T-Mobile this morning announced the G2, the follow-up to the very first Android smartphone, the G1. And the sequel will be the first to sport T-Mobile's HSPA+ data speeds (which it's touting as being 4G). T-Mo's still being a bit of a tease, not actually showing us the phone yet (our guess is still the HTC Vision/Blaze slider), but it promises to share more details n the coming weeks, and that there will be "exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."
For now it's just a rumor, but wouldn't a November launch of a waterproof Android phone on T-Mobile be really cool? Supposedly the Motorola Jordan is that phone, and BGR is reporting that it will be waterproof to a depth of 10 meters. Think of all the phones you've left in the rain, dropped in the sink, or even worse -- in the toilet. Not to mention those of us who like to fish or go boating.
This could make one hell of a weekend phone, for those times when you have one hell of a weekend. We'll let you know as we find out more. [BGR]
Chirp! -- whether you find it annoying, or rely on it every day at the workplace, when Push-to-Talk (or DC, or chirp, or beeps -- whatever name you tag it with) made it's debut on Android you know we had to check it out. You've seen the first quick look at the Moto i1, and while we're waiting for Jerry to get in gear and give it a proper review, we can have a peek at one of the phone's biggest draws. Check out the video after the break.
We brought you the first shots of the Motorola Flipout with AT&T branding, and now it's back, with a new look, a new name and its same square sliding form factor. There's not too much new in Giz's leak, though they say it's codenamed "Chindi," and we get a look at the rear of the phone, which is done up in some, erm, interesting copper scheme. Could just be a preproduction shell, but who knows. Check out the pics at the source. [Gizmodo]
As is usually the case, a major update to one of Google's applications brings out a new version of what's popularly known as "Gapps or Gbits" -- a collection of all of Google's closed source applications for Android. Updating the voice search application to include voice actions brings them out this time, and some changes to the Gmail app along with.
As you can see above, the message headers are smaller and bunched at the top of the window, and it really does make a difference if you like to mark messages with a star for later action. Other changes are a new reply button, which opens a small bubble with reply options (meaning you don't have to scroll all the way through a long message to reply or forward), and the choice of whether to include quoted text with a reply. Screen shots of both these are after the break. These are now included by default in CyanogenMod, expect to see it in other Froyo custom ROMS soon. Sorry, these changes are Froyo only. Don't shoot the messenger! Holler out if you have found any of the "Lots more cool stuff" we haven't seen yet.
GetGlue, a popular web-based and iOS social networking application, has announced its new Android application. For those who are unfamiliar with GetGlue, it is a social networking game, similar to Foursquare, except you don't even have to leave the comfort of your house. Users are able to "check in" to share with their friends what book they are reading or what movie they are about to watch. Once you check into a few of a particular category, the system can pick up your trend and it will actually begin to provide you with suggestions of other books, movies, or musicians you may be interested in. In addition to the release of their Android application, they are also announcing some new partnerships with companies like HBO, PBS, Universal, and more, which just helps expand their game.
Instead of receiving badges upon check in's, users receive stickers instead as part of the game. One of the neatest features is that a user can go online to their website at any time and request physical copies of any stickers that they may have earned. GetGlue will send you, free of charge, a copy of the stickers and all they ask in return is a picture showing where you used the sticker. With over 500,000 users, and nearly five million check ins and ratings a month, this application is bound to keep those looking for new material on their toes. Finally, in addition to their iOS, web based, and Android application they will be offering a very light mobile web version so you can keep up with your friends on the BlackBerry and webOS devices for the time being, so spread the word! Download link and screenshots are after the break.
We all love Google's turn by turn navigation system, but many times we're looking for a solution that works off-line. Enter NDrive -- the world navigation system that stores map data on-device, ready to work with no data or WiFi connection. But off-line maps is only a small portion of what NDrive offers -- wait until you see the video after the jump!
The good people at NDrive have reached out and are offering full license and USA maps to 20 lucky Android Central forum members (a $500 total value). To enter, see the rules and official contest thread in the forums HERE, and after the break is that video overview of NDrive that we promised, check it out!
Used to be my daughter would sit in the back of the car, bored, and ask to use my wife's iPhone to draw. No more, now that I've got Kids Finger Paint. It's about as simple as it gets, which is how it should be for a drawing app. Touch the screen, and you draw. To get a different color, you touch the color wheel. No hidden menus to mess with. Now I'm the coolest parent in the car. The app costs a perfectly reasonable 99 cents. Download info after the break.
The growth of Android has been remarkable; a few weeks ago, we reported on Android's staggering Q2 numbers year-on-year.
Now, a report from DigiTimes suggests that the total number of Android shipments worldwide will surpass 55 million, which would be a 561% growth from last year.
Android's share of the worldwide smartphone market has risen from less than 5% in 2009 to 13.8% in the first half of 2010 and is projected to reach 24.5% in the second half to become the second most popular smartphone platform, according to Lin.
DigiTimes also provided some interesting statistics on worldwide smartphone growth. The total number of Android devices shipped this year is predicted to top 280 million, which is a 57% growth rate from 2009.
Smartphones are only going to become more prevalent and continue their rapid growth rate. Android should see that growth continue too as manufacturers devote more resources to the OS. [DigiTimes]
In early July, we were promised that the Motorola Charm would be released in the U.S.sometime this summer -- exclusively on T-Mobile. We've also seen it listed by Best Buy for $250. Last time we checked the calendar, summer only has a few weeks left here in the states. Where is our Charm T-Mobile?
Well, it looks like our Canadian neighbors beat us to it. The Motorola Charm is now available today for Telus customers. If you don't mind the old-school Motoblur and want to give the new "Backtrack" rear touchpad a feel, swing by your local Telus store and pick one up today. If you're scooping one up, let us know in the comments. Hit the break to see the hands on video. [MobileSyrup]
For those of you dying to watch the full thing, here's Adobe's entire Google TV demonstration from the Adobe Flash Summit. We get to experience Flash on a number of websites, and for a dev unit, it's all pretty functional. Check it out after the break.
Forum user JCrater11 and others have been keeping up a nightly changelog for Cyanogenmod 6 for the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. Last month we told you it was coming, and since then development has taken off. For those of you who don't know, Cyanogenmod is built from and Android 2.2 Froyo source and doesn't include anything that is closed-source. If you don't have an Evo, you can check to see if your phone is supported by Cyanogen at the developer website. If you are rocking the Evo, though, head on over to the forum thread and check out what's new in the nightlies (and if you notice something that isn't there, feel free to pitch in). [Android Central Forums]
Well, well, well, what have we here? If you guessed an HTC Hero, you are correct! This week the venerable old device came out for a guest appearance on TNT's series "Leverage." Lately it seems to be quite a growing trend, more and more Android devices appearing on television, now it's time to spot some celebrities using an Android device! If you happen to get lucky and spot any more Android appearances, be sure to let us know all about it! Thanks, Sword_Chucks!
I'll admit it. On occasion, I park my kid in front of the TV. And once I have Google TV, I'll likely do it even more. Because here's the thing: Google TV's Chrome browser renders full Flash websites with ease. And that means my daughter can play her favorite PBS Kids games on a big screen and not be relegated to the netbook. I'm a giving parent like that.
Check out Curious George after the break. And stay tuned for the entire Google TV demonstration from the Adobe Flash Summit.
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