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5 years ago

Android Booting on Nokia n810 - Seeing is Believing!

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There has been quite a bit of news lately about handset manufacturers developing smartphones running Google's Android OS, but the news ticker has been unusually quiet about enterprising individuals porting or booting up their current devices with Android. The folks over at Android Community have stumbled upon video evidence of Android booting up on a Nokia n810!

It is unknown why we haven't seen more handsets popping up with retrofitted Android, but it's nice to see Android finding it's way onto a Nokia n810. One of the nice things about Android is that, like Windows Mobile, there is no ONE device to accommodate Android and very soon we will have numerous handsets to choose from to run Android. Like the Nokia n810 featured in this video, is there more to come?

[Android Community]

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5 years ago

Qigi Smartphone Running Android or Windows Mobile 6.1

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According to Shawn Brown over at androidcommunity.com, there's another player in the Android handset market - Qigi of China. The new smartphone, called the i6, will be coming in two flavors: one will run Google Android and the other will run Windows Mobile 6.1.

It's exciting that there will be other handsets in the market to choose from for the Android OS. To read more about the specs and see loads of pictures, just pop on over to Shawn Brown's post. Anyone planning on being an i6 early adopter?

[androidcommunity.com]

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5 years ago

It's Unofficial: G1 Auto-Rotation Coming?

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Yes, the G1 screen orientation changes from portrait to landscape when you slide out the keyboard. However, the screen won't rotate automatically when turned to the side, even though an accelerometer is on board that makes this feature possible. Take a look at the YouTube video posted by nuuneoi to see that a hack is already in the works (and apparently working) to do just that - utilize the accelerometer to auto-rotate when the G1 is oriented in landscape.

This feature is claimed to be a part of the SDK and developers merely need to unlock this feature for their app. If that is the case, it begs the question why Google didn't give this unto us in the first place? Why must auto-rotation be a hack or third-party app rather than a feature applied universally to the G1?

[engadget mobile and nuuneoi]

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6 years ago

Round Robin: AT&T Fuze Video

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Kicking off the second week of the Smartphone Round Robin, Android Central gives you a Video Review of the AT&T Fuze. Like the T-Mobile G1, the AT&T Fuze is made by HTC but re-branded and re-named under the carrier. Those familiar with the device will recognize its similarities to the HTC Touch Diamond and for Sprint, the HTC Touch Pro.

The AT&T Fuze's main OS is Windows Mobile 6.1 but it gets prettied up with TouchFlo 3D, an HTC specific User Interface made for the HTC's Touch Family. Our thoughts on TouchFlo 3D is that it certainly is pretty and useable. Our thoughts on Windows Mobile? Well, check out the video!

Though people have compared the G1 to the iPhone, I think the more apt comparison would be Android and Windows Mobile. Remember, Windows Mobile runs on a plethora of devices--something that Android hopes to do in the near future. So how do they compare? Quick preview: Windows Mobile is all about the power. Check out the video for Android Central's first impression of the AT&T Fuze!

Note: I totally forgot to mention the stylus--its magnetically attached to the Fuze, which is a great touch. The stylus doesn't seem to be necessary, you can get almost everything done without it.

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

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6 years ago

Google Lay Offs, 10,000 Workers at Risk?

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The economic downturn shows no favor. Even the almighty Google is taking a hit and re-arranging the books in order to seem steady. Google's been quietly laying off hundreds of employees and there are whispers suggesting that the final tally may total 10,000 workers.

Though the SEC requires public companies to publicly report layoffs, Google is circumventing the law by terming the workers as temporary operational expenses. Basically full time workers without full time benefits and a boost to their stock because of their high productivity per employee. Yeah, we know. Sad and almost evil.

We're not sure which specific sectors this is going to affect, hopefully the economy gets on an upswing so we won't see any delays in Android development and everybody can get their job back. Until then, be thankful.

[BGR]

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6 years ago

Google Wants to Trademark Android

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Google had tried to trademark "Android" back in August and was turned down. But they're not going down without a fight, we have word that Google is going to appeal the decision before the board and hope for the best. 

We at Android Central think Android is much too hard a term to trademark, there's just too many wide ranging definitions. But seriously, is there any difference if they succeed or not?

[uspto via Android Community]

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6 years ago

Colorware Offers Custom Colors for T-Mobile G1

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Do you think the black, bronze, or white color options on the T-Mobile G1 is just too plain? Do you want your G1 to stick out in a crowd? Well, insert Colorware. Colorware is a company known for its customization capabilities for basically any relevant electronic device--and that includes our favorite T-Mobile G1.

