6 years ago

Sony Ericsson, HTC to Release NEW Android Phones in 2009


This bit a news was a foregone conclusion but hey, it doesn't hurt to have an almost-confirmation of new Android devices now does it? An SE spokesman has confirmed that Sony Ericsson has plans for a high-end Android device in 2009 to kick things off and then follow up with cheaper devices aimed at a broader market. We also have news that HTC (they make the G1 if you didn't know) is also planning on having a whole portfolio (!) of Android devices by the summer of 2009. According to an HTC Exec:

Yes, we will have one or more Android-products by the summer of 2009. I can say that we are working on a portfolio of models.


High end Sony Ericsson? Xperia X1, anyone? A whole HTC portfolio? Hmm..Touch 2.0 series, perhaps? Anyways, this is exciting times for the Android platform and 2009 will surely be a year to remember.

[via Phandroid]

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6 years ago

HTC Touch Running Android -- VIDEO



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So earlier today we answered a question whether we would ever see Android on the iPhone and posed a larger question if Android will ever be available on current devices. Well, lo and behold, the community has answered back with a video of Android running on an HTC Touch. From the video, everything looks like it runs fine and dandy and it even has a custom soft keyboard!

Overall, it looks like its a pretty smooth experience but supposedly scaling the UI to QVGA caused some problems and GPS and Bluetooth don't work quite yet. This is a great start in getting Android in current devices, what's the next device you want to see?


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6 years ago

Ask Android Central: Why Android isn't on the iPhone


We're starting a new feature here at Android Central and it involves you guys, the readers. Do you have a question regarding Android? Need to know anything about Android? Send it over to us and we'll do our best to explain, as in depth and head on as we can, and hopefully provide you with an answer!

To kick off the very first Ask Android Central,

Derek asks do you know if there is an Android OS for the iPhone? If not, why not? Any idea if it will ever be possible to get Android on the iPhone? Your thoughts are appreciated!


Android Central tackles this question after the break!


Ah, the ol' iPhone is linked to our beloved Android once again. We totally understand: you like the iPhone but may be a little bit wary of joining the closed Apple ecosystem where seemingly Steve Jobs' fleeting emotions are the only say in deciding which app gets passed and which app gets banned. Trust us, we've been there.

And you see Android. The shiniest of new toys, undoubtedly the one with the most potential and perhaps the most anti-Apple of them all, and you think, why not combine my two interests? You get the great iPhone hardware with the great Android software. PERFECT, right?

Not so much. A brief trip down memory lane might serve us good. I know it's a bit hard to imagine these days but Apple is first and foremost, a software company. Not a smartphone company. Not a music company. Not a computer company. A software company (and okay, maybe a computer company). The Mac OS is the backbone of all things Apple and even though their recent hits might suggest hardware (iPhone, iPod, Macbook)—they still do software best (think iTunes, iLife, OS X, etc).

Step back and think about it for a second, every Apple product runs their own specific Apple software. You may get a bit more leniency with the Mac because you can load Windows onto it but that's probably the length of freedom you're officially allowed. So to imagine an Apple product without Apple software? To the legions of Apple fanboys, that would almost be blasphemous. To the boys in Cupertino, that would probably be illegal. So to answer your question, in short, at least: No, there won't ever be an official iPhone Android.

The longer answer would be, yeah, sooner or later you'd probably be able to hack Android onto the iPhone because well, that's what hacking is here for. The technology behind the iPhone and Android makes it at least theoretically possible and the awareness of the two platforms make it entertaining. Because Android can be ported onto any device without any licensing fees, a very astute homebrew iPhone hacker might one day be able to get Android on the iPhone.

So obviously, it wouldn't the most official way—but with the flexibility of the Android OS and the genius of the iPhone dev team—well I wouldn't bet against it happening, unofficially of course. And they are probably already well on their way, here's a video of the iPhone running Linux and with Android being based on the Linux kernel, it can be assumed that Android would be the logical next step.


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But I guess the bigger question would then be, would we want Android on the iPhone? And after some serious thought (confession: we were once iPhone users) we at Android Central actually think it's a bad idea.

