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8 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 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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8 years ago

Official: Amazon MP3 Store Preloaded On T-Mobile G1


Anything you can do, I can do better. That can very well be the motto for Android and the T-Mobile G1 towards the iPhone. You have a single, closed, make-it-yourself phone? We'll have hundreds of phones and our OS is open. An app store that requires a screening process? We have a market where anyone can sell. iTunes Wi-Fi Store? Well, we'll just partner up with the Amazon MP3 Store to offer our users DRM-Free Music directly from their T-Mobile G1 [Via Engadget].

Including an over-the-air option to download music is a key bullet point to hit with consumers. Choosing Amazon MP3, which we at AndroidCentral believe is a great music portal on par with the iTunes Store, makes it even better. 6 million DRM-free songs will be available to you once you get your T-Mobile G1. Songs are $0.89 and albums range $5.99-$9.99 and it will require Wi-Fi.

If good news like this is coming in today, we won't be able to contain ourselves.

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8 years ago

Rumor: T-Mobile Considering Free Gmail for G1 Users?


It should come to no surprise to you guys that we love our Gmail here at AndroidCentral. Though it is certainly limited in some aspects, the potential and ongoing improvements is why we stick with it. So imagine our delight when we heard from FORTUNE that T-Mobile may be considering giving free G-Mail to G1 users? Meaning, no data plan necessary. Yeah, crazy right? A carrier offering something to their customers for free, hah!

But in a way, it kind of makes sense. We know that Gmail will be heavily integrated to Android (in fact, it looks like Android will require a Gmail account) and that having more users using Gmail means more eyes looking at Gmail's ads which means more money for Google, so it's not completely far-fetched.

But T-Mobile offering free Gmail to Android users when they charge $15 a month for the same feature to access e-mail on a Blackberry would seem like they'll lose out on money from in-house (Blackberry) switchers to Android. So mark this up as something that will more likely stay rumor than anything else. Money does make the world go around.

But then again..T-Mobile does need something daring like this to boost their customer base. We'll see in a few hours!


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8 years ago

More Leaked Specs for T-Mobile G1, Very Interesting


With the official T-Mobile Android Event less than a day away, we have some more leaked specs from the good guys at TmoNews. And well, there is some good news, some bad news, and some rather interesting news, to say the least.

It looks like the official size will be 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 inches and it'll weigh in at 5.6 ounces with a 480x320 HVGA screen. Talk time is 5 hours, standby time 130 hours. 3.1 megapixel camera, 3G, GPS, WiFi, and expandable memory up to 8 gb. There will also be 'one click' Google Search and obviously easy access to all of Google's Applications: Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, and Google Talk (which is surprising considering earlier reports).

So what's the bad news? It won't have stereo bluetooth or video capture. It looks like it'll come with a required data plan, won't work with prepay accounts, and requires a Gmail account with no corporate account option. And finally, in the strangest news, the T-Mobile G1 will be available in stores within T-Mobile's 3G network, meaning those outside of T-Mobile's 3G Network (the entire United States?) will have to order through

Hopefully at tomorrow's event the good news stays good and the bad news get better. We don't have to wait too long!

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8 years ago

Official T-Mobile G1 Product Pictures Leaked


Everyone who knows anything about Android knows that the big unveiling of the T-Mobile G1 and Android will happen tomorrow in New York City at 10:30 AM (EST). So what happens when a huge, highly anticipated event that will surely capture all the media's attention is scheduled? Leaks galore!

Engadget has uncovered what looks like the first official product shots of the T-Mobile G1 and though that 'chin' is still apparent, it looks A LOT better in black. From the product shots we can see that the whole Google Universe will be accessible via Android: Google Maps, Gmail, Gcal, and Youtube all get prominent icons. In a couple hours, we'll officially see what Android is all about.

After the jump, the rest of the product shots!

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8 years ago is LIVE


Following up its appearance on T-Mobile's main website and the leaked product shots, we have official word that is live. In its current form, the site is bare and contains no official specs, pics, pricing, plans, etc. but we can at least officially confirm that the HTC Dream will go with the name T-Mobile G1 much like we predicted. Well, we didn't see it being called the 'T-Mobile G1 with Google' though.

Another interesting nugget is that the site has an "About 3G" tab which presumably will show T-Mobile's 3G coverage (or lack thereof). Tomorrow will be a big day for T-Mobile and its 3G rollout and G1 announcement will probably be the main attractions. Let's hope it all goes off without a hitch and we hear some good news!

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8 years ago

HTC Dream No More, Call It The T-Mobile G1


Though we here at AndroidCentral really love the HTC Dream moniker (especially if it lives up to our dreams, har har) we're fairly certain that the device known as the HTC Dream will become the T-Mobile G1 when it's all said and done. We think. Hopefully.

Either way, here at AndroidCentral we'll be referring to it as the T-Mobile G1 until T-Mobile or Google says otherwise (which may be September 23rd) but until then, let there be no confusion. HTC Dream = T-Mobile G1. Cool?

