We're getting some great commentary from our readers over at the old "Have You Got Cupcake Yet?" post that went up a week ago. For the most part, everyone is still waiting to receive the goodness that is Cupcake (we are too). We've been assured that it's rolling out and a rough "schedule" (if you can even call it that) has been revealed. As follows:
5% of Android Devices will receive the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update on Monday, May 18th
15% on Tuesday, May 19th
30% on Wednesday, May 20th
45% on Thursday, May 21st
60% on Friday, May 22nd
75% on Saturday, May 23rd
90% on Sunday, May 24th
100% on Monday, May 25th
So as you can see, the plan is to release slowly but surely. Remember, it's supposed to come OTA (over-the-air) so the only thing we can (officially) do is just wait our turn. What we still don't really understand is why doesn't T-Mobile/Google/Android just make it available for official consumer download via website? That way the die-hard Android Users who've been waiting for Cupcake since who knows when can get to downloading while the casual Android user receives it OTA. Makes sense to us.
So let's start up the conversation again! Did anybody residing in the US get their Android 1.5 Cupcake on yet? Holler in the comments and don't forget to tell us where you're from!
According to reports, Fujitsu and Macnica are teaming up to create a Digital Photo Frame powered by Android. They're calling it a "Software Platform for Home Network Digital Photo Frames" based on the Android OS. We're not really sure why they would need to use a 'smartphone' OS for this but Android is proving more and more versatile by the day so maybe it makes sense.
And well, if Android can save Digital Photo Frames from bad UI and all around obsoleteness that'd be an accomplishment in itself. If Fujitsu and Macnica can actually come up with a Digital Photo Frame pseudo-standard OS off Android, that'd be even more amazing.
In the mean time, we're going to wait until we actually see one of these puppies before we start making predictions on how it'll work and if it'll even resemble Android. Godspeed Fujitsu.
Hey, a carrier is actually being kind to their customers and offering a sweet deal. Vodafone UK just announced that they'll be abolishing roaming charges for their customers this summer. Beginning June 1st, pay as you go and pay monthly consumer cusstomers can talk, text and send picture messages from over 35 countries across Europe this summer for the same prices at home (no data included). This new policy will last until August, which is a pretty sweet deal if you're planning a Summer vacation.
Hopefully other carriers will offer this same type of deal. Obviously few carriers are as large and as global as Vodafone but we can dream, right?
full country list and press release after the break
The features just seem to grow and grow with Android. Google just announced that they've updated Google Product Search to include support for Barcode Scanning. Just point your browser to Google.com and select 'Shopping' from the more tab. You'll have to download the Barcode Scanner application from Android Market to take advantage of this highly useful feature.
We absolutely love the fact that Google keeps on improving the little things of Android, it makes it much more exciting. This new Google Product Search Barcode Scanner feature is only available on US and UK Android phones.
Whoever said newspapers are stodgy, old and dying apparently didn't get the message to USA Today. The flagship of Gannett Co. just released an app for Android, bringing national headlines, scores, stocks, photos, weather and everything else USAT provides.
The app is free and available in the Android Market, and you can learn more at USAToday.com/adroid.
We're not sure when this sweet new feature came up but if you point your Android Browser to m.nbc.com you'll be able to enjoy full episodes of your favorite NBC shows. We're talking about full episodes from 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Kings, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and many more.
It works best over Wi-Fi but 3G or even EDGE should do the trick. It's not quite as slick as a dedicated Hulu app would be but hey, it's full episode streaming on your G1!
Now this is cool. We know that no one really paid attention in Astronomy class yet everyone always looks up to night sky to see if they can identify any stars, constellations, and/or planets. It's just human nature, really.
But half the time we don't know the Big Dipper from Cassiopeia. Luckily, Google has got us covered. They've just released Sky Map, an Android application that tells you exactly what you're looking at in the night sky. By using a combination of GPS, sensors, and the compass, Sky Map can determine what part of the sky you're looking at and what the name of the stars are. It's really amazing.
Go download Sky Map from the Android Market for the low price of FREE today! We guarantee it'll amaze every one of your friends.
Hit the jump to see how Sky Maps works on your Android phone!
Trent Reznor of NIN fame is even more famous in the tech community for getting the Nine Inch Nails application rejected from the iPhone App Store. After weighing in on the differences between smartphone OS's, Trent has finally come around to releasing applications on non-iPhone OS's. And lucky for you Android NIN fans, an Android version is coming soon.
Yeah. We're officially cool enough to rock and roll. Well, almost.
The NBA has just released Close Up, an Android application that allows live streaming of the Eastern Conference Finals. For a mere 99 cents, you'll get a close up look at in-game action from 4 unique camera angles: Arena Cam, Host Cam, Action Cam, & Player Cam. This is a great idea from all parties involved: T-Mobile, the NBA, and TNT. Bravo to them for putting their close relationships together for a great experience.
We have one question though, why so late in the NBA playoffs? We would have loved to see this application used for all TNT broadcasted games. Also, let's hope that Lebron & co. don't continue their sweeping ways so we can get more out of this great Android app!
We still don't know which color of the HTC Magic we want: Black or White. (un)Fortunately, us folks stateside still have some time to decide but you lovely Taiwanese people have the decision made for you: it's going to be Black with a (presumably) custom Red border. The HTC Magic will be available in Taiwan beginning May 15th for the price of $640 without a contract.
I guess HTC being a Taiwanese company allows Taiwan some cool customizability? We personally think the red just looks off.
What color of the HTC Magic do you guys prefer? Black or White?
Hit the jump to see the red border on the HTC Magic!
Per BGR, it looks like T-Mobile is going to make some changes to data and messaging plans that might not fly well with their customers. Starting sometime in June, data plans will now be required for all smartphone-type devices (excludes Blackberry Pearl, Pearl Flip & Samsung Behold, Memoir). Pretty big deal if you don't have a need for a data plan or if you're always surrounded by Wi-Fi hotspots you never use data. Secondly, the unlimited family messaging plan is going up from $19.95 to $24.99.
These changes are definitely harder to swallow than those before, are they deal breakers for any of you guys?
We're pretty big fans of the 'Donut'-moniker and think Android should keep it for 2.0. And if Android 1.5 brought us a slew of new features, could you imagine what the milestone 2.0 update will bring? Our imagination is running crazy just thinking about it.
This is getting a little hectic but reports are now surfacing that the T-Mobile G1 v2 may actually be the Samsung Bigfoot (and not a Motorola or HTC device). Confused, much? Cause we are too. But supposedly the specs line up with each other and one assumption led to another..
If you wanted to see some more market confidence in Android, how's this? According to an analyst from Strategy Analytics, sales of Android devices are expected to grow 900% to reach 8 million Android devices sold in 2009.
Hmm. Those are some pretty bold numbers but it may be possible. Android seems to be gaining more and more devices and to have a whole portfolio of devices would seem to be pretty beneficial to growth. It seems that after a lonely first year, Android is going to get really popular, really fast.
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