The benefits of having Android on the iPhone, cool hacking factor aside, just isn't worth it. Stripping the iPhone OS away from the iPhone really takes a lot of the shine off the iPhone. What you're left with is simply a shell—a form factor that only support one button, doesn't have Stereo Bluetooth (though Android doesn't have that just yet), and has middling call quality. Also, Android doesn't yet support a soft keyboard so there won't be any headway on this hack until Android gets that feature.

Just comparatively speaking, the iPhone's hardware isn't miles ahead of the competition. Let's be honest and take a look. The iPhone's killer feature? It's large and expansive touchscreen. It's great to be sure, but it also has remain unchanged since the original iPhone. That's almost 2-year-old technology. And that goes towards the rest of the iPhone—aside from quickly evolving its software—the iPhone is still relatively the same phone hardware-wise it was 2 years ago.

If we were to look at current phones to port Android to, I'd much rather prefer an HTC Touch HD or a Blackberry Bold to run Android. Something to take advantage of today's offerings and give us an amazingly gorgeous screen to play with. But then again, those phones weren't designed or specified to run Android, so it obviously won't offer the best user experience.

So it'll be definitely more exciting to look forward to what's next in terms of smartphone hardware designed for Android. Android allows a certain amount of flexibility that running it on the iPhone would strip away. There's no need to limit the OS onto the iPhone's self-imposed limitations. I mean, if we got Android ported onto the iPhone, what would be the difference of having, let's say, Android on the Touch Diamond? Stripping the iPhone OS away from the iPhone really makes it nothing more than ordinary.

The iPhone limits itself in ways that Android has no intention. The fewest buttons possible on the iPhone is a design choice that Apple has to live with, not us Android users. The iPhone is the iPhone because of its OS, not its hardware. So no, there won't ever be an official way to get Android on the iPhone. But yeah, there'll probably be some enterprising genius who manages to do so. And yeah, the interweb will probably go crazy for it. And heck, we will too. But after we come to our senses and realize its issues—we would pass.

So don't worry Derek, if Android ever gets on the iPhone, just check Android Central to find out! In the mean time, look forward to using some better hardware with the same great Android OS in the near future!

Did we get anything wrong? Tell us so in the comments! And if you have a question to ask Android Central, feel free to contact us via our Contacts Form and your question just might be featured in the next Ask Android Central!

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6 years ago

Round Robin: TreoCentral Jennifer's Video Review of the T-Mobile G1


So you guys already know that I have the Blackberry Bold for the Smartphone Round Robin, but it begs the question, where oh where is the T-Mobile G1 ?! In the caring hands of Jennifer over at TreoCentral of course! She left her Treo Pro behind and is using the T-Mobile G1 as her daily driver!

From her first impressions on the T-Mobile G1 she seems nonplussed about the hardware of the G1 and does not understand the 'chin' whatsoever! Don't worry Jennifer, we cover Android daily and we still don't understand the 'chin'. Oddly, she has run into some lag issues with the G1 and we've experienced nothing but snappiness the entire time!

Go check out her Video Review of the T-Mobile G1 and tell her what you think!

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here

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6 years ago

Google VP of Mobile Technology to Give Keynote at Sprint's Mobile Developer Conference


Whoa, this came out of left field. Remember Sprint CEO Dan Hesse saying that Android simply wasn't good enough yet? And do you remember Sprint's wishy-washy position on Android since then? Well then why oh why is Google's VP of Mobile Technology, Rich Miner, giving the keynote at Sprint's mobile developer conference on December 12th? Is something a brewing?

Here at Android Central we've gone over the fact that Sprint needs Android (only a little less than pounding the fact that Motorola needs Android). Sprint has been bleeding customers and Android is the new shiny toy that EVERYONE is excited about. Common sense would point to Sprint being an early adopter of Android, no? So if the Google VP of Mobile Technology delivers the keynote to YOUR developer conference...yeah, we think something is definitely a brewing.

Sprint Sony Ericsson Android Device, anyone?


