T-Mobile g1 in white being held back?

With everyone throwing in there pre-orders as quickly as possible it comes as a surprise that supplies are quickly running out. Until now no one has noticed the odd absence of the white model. It seems just about everyone wants the black version of the first Android. This explains the odd lack of the white version at T-Mobile's announcement. In fact only one was spotted.

G1 YouTube, AmazonMP3 and Settings video walkthrough

YouTube is very clean and easy to navigate. The dark interface gives a really nice touch when reading through descriptions of videos and looking through thumbnails to find what you are looking for. Video loading times seemed to be the only drawback of this application - possibly due to the WiFi and 3G networks in the test area being overworked - but were quickly made up for with video resolution and easy controls. There does not seem to be too much to rave about the settings menu other than the clear settings descriptions helping the user know what each setting category is about. The layout includes a symbol to the right of each option that quickly and easily informs the user as to wither a specific settings is on or not. The “about” page includes a lot of detailed information about your device and usage including Battery Status, Battery Level, Signal Strength, Network and Kernel Version to name just a few. Similar to iTunes for the iPhone, Google is offering a vast library of songs for download while on the go thanks to a 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]

T-Mobile 1GB data cap canned: T&Cs ‘still being reviewed’

After some unfavorable press and caution from would-be buyers over the 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 statement
Instead, 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.

Google Street View Hands On Video Demo

The G1 offers a lot of location based services including the ability to see where your friends are. Similar to Buddy Beacon the G1 can help you locate others as well as broadcast your location, however it is not limited to those who are using a specific application. It is the same with all Android phones.

Camera-shy Brown G1 Spotted at last! – More G1 Live Photos

With all the sightings of the G1 at the event today, it has become clear that black is the color favorite. There were a few white models in pictures here and there. Word is the brown one was spotted but we really did not see much of it.  While the showroom was crowded with long lines and tons of media running about we had to get a shot of the brown, so we sent Vince back in to seek one out. He managed to get his hands on it but only for a moment, as well as plenty more hands-on images.

Can Android be truly ‘open’ on the T-Mobile-locked G1?

All the way up until the official announcement of the T-Mobile G1 phone, we constantly heard about T-Mobile's status as a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance and how Android was to be a truly open piece of software, allowing third-party developers to not only create applications for Android, but to actually change the software itself for improved functioning. And while this all has been confirmed as of this morning we also learned that the G1 would be locked to T-Mobile. And while it's pretty standard these days for phones to be locked to specific carriers, it still raises some questions. For instance, can you truly have an "open" piece of software if it is officially restricted to just one carrier? There's already a thread going about the subject in our 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?

Android SDK v1.0 released early

If you were following our Live Blog this morning then you'll know that Google promised to release the final Android SDK simultaneously with the launch of the 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]

T-Mobile G1 Video Demos: Walkthrough & Android Market

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]

First T-Mobile G1 Promo Video Surfaces

Smarterer. Connecteder. Funnerer. That's what the new T-Mobile G1 advertising video promises to deliver to users. And really, the ad is quite convincing. When it comes to a slick marketing campaign, T-Mobile is definitely delivering this time around.

"The most exciting phone in the history of phones," begins the ad. And I suppose it is when you take into consideration the months and months of anticipation and the sheer span of interest. That's because the G1 was not to be just another phone running on a familiar operating system. Rather, it would be powered by Android, Google's mobile software. The overall message here seems to be that this phone can do everything you need it to and then some. It's for the business-minded, the busy parent and the teen that wants to rock out. Notably absent from the ad, however, is the name we've all come to know and love, "Android." Instead, the ad ends with the name of the product, the T-Mobile G1 with Google. Watch the ad below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZHgZr3SXCA[/youtube]

T-Mobile set 1GB G1 3G cap: threaten throttling for heavy users

It remains to be seen how much street view access you'll be able to get before bumping into 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]
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