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5 years ago

EA Coming to Android

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For all you lovers of Monopoly, Tetris and Bejeweled, there is good news. As reported by Umair Khalid over at thesmartpda.com, these classic games from EA are on their way for Android and a T-Mobile G1 near you (hopefully you have one in your pocket!).

Adam Sussman, vice president of EA Mobile, said, "Android is another exciting new platform to offer customers great games with enhancements like touch and tilt capabilities." These popular titles appear to only be the first wave. EA Mobile will release more titles in the coming months and that's great news for all of us Android adopters. What titles would you like to see on your G1?

(Photo credited to Umair Khalid of thesmartpda.com).

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5 years ago

Aardvark Exchange client for Android Confirmed

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After a little more digging, we have a working link to sign up for the Aardvark Exchange client beta for Android. Just go here, enter your email address, then confirm for opting in. Our confidence level just went up several notches.

Thanks again goes to Stefan Frank and forum member Sherri for confirming this story. There is a glaring irony that I have an unlocked G1 but seldom use Google for my email, calendar or contacts management. Being able to hook up and sync via Exchange would be a huge plus for me. How many of you are going to sign up for the beta? Who amongst you will benefit from an Exchange client, and why? Share your thoughts!

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5 years ago

Aardvark bringing Exchange to Android?

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UPDATE: Time for a bit of rumor-mongering Exchange anticipation! Stefan Frank over at androidauthority.com claims a source (unidentified) notified them that the company Aardvark is bringing a Microsoft Exchange client to the Android platform. Allegedly, you can visit the company's web site and sign up to participate in a beta program once the client is available for testing.

If this is credible, Aardvark is promising real-time wireless synchronization of email, calendar, and contacts. Also, they are reporting that messaging will be included in the Android OS and the T-Mobile G1. The software is reported to publicly launch in Q1 of 2009 with limited beta starting right away, but you might have noticed my choice of words like "allegedly" and "credible." Even though a lot of folks are picking this up (yours truly included), I'm taking this with a grain of salt - the link allowing participation in the beta is broken, thus not inspiring me with tremendous confidence. We here at Android Central will let you know if there is truth to this rumor. We hope so! What do YOU think?

UPDATE: here is a working link for the beta signup!

(Photo credited to Stefan Frank and androidauthority.com)

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G: Next Stop Washington D.C.

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TmoNews brings us the news that our nation's capital city and future home of the next President of the United States of America, Washington D.C., will now offer T-Mobile 3G. This is great news for anyone in DC, political or not. And now everyone can appreciate the full power of the T-Mobile G1.

Slowly but surely T-Mobile will catch up in the 3G world, let's see how fast they can go yeah?

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Wal-Mart Status Update: Nov 3

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Another day, another T-Mobile G1 Wal-Mart update. Though we had reported that the G1 should have already started selling at Wal-Mart stores, we're getting word that the actual street date will be November 3rd. Again, the price is rumored to be $148.88 and it'll be available in 550 Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide. Hopefully, one of them will be in your area!

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Shutting Off Data For Those Who Pre-Ordered

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It's now been a week since most of the G1 pre-orders were delivered and many users are running into the problem of having no data. The culprit? Well, T-Mobile. The pre-ordered G1s came with a free week of T-Mobile data services and well, that week is now over. Therefore, T-Mobile blindly shut off data to the G1 and forgot to activate your paid data plan.

It's annoying to fix because you either have to call into T-Mobile or access your account online. Luckily, T-Mobile has award winning customer service so the process is a little less annoying. Did anyone run into this problem?

[Phandroid]

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5 years ago

The UK 'queues' up for the T-Mobile G1

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Today is the the launch of the T-Mobile G1 for our friends across the pond, the G1 will be available in T-Mobile stores throughout the United Kingdom. Looking at the pictures (posted on Telegraph.co.uk), it looks like a line, er 'queue', has built up in anticipation. Unlike our clear path to the G1, it looks like our UK brethren have to brave the rain as well (when does it not rain over there?) luckily T-Mobile offered some snazzy umbrellas for customers waiting in line.