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6 years ago

Cool T-Mobile G1 Transitional Effects



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So though Android has proven to be a snappy and solid smartphone OS, some users have mentioned the lack of bells and whistles attached to it as a cause for concern. Luckily, the folks at XDA Developers have added a bit of fairy dust and given us some almost-cool transitional effects. In the video, you'll see some slide in and slide out that seems to work fairly well.

Click the jump to see how to enable these transitional effects!


From MobileCrunch:

What you need:

  • T-Mobile G1
  • APKInstaller (download it from the AndroidMarket), Development.APK (Download link), and a MicroSD card.


How to do it:

  1. Make sure you have APKInstaller from the Android Market, and Development.APK from here (If you want, you can point your browser directly to that link from your phone and bypass all the following steps. Thanks to Mark Murphy for the tip!).
  2. Put the Development.APK in the root directory of the MicroSD card. In other words, put it at the very first section of the card - don’t go making a folder named “root”.
  3. Launch the APKInstaller, navigate to the file you just placed on the MicroSD card, and install it. This will install an application called “Dev Tools”
  4. Open Dev Tools, then select Development Settings. Scroll down to the bottom, and change Window Animation Scale to 1x, and Transition Animation Scale to 1x (or play around with them for varying effects).

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6 years ago

Turn Your Regular T-Mobile G1 Into a Developer's Edition


We already told you guys about the Developer's Edition of the T-Mobile G1, but what if you already have a T-Mobile G1 but want the Developer's benefits? Well, first off, you have to thank the hackers. Apparently, the bootloader for the Developer G1 has been extracted and is now available to anyone who's daring enough to use it. Basically, get root access and apply the bootloader. If you do mess up any steps though, beware, your phone may be bricked.

The benefits of running a Developer's Edition G1? Well, you can potentially mod it like crazy!


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6 years ago

AdWords Enabled For Android Searches



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Ah, Google. Finding yet another way to earn money via the ad avenue. Google just announced that AdWords is now supported in Android, iPhone, and other mobile devices with full HTML browsers which means you'll see a few sponsored links on your Google Searches in Android now. Basically, what this means is that advertisers can now better target users on mobile devices of their choice, which will make for more effective and pointed advertising.

For the rest of us, it just goes to show how close to a desktop experience Android is slowly becoming. Soon enough, the differences between the platforms will have disappeared.


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6 years ago

Open Handset Alliance Signs Up Sony Ericsson, ASUS, Garmin, and More!


Android may be the new kid on the block, but it's growing up fast. The Open Handset Alliance just scored 14 new members in a move that can propel Android to the big leagues! The members are: AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone. Whew! That's a fairly decent "who's who" list and shows GREAT promise for numerous new handsets featuring Android.

Any chance of a Garmin handset in the future? How about ASUS jumping into the mix, or even the much-anticipated XPERIA X1 running the green droid? No matter how the details shake out, this OHA score means very good things for those of us wanting some choices for Android handsets. Let there be variety!


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6 years ago

Round Robin: Blackberry Bold Video



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We're now in Week 3 of the Smartphone Round Robin and we have the Blackberry Bold in the Android Central headquarters! The Blackberry Bold is a much celebrated device and deservedly so, the Bold is a magnificent piece of hardware--everything is simply top notch. From the gorgeous screen to the superb build quality, the folks at RIM definitely put a lot of thought into this puppy--everything is so well executed and in concert.

Like any Blackberry (well almost any Blackberry, looking at you Storm), you can expect a few features to be as good as it gets on the Bold--namely the keyboard and E-mail. Both are definitely effective, though we still personally like our G1's Gmail App better than anything on Blackberry.

There are a few quirks and kinks in the Blackberry OS that, though upgraded from previous generations, still don't seem like the 'modern' way to go. We'll get more into that concept as the week goes along, so in the meantime, check out Android Central's Video Review of the Blackberry Bold!

