Android Market charging for apps in early 2009

Today the Android Market was officially launched, as the Android Developers Blog reported. They wrote a lot about what is expected for developers in order to bring their applications to market. Developers will be able to upload their applications on Monday, October 27th when they have wrapped up all the details. Google requires registration and a one time application fee of $25 to ensure developers are authenticated and responsible for their apps. Once the developer is authenticated they may add applications for users without any further validation. We believe that a lot of applications that have been ready for an ok by Google will hit all at once, making many G1 owners very excited to get so many at one time. In early 2009 developers will be able to offer paid applications to users, bringing home 70% of the revenue their applications brings in, while the remaining amount goes to carriers and billing settlement fees - Google will not be taking any percentage of profits. It comes as no surprise that Google is stating the Android Market is still in Beta. "Android Market helps developers get their applications in the hands of users by acting as an open distribution system. A beta version is now available on the world's first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1." Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Android Developers Blog]

Android interface that did not quite make it?

It is always exciting to see what concepts and revisions current phones went through before they were released into the wild. Although it is a very rare occasion, one company that had a chance to work on an Android interface is showing one of their works of art on their website. Tat is a Swedish software technology and design company that enhances the experience of users mobile devices. They have brought the "WOW" effect to over 240 million mobile devices worldwide. Tat proudly shows their latest concept demos including a demo for Google's Android in their Show Room. We are still unsure if Tat had anything to do with the current Android design and layout, but it is sure fun to imagine. In this demo we see much of what we do now in the Current version of the Android operating system. A few tweaks here and there make the layout seem familiar to even iPhone owners, the "dock" at the bottom of the screen too closely resembles that of the iPhone. We want to know what our members think, is this real? Do you think Google should have gone with a interface more like this one?

T-Mobile G1 update on October 23rd!

Only a day after launch and T-Mobile is releasing an Over The Air Update (OTA) for the G1. New owners will have the first update before the new phone smell is even gone. T-Mobile has not confirmed it yet, employees are telling people some really convincing information about it. For a while there was not much people knew about it, only that there was an update coming. After doing a little digging, one Tmonews member was able to create a FAQ about the update. From what was said this will be a small update, not many changes will be made. For those of you who have ever owned a SideKick the update process should be pretty familiar. You will receive a notification on your G1 telling you that there is an update for your phone, from there you will be asked to accept or be reminded later. "What does this update do? This update will include enhancements (I don't know what is termed an "enhancement":smileywink: and one bug fix that is visible to customers which makes all songs from Amazon available for listening Why do I need it? So your device will perform better long term and you don't have to worry about corrupt files from Amazon. When will I get mine? If you participated in the PreSale, you will receive it between the 23rd-25th otherwise you should get it by 10/31. For those receiving their devices after that date you should receive the update soon after you activate the phone (within 2 - 3 days). New phones from HTC will come pre-loaded with the update. What if I don't get mine? Just wait for it, it will come. What do I do when I haven't gotten mine by the time you said I'd get mine? Wait a little longer Seriously, I didn't get mine. Where is it and when will I get it? Why am I missing out? Check your software version, you probably had the new software all along and were waiting for nothing. How do I check my software version? From the main screen hit Menu > Settings > About phone > Build number. Look for where it says RC## The initial release is RC19. The Updated release is RC28 Will I lose any applications or settings? Nope. Your settings and apps should be preserved." [Via TMonews]

