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5 years ago

Android Market: The Fine Print, Terms of Service

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Phandroid took an in-depth look at the Terms of Service for Android Market and came away with some quality tidbits that many of us will probably miss. Here are the goodies:

  • It looks like you will be able to "refund" Android Market App Purchases within a 24 hour period. This should act as a pseudo-trial period for apps and a great way to protect the consumer from buying crap apps.
  • There will be unacceptable content that may get your account banned. Namely, Nudity & Sexually Explicit Material, Violence/Bullying/Threats, Hate Speech, Age (must be 13+), Impersonation, Private Info, Copyright Infringement, Illegal Activities, Malicious Products, Prohibited Products.
  • There is reference to an Android Market Website that will give Android users better access at searching and downloading apps.

The rest of the stuff is fairly cut and dry (read: boring) so you probably don't have to comb through the entire TOS. Just be sure to play within the lines and you should be fine!

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5 years ago

Ballmer Says: World Not Ready for Cloud Computing

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You can always count on Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, to run his mouth and offer unsolicited opinions about future technology. What did he say this time? That the world is not ready for cloud computing. Hm, are you sure about that Ballmer?

Google and Android have both let it be known that Cloud Computing is the main focus of Google's interests. With the release of Chrome and a huge emphasis on Google Gears, Google is strategically placing themselves at the forefront of Cloud Computing. Android is an extension of that ideal and we won't be at all surprised to see an Android version of Google Gears in the near future.

So Ballmer saying that the Cloud isn't something that consumers really want right now? Maybe he's right but once the platform begins to mature, you can count on Microsoft trying to emulate Google. Just like search.

[Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Supports HSUPA Along With HSDPA

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With word that the T-Mobile G1 is going to be available to our friends across the pond at the end of this month, we at Android Central are beginning to wonder if it'll be the same device in the UK as it is stateside.

Android Authority has the news that the T-Mobile G1 available in the UK is the exact same model as the one available in the US. The insider's take on such a revelation? That the G1 supports HSUPA which allows it to take advantage of full fledged HSPA. Though this means little to us in the States now, if T-Mobile so chooses to upgrade their network, the G1 is covered. Talk about future proof, yeah?

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Reviews Galore!

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The blogosphere and interweb have EXPLODED with a TON of in-depth reviews about the T-Mobile G1, Android, touch screens, trackballs, keyboards, flushness, chins, slide outs, battery life, signal, wifi, storage capacity..and well you get the point. There are an absolute ton of reviews up on a lot of different sites, blogs, and newspapers and we decided to make it easy for you guys with a one stop shop for the links!

We have yet to finish our own review of the T-Mobile G1 but this should surely keep your hands tied for the time being. Be sure to check this space to see what we think of the T-Mobile G1 and Android. If you don't want to comb through all the reviews, don't worry we'll take care of that for you. We'll be back and forth throughout the day letting you know all the ins, outs, kinks, and oddities of the G1 and Android.

Have fun reading!

Engadget

Gizmodo

CNET

ZDNet

CrunchGear

GigaOM

Boy Genius Report

Android Community

Read on for the rest of the links! Trust me, there's A LOT more!

PC Mag

PC World

TechCrunch

PhoneDog

PhoneNews

InfoSync

MobileBurn

LifeHacker

 

Walt Mossberg

David Pogue (NY Times)

USA Today

LA Times

TIME

MSNBC

Yahoo! Tech

Associated Press

 

Whew. If we find more, we'll be sure to let you know. But we're fairly certain this will keep you busy all through your work day..

Photo Credit: Engadget

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5 years ago

Android Has A Kill Switch for Android Apps

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Apple was pretty much tarred and feathered when the news of a kill switch for iPhone apps came to light. Well, though Android stands for something completely different than Apple and the iPhone, it too has a kill switch for Android apps.

