T-Mobile G1 Emulator and 360 view

T-Mobile has a G1 360 view emulator that allows you to rotate the new G1 360 degrees to get a really good look at all angles of this device. The 360 allows you to slide the screen up to reveal the full Qwerty keyboard.

The guide tab gives you 4 different options for viewing how the hardware of the G1 works. The first demonstrates how the screen slides up for use of the keyboard. The battery removal shows just how the back of the device is taken off to reveal the battery. Sim Card Insertion shows that in order to replace the Sim Card you must first remove the battery. However you do not have to remove the battery to insert or remove the MicroSD card. This makes accidentally loosing the card a lot easier and opens the opportunity of getting dirt inside the slot. The G1 emulator is very functional and fun to play with. However many of the applications that require data do not work in this particular example. You can view a demo of incoming calls, incoming picture messages (MMS), incoming text messages (SMS), incoming email or incoming instant message. Using this emulator will really help customers get a general idea of what the device will be like before purchasing it. More discussion can be found at Android Community Forums. Special thanks to LocrKurgan for bringing this to our attention. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VChBj_gV3U\[/youtube] [Via Android Community]

Android fully embedded with Search

Every day there are more and more details becoming available about the Android Mobile operating system. On the Official Google Mobile Blog, Android software engineer Andy Stadler states that Android’s goal is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".

Google aims to integrate their search tools as a platform wide feature. Every Android application that uses a search will have a special menu option, Applications using maps for instance will support a type-to-search feature, others such as Android Market will have search buttons, the home screen will have different available search widgets. The keyboard even includes its very own search key. Android search services will also include suggestive searches as you type in a query. The G1 will offer suggestive searching on Google web searches; for other applications, such as Gmail or YouTube, suggestions will be based on past searches. Google has shared an API, sample code, documentation and related tools with third-party developers so that their applications will implement basic search services as well. [Via Fierce Mobile Content]

T-Mobile USA Update On T-Mobile G1 Pre-Launch Availability

Here's the latest official response from T-Mobile pertaining to the T-Mobile G1 pre-launch availability.  If you didn't pre-order the T-Mobile G1, you are now OFFICIALLY SOL.

Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all.  However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date.

Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.  Details are available on the T-Mobile G1 Web site, www.T-MobileG1.com.

UPDATE: T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery sometime in early November 10th time frame. Thanks Kristen, T-Mobile Spokesperson

Google’s Andy Ruben talks about Android Market

Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android project, spoke this week about his visions for Android Market. Rubin discussed application bandwidth limits and, more importantly perhaps, how Android Market will differ from Apples iTunes App Store.

Unlike the App Store, Google will not impose the many restrictions that iPhone application developers are unhappy about. Bandwidth limitations that hurt iPhone app development will not plague Android applications, T-Mobile has set no limit on the bandwidth allowed to any given application. 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. This policy may be a bit difficult to enforce with applications coming from the Android Market, which have no such restrictions in place. "We want the next killer application to be written for cell phones, not the Internet," Rubin said. Rubin also spoke about Android application developers having the opportunity to offer free trials of their applications, before a user chooses to purchase. Developers have named the largest contributing factor behind shaky application sales on the iPhone to the lack of the free trial option. As a result of the limitations Apple has placed on applications in the App Store many developers are expected to migrate to Google’s Android platform. [Via BusinessWeek]

Microsoft’s Ballmer on Android: We’re not worried

Speaking to the BBC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that an open-source handset would not appeal to phone manufacturers; his prediction was that Windows Mobile based phones would stay ahead of Google’s Android, BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone in the Smartphone market. "You've got to remember Android is version one" Ballmer suggested, "and it looks like version one."  However Ballmer's primary concern was Microsoft's delayed respose to internet search and online advertizing: "Do I wish we'd started the investment in search a few years earlier? Yes." The outspoken executive particularly highlighted the lead Google has built up in online advertising; since then, of course, Google has expanded into several other areas including creating an operating system for phones.

