KT Fretel says Android development rumors with NTT DoCoMo are false

It seems just as soon as the news breaks regarding NTT DoCoMo and South Korea’s KT Fretel’s partnership for an Android-powered handset, it is quickly shot down by none other than KT Fretel. They have come forth and denied any involvement with NTT DoCoMo in development of an Android. According to a report made by Telecoms Korea, KT Fretel denied having anything to do with NTT DoCoMo as far as the development of Google’s Android goes. Apparently Japan is out of luck this time. KT Fretel did admit that both companies were interested in a number of various smartphone platforms. There have never been discussions of joint development of a smartphone at all. This does not mean that they are not developing and Android-powered smartphone on their own, just that they will not be creating one together. It looks like the mix-up can be blamed on Nikkei Business Daily for now. [Via UnwiredView]

NTT DoCoMo the latest to announce work on Android-powered handset

In last few months we have heard news of a ton of foreign companies, mostly in China, that have started working on their own Android-powered handsets. Most of these companies are extremely small and have virtually no credibility. The latest news comes out of Japan. NTT DoCoMo along with South Korea’s KT Freetel are the latest to announce work on new Android handsets. This partnership may strike up a few memories about the LG Wine.  There is still no word on specs or pricing, but they are saying that it will be “20 percent lower than existing smart phones, as it will save costs on software development using the Android software.” They aim to launch this Android-powered handset sometime in 2009, but we don’t think they will make it. This handset is set to be Japan and South Korea’s first Android-powered handset. It appears that every country is going to get an Android in some form. We just hope that these other phone do not taint the overall Android experience. [Via Reuters]

Phoload offers more places to download games and applications for Android

With an open source platform such as Android, there are going to be other sources for application downloads. One site that has started offering downloads for Android rather quickly is Phoload. Free games anyone? Phoload who has offered plenty of games and applications for many different platforms and handsets in the past, is now expanding their reach to the Android platform.  T-Mobile G1 users may now navigate to the site and download applications directly through the browser and save them to your handset.  Users can also rate, view and even recommend any software that they download. When you access the site through your mobile browser, it will automatically detect your device and filter the applications accordingly.  Eventually there will be so many different locations to download applications from that it will get very confusing. We hope one day to get an application that will organize all of the sources in one convenient downloader such as the Installer app for the iPhone.

T-Mobile capable of multi-touch?

With all the recent advancements we have seen lately closing the gap between the T-mobile G1 and Apple’s iPhone, there is yet another coming through the wood work. Reports are coming in that the T-Mobile G1 is technically capable of having multi-touch. Apple fanboys now have less of an argument when it comes to comparing the two. An intelligent coder, who goes by the name RyeBrye, has gone through the T-mobile G1 and found that the driver for the Synaptics touchscreen has some code that has been commented out. He then recompiled the kernel with this code put back in, only to find that he was able to track two separate finger presses at one time. This does not mean we are going to have multi-touch, Android has not been written with support for multi-touch. It is a huge eye opener to see that the ability is in fact there, but why do you suppose Google did not decide to use this feature? Could it be because they wanted Android to be compatible with all types of devices, rather than having a different version for multi-touch handsets? Whatever the reason, the bright minds over at Google wouldn’t have done this without good reason. We want to know why our readers think Google left it out. [Via MobileCrunch]

China will have an Android-powered handset by the end of November

China just seems to be doing everything in their power to get an Android-powered handset as soon as possible. China deserves a pat on the back because they have managed to get one before the end of 2008. Meet Sciphone’s “Dream G2”, you’ve got to love the name it must have been so hard to come up with. As the name implies, this phone looks like trash. This brick of a device will run on the Edge network, have a 4-megapixel camera with autofocus, 50mb internal memory with microSD card slot capable of up to 16GB, FM radio, Wi-Fi, QVGA 2.8” display, and "the most advanced software ever engineered." By that statement we know that this handset will be running as they put it, “OS: Android ? Home Edition V1.0 OS support.” The most we would spend on this device is $10 or $15 just to see what it's like. By the looks of it, this phone won’t be making it to many Christmas lists this year, even though it is set to release on November 28th. From what we can see in the blurry photos there is no physical keyboard. If you guys need a phone that is capable of playing music your in luck, this handset also has an “Android Media Player ? v1.0 Media Player, supports MP3 and MIDI.” Bottom line is do not purchase this phone because they apparently do not even know what it is they are talking about. [Via Sciphone]

Andy Ruben demos Flash on the G1; it won’t be long now

This morning  at Adobe’s MAX event, Andy Rubin made an appearance and had a chance to show a brief demo. Do we even have to say what it was he was doing there? Here is a hint, he was doing a demo with the beloved T-Mobile G1. Andy Ruben has officially shown that Flash can run on Android. It is one thing to talk about it coming to a device, hint hint Apple, but when a device is released and shortly after is shown running Flash, it speaks volumes. Not only is it possible, but Android will be running Flash soon enough. Ruben did not say when we will see it happen or in which way it will be delivered, but actually showing the demo live must mean we will be getting it fairly soon. What an amazing gift it would be from Google to wake up Christmas morning with Flash running on our G1. Adobe has already said that the iPhone will have flash as soon as they allow it. This is just one more way that Android and the G1 are outdoing Apple and the iPhone. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghIGj9r3_vc[/youtube] [Via Adobe]

