MySpace Mobile Launches for Android

With just days before the official launch of the T-Mobile G1, MySpace Mobile has already made its debut in the Android Market. It looks like MySpace has beat FaceBook to the punch this time. This version of MySpace Mobile seems very polished and runs smoother than previous versions on other devices.

FaceBook no doubt has their application ready for release any second now. The MySpace Mobile application has undergone a face-lift in the Android release, with a very simple layout it allows you to easily navigate some of the basic features that MySpace has to offer. Navigation tabs on the right side of the screen list from top to bottom Home, Mail, Friends and Photos, to allow quick navigation of the application. While the application is not as in-depth as the online version, it still allows you to do many things such as approve friend requests, send and receive messages, search for friends, update your current status and upload photos directly from your G1. Now that MySpace Mobile is out, will we see a FaceBook or Twitter application before the 22nd? FaceBook may never be found on Android because of the bad blood between the two companies. I would like to thank Android Community member mikeyrokschicago for bringing Myspace Mobile to our attention. [gallery]

Google removes applications just before launch

As people start receiving their pre-ordered T-Mobile G1 phones, they are going to be very disappointed to find that the 50+ applications that were reported in the Android Market have now been stripped down to only 13. Many of the top applications that have been reviewed already will not be there.

While we are not sure why Google has decided to do this, it does not seem like a coincidence; more than likely it has something to do with customers receiving their G1's today. It may be because they want to cut down on initial bandwidth usage for the launch, other theories are that Google may be doing a last minute quality check on the applications to ensure all work really well on launch day. Why do you guys think they took down so many applications last minute? See below for a full list of currently available applications. Plusmo College Football Live Myspace Mobile imeem for Android Plusmo Pro Football Live BlueBrush Maverick MyCloset Cab4ME Light e-ventr TuneWiki The Weather Channel BreadCrumbz Buzzd

Android Community Week in Review – Week 42 2008

What a week it has been for Android Community. We started off with a story about T-Mobile selling 1.5 million G1 handsets already in pre-orders. T-Mobile has refused to comment on these numbers, suggesting that they are far too high. Logically, if the actual numbers were the same as reported or higher, T-Mobile more than likely would have happily taken the credit. We also got the chance to put out the first ever exclusive Android Community hands-on G1 review!

We were really excited to be able to completely go through and test the G1 this past week. We found the G1 was very small and sturdy in your hands. The user interface was amazingly responsive and easy to navigate. Applications such as TuneWiki and ShopSavvy (formally known as GoCart) still have me in awe. However not everything about the G1 was something to celebrate. The battery dies extremely quickly, we have been led to believe that it is the lack of a way to end background processes such as applications. We have found that GPS does not work in all cities. We were able to quickly find our location in Scottsdale AZ, however the G1 was not able to locate positions in Manhattan NY. We are not sure if it is a firmware issue or network issue. Google has a killswitch in their operating system that can disable applications remotely "just in case". Unlike Apple with the iPhone, Google was very upfront with letting the public know about it. Motorola hinted that the new 350-member Android team is working on a social networking based Android-powered handset. Information about this handset came from an ad placed for a position on their Android development team. Microsoft may one day bring their Flash-equivalent to Android with their Silverlight program. This would be a large advantage for the Android platform over the iPhone which currently does not have Flash. Handango will be the first to bring both free and paid applications to the Android Market. This is good news for new G1 owners who are looking for popular applications such as Garmin turn-by-turn directions. Many mobile gamers will be happy to know that games such as Spore may be on their way to the T-Mobile G1 very soon. Not many people use Gmail to synchronize their contacts, the vast majority of people use Microsoft Exchange to manage their address books. Out of the box the G1 does not support Exchange synchronization, but it didn't take long for Wrike to create an application that will sync your Exchange contacts to your phone. Currently it only supports one way synchronization, but they promise to soon have two-way functionality. Here at Android Community we have had a lot going on, our community member Designdawg has created what now is our site banner. We were so impressed that we even made a few limited-edition shirts using the design. We are just about to wrap up our Golla G1 case giveaway. We have had 11 winners so far, the last contest winner will be announced on October 22nd, the day the G1 is set to launch. We also held the official Android Community G1 launch party in Texas, hopefully a real treat for our members; the lucky few close enough to take part got to meet the people behind Android Community and some walked away with some really nice prizes. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

Handango expands to Android; sponsors Application contests

The leader of smartphone applications globally, Handango Inc, announced that they will be the first retailer to offer both free and paid applications for the first Android-powered smartphone that will be launched on October 22nd.

