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5 years ago

Sharp to Make Android Device ?

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One of the more interesting developments with Android is that a lot of smartphone companies that don't have a presence in North America are announcing plans that Android is an option for them.

Case in point: Sharp, known more for their TVs in the US of A, recently said this about Android:

“We select the OS in accordance with the telecommunications carriers’ opinions, and we have no intention of setting any OS as standard. Google’s Android is one of the options.”

So I guess a lot of smartphone makers are smartening up and keeping options open with the open-source OS. Do you think Sharp will get into the Android game? Can they even get a bigger footprint in North America?

[via Talk Android]

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5 years ago

Zing! KT Fretel Denies Android Development with NTT DoCoMo

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Hold the phones! Well, the smartphones, at least. KT Fretel laid to rest any rumors Nikkei Business Daily may have conjured about a joint venture with NTT DoCoMo regarding development of an Android-based handset.

Although KT Fretel has denied a joint venture, this is not to say that both handset makers are not working on Android-based phone designs of their own - this is neither confirmed nor denied, so no rumors are being started here!

One thing is for sure - more handset manufacturers is good news for the Android community, so hopefully some rumors of vaporware will materialize into some solid Android handsets!

[unwiredview.com]

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5 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Before Thanksgiving?

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Well this is proving to be a little bit confusing. After we posted about TmoNews sources claiming we'll get the White T-Mobile G1 after Thanksgiving and our own report that it'll be 2009 before we see the White T-Mobile G1 available, here's a clear sighting of the White T-Mobile G1 being available on November 24th, 2008. To those who are unsure of Thanksgiving's date -- 11/24 is before Turkey Day.

So where does that leave us? Signs are obviously pointing to an earlier release than expected which means they hopefully solved the design flaw of the white version. We're officially stoked if the white T-Mobile G1 comes out before Thanksgiving.

[TmoNews]

Photo Credit: TmoNews

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5 years ago

Voice On The Go for G1 Android

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Voice On The Go, a subscription-based voice powered software service previously available for Blackberry, Palm and Symbian users, is now available for Android G1 users. According to the developers of Voice On The Go:

Voice on the Go provides hands-free and eyes-free access to EMAIL BY VOICE using any phone while driving or any time you''re on the go. You can listen to email as well as reply, compose, forward and delete - all by voice.

Voice on the go is accessed by voice (just like calling your voicemail). It''s fast and easy to use with no software download and no voice training. We support most popular email services, including: GMail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL mail, .Mac mail.

With more states adopting "hands-free" legislation while driving, Voice On The Go will allow the user to listen to and compose email by voice, leaving hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It does not require the installation of any software nor any voice training. Get a monthly subscription here.

[Morninpaper.com]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Help Rene with his G1 in the Android Central Forums!

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Our good friend Rene desperately needs our help! Having left his iPhone for the T-Mobile G1 it seems like he's hitting snags around every corner! That's where we come in folks and offer our advice, tips & tricks, and all around Android expertise. We can't let him walk away thinking that his precious iPhone is that much better than Android now can we? That's what I thought!

Head on over to Rene's Forum Thread at the Android Central Forums.

In any case, lending a helping hand over in the forums will enter you into our Round Robin Contest where you'll get a chance to win the T-Mobile G1! So Good Samaritan or not, you can't honestly pass up a chance to win a free T-Mobile G1 now could ya?

And, oh what the heck, let's make this post another opportunity to win!

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

Phoload Brings Android Support for Free Apps & Games

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Phoload is a relatively new site that offers free games & applications to a multitude of mobile platforms -- after today, we can now include Android. Phoload is unique because it offers a "community approach" to its applications and games. We're not exactly sure what that means but it can only be a good thing since all the apps listed are free!

You can access their Android App Lineup either through www.phoload.com/android or if you're surfing on your G1: www.phoload.com. Pretty simple, eh? The bigger picture with all this is that there may soon be too many avenues to get apps for Android -- this could potentially lead to confusion among users especially if a popular app is available in only a few destinations. Hopefully downloading software for Android doesn't get much harder than using Android Market..

[Phoload via Androinica]

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5 years ago

NTT DoCoMo & KTF Bringing Android Devices in 2009

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Another day, another Android announcement. What a beautiful thing. Japan's top wireless provider NTT DoCoMo announced its plans to bring an Android device to its market early next year. NTT DoCoMo will also work with its partner KTF to release an Android device to South Korea in the same time frame. The two companies combine cost in developing so it's not far-fetched to see that happen with Android.

