OpenMoko confirmed running Android

The anonymous tipster that has been leaking details about Android running on an OpenMoko device has come back around and brought pictures this time.  For those of you who do not know what OpenMoko is, it is one of the first Open Source phones on the market. Though the phone is really rather ugly and did not take off at all, the handset has been on backorder for quite some time.  Not only is OpenMoko working on an Android-powered handset but Koolu is going to be helping with their own project that will incorporate the handset itself. Also rumored will be a free Beta port to all existing FreeRunner customers. Android has certainly captures the eye of many different companies both large and small. OpenMoko’s specifications:
  • 400/500 MHz Samsung 2442B Processor/SOC (400 minimum, ARM920T core, ARMv4T)
  • 128 MB SDRAM total, 64 MB CPU internal, 64 MB external
  • 256MB NAND Flash MCP package.
  • Topploy VGA, 16 bit color depth, 480 x 640 pixels, 2.84″ diagonal screen size
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • A-GPS or GPS
  • GSM/GPRS
  • 3 axis sensing accelerometer
  • Touch screen over LCD is primary data entry mechanism
  • Two “hard” buttons
  • Internal Li-Ion or Li-Polymer battery included.
  • Indicators: an LED indicator visible from the side of the unit will illuminate when charging or have miing incoming call
  • 850/1800/1900 and 900/1800/1900 MHz bands must be supported
  • Bluetooth (CSR BC4 or later solutions)
  • Weight: ~133 grams with battery.
  • 4-in-1 laser pen
  • 512MB microSD Card (SanDisk/Transcend)
  • 1x USB cable Standard A to mini-B connector
  • 120.7 x 62.0 x 18.5 mm (4.752 x 2.441 x 0.728 inch)
  • Four-ring 2.5mm stereo jack
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4NbsLmF9j0[/youtube] [Via AndroidGuys] [gallery]

T-Mobile G1 jailbroken?

It looks like members of the XDA Developers forum have just found a way to gain root access to root of the T-mobile G1. There apparently is a loop hole in the PTerminal application that grants access. Right now you can download the PTerminal application from the Android Market. We are told you can use it to start a telnet connection with your G1 and computer. Many call this a jailbreak because it is the only known term for many. Gaining root access in the G1 opens the door for so many new hacks and even a task manager to end applications. No word yet on if the loophole will be patched up or not
  • Turn on your phone's WiFi. This gives your phone an IP you can reach it at.
  • Get to a command prompt on your device by using the PTerminal application from the Android Market. (adb shell does not seem to work with these instructions, telnetd does not start up)
  • cd system
  • cd bin
  • telnetd
  • netstat (get your phones IP)
  • telnet into your phone's IP from your PC
  • you now have roo
[Via XDA]

Taiwan may get the G1 in first half 2009

Rumors have been flying around a lot lately in regards to other countries either getting the G1, or getting their very own Android-powered handset. The newest rumor that we have overheard is that Taiwan may be getting the T-Mobile G1 in the first half of 2009. So far only the T-mobile G1 has only been released in the US and the UK, even though parts f China are importing them. According to a Chinese commercial, HTC will be shipping the G1 along with the Touch HD to the Asia-pacific region in the first half of 2009.  As of right now this is all just a rumor, HTC has not commented on this statement. Do you think there is a large enough market in Taiwan? [Via Digitimes]

