T-Mobile G1 phone images leaked!

The Google's Android-powered phone for T-Mobile called G1 gets very real with the newly leaked images on a Chinese forum.  We've seen the G1 demoed at Google IO earlier this year and another demo by Andy Rubin, but never have we've seen spy shots in the wild.  So here is the T-Mobile G1 in all her glory!

Looking over the images, I'm not terribly surprised by it's appearance since we've already seen a leak diagram a few days back.  Just as expected, the G1 phone will come in white with T-Mobile brand across the top.  The display slides up to reveal a five row full QWERTY keyboard.  There's a dedicated Menu button, a phone button, home, back and end call button.  As expected the G1 features a jogball similar to what we'd find on a Sidekick.

The G1's specs and features are still unknown but it is rumored to sport a 528Mhz Qualcomm 7201 processor; Data kit for USB connectivity in the box; 64128MB Internal RAM; 128256MB Internal ROM, 1GB MicroSD card; Dedicated camera button; 3.1MP camera (no flash) 2048 x 1536; Video playback files - H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and Codec 3GP and a Dedicated YouTube Player.  Yes, I agree the memory is really low, but this is still a rumor so take it with a grain of salt. Also, the rumor going around the Internet is that T-Mobile is set to launch in less than 8 weeks. On October 13th, 2008 you can get the G1 phone for the subsidized price of $199; this price is instant with no mail in rebates.  Furthermore, existing T-Mobile subscribers "should" expect to be able to pre-order the G1 phone on September 17th. Customers who pre-order the G1 will receive it on launch day! Unfortunately, only postpaid customers with 22 months of tenure for people on a 2-year contract or 11 months of tenure for people on a 1-year contract will be able to pre-order it. Employees, FlexPay or Prepaid customers will not be able to pre-order it either. [gallery] [Engadget Via Gizmodo]

Congrats to Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I

Google officially announced the winners of Android Developer Challenge.  Out of 50 teams of finalists, 10 teams received a $275,000 award each and 10 teams received a $100,000 award each.  Congratulations to everyone. $275,000 Award Recipients
cab4me Konrad Huebner, Henning Boeger Ever been looking for a cab? cab4me is the answer. Anywhere. Anytime. Read more CompareEverywhere Jeffrey Sharkey Shop smarter using your phone. Compare prices, read reviews, and connect with local stores. Read more Ecorio Jeff Kao, Gary Pong, Robert Lam, Taneem Talukdar Ecorio automatically tracks your mobile carbon footprint, suggests transit and carpooling alternatives and lets you stay carbon neutral by offsetting your trips easily. Read more GoCart Rylan Barnes Scan a product's barcode with your phone's camera and view all the best prices online and at nearby, local stores. Read more Life360 Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen, Steve Potell From major natural disasters to little things like your child wandering away at the mall, there is a lot you might worry about. Life360 can help. Read more Locale Carter Jernigan, Clare Bayley, Jasper Lin, Christina Wright Locale is an advanced settings manager that automatically changes your phone's settings based on conditions, such as location. Read more PicSay Eric Wijngaard Easy to use image editor that enables you to quickly personalize your pictures and share them with friends or photo sites. Read more Softrace Staffan Kjellberg, Thomas Kjellberg Turn your workout into a thrilling race and challenge the world in real time. Read more TuneWiki TuneWiki Inc. TuneWiki Social Media Player, is an advanced player, featuring synchronized lyrics for audio or video, translation, music maps and a social network. Read more Wertago Kelvin Cheung,Teresa Ko, Peter Ree, Robert Sarvis, Douglas Young The mobile application nightlifers have been waiting for. Find the hottest parties in town and connect with friends and others all night long. Read more
$100,000 Award Recipients
BreadCrumbz Amos Yoffe BreadCrumbz offers a unique approach to navigation. What sets it apart is its focus on picture-based navigation and user-created navigation content. Read more Cooking Capsules Mary Ann Cotter, Muthu Ramadoss Inspiration for novices and chefs alike, Cooking Capsules puts a fresh, elegant and portable new way to cook in the palm of your hand. Read more Maverick Virgil Dobjanschi Maverick is a multimedia enabled, Google Talk compatible instant messenger and a Google Blogger publishing tool which runs on the Android Platform. Read more PebbleBox Yin Wang, Tao Jin A location-based information exchange and sharing application, allowing people to collect and distribute various geo-related information through mobile phones. Read more PhoneBook 2.0 Voxmobili PhoneBook 2.0 is a secure, contextual and social address book. Ideally suited for teenagers willing to share their mood and location, it also helps business people to keep their contacts secure and up-to-date. Read more Piggyback Christophe Petit, Sébastien Petit Piggyback is a revolutionary real-time carpooling application for mobile phones that helps you save time and money while reducing your carbon footprint. Read more Pocket Journey Anthony Stevens, Rosie Pongracz Pocket Journey turns your mobile phone into a personal tour guide by connecting you to location-specific multimedia created by a community of the most professional tour guides and storytellers worldwide. Read more Rayfarla Stephen Oldmeadow Have fun with music. Play music based games and make music with your phone using a range of virtual musical instruments. Read more ShareYourBoard Mikhail Ksenzov ShareYourBoard is an Android application for capturing, processing and sharing whiteboard data. Read more Teradesk e-Storage José Augusto Ferrarini Teradeks is an application for Virtual Storage and Remote File Access allowing companies and individuals to keep their files in the cloud, accessible from anywhere. Read more

