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5 years ago

Paid Apps Coming to UK Android Market Today, March 12th

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We know we have a lot of G1 Users across the pond who are a little peeved that they still don't have paid apps available to them in Android Market. I mean, what's the point of an Android Market without the ability to use the best apps!?

Luckily it looks like paid apps is coming to the UK Android Market soon. As in today. Regan Whitehead of T-Mobile UK said that paid applications will be supported in the UK Android Market starting March 12th. Yeap, that's today! Hip hip hooray!

So to our UK friends, do you guys see paid applications popping up yet?

[pocket gamer]

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5 years ago

Cupcake Firmware Update Coming To Android in April says T-Mobile

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Oh yes. Cupcake rumors that we wish oh so much to be true are once again at the forefront of the discussion. This time Pocket-lint claims that T-Mobile representatives have confirmed that the Cupcake software update for Android will be released in April. To quote:

"We will be offering G1 users the firmware update sometime in April"

This does make a lot of sense considering the HTC Magic is going to be released in the same time frame and the Magic needs the soft keyboard that the Cupcake software update has. To remind you guys: Cupcake is supposed to include a soft on-screen keyboard, video recording, voice recorder, stereo Bluetooth, save MMS, among other features.

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5 years ago

Welcome to the New Android Central!

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Huzzah and welcome!  We've overhauled Android Central for ya and here's what's new:

  • Cleaner look, faster load, and why not - a new logo
  • A mobile site at m.androidcentral.com
  • Classy multi-search functionality in the upper-right
  • Nicer featured article section there in the sidebar
  • Single login for both the forums and the blog comments
  • Breadcrumbs for better navigation
  • Threaded comments

We may have a bug or three to iron out in the coming days, if you come across one please do let us know by clicking that "Contact" link in the menu and detailing what you're facing.  Otherwise, keep on coming back to the AC for more Android News and Reviews, who loves you more than us?

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5 years ago

Android Limping on a Dell Axim x51v PDA

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AxDroid - Android on Dell Axim x51v from Ertan D. on Vimeo.

Just because you CAN run Android on a Dell Axim x51v, should you? Although it doesn't seem to make much sense to run Android on an antiquity like this Dell Axim PDA, I can't help but admire Ertan D. for his creativity and know-how.

There are a few hiccups with this marriage of cutting-edge Android OS and elderly PDA hardware. Wi-Fi and Power Management are not fully cooperating. However, the touchscreen and D-Pad are performing normally. If anything, the fact that Ertan D. could successfully retrofit Android to an old device like the Axim x51v further illustrates the promise of the Android OS on a potentially limitless list of devices. Android on a Palm Vx, anyone?

[androinica]

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5 years ago

Analyst: Android to Outpace iPhone By 2012

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If you didn't know, we're pretty big Android guys here. Huge, in fact. But we also respect the iPhone and though we understand its pitfalls, we also do understand that the iPhone changed smartphones forever and is embedded in the public's mind. EVERYTHING is compared to the iPhone. So when an analyst predicts that Android will outpace the iPhone by 2012, our Android fanboy-side jumps for joy but our realist-side raises an eyebrow.

Informa Telecoms & Media Analysts predict that Android with its open source operating system and no licensing cost will allow phone manufacturers to keep costs low and deliver affordable Android handsets to consumers eager to save a dollar. That viewpoint definitely makes sense in our current economic client, plus the advantage of the open source operating system allows for growth unseen in the mobile segment of the market and developers truly have the power. Combine it with the fact that Android is carrier flexible and multiple phone manufacturers are on board with Android, we can expect to see a load more of new Android devices in the near future.

However, to catch the iPhone? The iPhone in 2012 is sure to be a pretty darn good device (hopefully they'll solve cut & paste by then) and that doesn't even mention the fact that the iPhone 2009, 2010, and 2011 models are sure to garner a lot of press which allows Apple to be at the forefront of the smartphone world. To really challenge the iPhone in marketshare, Google needs to step up advertising for Android and keep offering best-in-class Google services with Android. The bottom line: In order to be as prominent and dominant as the iPhone, Android needs to be as synonymous with Google as the iPhone is with Apple.

So though we would love to surpass the iPhone in 2012. We believe the bar is just a wee bit lower than that. For now.

What do you guys think?

[vnunet via androinica]

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5 years ago

HTC Offers Solution to Paid Apps in Android Dev Phone ?

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Hmm. This sounds like it may work but we haven't tested it out yet.

Since the paid apps problem in Android Dev Phones was only semi-solved with the 1.1 update to Dev Phones, it looks like HTC has delivered a solution that'll allow Dev Phone users to access the paid applications. Over at HTC's website, it shows detailed instructions on how to flash a Factory System Image onto the Dev Phone. We'd imagine that the Factory System Image would allow you to access the paid apps then?

The instructions are located HERE.