Ballmer also called on politicians to make "the right decisions" in this time of economic crisis. He told the BBC that Microsoft had become a “David in search alongside the Goliath of its arch-rival Google". "I don't think there's any confusion in Washington that they need to make smart choices to help the US economy," he continued. While Android helps handset prices come down because there is no licence to purchase, nor any of the other fees associated with Windows, Microsoft has to look for other ways to promote their OS products when people are looking to save, not spend.  It's unclear what consumers will do in an economic crisis, Ballmer said, "you've got to assume that people are going to assess their overall wealth differently so they aren't going to be spending as much on high-cost capital goods". Ballmer insisted that Windows Vista - the much criticized Windows operating system – had been the most popular OS that Microsoft had ever created. Ballmer did not deny any claims to the issues reported with Windows Vista, instead suggesting that such incidents were inevitable: "any time you change something as fundamental as an operating system people will have issues." Photo provided by Android Community member heyitsnan [Via BBC News]

T-Mobile G1 Expected To Sell Half A Million Handsets in 2008

T-Mobile G1 sales in the US are expected to infuse NT$7 billion (around $220 million USD) into HTC’s fourth-quarter revenue, according to company sources. T-mobile plans to order between 1.5 and 2 million G1 handsets in the near future, with sales to be between 400,000 and 500,000 units sold in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Next year the T-mobile G1 is expected to contribute over NT$18 billion (around $560 million USD) to HTS’s overall sales for 2009. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, stated at the T-Mobile G1 announcement that the presence of G1 and Android will definitely give strong pushes to development and applications of the network for handsets in the future. Industry leaders note that although being inferior to the HTC Diamond, iPhone 3G and the Samsung Omnia in terms of exterior design, the G1 will draw in customers with its easy-to-operate interface and convenient network functions. The G1 will launch in other countries starting at the end of this year. Photo provided by Android Community member NetCom with finishing touches by heyitsnan [Via Alley Insider]

Motorola Confirms Development with Android

Motorola have confirmed that they are working on products for Android in a statement made to BetaNews this morning. However, no comment was made in reference to rumors of expanding their Android development team from 50 to 350. This official confirmation comes as no great surprise; Motorola has been one of the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) since its launch back in November of 2007.

"We're excited about the innovation possibilities on Android, and [we] look forward to delivering great products in partnership with Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA)," a Motorola spokesperson said, in a statement to BetaNews. Motorola refuses to comment on any specific projects they are working on. Android is the perfect opportunity for Motorola to bounce back, still not having a successor to the infamous RAZR. Since then, Motorola continues to sell phones like the Motorola Q that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile, but now are venturing into the Linux phone market with the announcement of the U9, a phone supporting the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo) platform. "Motorola has long been an advocate of open software for mobile platforms. Today, we're excited to continue this support by joining Google and others in the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance and Android platform. Motorola plans to leverage the Android platform to enable seamless, connected services and rich consumer experiences in future Motorola products," according to Zander. Photo created by Android Community member heyitsnan [Via BetaNews]

T-Mobile G1 coming soon to Best Buy

Best Buy has been expanding their mobile phone section for months now. New leaks points to Best Buy selling the T-Mobile G1 sometime in October or early November time frame per the screen below.

With the shelf date almost a month after they receive the devices, this will gives T-Mobile a chance to sell quite a few handsets before giving sales to other companies. T-Mobile will official release the G1 on October 22nd. By looking at the screenshots that came across Boy Genius Report, Best Buy will be getting not only the T-Mobile G1, but the unlocked crappy Treo Pro and the new BlackBerry Pear Flip (in red), which is the first flip version of the ever-popular BlackBerry smartphone. The red BlackBerry Flip is set to be on Best Buy shelves October 26th while the Palm Tro Pro does not appear to have a definite sale date. [Via Wired]

Android: Apps without borders

With Android, applications can integrate features, data from other applications and information through web API’s, as well as use all of the hardware sensors on the device such as the camera, GPS, accelerometer and the compass. This feature is entitled Applications Without Boarders.

Zebra Crossing is a fantastic example of one such application. It uses an open-source library used to decode barcodes using the camera. Zebra Crossing can recognize your everyday barcodes as well as 2d barcodes called QR codes. One example, scanning a barcode on the back of a business card will give you the contact information allowing you to directly call the number, email the contact information or allows you to save the contact without entering in the information. Zebra Crossing also publishes information (intent) so that other applications may use it as well.

Other developers now have to ability to develop similar applications without having to do all the work. One application that uses the open-source library, stores books on your handset for readers on the go then has the ability to scan the barcode on the back of a book and take the intent from Zebra Crossing and use it to find book information and directly download new books to your library.

Panoramio uses GPS to find your current location and link it to the most popular photos taken within your area. From there you can learn more about that particular photograph and even locate where it was taken on a map. Panoramio also uses the compass feature to provide you with a radar view for walking directions to where the photo was taken as well as your distance from the location.

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