Finalists

B4E Mr. Che, Mr. Happy C. B4E focuses on information broadcasting and online transactions, creating value for the society and individuals. Read more Beetaun Sergey Gritsyuk, Dmitri Shipilov Beetaun is a social network application for everyone wishing to share and explore interesting and extraordinary places and routes in the city they visit or live in. Read more BioWallet José Luis Huertas Fernández Biometric authentication system and security platform that performs user identification based on something that user is, rather than something that the user knows or owns. Read more City Slikkers PoroCity Media and Virtual Logic Systems City Slikkers is a Pervasive Game which takes place in the real-existing city. It is designed to connect a large number of players through-out the city and lets them organize the city's metaphorical recapture. Read more Commandro Alex Pisarev, Andrey Tapekha Commandro is a universal map-centric application, allowing users to set up and share activities, places, and map-markers with others, set alerts, and send invitations. Read more Diggin Daniel Johansson, Aramis Waernbaum, Andreas Hedin Play your music in style and listen to thousands of streaming radio stations. Personalize your music collection, and your music player as well! Read more Dyno Virachat Boondharigaputra Dyno is an application used to evaluate vehicle performance on the road. Read more e-ventr Michael Zitzelsberger e‐ventr is your personal event organizer and friendship scout for your mobile. Read more Em-Radar Jack Kwok Em-Radar keeps you informed of severe weather and emergencies near your location. Its Em-Beacon feature helps you stay connected to your family and friends in an emergency. Read more Fingerpaint Rob Mickle Fingerpaint is a collaborative drawing application. Draw by yourself, or together with friends – anywhere in the world. Read more FreeFamilyWatch.com Navee Technologies LLC Free location-based services helping family to navigate safety risks in daily living through real-time and risk-preventing measures against crimes, environmental health hazards and distressing emergencies. Read more GolfPlay Inizziativa Networks Provides support to all real time necessities of a golf player during a game. Read more gwalk Klaus ten Hagen, Marko Modsching, Christian Klinger, Rene Scholze Discover a destination individually by a multimedial gWalk tour that is fully based on personal preferences including interests, available time and position. Read more iMap Mobile™ Weathertop Consulting, LLC iMap Mobile™ builds on WDT's iMap Weather™ multimedia weather platform to provide radar images, lightning strikes, conditions and forecasts at your location and locations you choose. Read more IMEasy Yan Shi IMEasy is an IM based application designed particularly for touch screen mobile users. Read more JOYity Zelfi AG JOYity is a platform for next generation mobile entertainment applications and provides a pioneering mixture of real-life adventure games, geocaching and intensive social networking activities. Read more LifeAware Gregory Moore, Aaron O’Brien, Jawad Akhtar Be aware of your surroundings and the location of your friends and family. Take control of your social life. LifeAware™ - Where is Your Life? Read more Marvin Laurent Pontier Publish in private, to your peer network or to the world, geolocalized rich messages. Broadcast personal information feeds on the move using the Marvin Services. Read more mobeedo Sengaro GmbH mobeedo aims to become a comprehensive and uniform system for providing, consuming, and recording all kinds of information relevant in mobile everyday life. Read more MyCloset Mamoru Tokashiki Manages photographs and information about the fashion items you own, and coordinates and records your daily outfits. Read more PedNav RouteMe2 Technologies Inc. PedNav is a location-aware day planner that allows you to create an itinerary and can suggest public transit routes as well as provide walking directions. Read more SafetyNet Michael DeJadon SafetyNet is an automated alert system that combines the concept of social networking along with the latest mobile technologies to help protect our loved ones. Read more ShapeWriter ShapeWriter Inc ShapeWriter is an innovative, easy, fast and fun method of entering text into touch screen mobile phones. One can write an entire word with a single gesture. Read more SocialMonster Tommy Ng, Ben Hui Stay on top of your social life with SocialMonster and start organizing personal events with all your contacts in your handset’s phonebook. Read more SplashPlay Andreas Ipp, Keith Sturch, Friedger Müffke and Ronan Schwarz SplashPlay provides an easier method to learn, create and share music. Quickly learn guitar chords to your favorite songs and share creations with others. Read more Sustain Niraj Swami Sustain is a utility that helps its users naturally and fluidly communicate with their contacts. Read more SynchroSpot Shaun Terry Service featuring location-based personal reminders and geo-specific notes for others. Also provides for the receipt of special, targeted discounts and offers from nearby businesses. Read more The Weather Channel for Android The Weather Channel Interactive Inc. The Weather Channel for Android is a fully customizable weather application catering to both weekend planners and serious weather enthusiasts alike. Read more TokPlay Sung-Suh Park TokPlay provides the opportunity of talking to friends, family and others using video and voice messages, bringing a human touch back to communication. Read more Wikitude Philipp Breuss Wikitude is a mobile travel guide based on location-based Wikipedia content. Points of interest can be viewed in a map, list, or a cam view. Read more

