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6 years ago

Is Android's Unique Unlocking & Login Feature Secure?

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Tech Crunch comes in with a very interesting angle about the unique unlocking method for Android. We know that in Android, instead of choosing a typical number based passcode, an Android user can 'draw' a design to any of the 9 pre-arranged dots. Though having the nine-dot system allows for unique combinations and hard to guess passcodes, there is one overlooked drawback. Fingerprints.

As in smudges on the touchscreen. As in a clear trail that shows any potential thief your clever nine-dot design. It could be that we're overreacting to the unlock method but anyone who's ever played with a touchscreen device knows that they'll leave a mark. As cool as this unlock method is, including the option for the boring yawn old method would be the smart move.

[TechCrunch]

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6 years ago

G1 Skin For Android Emulator Runs Android On a G1, Sweet

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Now this is cool. We all know that T-Mobile gave us an emulator of the T-Mobile G1, we also know that google releases an Android emulator with the Android SDK. So with the T-Mobile G1 being the only Android device for the time being, it only makes sense that the apps people design for Android should be specifically targeted for the G1. Enter Jeff Sharkey and his magnificent wizardry.

He took the skin off the G1 emulator and used it to replace the Android emulator's clunky looking phone. Now developers get to see their apps on the most anticipated phone of the season. Score for Android!

[Jeffrey Sharkey via Android Authority]

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6 years ago

South Africa to Get T-Mobile G1, Android Next Year

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HTC has confirmed that the T-Mobile G1 will reach the shores of South Africa in the coming year. It is looking like Vodacom will be the partner for the G1 although the exclusivity of the G1 remains to be seen.

If we have anybody from South Africa, let us know what you think about being one of the first countries to be able to enjoy the potential of Android!

[mybroadband.co.za via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

1.5 Million T-Mobile G1 Android Phones Already Sold

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So we had previously reported that the initial pre-order stock of the T-Mobile G1 sold out. We also told you guys about T-Mobile tripling their order to meet the demand for the T-Mobile G1. Well, the news now is that the T-Mobile G1 has already sold 1.5 million units in pre-orders not to mention what they'll have for retail shops come the end of October. 

Can you imagine that? 1.5 million units sold before anyone really touched it. 1.5 million units sold and no one really knows how people will respond to Android.  This must mean that a lot of people are looking for a change of pace in the phone industry and trust that Google will deliver. The phone revolution has already begun before the release T-Mobile G1 and Android.

[Fool]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Video Review

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Loren Feldman, from 1938 media, just posted a hands on video of the T-Mobile G1 and overall, it looks as expected. The overall build quality is tight and solid and that screen slide to keyboard will simply never get old. I love the little arc it opens at.

Loren believes that it's all about the keyboard and that having the physical keyboard is a ton better than the iPhone's touch input. He drives home his point that Apple should seriously be worried about the T-Mobile G1 because it is a really great device. Click the link for the whole video!

[1938 Media]

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6 years ago

Canada Won't Get the T-Mobile G1

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Oh, Canada. Our lovely neighbors to the north...home to hockey, maple tree's, and Pamela Anderson will sadly not be a home to the T-Mobile G1. Though T-Mobile extends its reach to many different countries and the G1 has plans to reach the UK, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands early next year, T-Mobile has cut ties with Fido in Canada so there is no T-Mobile presence in Canada. Thus meaning, no G1.

Obviously, Android will certainly come in some shape, way or form to Canada but who knows when that will be? Sorry Canucks, looks like you'll miss out on the first spin!

[mobilesyrup]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Gets User Review, Overall Positive

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The good guys at Android Community dug up a good nugget in their forums, a full-fledged T-Mobile G1 User Review. One of the forum members has spent some good quality time with the G1 and has a few interesting bits to say about it. Namely, it feels like "a sidekick on massive steroids". Also, it has a loud speaker, great call quality, and fairly lighter than he expected.

A quick glance of the pro's and con's show that he's impressed by the slide out keyboard, Android Market, and earpiece but disappointed in the memory leak issues, performance not as smooth as expected, and limited video playback.

Obviously, there are a TON of questions that people have for him, so feel free to hop on over to check out his impromptu Q&A for the T-Mobile G1. We'll be sure to post all the goodies after we analyze them!

[Android Community]

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6 years ago

Dopod to Bring the G1 to China

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Dopod China has its sight set on bringing the current G1 to China as early as first quarter 2009. Dopod is a partner of HTC who sells selected HTC phones to the Chinese market under their own name and Dopod brand.

Obviously, Dopod will have to re-tool the T-Mobile G1 to better fit China's needs, such as either using a TD-SCDMA chip for 3G access or doing without 3G entirely and using EDGE only. It'll likely launch on China Mobile though Dopod is still in talks.

It's good to see the rest of the world get into the Android craze isn't it?

