Worried about security on Android? Afraid that malware might leak into your G1? Think you need some antivirus software? SMobile Systems has announced that they're releasing SMobile VirusGuard for Android to protect your G1 "from the attack and proliferation of mobile viruses, spyware and other malware". Currently, VirusGuard for Android is available either at their website or through Handango for $9.99. When Android Market supports paid apps they'll move VirusGuard over there (Q1/09).
In the coming weeks and months, SMobile plans to adapt the remainder of the SecurityShield suite to offer firewall, anti-spam and lock, wipe and backup for the Android platform. SMobile will also be able to offer parental controls that will allow parents to closely monitor their child’s cell phone voice and messaging activities to ensure they are safe.
As crude as it may sound, we at Android Central doubt that the G1 and Android will need any sort of antivirus software. We're fairly certain that the foundation of Android is sound and the marketshare of Android is too small to warrant any attacks. Who knows, maybe we're wrong but we're going to pass on this.
So what do you think, is anyone going to buy antivirus software for their G1? Who's really worried about security on Android?
We definitely feel your pain. Who really knew that the T-Mobile G1 was going to come out. And who knew it would be so great? Certainly not you Sidekick user, you're stuck with that "kid toy" while the G1 is being considered the "grown up" version of a Sidekick. Luckily, you can pose like an Android user with some G1 themes created by CubanitaStylezz.
Hey, it's not exactly what we're using but it's as close as you'll get for now. Don't worry you can still read Android Central and we promise not to look at you funny.
Ever wanted to know how to factory reset your T-Mobile G1? Don't worry Android Central has got you covered. Doing a factory reset is a fairly easy process on the G1 and is immensely useful for those returning units, selling units, and/or just want a fresh start.
Here's how it works:
Power off the G1
Hold Home Key + End key for 20 seconds or until you see a "triangle with an exclamation point and a picture of the G1"
Open the QWERTY keyboard and hit Alt+W
To do a soft reboot, simply hit the Home+Back buttons when you reach the "triangle with an exclamation point and a picture of the G1" screen.
T-Mobile USA has reported their 3rd Quarter numbers and they're decent, to say the least. They got 670,000 new subscribers which is better than the previous quarter but is down year-over-year. 32.1 million users, 7 million use MyFaves, and thousands of towers are being added. Also, they released news that by the end of November 120 cities will be blanketed in the T-Mobile 3G Network. Specific G1 numbers weren't released.
We at Android Central can't particularly number crunch with the best of them but we do know a couple of things. Android and the G1 will only get more popular and T-Mobile 3G can only get better. These are good things. If you want to see all the numbers that T-Mobile reported, feel free to click this link.
In a bit of disappointing news, it looks like Mozilla has no plans to bring Firefox Mobile to the Android platform. Instead, they'll be focusing on a Linux version for Nokia Internet Tablets and touchscreen/non-touchscreen versions for Windows Mobile. Argh!
According to Mozilla's director of Mobile Engineering Christian Sejersen, Mozilla has no plans to bring Firefox Mobile to Android "now or in the near future". What that exactly means, who knows. Maybe Mozilla's still bitter and feeling the burn about Google's release of Chrome. Even though being without Firefox Mobile isn't ideal, we still have the luxury of a great browser to fall back on. Ah, the benefits of Android..
Well, the days of T-Mobile being by far the cheapest option on the block is over. Tear. Now we have to settle with simply a wee bit cheaper. T-Mobile's brand new 3G network is continuing its roll out and with the recent release of the G1, what better time to raise prices?
It looks like all unlimited data plans across the board will hit the G1 price points of $24.99/$34.99 depending on which messaging plan you choose. Also, T-Mobile HotSpot Access should be available to all. The less smart smartphones are priced at the old data plan point albeit with some data caps.
Either way, T-Mobile still offers good deals -- just a bit less good.
Not only are unlocked G1s selling well on eBay (yours truly snagged one there), but the Asian market, particularly China, is gobbling them up with a voracious appetite. Apparently, HTC has taken notice, and it's likely the G1 Android handset will officially become available in China and it's Asian neighbors sometime in the first half of 2009.
How may this affect availability in the States and other markets already carrying the G1? Will a foray into Asian markets have a positive effect on popularity and app development?
Hop-on recently revealed their Android roadmap detailing two devices for Android. Specifically, one will be a multimedia based with GPS tracking and the other will be a standard Android phone. What standard Android phone actually means, remains to be seen but I assume expect a touchscreen and some decent horsepower.