HTC Dream G1 rendered based on info so far

Working from the leaked photos, videos and engineers' sketches, artist Neo Carlo Magno has put together this render of what the HTC Dream G1 will probably look like. It's a first attempt, but does include the full QWERTY keyboard and row of shortcuts on the G1's "chin" section, together with the unusual arc slide mechanism. What it doesn't show is the camera, which is currently unclear in the sketches we've seen so far. Logos are also missing, despite them being visible in the engineer's sketch, and the trackball navigation device on the "chin" does look more like a button here. Still, as more details emerge the renders will undoubtedly get clearer, at least until the first leaked images of the actual T-Mobile G1 start coming through (an inevitability, given the interest in the handset). Specs given to accompany the render are nothing new, basically pegging the HTC Dream G1 as quadband GSM with 3G (of unstated bands), WiFi, and with a roughly 3.17-inch touchscreen display running at 480 x 320. Size is suggested at 117 x 55 x 16mm. [via PhoneReport.info]

Android Market confirmed; no app checking by Google

Google have confirmed the Android Market download service, and released screenshots and further details on the system that will allow users of Android-based devices to browse and install software while mobile. A beta version of the service will be included on the first commercially available handsets, that will support free apps, with an update allowing for paid software soon after launch.

That update will also include features such as versioning, multiple device profile support and analytics, among other things. Google are taking a more hands-off approach to app distribution than, say, Apple; developers will merely need to register an account, upload their content and publish it, with no validation from Google themselves. A rating system will be used to weed out lesser titles and, presumably, malware.
"Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term "market" rather than "store" because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available" Eric Chu, Android Mobile Platform
Google is suggesting that their "expertise in infrastructure, search and relevance" will help users find the most relevant apps. There's no word on whether they plan to take a cut of paid-for apps distributed through the Android Market. However by stepping back from checking and approving each application, although perhaps allowing the developer ecosystem to flourish more freely than that of the iPhone, it's possible that malware and other dangerous apps could more easily find their way onto Android devices. [gallery]

Android-powered T-Mobile G1 Engineering drawings!

Android Community has just been invited to an event that will see the launch of the first Android powered T-Mobile smartphone.  The press conference will be on September 23rd at 10:30AM EDT and we’ll be Live Blogging the whole event, together with bringing you hands-on photos of the new Android device from a live product demonstration.

The cellphone we expect to see officially unveiled is HTC’s Dream, which is believed to be branded the T-Mobile G1.  The September 23rd event ties in with the previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we’ll have all the details as they happen.  The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!

