Ugh. According to the leaked schedule, today was supposed to be the first day of the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update roll out. And what do you know? T-Mobile has just announced that they're delaying the release of Android 1.5 once again! That means we'll have to wait another week before we can get our hands on Cupcake.
T-Mobile is saying that they're "finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery" and that they "expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June". Sigh. Talk about bungling a good thing.
We know a lot of you guys have hotly anticipated Cupcake since the G1's release--try to wait one more week for all of Cupcake's goodness, yeah?
And my, it looks GOOD. You get the same Android you've learned to love with a fresh interface that is both sleek and intuitive and some newly redesigned apps like the browser, calendar, music player, etc. It even looks a bit snappier to us. In all, we don't know if Cupcake can hold off our anticipation for the next build of Android!
We tried to connect the dots before but it looks like the stars are aligning for the Samsung I7500, Samsung's first Android device, to be released to T-Mobile USA. What makes us believe that? Well, the Samsung I7500 just cleared the FCC (keeper of electronic approval and leaks) with support for T-Mobile's USA 1700 MHz 3G network.
We still don't know when the Samsung I7500 is going to be released stateside but it's nice to know that it's coming. Original reports expected a fall release, hopefully Samsung can speed up the process a bit?
We already knew that Android was finally coming to Canada, in fact, it was so aptly advertised as "The Revolution is Coming". Well, now we know where you can take part in the Android Revolution: Best Buy. Best Buy has announced that they'll be releasing both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream on June 2nd. As the image above says: The Revolution is Here (as in you can pre-order today).
Canada has so far been without the goodness that is Android and we're absolutely certain that our neighbors to the north will enjoy the Android experience. Let us know in the comments if you're from Canada and planning to buy a HTC Magic or HTC Dream!
One of the biggest strikes against Android is the lack of an official, native first-party Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client (third party support isn't quite as nice). We don't personally use Exchange but we know many folks who know of nothing else. So if you're a big Exchange user you'll be happy to know that the HTC Magic is going to offer Exchange ActiveSync support.
But there's a catch. The HTC Magic needs to be a non "with Google" phone in order to offer Exchange support. In this particular case, The HTC Magic that was seen with Exchange lacks the "with Google" branding and was therefore allowed to load whatever custom build of Android that HTC wanted. For example, the HTC-customized Magic includes better contact integration, more responsive and full featured camera app, and additional home screen widgets that won't be found in "with Google" HTC Magics. This particular Magic will be available in Singapore and most of Asia.
So basically, for Android phones that have the "with Google" branding (check the back of your G1 or Vodafone's Magic) will have to fall in line with certain standards that Google is putting out. The "with Google" branding is simply a carrier decision and though it definitely weakens the power of the device, the carriers get the benefit of name recognition.
We wish it wasn't like this and that we could have the best of both worlds, but we think HTC stands correct on this. We want our phones as full featured as possible!
We're getting some great commentary from our readers over at the old "Have You Got Cupcake Yet?" post that went up a week ago. For the most part, everyone is still waiting to receive the goodness that is Cupcake (we are too). We've been assured that it's rolling out and a rough "schedule" (if you can even call it that) has been revealed. As follows:
5% of Android Devices will receive the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update on Monday, May 18th
15% on Tuesday, May 19th
30% on Wednesday, May 20th
45% on Thursday, May 21st
60% on Friday, May 22nd
75% on Saturday, May 23rd
90% on Sunday, May 24th
100% on Monday, May 25th
So as you can see, the plan is to release slowly but surely. Remember, it's supposed to come OTA (over-the-air) so the only thing we can (officially) do is just wait our turn. What we still don't really understand is why doesn't T-Mobile/Google/Android just make it available for official consumer download via website? That way the die-hard Android Users who've been waiting for Cupcake since who knows when can get to downloading while the casual Android user receives it OTA. Makes sense to us.
So let's start up the conversation again! Did anybody residing in the US get their Android 1.5 Cupcake on yet? Holler in the comments and don't forget to tell us where you're from!
