Help may be on the way for those of you with the Google Nexus One who have been experiencing 3G issues on T-Mobile. Google says a software fix is in the works, though obviously it won't help much if you're on the edge of T-Mo's fledgling 3G service or outside of coverage altogether. Says Google:
Our engineers have uncovered specific cases for which a software fix should improve connectivity to 3G for some users. We are testing this fix now, initial results are positive, and if everything progresses as planned, we will provide an over-the-air software update to your phone in the next week or so. It may be, however, that users are experiencing problems as a result of being on the edge or outside of 3G coverage, which a product fix cannot address.
For you T-Mobile users who have been looking for a proper way to sync music, video and photos to your Android phone from your computer, your carrier's got your back. T-Mo today officially announced a partnership with doubleTwist, a desktop app for Mac or Windows that will get all of your multimedia onto your phone.
Sound familiar? It should, as doubleTwist is what Palm Pre owners turned to when they could no longer sync with iTunes. And don't be worried about learning another program -- doubleTwist looks suspiciously like Apple's platform. Get your download on here. [T-Mobile]
We're taking this with a decent grain on salt at this point, but what you see above supposedly is a render of the HTC Supersonic, which we've also come to know as the WiMAX-powered A9292 that appeared on a Sprint roadmap. Then there was that suspect screen shot that showed the Supersonic on T-Mobile running Android 3.0. So at this point, we don't really know what to think.
That said, note how the above renders appear to show a three-dimensional home screen transition, and the Android 2.1 app launcher (previous the app drawer tap thingy) has given way to a "Start" tab. Again: Real? Not real? We'll just have to see ... [Tus Equipos via AndroidOS]
Update: OK, let's through another wrench into this one. The below render is from GSM Help Desk, and we get a much better look at the buttons. Also it's being sold as the "Obsession," which last we heard was supposed to be one of the first Windows Mobile 7 phones. Oh, and Photoshopping the Chrome browser onto it? Yeahhh ...
Could the rumored myTouch Slide mark the end of the ridiculously successful Sidekick brand at T-Mobile? Well, rumors says yes. BGR is hearing that the upcoming myTouch Slide, a myTouch 3G successor, will phase out the T-Mobile Sidekick line. We're not sure exactly what that means or what will happen to the Sidekick line, will it take form with another platform (Android?) or will it just disappear completely?
Either way, T-Mobile has definitely been trying to build a brand with myTouch, with tons of commercialsand advertising. So it comes to no surprise that they'll continue developing myTouch devices, but to replace Sidekick entirely? That's interesting. Anyone going to miss the Sidekick?
One of the weaker points of the Android platform (especially when compared to the iPhone), is the lack of high quality games. Considering the hardware of the high-end Android devices (such as the Nexus One and Droid) is certainly capable of such games, it's really all a matter of getting enough developers behind Android as a gaming platform. So how do you spur gaming development for the Android Platform? Give away free Android phones!
Developers attending the Game Developers Conference on March 9th and 10th in San Francisco will be able to qualify for the free Android devices. According to Google, "attendees who register for All Access or Tutorials and Summits passes by the Early Bird deadline of February 4, 2010" will be eligible. We think it's a great move by Google and if you're attending GDC, feel free to take a look at what it takes to get your free Android phone!
This is still a ways away from official, but it's looking more likely that the Motorola Motoroi (aka the Sholes Tablet) will be headed for T-Mobile USA. Exhibit A: The above whoopsie from Motorola that at one point had the Sholes Tablet coming to T-Mobile USA. And Exhibit B: The below shot out of the FCC that apparently shows the Sholes Tablet using T'Mo's 3G bands. About the only thing missing now? An actual announcement from Motorola or T-Mobile. Stay tuned, folks. [via CellPhoneSignal]
We're drawing lines between dots here but aren't quite coming up with a picture yet. Above is a screen shot obtained by the Boy Genius Report and posted for "informational purposes" (meaning they aren't all that sure about it either) that shows what might be the "HTC Supersonic" running on T-Mobile with Android 3.0. That said, let's consider the following:
The A9292 is listed as a WiMAX device. It seems a bit early for T-Mobile to be prepping a WiMAX phone.
The model number is listed as the "HTC Supersonic." Emphasis ours. Maybe we're reaching here, but the Nexus One model number is merely "Nexus One," not "HTC Nexus One." Same for the Droid. It's just "Droid," not "Motorola Droid." Maybe something, maybe nothing.
Android 3.0? Already?
Those are a whole lot of ifs. So maybe this is real; maybe it's not. It's way too early to tell.
You may now safely use GPS on your Rogers Magic and Dream. HTC has issued a fix for the problem that left 911 calls unreliable due to a bug in the GPS. The fix at the time was to turn off GPS, which is kinda a popular feature these days, if you hadn't heard.
HTC turned around the patch just a week since Rogers went public (though some say the issue has been known much longer). This is a mandatory update. Rogers isn't kidding about it. If you don't update your phone, Rogers will turn off your Internet access on Sunday, Jan. 24, until you do update. Here's the full statement:
“A mandatory software update is now available for Rogers HTC Dream and Magic customers to ensure 911 calls can be completed on these devices. These customers need to go immediately to http://www.rogers.com/dreamsoftwareupdate or http://www.rogers.com/magicsoftwareupdate on a PC to download the update. Users of Windows 7 or Macintosh will need to call 1-888-Rogers1 for update instructions. Customers will need to backup any personal items before the update process.
Oh, and to sweeten the deal, Rogers says “You will be compensated automatically for this inconvenience with a credit of one month of data fees." Also, included in the update for the Magic is a new version of the Sense UI that includes multitouch. [via MobileSyrup]
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Looks like our pals across the pond are getting closer to having the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (see our hands-on) in their hands. First we have the above Vodafone product material. No word on when it's dropping. Our tipster says sometimes getting the material in store means "very soon," and other times it doesn't.
Then there's O2, which briefly listed the Xperia X10 as a phone for which it would have accessories. O2 later took it back, telling CoolSmartPhone "We currently haven’t announced any involvement with the X10 and so our web team will be removing this listing shortly." Whoopsie. So either that's a true mistake (doubtful), or we'll be seeing the X10 there soon enough.
Throwing a wrench into some of the discussions in our forums and here on the site, Motorola took to Twitter today to say that it hasn't pushed out an update for the Motorola Droid since the December update, which we take to mean the Android 2.0.1 update. So what's the deal? And, more important, when will we see the Android 2.1 update hit? (Thanks, Jeremy!)
Update: Apparently all you pitchfork-wielding Motorola fans have spurred another comment from @MotoMobile:
Sprint ROM cookers are foaming at the mouth this morning as HTC has released the source code for the Sprint Hero. That means better ROMs, built from the same zeros and ones as HTC. It likely won't contain every line of code you'll find in an official Hero ROM, as close-sourced code doesn't have to be released. But it's already been compiled, and ROMs are cooking as we speak. [via geekforme - thanks, Keith]
Welp, there it is. The updated T-Mobile myTouch 3G Version 1.2. Looks just like the current one, save for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a welcome addition. Actually, there are rumors that there's more RAM on board (the current myTouch 3G has 512MB ROM/192MB RAM), but we'll have to wait and see on that. Still looking for an early February launch. [via TMoNews]
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