Android proxy app (almost) allows for tethering

From the looks of It someone over at Graha has figured out a way to share internet connection with your computer. This is still not an official way to tether your G1, but it shows progress. This process is still in the experimental stages, users should do this at their own risk.  First you must download the Android Proxy app from the provided link. The G1’s settings then need to be tweaked before it will work. One should note that this process requires the G1 to be connected to your computer via USB in order to get it to work properly.  We have not yet been able to get this method to work correctly. This is for informational purposes only, we here at Android Community are not responsible for content here, nor are we responsible for anything you do with the information. This is very experimental, it doesn't always work. Use at your own risk.
  • Install the app on your android phone, by clicking here (from your phone browser of course)
  • You might have to change your settings to permit apps that don't come from the Google Market by going to your home screen and choosing MENU > Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources.
  • Turn USB debugging on on your phone.
  • On your G1 go to the home screen, press MENU > Settings > Applications > Development, then enable USB debugging.
  • Follow the instructions here to install the Android driver - you'll need to do this on Windows & Linux but apparently not on the Mac.
  • Download and install the Android SDK for your computer platform. Alternatively if you are on Windows and don't want a 100 meg download, just get the ADB utility from here
  • Plug your phone into your computer
  • Choose Proxy App from your phone's menu
  • Press the "Start Proxy" button on your phone
  • Move to the directory that has the adb utility, using inside the Sdk Tools folder and run
Windows: adb forward tcp:8080 localabstract:Proxy Linux/Mac: ./adb forward tcp:8080 localabstract:Proxy
  • Now you should have a proxy server running on port 8080 of your own computer that will relay the information over the Android Debug Bridge to the Proxy App which will relay it on to the internet.
  • Set your firefox proxy : Options > Advanced > Network > Manual Proxy Configuration
HTTP Proxy: localhost Port: 8080 Leave the others blank
  • Enjoy the slow slow EDGE network, or let me know if you have glorious fast 3g coverage!
  • Remember to disable your proxy settings in firefox if you want to stop using your phone.
[Via AndroidCommunity]

Hop-on questions Sprint; spills beans about future Android-powered handsets

Hop-on has reason to believe that the reason Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse is dismissing Google’s Android Platform, despite being on of the founders of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), is not because it is not good enough for the Sprint name, but because Sprint will lose market share. According to Hop-on, Sprint has invested billions of dollars into their own network that they don’t want to loose their customer base to an open platform. Sprint should be one of the first service providers offering an Android-powered handset because they helped create the OHA. Peter Michaels President and CEO of Hop-on stated, "This is their Mission Statement and although Sprint is one of the founding members it has not cooperated in bringing their vision to fruition." Michaels asks, "Why doesn't Sprint find a way to embrace the Android platform and find another revenue stream from it? Sprint has made it difficult to bring CDMA technologies from smaller vendors onto their network. CDMA is the best technology in the world, hands down. Hop-on could have brought in a low-end $10 CDMA, minimum, subsidized phone for Sprint, but they didn't allow it. Hop-on is embracing advancing technology, Sprint is not!" Hop-on will be releasing two versions of the Android phone, one will be multimedia based ad have GPS tracking, the other will be a standard Android OS phone. Bother phones will utilize the technology developed by Motorola to place free calls from the modem located in your home. "We want to sell our phones to the Cable TV companies, such as Cox and Time-Warner, and even the Satellite TV guys!" said Michaels. [Via Stockhouse]

Young Aussie first to announce Android-powered handset in Australia

A small consumer electronics maker in Melbourne Australia, who’s specialty is undercutting big brands, has become the first to announce that they will be selling an Android-powered handset in Australia. While the idea doesn’t sound like the most appealing idea to many customers, his track record proves that he knows what he is doing. Ruslan Kogan, 25 – has been selling cut-priced Kogan-branded TV sets, GPS devices as well as many other electronics on the internet for the past two and a half years. He claims to be offering his Android-powered handset by December 5th for a mere $199. Currently Aussies are purchasing the G1 on Ebay for $1,000, so this is a welcome alternative to many. No mobile phone manufacturer has yet announced plans to release an Android-powered handset in Australia. Kogan claims his Android-powered handset will be similar to the iPhone including a touch-screen. The phone will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and like the T-Mobile G1 a trackball for easy navigation. Kogan said, "We've got a few designs that we can easily choose from. We know the components that's going to go into the phone. The private company, Kogan Technologies has made about $8 million last year alone. The company is on track to increase sales by between $15 and $20 million this year. With such substantial growth and Android being quiet till next year, we would not be surprised if Kogan’s Android phone is a hit in Australia. For those of you located in Australia, would you buy a phone from a manufacturer such as this, or spend $1000 on an imported G1? [Via SMH]

