Not only are unlocked G1s selling well on eBay (yours truly snagged one there), but the Asian market, particularly China, is gobbling them up with a voracious appetite. Apparently, HTC has taken notice, and it's likely the G1 Android handset will officially become available in China and it's Asian neighbors sometime in the first half of 2009.
How may this affect availability in the States and other markets already carrying the G1? Will a foray into Asian markets have a positive effect on popularity and app development?
Hop-on recently revealed their Android roadmap detailing two devices for Android. Specifically, one will be a multimedia based with GPS tracking and the other will be a standard Android phone. What standard Android phone actually means, remains to be seen but I assume expect a touchscreen and some decent horsepower.
What is more interesting is that both phones will utilize a UMA-esque type technology that allows for free calls over modems. The details are so blurry right now that we can't give you guys exact information, just know that more Android devices are coming and some will push the envelope even further.
Hop-On, a company who has committed to Android, is questioning Sprint's lack of Android device and Dan Hesse's comments on Android not being ready. What does Hop-On blame? Sprint's fear of losing marketshare. They feel that Sprint invested a ton of money in their own network that they're fearful of losing all that hard work by going open source. Hop-on thinks Sprint is reneging on their promise as a founding member of the OHA.
“Why doesn’t Sprint find a way to embrace the Android platform and find another revenue stream from it? Sprint has made it difficult to bring CDMA technologies from smaller vendors onto their network. CDMA is the best technology in the world, hands down. Hop-on could have brought in a low-end $10 CDMA, minimum, subsidized phone for Sprint, but they didn’t allow it. Hop-on is embracing advancing technology, Sprint is not!”
We at Android Central believe Sprint desperately needs an Android device. Android could be your golden ticket Hesse, use it!
Boy do these Android Users move fast. We have news that the T-Mobile G1 has been jailbroken. Meaning full system access and read and write capabilities have been obtained. We have yet to try the method but its supposed to be quite easy.
Here are the basic steps (via modmygphone):
Turn on WiFi in the G1 (Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi). Make sure you're connected to a network.
Start up PTerminal (search in the Market) and you'll get a prompt once its launched.
Enter cd system and hit Enter.
Enter cd bin and hit Enter.
Enter telnetd and hit Enter. You've now started telnet on your G1.
Enter netstat and hit Enter. You'll now see your G1's IP address. You can also find this in the Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi > and click on your network you're connected to. It will show you your IP.
Start up Terminal on your OS X machine, or bring up a command prompt on your Windows box. Type telnet[your.ip.address.we.just.found]and hit Enter/Return. So, if your IP was 192.168.1.101, you'd type telnet 192.168.1.101 and hit Enter/Return.
You are logged in as root now. To remount the system file as read write, type mount -oremount,rw/dev/block/mtdblock3/system from the Terminal/Command Prompt and hit Enter/Return.
This method will obviously be for those eager to explore the inner workings of your G1. But if you still want to jailbreak but aren't so confident in your hackerish talents, the G1 jailbreakers are expecting more major breakthroughs on the jailbreaking front. Check this space for updates!
Remember our report on OpenMoko adopting Android? Well, it's looking like it'll become a reality sooner than later because some pictures have popped up showing Android running on the Neo FreeRunner - an OpenMoko device. We'll be on the lookout for a potential video that will surely pop up to show Android running on the device. These pictures coincide with our initial report of a November Release.
Do you have a laptop but no data plan love for it? If you want to save a few $$$ either in WiFi rates or a 3G data rate plan for your laptop, then consider tethering your G1 to your laptop and use it's 3G goodness for some large-screen internet browsing and emailing.
How do you do it? Well, fortunately for all of us, there are those who discover the ways and means and then post for the rest of us mere mortals. Thanks to Mark Wilson at Gizmodo via TmoNews Forums and jkOnTheRun, just click here for a detailed step-by-step that will have you tethering and surfing in no time.
Ever wanted to know the whole story behind Android Apps directly from the developers themselves? Well, Google has got you covered. They just released two videos detailing the process behind two popular apps such as CompareEverywhere and Bonsai Blast.
If you have some free time, the videos make for good viewing. The embedded video up top is from Jeff Sharkey of CompareEverywhere and is just the first of a three part series. Click on the link to access the playlist for this very cool featurette on Android Developers.
We had originally reported on that gigantic Android Robot that stood outside of Google's Campus on Android Launch Day. Little did we know that it would spark some high def investigating. The embedded video up top includes some close up shots of the Gigantic Android Robot and well, it looks just as cute blown up as it does on the G1.
What we didn't know was that our Giant Green Android Robot had a small green dog friend. It's nice to see Droido keep company with man's best friend. Also, if anyone can send over that cute Android Robot stuffed animal to Android Central's Headquarters, we'll give you free Android news for the next year.
