With so many announcements around the world regarding Android and future Android devices, we totally forgot that Canada has not been able to experience the joy that is Android! Luckily, Rogers has stepped up to the plate to offer BOTH the HTC Dream and HTC Magic for their customers! Both devices should be available by June 2nd
This will be the first official look that our neighbors to the north will get of Android and it'll surely be a great one packed with Cupcake goodies and Android open-ness. Any Canadians excited about Android reaching your airwaves?
We know the wait for the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update is winding down but if you want to see all the new features in action (namely soft keyboard & video recording) check out the latest video from the official Android website.
In the video, the familiar face of Eric goes through some of the new features of Android 1.5 on a HTC Magic (!). Check it out!
Bsquare Corporation (BSQR - News), the leading software solutions provider to the global embedded device community, today announced it is porting Adobe's Flash Lite 3.17 technology onto Dell Netbooks running Google's Android platform.
"Integrating Adobe Flash technology with the functionality of Google's Android platform on the full range of Netbook devices will allow our OEM customers to meet the high expectations their customers have of this new industry segment," said Bsquare's CEO Brian Crowley. "As the Netbook and Nettop market segments expand, our Adobe Flash Lite port to Android is just one of the software products we will offer our OEM and ODM customers."
The wait is almost over! After asking you guys if you received the Cupcake update, T-Mobile US just posted plans for the Android 1.5 Cupcake Rollout and it'll start by the end of next week! They're going to be randomly sent over-the-air so you may have to be patient in receiving the update, T-Mobile says everyone should get their Cupcake goodies by the end of May.
Are T-Mobile US and T-Mobile UK working independently on the release? Strange but logical considering the HTC Magic (which needs Cupcake to work) is available over in the UK and Europe already. On the US side, there's no pressing need to push Cupcake out.
So G1 users in the US, do any of you guys have Cupcake running on your T-Mobile G1? Anyone? Let us know in the comments!
And remember, Dev Phone or Rooted G1's don't count.
Phandroid just got word that Android Market has received an update to allow developers to target more countries. Specifically, free apps can now be targeted towards: Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugla, Spain and Switzerland. Paid apps will be available to Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. And there'll be local language support for English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, and Polish.
In all, it's a solid update for developers considering Android is growing increasingly popular across the pond and developers will have more eyes on their applications.
If you're a fan of visual voicemail (and who isn't?) you'll be happy to hear that Visual Voicemail is coming to T-Mobile. According to T-Mobile's roadmap (which details dates on other T-Mobile phones), Visual Voicemail is supposed to launch this July. If you're unfamiliar with what Visual Voicemail is and does, just know that it makes Voicemail a heck of a lot more bearable--it's basically visual, voicemail (duh).
We have no idea which phones will be able to take advantage of this great feature or if it'll cost extra but we know that it's pretty darn nifty. If you find yourself digging through voicemail that's buried under menus and keypad commands, it's probably going to be worth it.
TmoToday is reporting that HTC is working on an Android-powered, netbook-type device with 3G connectivity for T-Mobile. Hmm...interesting. Though these HTC netbook rumors are strictly rumors for now, it may be a market that HTC, Android, and T-Mobile are interested in.
The current trend in computing is moving towards these affordable, one-trick-pony netbooks and though it's garnered a lot of buzz, no one has yet to put out the definitive netbook. With the market so young, could Android take the industry by storm and become the operating system to base netbooks on?
But we have to ask the question again, are any of you guys interested in an Android-powered netbook? Personally, we're interested by the idea but we're not sure how well it'll be executed.
A few observations: the HTC Hero looks to have a 3.5mm headphone jack (hooray!) but lacks a trackball, d-pad, or any navigational input--this puppy may be completely reliant on the touchscreen. The buttons seem to be your standard Android-fare with Home, menu, back, make call, and end call options though we've got to say the design is pretty poor.
We're not sure if this is a pre-production model or the actual thing but we can't see why anyone would choose this Hero model over the Magic or I7500 off looks but hey, the more Android hardware the better. What do you guys think?
Hit the jump to check out more pictures of the HTC Hero!
