Monthly Archive: June 2013
T-Mobile's new G1 - the first production Android device. The HTC-made device has quadband GSM together with HSDPA 1700/2100, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera and a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 flush-fit touchscreen. Slide the display to the right, and a full QWERTY keyboard with dedicated search button is revealed. The search function is device-wide and context specific: hit the button while browsing your contacts, for instance, and it will search through individual records. Press it when in the Webkit-based browser (which uses the same underlying technology as Google's Chrome browser for desktop) and it triggers a standard Google internet search. Our first impressions of the browser were that it didn't seem quite as slick as Safari on the iPhone 3G, but the hardware keyboard - while not the best we've used on a mobile device - made entering site addresses and filling in online forms far easier. Size-wise, compared to what will likely be its most quoted competitor, the T-Mobile G1 is thicker and longer than the iPhone 3G. It's narrower, though, and of course much of the bulk is from the sliding section. A removable battery adds its own girth, too; the G1 talktime is estimated at up to 350 minutes WCDMA or 406 minutes GSM; standby at 402hrs or 319hrs for WCDMA or GSM respectively. Storage is down from the iPhone 3G too - a 1GB microSD card is in the box, with a maximum of 8GB supported - but the G1 can send MMS messages and has Street View and a digital compass for use with Google Maps. You'll have to either use HTC's headphones or an adapter, though; the G1 lacks a normal 3.5mm socket in favor of the company's "HTC ExtUSB" which combines mini-USB with audio. As expected the G1 uses a multi-core Qualcomm chipset, the MSM7201A running at 528MHz and paired with 256MB ROM and 192MB RAM. One notable omission is A2DP stereo Bluetooth - that will apparently come in a later Android release. We'll have hands-on video very soon, so stick with Android Community! [gallery]
T-Mobile pre-order page, you can get the long-awaited phone for as low as $179 come October 22nd. But some members of our Android Community have found their pre-order price to be exponentially higher. In fact, one member pre-ordered the device for a whopping $299. That's a significant leap from the flat-out stated $179 price tag. The pre-order page isn't quite so firm with the "as low as" language, but this will no doubt upset quite a few people. The only individuals allowed to pre-order the G1 at the moment are current T-Mobile customers. Perhaps this higher price is for those that do not agree to the two-year contract terms or have a much older phone and plan? It's interesting to say the least and while most people expect to pay a bit more in taxes and fees, a hundred and then some more is a lot.
T-mobile’s G1, the first Android handset to be released. With an open-source OS this phone is going to be one stiff competitor to the iPhone 3G. One thing that was not mentioned during the announcement was GPS, the ability to use satellites to ascertain the handset's location. newly posted specs page reads; "GPS navigation capability with built-in GPS receiver and map software". GPS is key in many of the applications submitted to the Android Developers Challenge. With developers in control of this device, it knows no bounds. With applications such as Amazon CompareAnywhere, ShopSavvy and Ecorio this device is a top competitor of any phone on the market. It looks like HTC did not skimp on anything here. This fast multitasking device is packed with many up to date features such as 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with HVGA (320 X 480 pixel) resolution, full 5-row QWERTY keyboard, one-click Google search, High-speed 3.5G network connection, Wi-Fi with seamless transition to open networks, 3.1 megapixel camera with auto focus and microSD (SD 2.0 compatible) with up to 8GB cards supported.
G1 has only been official for an hour or so, but that hasn't stopped Walt Mossberg from putting out his extensive pre-review first-impressions. The man who we all thought was surgically attached to his iPhone seems particularly taken with the T-Mobile device, citing slick software, the inclusion of MMS and Street View and "more flexibility in organizing your desktop, or home screen, than the iPhone, or almost any phone". However, he also saves some criticism for the G1. The lack of multitouch is an obvious black mark for the handset, as is the non-standard headphone socket. It also lacks automatic screen rotation, and the included 1GB memory card is far smaller than the $199 iPhone 3G's 8GB. Still, a removable battery and a hardware keyboard that's said to be "OK, but not great" are both improvements over the Apple device.
"In sum, the G1 is a powerful, versatile device which will offer users a real alternative in the new handheld computing category the iPhone has occupied alone" Walt MossbergIn all, though, Mossberg seems quite taken with the T-Mobile G1, and Android as a fledgling platform. He's promising a full review soon; of course, we'll have our own hands-on first impressions as well, so keep reading Android Community!
have announced that they will be powering the T-Mobile G1's music download store, with users able to search, download, buy and play music directly from their handsets. Offering over six million tracks, in vanilla MP3 format without DRM, the Amazon store will be pre-loaded onto the G1 and optimized for the mobile's display. Browsing, searching and listening to audio samples can be done over 3G, but actual track downloads will only be possible with a WiFi connection.
Most albums are priced between $5.99 and $9.99, with individual tracks around $0.89. Once purchased they can be managed with any software and played on any MP3 compatible device; alternatively they can be burnt to a CD. The Amazon press release also confirms that the G1 will have "Google Maps with StreetView, Gmail, YouTube" among other apps, together with "one-touch access to Google Search" and the Android Market portal. Remember, Android Community will be Live Blogging the T-Mobile G1 announcement later on today, at http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/
tipped off Android Community on the G1 chipset. It appears the chipset used in the G1 will be made by Qualcomm, and is one of the company's 7201 multi-core processors, a dual core to be precise. It is said to be more stable and energy efficient than most processors; however, unusually, the two cores are not the same. The first core is a speciality core dedicated solely to phone functionality such as making phone calls. The second core is a general purpose core intended for applications, in order to accommodate more application processing load. The end result should be less lag due to overloaded phone processors. According to the tip, clock speed for both cores will be the same. Because of this, overclocking the G1 will not have much of an increase in performance. There are reportedly still some problems with the multi-core setup that, under specific situations, may cause the phone to crash; Qualcomm is apparently "working around the clock" to fix the drivers at the root of this.
T-MobileG1.com went online. The site appears to be ready to cover the announcement tomorrow morning. Different buttons including "See", "Learn", "Do" and "Get it First" hint at a pre-order starting tomorrow. At the top is a navigation bar including "T-Mobile Sites", "Shop", "locate" and "Support". While the site does not actually give you any details it does hint at a lot. The information as well as full announcement coverage is not up yet. The tabs read: