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7 years ago

Samsung Says Never Planned Android Phone for MWC 2009


Just a few days ago, we posted right here that the Samsung Android phone was delayed and would not make an appearance at MWC 2009. According to Samsung, we (along with just about every other blogger in the Intertube universe) only got this one HALF right. According to Kim Titus of Samsung: "Somebody decided that we had said we were going to show Android here and then said we weren't. We never said we were going to show Android, and we were never planning to. There's no delay, and we're on track to launch later this year as expected," he said.

I'm glad that's all cleared up. Samsung never intended the delay to show an Android phone at MWC - I mean, that would be CRAZY talk to feature a new phone, new platform at the Mobile World Congress, right? So the question is, will we then see an Android OS Samsung handset sometime this year?


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7 years ago

The G2 is The HTC Magic is The HTC Sapphire, Coming To Vodafone?


We're not quite sure what to make of these HTC Magic images other than the fact that they look ridiculously similar to the device previously known as the Sapphire. If you didn't know, the Sapphire was reported to be the fabled G2, so if G2=Sapphire and Sapphire=Magic...that must mean the Magic is the next G2? That does match up with T-Mobile promising more Android "G" devices.

Looking back at the 2009 lineup from HTC, it looks like this could very well be the Vodafone edition of the Sapphire/G2. The button layout looks a wee bit different and in these pictures the "Android-Chin" is less severe but overall it looks like a big step forward for Android Devices. From what we can determine, there looks to be 6 buttons: call, end call, search, home, back, and another button we can't quite make out.

We don't quite know the specs of this device yet but we can surely expect the usual 3G, WiFi, GPS to be in the mix--you can't go backwards now can ya? There doesn't seem to be a physical keyboard so this Vodafone "Magic" / HTC Sapphire / G2 device must wait for Cupcake to fully roll out. Also, the pictures we received were also named HTC Pioneer, so who knows what this officially is. We'll definitely be on the lookout for more details regarding pricing and availability, so stay tuned!

Click the jump for the rest of the pictures of the HTC Magic or HTC Sapphire or G2 !

Thanks Adrian for the tip!

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7 years ago

Did Apple Tell Google Not To Put a 3.5mm Headphone Jack In The G1?


This is all mere speculation but following the news that Apple asked Google to not include multi-touch in Android (which Google complied with) we have some speculation that Apple also asked Google not to include a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple's use of remote buttons on their headset to control media functions is supposedly the sticking point. What the!?

We semi, sorta get Google agreeing to not implement multi-touch (esp. considering the drama that the Palm Pre v. Apple is getting into) but certainly Apple does not have the flex to manipulate Android HARDWARE as well, right? Our good friend Rene at TiPb is equally skeptical (and of course managed to put in an Android zinger, as well):

Other smartphones have long used the 3.5mm headphone jack, and since the G1 is hardly a media powerhouse (it doesn’t even include a built-in video app), there’s little reason to believe HTC couldn’t have included a non-remote, standard 3.5mm jack.


We hate the fact that the G1 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, it's especially ridiculous in today's climate of media-heavy smartphones but we highly doubt that this was a Google/Android decision. Take a look at HTC's previous phones and future lineup--no 3.5mm headphone jack, just the "jack of all trades" ExtUSB (lame!). So what do you guys think? Is Apple being the master puppeteer here or is this not feasible at all?

[via The iPhone Blog]

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7 years ago

No Ridiculously Crazy, Overpriced Nonsense Apps in Android Market


We had already announced that Android Market was receiving paid applications but after digging deeper into the fine print, it looks like there's going to be a limit of how much Android applications will cost in the market.

The current range will be set anywhere from $0.99 to $200. We think that's a fair price range that should hopefully avoid stupid elitist $1000 apps like that "I am Rich" application for the iPhone. What do you guys think?

[ars technica]

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7 years ago

Adobe Announces Flash For Android At MWC


Though we had fully expected Flash to show its pretty face in Android already, it's always a good thing when there's an official announcement. Adobe just announced at MWC that Flash is coming to Android!

