Monthly Archive: December 2013
collaboration with Amazon. Users who currently use Amazon will find the interface familiar; the layout is very simple in comparison to iTunes. Song descriptions include the artist, album cover art, album, song name rating. Amazon even allows a brief preview of each song before you purchase. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kngcp0ooDig[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSCOGxh5LEk[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3omdLHn6YM[/youtube]
threatened 1GB data cap, T-Mobile have backtracked on their throttling policy. In a statement just issued by the carrier, they describe their intention as to "provide the best network experience for all our customers"; however they also remove the 1GB soft-cap, pending further review of the data plan terms & conditions.
"Our goal, when the T-Mobile G1 becomes available in October, is to provide affordable, high-speed data service allowing customers to experience the full data capabilities of the device and our 3G network. At the same time, we have a responsibility to provide the best network experience for all of our customers so we reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers. We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network. The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers" T-Mobile statementInstead, it appears T-Mobile will move to throttle back only those customers deemed to be abusing their data connection. The previously mentioned threat was a reduction to 50 kbps or less. Of course, an unknown data limit can be just as frustrating as a known, low limit, as it gives no way to gauge how close your usage is to what the carrier would deem "excessive or disproportionate". Hopefully T-Mobile's "specific terms" will be finalized sooner rather than later, so that buyers can decide if the $25 "unlimited" data plan is really worth it.
Forums and many seem to think there will be an iPhone-style rush to unlock the G1 in the coming days and weeks. Does this mean there will be a G1 Dev Team, too? And while a mad dash to unlock the G1 still remains to be seen, the fact that we even have to have this conversation is a tad bit unsettling. After all, isn't the entire point of an Open Handset Alliance to maintain an open attitude and allow for the free exchange of ideas for the betterment of the final product? That's what I took it to mean, anyway. What do you think? If the G1 is locked to T-Mobile can Android be truly allowed to grow to its fullest potential? Or am I just overreacting?
T-Mobile G1 on October 22nd. If you're a new developer, or are simply bored with v0.9 of the platform, that could seem like a long way off; thankfully, after some sneaky digging, links to v1.0 for Windows and Linux have turned up. So far the main changes spotted are a new "maximize" button for the browser, but presumably the whole thing will be more stable, too. Google have previous stated that they cannot guarantee anything coded with v0.9 will be fully compatible with v1.0. There's no telling how long the links will stay active - something tells me that Google will yank them as soon as they realise the mistake. However if you're quick you might be able to get them: Windows: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk-windows-1.0_r1.zip Linux: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1.zip [via AndroidGuys]
After the main announcement, Android Community went to check out the T-Mobile G1 itself; you've seen the photo gallery, now it's time for the video demos. The first is a tour of the G1 with Android project manager Erick Tseng, covering everything from the innovative unlock system, through the menu structure, the browser and the QWERTY keyboard. In the hand, the G1 feels sturdy and well-made. It's plastic, not metal, but HTC have obviously spent some money on decent materials; the slider-hinge is reassuring and the slightly-arched path the screen takes is a neat visual. There are certainly plenty of ways to control the G1 - touchscreen, keyboard, trackball - but while it can be distracting initially, it seems likely that with time you'd develop your own familiar way of using the handset. The capacitive touchscreen doesn't support iPhone-style multitouch, but is responsive and smoother in use than HTC's resistive touchscreens for Windows Mobile devices. The second video details the Android Market. One of the key points from this morning's G1 launch was that T-Mobile, HTC and Google are encouraging developers to code for the Android platform. Indeed, if users want certain functionality - Exchange support, for instance - they'll have to hope that developers work on it; out of the box, the G1 doesn't support it. That makes the Android Market all the more important; it's something owners will likely be making heavy use of. When we tried the Android Market, it worked just as you'd expect. Browsing was simple, as you'll see in the video below, and the app downloaded instantly over 3G (or WiFi, if available) and was offered in the main app menu straight after. T-Mobile G1 Demo: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POI1n0v-GDA[/youtube] Android Market: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD8eoMp-dnM[/youtube]
T-Mobile's 3G 1GB data cap. With data intensive phones there are always limitations as to how much you can use before the provider starts losing money: with the G1 it appears to be as low as 1GB. Using the G1 for internet access on your laptop (tethering) is completely out of the picture with these data restrictions in place. If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, T-Mobile reserves the right to lower your bandwidth usage to 50 kbps or less for the remainder of your billing cycle, and/or terminate or suspend your contract. This data limitation on such a phone is crippling. While it keeps the monthly data package price low, it limits usage in a big way. With downloading applications, sending instant messages browsing the web and downloading media from Amazon there is little bandwidth left to use. The iPhone 3G has a cap of 5-6GBs depending on where you live, giving users more options as to just how they use their phone. The iPhone 3G pulls away in this aspect seeing as how both phones being about the same with data usage. [via AC Forums]