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6 years ago

In Line for the G1: This Ain't no iPhone Line

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Casey has lined up out in California, he arrived at 6am Pacific time to ensure that he would be able to get his G1. Looks like that won't be a problem, as the line consists of ....him. He writes:

There is an epically hilarious sign that points to where the line should start and line cards will be handed out.

We knew that T-Mobile is planning on using G1 Voucher Cards to ensure there isn't a fracas at any particular store, but it looks like this particular store isn't necessarily going to need them.

Does that mean you can mosey on over to your local T-Mobile store whenever the mood strikes you? We're still going to advise getting there early -- but at least right now it look like you can wait until the sun comes up. Meanwhile our man in Cali has dedicated himself to his first-in-line status, he's not going anywhere until they hand him his G1!

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6 years ago

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin's Take on the T-Mobile G1

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So you're Google Founder Sergey Brin and you're asked what you think of the T-Mobile G1 and Android, what do you say? Well, it'll probably go something like this:

I've been using mine for a few months now as my primary phone and it's been very, very helpful. It really integrates Google services very nicely on the phone. It has a really great Web browser. I'm able to search and browse through my Gmail just as if I was at my desktop. The G1 is just the first of a number of phones that will hopefully be running Android. You should take note of all the partners we've built under the Open Handset Alliance. I'd encourage you all to try it out and if it suits your needs then please by all means get an Android phone.

 

Obviously it's a bit slanted, I mean the dude co-founded Google. But the most interesting take that we see is that he stresses that Android integrates Google's other services really well and keenly mentions the Open Handset Alliance. Android's game changing feature is its openness, that much we know. But what Sergey sees as Android's most important feature is its synergy with Google's Universe. Google is the big sell for an Android device and Android is the best portable extension of Google's ideals.

Sergey's take in a nutshell? You like Google, you'll like Android.

[E-Week]

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6 years ago

Giant Android Robot Stands Outside Google Campus

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This is cool. From this spy shot we can obviously see a GIANT Android Robot standing outside of Google's Campus. If you didn't know, Android launch day is happening right now, so it doesn't hurt to have that cute 'ol Android Robot blown up to excite the employees.

Wouldn't it be cool to have these Giant Blown Up Android Robots at every city where the T-Mobile G1 is available? It's definitely a hell of a lot more effective than those Giant Gorilla Car Salesmans, right?

[breakitdownblog via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

Kyocera To Make a Android Smartphone

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Kyocera Wireless has announced that they will be developing a new smartphone specifically tailored for the Android OS. Kyocera will be working with Wind River, a middleware company that offers UI integration, to create the Android Device.

Though no date was specifically mentioned, it has been reported that Wind River's systems won't be ready until mid-2009. So we can assume that the Kyocera Android device will come some time after that timeframe. Anyone excited to see another phone maker jump on the Android bandwagon?

[Trading Markets]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Is Now Available

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As the banner says: The wait is over. And oh what a wait it was. The T-Mobile G1 is FINALLY available online (sans pre-order) for T-Mobile upgrade customers and New Customers alike. The color options are limited to Black or Bronze (no sign of when we'll see the white version) and the supply is stated to be "Extremely Limited". So act now if you don't want to wait in line for the G1 and act fast if your market doesn't quite have a T-Mobile 3G network set up.

Prices start at $179.99 on a two-year contract for new customers and T-Mobile customers eligible for an upgrade. Otherwise, your mileage may vary (we got a $299.99 offer). If they do sell out online, call your local T-Mobile store to see if they have it in store. Most T-Mobile stores will open at 8:00 AM to get your Android fix going.

Click the link to buy your T-Mobile G1 and read on after the jump to see the full press release

[T-Mobile]

October 22, 2008 03:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

T-Mobile Launches the Highly Anticipated T-Mobile G1

Following Strong Pre-Sales Demand, the T-Mobile G1 with Google Goes on Sale Today Online and at Select Retail Stores Nationwide

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the national availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first Android™-powered mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a rich mobile Web experience, dozens of Android Market applications, and popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others.