By the end of this year, we can expect Android to be running Flash Player 10 which will display the same videos and applications as desktop computers. This is obviously great news for people who want to experience the "full web" and another step for mobile devices to reach the heights of their desktop counterparts.

Having Flash is great for Android because it "one ups" the iPhone and Blackberry who are as of now, Flash-less. Score.

[computerworld via googleandblog]

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7 years ago

NVIDIA's Tegra Coming To Android


NVIDIA's Tegra is something that got kind of swept under the radar here at Android Central. We weren't too familiar with the details of this ridiculously powerful "mobile computer on a chip" because it wasn't yet tooled for Android. Well, we should all get ready for Tegra because it will be coming to Android.

Why, now? Because NVIDIA sees Android surpassing Windows Mobile sales in 2012 and they want to be ready for the Android onslaught. The NVIDIA Tegra 2600 is going to be developed for Android OEM development and should release in Q2 this year.

To tell you guys more about Tegra, take a look at these specs:

  • The Tegra line will be all-in-one, integrated systems on a chip, containing an 800MHz ARM CPU, GeForce GPU, image processor, HD video processor, and controllers for all other aspects of core operations (memory, USB ports, communication) -- in a package about the size of a dime.
  • The chipset is 1/10th the size of Intel's Atom and is ultra-low power. A single charge can allow the user to run audio for 130 hours or HD video for up to 30 hours.

Basically, Tegra is going to pack a ton of power and be a media powerhorse. Can Android catch up to the specs? We'll soon see.


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7 years ago

Around SPE for February 15 2009


With our editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn off in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the inmates site editors are left running Around SPE this week. So, while he'll be breaking news and giving us some hands-on observations on all the new software and hardware on display, we'll be keeping you covered here at home, starting with a quick recap of where we are right now:

In the world of BlackBerry, T-Mobile customers were happy to see the official roll out of the next-generation BlackBerry Curve 8900 this week. With AT&T said to be dropping support for 2G phones, there has been some worry that this new Curve wouldn't come to AT&T, but with the 8900 SKU now showing up on AT&T systems, it's likely the device will launch there in the next month.

The BIG new this week comes from the CrackBerry Podcast. Kevin was in NYC on for a RIM Business Solutions Press Preview. While there, him and Craig recorded a podcast and for the first time had an employee from Research in Motion on the show. Joined by Mike Kirkup, Manager of Developer Relations, they tackle a bunch of topics from the upcoming App Store to OS 5.0 and whether or not Flash support will appear in a BlackBerry browser and more! Listen Here.

More after the break!

Android Central

This week Android Central reported that Android Market was leaving beta and finally receiving paid applications. Hopefully we'll see even more amazing applications such as this recently announced TeleNav turn-by-turn GPS application.

We also wondered why Google would comply with Apple's request to leave multi-touch out of the G1. Hint: It has something to do with maintaining a great relationship with Apple. Read: Google still wants to play nice with Apple to get iPhone eyes on Google AdSense.

Nokia Experts

News was a bit slow this week as everyone in the mobile space waits for big announcements from Mobile World Congress next week, including some announcements about devices and services from Nokia. We are in our third week of the the launch contest so make sure to get your entry in and look for week four's entry task. Great input and information is coming in from the contest entries. Also, check out our SBSH Reminders giveaway for a chance to win a free registration code.

Some topics of interest this week on Nokia Experts includes the amazing Nokia Maps 3.0 beta update, Nokia 5800 firmware update, Nokia E63 availability in the US for just $279, and the announcement of the Nokia 5630 with 600 MHz processor.


Over at PreCentral this week, we learned that Bell Canada will be launching the Palm Pre. We heard conflicting launch dates of late Q2 or early Q3 and also the end of Q3-Q4.Â

We also had more Touchstone details to emerge when Adam Kaufman, a Product Manager at Palm started answering questions on Facebook. Plus, many people are wondering if the Palm Pre made an appearance on the TV show "Knight Rider". Â

The iPhone Blog

Is this the first glimpse of the 3rd Gen iPhone? Looks pretty much the same as the iPhone 3G, but then Apple brass re-affirmed that the iPhone market is strong, and they won't be diluting it with an iPhone nano or keyboard slider any time soon. What with 20,000 Apps in the store, and the iPhone and the iPod touch now owning 51% of the mobile browser space... and growing, who can blame them?