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment To Win a T-Mobile G1! – Details Here

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6 years ago

Chinese-made QiGi i6 Seen Running Android



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It was only last week that we told you about China-based QiGi releasing both an Android and Windows Mobile version of their i6 smartphone. Now, video has popped up on the web that shows Android running smoothly on the i6. As Android Community pointed out, the i6 has a different screen size and shape than the G1, so it will look a little different than what you are used to seeing on your G1 - Android fits different screen sizes and shapes nicely. Take a look at the video for yourself to see Android perform on the i6 and get an idea of the build quality. Is this a device you'll buy when it's available?

[Android Community]

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6 years ago

Unlocked Android Dev Phone 1 Available to Developers for $399


Just take a gander at this G1 Android Dev Phone 1 available from Google for $399, SIM / hardware unlocked! Ain't she a beauty? As a matter of fact, it IS an unlocked G1 sold exclusively to Android developers and includes a system image that's fully compatible with Android 1.0 and accepts any SIM card - that's right, developers are not beholden to T-Mo for this baby to work.

Developers can use this phone to flash custom Android builds that work with the unlocked bootloader. Now here's an interesting tidbit - to get one, you must register as an Android developer at the Android Market site for a one-time setup fee of $25. Then, just click "Purchase" and for merely $399 (free shipping in U.S.), you will be the proud owner of an unlocked Android Dev Phone 1 with a customized rear end. It will also be ready soon to ship to 18 international markets. Who's going to get one?

[Thanks, Bla1ze! via engadget]

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6 years ago

Round Robin: Answers to Your AT&T Fuze Questions


To wrap up Android Central's time with the AT&T Fuze for the Smartphone Round Robin, here are the answers to some of your guy's questions on this Windows Mobile powered device!

A lot of people seemed to wonder how the hardware on the Fuze held up and how big it really was. In short, it's a really solid device that's well built and shows quality in design. Meaning, I can't possibly understand why the Fuze is so darn pretty but the G1 is so...unexciting. Also, forgive its thickness guys, this thing is smaller than your average smartphone. I promise.

Read on to see the answers to your AT&T Fuze questions!


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Ryan asks How does the Fuze stack up vs. the G1 in terms of hardware? I liked what HTC did with the G1 but am curious about how they're doing with their other products.


In terms of hardware, it really is no contest. The Fuze is simply the better looking device. I can try to spin it in the G1's favor by claiming the G1 has multiple inputs but really, no one looks twice at the G1. With the Fuze, you'll get a lot of attention with the diamond faceted back and the solid build quality.

Though I had originally thought the thickness of the device would be too much to handle, this simply wasn't the case. Because of the Fuze's small overall footprint the it's really a small device any way you put it.

My biggest gripe with the Fuze hardware is the use of a resistive screen. Luckily, my G1 has a capacitive screen so us Android users are one up there!


devonair asks How difficult is it to disable the TouchFLO 3D?


Dangit. I knew I forgot something. I can't specifically say how easy or difficult it is because I never turned it off and the device is out of my possessions now, so I can't do it. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say if you're halfway decent around Windows Mobile, you'd be able to figure it out. If you're not, I'm sure the WMExperts guys would gladly assist you!


eagle63 asks Casey, aside from any lag issues, how do you like TouchFlo from a usability standpoint? I'm currently a WinMo user and am concerned that while it looks great, it might not be all that usable after a while. Case in point: The home screen on TouchFlo is dominated by that oversized clock, and therefore you can only see (I think) 1 upcoming appointment whereas with the standard WinMo today screen you can see your next 4 or 5 events if you want.


That's a great point that I never really considered but now can't ignore since you mentioned it. The clock is a great eye-catcher but simply not efficient as your home screen. I would have much preferred a Today Screen of some sort so I could get more information and squeeze more usefulness from the Fuze's large screen.

TouchFLO 3D works...under a few conditions. I think it's a great way to do quick tasks like fire a SMS or launch the web browser. Other than that, I personally don't think TouchFLO 3D is targeted for power users. I tired of it after a few days and would have probably turned it off if I stuck with the Fuze. If you're comfortable with Windows Mobile, you'll definitely be a little frustrated with lack of usefulness in TouchFLO 3D. Sure looks good though.


Dr. Tyrell asks Would the Fuze's magnetic stylus work with the G1? Could be handy when I'm working outside with gloves on.