Though the prices are high for the average consumer ($220 to color the whole phone, $770 to buy brand new with no contract), we've heard nothing but good things about Colorware's quality if that's any consolation. So we guess if pink or Android green are really your thing, you can find some way to justify it. Let us know how it goes!

[Colorware via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Asus Offering Android Phones in 2009

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In an effort to stay toe-to-toe with their nemesis HTC, Asus will be very busy releasing up to ten new phone models in 2009. Most of the new models will include 3G and touch screens, and at least one will be based on the Android OS.

If I were a betting man, I'd say Asus will introduce more than just one Android phone, so this is good news for the Android community - more models to choose from!

[talkandroid via DigiTimes]

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6 years ago

Opera Mini & Visual Voicemail for G1

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These are exciting times to be on the Android bandwagon. If you possess a T-Mobile G1 Android phone, you should indulge yourself a little and try out a couple apps that have made their way to the Android platform - Opera Mini 4.2 beta and Fusion Voicemail Plus. Both are free and, according to Matthew Miller over at ZDNet.com, are worthy for trial runs on your G1.

Opera Mini 4.2 beta is a browser alternative, providing fast internet access and bookmark portability and consistency to your desktop and all other devices due to the Opera server carrying most of the load.

Fusion Voicemail Plus is a free app that brings visual voicemail to your G1 via signing up for an account on their website. The process is free and virtually painless. There will be a more detailed look at Fusion Voicemail Plus forthcoming.

[Matthew Miller @ ZDNet]

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6 years ago

Round Robin: Answers to Your iPhone 3G Questions

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Since we’re in that odd spot where the first week of the Smartphone Round Robin is over and I’ve yet to post the video review (AT&T Fuze, tomorrow!) to kick off the second week, I thought it’d be a good time to answer all the questions you guys had about the iPhone 3G.

Though the iPhone 3G is an uber-popular device there are still features (or lack thereof) that some may not know about!

Read more to see the answers to your iPhone 3G questions!

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

Dave asks How much better is the glass screen than the G1’s plastic one?  

The glass screen on the iPhone feels a bit smoother when its clean and well kept, but after smudges, fingerprints, and the usual mess that gets on it during daily use it doesn’t feel as good. The iPhone 3G’s glass screen at its best does beat out the best of the plastic screen on the G1

I do think the plastic screen on the G1 is more consistent regardless of muck. The difference either way isn’t a deal breaker, the average consumer wouldn’t recognize it unless pointed out.

  Loren asks How’s the touch screen keyboard?  

It’s good. But not because it’s easier to type on a touch screen than a physical keyboard but rather because the iPhone’s auto-correct feature is just so darn smart. Trusting the iPhone and just typing away seems to be the most effective strategy in dealing with the soft keyboard. I was a bit less effective when I was trying to carefully tap out the letters.

With that said, the iPhone’s keyboard is still one of the best soft keyboards available. Even in portrait mode, the spacing and size of the keys are manageable. I hope that the future Android soft keyboard can be this effective.

  Matt asks Best advice: get a finger print resistant screen protector.  

Agreed. Fingerprints latch onto the iPhone and rarely disappear. If they do disappear they come back in hordes. Screen protector is the way to go.

  Loren asks Actually… What I really wanna know is whether there are a lot of good free apps on the apps store through the iPhone. I can’t believe some of the good quality apps on the G1 that are free. Does the iPhone compare? And does it offer push email?  

Free apps on the iPhone are great. Remote, Pandora, Sportacular, Yelp, Shazam—it seems like a notable new app is released every other day. Though I’ve yet to encounter any free app as unique as some of the G1’s offerings, the iPhone receives a lot of free applications from big companies and websites that use the iPhone to extend their services.

Push E-mail is offered through either MobileMe, Exchange, or Yahoo. There is no Gmail Push on the iPhone

  Connie asks Two questions, actually: First, do you need to be connected to a computer to sync your email application? Next, do you need to use iTunes to sync mail, contacts and calendar? I find iTunes and Outlook to be huge memory hogs. Thanks!  

No, the iPhone’s email app syncs to your email account via IMAP. Contacts and calendar appointments do need to be synced over iTunes unless you have MobileMe or are part of an Exchange Server which would then simplify the process by syncing everything over the air.

  yoyobo asks hows the memory management on this, i know on the blackberry you always worry about low memory. does the iphone have this issue? or does it terminate the program when you switch from one to another?  

