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.
Though we had originally hypothesized that the T-Mobile G1 v2 would be the HTC Memphis prototype device, it turns out we were looking at the wrong company. The T-Mobile G1 v2 is not even from HTC. According to BGR, the T-Mobile G1 v2 may be a Motorola Device and NOT an HTC device like the original G1 was.
And yeah, we agree, to name a device a G1 v2 would typically lead you to believe that it's a true 'successor' to the original G1. But we guess not. BGR has a pretty good track record and T-Mobile has done something similar to their Sidekick line. Though Danger is always involved, they've used Flextronics, Sharp, and yep, Motorola, to design different models under the 'Sidekick' brand name.
And if you squint a little bit, the image above does look more like a Motorola device than a HTC Android (original G1 and Magic) device. And the charging port on the device doesn't look to be HTC's favorite ExtUSB, so maybe, just maybe this is going to be a Motorola Android Device.
Don't act surprised. T-Mobile has made it no secret that they're investing heavily on Android and with leaked roadmaps and new Android devices coming out the woodworks, we should almost expect most of the next generation of Android phones to land on the friendliest carrier in the states, T-Mobile. It's just nice to hear a T-Mobile US Exec say:
We are looking to launch multiple Android-based devices in the second half of this year with three partners
What is half-surprising is that the same T-Mobile Exec expects to "see Android find its way down into feature phones on the low end" as well. We're not sure how that'll play out but Android seems to be growing more and more versatile by the day.
So who are the three partners? HTC and Samsung are all but confirmed. Could the 3rd device be a Motorola Android Smartphone?
We're pretty big fans of Google's Chrome Web Browser here at Android Central and not only because 'Chrome-lite' is on our Android phones. We love that Chrome is pushing innovative features that can help transfer a lot of desktop tasks to the 'new' web.
So, we're pretty happy to see Chrome get such a nifty looking commercial that fits a lot of advertising requirements. It introduces the masses to a new product which is backed by a strong brand name, it has a rather fun play on removing all the excess in a browser, and well, it's just a cute ad overall.
Take a look at the video above to check out Google's new ad spot for Chrome!
We've forgotten a lot about the rumored Acer Android smartphone largely in part of the barrage of other Android phones receiving official announcements. But no more! Acer wants to be recognized for its smartphone (and potentially Android) interests as well because after word hit that an Acer smartphone wont hit in '09, Acer officials contacted many sources saying:
There still is a potential for an Acer smartphone to make an appearance in the U.S. Specifically, a Q4 2009 launch is still possible.
Hooray? Well, since we don't know if this first Acer phone will be Android-powered we won't celebrate yet. But we're hoping Acer offers a different experience than the much anticipated HTC Magic and Samsung I7500.
Yeah, we're no longer begging for Android smartphones, we're choosing.
Finished drooling over that last video of the Samsung i7500? Yeah, us, either. But this one's really gonna knock your socks off. We get a hands-on, up-close look at a device that should be able to compete with anything else out there, complete with audio, this time. The specs, in case you forgot:
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
Tri-Band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (900/1700/2100MHZ)
320x480 pixel 3.2″ AMOLED Screen
WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
8GB Internal Storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD)
3.5mm Headset Jack (YES!!!)
The question remains: Is this the Houdini? Or is there more on the horizon? Look out, HTC. Somebody's gunning for you.
Names aside, the big news here is that we're looking at slightly different hardware specs: to wit, a five megapixel camera. Strikes us as very likely -- we know T-Mobile has been pursuing a high-megapixel strategy for the handsets lately. July release, $179 price tag, white color. Count us in.
Let's just hope the rumor that it will support UMA pans out too.
It's still pretty much in line with what we originally saw in that leaked HTC roadmap back in January, with the emergence of the "Memphis." We're looking at a possible October launch, at which time the original G1 would reach end-of-life. The updated phone would go for about $150 with a two-year deal with T-Mobile. Why, that's less than an iPhone, just as the initial 2-year contracts are up! (he writes with a wink)
So, all you fence-sitters out there (and we know who you are): Is a more up-to-date slider going to get you to move to Android?
One of the cooler, more 'social' features in the Android 1.5 Cupcake update is the ability to easily share your videos through YouTube. It's really as easy as point, shoot, and upload because you just point your Android phone toward the subject, hit record to record, and then press the share video via YouTube icon to upload.
Voila, you have uploaded a YouTube video on the fly. Pretty sweet huh?
PayPal just announced that they've released an official PayPal application to Android Market. The app allows PayPal users (and we know there's a ton of them) easier access to their account and a whole lot of functionality. To quote:
Direct integration with the contact list. You won’t need to remember people’s numbers or emails anymore to send them money! Just select their name from your list of contacts, and we’ll make sure they get paid.
Recent history. You can use your phone to look at your transactions over the last couple of months. So if you ever need to check whether or not a payment has come through, it’ll be simple to find out.
Balance checks. We show you all your balances in any of the currencies you hold.
It's always great to see big companies release apps for Android because it means that they take the Android platform seriously. And with seriousness brings legitimacy. Slow roastin'.
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