PhoneFusion delivers the promised Visual Voicemail application

PhoneFusion has officially released their Fusion Voicemail Plus service for Android. Now G1 owners won’t go without the luxury of being able to see whom your voicemail is from and listen to them in the order in which you wish. As promised the guys over at PhoneFusion have reworked the Android version so that it looks a lot better than previous version of other phones. Go ahead and download this application for free in the Android Market and let us know what you think. Will you use it, and how can this application be application be improved? Louis Libin, chief executive officer for PhoneFusion said, “With the launch of T-Mobile’s G1, the first Android-powered smartphone, people have been looking for an innovative visual voicemail app that runs on this breakthrough device. We believe Fusion Voicemail Plus fills this gap, giving the Android community a better way to stay connected when it matters most. We expect this application will quickly become one of the favorites on Android Market.”

Android-powered netbooks by the end of 2009?

People are bringing up a very interesting point about the growing popularity of netbooks. Many of the users that pick up a netbook are interested in getting something that just works. Needless to say a Linux based netbook might not tickle their fancy. A fantastic alternative to this option would be an Android-powered netbook. Google has said time and time again that eventually this operating system could make its way to desktops and even into cars. Such an operating system in a netbook seems like a no-brainer to me. We would see improved battery life, a more first time user experience. Customers who purchase a netbook want the Internet, not a complex open source operating system such as Linux. Perhaps the best aspect of having Android on a netbook is the end cost for the customer. Android does not charge for their operating system like Microsoft, thus bringing costs down. The x68 version of Android is rumored to be available to the public by 1Q 2009 opening the possibility of having and Android-powered netbook by this time next year. Who would love having an Android based netbook at home? [Via Slashdot]

T-Mobile G1 multi-touch demonstrated in video

Just the other day we reported that two finger presses were recorded on the T-mobile G1, by a user that goes by the name RyeBrye. Well he decided to make a video to prove his findings for us. The video very clearly shows the two separate traces at the same time. We are still asking why in the world would Google leave out multi-touch in the T-Mobile G1? They are taking a huge function away from Android users giving the iPhone the upper hand. We certainly hope that Google left it out because it had not been developed yet, with the thought that it would eventually be brought to G1 owners. The next question is where do we go from here? Clearly there will be many developers that will take advantage of this “hidden feature” and try to further develop the technology. One thing that we believe is a must have is multi-touch browsers integration. While these ideas may be a ways off, it shows great promise for the development of Android and the G1. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSBYqmWVqeM[/youtube]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 47 2008

This week Pixelpipe was introduced into the world providing all G1 owners the ability to better get photos off of you handset and onto the Internet. Publish photos to your favorite social networking site such as MySpace or Facebook. Brad Fitzpatric has managed to give the G1 a nice little feature that allows users to use their handset as a garage door opener. Fantastic news for all of us Android fans, Andy Rubin demoed Flash on a G1 handset at Adobe’s MAX event. This is definitely good to see as the iPhone still has yet to make it that far. Another company in China is making yet another claim that they will have an Android-powered handset. At first we didn’t know if Sciphone’s “Dream G2” was a joke or if they were really serious. Apparently they will have an odd-looking touchscreen handset by the end of November, they better get cracking! There have been more reports that the G1 is capable of multi-touch. Apparently the screen itself works just fine with multi-touch. A user by the name of RyeBrye has managed to discover the Synaptics touchscreen has some code that has intentionally been left out. Once he recompiled the kernel with the code put back in he was able to track two separate finger presses at one time. If G1 owners are already getting sick of the available games in the Android Market then Phoload is here to save the day. Pholad is now adding support for Google’s Android platform, bringing even more free games to the table. Earlier this week we reported a rumor that NTT DoCoMo along with South Korea’s KT Freetel were working together on an Android-powered handset for release in China. Almost immediately KT Fretel came fourth denying any work with NTT DoCoMo on an Android. Soon after those reports came in NTT DoCoMo came clean as well stating that they are indeed working on an Android-powered handset, just not with KT Fretel. Reports also came in stating that the recent shipments of T-Mobile G1 handsets are coming in with the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack with microphone. No more purchasing adapters in order to use your favorite headphones to listen to music. We also received work that the beta version of Android for Openmoko’s FreeRunner will be available the first week of December. Openmoko has wasted no time in delivering this to their customers. TouchDown is bringing yet more Exchange support to Android users. TouchDown keeps Google’s information separate from your Exchange info while only providing users with a great way to fetch their information, but also allows users to check for new email and events periodically. Can it be, another country getting the G1? Yes, the Philippines are going to be the next to get the G1, because the demand seems high enough. It’s about time that the US sees the white G1. Many people have speculated as to why we have not yet been able to purchase the white G1, but users in the UK have. Whatever the case it does not matter, those who have waited do not have to wait any longer.

