7 years ago

More Information on the T-Mobile G1's $179 Price


After reporting that the $179 price of the T-Mobile G1 may or may not be "real" we decided to find out for ourselves. Initially, the T-Mobile system was down and asked us to try again but after a few more tries, we were finally able to get in. Hoping to snatch one of these puppies for the $179 price, we typed in our login information only to find that we didn't qualify for that much reported price. Instead we were faced with the $299 offer.

Hmm. At the Android Event we don't remember anyone from T-Mobile or Google mentioning that there would be different price tiers, but it looks like that is to be the case. After getting off the phone with a T-Mobile Rep, they helped us determine that the $179 offer is those who are eligible for an upgrade. Specifically, those in the 22nd month and beyond of a 2 year contract. It looks like all those T-Mobile customers who don't fit that bill will be getting the $299 offer.

In other words, tough luck us. Unless you qualify for an upgrade be aware that the price of the T-Mobile G1 will be $299. As for the price for new T-Mobile customers? We don't quite know that yet..

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7 years ago

Android SDK for Developers Officially Released


Good news, developers, the SDK for developing applications for Android and their brand new app market is no longer a pre-release, but is official. Go check out the details at the developer's blog:

Yes, that means we're officially at 1.0. Of course the SDK won't remain static—we'll keep improving the tools by adding features and fixing bugs. But now developers can rely on the APIs in the SDK, and can update their applications to run on Android 1.0-compatible devices. The Android Market beta will also launch with the T-Mobile G1, providing developers an easy and open way to distribute their applications on that and later devices. I've already seen a lot of applications that have me stoked, and I can't wait to see things really come together as developers cross that final mile to prepare their applications for Android 1.0

Hooray for stable APIs! Also exciting: you'll be able to utilize true Copy and Paste on data fields:

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7 years ago

T-Mobile 3G/G1 Data Plan Limited To 1GB


Huh. According to the 'About 3G' tab on the T-Mobile G1 Website, the fine print says:

If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less. Your data session, plan, or service may be suspended, terminated, or restricted for significant roaming or if you use your service in a way that interferes with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users.

1 GB is certainly a lot of data to use per month but it isn't an unreachable, 'unlimited' amount of data. Especially with Google Maps Street View and the T-Mobile G1's tie-in with all things in the Google Universe (which all require Internet) we don't know how taxing it all will be on T-Mobile's network and what kind of data it needs.

Even if we won't reach the 1 GB threshold, we at AndroidCentral think that T-Mobile should bump up the "unlimited" amount of data because if they say unlimited, we want unlimited.

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7 years ago

Check Out T-Mobile's 3G Coverage Map


That map looks sparse doesn't it? Sad to say but that is T-Mobile's Coverage Map which includes 3G, EDGE, GPRS and a whole lotta 'No Coverage'. To see if you have T-Mobile 3G available in your area head on over to T-Mobile's Coverage Map.

According to the maps, where I live (LA Area) is filled with 3G coverage. Score!

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7 years ago

T-Mobile G1: Hands-on Roundup


A lot of folks who attended the T-Mobile Event in New York City are getting some up close and personal time with the T-Mobile G1 and most of them are walking away more impressed than not. The general consensus seems to be its not as big as you imagined, sleeker than expected, and the controls seem to be on-point. Basically, HTC and Google surpassed all of our expectations and did a great job in quieting the doubters and came through with a great device to launch Android with.

Here are the direct links to all of the hands-on that we can find:



Boy Genius Report

Android Community

Walt Mossberg

Photo Credit: Engadget

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7 years ago

Is the G1's $179 Price For Real?


We have to admit, the $179 price point of the T-Mobile G1 took us by surprise, we weren't expecting it to be that low. At $179 the price is uber-competitive and will certainly be very successful--I mean it's cheaper than that other phone! However, we're getting reports (Via AndroidCommunity) that some users aren't getting the $179 offer but instead having to purchase the T-Mobile G1 for $299 (around $350 after taxes and fees). There hasn't been any explanation on why this is so from T-Mobile yet so we'll continue digging for you until we come across some 'official information'. So in the mean time, what did T-Mobile charge you for your T-Mobile G1?