Handango distributes applications created by some of the largest names in mobile applications such as Microsoft, Garmin, Ea Mobile and Capcom Interactive. Until now Handango only supported the four largest mobile operating systems such as Windows Mobile, Palm, Blackberry and Symbian platforms. Handango coming to Android is fantastic news for soon to be G1 owners as well as future Android owners because of the large amount of applications they offer. Handango will not bring one or two applications like many developers, but will bring a collection of applications ranging from utilities to popular mobile games. Handango offers some really useful applications that are very well put together such as Garmin turn by turn navigation.  Some of the applications Handango offers include Monopoly, Tetris, The Weather Channel, Voice on the Go, ShopSavvy, EZQuote and GoogHelper just to name a few.  However it's uncertain which of these apps will make their way over to the Android platform.
"Handango has always offered its customers the widest variety of smartphone apps available on the market and on all major operating systems," states Bill Stone, CEO Handango. "Handango is now offering developers the opportunity to sell the paid apps they create for the Android platform as well as offer any free apps when the first Android device launches. Customers can purchase apps via the Web and then download them to their device."
Developers can now add applications to their Handango account and sell them in one of three ways, by giving the application away for free, selling the application for a one-time purchase fee or sell the application for a monthly, quarterly or annual subscription fee. As much as I am not a fan of subscription based application buying, large companies such as Garmin offer their services primarily on a month to month basis. Very few games however can justify purchasing a short term subscription, online mobile games are the exception in this case because of incurred expenses. In efforts to push more applications into the Android Market around the G1 launch date, Handango is also sponsoring an application contest to the best free and the best-paid Android application that is uploaded to the Handango catalog by November 7th. Each winner will receive  a $25,000 advertising allowance within Handango’s marketing initiatives, including email marketing, featured products on, paid and natural search keywords, online advertising, PR and promotion on affiliate programs. Such a large advertising allowance would allow many applications that do not have much of an advertising budget to get the word out about their application. Applications hosted by Handango are generally not free, it seems that applications that must go through Handango are going to be priced a little higher than those that go directly through Android Market as Handango take their tithe for providing the service. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via prnewswire]

T-Mobile G1 Review round-up

Reviews of the first Android-powered handset the T-Mobile G1 have surfaced and many people are finding the G1 less than fantastic. Many have gone on to say that it did not meet expectations set by all the hype. One common issue that was reported was the GPS not working. A large proportion of devices were unable to locate users' positions in Google maps.

Not everyone was pleased with the design of the G1. The lack of a standard headphone jack was picked out by PCWorld, they also went on to say that the keyboard's keys were a bit too flat. Tech Yahoo says the keyboard makes the G1 feel like a grown up verion of the SideKick. Lifehacker pointed out that this phone may be a little hard to get use to for customers coming from an iPhone, the lack of a multi-touch screen simply can not be ignored in this case. The phone handles very well in the palm of your hand, it feel like more of a phone than the iPhone says Zdnet. It's a perception that often depends on the user, though; Gigaom argues that it feels bulky in the hand. Phone News and The Boy Genius Report agreed that the instant messaging client was anything but what is expected from a smart phone. The application was unstable, often signing you out multiple times in a single session, and failing more reconnection attempts. It is perhaps no surprise that the only IM client that uses data to send an instant message was Google Talk, others use a text-message based method. The G1 does not support Microsoft Exchange out of the box, but the Chicago Tribune expects that to change as it did with the iPhone. The alternative, Outlook Web Access, is reported by MSNBC as being very pleasant and relatively fast. The G1's battery leaves a lot to be desired. CrunchGear reported that the battery life, on average, was even worse than that of the iPhone. With the phone beign built around applications and the Android Market this is really bad news for power-users. In tests done by All Things Digital the G1 was reported to score just under the claimed five hours of talk time. MobileBurn reports that even though they like the user interface, the G1 really has no big deal breakers. Engadget had a few issue with the long-press feature, the G1 sometimes confused a long press with the scrolling feature.  This may come as a disappointment to some with high expectations that the G1 will the the iPhone killer. The touch screen is "wonderfully quick and responsive" though, reports PCMag. Cnet found the camera to be good, even though it lacks basic camera settings (much like the iPhone) such as white balance. It appears inevitable to avoid being noted as clearly the first Android out there, PhoneScoop was one of many that mentioned the G1 is clearly the first of the Android Platform. Gizmodo went on to say "The G1 phone and the Android operating system are not finished products", while PhoneDog reported that, despite having a list of complaints a mile long, they are overshadowed by how fun the Android user experience is. The G1 from our experience was very quick, responsive and easy to use. Unlike the information reported by others, the main issues for us were the very short battery life and no way to kill background processes.  The battery needed to be charged sometimes 3 or 4 times a day because there was always so much going on in the background. Despite the few drawbacks we are still really excited about the G1. I have yet to see a phone other than the G1 come close to the iPhone in comparison. With early user reviews and now our official Android Community review how do you guys feel about pre-ordering the G1? Anyone calling in to cancel or are you determined to be the first one on your block sporting the new G1? Be sure to let us know. And for those of you who will be getting your G1 very soon, don't forget to post pictures of yourself with it for us to see.

