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6 years ago

Android Market Details, Paid Apps Q1 2009 and Google Takes No Profit

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With Android finally in people's hands, Android Market was released to the wild and people were gettin' to downloadin'. However, there is one obvious exclusion right now and that is the support for paid apps. According to Google, Android Market won't receive paid applications until early Q1 2009.

Developers should also take interest in that it costs a one time $25 application fee to register the developer's authenticity and responsibility. After that, the apps that they develop are on the fast track to release. There is no further validation or approval needed.

Google also noted that they won't be making a profit off of Android Market. Instead, they'll use the 70/30 split (70% of paid apps to developer, 30% to Google) to finance the upkeep of Android Market.

[Android Developers Blog]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Commercial "Questions"

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T-Mobile has finally put the G1 in the public's eye by way of commercial. This advertisement, aptly named "Questions", shows a lot of random people asking random questions. To solve this dilemma: the T-Mobile G1, of course! With integrated Google Search on your phone, all your questions can be answered. We guess that's the pitch.

It has a similar feel to Microsoft's "I'm a PC" ad because it links people of all class, color, and occupations with one uniting factor. In this instance it's curiosity. Do we find it particularly effective? Not so much. You can pretty much use Google on any smartphone with internet access, this isn't unique at all.

If T-Mobile asked for our opinion on how to market the T-Mobile G1. We'd tell 'em: Milk, use, and squeeze Google for all its worth. People who tend to like Google will have high hopes on the mobile platform created by Google.

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Getting An Update TODAY

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You probably just ripped off the plastic off of your brand new T-Mobile G1 and we've already caught word that there will be an Over-The-Air (OTA) software update for the T-Mobile G1. Wow, that was fast.

TmoNews has the details on the update and basically it'll include enhancements and make all songs from Amazon available for listening. Should you get it? Probably, it's always good practice to eventually move to the updated OS because of basic bug fixes and stability. The update is termed to be small so don't expect much. T-Mobile will likely send a text message to notify those units in need of updating.

To check if you have the new software: Hit Menu>Settings>About Phone>Build Number. The build number of the updated software is RC28. The old one is RC19.

[TmoNews]

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6 years ago

Android Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail

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One of the biggest hassles in the Gmail program on Android is that the buttons you're going to want to use the most aren't easy to find. Sure, "Archive," "Label" and "Delete are simply two button pushes (underneath the menu) away, but Reply, Reply to All and Forward are on-screen buttons that appear at the bottom of every email. This can be a huge hassle -- huge as in "Oh my god, I might not be able to be a power-emailer on this thing" because who knows how long an email may be -- sometimes there's old threads in the chain of emails and sometimes, well, and email is just freaking long.

Good news, though, if you have the keyboard out, there are convenient one-push keyboard shortcuts for most of your popular email functions. We list them for you (plus a bonus feature), after the break!

Android Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail

Just tap these letters when you're reading an email to access their function:

  • R - Reply

  • A - Reply to All

  • F - Forward

  • Y - Archive

I can understand the decision not to make a keyboard shortcut for delete -- archive is better in most cases because you never know when you'll want to search for something later. However I use labels very heavily and it would have been nice to see a keyboard shortcut to pop up the label listing. Heck, I would have settled for keyboard filtering of labels once that labelling menu had popped up.

Nevertheless, having keyboard shortcuts for Gmail in Android is a lifesaver.

One last bit -- when you're in a mailbox looking at a list of emails, you may know that you can hold your finger down on a message to access a pop-up menu of features. What you may not have known is that you can pop up that same menu by holding down the trackball on a message.

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6 years ago

Review: G1 Screen Protector by SPE

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It's launch day for the G1 today and undoubtedly people are going to be hunting down some accessories. The G1's screen has a few of problems with it. First: it's plastic and therefore vulnerable to scratches. Second: it's pretty reflective and is susceptible to glare. Third: it collects fingerprints with a vengeance.

So naturally the first thing I wanted to do was slap a screen protector on it. Enter the SPE Screen Protector Pack for the T-Mobile G1. It's a three pack of matted-screen protectors for 14.95. Read on to see if and how they tackle the above issues!

Applying the Screen Protector

Check out the glare!

The first and possibly most important step in applying any screen protector is cleaning the screen beforehand. Get as much oil, dust, and debris off the device as humanly possible. I don't recommend going so far as to use chemicals like Windex (which can damage some plastics), but a good clean cloth is a must (These 3M Cleaning cloths work great).

Once you have the screen clean grab one of the SPE Screen Protectors and note that it has a convenient tab for peeling off the backing. This is a nice touch and not common with most screen protectors, which make you try to peel away the backing directly and you inevitably end up getting a fingerprint on the sticky side.

Next up is the trick passed down to me by a shaman: peel off the backing and then reapply it to the sticky side of the protector, as you see in the image above, right. This gives you more control when applying the screen protector because you don't have to 'bend' it as much to try to pull the backing out from 'under' it. It also lets you re-apply the protector a few times if you don't get it straight the first time.

