If you're a fan of teardown pictures of complicated technology, you're just in luck! The T-Mobile G1 just received the royal treatment that honor many tech devices these days: a full, complete teardown process complete with high quality pictures. So what's the point in these pictures? Well, to tell you some cool stuff!
For example, the trackball in the G1 seems to be the exact same as the trackball in the Blackberry. For reasons unknown, there are two rumble packs in the G1. And it seems to be incredibly hard to disassemble the whole unit so if you're trying this at home, be careful!
Click the read link to see more details on the teardown!
This happens all the time in the mobile world. When a carrier releases a hotly anticipated phone, all the other carriers send out internal E-mails detailing why that phone is the worst phone in the world. This time it's Verizon releasing notes about the G1. The reasons listed have all been known for a while now so it's not that big of a deal in the G1's case. However, it's always fun to see multimillion dollar companies act like little children squabbling over the most insignificant of details.
For example, how dare the G1 limit music to over-the-air downloads over Wi-Fi only! Shame on them!
For all you lovers of Monopoly, Tetris and Bejeweled, there is good news. As reported by Umair Khalid over at thesmartpda.com, these classic games from EA are on their way for Android and a T-Mobile G1 near you (hopefully you have one in your pocket!).
Adam Sussman, vice president of EA Mobile, said, "Android is another exciting new platform to offer customers great games with enhancements like touch and tilt capabilities." These popular titles appear to only be the first wave. EA Mobile will release more titles in the coming months and that's great news for all of us Android adopters. What titles would you like to see on your G1?
(Photo credited to Umair Khalid of thesmartpda.com).
After a little more digging, we have a working link to sign up for the Aardvark Exchange client beta for Android. Just go here, enter your email address, then confirm for opting in. Our confidence level just went up several notches.
Thanks again goes to Stefan Frank and forum member Sherri for confirming this story. There is a glaring irony that I have an unlocked G1 but seldom use Google for my email, calendar or contacts management. Being able to hook up and sync via Exchange would be a huge plus for me. How many of you are going to sign up for the beta? Who amongst you will benefit from an Exchange client, and why? Share your thoughts!
UPDATE: Time for a bit of rumor-mongering Exchange anticipation! Stefan Frank over at androidauthority.com claims a source (unidentified) notified them that the company Aardvark is bringing a Microsoft Exchange client to the Android platform. Allegedly, you can visit the company's web site and sign up to participate in a beta program once the client is available for testing.
If this is credible, Aardvark is promising real-time wireless synchronization of email, calendar, and contacts. Also, they are reporting that messaging will be included in the Android OS and the T-Mobile G1. The software is reported to publicly launch in Q1 of 2009 with limited beta starting right away, but you might have noticed my choice of words like "allegedly" and "credible." Even though a lot of folks are picking this up (yours truly included), I'm taking this with a grain of salt - the link allowing participation in the beta is broken, thus not inspiring me with tremendous confidence. We here at Android Central will let you know if there is truth to this rumor. We hope so! What do YOU think?
TmoNews brings us the news that our nation's capital city and future home of the next President of the United States of America, Washington D.C., will now offer T-Mobile 3G. This is great news for anyone in DC, political or not. And now everyone can appreciate the full power of the T-Mobile G1.
Slowly but surely T-Mobile will catch up in the 3G world, let's see how fast they can go yeah?
Another day, another T-Mobile G1 Wal-Mart update. Though we had reported that the G1 should have already started selling at Wal-Mart stores, we're getting word that the actual street date will be November 3rd. Again, the price is rumored to be $148.88 and it'll be available in 550 Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide. Hopefully, one of them will be in your area!
It's now been a week since most of the G1 pre-orders were delivered and many users are running into the problem of having no data. The culprit? Well, T-Mobile. The pre-ordered G1s came with a free week of T-Mobile data services and well, that week is now over. Therefore, T-Mobile blindly shut off data to the G1 and forgot to activate your paid data plan.
It's annoying to fix because you either have to call into T-Mobile or access your account online. Luckily, T-Mobile has award winning customer service so the process is a little less annoying. Did anyone run into this problem?
Today is the the launch of the T-Mobile G1 for our friends across the pond, the G1 will be available in T-Mobile stores throughout the United Kingdom. Looking at the pictures (posted on Telegraph.co.uk), it looks like a line, er 'queue', has built up in anticipation. Unlike our clear path to the G1, it looks like our UK brethren have to brave the rain as well (when does it not rain over there?) luckily T-Mobile offered some snazzy umbrellas for customers waiting in line.
We've also received word that some UK customers who signed up for news regarding the T-Mobile G1 got a "first dibs" of sorts on the G1. According to our tipster, T-Mobile sent out an e-mail that offered instructions on how to order a G1 before launch day. We're unsure of the shipping process, but hey if you can stay in and avoid the rain, why not?