Wrike syncs Microsoft Exchange contacts with T-Mobile G1

Many people have all their contacts synced with Microsoft Exchange, however with the T-Mobile G1 contacts are only synced with your Google address book, leaving it difficult for those who do not use Gmail. There is now a downloadable sync tool that allows you to sync your contacts right from the Microsoft Exchange Server, and not a moment too soon.

This application will be be free to everyone. The development was sponsored by Wrike, web-based project management software that is transparently integrated with email, and Intermedia, the leading exchange hosting provider. They claim that “ContactsSync works perfectly for updating data in your G1 phone address book.” The draw-back to this method is that if there are any changes made in your exchange address book you will have to synchronize it again for changes to take place; unlike, say, using Exchange natively on a Windows Mobile handset, there's no automatic synchronization. Once you download ContactsSync to your T-Mobile G1 setting it up is pretty simple. All you have to do is open the application, go to Menu> Settings and enter the email and password for your Exchange account. There are advanced settings if you wish to manually configure the Exchange web services address. After the application is setup you just press “Load contacts” and the contacts will copy over to your G1. This application will not sync over the contacts already on your device, however if you already have the contact on your phone it will be duplicated. As of now it only works one way too; we're told a later version of ContacsSync will support two-way synchronization and merging of contacts. [Wrike]

Android Community site updates

There has been a lot of growth with Android Community the last few weeks. Our members have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first Android-powered handset the T-Mobile G1. The forum has just exploded with news today that the G1 has already been shipped and people may be receiving their G1 a little early.

We have been running several contests recently, the most recent of which is the Golla G1 Case Giveaway. We have been giving a case away every day from October 8th till the launch of the T-Mobile G1. We would like to take the time to thank our premier sponsor Smartphone Experts for sponsoring the Golla G1 Case Giveaway for us. Come on down to our Android Community G1 launch party on Saturday October 18th in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Texas for a chance to meet with Vincent, Ewdi and myself (refused9150) as well as many of our local members. We will be serving food and drinks as well as giving away prizes to our community members. There will be a few very important people attending this event with us, to celebrate the launch of the T-Mobile G1. As many of our users have noticed we have a new banner for our site with the logo "Have you evolved?". We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to DesignDawg for creating this for us. We loved his design for the Signature contest so much that we even decided to print a few limited edition Android Community shirts.

Android comes fully equipped with a killswitch

Word has surfaced that Google has a remote killswitch for applications on Android-powered handsets, much like Apple has for the iPhone. IPhone owners were very angry when they read that Apple could disable any application on their device remotely if they choose.

Located in the Android Market terms of service, Google says that they might remove an application from a user’s phone if it violates the developer distribution agreement. The agreement reads, "Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement ... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion," Google has been vey upfront about the killswitch when Apple did not confirm that the iPhone did indeed have it until days after a developer discovered it. Google stated that if an instant arises where an application must be killed, they will try to get the users money back. Google said that it will make "reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the product ... from the original developer on your behalf." If Google is unable to get the full amount back, it will divide the amount it does get among affected users. Google also has more of a need for such a feature as the killswitch because there is no initial screening process when an application is submitted to the Android Market, leaving the opportunity for potentially damaging or otherwise malicious applications to get to at least a few handsets. Android Market policies also include a refund program, stating that you can return any application for a full refund within 24 hours of the time of purchase. This becomes particularly useful when an application does not offer a trial version. [Via ComputerWorld]

T-Mobile G1 Powered by Android Review

October 16th, and we're finally allowed to tell you what we've wanted to say for the past week: the T-Mobile G1 is a very good cellphone indeed. The first handset commercially available to run Google's Android platform and, with the exception perhaps of the iPhone 3G, the most anticipate mobile device launch of the year, the HTC-made G1 has a lot riding on it. Not only is it T-Mobile USA's flagship 3G handset, it's the first time Android has been seen outside prototypes and pre-production hyperbole. Can the G1 live up to it? Check out the full Android Community review to find out.