[Interfax via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

Android to Have iTunes Remote App

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One of the best apps for the iPhone is Apple's iTunes Remote--it's a combination of usefulness, slick execution, and a 'it just works' feeling. So on Android, with its Android Market and loads of developers, would we have something similar? The answer is YES. Jeff Sharkley reversed engineered Apple's Remote App and developed the app for Android. Yeah, it looks and works wonderfully and yeah, this is on the Must Download List before Android even launches. Click the read link for a video tutorial.

[Jeff Sharkley via Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

TechFaith To Build Android Device Soon, Early 2009 ?

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China's TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology just announced that they have finished developing a device prototype for Android. Though its unlikely to ship by the end of this year, early 2009 is looking like a fairly decent date to expect.

If you don't know TechFaith Wireless we don't blame you. They mainly serve as design company for more notable phone manufacturers such as Motorola, LG, etc. There isn't a specific manufacturer linked to this particular Android device so be on the lookout for any company to step forward with Android plans in Early 2009.

[Interfaxchina.com Via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

zzzPhone Building Android Devices?

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zzzPhone is something of a joke to those familiar with them. They deliver cheap, shoddy phones from overseas to the US market and expect customers to be satisfied. So it isn't exactly buzzworthy that zzzPhone is building an Android Device because for one, their website is downright terrible and more importantly, it's not really guaranteed to work for you. You can't realistically expect to have an Android Device as full-featured as the G1 from zzzPhone.

They claim that they're going to start installing Android on their phones beginning this month and will be ready for shipments by the end of November. Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it.

[zzzPhone via Gearlog]

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6 years ago

Is HP Going to Make a Android Competitor?

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TMCnet is spreading whispers that Hewlett-Packard may try their hand in creating a consumer oriented, touch-screen device complete with media player capabilities. Basically, a direct Android (and iPhone) competitor. HP currently builds the iPAQ Business Manager Series which looks a lot like a Motorola Q and if they were to enter the consumer market, they'll need a vastly different phone model serving completely different needs.

Our advice to HP? Don't pretend to be someone you're not. Stay away from media juggernauts like Apple and Google and you should be fine. If you want to make a consumer device, feel free to make an Android-specific one, it'll save you terrible software headaches. Just trust us. You're welcome.

[TMCnet]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile to Offer Month-to-Month Plans?

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TmoNews has it on good faith that T-Mobile will be announcing plans for month-to-month plans very, very soon. As in like today soon. We all know how horrible carriers are and how strict they've become in tying down their customers to 2-year contracts when purchasing a new phone, so if T-Mobile comes through and offers a month-to-month option, it'll be an absolute breath of fresh air.

Here are some of the details of T-Mobile's Month-to-Month Plan:

  • Postpaid monthly rate plans will be modeled after current postpaid rate plans including single line, FamilyTime, and myFaves. T-Mobile @Home rate plans will not be available this time.
  • Both new and existing customers can sign up for the new Postpaid No Annual Contracts rate plans. Existing customers who would like to switch to these new rate plans are still required to fulfill their terms of their existing contracts if applicable.
  •  Annual contract agreements are not required for customers who sign up for these rate plans, but Activation Fees will still apply and customers will be required to pass credit checks and meet the same credit requirements as 1 year and 2 year postpaid customers.
  • T-Mobile will also not offer any handset discounts for new activations of these rate plans. However, dealers have complete discretion on the pricing they offer on handsets.

So is the freedom of having a cell phone sans contract worth the full unsubsidized cost of a phone? Perhaps, the T-Mobile G1?

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

How Maps Work on Android

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Maps is going to be a big part of Android and the T-Mobile G1 has a lot of neat features that will allow it to be quite possibly the best GPS device on the market. The G1 combines a lot of technology and smart software into one slick package that'll deliver accurate real-life renderings.

The Maps program will be integrated with the phone and search, so when you find a location you want, you can't hit the call button immediately. Also, with GPS and My Location, Maps will always let you know where you are. But perhaps the most anticipated Maps feature is Street View with a built in compass. Because Street View gives you a 360 degree picture of your surroundings, a built-in compass controls the movement of Street View. It's essentially a looking glass into the world.

Do you believe that Maps on Android and the T-Mobile G1 will be the best GPS device on the market?

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6 years ago

HTC Touch HD to be an Android Device?

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Let's classify this as a very odd rumor. Just mere days since HTC announced that they were NOT bringing the Touch HD to the United States (much to the chagrin of our friends over at WMExperts), we have a rumor claiming that the HTC Touch HD will be an Android Device. Wait..Wha !?

The sources claim that T-Mobile is prepping the Touch HD to become the second Android Device (Via Android Community). The Touch HD is no joke, sporting a 3.8 inch 800x480 screen (you read that right), 5 megapixel camera, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it's everything anyone ever wants in a phone and if it runs Android it'll be a complete game-changer.

So what do you guys think? Any faith in the rumor? Is the HTC Touch HD the best possible Android phone available?

[PhoneDog]

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