Beginning today, consumers can purchase the phone in select retail stores across the country and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com.

“During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.”

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications—from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping—to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.

“With new, high-value applications constantly being added to Android Market for customers to discover, the T-Mobile G1 is the phone that grows with you,” said Post. “And as the Market continues to grow and evolve, the possibilities are virtually endless.”

Customers can purchase and carry away the T-Mobile G1 at T-Mobile retail stores and select third-party stores in major cities where T-Mobile’s 3G service is currently available. T-Mobile 3G service is currently available in 95 major cities across top population centers. For a list of cities where T-Mobile 3G service is available, please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com/3G.aspx or see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, available online at http://www.androidcentral.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293382-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.T-Mobile.com%252FCoverage. All T-Mobile stores across the country will have demonstration devices on-hand and can assist customers with ordering the device for delivery at a later date.

T-Mobile is working to ensure that customers have a great experience harnessing the power of their new T-Mobile G1. Specifically:

T-Mobile has established a collaborative online forum dedicated to the T-Mobile G1 (http://forums.T-Mobile.com) where customers can ask questions, share tips and get helpful information.

All T-Mobile retail stores will open early at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 to give everyone the chance to experience and purchase or order the T-Mobile G1.

T-Mobile G1 experts will be on-hand at retail stores to demonstrate the phone and answer any questions.

For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com.

Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G service may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group—31.5 million by T-Mobile USA—all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

Note to Editors in the United States

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6 years ago

G1 Availability Depends on Whether you have 3G in your Area

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I haven't used T-Mobile since... well... think VoiceStream days. Android and the G1 have me all a'twitter. Taking fair warning from this earlier blog post about G1 availability, I decided to pick up the phone and call my local T-Mobile stores to get the skinny.

Alas, my worst fears are confirmed. My market is 2-frickin-G. Thanks, T-Mobile! No wonder I'm with AT&T here. Anyway, I called two prominent T-Mobile stores close by and both had the same story -- since this market is non-3G, they will have G1's in the store for display and lusting only, but NONE will leave the store tomorrow. I can order one (and I'm sure they will gladly take my cash), but I'll have to wait at least a few days to get one "due to high demand."

So, if you are like me and haven't kept close tabs on T-Mobile in your area, pick up the phone and make a quick call. Or, head over to T-Mobile's site and see if your area is 3G. If it isn't, no G1 for you tomorrow. But you can look at 'em, touch them, covet them, etc. If you learn differently, make sure you post it in Comments!

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6 years ago

Android Source Code Released

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One of Android's biggest selling point, if not THE biggest selling point was the fact that the operating system was going to be open-source. Being open source may or may not make a difference in consumer's minds but with developers who have that need to tinker and improve, well Android is the place to do it.

Google has released the full source code for Android available to download NOW. With the release of the G1 and the world's introduction to Android just right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to make good on the promise to be "open". Game on, Android.

[Open Source Project]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1's Have SHIPPED to Users !!!

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We're getting word from more than a few people that the T-Mobile G1 has officially arrived. As in shipped. In their hands. Two days early. The launch date was supposed to be October 22nd but it looks like T-Mobile and UPS decided to surprise the fine folk who pre-ordered their devices and send it in early! Talk about great customer service!

So if you didn't get your T-Mobile G1 yesterday you can reasonably expect it today. If not today, well you can wait like the rest of us who didn't pre-order the device. So, who got their hands on some T-Mobile G1 !?

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 To Start Selling in San Francisco TODAY!

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Oh San Francisco. Home to great clam chowder, unpredictable weather, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the woeful Giants and 49ers has scored a biggie in regards to the T-Mobile G1. According to BGR, the T-Mobile San Francisco Store on 3rd & Market St will be selling the T-Mobile G1 TODAY at 6:00 PM (PST obviously).