The form of the G1 is both familiar and new at the same time. Familiar because we've seen the gradual progression from part-glimpsed HTC prototype, because of the sense of familiarity with SideKick handsets, and new by virtue of its surprisingly clean design. It's 158g weight sits well in the hand, heavy enough to feel solid but not so much to feel cumbersome. Flip open the arc-curved side-sliding touchscreen and you'll find - or perhaps not even notice - that the handset has been weighted so that it doesn't topple backwards. That much-maligned 'chin' section, angled with the trackball and buttons, nestles into the curve of your hand and goes unnoticed. Under the hood, a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor lends the G1 its grunt, paired with 256MB ROM and 192MB RAM. HTC have given the handset dualband HSPA/WCDMA in the US (1700/2100MHz) or single-band in Europe (2100MHz), capable of supporting up to 7.2Mbps downloads (network depending), together with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE. There's also WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS, as well as a digital compass and accelerometer orientation sensor. Users are faced with a breadth of input options, including a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2-inch 320 x 480 HVGA capacitive touchscreen and trackball. Get used to flipping out the keyboard, however, as Android v1.0 lacks an on-screen keyboard beyond basic the numeric pad for dialing. Thankfully the G1's 'board is well laid-out, five-rows of letters and dedicated number keys, together with useful shortcuts to key applications. Shortcuts can also be user-programmed, to any number or letter you so wish, whether a pre-loaded app or something downloaded from the Android Market. Our only criticism would be the keyboard backlighting, which could definitely do with being brighter. The touchscreen is even more of a success. Unlike other HTC smartphones it uses a capacitive panel, similar to that of the iPhone, responding well to even gentle touches. It's a shame, then, that it's not capable of multitouch, which remains an iPhone exclusive in cellphones at least. Still, the G1's interface is very quick, with no long load times or pauses as applications load. The home screen is neatly laid-out and straightforward to customize, and can be as complex or as streamlined as you choose. Here the G1 edges ahead of the iPhone, with Android's freedom to add any variety of contact cards, picture frames, apps and widgets to the home screen and its folders. Along the top of the display sits the notification bar, a well organized way to view SMS, MMS, email, IM and download notifications, among others, as well as a list of recent activities similar to that found at the top of the Start menu in Windows Mobile. Also similar to the Microsoft mobile OS, and an unwelcome decision at that, is the absence of a task manager to end background applications. Android promises to manage which software is closed and which stays open, but we'd rather it was more draconian for the sake of battery life. All those secretly active programs take their toll, via background processes, on the 1150mAh Li-Ion battery. As far as we can tell, the only way to shut apps down completely is to power-cycle the handset. In a way, the lack of manual closing makes the G1's absence of lag, even having opened several programs, all the more surprising. Anybody coming from Windows Mobile, used to watching their smartphone crawl to a sluggish halt as cycles and RAM are monopolized, will be impressed with how responsive the G1 remains. In fact, the only app crashes we observed happened well in advance of the G1 slowing down, with only a message warning of an instability that requires the program's restarting. Generally, though, for a first-generation device the G1 - and Android itself - is remarkably stable. Whether closed in the background or not, software picks up exactly where you left off, and the speed of start-up makes the transition around the OS pretty seamless. Google's search history (if you'll pardon the pun) has culminated in one of the most useful features of Android on the G1, in the shape of the dedicated search key. Accessible at any time, it makes searching for files significantly faster than straight browsing, and its consistency across applications means it soon becomes an instinctive action. There's no way to search cross-app, however, so you can't for instance browse through documents while in the media player, only media content. You'd also expect a Google-branded product to excel at internet browsing, and here the G1 is a mixed-bag. Based on the same open-source WebKit engine as the iPhone, Nokia's S60 browser and others, it's full-HTML compatible and handled most any site we pointed it at. Navigation is via a combination of the touchscreen and the trackball, with a Nokia-style magnification window (which shows the position of the current view in terms of the page as a whole) when zoomed-in. Magnification is neither as slick nor as smooth as on the iPhone, a point where the absence of multitouch is a real drawback. Instead, you swipe across the screen with your finger, which summons up a virtual lens with which to focus down on specific sections. It's workable, but nowhere near as intuitive as on Apple's device. Another shortcoming is the bizarre lack of integration with the accelerometer: rotating the G1 does not rotate the screen, you're forced to slide out the keyboard in order to do that. Finally, cut & paste only appears to work with URLs, not text anywhere on webpages, and there's no Flash