We've also received word that some UK customers who signed up for news regarding the T-Mobile G1 got a "first dibs" of sorts on the G1. According to our tipster, T-Mobile sent out an e-mail that offered instructions on how to order a G1 before launch day. We're unsure of the shipping process, but hey if you can stay in and avoid the rain, why not?

Enjoy the G1 folks!

Thanks Duncan for the tip!

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5 years ago

Motorola Android Device To Be Released Holiday 2009, BOOO!

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Does Motorola offer any good news anymore? After confessing our love to Motorola amidst their job cuts and dreaming about the pairing of the Android OS with Motorola Design while they bleed money, we regret to inform you that the much anticipated Motorola Android Device won't be released until the 2009 Holiday Season. Go ahead and buy the G1 now folks because it's going to be a loong time before Motorola pushes out an Android phone.

We had reported that second quarter 2009 was likely but Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha debunked those reports in his Q3 Earnings call. The next Holiday Season is more than a year away and we at Android Central can't hide our disappointment. Sigh. See you next year Moto. 

What do you guys think?

[Silicon Alley Insider]

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5 years ago

Unlocked T-Mobile G1? Uh, Yeah, We Did That.

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If you were around a computer connected to the Internet yesterday you may have noticed a flurry of news items and posts detailing the unlock of the T-Mobile G1. Hey, we're all for freedom and openness here at Android Central and unlocking your G1 is an extension of that ideal. We support you unlockers.

But what's funny to us is: We. Already. Unlocked. The. G1. A week ago. And we were nice enough to show you how with a video! In fact, two of our very own are running unlocked G1s as we speak. Ask Dieter and Brian how they feel about it. Check out our video on how to unlock the G1!

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5 years ago

OpenMoko Making Android Device SOON

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It looks like OpenMoko is going to reach its natural destination and join the Android platform. AndroidGuys has a tip that details the OpenMoko device for Android. Supposedly, it's slated for a November release. Yeah, you read that right...NOVEMBER. Here are the rumored specs:

  • 400/500 MHz Samsung 2442B Processor/SOC (400 minimum, ARM920T core, ARMv4T)
  • 128 MB SDRAM total, 64 MB CPU internal, 64 MB external
  • 256MB NAND Flash MCP package.
  • Topploy VGA, 16 bit color depth, 480 x 640 pixels, 2.84″ diagonal screen size
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • A-GPS or GPS
  • GSM/GPRS
  • 3 axis sensing accelerometer
  • Touch screen over LCD is primary data entry mechanism
  • Two “hard” buttons
  • Internal Li-Ion or Li-Polymer battery included.
  • Indicators: an LED indicator visible from the side of the unit will illuminate when charging or have missing incoming call
  • 850/1800/1900 and 900/1800/1900 MHz bands must be supported
  • Bluetooth (CSR BC4 or later solutions)
  • Weight: ~133 grams with battery.
  • 4-in-1 laser pen
  • 512MB microSD Card (SanDisk/Transcend)
  • 1x USB cable Standard A to mini-B connector
  • 120.7 x 62.0 x 18.5 mm (4.752 x 2.441 x 0.728 inch)
  • Four-ring 2.5mm stereo jack

Taking a look at the specs it looks like a fairly solid device. We're actually surprised with the lack of a QWERTY keyboard considering Android doesn't have a soft virtual keyboard quite yet. Also, a 2.5mm stereo jack? Are we ever going to sniff 3.5mm?

Is this big news? Well, it depends on who you ask. OpenMoko was always expected to join the Android party but no one expected it to be this soon. The problem with OpenMoko is that the average consumer just doesn't know what it is, let alone what it stands for. It's cool that you can rig the OS and software stack but how is that better for Jane Doe who sees a G1 for $148.88 at Wal-Mart? Let's be honest, it's mostly tech savvy folks who love the OpenMoko initiative and truthfully, not everyone is like that .