Even if 6:00 PM is the launch time, you'll need to get there waaay early considering the Bay Area is a hot bed for all things tech and lined with gadget hounding geeks (we say that with love). But if you don't want to line up tomorrow in the middle of the day, don't worry, Wednesday October 22nd is still the launch day and T-Mobile stores in 3G areas will open up at 8:00 AM to accommodate the potential crowds.

[Boy Genius Report]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Line Handout Cards

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Well, if you didn't pre-order a T-Mobile G1 or haven't quite received it yet, there is another option. Braving the lines that are sure to amass early October 22nd. This is probably your best bet for now considering the online pre-order option will have you wait 'til some time in November.

In these spy shots (obtained by TmoNews) you can see that there will be tickets handed out to those waiting in line that give you a brief lowdown of the G1 and separates it into color options: Black or Bronze. Missing from launch day is the white version which has run into production issues so it doesn't look like you'll be able to get a white G1 on launch day.

So who's waiting in line and who's waiting for it to get shipped to them?

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 NOT Available in all areas

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We've confirmed that even though some people who pre-ordered may not be getting their G1s on launch day, T-Mobile stores are indeed getting stocked up on G1s. That's unfortunately not the full story, though. Although stores in areas with T-Mobile 3G are getting as many as 80 devices apiece, stores in areas without T-Mobile 3G are not going to be receiving them at all. So if you're planning on heading out tomorrow to pick up a G1, be sure you call today and find out if it's even worth the trip.

As for those who pre-ordered and may not receive them tomorrow while other slackers can just go out and pick one up -- how's that feeling?

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1's Have Reached The Stores

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TmoNews has a spy shot that shows two large boxes arriving to more than a few T-Mobile Stores these past couple days. Obviously, with October 22nd just a few ticks away, one can logically assume that it's the T-Mobile G1. Well, we at Android Central are assuming. And we want us some G1 now!

After calling a few T-Mobile stores in the area (Los Angeles), it seems that all the stores are going to be carrying the G1 and I've heard total numbers in store would range from 20-40. Didn't hear a peep about the vaunted white unit yet so we shall see what the color options are. Black and Brown for the win.

Photo Credit: TmoNews

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

MySpace Mobile Available on Android Market Now

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Excited about Android? Use MySpace? Getting the T-Mobile G1? Well, you're in luck! MySpace Mobile has been released to Android Market and will be ready to download when you get your T-Mobile G1.

This is obviously good news for the millions of MySpace users out there but it begs the question, where is Facebook? Facebook should have been prepared to launch their app in time for the October 22nd launch of the T-Mobile G1.

According to reports, MySpace Mobile on Android is actually better than other releases on different platforms. You can approve friend requests, send/receive messsges, search for friends, update current status, and upload photos directly.

[Android Community]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Unboxing and Smartphone Comparison

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Here we go! The T-Mobile G1 is in the house in all its Bronze Glory! We compare it to a bootload of other devices, including the T-Mobile Wing, The T-Mobile Shadow, , the T-Mobile Pearl Flip, the iPhone 3G, the BlackBerry Bold, and the Samsung Instinct.

Much Much more to come, check back at AndroidCentral.com!

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6 years ago

G1 Won't Work Without a Data Plan, Period

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Buying yourself a T-Mobile G1 off eBay? Better hope that it's either unlocked or that you can get yourself an active T-Mobile SIM card. The G1's much-vaunted first step during the setup is to enter your Google login username and password. Once that happens, the G1 attempts to connect to Google's servers to get your email, contacts, and calendar set up.

Here's the thing, though, if (or when) the G1 cannot connect to the servers, you're done. There is no way to exit out of the Google setup screen, no clear way to reset the phone to bypass it (even in "safe mode"), no way to turn on WiFi. You basically have a sweet phone that can only made emergency calls.

In other words, you're stuck. We're on the phone now with T-Mobile to see how their representative manage trying to activate the device remotely. Stay tuned!

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