We weren't really aware of Panasonic Phones here in the US, in fact we pretty much had no idea they dabbled in the cell phone market (we're assuming they're big in Asia?). So it took us as bit of a surprise when Panasonic announced that they're interested in incorporating Android into some of their phones, especially since they said Panasonic Android phones can come as early as 2010. I guess when it comes to Android, everybody wants a piece.
To quote Panasonic Executive Keisuke Ishii:
"We are seriously considering developing an Android-based handset and entering overseas mobile phone markets in fiscal 2010. The global market for smartphones based on open source platforms including Android will reach 100 million units in three years," Ishii said. "We are discussing specific measures to succeed in such a large market."
Panasonic seems to have very high confidence in Android and especially in its potential. And you know what Mr. Ishii? We agree completely. Anyone who can come up with an Android phone that becomes relevant will lead to a pile of success. Everyone seems to care about Android. After a quiet first couple months, it really seems as if everyone is genuinely excited about Android. And that, is a good thing.
We know there are multiple Android devices coming out from the likes of HTC and Motorola but after watching this video of the Samsung Galaxy I7500, we're thinking every other device takes a back seat. This may become the Android device of our choice.
In the video, you get to see the beautiful AMOLED display, multiple angles of the Samsung Galaxy and an all around general 'feel' of the device. If you're interested in future Android devices, we suggest you start here.
It's going to be one interesting winter once all these planned Android devices hit the market!
Holy cow. Android is finally coming to AT&T. Score one for Android, score two for AT&T, and score three for AT&T's customers. They'll finally get to take Android out for a spin (in a very nice looking package, no less)! Engadget got their hands on an AT&T slide that shows the HTC Lancaster, AT&T's first Android device, in full detail: specs, key features, target launch date, pretty much everything you wanted to know about a phone without the real-life hardware.
The specs are fairly typical: tri-band EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a “unique HTC social messaging user interface”. What's a bit odd is that the display size is only a 2.8” screen with QVGA 240 x 320 pixels (as opposed to the HTC Magic's 3.2" screen with HVGA 320 x 480 pixels). The HTC Lancaster will be an AT&T exclusive for 6 months with a targeted release date of August 2009.
Other than the smallish screen, we think this device is solid. It's looking to be a pretty crowded Android field come fall/winter-time.
hit the jump to see another picture of the HTC Lancaster !
Sometimes, enough is enough. We've all been waiting for the Android 1.5 Cupcake US to come to our G1 phones since...who knows when. We gave you guys the details on how to manually upgrade your G1's to Android 1.5 via the UK update but that meant certain sacrifices had to be made (Amazon mp3, voice search, etc) in order to take advantage of Cupcake's goodness. Luckily a US version of Android 1.5 has popped up so you can now manually install the Android 1.5 Cupcake US version onto your G1.
Yeah, this is pretty close to official. And yeah, we know the rollout is supposed to begin tomorrow but geez, we wanted this 6 months ago...we don't know if we can wait another day! Here's how to get the Android 1.5 Cupcake US version onto your G1:
We had previously stated that Sony Ericsson needed to get into the Android game, especially coming off some horrific news and numbers regarding their financial state. Looks like they took the advice to heart because Peter Ang, Sony's Asia-Pacific VP of Marketing told reporters that a Sony Ericsson Android phone would come in the "near future" with Android 2.0.
He also mentioned that the Android phone will come in Sony Ericsson's "unique style" which might mean some custom software on top of Android or possibly a sleek device like the Xperia X1. We're hoping for the latter.
If this happened to you, let us know in the comments! We're trying to see how widespread this ever-so-convenient "issue" is. If this is true, maybe we'll all get Cupcake sooner than was promised. *crossing fingers*
As much as we love the Android platform, we never seriously considered it a big gaming device--the market for gaming just didn't seem to take off for Android. Well, we might have to change our stance after watching a video showcasing the GP2X Game Emulator for Android. The video shows games such as Street Fighter II, Marvel vs Street Fighter, Super Mario World, Samurai Showdown, and much more being played on the G1. The GP2X can handle games from MAME, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Gear and more. It is simply amazing.
The GP2X game emulator is currently only in its alpha stages so there is still quite some time before we see an official launch. But wow. We cannot wait.
If you don't know Andy Rubin (the man pictured above), you should. He's the brainchild behind this whole Android movement and his direction is what guides our favorite smartphone OS. So when Andy Rubin speaks, the entire Android user base should listen--what he says can very well dictate what's in store for the future of Android.