Sept 16, 2008 -Vincent Nguyen

--- The Android Guys managed to get their mitts on the first real drawings of the T-Mobile G1. The images reveal a lot more information that we've only been able to speculate on up until now. The most notable part of the T-Mobile G1 is the "chin". It's located towards the bottom of the handset where the jogball and buttons are located. This design doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. The slide up display and the chin alone will drive case makers mad! I hope for the sake of the G1's longevity that the outer shell is well-built from scratch-resistant material. Other exterior markings include "with Google" located on the back of the G1, while the HTC logo and the T-Mobile myFaves logo live underneath the slide up display. As the Android Guys pointed out, I'm happy to see HTC branded on the Dream phone since they're the first to go to market so heck yes, they deserve to show off their brand.

The most important part of the engineering diagram is the sizing. Based on the dimensions given, we can calculate that the thickness of the G1 is approximately 0.64-inches or 16.35mm. This isn't bad considering the iPhone is 12.3mm thick, without a flip-out screen section. We're still unsure of the display's dimensions, but we can hope that it'll at least match the iPhoneís 3.5-inch screen. T-Mobile G1 specs/feature update - NOTE: the list is speculative and can change at anytime. Other specs AndroidGuys reported later via anonymous sources said the device will sport a 528Mhz Qualcomm 7201 processor; Data kit for USB connectivity in the box; 64128MB Internal RAM; 128256MB Internal ROM, 1GB MicroSD card; Dedicated camera button; 3.1MP camera (no flash) 2048 x 1536; Video playback files - H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and Codec 3GP and a Dedicated YouTube Player. [gallery]

Google explains Advanced Bluetooth & GTalk API omissions

After the news of the latest Android SDK release, Google came in for some criticism over a number of APIs the company removed and that, as a result, would not be present in the eventual Android 1.0 platform.  Headlines suggested that Android would have no Bluetooth support, for instance, and the whole OS was accused of not being ready for primetime.  Now the Developers Blog have spoken up to explain two of the most prominent omissions - the advanced Bluetooth API and the GTalkService - and justify the reasons for their being (temporarily) left behind. Despite the rumors, Android will support the usual array of Bluetooth headsets and dongles.  You'll be able to use it with your hands-free or tether it to your laptop (carrier T&Cs permitting).  What won't be there is the API that exposes Bluetooth functionality to developers:
"The reason is that we plain ran out of time. The Android Bluetooth API was pretty far along, but needs some clean-up before we can commit to it for the SDK. Keep in mind that putting it in the 1.0 SDK would have locked us into that API for years to come" Nick Pelly, Android engineer responsible for Bluetooth API
That means, initially, developers won't be able to use Bluetooth for, say, short-range wireless gaming between Android handsets.  It's a disappointing omission, but the Android team are promising it'll make an appearance in a future release. Secondly, the GTalkService API, which would have presented a straightforward interface for the exchange of messages between Android devices.  Rather than time shortages, it's security that scuppered that particular API, both of personal details (communicating with other mobile users would then see them added to your Google Talk friends list, whereupon they could see your email address and other information) and of application security.
"Although we would have loved to ship this service, in the end, the Android team decided to pull the API instead of exposing users to risk and breaking compatibility with a future, more secure version of the feature. We think it's obvious that this kind of functionality would be incredibly useful, and would open lots of new doors for developers. One of our top priorities after the first devices ship is to develop a device-to-device (and possibly device-to-server) RPC mechanism that is fast, reliable, and protective of developers and users alike" Dan Morrill, Developer Advocate, Android
Although on first glance it's easy to criticise Google for snipping out features, if poorly executed APIs led to future security or privacy breaches then the frustration would be even greater.

World’s first Android phone: call it T-Mobile G1

I'm willing to bet the farm that the world's first Android-powered phone is called T-Mobile G1.  I've been watching all the domain names starting with T-MobileG1.com through T-MobileG5.com over the past week.  Up until today, there wasn't any Name Servers attached to T-MobileG1.com and G1Phone.com!  By performing a simple whois lookup, it lists ns1.logicworks.net and ns2.logicworks.net as the Name Servers.

So, what's the connection?  T-MobileAtHome.com, Sidekick.com, T-MobileShadow.com, among others is all hosted by LogicWorks.  By adding the Name Servers to the domain T-MobileG1.com, I believe it's only a matter of time before T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone. Another conclusion I've arrived at: T-Mobile plans to offer at least four more generations of gPhones after the G1.