If this makes sense to anybody, feel free to educate the rest of us in the comments!

[htc via android authority]

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5 years ago

Amazon Selling T-Mobile G1 For $97.99

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If you want to buy a T-Mobile G1, there looks to be no better place than at Amazon. Why? Because they're selling the T-Mobile G1 for $82 off the normal price! For just $97.99 (with new 2 year contract) you can get yourself a T-Mobile G1 while other customers (suckers) buy it for $179.99. This is a pretty amazing deal, if you ask us.

One hangup though, Amazon is only offering the Black Model for the $97.99 price point while the White and Bronze version continue to go for the usual $179.99. We loved the white version but an $82 difference? We'll gladly go black.

Anyone getting a T-Mobile G1 through Amazon now?

[amazon via androinica]

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5 years ago

Logo Fun: Windows Mobile Marketplace Copies Android Market Icon ?

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For the smartphones ahead of the curve, the biggest smartphone breakthrough in 2008 was app stores and app markets. The trend for 2009? Well, for the stragglers, it looks to be app stores and app markets announcements.

And hey, if you looked at the new icon for "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" (try saying that 5 times straight!) it copies the same 'bag' theme as our lovely Android Market. Maybe Microsoft came up with the idea separately and designed the bag before they ever even saw Android Market's logo! That has to be it, right?! All jokes aside, the logo looks pretty nice, we can't tell you how the "Windows Marketplace for Mobile" works as a program though--that is still kind of unknown.

What you guys think? Who copied who, Android Market Logo or Windows Mobile Logo?

[via phandroid]

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5 years ago

Optus HTC Dream Photographed, Looks the Same

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For those interested, the Australian G1 or we guess, the HTC Dream, has been photographed under seductive light and well, surprise! it looks the same. Well, other than the HTC logo being under the speaker instead of the T-Mobile branding, this is the G1 you know and love.

Click the jump to see more pictures!

[tb tech via engadget]

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5 years ago

Android Dev Phone Gets Update to 1.1, Paid Apps Get A Semi-Solution

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If you rock the Android Dev Phone you now have the right to be annoyed. Though Google just released a firmware update to your device which includes fixes for POP3 e-mail accounts, the alarm clock, Gmail send bug, mail notification, search by voice, and maps, it still only semi-solves the priced apps problem.

Yes, the Android Dev Phone can now have access to paid applications but with one freakn' huge caveat. Only the paid applications that aren't copy protected. According to Google, developers have an option of using a copy-protection feature known as "forward locking" which helps prevent applications from being copied off devices. Since the Android Dev Phone has unrestricted access to the content, it easily circumvents any copy protection. Therefore, copy-protected paid apps (most of them, we presume) still won't pop up in Android Market.

Look, we understand that the developers need to be rewarded for their hard work but leaving those who just spent $400 to support Android without a true solution to the paid applications problem definitely sucks. We hope to see a better solution in the near future.

What do you guys think?

[android developers blog]

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5 years ago

Google Taiwan To Focus Heavily On Android

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A lot of people seem to think that Android isn't a big priority for Google, believing that any mobile smartphone platform is just as important to Google as Android. We obviously think different and this bit of news looks like Google is fully invested and behind the Android project.

Google has a dedicated team in Taiwan to look after Android and help it grow. This is crucial because of the partners that Google has in Taiwan. Namely, HTC (current maker of the G1 and HTC Magic) and to a lesser extent Acer and ASUS (two computer companies). This makes tons of sense because the biggest hardware supporters of Android are currently located in Taiwan/Asia and Google needs to work with them in order to build better devices.

[via androidguys]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Accounting for 20% of UK Contract Sales?

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Whoa. Can this be true? According to T-Mobile UK's latest financial numbers, it looks like the T-Mobile G1 accounts for nearly 20% of T-Mobile UK contract sales. According to T-Mobile UK, the T-Mobile G1 was clearly "the best-selling launch" of 2008. Having the G1 in tow, T-Mobile UK enjoyed a strong second half to the year (it launched at the end of October).

These numbers are a great base to build on and hopefully T-Mobile UK is prepared to compete with Vodafone and the HTC Magic for marketshare. How about it UK users, is the T-Mobile G1 that popular across the pond?

[via intomobile]

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5 years ago

Plain Ol' LG KS360 Will Not Be LG's First Android Device

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Whew! Good thing. We had originally reported that the LG KS360 (a yawn inducing device) might possibly be the first LG device to run Android. We didn't understand it then, it was basically a text messaging featurephone at best. Luckily, it looks like a bit of misreporting is to blame here.

Android Authority has it on good authority (?) that the original source was simply misquoted. Instead, LG is looking to offer a similar form factor to the LG KS360 for Android and thus not the terribly bland KS360 itself! This is good news because Android definitely needs more devices to get excited about and the KS360 simply wasn't going to cut it.