Maybe jailbreakers, as the EFF asking the US government to grant it an exemption from the DMCA has Apple declaring jailbreaking illegal. (Oops, we just jailbroke live for xGPS on the last podcast!). Lastly, Google gave us Spreadsheet editing, but did Apple deny the Android multi-touch and... a 3.5mm headphone jack?!


This week when Ed Colligan spoke to investors at the Thomas Weisel Partners Technology, Telecom & Internet Conference, he announced that there will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm (excepting the Centro getting released on other carriers) as they're focused on WebOS and Windows Mobile. He also said that not only will Palm have an app store when the Pre launches, but Palm isn't locking down the device so you can only install apps from their app store.

We also learned this week that the Sprint Treo Pro is now targeted for a March 15th launch, and that some Sprint stores are now getting re-stocked with new Treo Pro's with the new ROM on board. And even though the Sprint Treo Pro is delayed, it was great to hear that Palm's stock has neared double-digits.


It's been the calm before the storm over at WMExperts while we wait for Mobile World Congress to get under way, but that doesn't mean it was a quiet week. We saw more information surface on Windows Mobile 6.5 including a new video, an updated version of Skyfire Beta released while Opera Mobile plans to go turbo. Google offered up contact and calendar sync and brought public-domain books to mobile devices. Mozilla's Fennec mobile browser hit pre-alpha, and we got a sit-down with developer Brad Lassey. On the hardware side, new Windows Mobile devices were spotted from Garmin-Asus, Gigabyte, as well as the "Hummer" of Windows Mobile Devices from I-Mate.

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7 years ago

Moxier brings Exchange to Android


Moxier Mail Beta is now available in the Android Market for T-Mobile G1 users and promises the first Exchange ActiveSync push email solution for Android users. Moxier Mail will allow you to compose, send and receive email on your Android handset and sync/send via Exchange server.

Currently you should be able to download the app for free, but now that the Android Market is able to accept payment for paid apps, it's unknown how long the app will be free. It is also unknown to what extent you can sync information - whether it's limited to email or if you can also browse contacts on Exchange and sync contacts and calendar entries. It certainly wouldn't hurt to head on over to the Android Market and check out this app for yourself.


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7 years ago

HTC Dream Gets Different Look for Telefonica Spain


Does this smartphone look familiar? Hard to hide those lines, those curves, that little trackball. Telefonica will soon be selling an Android phone in Spain, but instead of the G1, it will be this HTC Dream. The innards are likely the same, but as you can see, the exterior has undergone some renovations. There is no release date yet, but when it does land on the shelves, the pricing is estimated to be between €0 and €199 depending on subscriber status and voice/data plan. It's nice to see Android continue to go global!


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7 years ago

Android Market Now Accepting Paid Applications


We reported that Android Market was going to get paid applications this week. Well, today is the day that developers can start uploading applications to Android Market with end user pricing. Priced Applications will be available to the US and UK Market by mid next week. Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, and Spain will offer priced applications later this quarter.

Google Checkout (what else?) will serve as the payment and billing mechanism for Android Market. Developers without a Google Checkout merchant account should set one up via the publisher website.

[Android Developers Blog]

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7 years ago

Google Releases My Tracks, A GPS Tracking Application for Android


A lot of the best applications for Android is made by Google themselves so when Google announces a new Android Application, we pay attention. This new one from Google is called My Tracks which serves as a GPS tracking application. Specifically:

My Tracks records tracks of outdoor activities using the phone's built-in GPS. It shows these tracks on a map and presents live statistics, including an elevation profile. And here's the best part: it lets you easily share your activities with friends and the world using Google Maps, as well as archive your training history with Google Docs.


