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6 years ago

NTT DoCoMo & KTF Bringing Android Devices in 2009

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Another day, another Android announcement. What a beautiful thing. Japan's top wireless provider NTT DoCoMo announced its plans to bring an Android device to its market early next year. NTT DoCoMo will also work with its partner KTF to release an Android device to South Korea in the same time frame. The two companies combine cost in developing so it's not far-fetched to see that happen with Android.

What is more interesting is that NTT DoCoMo announced that creating an Android phone will be 20% less because of the free licensing of the Android OS. Even more surprisingly, NTT DoCoMo plans to push those savings to consumers. Let's see what the Japanese and Korean come up with when it comes to Android!

[Reuters]

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6 years ago

Banshee 1.4 Brings Music to G1

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Banshee version 1.4 is now available and compatible with the G1 Android phone. It is an open source music player that will support playlists on your G1 and will even import music you have purchased from the Amazon MP3 store. It functions very similar to iTunes and will automatically sync your music library with your G1 mobile device.

Aaron Bockover, the lead developer of Banshee, claims that the Banshee/G1 combination delivers the same kind of music management experience as the iPhone. According to his blog:

"Because the Android platform is open source, I was able to easily figure out optimal ways of implementing Android/G1 support. For instance, I was unsure what the maximum cover art size should be on the device, so I just read the source. It was nice for once to not have to reverse engineer or guess!"  

At this time, Banshee 1.4 is available for Linux and Mac OSX only. Download it here and try it for yourself on your G1.

[ars technica]

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6 years ago

AutoReply App for G1 Android

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We take for granted that we carry a phone with us all the time and can be reached anytime, anywhere. Sometimes calls or texts come through at inconvenient times or places, like in meetings or in the bathroom (!). If you need to ignore a call or text, you can use Clacsoft's AutoReply to answer via SMS to the party trying to reach you with a pre-selected automated response message.

All you have to do is set the rules for how AutoReply answers and it will take it from there. You can even set specific rules for certain numbers and a general rule to apply to all others. You can pick up AutoReply for your G1 Android phone right here.

[Morningpaper]

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6 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Crocs o-dial Case for T-Mobile G1

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Yep, you read that right. The same crocs that exploded onto everyone’s feet a few years back are now available for your T-Mobile G1. Offering the same unique design and styling, the Nite Ize Crocs o-dial Case will definitely stand out in a crowd and catch many a glances.

How does it perform? Does it offer much protection? Is it useful?

Read on for the rest of the review!

Design

 

To many ardent fans, Crocs are well-made, uber-comfortable unique shoes that cater to their tastes. To many others, Crocs are simply the most horrendous creation, fashion disaster of a fad ever. There seems to be no middle ground with the Crocs footwear line. You either love ‘em and wear ‘em or hate ‘em and want to burn ‘em. It’s that serious.

And we could get into the intricacies of the design here on Android Central but we don’t want to bore you with the fashionista details. Just know that the Crocs o-dial Case is a very accurate rendition of the footwear. The perforated holes, thick rubber, and ‘handlebar’ ankle support all translate over to the case and the overall shape is consistent. In all, it could be easily mistaken for a 3 year old’s pair of Crocs.

But the Crocs o-dial case isn’t just some shoe posing as a phone case—this version comes with a belt clip, a neck lanyard, and accessory sleeve (for credit cards and ID, presumably). Though the protection isn’t padded or especially thick, the phone remains safe and secure inside the case.

 

Usability

 

I found that the Crocs o-dial case matched the G1 especially nice because the case hugged the dimensions of the G1. Though I was initially wary of placing my G1 in the case, I found that the “handlebar” ankle support mechanism fastened the G1 like a seat belt. There would be no easy way out for the G1.

Of course, buying the Crocs o-dial case is simply asking to receive compliments and criticism, it’s entirely unavoidable. When people see that your phone case is akin to Crocs their first question is, “Is that a croc?” and then upon closer inspection “Whoa, is that a Croc phone case?!”. Amazingly, there were no negative comments about the Crocs case, in fact, most were giddy to see Crocs manifest into a phone case and found it borderline hilarious. Even though I chose the more subtle color of black, I couldn’t help but show off the Crocs o-dial case.

Obviously sticking to the unique design of Crocs makes for some limitations. This isn’t the ideal solution for anyone looking for over-the-top protection because it doesn’t offer any buffer by way of padding. Also, you can’t really use the G1 while it’s inside the case. The accessory sleeve for credit cards/ID cards is a great touch.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, I found that the uniqueness of the Crocs o-dial case for T-Mobile G1 certainly outweighed its limitations. I think defining the Crocs o-dial case as a holster would better fit the product and that strictly looking at its shortcomings would be missing the entire point. The Crocs o-dial case is a fun, unique and conversation-starting case that offers adequate protection but does make for good usefulness. I would recommend this case to both Crocs lovers and haters alike.

