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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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5 years ago

How To Purchase Paid Applications in Android Market

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Paid apps are all the rage in Android Market right now (hopefully you have them) and we thought it'd be a good idea to show you how the paid application system works. In short, it's pretty much exactly like the free app process with an added step of the Google Checkout screen.

Using Google Checkout is the obvious solution for handling paid applications in Android because many Gmail accounts are already tied into the Google Checkout and the G1 so it links up pretty easily. A confirmation e-mail is sent to you immediately when you purchase the paid app for filing purposes.

One gripe about the system is that Android Market definitely needs a sort option to separate paid apps from free apps, we think it'd make the user experience a lot better. Those who have purchased paid apps via Android Market already, what do you guys think?

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5 years ago

How To Purchase Paid Applications in Android Market

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Paid apps are all the rage in Android Market right now (hopefully you have them) and we thought it'd be a good idea to show you how the paid application system works. In short, it's pretty much exactly like the free app process with an added step of the Google Checkout screen.

Using Google Checkout is the obvious solution for handling paid applications in Android because many Gmail accounts are already tied into the Google Checkout and the G1 so it links up pretty easily. A confirmation e-mail is sent to you immediately when you purchase the paid app for filing purposes.

One gripe about the system is that Android Market definitely needs a sort option to separate paid apps from free apps, we think it'd make the user experience a lot better. As our astute readers have pointed out, clicking the menu button would allow you different sort options. Genius! Those who have purchased paid apps via Android Market already, what do you guys think?

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5 years ago

More Pictures of the Super Sexy Black HTC Magic

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Engadget dug up some more pictures of the Black HTC Magic and it's getting a whole lot sexier under the bright lights. We're still big fans of the white version but the black version definitely holds it own. Again, this is a pre-production unit so the button layout isn't finalized but the color option (it's uber glossy) is.

Click after the jump to see more of the Black HTC Magic!



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5 years ago

HTC Dream Releasing on March 15th on Orange France

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We reported that France would get a taste of the facelifted HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) sometime soon. Now the official date is out of the bag: March 15th. What's most interesting about the announcement of the HTC Dream on Orange France is that Orange isn't part of the Open Handset Alliance. Is this a sign of things to come?

[via androidcommunity]

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5 years ago

Review: Freedom Mobile Power for T-Mobile G1

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It’s no secret that the T-Mobile G1’s battery is one of the weakest aspects of the phone. Quite simply the 1150 mAh battery is not enough. It’s downright anemic by today’s standards and when you put into consideration the drain that 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS add, you’ll be at 50% battery by midday. This isn’t an issue if you’re near an electrical outlet, but what if you’re not, what to do then? We’re going to be taking a look at battery solutions in the next few weeks here at Android Central to find the ideal solution. We first start off with the Freedom Mobile Power for T-Mobile G1 ($49.95). It’s a compact solution that allows for charging your G1 wherever you go, so how does it perform? Read on for the rest of the review!

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5 years ago

Vodafone HTC Magic Launching In The UK In April

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Vodafone UK's website is confirming that the HTC Magic will be available to UK customers beginning in April 2009. There aren't any specifics yet, no firm launch date, no pricing announced or phone plan specified but it looks like the Second Android Device will almost certainly be the HTC Magic. Now onto guessing about the Third Android Device...

[via slashgear]

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5 years ago

Black HTC Magic Spotted In The Wild

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If you've been wondering what the HTC Magic looks like in black, take a look at the picture up top. It definitely looks much glossier than the matte finish on the G1 and certainly a lot more luxurious. Personally, we still like the white version that was shown off at MWC better because it looked so dang clean and pristine. This black is a pretty good alternative though, sleek and modern.

This black version of the HTC Magic is still the pre-production unit that was shown off at MWC, which means it doesn't have the updated button layout. Wonder when we'll see the official version...

There's more pictures after the jump!

[mobilecowboys via engadget]

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5 years ago

Evernote Mobile Site Optimized for Android

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Evernote is a service that enables you to capture information, no matter where you are, what you are doing, and whether you have a smartphone or computer. Use software, browser plug-ins, and even your phone's camera, for creating and sharing notes or photos with others and as reminders for yourself.

Not only is Evernote a great service for capturing your information, but it's even better with a mobile site that's been recently optimized for Android phones. This Android optimization makes it easier for G1 users to create, search, read, and share notes and photos.

If an Android-optimized mobile site isn't enough, Evernote is planning on releasing an Android app in the future. Rolling with the green 'droid just gets better and better!

[androinica]

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5 years ago

HTC Doubles Workforce, Focusing on Android Phones?

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HTC, maker of the G1 and the upcoming Magic, is currently the only "real" player in the Android game. No other bigwig company has officially announced anything so it should be no surprise to us that HTC is quite smitten with our Android.

How smitten? Well, even in our current economic state, reports show that HTC has increased their workforce by 46% and it wouldn't be a far off guess that most of the new workforce will revolve around Android.

Even more so, an analyst speculates that HTC will release FIVE new Android phones this year. We're definitely crossing our fingers for that to come true! What do you guys think? Will HTC become the most important Android phone maker? Or is it already?

[via androinica]

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5 years ago

Android Mobile Browser Share Fourth Overall

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Our sister site the iPhone Blog dug up a great graph that charts the usage of mobile web browsers. Unsurprisingly, they bragged about their iPhone dominating the market but it's interesting to note that Android is coming up fairly quickly considering it only released in October of last year and is on the smallest carrier in the United States.

It'll soon outpace Windows Mobile and we wouldn't be too surprised if it took a solid 2nd place in the near future. The Android web browser is effective at rendering pages and also easy to use, there's no question it's one of the better mobile browsers on the market. As Android grows, so will its browser marketshare.

What do you guys think?

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5 years ago

Orange Bringing HTC Dream to France This Week?

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Engadget Mobile reports that Orange is going to be bringing the HTC Dream (facelift and all) to France on March 5th. Supposedly, it's going to cost 99 euros (~$124) after rebate on a 2-year contract with Orange's Origami Star Plus package (42 euros, ~$53) which includes unlimited data, unlimited text, and 50 hours of Orange Wi-Fi access spots.

Do we have anybody in France excited about this offer? Or does everyone just want the HTC Magic now?

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