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7 years ago

HTC and T-Mobile Poke a little fun at Apple


Earlier this month Apple unveiled new iPods, specifically they called the new iPod Touch "The funnest iPod Ever." The grammatically incorrect formulation of "fun" caused much consternation amongst the former English majors in the Blogosphere, including yours-truly.

With the above bit from HTC about how well the G1 integrates with Google, they just cause the zone of my brain that handles grammar and proper speallings to braek dwon and dye. Funnerer, smarterer and connecteder. Wow.

If nothing else, it's a sly and fun poke at Apple, no?

Update: Commercial Video Funnerer [via]!:

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7 years ago

Android's Unique Alert System


Those of us who are familiar with smartphones know that one of the toughest things to get right in a user interface is alerts. Alerts are not only what pop up when you get a new message, but also what stays around if you miss the initial alert -- indicators and whatnot. Windows Mobile Pro has an annoying pop-over Windows that grabs your attention. PalmOS has a little tiny Bell icon that appears in the Upper Left. The iPhone has a pop-up window and then nothing except numbers on the home screen.

Android on the G1? It has the "Sliding Info Blind," which is a very subtle line at the top of your screen which displays a preview of your incoming message. You can tap it to open the message or, you know, ignore it and continue what you're currently doing without having to hit "cancel" or "close" or "ignore" like you do on many other platforms.

We're starting to get overwhelmed with all the unique and neat touches we're seeing on the G1.

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7 years ago

The G1's Unique Hinge


Looking at the early pre-release drawings, leaks, and renderings of the T-Mobile G1, there was a funny little question amongst us "hinge nerds." The rail between the screen and the keyboard was curved -- why was that, doesn't the screen just slide straight up?

No. The screen slides to the left and up on a curved track. Why is this cool? It means you can give it a little push with your right-hand thumb to slide the screen up -- just push to the left and up slightly and out comes the screen. Like the unlock feature we just mentioned, it's a subtle and elegant difference from your standard smartphone.

There are a lot of little touches of grace and elegance inside this G1, we can't wait to get one in our hands to find them all.

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7 years ago

Android's Unique Unlocking Feature


Talk about elegant and secure: Android and the G1 have a unique unlocking feature. Instead of tapping in a security code, you draw a pre-set pattern on the screen, see the image above to see what we mean. This is a great feature -- you can quickly unlock the screen without having to compromise having all your data securely stored behind a "password."

What other surprises are are in store for today?

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7 years ago

HTC Gives More Detailed Specs on the G1


HTC's page on the G1 is now posted and, boy oh boy, is it detailed. Check it out. Details on top of details:

  • 256MB ROM / 192MB RAM (The ROM is for Storage, the RAM is for running programs)

  • 4.60 in x 2.16 in x 0.62 in

  • 5.57 ounces

  • 3.2 inch 320 x 480 Touchscreen

  • Radio Bands: Quad Edge, on the US the bands are 1700/2100, in Europe it's 2100. In other words, if you do manage to unlock it, it won't do 3G on AT&T, only on T-Mobile.

  • Trackball

  • Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, HTCs Funny ExtUSB connector for Headphones. This is a bummer, no 3.5 mm headset jack.

  • 3.2 megapixel camera

  • 1150 mAh battery, sort of small, but supports 350 minutes of talk time

  • MicroSD for expansion

  • Accelerometer as a motion sensor and "digital compass"

  • GPS

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7 years ago

The T-Mobile G1 Demo Video


Here's the longer-form demo video from the T-Mobile G1 Launch Event, with a quick focus on how easy the Amazon MP3 store is to use on the G1. The long-press as "right click" or "context click" also get some attention as well.

Update: Full video now posted, to the dulcet sounds of silence (Hey, T-Mobile has rocking music on their just-posted site, we figured you cubicle-types could use a break!)

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7 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Website is LIVE


We already mentioned that T-Mobile customers can pre-order the G1 now, but there's a lot more to the G1 website up now. Check out the specs page for good information:

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7 years ago

Pre-Order the T-Mobile G1: Oct 22nd, $179.


We've just received word that any minute now you'll able to pre-order the T-Mobile G1:

Starting today, T-Mobile customers can pre-order the T-Mobile G1 at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. Beginning October 22nd, the device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores for a $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. In addition, the T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Right now http://ww.T-MobileG1.com is pointing back to the live feed, but we expect that should switch over any minute now. Update: Go Get it, T-Mobile Customers, but the rest of us have to wait.

