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!
You can always count on Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, to run his mouth and offer unsolicited opinions about future technology. What did he say this time? That the world is not ready for cloud computing. Hm, are you sure about that Ballmer?
Google and Android have both let it be known that Cloud Computing is the main focus of Google's interests. With the release of Chrome and a huge emphasis on Google Gears, Google is strategically placing themselves at the forefront of Cloud Computing. Android is an extension of that ideal and we won't be at all surprised to see an Android version of Google Gears in the near future.
So Ballmer saying that the Cloud isn't something that consumers really want right now? Maybe he's right but once the platform begins to mature, you can count on Microsoft trying to emulate Google. Just like search.
Android Authority has the news that the T-Mobile G1 available in the UK is the exact same model as the one available in the US. The insider's take on such a revelation? That the G1 supports HSUPA which allows it to take advantage of full fledged HSPA. Though this means little to us in the States now, if T-Mobile so chooses to upgrade their network, the G1 is covered. Talk about future proof, yeah?
The blogosphere and interweb have EXPLODED with a TON of in-depth reviews about the T-Mobile G1, Android, touch screens, trackballs, keyboards, flushness, chins, slide outs, battery life, signal, wifi, storage capacity..and well you get the point. There are an absolute ton of reviews up on a lot of different sites, blogs, and newspapers and we decided to make it easy for you guys with a one stop shop for the links!
We have yet to finish our own review of the T-Mobile G1 but this should surely keep your hands tied for the time being. Be sure to check this space to see what we think of the T-Mobile G1 and Android. If you don't want to comb through all the reviews, don't worry we'll take care of that for you. We'll be back and forth throughout the day letting you know all the ins, outs, kinks, and oddities of the G1 and Android.
Apple was pretty much tarred and feathered when the news of a kill switch for iPhone apps came to light. Well, though Android stands for something completely different than Apple and the iPhone, it too has a kill switch for Android apps.
Per the user agreement:
"Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement ... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion,"
But of course, Google gets credit for being upfront about the kill switch and also promising to try to refund any money spent on an application that gets "killed". And also, Android may have more need for such a kill switch because what's stopping developers from putting malware up on Android Market when no one is stopping them? I trust that Google will do right with their kill switch. Don't be evil, right?