll likely keep a close eye on the T-Mobile G1. As for the T-Mobile G1, it'll likely succeed considering it's going to be the only Android device on the market.

[Unwiredview]

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5 years ago

VISA to Offer App For Android

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Visa has announced that they are going to offer an application in Android that will deliver notifications about Chase Visa Customers and Android Users. The plan is to give account activity updates, transfer money, show merchant offers, and also a unique location-based service that will allow Android Users to see where the merchants are offering specials.

If it succeeds, Visa will extend this type of relationship with other banks. Hey, pretty soon all we would have to carry is just an Android Device right?

[CNET]

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5 years ago

Motorola Building 350-Person Android Team?

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Having not been able to capitalize on the success of the original RAZR (has it been 4 years already?), Motorla is obviously in need of some shaking up. With sales declining and fewer and fewer capable models left in the pipeline, it should come to no surprise that Motorola is betting on the Android (after all, they are a member of the Open Handset Alliance). What is a surprise is how big they are betting.

TechCrunch is reporting that they have 50 people already on the Android Team and are planning to expand the Android division to 350 people strong. Obviously, Motorola needs to plan for the future and with Android looking like the next biggest thing, it isn't surprising that Motorola is hinging their success with Android. Motorola is already heavily involved in the Windows Mobile Game, so making a phone for Android (with no licensing costs) is a no brainer.

After all, Motorola still makes pretty phones..it's just that shoddy software that has disinterested folks.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 is Almost Sold Out! Act Quick!

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Gizmodo is reporting that the T-Mobile G1 is close to selling out, so you guys better act quick if you want the first Android Device delivered to your doorstep! Though originally, it looked like it had sold out, it seemed to only be a technical glitch in T-Mobile's system. Either way, it is being reported that there are "only a small quantity of T-Mobile G1s available", so if you were on the fence about buying one...make your decision now!

We at AndroidCentral tried to hop on the T-Mobile G1 site to see if it was still available but were squashed by a come back later error. Hopefully, it's another technical error or you can kiss the T-Mobile G1 goodbye until October!

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5 years ago

The Font Behind Android, Aptly Named Droid

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We at AndroidCentral certainly love our fonts and can absolutely appreciate the hard work it takes to create a "great" font. But when we heard that Google and Ascender (a digital typeface company) took two years of work to create the official font for Android, even we were stunned.

Aptly named Droid, the font is unique for Google because Google's logo is playful and fun while the Droid Font is simply "approachable". The Droid Font will be embedded in all of Android from drop-down menus, address book, maps, keyboard, characters, etc. Google's goals for the font?

"We wanted the type to be very useful, comfortable to read, and not in any way distracting." The teams also wanted a typeface that would work well with the distinctive Android logo, which was designed by another company.

So any chance Droid can be the next Helvetica?

[FORBES]

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5 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Not Quite Available?

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When we went to go get our T-Mobile G1 from the T-Mobile Website we noticed that there wasn't an option to purchase the White Version. Assuming it was sold out, we quickly forgot about the lack of the white version because of our excitement around the T-Mobile G1 in general. Luckily, we have the great guys at AndroidCommunity there to remind us when something is awry.

Apparently, the white version of the T-Mobile G1 is currently having "paint chipping issues" that causes the white paint on the T-Mobile G1 to well, chip away. T-Mobile is currently rectifying the problem and promises to have the white version of the T-Mobile G1 back in stock when they can.

In the mean time, go and grab your T-Mobile G1 because demand is high and supplies are running low!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Quick Start Guide Leaked

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Hey potential T-Mobile G1 users! The Quick Start guide (in PDF form) for our future phone, the T-Mobile G1, is available to download at THIS LINK (Via Gizmodo). It's a PDF link so be wary!

There are 48 pages of goodies on how to work the T-Mobile G1 so if you want to get a head start on studying and learning, go and download it! I mean, it's a long way til October 22nd isn't it? Relevant reading material will help pass the time faster.

We'll be sure to give it a detailed look and report to you guys what we've found. So what are you doing here still? GO GET IT. In the mean time, we'll be reading!

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5 years ago

Ex-Google Mobile Product Manager Trashes Android? Not Quite..

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Ulf Waschbusch, ex-Google Mobile Product Manager now at MySpace Mobile, was recently reported all across the interweb as trashing the T-Mobile G1 on his blog:

It’s funny - but the first time I heard about Android was about 2.5 years ago, when Eric Schmidt told me about the device at Stanford after I got a job offer from Google (yet before I accepted it!). Since then I have seen many iterations of the software. The software. Not the device itself, because sadly it hasn’t changed much in a while. (Not sure how long). The reason many people see the G1 as ugly and old-fashioned is simply… because it IS! It’s a design unchanged for a while (it’s now available in Zune-brown along with white and black). The hardware itself though went through many iterations I am sure, as it’s top-notch (3G on AWS, GPS, 3MP autofocus camera etc.).

 

Is this a case of a disgruntled ex-employee mad at Google and Android? Well, not quite. He retorted to a lot of people who claimed he was just mad at Google by saying he loves Android, the Android Team, and everything at Google. His only beef? That the T-Mobile G1 looks a little bit dated.

Can't say that we don't agree with the guy..

[ULFW]

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