$179.99 is definitely cheaper than we had expected. It's too bad that it's going to be locked to T-Mobile and a contract, but it's not surprising.

Also, it's nice to see that the US is finally beating Europe on getting HTC hardware!

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7 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Launch: Meta Live Blog


Looking to get all the updates for the launch of the G1 in a single place? We're following a bunch of sites, namely: Engadget, Gizmodo, Android Community, BGR, and of course the live feed. We're going to collate all the news after the break. Stay tuned, we're starting at 10:30 EST!

New Updates at the top!

11:15: That's it, everybody!

11:14: Joint Photo Time.

11:12: The speed difference on a web search between a laptop and a phone is still pretty big. But being able to do it on a phone as quickly is a really really big thing. Gosh, Google is excited about search, what a surprise!

11:11: 3 Billion mobile phones, a billion more per year. The G1 is as good a computer as what you had a few years ago. Think about what that means for what the internet is.

11:10: Literally rollerbladed in. They're geeks, like tinkering with things. Has one there. First application he wrote is you can throw the phone in the air and it measures how long it stays in the air. Heh.

11:09: Larry Page and Sergei Brin surprise us on stage!

11:08: Supports AAC, WMA, MP3, not iTunes DRM though. Skype... not yet. It's a dual-band UMTS, Quad-Band EDGE so it will work worldwide.

11:07: Joel Evans of Geek.com: Why not focus more on GMail? What's the client like?

Robust Gmail -- same threading, archiving, labels, search, it's very fast. A pretty good GMail on a small platform. Email services integrated through a gmail-powered front-end, but still can work with others.

ONLINE presence within phonebook! Google Talk (i.e. see people's available, away, etc)

11:06: Who is the target demographic?

Mass appeal, something for everybody. Expect it to be more consumer than enterprise.

11:05: does it use Chrome browser?

Nope... uses webkit, though. Think of it as "chrome lite." Hm..

11:05: Matt Miller, ZDNet: more on the sync, how does that work? Bluetooth A2DP, Keyboard?

Syncs well with Google, does IM with others. Supports Handsfree bluetooth, but nothing else (yet)

11:04: Marketing?

Google and T-Mo have developed an integrated marketing plan. TV, Channels, etc. Will be marketed starting in october, biggest ever for T-Mo.

11:03: SIM-lock again. What's the deal with that? Do you expect there will be an unlock fight like there was with the iPhone?

There's no guarantees with Technology. Worth noting that $179 is an attractive price (um)... but can't obviously address the question.

11:02: desktop for syncing picture, info?

Nope, not initially. All the sync happens on the backend with the network.

11:02: Any PUSH email at all?

Gmail is PUSH. IMAP is pull

11:02: support for MS office files, MS Exchange, SIM-Locked to T-Mo?

Read word docs, pdf, excel. No exchange compat, but a 3rd party developer will allow that to happen. They really think that 3rd parties will allow it. Will be sim-locked to T-Mo (so it's MOSTLY open)

11:01: Will this function as a tethered modem? Can you just get the data plan. All-in-one device, not a tethered modem. Data plan will require a voice plan.

11:00: HTC wanted to be on this launch because of long-standing partnership with T-Mo and Google. 2, wanted to make mobile internet a reality, 3rd is HTC's leadership in innovation.

10:59: Open sourcing the entire platform. Pretty focused roadmap, going broader with more features and functionality.

10:58: In Europe (bigger market). UK in early Nov, across europe Q1 2009.

10:58: 3G on T-Mobile. Up live now in 16 markets, by Oct 22nd they'll be live in 22. By mid-Nov they'll be in 27 markets, about 80% of their customers, all the major US markets.

10:57: $179!! One Seventy Nine! T-Mo customers can order over the internet NOW, will ship when it's available. Available Oct 22nd. Very cheap!! $25 for unlimited web and internet and some messaging. $35 for unlimited EVERYTHING (except voice).

10:56: Brodman is done. It's Question and Answer time. How SWEET that they're willing to do an open Q&A at this launch event? Open? Open.

10:55: 3rd party partners. EcoRio -- lets you track your carbon footprint. ShopSavvy. Take the G1, turn it into a barcode scanner, scans any good with the camera, looks it up on the internet, and finds competitive pricing. Mentions how it will help with the tanking economy. Heh.