What is more interesting is that NTT DoCoMo announced that creating an Android phone will be 20% less because of the free licensing of the Android OS. Even more surprisingly, NTT DoCoMo plans to push those savings to consumers. Let's see what the Japanese and Korean come up with when it comes to Android!

[Reuters]

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5 years ago

Banshee 1.4 Brings Music to G1

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Banshee version 1.4 is now available and compatible with the G1 Android phone. It is an open source music player that will support playlists on your G1 and will even import music you have purchased from the Amazon MP3 store. It functions very similar to iTunes and will automatically sync your music library with your G1 mobile device.

Aaron Bockover, the lead developer of Banshee, claims that the Banshee/G1 combination delivers the same kind of music management experience as the iPhone. According to his blog:

"Because the Android platform is open source, I was able to easily figure out optimal ways of implementing Android/G1 support. For instance, I was unsure what the maximum cover art size should be on the device, so I just read the source. It was nice for once to not have to reverse engineer or guess!"  

At this time, Banshee 1.4 is available for Linux and Mac OSX only. Download it here and try it for yourself on your G1.

[ars technica]

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5 years ago

AutoReply App for G1 Android

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We take for granted that we carry a phone with us all the time and can be reached anytime, anywhere. Sometimes calls or texts come through at inconvenient times or places, like in meetings or in the bathroom (!). If you need to ignore a call or text, you can use Clacsoft's AutoReply to answer via SMS to the party trying to reach you with a pre-selected automated response message.

All you have to do is set the rules for how AutoReply answers and it will take it from there. You can even set specific rules for certain numbers and a general rule to apply to all others. You can pick up AutoReply for your G1 Android phone right here.

[Morningpaper]

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Crocs o-dial Case for T-Mobile G1

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Yep, you read that right. The same crocs that exploded onto everyone’s feet a few years back are now available for your T-Mobile G1. Offering the same unique design and styling, the Nite Ize Crocs o-dial Case will definitely stand out in a crowd and catch many a glances.

How does it perform? Does it offer much protection? Is it useful?

Read on for the rest of the review!

Design

 

To many ardent fans, Crocs are well-made, uber-comfortable unique shoes that cater to their tastes. To many others, Crocs are simply the most horrendous creation, fashion disaster of a fad ever. There seems to be no middle ground with the Crocs footwear line. You either love ‘em and wear ‘em or hate ‘em and want to burn ‘em. It’s that serious.

And we could get into the intricacies of the design here on Android Central but we don’t want to bore you with the fashionista details. Just know that the Crocs o-dial Case is a very accurate rendition of the footwear. The perforated holes, thick rubber, and ‘handlebar’ ankle support all translate over to the case and the overall shape is consistent. In all, it could be easily mistaken for a 3 year old’s pair of Crocs.

But the Crocs o-dial case isn’t just some shoe posing as a phone case—this version comes with a belt clip, a neck lanyard, and accessory sleeve (for credit cards and ID, presumably). Though the protection isn’t padded or especially thick, the phone remains safe and secure inside the case.

 

Usability

 

I found that the Crocs o-dial case matched the G1 especially nice because the case hugged the dimensions of the G1. Though I was initially wary of placing my G1 in the case, I found that the “handlebar” ankle support mechanism fastened the G1 like a seat belt. There would be no easy way out for the G1.

Of course, buying the Crocs o-dial case is simply asking to receive compliments and criticism, it’s entirely unavoidable. When people see that your phone case is akin to Crocs their first question is, “Is that a croc?” and then upon closer inspection “Whoa, is that a Croc phone case?!”. Amazingly, there were no negative comments about the Crocs case, in fact, most were giddy to see Crocs manifest into a phone case and found it borderline hilarious. Even though I chose the more subtle color of black, I couldn’t help but show off the Crocs o-dial case.

Obviously sticking to the unique design of Crocs makes for some limitations. This isn’t the ideal solution for anyone looking for over-the-top protection because it doesn’t offer any buffer by way of padding. Also, you can’t really use the G1 while it’s inside the case. The accessory sleeve for credit cards/ID cards is a great touch.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, I found that the uniqueness of the Crocs o-dial case for T-Mobile G1 certainly outweighed its limitations. I think defining the Crocs o-dial case as a holster would better fit the product and that strictly looking at its shortcomings would be missing the entire point. The Crocs o-dial case is a fun, unique and conversation-starting case that offers adequate protection but does make for good usefulness. I would recommend this case to both Crocs lovers and haters alike.

