6 years ago

New Acer Smartphone: Possibly Android


The day wouldn't be complete without another Android smartphone speculation accompanied by a fuzzy picture, not to mention a peculiar keyboard design. The above photo from Boy Genius Report is alleged to be a new Acer smartphone built for Windows Mobile or possibly Android. A new Android phone would be more than welcome. It's reported that this Acer smartphone will be displayed at the MWC on the 16th.

It's not certain whether this portrait QWERTY keyboard design will swivel to landscape mode, so what you see here may be what you get. Having another potential Android smartphone in the market is a positive thing, but it will be interesting to see how this particular keyboard design is received by the consumer. Would you buy an Acer Android phone with this kind of keyboard design?

[gizmodo via boygeniusreport]

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6 years ago

Ask Android Central: How to Unlock And Use a T-Mobile G1


Following up on one of our newest feature, Ask Android Central, where you guys ask the question and we provide the answer, we have a question from Ty Underwood regarding the T-Mobile G1's usefulness of being unlocked

Would an unlocked g1 run on other (gsm) networks without a hitch? There isn't any tmobile in my area and I was just curious. Thanks!


The T-Mobile G1 is certainly a popular device and Android is in the eyes of a prospective many but one sticking point with the G1 is its ties to T-Mobile. We at Android Central definitely understand your concern about T-Mobile as a carrier—paltry 3G network, spotty service—but luckily there are definite options to make it work on other carriers.

After the jump, Android Central answers how to use an unlocked G1.

Before we get started, we should note that there are a few roads you can take to get an unlocked G1. Our most recommended route? Become an Android Developer and purchase the Android Dev Phone 1 (aka a SIM and hardware unlocked G1 with a snazzy graphic on the back cover). After an initial $25 fee to become a developer, you purchase the phone for $399 and will be able to use ANY sim card from any carrier AND flash custom Android builds since the bootloader is unlocked as well. Honestly, the Android Dev Phone 1 offers an amount of freedom unmatched with other options.

The second option would be to buy a regular already sim-unlocked T-Mobile G1. There's a great web portal that lists unlocked T-Mobile G1's on eBay here.

And finally, the most popular option would be to buy the T-Mobile G1 contract-free from a T-Mobile retail store and then either wait 3 months for the unlock code OR purchase an unlock code from a reputable unlock source (some of the writers on Android Central used unlock-tmobileg1.com) if you want to get nasty with a different carrier immediately. You'll need to give the website your IMEI number which can be found in either the settings/About Phone/Status or by pressing *#06# in the dialer.

After you receive your unlock code, simply follow the instructions in this video:


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Basically insert a non T-Mobile SIM card and then enter your SIM unlock code. Voila. Your T-Mobile G1 is now just a G1. But you're not quite done yet, because the phone is not set up for data on other networks you'll have to tinker with some of the APN settings. Luckily, it's dead simple. For example, for AT&T:

Simply go to Settings > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names then hit Menu and select New APN. Enter the settings for your Network. For example, this will set up AT&T (If it's not mentioned on this list, leave it at whatever the default was:

  • APN Name: AT&T
  • APN: wap.cingular

And you're done! You'll be on your way to a fully functional G1 in no time. But buyer beware, since T-Mobile uses a funky band (in the US, at least) for their 3G Network it won't be compatible with your AT&T account meaning your unlocked for AT&T G1 will only be capable of lowly EDGE speeds. No 3G for you unlocked AT&T users. Why you ask? Well to quote the T-Mobile forums:


In the U.S., T-Mobile and AT&T both use GSM technologies, but there are fundamental incompatibilities in their 3G services. AT&T runs its 2G and 3G services at 850 and 1900 MHz. T-Mobile's 3G service uses 2100 MHz to transmit and 1700 MHz to receive.
The G1 can handle 2G service at 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz, which pretty well covers the world's markets. But 3G comes only at 1700 and 2100 MHz. That takes care of T-Mobile in the U.S. and everyone else in the rest of the world. But it leaves out AT&T's 3G service.


Is that a bit of a downer? Well, of course since AT&T is the only other GSM carrier in the US. But at least you'll still be able to enjoy the openness of Android and its potential on AT&T after following our instructions!

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6 years ago

Is Android Enough To Save Motorola? What About Windows Mobile 7?


We've been telling anyone who would listen that Motorola Hardware + Android OS = Killer Device. We especially feel confident considering that Motorola without Android is simply floundering--they recently revealed that they lost about $4.6 BILLION dollars in the fourth quarter. Yeah, it can't get worse than that can it?

So what's the current plan of action? Well, for one it looks like a re-focused Motorola is coming to play in 2009. 2009 will be the Year of the Android for Motorola because they believe that Android is a more compelling platform than the current state of Windows Mobile. Sounds good to us. If they need saving, Android should certainly be a great buoy for them until that WinMob7 comes around, if it ever does.