10:54: Expect to see a continuous stream of innovation because it's open source. Showing everybody from dorm-room hackers to larger corporations.

10:52: 3rd parties will drive innovation and the future of the mobile internet. ANOTHER video?! Man, you guys are really worried about your ability to hold a stage presence. Video is about open source, interviewing several developers.

10:51: Video is done. Brodman asks for applause. Promise of open development environment and 3rd party developers. Again -- really glad to hear this stuff.

10:50: Android Market App store. Easy to download. Easy to sort with user ratings and reviews.

10:49: Browser time! Looks very close to a full desktop browser. On-screen controls for zoom -- not quite as elegant and multi-touch on the iPhone, but still pretty cool. Good tab support. Dedicated Google Search button -- nice! Google Search is location-aware too.

10:48: Compass mode: sweet! Street view that can move with you.

10:47: really terrific music player, long-press gives you related material on the MP3 store! Multi-tasks (take that, iPhone!). Showing keyboard, instant messaging. Type-to-find in contacts. Address book and map integration. Directions and traffic view. Full street view support.

10:46: New video. Touchscreen, swipe to different desktops. Long-press to open up a secondary menu. Easily pan, crop, frame, and add to home screen. You can drag and drop any application to your homescreen. Music -- showing the Amazon mp3 store with one-click ordering.

10:45: Time to actually talk about the device!

10:44: Just the teaser reel, they're letting people come forward to take photos.

10:43: showing a video. My GOD it's FAST. They are cutting to lots of features really REALLY quickly.

10:41: Talking about the importance of the Open Alliance and how 3rd parties help with the mobile internet. ok, finally, let's see it. PLEASE.

10:40: Cole Brodman back on the stage. Round of applause for these 4 guys. Brodman talking up need for applications that actually use the internet. "US Consumer over-consume everything, we love that about them."

10:40: Android is nimble, flexible, and powerful. A fundamental shift in how people can be shown the internet.

10:39: You need applications and content that introduce internet experience that people can really use and enjoy. HTC has worked closely with Google and T-Mobile to develop a unique, iconic design unlike anything else in the market.

10:38: Chou is the MAN, if you guys didn't know. He makes Steve Jobs look like un-creative when it comes to the mobile space. Seriously. Smart Man. He's going through the same motions as the previous guys, though, thanking everybody.

10:37: Andy Rubin takes the stage. Talking about Google being founded on the Internet. Developer will be able to use it as a platform, because it's openness a developer can modify the platform and make it better. It's "future proof" becuase it has openness built in. Peter Chou next!

10:36: "Committed to open industry platforms." God it's nice to hear that from a carrier exec and know that there's actually some TRUTH behind it!

10:35: History of T-Mobile as opening up the mobile internet. In 2005 they opened up first.. Hunh? I guess this means that we'll never see T-Zones again. Talking up T-Mo's $$ side (they are last, after all). Partnerships are important, expressing gratitude to Google and HTC.

10:33: World's first Android-based mobile phone. T-Mobile G1. Launching the same device simultaneously on both sides of the atlantic -- a first for T-Mo. "At the end of this very year"

10:32: Bringing on Christopher Schlepper, Andy Rubin, and Peter Chou. Christopher to start.

10:31: Promotional video... the entire plant. T-Mo CTIO Cole Brodman takes the stage. Need to connect to one another. Integration of cell phone and internet has failed us in the past, "we're here to today to change that. A new platform, a new device, a new set of services."

10:30: Seems like a perfect time for the live video stream of the event to go down. ...and there it goes.

10:29: oh boy oh boy! Are we gonna get going or what?

10:22: On the agenda: Cole Brodman, Chief Tech Officer for T-Mo, Christopher Schlaffer, from Deutsche Telekom, Andy Rubin of Google, and Peter Chou of HTC (Android Community)

10:17: still waiting. What's your most-hoped-for "I didn't expect that!" feature?

10:12: We're waiting, though the "BEEEEEEEEEEP" on the live feed is getting awfully annoying. Ah, here we go, now we have just plain music -- aggressive guitar rock, which doesn't really seem to be either Google's or T-Mobile's style. Ah, now it's generic elevator music.

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