One of Android's biggest selling point, if not THE biggest selling point was the fact that the operating system was going to be open-source. Being open source may or may not make a difference in consumer's minds but with developers who have that need to tinker and improve, well Android is the place to do it.
Google has released the full source code for Android available to download NOW. With the release of the G1 and the world's introduction to Android just right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to make good on the promise to be "open". Game on, Android.
We're getting word from more than a few people that the T-Mobile G1 has officially arrived. As in shipped. In their hands. Two days early. The launch date was supposed to be October 22nd but it looks like T-Mobile and UPS decided to surprise the fine folk who pre-ordered their devices and send it in early! Talk about great customer service!
So if you didn't get your T-Mobile G1 yesterday you can reasonably expect it today. If not today, well you can wait like the rest of us who didn't pre-order the device. So, who got their hands on some T-Mobile G1 !?
Oh San Francisco. Home to great clam chowder, unpredictable weather, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the woeful Giants and 49ers has scored a biggie in regards to the T-Mobile G1. According to BGR, the T-Mobile San Francisco Store on 3rd & Market St will be selling the T-Mobile G1 TODAY at 6:00 PM (PST obviously).
Even if 6:00 PM is the launch time, you'll need to get there waaay early considering the Bay Area is a hot bed for all things tech and lined with gadget hounding geeks (we say that with love). But if you don't want to line up tomorrow in the middle of the day, don't worry, Wednesday October 22nd is still the launch day and T-Mobile stores in 3G areas will open up at 8:00 AM to accommodate the potential crowds.
Well, if you didn't pre-order a T-Mobile G1 or haven't quite received it yet, there is another option. Braving the lines that are sure to amass early October 22nd. This is probably your best bet for now considering the online pre-order option will have you wait 'til some time in November.
In these spy shots (obtained by TmoNews) you can see that there will be tickets handed out to those waiting in line that give you a brief lowdown of the G1 and separates it into color options: Black or Bronze. Missing from launch day is the white version which has run into production issues so it doesn't look like you'll be able to get a white G1 on launch day.
So who's waiting in line and who's waiting for it to get shipped to them?
We've confirmed that even though some people who pre-ordered may not be getting their G1s on launch day, T-Mobile stores are indeed getting stocked up on G1s. That's unfortunately not the full story, though. Although stores in areas with T-Mobile 3G are getting as many as 80 devices apiece, stores in areas without T-Mobile 3G are not going to be receiving them at all. So if you're planning on heading out tomorrow to pick up a G1, be sure you call today and find out if it's even worth the trip.
As for those who pre-ordered and may not receive them tomorrow while other slackers can just go out and pick one up -- how's that feeling?
TmoNews has a spy shot that shows two large boxes arriving to more than a few T-Mobile Stores these past couple days. Obviously, with October 22nd just a few ticks away, one can logically assume that it's the T-Mobile G1. Well, we at Android Central are assuming. And we want us some G1 now!
After calling a few T-Mobile stores in the area (Los Angeles), it seems that all the stores are going to be carrying the G1 and I've heard total numbers in store would range from 20-40. Didn't hear a peep about the vaunted white unit yet so we shall see what the color options are. Black and Brown for the win.
Excited about Android? Use MySpace? Getting the T-Mobile G1? Well, you're in luck! MySpace Mobile has been released to Android Market and will be ready to download when you get your T-Mobile G1.
This is obviously good news for the millions of MySpace users out there but it begs the question, where is Facebook? Facebook should have been prepared to launch their app in time for the October 22nd launch of the T-Mobile G1.
According to reports, MySpace Mobile on Android is actually better than other releases on different platforms. You can approve friend requests, send/receive messsges, search for friends, update current status, and upload photos directly.
Here we go! The T-Mobile G1 is in the house in all its Bronze Glory! We compare it to a bootload of other devices, including the T-Mobile Wing, The T-Mobile Shadow, , the T-Mobile Pearl Flip, the iPhone 3G, the BlackBerry Bold, and the Samsung Instinct.
Much Much more to come, check back at AndroidCentral.com!