What is more interesting is that both phones will utilize a UMA-esque type technology that allows for free calls over modems. The details are so blurry right now that we can't give you guys exact information, just know that more Android devices are coming and some will push the envelope even further.
Hop-On, a company who has committed to Android, is questioning Sprint's lack of Android device and Dan Hesse's comments on Android not being ready. What does Hop-On blame? Sprint's fear of losing marketshare. They feel that Sprint invested a ton of money in their own network that they're fearful of losing all that hard work by going open source. Hop-on thinks Sprint is reneging on their promise as a founding member of the OHA.
“Why doesn’t Sprint find a way to embrace the Android platform and find another revenue stream from it? Sprint has made it difficult to bring CDMA technologies from smaller vendors onto their network. CDMA is the best technology in the world, hands down. Hop-on could have brought in a low-end $10 CDMA, minimum, subsidized phone for Sprint, but they didn’t allow it. Hop-on is embracing advancing technology, Sprint is not!”
We at Android Central believe Sprint desperately needs an Android device. Android could be your golden ticket Hesse, use it!
Boy do these Android Users move fast. We have news that the T-Mobile G1 has been jailbroken. Meaning full system access and read and write capabilities have been obtained. We have yet to try the method but its supposed to be quite easy.
Here are the basic steps (via modmygphone):
Turn on WiFi in the G1 (Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi). Make sure you're connected to a network.
Start up PTerminal (search in the Market) and you'll get a prompt once its launched.
Enter cd system and hit Enter.
Enter cd bin and hit Enter.
Enter telnetd and hit Enter. You've now started telnet on your G1.
Enter netstat and hit Enter. You'll now see your G1's IP address. You can also find this in the Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi > and click on your network you're connected to. It will show you your IP.
Start up Terminal on your OS X machine, or bring up a command prompt on your Windows box. Type telnet[your.ip.address.we.just.found]and hit Enter/Return. So, if your IP was 192.168.1.101, you'd type telnet 192.168.1.101 and hit Enter/Return.
You are logged in as root now. To remount the system file as read write, type mount -oremount,rw/dev/block/mtdblock3/system from the Terminal/Command Prompt and hit Enter/Return.
This method will obviously be for those eager to explore the inner workings of your G1. But if you still want to jailbreak but aren't so confident in your hackerish talents, the G1 jailbreakers are expecting more major breakthroughs on the jailbreaking front. Check this space for updates!
Remember our report on OpenMoko adopting Android? Well, it's looking like it'll become a reality sooner than later because some pictures have popped up showing Android running on the Neo FreeRunner - an OpenMoko device. We'll be on the lookout for a potential video that will surely pop up to show Android running on the device. These pictures coincide with our initial report of a November Release.
Do you have a laptop but no data plan love for it? If you want to save a few $$$ either in WiFi rates or a 3G data rate plan for your laptop, then consider tethering your G1 to your laptop and use it's 3G goodness for some large-screen internet browsing and emailing.
How do you do it? Well, fortunately for all of us, there are those who discover the ways and means and then post for the rest of us mere mortals. Thanks to Mark Wilson at Gizmodo via TmoNews Forums and jkOnTheRun, just click here for a detailed step-by-step that will have you tethering and surfing in no time.
Ever wanted to know the whole story behind Android Apps directly from the developers themselves? Well, Google has got you covered. They just released two videos detailing the process behind two popular apps such as CompareEverywhere and Bonsai Blast.
If you have some free time, the videos make for good viewing. The embedded video up top is from Jeff Sharkey of CompareEverywhere and is just the first of a three part series. Click on the link to access the playlist for this very cool featurette on Android Developers.
We had originally reported on that gigantic Android Robot that stood outside of Google's Campus on Android Launch Day. Little did we know that it would spark some high def investigating. The embedded video up top includes some close up shots of the Gigantic Android Robot and well, it looks just as cute blown up as it does on the G1.
What we didn't know was that our Giant Green Android Robot had a small green dog friend. It's nice to see Droido keep company with man's best friend. Also, if anyone can send over that cute Android Robot stuffed animal to Android Central's Headquarters, we'll give you free Android news for the next year.
No G1 in Australia? No problem says Kogan Technologies. According to Android Guys, Kogan is going to build their own Android device that is supposed to be "iPhone inspired" with a touchscreen, keyboard, trackball, wifi, bluetooth, and GPS. All for the low, low price of $199.
This should be great news for Aussies who are paying outrageous grey market prices for the G1 and is also great news for Android. If more people adopt Android, the better it'll get. Even if it is some boutique company across the world.