Does Motorola offer any good news anymore? After confessing our love to Motorola amidst their job cuts and dreaming about the pairing of the Android OS with Motorola Design while they bleed money, we regret to inform you that the much anticipated Motorola Android Device won't be released until the 2009 Holiday Season. Go ahead and buy the G1 now folks because it's going to be a loong time before Motorola pushes out an Android phone.
We had reported that second quarter 2009 was likely but Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha debunked those reports in his Q3 Earnings call. The next Holiday Season is more than a year away and we at Android Central can't hide our disappointment. Sigh. See you next year Moto.
If you were around a computer connected to the Internet yesterday you may have noticed a flurry of news items and posts detailing the unlock of the T-Mobile G1. Hey, we're all for freedom and openness here at Android Central and unlocking your G1 is an extension of that ideal. We support you unlockers.
It looks like OpenMoko is going to reach its natural destination and join the Android platform. AndroidGuys has a tip that details the OpenMoko device for Android. Supposedly, it's slated for a November release. Yeah, you read that right...NOVEMBER. Here are the rumored specs:
Topploy VGA, 16 bit color depth, 480 x 640 pixels, 2.84″ diagonal screen size
WiFi 802.11 b/g
A-GPS or GPS
3 axis sensing accelerometer
Touch screen over LCD is primary data entry mechanism
Two “hard” buttons
Internal Li-Ion or Li-Polymer battery included.
Indicators: an LED indicator visible from the side of the unit will illuminate when charging or have missing incoming call
850/1800/1900 and 900/1800/1900 MHz bands must be supported
Bluetooth (CSR BC4 or later solutions)
Weight: ~133 grams with battery.
4-in-1 laser pen
512MB microSD Card (SanDisk/Transcend)
1x USB cable Standard A to mini-B connector
120.7 x 62.0 x 18.5 mm (4.752 x 2.441 x 0.728 inch)
Four-ring 2.5mm stereo jack
Taking a look at the specs it looks like a fairly solid device. We're actually surprised with the lack of a QWERTY keyboard considering Android doesn't have a soft virtual keyboard quite yet. Also, a 2.5mm stereo jack? Are we ever going to sniff 3.5mm?
Is this big news? Well, it depends on who you ask. OpenMoko was always expected to join the Android party but no one expected it to be this soon. The problem with OpenMoko is that the average consumer just doesn't know what it is, let alone what it stands for. It's cool that you can rig the OS and software stack but how is that better for Jane Doe who sees a G1 for $148.88 at Wal-Mart? Let's be honest, it's mostly tech savvy folks who love the OpenMoko initiative and truthfully, not everyone is like that .
The impact that OpenMoko will have depends on if and how other phone makers react to it. Do we support OpenMoko on Android? Undoubtedly. But do we expect it to be a sweeping success? We're not crossing our fingers.
Aw, would you look at that. Nestled in the all around crazyness and clutter of Wal-Mart is our lovely phone, the T-Mobile G1. Good to see that the dummy unit has its own background banner. Sadly, it doesn't include a price so we can't confirm if that $148.88 price point is real or not.
And though we had reported that yesterday was supposed to begin the sale of the T-Mobile G1 at Wal-Mart, we're getting conflicting reports. There has yet to be confirmation from T-Mobile or Wal-Mart and some folks are saying a November release is more likely. Who knows, if its $148.88, people can brave the wait.
It seems like every week there's a new company announcing their plans for Android. This time around, Asus, famous for their netbooks, is the one making the news. They've just announced their Android plans for Taiwan and a Early 2009 release date is looking likely. After their initial effort, they'll look to bring customized versions to different countries.
If you remember correctly, back in September, Asus was invited to join the Open Handset Alliance. Makes sense. Make an Android device and you're in!
How is your caller ID working for you on your G1? You may have noticed that pretty much all cell phones, the G1 included, require a contact to be present in your address book which matches up the contact with an incoming call, thus telling you who the heck is calling you. Everything is great if you already have the contact in your phone, but if you don’t, you may hesitate to answer “No Caller ID” or “Unknown Caller”, two phrases that send chills up and down my spine.
Although brand spankin’ new, there are already a bunch of apps available for Google Android, and as you can see in the above YouTube video (courtesy of Wazzucoug) and as posted by Mediabistro.com, there is already an app to the rescue. Caller ID from Whitepages.com will compare an incoming call to the more than 200 million contacts in the Whitepages.com database. I’d say there’s a decent chance that Caller ID will match up with a name, and now you can worry a little less that you don’t have every single person you know in your address book. Caller ID is released today, so try it out and let us know right here what you think!
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