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Monthly Archive: December 2013
selling out their entire stock of pre-orders for existing members in a very short period of time, HTC tripled the order and has sold out of that entire batch as well. That means that 1.5 million G1s have already been sold in pre-orders on top of the millions estimated to be shipping to stores for sales on October 22nd. Selling such a high number of devices with an unproven software concept on a never-before-seen device is absolutely astounding. Google has a lot riding on this particular device, showing the world what Android can do could either make or break the platform as a whole. That is why Google has worked so closely with HTC and T-Mobile, to make sure that “the first shot in this battle is a killer”. Google went all out on this device, making it fully search enabled. Though it does not go out to directly take on the iPhone, people continually compare the two. Google has shown its commitment to this platform in every way. One clear example of this is the Android Developers Contest where Google paid out $10 million to the winners. The twist is that Google will not be taking back a dime of this money in application sales. This will in the end lower the cost of applications, making this a win-win situation for developers and customers. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Fool]
Pre-orders made after October 3rd will not be receiving their G1 till November 10th, 2008 at the absolute earliest. It looks like lining up in front of stores on release day is the only way to get a G1 on launch day for some. China-based phone company zzzPhone started advertising that they will start selling Android-powered devices. Judging by the poorly mocked-up representation of the phone, with pictures of existing phones with the word Android pasted on them and the improper spelling and grammar on the site, I would be wary of ordering from them. There was a rumor that T-Mobile was prepping their own version of the HTC Touch HD for Android, although it was quickly shot down when word got out that the Touch HD will not be released in the US. TechFaith is reported to be releasing an Android-powered handset in early 2009. The company helps provide wireless solutions for Open Handset Alliance (OHA) members Motorola and LG. One Android Community member had a chance to play with the G1 and reported to our users in what was the first user review of the G1. While he listed pros and cons, most people focused on only the cons such as the “stutter” when opening applications and having a memory flaw that required the device to be reset in order to restore operation. Other members have since proved this to be untrue with later builds of the software; we're hoping T-Mobile, HTC and Google have as many bugs as possible ironed out before the official launch. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.
Motorola working hard on an Android-powered handset so early on, this makes the chances of the two companies working together very likely. I know many of people would like to see Motorola step up and create the next big device to rise above the RAZR. Having an Android-powered handset this early on could really give Motorola a huge boost in the wireless market. Let's keep our fingers crossed. [Via Interfaxchina]
kaziko has given us a sneak peak at T-Mobile’s first device to run Google’s Android operating system. He put together a nice Q&A as well as providing us with a pros and cons list. The more we hear about the G1 the more anticipation builds, as we all wait for the 22nd to get our hands on this gem. This device is very similar to the SideKick, Kaziko went on to say “Its a sidekick on massive steroids ... If it had a box on the left side it would feel exactly like a Sidekick”. This is good news for a lot of the current Sidekick users who are looking for a long awaited upgrade to a device that sees very little change. This device has great call quality and a relatively loud speaker in comparison to other HTC devices. The G1 comes pre-loaded with a smooth running, easy to use instant messaging client that supports Google Talk, AIM, ICQ and MSN out of the box. With all phones there is a bit of a downside to them, and in Kaiziko's words “[the] phone does not run as smoothly as you would think”. Some of the applications “stutter” as they start up and from time to time the device must be restarted in order to run smoothly. Thankfully these drawbacks can ultimately be fixed with firmware and software upgrades. The battery charger makes the bottom of the device very hot and is in an awkward location for text messaging while it is charging. PRO's:
- The device is fairly quick to startup compared to other HTC devices.
- It is very light considering what's inside.
- The slide out keyboard works well and doesn't have a flimsy feel to it.
- The Android Market works just as well as the iPhone's App Store.
- There are already a lot of useful apps to download from the Android Market, including a free ringtone maker.
- The earpiece is fairly clear when making and receiving calls, you hear absolutely no static.
- The speaker is relatively loud compared to other HTC devices.
- The G1 has a big memory leak somewhere, and has to be restarted in order to get it running smoothly again.
- The battery charger makes the bottom of the phone extremely hot.
- No virtual QWERTY keyboard included.