What do you guys think? Can Android save Motorola? Is it even possible to recoup $4.6 billion?

[via WMExperts]

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6 years ago

Help Out Android Central And Fill Out A Survey!


Ah, we'll be quick, we at Android Central need your help. If you could spare a few minutes of your time and fill out the Android Central survey it'll greatly benefit us (our advertisers are itchin' for some data on you guys) and eventually benefit you guys as well (we can re-focus some content to deliver what you guys REALLY want to read).

So if you're in a giving mood, please fill out the Android Central Reader Survey and be prepared to answer semi-fun questions about who you are!


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6 years ago

Pay Off Your T-Mobile G1 In Installments


In another case of T-Mobile looking out for the customer, they've just announced their Equipment Installment Plan which allows you to pay off your T-Mobile handheld and/or accessories in four installments.

Given our current economic state, this could potentially do wonders for those not prepared to spend $200+ for a smartphone in one lump sum. With their EIC, T-Mobile won't be charging any interest and there'll be no additional fees. This is almost too good to be true. To quote T-Mobile [via TmoNews]:

Payments are interest free and your total spending capability is determined by certain credit guidelines. There are no additional fees, start up or interest fees associated with this service.


Who's in for a T-Mobile G1 at $50 for 4 months?

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6 years ago

Google Latitude Included with Android Update


Even though the new Android G1 update from T-Mobile, RC33, is Cupcake-less, it has still created quite the stir on the Intertubes. As early as today, Google Latitude will be available in the update, which is rolling out to T-Mobile G1 users from now through Feb. 15. Google Latitude is friend-location software that utilizes a combination of cell tower triangulation and GPS to let you know where your friends and family are. CNET-TV Senior Editor Natali Del Conte got a preview of Latitude and says:

"What Google Latitude does is allow you to share that location with friends and family members, and likewise be able to see friends and family members' locations," Steve Lee, product manager for Google Latitude, told CNET. "For example, a girlfriend could use it to see if her boyfriend has arrived at a restaurant and, if not, how far away he is." 

I suppose a girlfriend could also see where her boyfriend SHOULDN'T be, which underscores some potential privacy issues. Fortunately, Google Latitude allows for some customization - you can select certain contacts that you want to "hide" from so your location data is not available to them, or you can deactivate the feature altogether. Hopefully it will be accurate enough to really pin people down because this service would be extremely useful for finding friends amongst a sea of people at a large convention, for instance.

When update RC33 shows up on your G1 and Google Latitude is enabled, how will you use it? Are you worried about privacy issues?

[gizmodo and cbsnews]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile Is #1 In Customer Service Once Again


Before we moved over to the G1 & T-Mobile, we were AT&T users. So imagine our shock when we first called into T-Mobile customer service to ask some basic questions regarding the G1. The T-Mobile people were just. so. nice.

A lot of people make a big deal about T-Mobile's excellent customer service and we tend to agree with them, T-Mobile really goes the extra mile in making their customer service warm and helpful. So color us surprised when we heard that T-Mobile wasn't tops in customer service last year, falling to #2 behind Verizon. But this year, they re-claimed their throne at the top of the customer service according top JD Power & Associates [via BGR]:

  • T-Mobile ranked highest among all wireless providers in Overall Customer Care Performance, above all its competitors and significantly ahead of the industry average.
  • In interactions between consumers and customer care representatives, T-Mobile ranked significantly above the industry average.
  • T-Mobile ranked highest in online customer service and walk-in interactions at retail stores.
  • T-Mobile scored well above other wireless carriers and the industry average with the lowest average hold times.

    So though T-Mobile definitely lacks in the realm of 3G, they treat their customers right. What do you guys think? Does T-Mobile deserve such high marks for their customer service?

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    6 years ago

    T-Mobile G1 Pops Up On The New 90210


    Hey would you look at that! Two pretty girls and a T-Mobile G1! It definitely looks like our favorite G1 is getting more and more popular. This shot was taken from the CW series 90210, yes, a spin-off of that Beverly Hills, 90210.

    Everyone is so used to seeing iPhones in popular culture it becomes almost surprising when the T-Mobile G1 pops up on TV shows. I don't know who that dark hair girl is but she now seems infinitely more knowledgeable and a bit more geek-edgy with a T-Mobile G1 in tow! I wonder how she feels about open source OS's.

    [via Gizmodo]

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    6 years ago

    NTT DoCoMo Android Device Coming By September 2009


    NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator and a member of the Open Handset Alliance has confirmed that they'll be releasing a Android Device by September 2009. When contacted regarding their Android plans, NTT DoCoMo responded [via Phandroid]:

    Thank you for your inquiry. We aim to launch the Android based phone in the first half of the fiscal year 2009.(Apr.-Sep in 2009). That’s all we could comment at this time. Best Regards, NTT DOCOMO


    Here's to hoping that we'll see this Android device release closer to April. Anybody in Japan excited for this?