The US now seeing white

Ever since the initial launch we have been asking, where is the white G1? Residents of the US only had the opportunity to choose from either black or brown, while residents of the UK have a choice between the black and white. There is still little known about this arrangement. The first rumor we heard about the white model was deficiency in the paint causing it to eventually chip. We felt this was a little off because the casing of the G1 is in fact made of white paint. Whatever the case there is no longer a wait to get your hands on the white G1 in the US. The white G1 has been spotted on store shelves recently. Not all stores have received the white G1 however. It looks like the price of early adoption is the white color and the newly added 3.5mm headphone jack. There is still no word as to weather the UK will be getting the brown color, or what colors will be available for the Philippines launch.  Now that its out, how many of you are having buyers remorse? [Via BGR]

The Philippines are next in line for the G1

It looks like residents of the Philippines are going to be getting their hands on an Android-powered handset soon enough all thanks to Taiwanese firm HTC. Mark Sergio, HTC Philippines country manager, said that the company is ready to ship the G1 to customers after receiving a lot of inquiries about the device. The company is still considering various ways to market the Android-powered handsets once they have been released locally. One possibility they are currently considering is copying the single-operator model of Deutsche Telekom. Sergio said, "Even if the Philippines is a pre-dominantly pre-paid market, there are subscribers who don't use entry-level phones and who prefer smartphones like the ones that we offer. We are targeting that market." HTC has a very active relationship with local ISVs (independent software vendors), allowing the port of locally developed applications. It seems to be taking a little bit of time to get the G1 overseas. So far only the US and UK legally have the T-Mobile G1. [Via GMANews]

Get more Exchange capabilities with TouchDown

NitroDesk has released another solution to syncing your contacts with your Android-powered handset. This method is entirely within the application itself, no need for any PC client. TouchDown securely connects to corporate exchange systems to provide users with instant access to contacts, email and calendar information. TouchDown not only provides users with a great way to fetch their information, but also allows users to check for new email and events periodically. TouchDown is designed to keep Exchange and Google information separated. "While the information is separately maintained, we do not rule out the possibility of features in the future that enable synchronization or at least selective movement between the stores", claims NitroDesk. Users can now download TouchDown from the NitroDesk website. NitroDesk plans to have their application on Handango.com. Initially users will be able to download the free trial with all of the features enabled. Licenses can then be purchased wherever the application was downloaded from for $29.99. There is no word yet on whether we will be seeing TouchDown in the Android Market. [Via PRWeb]

NTT DoCoMo comments on recent rumors

As many of our readers know it seems that companies are very unsure about what they are and are not doing. Yesterday we reported that NNT DoCoMo and South Korea’s KT Fretel were working together on an Android-powered handset only to find out later that KT Fretel has no plans to work with NNT DoCoMo on an Android. Now we finally get the facts straight. It turns out that NNT DoCoMo is planning on creating an Android-powered handset in Japan after all, just not with the help of KT Fretel. They have not had discussions with any inverters at all. An NTT DoCoMo spokeman said, “As we are allied with Google, we are considering a commercial mobile device together.” While this news is good for Japan, there are still no details on any of the specs for this handset. Just like most of the other news regarding new Android-powered handsets, there is no pricing or release date. All we get is sometime in 2009. [Via BusinessStandard]

Beta release of Android for Openmoko’s FreeRunner handset available the first week of December

Toronto based company Koolu, has just announced their work in optimizing and supporting the Android platform on the FreeRunner opensource handset by Openmoko. The beta version of the Koolu version of Android will be made available the first week of December with the final release scheduled in Q1 2009. Koolu will support developers who would like the freedom of opensource to create and sell mobile devices in emerging markets such as health care, education and other vertical markets. Koolu’s service program is targeted at Google’s enterprise professionals in global markets in an attempt to move phones to a low price range. "We selected Openmoko's FreeRunner because users can purchase a pre-paid GSM SIM card in foreign countries and use that country's local service as easily as their service at home, and can choose a VoIP service or various WiFi hot-spots around the world,” said Koolu CEO, Andrew Greig. “It’s their choice. Customers will receive support for the software and hardware, yet be able to choose their own GSM provider and VoIP provider, as well as other independent services.”

T-Mobile G1 now shipping with 3.5mm headphone jack

Everybody who has the T-Mobile G1 can testify that the USB adapter needed for the 3.5mm headphone jack is a bit clunky and annoying. Well it sounds like T-Mobile has taken note of this problem and now has a fix for those who have not yet purchased the G1. One of the largest complaints we have heard is the lack of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the G1, but this may be a thing of the past. The G1’s are now reportedly shipping with an in line adapter that acts as an extension to he headphone cord itself. This adapter adds length to the cord with a more natural look as if it is not there at all. The adapter even includes a microphone and answer button so users can use the headphones as a headset as well. Now users will be able to use their favorite headphones when listening to downloaded music from Amazon MP3 or watching videos via YouTube. So far no one has been able to convince T-Mobile or HTC to send them the 3.5mm headphone adapter. Maybe if there is enough demand from customers, T-Mobile will instate a program that will get the adapter to early adopters. [Via TmoNews]
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