HTC, maker of the G1 and the upcoming Magic, is currently the only "real" player in the Android game. No other bigwig company has officially announced anything so it should be no surprise to us that HTC is quite smitten with our Android.
How smitten? Well, even in our current economic state, reports show that HTC has increased their workforce by 46% and it wouldn't be a far off guess that most of the new workforce will revolve around Android.
Even more so, an analyst speculates that HTC will release FIVE new Android phones this year. We're definitely crossing our fingers for that to come true! What do you guys think? Will HTC become the most important Android phone maker? Or is it already?
Our sister site the iPhone Blog dug up a great graph that charts the usage of mobile web browsers. Unsurprisingly, they bragged about their iPhone dominating the market but it's interesting to note that Android is coming up fairly quickly considering it only released in October of last year and is on the smallest carrier in the United States.
It'll soon outpace Windows Mobile and we wouldn't be too surprised if it took a solid 2nd place in the near future. The Android web browser is effective at rendering pages and also easy to use, there's no question it's one of the better mobile browsers on the market. As Android grows, so will its browser marketshare.
Engadget Mobile reports that Orange is going to be bringing the HTC Dream (facelift and all) to France on March 5th. Supposedly, it's going to cost 99 euros (~$124) after rebate on a 2-year contract with Orange's Origami Star Plus package (42 euros, ~$53) which includes unlimited data, unlimited text, and 50 hours of Orange Wi-Fi access spots.
Do we have anybody in France excited about this offer? Or does everyone just want the HTC Magic now?
Remember those unlimited voice plans from T-Mobile? Well, they're real. $49.99/month for unlimited voice on a single line and $89.99/month on a two-line family plan. The add-on's are pretty sweet too with $24.99 unlimited data and $9.99 unlimited messaging, all in all it seems like a very good deal for those interested in unlimited plans.
The fine print says that you have to be a T-Mobile customer for 22+ months in order to qualify and have a reliable payment history. Who knows what reliable means. Did anyone get this yet? Is anyone going to? Let us know!
We've seen this new T-Mobile G1 commercial on TV lately but it just recently popped up on T-Mobile's youtube channel for everyone's viewing pleasure. While the first G1 commercial focused on what the G1 can do, this spot sheds light on all the positive reviews that the G1 has been receiving. You get quotables from all the bigwigs like PC World, Gizmodo, GQ, the LA Times and Time.com effusing praise for the G1.
What's most interesting and hilarious is the subtle jab at a particular Steve who is speechless about the G1. His quote in the commercial:
" " -Steve
Is this Steve Jobs? Steve Ballmer? Perhaps both!? Let us know who you think 'Steve' is.
Although this is a video of a Nokia N800, which isn't even a smartphone, VMWare's MVP hypervisor virtual machine is enabling it to run both Windows and Android simultaneously. The virtual machine runs in the background of the native OS and allows a user to install different OSes as applications, then run them at the same time, if desired.
According to VMWare, the MVP is headed for smartphones sometime in the near future. The challenge they may face is the fact that they must partner with smartphone manufacturers and persuade them to install hypervisor on their handsets in order for MVP to work. It's difficult to imagine handset manufacturers wanting to open their device to multiple OSes, but then again, it could expand market appeal without adding much cost, if any. Would you want a handset enabled to run several OSes?
According to modmyGphone, we have news that German G1 Users are receiving the RC9 Firmware Update which is supposedly very similar to our RC33 Update. The UK still seems to be left out but it's in its testing phase and should roll out soon.
Again, if you're sick and tired of waiting for RC33 to come be sure to check out our great how-to article on how to update HERE. The RC9 package can be found here.
Here at Android Central we lament the fact that there are no Android Devices other than the G1. The original promise of hundreds of different Android Devices has yet to be realized and well, it's very disappointing to say the least. But is this LG offering any better?
So is this the road that Android might take? Will we see multiple tiers of phone models? Going form basic featurephones to higher end smartphones? Won't this confuse the Android user? A phone with no GPS and Wi-Fi can hardly take advantage of the Google's location based services. Or could we see the same body and form factor with different hardware specs?
Cases for our beloved smartphones are a way to personalize our mass-produced device, and there are a variety of them available. Slider phones, like the T-Mobile G1, present a challenge to case-makers to make a case that protects the phone but still provides unfettered functionality of the slide-out keyboard. Mobi Products Skin Case for the T-Mobile G1, available here in the Android Central Store for $14.95, is a Silicone "skin" case that can help you personalize your G1 while protecting it at the same time. It accommodates the G1's slide-out keyboard and is available in four colors: black, blue, red and pink. I selected the black case for this review and you can see what I think of this case after the break!