 

PROS

  • Unique Design
  • Convenient Accessory Sleeve
  • Quick Access to G1

CONS

  • Not a whole lot of padding
  • No access to phone while in case

FINAL RATING: 4/5

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6 years ago

Tip: MailShadowG on your Desktop Gives you Exchange on your G1

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Over at Sister Site WMExperts, we had high hopes for MailShadowG, which makes Gmail look like an Exchange server. Sadly, the service turned out to only work for desktop, not mobile.

Well now it looks like the folks at Cemaphore have set their sights on mobile, but they're doing it with Android! Instead of making Google look like Exchange, they're making Exchange work for the G1. Well, technically, they're not doing anything all that different from what they were doing before.

How it works is that MailShadowG is a desktop application that syncs your Outlook email and PIM data with Gmail and Google Calendar. The upshot is that as long as your desktop is on and the MailShadowG client is running, you're synchronizing your Exchange content with Gmail. The downside: you have to have a PC and you have to leave it up and running. The upside: instead of paying an extra service fee, you just purchase MailShadowG once ($29.95 now, $49.95 after Nov 20th). Cemaphore does plan to add a complete server-side Gmail solution in MailShadowX soon

Check it out here [via Brighthand]

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6 years ago

Round Robin: Rene's Video Review of the T-Mobile G1

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So let me fill you in with how the Smartphone Round Robin works: Every editor of the SPE network sites trade in their phones for a spin with another smartphone. So not only will you be able to see my Androidified opinion about the iPhone 3G, AT&T Fuze, Blackberry Bold, and Palm Treo Pro -- you'll be able to see what everyone else thinks about our beloved G1 and the exciting Android OS!

Since Android is the newest kid on the block and essentially non-existent outside the US and UK, you'll definitely see some mix ups and false starts from the get go. Our good friend Rene takes the first crack at the T-Mobile G1 and comes away...confused. To give you a preview, the plethora of input options is too much for him to handle!

Go on over to The iPhone Blog to check out Rene's thoughts and see his video on Android and the T-Mobile G1. I agree with a lot of what he's saying but believe after a few more days he'll see that though the Android way is different, it is also a great way to go. Head on over to give him a piece of your mind!

Ed. note: Rene's video is hilarious. Make sure you're not eating lunch or reading in a meeting because food pieces will fly and hooting & hollering will surely occur. Just warning ya!

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 ! -- More Details Here

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6 years ago

Video of Flash Running on Android, T-Mobile G1

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Well, looky here. We had just reported that Flash was coming to Android and the T-Mobile G1 a bit earlier today. Obviously, hardened smartphone (read: iPhone) users would say those reports are likely bonk since it's been a lifetime and a half since the rumors and reports of Flash coming to the iPhone first began and still. no. Flash.

Luckily, we have video! Courtesy of I4U.com (via Talk Android), we have a youtube video showing Flash running on Android. Have a peek at it would ya and tell us what you think!

[I4U.com]

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6 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Pops Up on T-Mobile Website

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After reporting that the White T-Mobile G1 won't be appearing until after Thanksgiving (and maybe even until 2009) the White G1 has strangely appeared on T-Mobile's Website, albeit via their upgrade page. While we were unable to see the Unicorn, TmoNews managed to grab a screenshot just in time.

We don't know what this means exactly other than possibly being able to pre-order the device but it does make you think twice if you want to lay down on a black or bronze version right now. The white may just be around the corner!

We used to think the white was HAWT but the two toned has turned us off a bit...maybe it works better in real life? More pictures of the white version after the jump!

Photo Credit: TmoNews

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

Android Can Open Garage Doors Now, WHAT!?

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Not only is Android a great open platform that very well may be the future of smartphones. Not only does Android intertwine Google's Services so well. Android can now open garage doors. I mean it's an obvious conclusion right? Android and a Garage Door Opener goes about as good as Android and Gmail or Android and the Market.

All jokes aside, Brad Fitzpatrick is the one who hacked Android into doing the simple garage door opening task. The G1 uses Wi-Fi to fire up an HTTP request to his home server which in turn tells the garage door to open. Neat huh? Leave your keys and garage door at home folks, the G1 can do it all. Even better, in true Android fashion Brad released the source code.

What's next? What task would be ridiculous to see Android and the G1 do?

[Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

Andy Rubin Demos Flash on G1, Coming Soon?