Andy Rubin discusses a ton of different topics in his CNET interview, mostly regarding smartphones and of course, Android. He talks about staying open, the goal of Android, a 'GooglePhone', Android 1.5, business models, China, and so much more. It's a really good read--if only to pick the brain of Android User 1.
Hit the jump to see some of Andy Rubin's better quotables!
Acer's rumored Android phone, the A1, has popped up numerous times before. And according to previous reports, the Acer A1 Android Phone has been targeted for a Late 2009 for quitesome time. So when Reuters reported that an Acer-built Android phone was coming, we barely blinked an eye. What piqued our interest, however, is that the head of Acer's phone division pretty much confirmed that Acer is going to be in the Android game. Nothing like a good old exec spilling the beans.
But there's nothing really new here, just further 'confirmation' that an Acer Android phone is coming in late 2009. Let's hope it's a good first effort!
Expecting a company to do what's best for their company is growing increasingly rare these days. Case in point: Sony Ericsson recently posted some horrific financial numbers in the last quarter and just recently the CFO of Sony Ericsson claimed that it'll need to raise 100 million Euros (approx. 135 million dollars) this year to simply stay afloat. Yet, they're is still no official confirmation regarding an Android device.
How does such failure happen? Well in this instance, Sony Ericsson's failure was caused by falling product demand and a "gap" in their product portfolio. We at Android Central believe that they bungled the Xperia X1 launch and are further digging themselves a hole with no official Android announcement. So hey Sony Ericsson! Listen to us, take a long and serious look at Android and knock it out the part. We believe in you.
Just like you guys, we're beginning to lose our patience with the whole Android 1.5, Cupcake, T-Mobile US, T-Mobile G1 debacle. A lot of us have been waiting for months (some of us since the very beginning!) to get the update and T-Mobile continues to delay the release of Cupcake. Frankly, it's not fun anymore. We wanted Cupcake yesterday.
So if you're sick of waiting and eager to try out Cupcake, there is a workaround that allows you to manually update your G1 to Android 1.5. Don't worry, there's no root access required and it's a relatively straightforward process. How this particular method works is it uses the UK version of Android 1.5 to install onto your US T-Mobile G1. And according to multiple users, it really does work (with some sacrifices).
Turn ur phone off and re-boot it holding the home button
When you see the triangle hit alt+L
Press home and back when it tells you to (to reboot your phone)
It'll say installing Radio after you hit home+back (thats normal)
It'll reboot a couple times and after you see the new Android loading screen, you've got Cupcake.
When Android 1.5 for the US comes out repeat the process with the US download
Note: if you do decide to use this method to get Cupcake, know that you'll be missing a few US-specific features such as: Voice Search, Native Chat, Amazon MP3, etc. We're also not sure on whether the Android Market in this process will be the UK version or the US. Otherwise, you can test drive Cupcake to see if it measures up to everything you've been waiting for.
The official T-Mobile US release should be coming out soon! Hopefully this method can keep you guys from storming T-Mobile's offices and demanding Cupcake.
Details of the Moto Morrison are unknown. From the image above it looks like the Morrison will be a slider-type device. Unlike devices like the Palm Pre, the Morrison looks to continue the horizontal slider trend of Android devices. Other than that, we know pretty much nothing about the Morrison. If these release dates are to be believed, you can expect the Morrison to be available during the holiday season.
Come on Motorola, we have faith in you. Put out an amazing Android device please!
T-Mobile (Europe, not US) recently discussed its concern with everybody's favorite 4G technology: LTE. In Europe, it seems like T-Mobile has been falling behind in their LTE plans and here in the states AT&T and Verizon have both announced their LTE aspirations while T-Mobile is still focusing on their 3G rollout. So what gives? Is T-Mobile ignoring 4G and LTE altogether?
No. T-Mobile has some serious concerns regarding 4G and specifically LTE. Their first concern is that LTE does not natively support voice. Yeah, voice. As in communicating from one phone to the next. If a phone doesn't support voice then well, it ain't no phone to us. Currently different carriers are offering different solutions to solve the voice problem but T-Mobile has yet to announce what their plans are. Also, T-Mobile is worried about the strain that 4G--which will be capable of downlink speeds of 20mb--will have on their infrastructure. And finally, business and profitability issues are of concern: intellectual property, owning spectrum, deployments, and other yawn-inducing terminology we don't care to repeat.
In other words, T-Mobile seems pretty content to see where LTE/4G is headed before they abandon their 3G network. See you on the other side T-Mobile!
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