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    6 years ago

    T-Mobile G1 Gets A Firmware Update! Not Cupcake but RC33


    Hip hip hooray! T-Mobile is rolling out an update to the T-Mobile G1! Yay! Wait, what? It's not Cupcake!? Then what is it!?

    Chances are that's what is going on in your mind right now. We were supposed to get Cupcake by the end of January. January is over, still no cupcake. Not even close. This non-cupcake update updates the firmware on the G1 to 1.1 and is build RC33. Though it isn't quite cupcake, RC33 still packs a few goodies: Google Voice Search, for one. And it will reportedly allow saving images via a long press, a manual update check process, and of course, bug fixes.

    An internal memo states (via TmoNews):

    "To ensure a great experience with the T-Mobile G1 with Google, customers with these devices will receive an Over the Air (OTA) update to their devices between February 5 and February 15. This OTA will include new system enhancements such as the ability to save pictures or files to file by long-pressing an item, check for system updates, and use the Google Voice Search feature. The OTA will also fix a number of known issues. New G1 activations will receive the OTA up to three days after service has been activated."


    So where's Cupcake? Anyone get the RC33 update yet?

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    6 years ago

    Is Intel Preparing For Android Powered Netbooks?


    It's starting to look like Android is a much more versatile OS than imagined. Case in point: Intel is supposedly preparing itself to supply manufacturers with chipsets that can support Android for their Android-powered netbooks. The netbook is a potentially huge market considering the current state of our economy and their bang for the buck pricing. The netbook market has typically been a Linux stomping ground but Android has popped up a few times already.

    We're not exactly sure what the chipset for Android-powered netbooks would be or if any hardware needs to be changed, but we can surely expect more Android devices outside the smartphone realm--the Android OS is particularly attractive to netbook manufacturers because of its small overall footprint. it'll definitely be interesting to see how Android translates to different hardware and what that'll mean to developers developing apps for the platform.

    Anyone interested in Android Netbooks?


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    6 years ago

    Android App MemoryUp Wrongly Maligned


    In the good 'ol U.S. of A., our legal system provides that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, otherwise known as presumption of innocence. But just as fast as you can type "maliciously maligned MemoryUp", the Internet can be used to defame before due process.

    Earlier we posted that some were having problems with MemoryUp, an app from Peter Liu. Apparently this all started with a Geek.com article with claims that Android Market reviewers had blamed MemoryUp for all kinds of problems, ranging from spam email and deleted SD cards to installation of adware and removing contacts.

    Google has heard the cries of "foul!" and has examined MemoryUp more closely, and they conclude, "We have investigated and determined that MemoryUp is not malware. In the versions we tested, MemoryUp cannot perform any of the malicious things it is reported to have done."

    It would be a shame if developer Peter Liu and his app were being unfairly and unjustly maligned, but in the event you want to give this app a try, I recommend backing up your G1. It's always a good idea to back up your phone's content on a regular basis, especially if you are installing unfamiliar software. Have YOU tried MemoryUp? If so, what's your take?


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    6 years ago

    Samsung Android Device Sooner than Later?


    Samsung may be ready to unveil an Android device in as early as two weeks at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, says GSM Helpdesk. For quite some time now, Samsung has made noises about developing handsets for the Android platform, and according to an unnamed Samsung insider, the company had “accelerated the development process” to meet wireless carrier exams.

    It's nice to know that other Android handset options are coming with increasing urgency. Given the success of Samsung's Blackjack and Blackjack II, will a Samsung 'droid phone be like the phone pictured to the right, or will it offer a front-facing keyboard like the Blackjack design? If it did, would you buy it, or are you a slider fan?

    [androidcommunity vis SlashGear]

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    6 years ago

    Fujitsu Offering Android Design Service


    How would you like to have the little green 'droid in your car, or part of your home entertainment system? Fujitsu Japan has announced "Service Built for Android", a new project rolling out where Fujitsu aims to assist companies desiring to develop products utilizing the Android OS, like for cars and consumer electronics, to name a few. The open platform of Android would certainly save money for companies wanting to implement the OS in their products.

    Fujitsu will offer a variety of services to support their customers in implementing Android quickly and cheaply. It's exciting to see some big names associated with Android development and implementation. It should bode well for all of us consumers out there.

    [androidcommunity via Akihabara]

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    6 years ago

    T-Mobile Promising More Android "G" Phones


    According to Neville Ray, T-Mobile USA's senior VP of engineering and operations, there's more Android G-series goodness on the way, and possibly soon. Although he was mainly talking about T-Mobile doubling their 3G coverage, his hand tipped a little and he couldn't help but blurt out, "we will be launching more G series phones and other products... in the coming weeks and months."

    Maybe it will be the Sapphire or Rhodium? I don't really care what it's called - heck, call it the "Tofu" - let's have some more Android phones already! Given the flexibility of the Android platform, let's hope the dam breaks soon and that numerous phone options spill forth!

    [engadget via TmoNews]

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