T-Mobile G1 powered by Google Android now available

T-Mobile have officially launched the G1 powered by Google Android in the US.  The wait is over, and those of you who wanted to get some hands-on experience with the G1 can now head into stores and have a play yourself.  Available both in-store and online, the G1 starts from $179.99 with a new, two-year contract. Availability, however, is listed as "Extremely limited supply", so if you definitely want one from this batch of initial retail versions then you probably should be typing in your credit card number right now.  T-Mobile were overwhelmed with pre-orders for the device when they offered it up to existing customers, and HTC had to ramp up its production in order to satisfy demand.  We're not sure how many handsets are in stock in T-Mobile retail stores.  However what the press release does make clear is that only areas served by T-Mobile's 3G network will have the G1 ready to take away; stores in areas outside of that coverage will have demo units but require that the smartphone is ordered in specially. If you want to know all the details, check out the Android Community exclusive review of the T-Mobile G1 powered by Google Android. Press Release:
T-Mobile Launches the Highly Anticipated T-Mobile G1 Following Strong Pre-Sales Demand, the T-Mobile G1 with Google Goes on Sale Today Online and at Select Retail Stores Nationwide BELLEVUE, Wash. —Oct. 22, 2008—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the national availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first Android™-powered mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a rich mobile Web experience, dozens of Android Market applications, and popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others. Beginning today, consumers can purchase the phone in select retail stores across the country and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. “During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.” With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications—from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping—to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users. “With new, high-value applications constantly being added to Android Market for customers to discover, the T-Mobile G1 is the phone that grows with you,” said Post. “And as the Market continues to grow and evolve, the possibilities are virtually endless.” Customers can purchase and carry away the T-Mobile G1 at T-Mobile retail stores and select third-party stores in major cities where T-Mobile’s 3G service is currently available. T-Mobile 3G service is currently available in 95 major cities across top population centers. For a list of cities where T-Mobile 3G service is available, please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com/3G.aspx or see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, available online at http://www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage. All T-Mobile stores across the country will have demonstration devices on-hand and can assist customers with ordering the device for delivery at a later date. T-Mobile is working to ensure that customers have a great experience harnessing the power of their new T-Mobile G1. Specifically: · T-Mobile has established a collaborative online forum dedicated to the T-Mobile G1 (http://forums.T-Mobile.com) where customers can ask questions, share tips and get helpful information. * All T-Mobile retail stores will open early at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 to give everyone the chance to experience and purchase or order the T-Mobile G1. * T-Mobile G1 experts will be on-hand at retail stores to demonstrate the phone and answer any questions. For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com. Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G service may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply. About T-Mobile USA, Inc. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 31.5 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

T-Mobile Hotspot Connect hits Android Market

Google finally added the T-Mobile Hotspot Connect to the Android Market, and not a minute too soon. Now you will be able to use your G1 to connect to any T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for free saving your battery from the strain of using 3G. You can find T-Mobile Hotspots in many places including coffee shops, hotels and airports with more added all the time. You can use the hotspot for anything from surfing the net and sending instant messages to connecting to your corporate network with confidence on a completely secure network. I personally do not know anyone who actually uses this feature. I can imagine it coming in very handy in times when coffee shops charge you for internet use. To date I only know of one place that actually has a hotspot, who knows of a local hotspot that they will be using regularly?

Google returns applications to the Androd Market

Google has started replacing the applications in the Android Market after taking down 75 percent of them on Monday. Developers quickly chimed in telling us that that the applications that were available the week before were demo apps, they are now putting the production versions of them all back but this time they are slipping in a few godsend apps as well.

Google plans on having between 40 and 50 applications ready to go in the Android Market by the time the phone is “officially” released. Applications that were previously in the Android Market such as ShopSavvy, Any Cut, Shazam and PicSay back now back accompanied by new apps like MySpace Mobile, imeem and Moile Banking by Bank Of America. PicSay is a solid, easy to use picture editing applications that allows you to do simple things such as add a conversation bubble or ad add color to photos that are on your microSD card. Imeem is a music based application similar to Pandora for iPhone. This application allows you to search for popular music and stream it directly to your device. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

Kyocera announces development of Android platform

As the official launch of HTC’s T-Mobile G1 is only hours away, more handset developers let the press know that they are going to be working on an Android-powered handsets of their own. Interestingly enough Kyocera was not one of the original members of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

Reports come in stating that Kyocera has hopped on the Android train. Kyocera Wireless is the latest to announce that they have begun developing a new product platform incorporating Android. Kyocera is working with device optimization software specialist Wind River. "Our goal is to make Kyocera the leader in Android integration among CDMA device manufacturers in the markets we serve," said Dave Carey, vice president and general manager of the Consumer Products Group at Kyocera in a statement. It appears every day Microsoft has more and more to worry about coming from Google. Android will, without a doubt be hitting hard in the mobile market as a competitor to Windows Mobile. A lot of phone manufacturers that one turned to Windows Mobile for their smartphones now have more of an option. What methods other than the future application market will Microsoft implement in order to maintain their lead over Android in the mobile market? Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Wired]