The magnetic stylus is probably the best stylus I've ever used bar none. But in the end, it's still a stylus.

In regards to your question though, the stylus won't work with the G1's touchscreen because it uses a different technology to register touch input. The Fuze's touchscreen uses a resistive screen which in layman's terms means you have to physically press the screen. The G1's touchscreen is a capactive screen which in layman's terms means you register input via an electrical current (like your finger).  A stylus won't generate the current that is necessary for input.


Ammar asks I would really like the Touch Pro. However, I heard that it gets really hot and you can't charge it while talking on the phone. I am really going to need a next gen phone for my business. What do you guys suggest?


I actually didn't notice any heat from it. Most smartphones do get a tad bit warm, but I've never experienced a deal breaker in that sense. Don't know where that can't talk while charging came from though, that works fine on the Fuze.

And if you want a next gen phone for your business—why I'll suggest Android! Unless you run Exchange, which then I'll direct you to the iPhone or Windows Mobile.


pinguino1 asks While you get the Bold, I have a question for Casey: 1- What hardware features from the Fuze you would like to have in the G1? 2- What functionality in WM you are missing in the G1? 3- What apps in the Fuze would be great in the G1? 4- what form factor/looks designed from the Fuze are missing in the G1?


  1. Hmm, I love that the Fuze didn't have a "chin". The flush buttons on the bottom portion slid away with the rest of the screen so there weren't any awkward hand positions while typing.

  2. Turn by turn directions! Android needs this NOW.

  3. I can't mention any specific apps, since I only downloaded a few. But if the apps in Android Market reach half the depth of some of the Windows Mobile apps, I would be very, very happy.

  4. I might stand alone and be mocked for my taste but I like the diamond faceted back. I think it gives the device a subtle yet flashy look.


pinguino1 asks Where is the forum thread for this Round Robin discussion or Why there is a not forum thread? Wasn't this supposed to be an interactive discussion?


Keen observation. It was located here: Android Casey needs Help with the Fuze!

Thanksgiving threw week 2 of the Round Robin a little off schedule, so the interactive discussion became a wee bit less interactive. Sorry! We'll do our best to keep a live discussion in the coming rounds.

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6 years ago

Round Robin: Crackberry Kevin's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1


Ending the 2nd Week of the Smartphone Round Robin, Crackberry Kevin delivers his final thoughts on the T-Mobile G1! In his initial Video Review, Crackberry Kevin sounded very excited to be using the G1. And though some of that excitement subsided, he still sees A LOT of potential in Android and is hopeful for a G2, G3, or G4 to be a real game changer.

To give a quick summary: he was initially unsure of Android's market penetration strategy, not the biggest fan of the hardware but loves the home screen experience and Android Market! I'm surprised he didn't mention the notifications system on the G1--but we at Android Central know thats the best in all of smartphones already. Go give Crackberry Kevin a piece of your mind!

Head over to Crackberry to see his Final Thoughts!


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6 years ago

White T-Mobile G1 Hardware Gallery


Hey, still waiting on that white T-Mobile G1? Concerned about quality issues? Not sure what it really looks like? Android Central has got you covered! We just got a White T-Mobile G1 here at the Android Central headquarters and decided to give you guys what you want: a full on photo gallery!

From our brief time with it, the white T-Mobile G1 looks GOOD. It definitely makes the G1 stand out a lot more than the black or bronze variety and we think HTC nailed the white--it's nearly the perfect hue. Yes, we just complemented a color choice--call us Martha Stewart but we know our spectrum!

Anyway, sometimes white can look yellow or cheap but this white makes the G1 shine without being too shiny--more like polished, catch my drift?. The finish is closer to the bronze glossy than the matte black and though we're still not a big fan of the two tone backing, after seeing it in person, we'll live.

One problem though, when the home and back button are backlit during the daytime, it kind of fades the icons. Not a huge problem, just a little design quip. Other than that, we are HUGE fans of the White G1. So uh, what are you waiting for?

Take a look at the pictures of the White T-Mobile G1 after the break!

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