You can just download the application from Android Market and be on your tracking way! No dongles necessary, no additional desktop software required. Here's a specific list of things that can be done with My Tracks:


  • Record and visualize GPS tracks while running, hiking, biking, skiing — or any other outdoor activity
  • Get live statistics, such as total/moving time, (average) speed, distance, and elevation profile
  • Send performance statistics to Google Docs to build a training history
  • Mark places and describe activities for others to discover via Google Maps

If you're eager to learn more about this new app, click the jump to see a video of My Tracks in action!

[Official Google Blog]


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7 years ago

Android Powered E-Reader, Who Needs a Kindle Again?



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You know what's great about Android? It's versatility. We've seen Android ported over to many different devices that it's entirely probable that every electronic device will one day run Android (we're only half kidding). Today's newest Android Powered Device is from the folks at the MOTO Development Group who have written a custom driver to create Android running on an E-Ink Display. If they get everything tweaked out and optimized the way they want it to (the current screen flickers much too often as it refreshes), who will ever want a Kindle with its bare bones OS ? Check out the above video to see the device in action!

[via engadget]

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7 years ago

Android Phones with "Combo" Chip


One of the criticisms of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone is the battery life - it's not exactly awe-inspiring. Broadcom Corporation, a member of the Open Handset Alliance, has announced a new "combo" chip which is available for Android handset designers. The new chip (BCM4325) and driver software integrates the FM radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, offering the following advantages:

  • The biggest bonus of all - decreased power consumption for a longer-lasting battery between charges.
  • Reduced board space - since it's all in one chip, designers will have more circuit board real estate to work with.
  • Lower production costs, which should translate into less expensive handsets for the consumer.
It's nice to see members of the Open Handset Alliance like Broadcom who can deliver technology that improve the Android experience. So far I'm pretty happy with my G1, but when new Android handsets start surfacing, and if they boast the integration and benefits that the Broadcom chip offer, it might be enough to pull me off the middle of the fence. [androinica]

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7 years ago

Android Market Getting Paid Apps This Week?


A recent Wall Street Journal online article, by Nick Wingfield, spotlighted Microsoft and their plans to roll out a new series of programs and services for mobile phones. It is their attempt to catch up beat back competition like innovator Apple and their highly-successful App Store. Microsoft plans on offering a software site of their own, recognizing that he who attracts the most developers, wins.

Why is this important to those of us who follow the way of the Green 'Droid? At the end of this WSJ article, Mr. Wingfield credits unknown insiders who claim that the Android Market will start offering paid apps this week:

This week Google will start allowing developers to charge for software sold through the Android Market, according to people familiar with the matter.

I like free apps just as much as the next person, but having the ability to start buying apps in the Android Market should result in two huge benefits, as far as I'm concerned: 1) higher-quality apps because developers can start making some scratch, and 2) more developers jumping on the Android development bandwagon because there's money to be made. It sounds like this news couldn't have come too soon. Are you excited for paid apps? How much are you willing to pay for a decent app for your Android phone?


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7 years ago

TeleNav Launches GPS Navigation for G1, Android


Hey that didn't take too long! TeleNav just announced that they'll be releasing their turn-by-turn GPS navigation software for Android on February 24th. The TeleNav software will include full color 3D graphics, speech recognition, one-click rerouting, traffic alerts, weather updates, gas prices, and restaurant reviews. Supposedly over 10 million businesses and services will be packed into the TeleNav software. Sounds good, right?

Well here comes the kicker. After a 30-day free trial (yay!), the software will run for $9.99 a month (boo!). I know, a pretty stiff price to pay. Currently, there's no word on whether it'll hit the Android Market or explore an alternative route and we have no idea how big the application will be. Though the price is high, this is still exciting news! Hopefully we'll see more turn-by-turn GPS software in the near future.

UPDATE: According to our good friend Matthew Miller there are other pricing options: $9.99/monthly, $99 for a year, $249 for four years. He has spent a fair amount of time with the software so you can check out his impressions here.

More pics after the jump!

[via Engadget]


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