Android Source-Code released: Google keep Open-Source promise

Google have, as promised, released the Android source-code for their mobile platform.  Timed to coincide with the launch of the T-Mobile G1, the first commercially released Android device, the source-code will allow developers and OEMs to create software and new devices.  In addition, Google are hoping that the software community will feed back into the Android project, adding fresh functionality and driving platform innovation. Until now, access to the Android SDK was limited to certain developers and testers; from now, however, it will available to anybody who wishes to download it.  The move stands in complete contrast to Apple, whose iPhone OS is both a closed environment and a strongly guarded one.  Google, however, are actively encouraging coders to manipulate, change and improve the Android source-code; indeed, some functionality, including on on-screen QWERTY keyboard, will not be present in Android v.1 out of the box, and require a third-party to develop. You can access the Android source-code, together with documentation and support, at http://source.android.com/.  Don't forget, if it's help with coding, ideas for what new features would be popular, or talk about Android and the G1 that you're looking for, you'll find it in the Android Community forums. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y4thikv-OM[/youtube] Press Release:
Google and the Open Handset Alliance Announce Android Open Source Availability Today, Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced the availability of the Android platform source code to everyone, for free, under the new Android Open Source Project. This represents the first truly open and fully featured mobile platform which will enable people to create a mobile device without restrictions, build applications that run on Android powered devices, and contribute to the core platform. As an open source project, anyone can contribute to Android and influence its direction. It means that anyone can download, build, and run the code needed to create a complete mobile device. With an open source platform, developers, OEMs, carriers and code contributors are given the opportunity to build faster, cheaper and more innovative devices and services. Android is a complete, end-to-end software platform that can be adapted to work on any number of hardware configurations. Having an open source mobile platform will dramatically reduce the time and resources required to bring mobile devices to market. Handset manufactures can access a complete, full featured mobile stack without any barriers and get a head-start in creating as contemporary a device that they want to build. Developers for the first time can contribute code, with a full set APIs that allows the platform to host applications written by third-party developers and carriers can offer faster, cheaper and more innovative devices and services. "Open source allows everyone and anyone equal access to the ideas and innovation that can make good products great," said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms, Google. "An open sourced mobile platform, that's constantly being improved upon by the community and is available for everyone to use, speeds innovation, is an engine of economic opportunity and provides a better mobile experience for users. With the availability of Android to the open source community, consumers will start to see more applications like location-based travel tools, games and social networking offerings available to them directly; cheaper and faster phones at lower costs; and a better mobile web experience through 3G networks with richer screens. The code can be found under the Android Open Source Project, the open source initiative for Android now available at source.android.com.

T-Mobile G1 arrives early for many who pre-ordered

Many of our users are ecstatic to find their G1 arriving 2 days before launch. A few days ago our forum erupted when users finally received their tracking numbers and found out that the phone they have been eagerly awaiting may arrive early. Many users were upset when they received word that T-Mobile had put a hold on shipment of the G1 just before it was to be delivered.

In general G1 owners are finding the phone to be better than they imagined, overlooking any flaws that may be present. Almost everyone has skipped over going through the phone and headed straight to the Android Market to test out the applications they have been reading about for weeks. There have been several questions arising from the "chin" being hot to why there are so few applications in the Android Market. One questions several people have personally asked me over and over is how to enable "compass mode" in Google Maps Street View. To enable this mode just open Google Maps, hit the menu key, select map mode and then at the bottom yo will find Street View. Once in street view, Google Maps will map out in blue the streets that are viewable in this mode. Just scroll to the area you wish to see and press down on the scroll ball to select that location. If compass mode is not enabled at this point just press the menu button and select compass mode to turn it on. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

T-Mobile sells G1 early in one San Francisco store

For those of you who did not get a chance to pre-order the T-Mobile G1 and still would like to get your hands on it at least a few hours early, then today is your lucky day. There is one store willing to bend the rules a little, the catch is you have to be in San Francisco on Tuesday evening.

For those who just have to have an eleven hour head-start on the east coast at least, you better get down there quick. The T-Mobile store located at 699 Market St. in San Francisco will begin selling the T-Mobile G1 tomorrow at 6:00 PM PDT. Although no-one knows for sure just how many they will have on hand, a T-Mobile spokesperson is urging interested customers to line up as early as possible as their supply is "severely limited". Customers looking for a chance to get the G1 early are expected to pile up at the doors very quickly. All T-Mobile locations will be opening their doors to lines of excited customers at 8:00 AM PDT (5:00 AM on the east coast) on Wednesday. Personally if I lived in San Francisco I would be down there already. Do you think that the G1 is worth standing in line for hours just to get your hands on a little early?

Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.
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