We've got our hands on T-Mobile's reported Android Roadmap for the rest of the year and though it looks somewhat suspect, the conclusions are fairly logical. According to the roadmap we can expect an updated T-Mobile G1 to be released some time in Fall of this year along with the mysterious Samsung Houdini.
This timeframe makes a lot of sense because the G1 would have been on the market for one whole calendar year and would be in desperate need of a refresh. As noted in the roadmap, the current G1 will have reached "end-of-lifetime" when the new G1 is released. The photo shown as the T-Mobile G1 v2 could merely be a mockup, but it looks distantly similar to the Memphis, which we dubbed an Android phone in HTC's leaked product map.
As for the Samsung Houdini, we know that Samsung is supposedly releasing three Android Devices this year and that we've already found the other two (the I7500 and the S8000 'cubic'). Could this be the third Samsung Android device or is it simply one of the previously reported Android devices? We can't tell because the Houdini seems to fall in line with the full-touch, one-slab design of both the Cubic and I7500. We think it's the I7500 because again, the timeframe makes sense.
And finally, if this truly is the roadmap for Android devices in 2009--those blacked out boxes in the holiday season better have Android phones behind them or some other carrier is going to need to step up and deliver some Android hardware (looking at you Sprint). Just 3 new devices? Not good enough.
Looks like the T-Mobile G1 is gaining some momentum because the NPD Group just released sales ranking and the G1 ranks a solid fifth behind a slew of Blackberry devices and the iPhone 3G. Here are the top 5 devices:
RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
RIM BlackBerry Storm
RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
Not bad company to be with considering Blackberry sold a number of devices with a recent Verizon promotion and that the iPhone is well, the iPhone. We're taking this to mean that the people want Android and if given the opportunity to use more dynamic Android devices, they would. Android is currently the underdog but watch out, when we get more devices, we'll surely shoot up the standings.
Another quarter passes, another quarter of losses for the downtrodden carrier which is Sprint. Though this time the news is "less bad" than previous quarters--Sprint held losses to $594 million for Q1 and lost 182,000 subscribers--reports are beginning to surface that they might resort to outsourcing their network.
Our friends at PreCentral.net think that Sprint is in desperate need for the Pre but we at Android Central will take it one step further: If Sprint only has the Pre in tow Sprint is as good as gone. They need a slew of devices--Android, namely--to rescue this sinking ship.
Pssst. Hey guys. We know all the signs are already pointing to the HTC Magic releasing on T-Mobile, what with FCC pictures, inventory checks and the G1 being on T-Mobile, so for us to say that T-Mobile is going to get the Magic isn't exactly us going out on a limb (more like being captain obvious) but we're getting independent confirmation from a very well-placed source.
So for those waiting patiently for some HTC Magic to T-Mobile news, we've got it on good authority that it is going to happen.
We can't give you the full 100%, rush to your nearest T-Mobile store and plop down cold hard cash for it but it's close--real close. We know that our source is supposed to know these things so we're trusting them. Keep an eye out for now but definitely expect to officially hear about it soon.
Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails fame, just got his band's app rejected from the iPhone App Store. Surprising? Not so much because if you've been following iPhone app news over at our sister-site The iPhone Blog you would know that Apple has a completely inane app approval process that sometimes reject applications that are perfectly worthy and approve applications that are inane themselves.
Here's what Trent has to say about the iPhone and the rest of the smartphone industry (Android-included):
The iPhone is THE most elegant, modern smartphone at this point in time and it’s perfect for what we want to do with the NIN app - except for the ludicrous approval process, and that’s what I want to draw attention to. Android is cool, but nobody has an Android phone. Blackberry is OK but the hardware is inconsistent and WinMo straight-up sucks balls. If Apple doesn’t get it together, we will most certainly make it available to the jailbreak community. I didn’t invest in this app to see it languish on the sidelines from an idiotic policy while this tour is in full swing.
What Trent says is pretty much spot-on to how most people feel about the smartphone landscape. So yeah, us Android nerds are cool but we need more devices, more users, more everything to throw our weight towards Android and make it a major playor. And hey Trent, if you want to port the app over Android we'd love to download it via Android Market. No watchdog necessary.
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