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Yesterday at an Adobe MAX Event, Andy Rubin was on hand doing a demonstration -- a demonstration about flash on Android. During his keynote, he showed off Flash on the G1, which was a combined team effort from Google and Adobe. This is great news considering the Flash Saga that the iPhone faced (and still faces) and hopefully we can get Flash on Android to experience the "full web".

To quote Andy Rubin:

“We are excited to be working alongside Adobe to bring Flash technology to Android, Adobe Flash is crucial to a rich Internet and content experience on mobile devices and we are thrilled that Google will be one of the first companies along with the Open Handset Alliance to bring Flash technology to the smartphone market.”

We at Android Central are happy to see that Android is fulfilling its promise and potential while hitting very few roadblocks and/or obstacles. The Android platform will continue to succeed especially if Apple and the iPhone continue to stick to their unwavering ways.

[IntoMobile]

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6 years ago

The G1 is Capable of Multi-Touch ?

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We had mentioned in passing that we heard that the G1 was capable of multi-touch before. We loved multi touch in our hands on video with the iPhone 3G. And we'll continue to pine for it until we receive it. And what do you know? There is a fairly credible report that proves that there is multitouch capabilities in the T-Mobile G1.

The driver for the touchscreen apparently had some code commented out -- RyeBrye and folks were able to re-enable some of the commented out code and then, voila, multitouch. What do we think? First, whoa. Second, the bigger issue is that if the G1 is capable of multitouch, then why no multitouch in Android? Logic points back to patenting issues with Apple. But more interestingly, could we begin to see unofficial multitouch usage? Obviously apps would need to be programmed to accommodate such gestures but boy, it'd sure be cool.

[RyeBrye via CrunchGear]

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6 years ago

Round Robin: iPhone 3G Video

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And the 2nd Annual SPE Smartphone Round Robin begins! We at Android Central have given up our beloved G1 in favor of the other smartphones in the SPE Network. Though we've only had the T-Mobile G1 for a month, we're already missing the plethora of input options, Android Market, and that nifty slide mechanism. Hopefully we can survive.

The first device we're going to be reviewing? The iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G and the G1 have been linked with one another ever since people began whispering about a Google Phone and rightly so. They are the most exciting smartphone platforms because they offer a fresh start: there's no deadweight of history or dated processes that hold them back.

But behind the comparisons and their similarities lies completely different philosophies in building a smartphone platform. Aside from the great features that they both have (superb touch screen, great web broswer, an application store, etc.) the two platforms really couldn't be more different.

So with that brief bit of history between the two devices, we're jumping into a quick look at the iPhone with a video! To give you a bit of a preview: I absolutely love multi touch. love the form factor. love the ease of use. My gripes? Well, you'll have to stay tuned the rest of the week to read my full review!

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment To Win a T-Mobile G1! -- Details Here

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6 years ago

OMIO Gets Interview With T-Mobile's Robin O'Kelly

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Robin O'Kelly, Head of Corporate Affairs over at T-Mobile, recently gave OMIO an interview about the creation of the G1 in cooperation with HTC. It is an interesting interview in that O'Kelly responds to a question about competing with Apple's App Store, discusses the iPhone a bit, and anticipation of future T-Mobile Android phones (a G2, perhaps?) and speculation of when competitors may be offering Android handsets of their own. Give it a read here!

 

[OMIO via AndroidCentral]

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6 years ago

Tap Tap Revenge For Android Market?

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Are you a fan of Guitar Hero? In case you haven't heard of the company Tapulous, they are the developers of several iPhone apps, including the popular Tap Tap Revenge. Already a free download for the iPhone, Tap Tap Revenge could come to the Android platform if the demand is high enough. A Tapulous developer is quoted as saying, "if there is a lot of demand for it, you never know..." - sounds a bit luke-warm, but the fact they mention it as a possibility is promising.

Tap Tap Revenge is a bit like Guitar Hero for the mobile platform - numerous songs from popular artists are available requiring accurate rhythmic tapping on your mobile device (currently the iPhone) to score points. The regular version is free, but iPhone users can buy a Nine Inch Nails version of the game as well. Maybe if Android users clamor for it loud enough, Tapulous will bring some Tap Tap Revenge goodness to Android! Who wants it?

[Android Community]

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6 years ago

Free WeatherBug App for Android

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Already available for other mobile platforms like Windows Mobile and iPhone, WeatherBug is now available as a free download for Android. WeatherBug integrates with Google Maps for pinpoint accuracy of local weather patterns, including severe weather warnings sent to the user from the WeatherBug online service. Not only can a user view local weather patterns, but WeatherBug can be customized to view weather conditions for other locations. Check out the WeatherBug site here and download for your Android phone and give it a try!

[AndroidAuthority]

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