T-Mobile G1 preorder details leak: HTC Dream launch October 13th

Android Community has just been invited to an event that will see the launch of the first Android powered T-Mobile smartphone.  The press conference will be on September 23rd at 10:30AM EDT and we’ll be Live Blogging the whole event, together with bringing you hands-on photos of the new Android device from a live product demonstration.

The cellphone we expect to see officially unveiled is HTC’s Dream, which is believed to be branded the T-Mobile G1.  The September 23rd event ties in with the previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we’ll have all the details as they happen.  The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!

Sept 16, 2008 -Vincent Nguyen

--- Further details about how T-Mobile's preorder system for the Android-powered HTC Dream - aka T-Mobile G1 - have leaked, courtesy of some internal carrier documents that TmoWorld claim to have received.  They apparently confirm several dates, including an official HTC Dream launch on October 13th.  However, on October 17th T-Mobile will begin taking pre-orders from existing customers, using an exclusive online site.

Only postpaid customers will be eligible to preorder; FlexPay, Prepaid or T-Mobile employees will have to wait for the Dream to go to general availability.  Existing customers must be at least 22 months into a 2-year contract, or 11 months into a 1-year contract, in order to upgrade.  The preorder period will end on October 3rd at 5pm, and buyers will receive their HTC Dream (aka G1) on October 13th. Preorder price is an apparently confirmed $199 (following an instant rebate) and will be billed to customers' accounts; an $18 upgrade fee will also be charged. A new 2-year contract will be required, together with an unlimited data plan similar to that on the iPhone.  T-Mobile will offer two such plans, one at $35 providing unlimited data & messaging, and a cheaper $25 plan that includes 400 messages.  As rumored, customers will also need a GMail account in order to set up the phone. TmoWorld's documentation lists the following specifications for the handset, which will be available in black, white or brown.  GPS is an obvious omission, but hopefully "Maps" is a less than clear way of referring to that.  Previous versions of the HTC Dream prototype have included GPS functionality.
- Touch Screen - Full Qwerty keyboard - 3G/ WiFi - Full HTML internet capabilities - Easy access to all Google applications (Gmail, Gtalk, search) - Maps - Street view - You Tube - Phone - IM/Text - Email - Camera 3.0mp - Video (playback only, no recording) - Music player & 1GB memory card pre-loaded - Applications, all available in Google marketplace (icon on the homescreen)

Android Roadmap updated; Developer Challenge II news in Q4

Google has updated its Android roadmap with more information for developers, including details on the upcoming second round of the Developer Challenge.  Following this week's release of v0.9 of the Android SDK, the next significant roll-outs will take place during September as the company tweaks the open-source platform, in response to bug sightings and developer requests. The full Android v.1 SDK is scheduled for Q3-Q4 2008, before "our partners [launch] devices" (plural) become available for retail customers in Q4.  The next round of the Developer Challenge will be announced by the end of the year, with programmers able to submit their applications most likely from the start of 2009.
  • 12 November, 2007 - "Early Look" SDK released
  • January to August, 2008 - Android Developer Challenge I
  • 18 August, 2008 - Android 0.9 SDK beta released
  • September 2008 - additional Android 1.0 (pre) SDK releases made available, as necessary
  • Q3 - Q4 2008 - Android 1.0 SDK release 1 available (first actual 1.0-compatible SDK)
  • Q4 2008 - Android 1.0 devices available at retail
  • Q4 2008 - Source code released
  • Q4 2008 - Key Announcement on Android Developer Challenge II
Google are saying that the current v0.9 beta is not guaranteed to be compatible with production Android devices, but that anything coded with the upcoming Android 1.0 SDK, release 1, will be.

Android SDK v0.9 released: GUI, app & stability improvements

Google have released version 0.9 of their Android SDK, with some significant usability, GUI and other improvements.  Key is the replacement of the cluttered program screen, as seen in earlier builds, with a freshly cleared homepage; at the bottom, a new tab pulls up a user-chosen list of shortcuts.

There's also a new media player application, together with camera software that supports autofocus.  The mapping application, in addition to Street View, also supports pop-up mini-maps in callouts, as in the full desktop version.  In fact the release is looking particularly close to non-beta status (as well it should, being v0.9) and, given the recent news about the HTC Dream clearing the FCC, suggests that the rumored October launch is not at all unlikely. The build looks as though it has been tweaked for a device with a hardware keyboard.  In one of the screenshots, of the SMS app, you can see the instruction "slide out keyboard to compose message". [via PHONE Magazine] Android video walk-through [gallery]
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