The impact that OpenMoko will have depends on if and how other phone makers react to it. Do we support OpenMoko on Android? Undoubtedly. But do we expect it to be a sweeping success? We're not crossing our fingers.

[AndroidGuys]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Spotted At Wal-Mart!

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Aw, would you look at that. Nestled in the all around crazyness and clutter of Wal-Mart is our lovely phone, the T-Mobile G1. Good to see that the dummy unit has its own background banner. Sadly, it doesn't include a price so we can't confirm if that $148.88 price point is real or not.

And though we had reported that yesterday was supposed to begin the sale of the T-Mobile G1 at Wal-Mart, we're getting conflicting reports. There has yet to be confirmation from T-Mobile or Wal-Mart and some folks are saying a November release is more likely. Who knows, if its $148.88, people can brave the wait.

Photo Credit: Android Community

[Android Community]

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5 years ago

Asus Preparing Android Device, First Half of 2009

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It seems like every week there's a new company announcing their plans for Android. This time around, Asus, famous for their netbooks, is the one making the news. They've just announced their Android plans for Taiwan and a Early 2009 release date is looking likely. After their initial effort, they'll look to bring customized versions to different countries.

If you remember correctly, back in September, Asus was invited to join the Open Handset Alliance. Makes sense. Make an Android device and you're in!

[DigiTimes via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Enhanced Caller ID for Google Android

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How is your caller ID working for you on your G1? You may have noticed that pretty much all cell phones, the G1 included, require a contact to be present in your address book which matches up the contact with an incoming call, thus telling you who the heck is calling you. Everything is great if you already have the contact in your phone, but if you don’t, you may hesitate to answer “No Caller ID” or “Unknown Caller”, two phrases that send chills up and down my spine.

Although brand spankin’ new, there are already a bunch of apps available for Google Android, and as you can see in the above YouTube video (courtesy of Wazzucoug) and as posted by Mediabistro.com, there is already an app to the rescue. Caller ID from Whitepages.com will compare an incoming call to the more than 200 million contacts in the Whitepages.com database. I’d say there’s a decent chance that Caller ID will match up with a name, and now you can worry a little less that you don’t have every single person you know in your address book. Caller ID is released today, so try it out and let us know right here what you think!

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5 years ago

Review: Android Market on the T-Mobile G1

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Although in its infancy, I've had a chance to spend some time wandering up and down the aisles of the Android Market on my shiny new T-Mobile G1 (unlocked for use on AT&T, of course. Ahem). The shelves are a bit sparse when compared to the "big box" online stores that house bazillion apps for Windows Mobile and Palm, not to mention the ever-bloating App Store for iPhone. However, I'm encouraged that there ARE apps on the shelf, ready to download for FREE, and the availability of more apps and the entire process looks promising. Read on for a quick review!

Right off the bat, it's refreshing to have a new G1 phone, the new Android OS, and the Android Market already installed so I can browse the Market and pick up some free apps to try out on my device. I am excited for this open OS and look forward to what the development community can bring to this market (and Market) of new Android users!

Following is a short step-by-step walkthrough of using the Android Market and then some of my thoughts about it.

Using Android Market

When you first tap on the Android Market shopping bag icon on your G1, the main menu will pop up with Featured apps displayed across the top part of your screen. Below that is a scrollable list of categories: Applications (a quick look at all applications and by broader category), Games (by category), Search (pulls up a Search Android Market at the top of your screen), and My Downloads (lists all of the apps you have downloaded). At any time, you can press the "arrow" (return) hardware button on your G1 to return to the previous screen.

My immediate impression of accessing the Android Market is a good one. I like that I can jump straight into a list of Applications by category, or Search for what I want. It is rather obvious that the Android Market recognizes that enough users will want Games first and foremost that one of the few menu items on the main Market screen is, of course, Games. This is an interesting statement about the G1 and Android demographic.

When you select a specific category, like Games, you can then select a sub-category. Sub-categories under Games include All games, Arcade & Action, Brain & Puzzle, Cards & Casino, and Casual. I expect these category lists to grow as more games and, consequently, more genres are added. In this example, selecting All games pulls up a list of all game apps available with two tabs for filtering games "By popularity" or games "By date."