support at present. Of course, Google's other forte is messaging, and the G1 ships with a full breadth of IM compatibility including Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger, all of which can be logged-into simultaneously and remain so in the background. New messages are flagged up on the notification bar and done so relatively discretely, so as not to distract too much from whatever app you're currently using. Frustratingly, though, the different providers are all grouped separately, meaning your MSN contacts, say, are in a different list from your AOL buddies. That can be preferable on the desktop, where you're more likely to differentiate and organize your social groups, but on a mobile device we'd have preferred to see at least the option to integrate all contacts into a single online/offline list. Still, you can see the golden touch of ex-SideKick Andy Rubin in the IM experience as a whole, as it's one of the more - if not the most - successful on a mobile device. Different conversations are easily switched between, and the keyboard comes into its own for rapid pecking. That ease of use continues into the SMS/MMS client, where messages are threaded into conversations and send seemingly instantaneously. Photos are courtesy of a 3.2-megapixel camera with mechanical autofocus, the latter being something of a rariety in a mobile device. It lends the G1 a far more professional feel, more like a compact digital camera than an afterthought. Half-pressing the dedicated camera button focuses the picture, fully-pressing it fires off the shot. Images themselves are crisp, if a little on the light side, but decent for a cellphone; all the more frustrating, then, that in the absence of a flash dimly-lit areas are often impossible to photograph. At present the camera will only take still photos, not video. The G1 relies on microSDHC cards for storage, and is compatible with the latest 16GB models for iPhone-equalling capacity. The slot itself is hidden underneath the rear cover, as is the SIM slot, but unlike the SIM you're not required to remove the battery pack in order to switch memory cards. Some might prefer a more accessible microSDHC slot, but anyone who has accidentally dropped several gigabytes of content will confirm that, when it comes to memory cards the size of your fingernail, safety outsts a few seconds time-saving. Add a card and the G1 automatically locates any music, pictures and video stored on it. Choose a file and you're asked which app you want to play it with; if it's a video, you'll have to make a trip to the Android Market first, though, as the pre-installed Android media player can only handle audio files. Playback is via a wired stereo headset - which requires an HTC breakout dongle, as the G1 lacks a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack. At this time, the G1 does not support A2DP stereo Bluetooth, but should after a future firmware update. We paired a number of different hands free Bluetooth headsets with the G1 and experienced no problems at all. A nice touch is that, when listening to music, you're given the option to search for the video in the standalone YouTube app; only problem is, switch away from the video and it automatically pauses, so you can't use it as a streaming music player in the background. We've mentioned the Android Market several times, and Google's answer to the Apple AppStore holds its own on the G1. The application database is intelligently managed; the entire list of available software isn't fully synchronized every time you open the Market, only the new titles, and it keeps track of which you've already downloaded and/or installed. Applications you download are installed to the pull-out menu on the home screen, in alphabetical order, keeping it both tidy and well-organized. Google seem to be taking a different stance to Apple in their management of the Android Market: unlike on the iPhone, apps will go through no vetting before being available to download. Instead, a review & rate system is being implemented, where users score and comment on downloads. The plus side to that is the range of titles (Apple have a habit of pruning out what they don't think is "suitable" for their cellphone) and the speed at which updates can be posted; the negative is the potential for malware or poorly coded apps to get onto at least a handful of devices until the software can be flagged up as harmful. When installing a new app, Android flags up which services - camera, network, GPS, etc. - it will use. That way, the user can judge whether the software is going to do what it claims it will, or something nefarious. It's useful, but it assumes a degree of understanding that many users just won't have. In a way that's unusual for Android, because you can tell Google have tried hard to make it approachable for entry-level users. The settings menu has easy-to-comprehend descriptions, and the synchronization summary clearly shows which items are up to date and which have encountered problems. Meanwhile the applications manager - with the frustrating exception of a kill switch - runs through how much space each program takes up and what it's properties are. It's an area that Windows Mobile, with its multple, convoluted settings screens and seemingly endless tabs, would do well to learn from. If a key motivation for picking up a new cellphone is the extent to which you can impress friends and family, you'll be pleased to know that the G1 has just such an app. Android obviously includes Google Maps for Mobile, but they've given it some extra wow-factor with compass-enabled Street