No G1 in Australia? No problem says Kogan Technologies. According to Android Guys, Kogan is going to build their own Android device that is supposed to be "iPhone inspired" with a touchscreen, keyboard, trackball, wifi, bluetooth, and GPS. All for the low, low price of $199.
This should be great news for Aussies who are paying outrageous grey market prices for the G1 and is also great news for Android. If more people adopt Android, the better it'll get. Even if it is some boutique company across the world.
The great thing about having an open market is that apps that might not be accepted in other app stores have a clear path for release in Android Market. For example, there are emulators galore for the iPhone yet you won't find them in the App Store, you'll have to jailbreak it to take advantage. With the T-Mobile G1 and Android? Well you can download a Game Boy Emulator right in Android Market. Hint: It's called AndroidBoy.
AndroidBoy is a fairly basic emulator that supports Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. There doesn't look to be a d-pad so the controls may be a little different than what you're used to. Either way, emulators are fun so go have fun and download AndroidBoy!
Hey, we didn't expect the G1 to clean out all of the end-of-the-year awards that seemingly every publisher known to man doles out when it's the end-of-the-year. No, we know that the G1 still needs work. But really? The Peek E-Mail Device is the NUMBER 1 gadget of the year? It's THAT much better than the G1?
If you didn't know (we didn't really know until we used the Google) the Peek E-Mail device is a gadget that delivers E-mail to you. And that's pretty much it. For the cost of $100 plus $20 per month for data you get basic E-mail. No web browsing. No Google. No video. No phone. No anything else.
Yeah, we know. Another post about Motorola? Sorry but we still can't get over how badly Motorola bungled the whole situation in regards to Android and the immense consequence that their handset division is now facing. Engadget is reporting that 3,000 employees will be laid off and over two-thirds of those cuts will come from Motorola's handset division. Ye Gads.
Is anyone else imagining an alternate universe where Motorola was the first Android device and that it skyrocketed them back to mobile phone relevance? We know we are. Think about it, if Motorola had beaten the G1 to the market, the excitement of an Android device alone would carry their handset division for years to come. Even if it was just a few months off the release of the G1, Motorola would have still been able to capitalize on Android's initial popularity. Waiting a whole year? Well that just takes the juice out of the whole situation. We love you Moto, but boy did you mess this one up big time.
Halloween was this past Friday and well, we have some pictures showing T-Mobile G1 and Android love! It's great to know that Android is in the hearts of people across the world in this most interesting of holidays. We have to give major props for the Android Fan who carved this highly accurate, perfect rendition of the cute 'ol Android Robot. Degree of difficulty may not be that high but the execution is off the charts!
Also, after the jump we have every tech guy's favorite tech show host Olivia Munn dressed as the T-Mobile G1. Take that iPhone! Halloween is fun isn't it?
Medialets has come through with more Android Market stats and as always, they make for a good story. According to Medialets, here are the highlights:
167 Apps have been downloaded between between 667,000 and 2.9 Million times.
Downloads are being driven by 41 apps, which account for between 73% and 83% of all possible downloads.
Two applications, Pac-Man by Namco and The Weather channel generated the most downloads (50,000 - 250,000).
Although download ranges can be very large, growth on the low-end was still nearly 80% during the first week.
5 Categories account for 61% of all apps.
The number of apps has nearly tripled since launch, led by the Games, Tools and Productivity categories.
It's always fun to learn about the trends and figures of Android Market especially considering that Google has kept the exact details under wraps. What do you think about these numbers? Do you think Google will ever release the actual figures?
Can't wait til November 11th for T-Mobile to give you the much ballyhooed RC29 update? Need to stay current with the latest firmware version available? No worries, we at Android Central got you covered! There's a way to manually upgrade your T-Mobile G1 to firmware RC29. It's easier than you think but then again not the 'official' route you should take and thus, a wee bit dangerous.
Rename downloaded file to update.zip and place it in the root of your MicroSD card
Unplug USB cord
Turn off G1.
Turn G1 back on holding Home+End keys until you see the G1 image pop up
From that icon, open keyboard and hit Alt+L
Hit Alt+S to begin update
Follow onscreen instructions and hit Home+Back to finish
G1 will reboot to flash the new firmware
Voila! RC29 Firmware is installed!
Be aware that this isn't the recommended solution, T-Mobile suggests that you simply just wait out for them to officially roll out the update to users. If you happen to destroy your phone, T-Mobile can't guarantee any replacements and if replacements were to be given, the turnaround rate may last a week. In all, Android Central warns you in attempting this process but hey, to each his own.
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