So now are we excited about what LG is going to bring? Yeap! Most LG phones are pretty great, we'd love to see what LG has cooking for Android.

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5 years ago

HTC Magic Service Manual Leaked

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If you're interested in checking out the HTC Magic's Service Manual (to make the wait seem shorter) it's been leaked to the xda developers forum. You can locate the manual HERE for download. It'll tell you how to disassemble, flash, and all around everything you can do with the HTC Magic. It's a great way to learn about the Android device that'll surely rock the world. Check it out!

[via modmygphone]

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5 years ago

Around SPE for 8 March, 2009

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This week CrackBerry.com broke the first real photos of the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630, WMExperts brought you hands on details of Internet Explorer Mobile 6, Android Central brought you a walkthough of buying apps in the Android App Market, and PreCentral.net wondered whether Palm would survive long enough to release the Pre. Plenty more happened this week in the smartphone world, naturally, so the thing to do is continue reading to find out what you may have missed this week around the Smartphone Experts network.

Android Central

It was definitely an HTC-centric week over at Android Central. First Vodafone announced the HTC Magic would arrive in April. Then. the super sexy black version of the HTC Magic popped up and got an eyes on. Then it was announced that Orange would bring the HTC Dream to France. And finally we can expect more HTC devices because HTC doubled their workforce to focus on Android!

Also, if you were wondering how to buy paid applications on Android Market, we have a great video showing you how!

CrackBerry.com

CDMA BlackBerry users got cause for excitement this week as the first live photos of the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630 surfaced at CrackBerry.com. With a form factor that looks very much like the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 had a child, this may just be the ultimate full-keyboard trackball BlackBerry.

And if you don't own a BlackBerry but woud like a free one, Where and CrackBerry.com have partnered to bring you the BlackBerry Haiku Contest. Just head over to CrackBerry.com and leave your Haiku in response to the question "Where is your BlackBerry Right Now?". Best Haiku wins!

Nokia Experts

Following the lame Nokia 5800 U.S. launch, Nokia has determined that the 3G issue was related to the device firmware so an update was issued so everything should be good to go now. The 5800 is a great, rather inexpensive device so this is good news. fring is also now available and optimized for the Nokia 5800. There are very few Twitter clients available for S60, but the most compelling one called Gravity is coming soon. Get a load of this fish story where a Nokia device survived in the belly of a cod. Lastly, the two winners of our Launch Contest were announced. Thanks to everyone for participating.

PreCentral.net

Still waiting on details for the release of the Palm Pre? Join the club! With luck, we're going to hear something in an invite-only webcast from Sprint and Palm on March 12th. Meanwhile we're realizing that the Pre needs to be massively successful in order for Palm to even stay in business. Expectations are very high, but we're a little worried that Palm investor Roger McNamee is setting those expectations a little too high by claiming that a large number of iPhone early adopters will be making the switch.

The iPhone Blog

Previously on theiPhoneblog.com: Apple dropped a ton of hardware revisions, including the Mac Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro, but all we got were some iPhone friendlier Airport Extremes and Time Capsules. Still, with a rumored March 24 Special Event, could we still see the iPhone OS 3.0 beta or... an iTablet? And if so, would it run Amazon's new Kindle for iPhone app?

Meanwhile, did you leave Verizon for an iPhone? They think you did. And will you leave your iPhone and become a Palm Pre-vert? McNamee thinks you will for the faster web browsing. We think Sprint can't do simultaneous voice and data, so how much faster is zero? Also, Ballmerdrops by to make our CEOh-Snap! of a week complete.

TreoCentral

At TreoCentral we learned that Palm's preliminary Q4 results are grim, and that Palm is short on cash and intends on raising more cash soon. Analysts were reporting different stock opinions on Thursday, some giving Neutral ratings, while others upgraded PALM to Buy. Alltel beat Sprint in getting the CDMA Treo Pro out of the gate first, but the Sprint Treo Pro has been confirmed for March 15th. Dieter got his hands on a Sprint version of the smartphone and put up a nice unboxing and hands-on video.

WMExperts

The Palm Treo Pro made it bit of news this week, first with an official launch date of March 15 for the long-awaited Sprint version. But Alltel beat Sprint to the punch when it became the first CDMA carrier to release the Treo Pro mid-week.

We had a little fun last week. There's now iFun in Bill and Melinda Gates' home as we learned the iPhone *surprise!* isn't allowed in their home, though Mrs. Gates occasionally wishes she had one. We also got a look at what Microsoft MVP's are arming themselves with, the mythical Motorola Q9h with WiFi made another appearance, and we reviewed the LG Incite.

On the software side, Malatesta took us in deep with IE6 (for mobile), Microsoft is working with a new Live Search beta, MS CEO Steve Ballmer admits that WinMo 6.5 isn't what he'd hoped to release this year, and a native Facebook application was ported over from a hacked 6.5 ROM.

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