Per the user agreement:

"Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement ... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion,"

 

But of course, Google gets credit for being upfront about the kill switch and also promising to try to refund any money spent on an application that gets "killed". And also, Android may have more need for such a kill switch because what's stopping developers from putting malware up on Android Market when no one is stopping them? I trust that Google will do right with their kill switch. Don't be evil, right?

[ComputerWorld via Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To The UK, October 30th

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Hey we have some good news for our friends across the pond! The T-Mobile G1 is going international a bit sooner than expected and will reach the good folks of the United Kingdom on October 30th. That's only a few weeks away!

The T-Mobile G1 will be available for free (!) if you choose the £40 per month plan that'll offer unlimited data and a yet to be determined voice/messaging plan. It'll come with the same specs as its US sibling but only in black and white. Guess those Brit's aren't feeling the brown too much..

Anyways, anybody from the United Kingdom excited for the launch of Android in your country?

[Electronista]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Shipping Already!

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We are receiving reports that the T-Mobile G1 is shipping to a lucky, select few. Phandroid is reporting that multiple readers have notified them of receiving shipping information that states that the device is in transit via 3-day shipping. 

So Big Brown is doing a good job of getting these puppies to you in time, and dare we say, even early! Unfortunately, we're not among the lucky few who have received notice of shipment. Are you?

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5 years ago

Okay, Maybe T-Mobile Didn't Sell 1.5 Million T-Mobile G1s

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We had originally reported that the T-Mobile G1 has sold approximately 1.5 million pre-order units - this was an amazing number because for one, it's a completely new platform and device and for another, it has done so with minimal marketing. Turns out, we might have to back off that 1.5 million claim because it is merely just an estimate.

InformationWeek has the details:

I contacted Anders Bylund, the author of the original Motley Fool article that hundreds of stories are citing. I was curious as to how he got these figures and he gave me his rationale. He cited a Cens.com article that said, "according to industry insiders, T-Mobile is planning to order a total of between 1.5 million and 2 million units of G1 with HTC in the near future, including 400,000 to 500,000 to be sold in the fourth quarter of this year." Then, Bylund cited T-Mobile selling out of pre-order units, and tripling the number of phones initially available. He then tripled the 500,000 number to get 1.5 million. The problem I have with this is that the 400,000-500,000 estimate is for all of the fourth quarter, and not necessarily the amount that T-Mobile made available for pre-order.

 

Selling 1.5 million pre-orders is definitely notable and something Google, T-Mobile, or even HTC would have officially commented on. So even if it didn't yet reach 1.5 million units, it certainly did sell a lot..T-Mobile still ran out of their original pre-order allotment. T-Mobile and Google can still consider the G1 to be a victory, just not quite a ground stomping, world stopping success. Yet.

[InformationWeek]

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5 years ago

Motorola Working On a Social-Networking Android Phone ?

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Yeah, we know all about Android and Motorola. Yeah, we have high hopes that combining Motorola hardware with Android Software will birth a game changer. Yeah, we know that Motorola is going to make a social networking Android phone..wait WHA!?

AndroidGuys has the details on a job posting for the Interaction Design Team at Motorola:

As a Senior Staff Interaction Designer, you will be responsible for leading and actively participating in the concept, design, documentation and development of user interfaces for our mobile products including our new Android Social Networking SmartPhone. You’ll lead brainstorming and work sessions, usability and innovation reviews and other forums of design development. In addition to your primary responsibility in the delivery of great design, you will also be expected to mentor other designers, bringing your personal strengths to the rest of the team.

Hm. We know that Google is in love with location based services and that Social Networking is the current rage in tech right now, but we can't imagine basing a phone off that sole idea. Media-based phones, we get. Internet-capable phones, yeah that too. Even text message specific devices are understandable. But just Social Networking? Are we going to get a Motorola F1 with Facebook?

This could be totally innovative. Or completely awkward. Your move Moto.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Silverlight Is Coming To Android ?