There’s no real background processes on the iPhone (other than perhaps the iPod and the phone itself) so I guess memory management isn’t a big concern. So yeah, it doesn’t have the issue of low memory or memory leaks but it does terminate the program after you switch from one to the other. I’m not sure when, or if, we’ll ever see background processes in the iPhone. The still unavailable push notification is the feature that Apple seems to be pushing over background processes.

  royk asks what’s one thing the g1 could learn from the iphone, and one thing the iphone could learn from the g1?  

The G1 could definitely take a few lessons in design. The iPhone 3G is still the prettiest smartphone on the market and gives a great first impression. People were excited about the Google phone until they actually saw it, which is unfair because in hand the feel is completely different.

I think the iPhone 3G should learn to be open. Okay, it’s asking a lot from a notoriously secret company like Apple but nobody is expecting the iPhone to be as open as Android. If they opened up even just a teensy bit, I’m sure they’ll receive a lot of credit and goodwill. Give it a try Apple, it’s not a bad way to be.

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6 years ago

HTC Raise Shipment Forecast for T-Mobile G1

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Looks like the sales of the T-Mobile G1 did go better than expected. HTC CEO Peter Chou expects T-Mobile G1 cumulative shipments to reach 1 million units by the end of 2008. It marks a significant number more than what was initially projected.

I think we can consider the T-Mobile G1 a success and that it'll continue to raise the profile for Android and hopefully spur growth in development and leave room for new phones. Android Central is excited for what's to come.

[DigiTimes via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

zzzPhone is Second Android Device

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zzzPhone has seemingly come through on their promise in combining the notorious zzzPhone with the exciting Android OS. We at Android Central are definitely surprised that zzzPhone has become the 2nd Android Device on the market over the likes of bigger, more capable companies. Ahem, Moto.

We had cracked that their website was ridden in spelling errors and poor design, and well, it looks like the website still sucks. If you're daring, the base price of the zzzPhone Android is only $119. Look out for those options though, they can add up quick! Tell us what you think!

[zzzPhone via Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile Chooses Yahoo for Search

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Just when it seemed that Google had solidified their foothold as T-Mobile's default search engine (given the release of the G1 Android phone), Yahoo is waving their finger and saying "not so fast!" Even as Yahoo stock prices tumble from a lofty $30.00+ per share down to $9-ish, they have scored a sweet deal with T-Mobile, their Yahoo OneSearch search engine winning as the default search engine on T-Mobile's handsets. This deal will not affect the Google-based G1 at this time, but it's still remarkable that Yahoo won out over the seemingly-impervious Google. According to Rob Jackson over at Phandroid:

While Google is (according to most) the dominantly better search engine, that doesn’t matter so much on mobile phones. Consumers are much less likely to download and use applications and extras on their mobile phones and are MUCH more likely to go with the default capabilities. Its the same reason Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has dominated the Browser Wars for so long… and that same initial real estate stakes era is occurring in the mobile world as we speak.

Even though it's not affecting the G1 now, will this win by Yahoo affect the G1 in the future? Is it really true that people don't care very much what search engine is offered on their phone?

[Phandroid]

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6 years ago

G1 Multitouch Proof-of-Concept Video

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iPhone-like multitouch on the G1 - sound crazy or impossible? It was previously discussed right here at Android Central, and once again, thanks to RyeBrye.com, there is now a proof-of-concept video. The video demonstrates that multitouch on the G1 and on the Android OS is not just a pipe dream, but can be a reality. Given that it does not exist on the G1 in it's present incarnation, one can surmise that Apple owns multitouch and will only give it up if it can be pried from their cold dead hands, so to speak. Give the video a look and jam out to some Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" while you watch - do you want multitouch on your G1? Will Android handsets have multitouch someday?

[www.ryebrye.com]

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6 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Shows Its Pretty Face

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For the longest time, we at Android Central have been waiting for the white T-Mobile G1 to pop up and become available. I mean, we all got familiar with the G1 in the white edition and were actually surprised when there were other color options (black and bronze). So we're not exaggerating when we say we're excited to tell you that the white T-Mobile G1 is available in select T-Mobile stores.

We had originally reported that today would mark the release of the white T-Mobile G1 so maybe you should make your way over to a T-Mobile store to see if your store has it in stock. Those who passed on the black and bronze version should act quickly because we have no official word on the number of units or even the specific stores receiving the white unit.

We at Android Central love the clean white face but are a little bit hesitant about the two-tone nature of the device. What do you guys think?

[BGR]

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