Much needed garage door opener hack becomes available for forgetful people

Now that developers are pushing out the first wave of hacks we are seeing ideas and concepts that are amazing. The latest hack that we have stumbled upon is the garage door opener. Now you can program your G1 to open your garage when you don’t have you real garage door opener. Brad Fitzpatric has managed to bring the T-Mobile G1 more use in no time at all. As far as we know you wont be seeing this “hack” in the Android Market. Every time we see a new hack it is always bigger and better, we just can’t wait to see what will be next. The one hack we are still waiting for is the ability to remotely control your PC through the G1. “I got it all working. I now have an Android Activity (GarageDoorActivity) which interacts with an Android Service I wrote (InRangeService), letting me start and stop the service’s wifi scanning task. The service gets the system WifiManager, holds a WifiLock to keep the radio active, and then does a Wifi scan every couple seconds, looking for my house. When my house is in range, it does the magic HTTP request to my garage door opener’s webserver (HMAC-signed timestamped URL, for non-replayability/forgeability if sniffed) and my garage door opens. Complete with a bunch of fun Toast notifications (like Growl) and Android Notifications (both persistent ongoing notifications for background scanning, and one-time notifications for things like the garage door actually opening).” Brad has made the source code available as would anyone who truly supports the open source community, to anyone who wishes to give it a try. We must warn you it takes a little bit of work, this is not your standard point and click application download. We would love to hear reports and reviews for those of you who were able to get this to work. [Via Brad's Life]

Pixelpipe helps get your pictures into the world

Pixelpipe has come to the rescue with an easy way to get photos off of your Android and out into the world. You can now upload photos to your favorite social network, micro-blog, photo/video and blog services then with Pixelpipe. There are many photo and video service that are supported including, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket, Nokia Ovi, Phanfare, Smugmug, vimeo, ImageShack, pikeo, webshots, kyte, FotoTime, Zooomr, Fotki, 23hq, 72 photos, ipernity, Viddler, Shutterfly, photobox, Kodak Gallery, Windows Live, Mobypicture & Gallery Menalto. As you can tell there is already plenty of support behind Pixelpipe with more to come. Pixelpipe Features include:
  • Upload once and we’ll take care of the distribution, no need to send to each destination individually
  • Ability to add and configure destinations from the Phone or online at Pixelpipe.com
  • Complimentary desktop applications available for OS X, Windows and Linux
  • Background uploading!
  • Integration with the “Share” menu in other application
  • Preservation of geotags when available

Android Community Week in Review – Week 46 2008

This week a very strange bug was found in the Android software that could potentially cause problems.  The bug takes all your keystrokes and secretly sends them to the root shell as commands with the highest user privileges. The bug was found when someone was typing the word “reboot” in a text message and ended up rebooting their G1. Mozilla made a comment on their new mobile browser Fennec coming to Android. Unfortunately it does not look good for Android users. We will only be getting Fennec if Google allows applications that are not written in Java. The company iSuppli has pumped out yet another parts estimate, this time it is for the G1. They are claiming that in parts alone it costs $143.89 to build the G1. Google later took the time to explain what the causes of the root bug were. They left the root commands open for developers to use and never closed them in the release. Google says they will remain silent on what updates to until everyone has received it.  Android got the first virtual keyboard this week due to the A7 SMS application that hit Android Market. However Many users are not able to get it to work. This keyboard has a bit of an odd layout, the top row of keys read “QWERT.” PhoneFusion is making an effort to bring a free visual voicemail application to Android users. The catch is you have to deal with the extremely ugly, outdated interface that they are known for. In other applications Android will be getting the ever so popular Loopt application very soon. Loopt allows users to keep track on their friend’s locations and what they are doing. Needless to say this application sometimes can be used negatively to spy on people. G1 owners in the United Kingdom are still reporting that they have yet to receive their RC8 update. This update in the UK is supposed to be the same as the RC30 that the US just received. It appears that Android Market is going to get another Wiki application this time it will be WikiTap. This application allows you to search and contribute videos on Wikipedia. A while back we reported that it was highly unlikely that Android would get a Facebook application. It appears that it has happened after all, just not in the form we were thinking. fBook is basically the mobile web version of Facebook wrapped for use on Android. This application was not actually made by Facebook; it was created by the guys over at Next Mobile Web. In other Android application news, WeatherBug has done it again. Android users will now get to experience the amazing weather application that so many have been using for a while now. WeatherBug has many fantastic features that are integrated with Android through programs like Google Maps to give users GPS-enabled Severe Weather Alerts, Customized Forecasts and More from the Largest and Most Precise Weather Network in the World. We also received word that the famous iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge will make its way over to Android if the demand is high enough. One of the developers over at Tapulous commented on a users question and gave hope to many of us who have made the transition from the iPhone over to the G1 and can’t live without it.

Tap Tap Revenge may make its way to Android Market if demand is high enough

It appears that Tapulous, the developers of ever so popular iPhone applications such as Tap Tap Revenge, Twinkle, Fortune and now Collage, are eyeballing the Android platform for a port of Tap Tap Revenge. A developer has commented saying, “if there is a lot of demand for it, you never know…” Sounds like it is all in the hands of Android users at this point. Tap Tap Revenge is the iPhone equivalent to Guitar Hero. With the same basic concept, this application puts your rhythm skills to the test in all new ways. Tap your way through the basic beat of a song or shake left and right as the arrows fall. Right now Tap Tap Revenge is free for the iPhone with more than 40 free songs. Tapulous has even released a Nine Inch Nails version of the popular game for NIN fans. Best of all they offer Tap Tap Thursdays where every week they feature a free new exclusive track from top artist.  If that wasn’t enough they also offer weekend contests and giveaway prizes that range from iTunes giftcards to backstage passes to meet your favorite rock stars. Tap Tap Revenge has been on my iPhone since day one, now I want to see it on my G1! How many of you would also like to see Tap Tap Revenge in the Android Market? [Via Android Community]
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