Finally, line up the top of the protector with the screen and roll your finger down from the top to press out any bubbles. If you have it straight, remove the backing and finish rolling your finger down. If there are any extra little bubbles in there they'll likely work themselves out over time.

The SPE Screen Protectors are nice because they are relatively firm without being too thick, they don't 'flop around' when you're trying to apply them. Because they are matted, you do lose a little bit of 'crispness' in the display and you need to apply just a tiny bit more pressure on taps and swipes, but all in all I find those trade-offs worth it.

The Results

The results: good. The screen is now safe from scratches, doesn't show fingerprints, and is significantly better about glare. Win-Win-Win. A three pack will set you back $14.95, but it's worth it. Check out the 'after' pics below, check out that reduced glare compared to the screen-protector-less photo above!

You can buy the SPE Screen Protector Pack for the T-Mobile G1 in the Android Central Accessory Store.

Verdict: 5 of 5, Recommended!

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Hardware Gallery

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Here you go, folks, a full-on gallery of the T-Mobile G1 from every angle. Special attention is given to some of the more interesting parts -- the keyboard isn't so good in medium light, but fine in bright light and no-light, the SD Card slot can be hard to find, the slider mechanism is really geek-cool, and so on. Of *course* we'll have much more on the Android Operating system, but for now -- enjoy the pics after the break! */










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6 years ago

T-Mobile HotSpot Connect Available to Android

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With Android and the T-Mobile G1 releasing today, T-Mobile HotSpot Connect has reached Android Market thus allowing all G1 users free T-Mobile HotSpot Access nationwide. This is a huge bonus for potential G1 users because there are a ton of places we frequent that offer T-Mobile's Wi-Fi Access.

So when you get your T-Mobile G1 be sure to download the HotSpot Connect app for easy access to thousands of T-Mobile HotSpots across the nation.

[via Android Community]

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6 years ago

In Line for the G1: This Ain't no iPhone Line

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Casey has lined up out in California, he arrived at 6am Pacific time to ensure that he would be able to get his G1. Looks like that won't be a problem, as the line consists of ....him. He writes:

There is an epically hilarious sign that points to where the line should start and line cards will be handed out.

We knew that T-Mobile is planning on using G1 Voucher Cards to ensure there isn't a fracas at any particular store, but it looks like this particular store isn't necessarily going to need them.

Does that mean you can mosey on over to your local T-Mobile store whenever the mood strikes you? We're still going to advise getting there early -- but at least right now it look like you can wait until the sun comes up. Meanwhile our man in Cali has dedicated himself to his first-in-line status, he's not going anywhere until they hand him his G1!

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6 years ago

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin's Take on the T-Mobile G1

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So you're Google Founder Sergey Brin and you're asked what you think of the T-Mobile G1 and Android, what do you say? Well, it'll probably go something like this:

I've been using mine for a few months now as my primary phone and it's been very, very helpful. It really integrates Google services very nicely on the phone. It has a really great Web browser. I'm able to search and browse through my Gmail just as if I was at my desktop. The G1 is just the first of a number of phones that will hopefully be running Android. You should take note of all the partners we've built under the Open Handset Alliance. I'd encourage you all to try it out and if it suits your needs then please by all means get an Android phone.

 

Obviously it's a bit slanted, I mean the dude co-founded Google. But the most interesting take that we see is that he stresses that Android integrates Google's other services really well and keenly mentions the Open Handset Alliance. Android's game changing feature is its openness, that much we know. But what Sergey sees as Android's most important feature is its synergy with Google's Universe. Google is the big sell for an Android device and Android is the best portable extension of Google's ideals.

Sergey's take in a nutshell? You like Google, you'll like Android.

[E-Week]

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6 years ago

Giant Android Robot Stands Outside Google Campus

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This is cool. From this spy shot we can obviously see a GIANT Android Robot standing outside of Google's Campus. If you didn't know, Android launch day is happening right now, so it doesn't hurt to have that cute 'ol Android Robot blown up to excite the employees.

Wouldn't it be cool to have these Giant Blown Up Android Robots at every city where the T-Mobile G1 is available? It's definitely a hell of a lot more effective than those Giant Gorilla Car Salesmans, right?

[breakitdownblog via Talk Android]

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6 years ago

Kyocera To Make a Android Smartphone

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Kyocera Wireless has announced that they will be developing a new smartphone specifically tailored for the Android OS. Kyocera will be working with Wind River, a middleware company that offers UI integration, to create the Android Device.

Though no date was specifically mentioned, it has been reported that Wind River's systems won't be ready until mid-2009. So we can assume that the Kyocera Android device will come some time after that timeframe. Anyone excited to see another phone maker jump on the Android bandwagon?