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8 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Out In The Real World, Nice Spy Pics


After reporting about T-Mobiles apparent gaffe in posting the Android device on their website, we have found more pictures on a very finished-looking T-Mobile G1 [Via Utterli]. It looks very much like something that HTC would build and the "real world" use seems great. Comparing it to the guy's hand, it doesn't look too thick, too wide, or too long.

On this particular phone, it doesn't seem to have any particular branding which is understandable because this is likely a prototype unit. The spy who managed to capture these pictures believes that the this is being used as a primary phone so it must mean that Android is pretty much done. Though we can't figure anything out from the glare of the screen, I'm pretty satisfied with this "real world" tease.

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8 years ago

HTC Dream Pops Up On T-Mobile's Site A Little Early


Well, look what we have here! The HTC Dream, the first Android Device, shows itself in all its glory (and slide keyboard) on T-Mobile's website (Via Gizmodo). The problem? Well, T-Mobile and Google have not officially announced anything regarding Android and the HTC Dream and won't until Sept 23 10:30 AM (EST) at the Android Event in New York City, NY. There isn't more information but we can see that it is black and it looks pretty darn good. We'll have much more information come Tuesday of next week.

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8 years ago

T-Mobile Expanding 3G Coverage In Preparations for Android


So it's no secret that the HTC Dream will have 3G and that T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier for the first Android Device-we all know that. We also do know that in its current shape, the 3G Coverage provided by T-Mobile is pitiful at best and nearly non-existent. Having just rolled out 3G in New York in May, T-Mobile has expanded to only a total of 13 cities since then: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and San Diego.

When the HTC Dream is released (currently speculated as being mid-October), T-Mobile will have 3G coverage in 14 more cities for a total of 27 cities with T-Mobile 3G. In comparison, by that same timeframe AT&T will have 350 cities with 3G coverage and people still complain about the lack of 3G being available on AT&T's network.

The lucky new 14 cities are: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle all of which will get 3G by mid-october. And by the end of the year, six more cities will get 3G: Birmingham, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, and Tampa.

In other words, hurry up T-Mobile, the fate of Android's first impression lies with you.

[Via CNET]

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8 years ago

CONFIRMED: Android Market, No App Checking from Google


Google has released details on Android Market, the Android application that allows easy access to other applications, in short--it's Android's version of the App Store. The version that will ship in Android 1.0 will be in beta which means it won't currently support paid applications but it certainly plans on it. Having an Android Market will make getting third party applications for Android so much easier and can really show off the versatility of Android.

Terming it 'market' instead of 'store' was a conscious decision on Google's part because it wants to keep things open for developers and not kick out applications with no discretion (ahem, Apple). What's crucial is that Google keep malicious software out of Android Market or this free market might turn into a swap meet of malware.

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8 years ago

Gizmondo to Run Android


Well we guess Google wasn't lying when they said Android will be able to run on any device that wants it because we have word (Via Gizmodo) that the Gizmondo 2, the follow up to the underwhelming original Gizmondo, will have the option to run Android. Cool huh?

This shows the versatility of Android and how it can easily adapt to each platform. Though the Gizmondo isn't really relevant in terms of pushing the Android OS forward, its still puts Android in more hands. Hopefully we'll see more from this front in the coming months.

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8 years ago

HTC Dream Pricing: $199 and Cheap Data


So if anyone says that T-Mobile isn't going after AT&T and Apple with the HTC Dream, they're lying. We're getting news from the WSJ that the HTC Dream will release with a $199 price point and an "aggressively priced" data plan. Coming from T-Mobile an "aggressively priced" data plan sounds intriguing considering that their plans are currently the most affordable in town.

We also are catching word that the phone will be branded in Google glory, what this means, we have no idea but be sure to expect Google announcing its arrival with this handset.

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8 years ago

T-Mobile's App Store Won't Be Available to Android


We caught word a month back that T-Mobile was planning to roll out an 'App Store' similar to that other App Store that would be available to all phones on T-Mobile. Well, that news has changed according to mocoNews, it looks like Android devices (and the Sidekick) won't have the T-Mobile App Store when the app store goes live. But don't fret, T-Mobile is still planning on eventually including Android just not when things are so green.

In any case, when the T-Mobile App Store launches it'll probably feel more like a beta since T-Mobile won't allow API Access or allow free apps to use advertisements. So I guess we won't be missing much, it's better to get all that trial and error out of the way before it reaches our Android handsets.

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8 years ago

Google Shows Off Android in a Video Presentation in London


At Google's Developer Day over in London, Google seemed to show off a very complete-looking version of Android and a device that looks eerily similar to the HTC Dream. WIth the scheduled T-Mobile event to jump off September 23rd, I think it's safe to say that what we see in this video is pretty much what we'll see at the vent.

The actual device details were 'taped up' according to the video so we can't know for sure but Android is looking better and better by the day. Click the Read Link for the full video to see some basic Android UI and what 2 hours of development can create.


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