- The phone doesn't run as smoothly as you would think, programs sometimes stutter trying to start up.
- There is no folder system like that found on other HTC devices: finding your files requires you to search around in one of the various programs associated with the file type you're trying to view.
- Video playback is very limited. The G1 would not play .mpg or .wmv files which are pretty much the standard when it comes to videos downloaded off the net.
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HTC Touch HD, not be confused with the HTC Touch Pro, has specs similar to the G1. The Touch HD would make a perfect Android-powered handset to compete with the leading phones in the US. The Touch HD is most noted for having a large display that beats even the iPhone 3G. Boasting a large 3.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution, this phone is easily one of the best to look at. However HTC today revealed that they would not be bringing the Touch HD to the US, as it lacks US-spec 3G and they feel the device would be outdated by the time it could be re-engineered. Picture provided by Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via PhoneDog]
Their site reads, "per recent reviews, iphone has had problems with dropped calls, not working for people with long fingernails, and a secreet [sic] kill switch has been discovered.NOT FULLY LOCKABLE. zzzphone has none of these problems." Word from China is that they’re installing Android on their phones this month. The site states that their Android phone will be delivered on November 30th. From pictures depicted on the website the Android phones are actually that of the HTC Touch Pro with a poorly sketched basic Android screen shot on it. Who knows what the actual device may look like. [Via Gearlog]
in the fine print there is a lot of surprising information as to just when you will be receiving your pre-order. For those customers who pre-ordered their Android before October 3rd, the soonest they will be receiving their phone will be October 22nd. Anyone who got a late start on the pre-order and ordered the G1 after October 3rd will receive it no sooner than November 10th. That date is tentative as the first date you may receive it. T-Mobile’s site reads, “Order yours before October 21, 2008, and it will be delivered as early as November 10, 2008.* After all, as a loyal customer, you deserve to get what you want—when you want it.” I find this kind of odd as loyal customers would want the device on launch day if not sooner, not after new customers were already able to purchase theirs. I want to know what you guys think about this policy. [Via Gadgetell]
Samsung and LG apparently won't be releasing a handset until at least Q3 2009, giving T-Mobile more than amazing sales opportunities. T-Mobile expects to sell half a million handsets in 2008 alone. Motorola has confirmed rumors that they are expanding their Android team by as many as 300 members. In other rumors, Nokia and Verizon were reportedly spotted at a recent Android developer conference put on by Google. We also heard that China Mobile may be working on a TD-SCDMA 3G Android Phone. Android Community also managed to get an exclusive hands on with the G1 and award winning Android application ShopSavvy, formerly known as GoCart. The app you to scan a barcode at the store, and immediately get local store prices as well as online prices for that particular item. Android Community has also undergone several new changes and upgrades. Our new layout is now much better organized and hopefully easier to navigate. We are happy to announce the addition of our Knowledge Base (KB), which includes General Guides and Tips & Tricks. We have also added a user blog where you can blog about anything you wish: happy about getting your G1, just blog about it! Now users can upload personal pictures to our Member Photo Album or submit Android related photos to your flikr page. Special thanks to Ewdi for putting in the time and effort to make this site what it is. Many of us are very excited to hear that the G1 will be ready for 16 Gig microSD cards right out of the box. More astonishing news was heard with the explanation of Applications Without Boarders. The simple concept of applications being able to share data and work off of each other. Several different applications may now use the same database library created by another. Screen shots of BestBuy's inventory hint that they will be receiving the G1 in November. While no one can confirm this as of yet, it looks highly possible with the time frame in which BestBuy received the iPhone 3G. Andy Ruben spoke about the differences between Android Market and Apple's App Store, and has revealed there will be no bandwith limitations for Android applications, T-Mobile has asked that developers with free apps, that take more than 15 Megabytes a month for a single user, pay a $2 monthly fee. With the recent demand of the G1 T-Mobile has tripled the production of G1 handsets available for pre-order before October 22nd and managed to sell through them all already. Android software engine Andy Stadler spoke about how Android is fully embedded with search. T-Mobile has officially released the G1 emulator with 360 view. This emulator allows you to go thought the phone almost as if you had it in front of you. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.