Buying yourself a T-Mobile G1 off eBay? Better hope that it's either unlocked or that you can get yourself an active T-Mobile SIM card. The G1's much-vaunted first step during the setup is to enter your Google login username and password. Once that happens, the G1 attempts to connect to Google's servers to get your email, contacts, and calendar set up.
Here's the thing, though, if (or when) the G1 cannot connect to the servers, you're done. There is no way to exit out of the Google setup screen, no clear way to reset the phone to bypass it (even in "safe mode"), no way to turn on WiFi. You basically have a sweet phone that can only made emergency calls.
In other words, you're stuck. We're on the phone now with T-Mobile to see how their representative manage trying to activate the device remotely. Stay tuned!
The T-Mobile G1 is coming in a few days but that won't stop speculation on future Android Devices. I mean, Android is supposed to be on a hundred different phones, right? So with Motorola making recent waves about their Android device speculation has been off the charts. Finally, BusinessWeek claims to have more details on the upcoming Motorola Android Device:
Slide out QWERTY Keypad
Plenty of Social Networking Features
Takes Design Cues from KRAVE ZN4
Will be available for ~$150
Second Quarter 2009
Looks like a "higher end" T-Mobile G1
So for those who aren't satisfied with the T-Mobile G1's design, help is on the way! If it does end up selling for $150 and Android succeeds, this may be the phone that Motorola has been waiting to make since the RAZR. What will it be called? NDRD? We know Moto loves their vowel less monikers.
So there's a certain new phone coming out in a couple of days. Haven't heard of it? It's called the T-Mobile G1. Look it up if you like. Quick Summary: It's supposed to be a game changer in the phone industry and the first phone in T-Mobile's lineup to take advantage of T-Mobile's new 3G Service.
T-Mobile has no 3G? Well, they were rolling out to more cities a few weeks ago. Now here's more rollout news: Sacramento, CA. Memphis, TN. Tampa, FL. and Washington D.C. in November. We're almost at the 100 city mark folks! (Currently 92)
A lot of people count on Microsoft Exchange for their business and unfortunately, Android doesn't offer much Exchange support. This seems like a negative for Android, right? Well, not quite!
A savvy third party developer has come up with a way to sync Exchange contacts to your Android device and is offering it for FREE. It's still taking baby steps since their isn't two way syncing yet (android device to server based contacts) but they promise to add it soon. This obviously isn't the most ideal solution for Exchange but calendar syncing isn't available in Android's API and you can access Exchange E-Mail through IMAP, so it should do. for now.
If you guys aren't familiar with the program Shazam, you definitely need to be. Imagine this scenario: You're in your car, hear a great unknown song on the radio and have no idea where to look to hear more from the greatest unknown artist of all time.
Instead of digging through station logs, Shazam is an app that 'listens' to the song and quickly identifies its artist, song name, and album. In fact, it one ups similar music recognition programs by offering a link to the Amazon MP3 Store and Youtube Videos. If Shazam on Android works like its sister on the iPhone, this will be one of the easiest and most useful apps to date.
Phandroid comes through again with a great video detailing their opinion on the T-Mobile G1. Unlike many other reviews, this first look comes in video form which allows you to more clearly see the usage of the G1. Phandroid also comes with a differing opinion on the G1's design - they actually like it a lot.
The much maligned chin is actually praised because it offers dedicated keys. Keep on the lookout for Android Central's own impressions, review, and video take of the T-Mobile G1.
It looks like you will be able to "refund" Android Market App Purchases within a 24 hour period. This should act as a pseudo-trial period for apps and a great way to protect the consumer from buying crap apps.
There will be unacceptable content that may get your account banned. Namely, Nudity & Sexually Explicit Material, Violence/Bullying/Threats, Hate Speech, Age (must be 13+), Impersonation, Private Info, Copyright Infringement, Illegal Activities, Malicious Products, Prohibited Products.
There is reference to an Android Market Website that will give Android users better access at searching and downloading apps.
The rest of the stuff is fairly cut and dry (read: boring) so you probably don't have to comb through the entire TOS. Just be sure to play within the lines and you should be fine!
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