View. Hold up the phone with Google's street-level photos loaded up and, as you physically turn around, the on-screen representation does so too. It sounds like a gimmick - and indeed it can be, if you're using it to justify your new purchase to your spouse or bank manager - but it's also a handy way of figuring out which way to go at an unfamiliar intersection. When you're finished panning around places you used to live, or stalking ex-partners, the GPS quickly locks on and gives straightforward, accurate directions. Of course, at its heart the G1 is a phone, and one intended to show off T-Mobile's 3G network to boot. Call quality is, thankfully, excellent, both normally and through the loud, clear speakerphone. T-Mobile's 3G network has surprising reach, too; although the carrier is only really promoting Phoenix and New York City as flooded with their high-speed access, we had no problem getting a 3G signal in San Jose, with next to zero dropped calls. In fact, it'll be battery life that curtails your use of the G1, not the network. Despite the sizeable power-pack, with heavy use the G1 only lasted 2-3hrs. That's a mixture of voice calls, internet browsing, GPS and media playback, but it leaves us doubtful that the handset would last a full day if used in earnest. Our suspicion is that it's background processes putting their demands on the battery, and we wouldn't be surprised to see a software update pushed out sooner rather than later which attempts to manage that better. Hopefully an aftermarket task manager will also make a speedy appearance. You can charge the handset either with the included AC adapter - which takes about an hour - or via a USB connection to your PC or Mac; the G1 shows up as a removable drive, to which you can drag media or document files. While we're talking about frustrations, the G1 is a real fingerprint and grease magnet. Like any phone with a large display, the glass smudges readily; however the entire G1 seems particularly prone. With no screen protectors to hand, we resorted to cutting up an iPhone protector and using that. In judging the T-Mobile G1, you're really coming to two conclusions. The first is of the handset itself, while the second is more about Android as a platform. That's going to make things tricky, and you'll no doubt read plenty of reviews and opinions basically claiming Android falls down because the reviewer doesn't like the G1. Happily, we've been impressed - and surprised, even - on both counts. The T-Mobile G1 certainly isn't perfect - you definitely need a second battery if you're a power-user, the capacitive touchscreen is great but, without multitouch, seems only half used, and the app management needs either a stern talking-to or a user-accessible way to kill running processes - but it's very, very good. HTC, T-Mobile and Google have said that they set out to design a true internet-enabled mobile device, and they've done just that. The G1 will inevitably be compared to Apple's iPhone 3G, but it represents a sightly different angle on the mobile experience. Where the iPhone is, by virtue of Apple's omni-present controlling hand, a relatively closed system (and no less successful, or attractive, for it, mind), the G1 panders instead to those who would prefer something more tweakable, more customizable. Android, meanwhile, has exactly what it needs: a device on which to showcase its features and tempt with the promise of what's to come. Again, it's nowhere near perfect, but it's also version one; think back to the first iPhone experience, back even further to the early stages of Windows Mobile, and then recognize that Google have poured - and will continue to pour - masses of investment into making this platform work. Owners of the first G1 handsets will undoubtedly profit from that investment, upgrading and taking advantage of new drivers, new software and new third-party hacks; in fact anything the open-source community can come up with. We're excited by the T-Mobile G1 in a way we haven't been by a mobile device in a long time. It might lack the drool-inducing instant allure of the iPhone 3G, but it counters that both with usable, thought-out abilities today and real promise for tomorrow. Android and the G1 are no iPhone-killer, but they're certainly a game-changer. Unboxing T-Mobile G1 (Birds eye view) [youtube][/youtube] Setting up T-Mobile G1 [youtube][/youtube] T-Mobile G1 Hardware walkthrough [youtube][/youtube] [gallery] Unboxing T-Mobile G1 (facing us) [youtube][/youtube]

Microsoft may bring Silverlight to Android

Microsoft’s Internet application browser plugin, Silverlight, may soon be coming to Android-powered handsets. Silverlight is the direct competitor of Adobe’s Flash. Seeing Silverlight or Flash on the next Android would really hurt Apple because the iPhone 3G currently has neither.

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie told “[The] Google phone is slightly different [from the iPhone]. It’s more of an open platform, that is something we’re going to continue to look at. Certainly as it’s gotten deployed and if sales are good we’ll definitely keep our eyes out and look at that in the future.” For reasons still unknown Apple made a potentially bad decision to keep Adobe’s Flash plugin as well as Microsoft’s Silverlight off of the iPhone. Many iPhone owners cannot look beyond the fact that, despite how advanced the phone is, it still lacks Flash support. If Android-powered handsets see Silverlight or flash before the iPhone, it could possibly hurt iPhone sales in the future. [Via TechRadar]
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