According to reports, Fujitsu and Macnica are teaming up to create a Digital Photo Frame powered by Android. They're calling it a "Software Platform for Home Network Digital Photo Frames" based on the Android OS. We're not really sure why they would need to use a 'smartphone' OS for this but Android is proving more and more versatile by the day so maybe it makes sense.
And well, if Android can save Digital Photo Frames from bad UI and all around obsoleteness that'd be an accomplishment in itself. If Fujitsu and Macnica can actually come up with a Digital Photo Frame pseudo-standard OS off Android, that'd be even more amazing.
In the mean time, we're going to wait until we actually see one of these puppies before we start making predictions on how it'll work and if it'll even resemble Android. Godspeed Fujitsu.
Hey, a carrier is actually being kind to their customers and offering a sweet deal. Vodafone UK just announced that they'll be abolishing roaming charges for their customers this summer. Beginning June 1st, pay as you go and pay monthly consumer cusstomers can talk, text and send picture messages from over 35 countries across Europe this summer for the same prices at home (no data included). This new policy will last until August, which is a pretty sweet deal if you're planning a Summer vacation.
Hopefully other carriers will offer this same type of deal. Obviously few carriers are as large and as global as Vodafone but we can dream, right?
full country list and press release after the break
The features just seem to grow and grow with Android. Google just announced that they've updated Google Product Search to include support for Barcode Scanning. Just point your browser to Google.com and select 'Shopping' from the more tab. You'll have to download the Barcode Scanner application from Android Market to take advantage of this highly useful feature.
We absolutely love the fact that Google keeps on improving the little things of Android, it makes it much more exciting. This new Google Product Search Barcode Scanner feature is only available on US and UK Android phones.
Whoever said newspapers are stodgy, old and dying apparently didn't get the message to USA Today. The flagship of Gannett Co. just released an app for Android, bringing national headlines, scores, stocks, photos, weather and everything else USAT provides.
The app is free and available in the Android Market, and you can learn more at USAToday.com/adroid.
We're not sure when this sweet new feature came up but if you point your Android Browser to m.nbc.com you'll be able to enjoy full episodes of your favorite NBC shows. We're talking about full episodes from 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Kings, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and many more.
It works best over Wi-Fi but 3G or even EDGE should do the trick. It's not quite as slick as a dedicated Hulu app would be but hey, it's full episode streaming on your G1!
Now this is cool. We know that no one really paid attention in Astronomy class yet everyone always looks up to night sky to see if they can identify any stars, constellations, and/or planets. It's just human nature, really.
But half the time we don't know the Big Dipper from Cassiopeia. Luckily, Google has got us covered. They've just released Sky Map, an Android application that tells you exactly what you're looking at in the night sky. By using a combination of GPS, sensors, and the compass, Sky Map can determine what part of the sky you're looking at and what the name of the stars are. It's really amazing.
Go download Sky Map from the Android Market for the low price of FREE today! We guarantee it'll amaze every one of your friends.
Hit the jump to see how Sky Maps works on your Android phone!
Trent Reznor of NIN fame is even more famous in the tech community for getting the Nine Inch Nails application rejected from the iPhone App Store. After weighing in on the differences between smartphone OS's, Trent has finally come around to releasing applications on non-iPhone OS's. And lucky for you Android NIN fans, an Android version is coming soon.
Yeah. We're officially cool enough to rock and roll. Well, almost.
The NBA has just released Close Up, an Android application that allows live streaming of the Eastern Conference Finals. For a mere 99 cents, you'll get a close up look at in-game action from 4 unique camera angles: Arena Cam, Host Cam, Action Cam, & Player Cam. This is a great idea from all parties involved: T-Mobile, the NBA, and TNT. Bravo to them for putting their close relationships together for a great experience.
We have one question though, why so late in the NBA playoffs? We would have loved to see this application used for all TNT broadcasted games. Also, let's hope that Lebron & co. don't continue their sweeping ways so we can get more out of this great Android app!
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