[Trading Markets]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Is Now Available

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As the banner says: The wait is over. And oh what a wait it was. The T-Mobile G1 is FINALLY available online (sans pre-order) for T-Mobile upgrade customers and New Customers alike. The color options are limited to Black or Bronze (no sign of when we'll see the white version) and the supply is stated to be "Extremely Limited". So act now if you don't want to wait in line for the G1 and act fast if your market doesn't quite have a T-Mobile 3G network set up.

Prices start at $179.99 on a two-year contract for new customers and T-Mobile customers eligible for an upgrade. Otherwise, your mileage may vary (we got a $299.99 offer). If they do sell out online, call your local T-Mobile store to see if they have it in store. Most T-Mobile stores will open at 8:00 AM to get your Android fix going.

Click the link to buy your T-Mobile G1 and read on after the jump to see the full press release

[T-Mobile]

October 22, 2008 03:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

T-Mobile Launches the Highly Anticipated T-Mobile G1

Following Strong Pre-Sales Demand, the T-Mobile G1 with Google Goes on Sale Today Online and at Select Retail Stores Nationwide

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the national availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first Android™-powered mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a rich mobile Web experience, dozens of Android Market applications, and popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others.

Beginning today, consumers can purchase the phone in select retail stores across the country and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com.

“During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.”

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications—from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping—to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.

“With new, high-value applications constantly being added to Android Market for customers to discover, the T-Mobile G1 is the phone that grows with you,” said Post. “And as the Market continues to grow and evolve, the possibilities are virtually endless.”

Customers can purchase and carry away the T-Mobile G1 at T-Mobile retail stores and select third-party stores in major cities where T-Mobile’s 3G service is currently available. T-Mobile 3G service is currently available in 95 major cities across top population centers. For a list of cities where T-Mobile 3G service is available, please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com/3G.aspx or see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, available online at http://www.androidcentral.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293382-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.T-Mobile.com%252FCoverage. All T-Mobile stores across the country will have demonstration devices on-hand and can assist customers with ordering the device for delivery at a later date.

T-Mobile is working to ensure that customers have a great experience harnessing the power of their new T-Mobile G1. Specifically:

T-Mobile has established a collaborative online forum dedicated to the T-Mobile G1 (http://forums.T-Mobile.com) where customers can ask questions, share tips and get helpful information.

All T-Mobile retail stores will open early at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 to give everyone the chance to experience and purchase or order the T-Mobile G1.

T-Mobile G1 experts will be on-hand at retail stores to demonstrate the phone and answer any questions.

For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com.

Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G service may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group—31.5 million by T-Mobile USA—all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

Note to Editors in the United States

For video content about the T-Mobile G1 with Google and other T-Mobile services and products, please log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/t-mobile to preview and request video. You can receive broadcast-standard video digitally or by tape from this site. Registration and video is free-of-charge to the media. Still images are also available at this site.

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6 years ago

G1 Availability Depends on Whether you have 3G in your Area

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I haven't used T-Mobile since... well... think VoiceStream days. Android and the G1 have me all a'twitter. Taking fair warning from this earlier blog post about G1 availability, I decided to pick up the phone and call my local T-Mobile stores to get the skinny.

Alas, my worst fears are confirmed. My market is 2-frickin-G. Thanks, T-Mobile! No wonder I'm with AT&T here. Anyway, I called two prominent T-Mobile stores close by and both had the same story -- since this market is non-3G, they will have G1's in the store for display and lusting only, but NONE will leave the store tomorrow. I can order one (and I'm sure they will gladly take my cash), but I'll have to wait at least a few days to get one "due to high demand."

So, if you are like me and haven't kept close tabs on T-Mobile in your area, pick up the phone and make a quick call. Or, head over to T-Mobile's site and see if your area is 3G. If it isn't, no G1 for you tomorrow. But you can look at 'em, touch them, covet them, etc. If you learn differently, make sure you post it in Comments!

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6 years ago

Android Source Code Released

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One of Android's biggest selling point, if not THE biggest selling point was the fact that the operating system was going to be open-source. Being open source may or may not make a difference in consumer's minds but with developers who have that need to tinker and improve, well Android is the place to do it.

Google has released the full source code for Android available to download NOW. With the release of the G1 and the world's introduction to Android just right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to make good on the promise to be "open". Game on, Android.

[Open Source Project]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G1's Have SHIPPED to Users !!!

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We're getting word from more than a few people that the T-Mobile G1 has officially arrived. As in shipped. In their hands. Two days early. The launch date was supposed to be October 22nd but it looks like T-Mobile and UPS decided to surprise the fine folk who pre-ordered their devices and send it in early! Talk about great customer service!

So if you didn't get your T-Mobile G1 yesterday you can reasonably expect it today. If not today, well you can wait like the rest of us who didn't pre-order the device. So, who got their hands on some T-Mobile G1 !?

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