The Android Market "remembers" what you have already installed by placing "Installed" where the price would be. As of now, all apps are free until some future time that the Android Market is updated with purchasing capability from your G1.

Each application will have a one-to-five star designation where other users have downloaded, then rated it. Right out of the gate, I like that users are unable to rate an app unless they have downloaded it first. This, of course, is not a full-proof way of guaranteeing that an app isn't maliciously rated without being used first, but it's better than giving people the ability to rate an app they have never downloaded, much less tried.

When you revisit an app that you have previously downloaded, you have the new options of rating or uninstalling the app. When you uninstall an app, a "survey" screen pops up asking the reason you removed the app: "I don't use or want the application", "The application is defective or malicious", or "I don't want to say." This is a nice touch for quality control purposes. For example, if you select the second option for defective or malicious content, an additional window allows you to enter further information for reporting purposes. It's nice to see an effort by the Android Market to oversee quality and root out the bad apples.

When you select an app you are interested in, the next screen displays a brief description of the app, it's version and file size, and then an example of most recent comments from other users. If it looks like something you want, just tap "Install" and the app will download and install for use on your G1. A notification will appear in the upper left corner of your G1 to report the status of the download.

Hopefully in the future, Android Market will provide more information in this area, like screenshots of the app and even options to download demo versions once we are faced with the choice of buying an app or not.

Once you tap Install, the next screen informs you regarding the resources the app will require on your G1. The app you are downloading may have access and require internet service, GPS functions, personal information, and more. In essence, this is the "caveat emptor" (buyer beware) screen so you know what you are getting yourself into. Tapping "OK" indicates you agree and are walking into this transaction with your eyes wide open. Or, if the list of required resources is long and you have an uneasy feeling about it, just tap Cancel and the app will not be installed.

Like I mentioned before, the upper left corner of your G1 displays any notifications for your phone, and when in the Android Market, this area will display your downloads and the status of those downloads. To this day, I cannot download PAC-MAN, even though it's listed as FREE for a limited time. The download is always declined - perhaps you have encountered this as well?

Anyway, when this area fills up with notifications, it's easy to just tap "Clear Notifications" to refresh the screen and make room for more notifications. I like the drop-down screen so I can get the details if I want them, and then hide them by flicking my finger back up the screen.

All Applications is a look at everything in the Android Market. If you have some spare time on your hands and want to see everything in the store, by either popularity or by date (so you can see all the new stuff), then this is the way to go. Sometimes I don't have a particular category in mind, so I like being able to see it all and filter the content by popularity or "freshness."

Conclusion

The Android Market is new and compelling. It is evident that they have learned from where others have gone before and have made small, but noticeable, improvements to the app buying experience. The requirement of downloading material first before having access to review it, as well as being fully informed about the resources the app will require, are two big improvements in my opinion.

This is a work in progress and I am excited to see where it goes. I hope to see very soon the ability to download demos, view screenshots of the app before downloading, and the ability to purchase apps directly from my G1.

The interface is user-friendly and is a basic skeleton open for growth. Keep an eye on this one - the Android Market is already changing the game, raising the bar, and will push others to do the same.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Update Pulled Because of Security Flaw

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We should have put two and two together, huh? First, there was a software update (RC28) that was supposed to update G1's OTA immediately after launch. Second, there was a security flaw found in Android that definitely needed to be fixed. And finally, a T-Mobile G1 update showed up but in RC29 form.

Apparently, Google was in the mix of updating the software for G1 users when they identified the security flaw in Android's browser. Instead of updating all users to RC28 and then fixing the flaw in another software patch they decided to pull the update and rebuild the update. Thus, RC29. It's been released to users around 4PM Pacific Time, October 27th.

Thanks for your concern Google, I probably wouldn't have liked updating two days in a row anyway. Now where's my update? Anyone get the RC29 (or RC28) update?

[Android Community]

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