 

PROS

  • Unique Design
  • Convenient Accessory Sleeve
  • Quick Access to G1

CONS

  • Not a whole lot of padding
  • No access to phone while in case

FINAL RATING: 4/5

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5 years ago

Tip: MailShadowG on your Desktop Gives you Exchange on your G1

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Over at Sister Site WMExperts, we had high hopes for MailShadowG, which makes Gmail look like an Exchange server. Sadly, the service turned out to only work for desktop, not mobile.

Well now it looks like the folks at Cemaphore have set their sights on mobile, but they're doing it with Android! Instead of making Google look like Exchange, they're making Exchange work for the G1. Well, technically, they're not doing anything all that different from what they were doing before.

How it works is that MailShadowG is a desktop application that syncs your Outlook email and PIM data with Gmail and Google Calendar. The upshot is that as long as your desktop is on and the MailShadowG client is running, you're synchronizing your Exchange content with Gmail. The downside: you have to have a PC and you have to leave it up and running. The upside: instead of paying an extra service fee, you just purchase MailShadowG once ($29.95 now, $49.95 after Nov 20th). Cemaphore does plan to add a complete server-side Gmail solution in MailShadowX soon

Check it out here [via Brighthand]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Rene's Video Review of the T-Mobile G1

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So let me fill you in with how the Smartphone Round Robin works: Every editor of the SPE network sites trade in their phones for a spin with another smartphone. So not only will you be able to see my Androidified opinion about the iPhone 3G, AT&T Fuze, Blackberry Bold, and Palm Treo Pro -- you'll be able to see what everyone else thinks about our beloved G1 and the exciting Android OS!

Since Android is the newest kid on the block and essentially non-existent outside the US and UK, you'll definitely see some mix ups and false starts from the get go. Our good friend Rene takes the first crack at the T-Mobile G1 and comes away...confused. To give you a preview, the plethora of input options is too much for him to handle!

Go on over to The iPhone Blog to check out Rene's thoughts and see his video on Android and the T-Mobile G1. I agree with a lot of what he's saying but believe after a few more days he'll see that though the Android way is different, it is also a great way to go. Head on over to give him a piece of your mind!

Ed. note: Rene's video is hilarious. Make sure you're not eating lunch or reading in a meeting because food pieces will fly and hooting & hollering will surely occur. Just warning ya!

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

Video of Flash Running on Android, T-Mobile G1

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Well, looky here. We had just reported that Flash was coming to Android and the T-Mobile G1 a bit earlier today. Obviously, hardened smartphone (read: iPhone) users would say those reports are likely bonk since it's been a lifetime and a half since the rumors and reports of Flash coming to the iPhone first began and still. no. Flash.

Luckily, we have video! Courtesy of I4U.com (via Talk Android), we have a youtube video showing Flash running on Android. Have a peek at it would ya and tell us what you think!

[I4U.com]

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5 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Pops Up on T-Mobile Website

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After reporting that the White T-Mobile G1 won't be appearing until after Thanksgiving (and maybe even until 2009) the White G1 has strangely appeared on T-Mobile's Website, albeit via their upgrade page. While we were unable to see the Unicorn, TmoNews managed to grab a screenshot just in time.

We don't know what this means exactly other than possibly being able to pre-order the device but it does make you think twice if you want to lay down on a black or bronze version right now. The white may just be around the corner!

We used to think the white was HAWT but the two toned has turned us off a bit...maybe it works better in real life? More pictures of the white version after the jump!

Photo Credit: TmoNews

[TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Android Can Open Garage Doors Now, WHAT!?

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Not only is Android a great open platform that very well may be the future of smartphones. Not only does Android intertwine Google's Services so well. Android can now open garage doors. I mean it's an obvious conclusion right? Android and a Garage Door Opener goes about as good as Android and Gmail or Android and the Market.

All jokes aside, Brad Fitzpatrick is the one who hacked Android into doing the simple garage door opening task. The G1 uses Wi-Fi to fire up an HTTP request to his home server which in turn tells the garage door to open. Neat huh? Leave your keys and garage door at home folks, the G1 can do it all. Even better, in true Android fashion Brad released the source code.

What's next? What task would be ridiculous to see Android and the G1 do?

[Gizmodo]

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