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Microsoft Silverlight, the web plug-in from the folks at Redmond, has made no secret that they've been trying to get into the iPhone. But with Apple controlling all the gates into their one slab device, it's quite obvious that it'll be a long time before we see Silverlight on the iPhone. In fact, the best they've done is simply just spoken to Apple about Silverlight.

So what does a developer do when spurned by one company? Even one as big as Microsoft? Simple, move on to the next company. Luckily, that company is Android. Android with its open-source, all apps are a go, anti-Apple approach will be monitored closely by the folks at Silverlight and to quote,

"[Android] is something we're going to continue to look at. Certainly as it's gotten deployed and if sales are good we'll definitely keep our eyes out and look at that in the future."  

[techradar via Android Authority]

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5 years ago

Free US Internet Access To Interfere With T-Mobile 3G Networks? FCC Says No

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Hey, it looks like we're getting a step closer to free broadband Internet access for all in the United States. The FCC just announced that they will apportion some of the wireless spectrum for free Internet Services across the nation.

T-Mobile is worried that the proposed launch in the 2155 MHz to 2180 MHz band would interfere in their 3G Network (2100 MHz). But tests have been conducted and science has spoken, T-Mobile has nothing to worry about. There will be no harmful interference, no problems.

We at Android Central would like to say to T-Mobile, "Hey, why worry about your 3G Network being bothered when you don't even have a 'real' 3G Network set up yet. Step your game up, then start talking!"

[via Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Is Android's Unique Unlocking & Login Feature Secure?

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Tech Crunch comes in with a very interesting angle about the unique unlocking method for Android. We know that in Android, instead of choosing a typical number based passcode, an Android user can 'draw' a design to any of the 9 pre-arranged dots. Though having the nine-dot system allows for unique combinations and hard to guess passcodes, there is one overlooked drawback. Fingerprints.

As in smudges on the touchscreen. As in a clear trail that shows any potential thief your clever nine-dot design. It could be that we're overreacting to the unlock method but anyone who's ever played with a touchscreen device knows that they'll leave a mark. As cool as this unlock method is, including the option for the boring yawn old method would be the smart move.

[TechCrunch]

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5 years ago

G1 Skin For Android Emulator Runs Android On a G1, Sweet

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Now this is cool. We all know that T-Mobile gave us an emulator of the T-Mobile G1, we also know that google releases an Android emulator with the Android SDK. So with the T-Mobile G1 being the only Android device for the time being, it only makes sense that the apps people design for Android should be specifically targeted for the G1. Enter Jeff Sharkey and his magnificent wizardry.

He took the skin off the G1 emulator and used it to replace the Android emulator's clunky looking phone. Now developers get to see their apps on the most anticipated phone of the season. Score for Android!

[Jeffrey Sharkey via Android Authority]

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5 years ago

South Africa to Get T-Mobile G1, Android Next Year

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HTC has confirmed that the T-Mobile G1 will reach the shores of South Africa in the coming year. It is looking like Vodacom will be the partner for the G1 although the exclusivity of the G1 remains to be seen.

If we have anybody from South Africa, let us know what you think about being one of the first countries to be able to enjoy the potential of Android!

[mybroadband.co.za via Talk Android]

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5 years ago

1.5 Million T-Mobile G1 Android Phones Already Sold

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So we had previously reported that the initial pre-order stock of the T-Mobile G1 sold out. We also told you guys about T-Mobile tripling their order to meet the demand for the T-Mobile G1. Well, the news now is that the T-Mobile G1 has already sold 1.5 million units in pre-orders not to mention what they'll have for retail shops come the end of October. 

Can you imagine that? 1.5 million units sold before anyone really touched it. 1.5 million units sold and no one really knows how people will respond to Android.  This must mean that a lot of people are looking for a change of pace in the phone industry and trust that Google will deliver. The phone revolution has already begun before the release T-Mobile G1 and Android.

[Fool]

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