Verizon takes shots at Android

With one particular phone having a lot of hype around the release date, there will always be people out there to tell fans that they are wrong. One instance that continually comes to mind in this area is the iPhone. Recently it seems that the T-Mobile G1 is under attack. It use to be users and fanboys who put down other phones, now it appears that service providers are bringing in the big guns and taking every opportunity to put down a phone that they find threatening. Verizon was the last company we thought would do a direct comparison of the G1. With so many high-end exclusive phones you would think that Verizon would turn a blind eye to this. The T-Mobile G1 is turning out to be a phone that no one can ignore.  Verizon has gone on to compose a list of the G1’s Key Features and Open elements as well as a limitations column that brings up every possible limitation an item has. While Verizon had a few points, not every point was valid. One of Verizon’s arguments is “All music, photos and video require a memory card for storage.” We don’t see this as a problem because not only does HTC include a memory card but this allows users the freedom to choose just how much storage capacity is right for them.  Our question to our users is does Verizon have any room to talk with the huge lack of customization on their handsets? Did Verizon cross the line? [Via Engadget Mobile]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 44 2008

Sprint has commented on their future with Android this week. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, told the media that Android is not (yet) good enough for the Sprint name. This certainly comes as a surprise to us as Sprint is one of the founding companies of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Android Community shared an unlocking video with their members and decided to hold a contest with 3 unlock codes as prizes in celebration of the event. Rumors that Wal-Mart would soon carry the G1 in their stores spread like wildfire this week. Despite Wal-Mart claiming that they were only rumors, the story turned out to be true. In no time at all people spotted the G1 in Wal-Mart store displays. Motorola's Co-CEO Sajay Jha stated on a Q3 earnings conference call that there will be no Android-powered handset released by them until the Christmas season. On October 30th residents of the United Kingdom were finally able to get their hands on the T-Mobile G1. The UK, however, got a few changes that the US did not receive; the G1 in the UK comes in either Black or White while the US only got the Black and Bronze version of the G1. Other differences in the UK release is the price, you can get the device overseas for free but you must commit to a 2 year agreement, also the G1 comes with a 2GB MicroSD card as opposed to the 1Gb that we received in the US. A week ago Google sent out the RC28 update only to quickly recall it because of security flaws. A few days later Google sent out a new update (RC29) with an added security patch that supposedly fixes the browser security issues that were present. It appears that more and more of our users receive this update every day but the bulk of them have yet to receive it. The update process is very easy, all you must do is accept the update and let the phone do its thing. For those who are too impatient to wait, there is a way to update your G1 with a MicroSD card. However, this may cause you to lose your data and is not recommended. TechOn was brave enough to dissect the G1 the other day and reported that the roll ball is the same as the one in RIM's Blackberry handsets. Aside from that, the inside of the G1 is white. We had no idea that the G1 is painted. Android Market received several new applications this week, including the very first emulator to run on Android, Androidboy. This emulator comes with 10 games pre-loaded for your enjoyment. In other firsts for the Android Market we saw the first of what will be many Twitter applications. Twidroid is a simple Twitter client that allows you to post "twits" and photos to Twitter.com. China is getting so desperate to get their hands on the G1 that they are illegally importing them and paying unreasonably high prices to get the devices. Learning guitar comes to Android with the addition of Splashplay. This application brings learning how to play instruments to the mobile phone. In the future, Splashplay will include light panel releases for the keyboard/piano, drums, violin and many other instruments. PocketFinder is a popular way to track your family or pets location using GPS. This can be especially useful for parents who often worry too much. China Mobile has reportedly started working with Lenovo on what will be their first Android-Powered handset that will be released between February and March of 2009. A revolutionary application called WhitePages released this week bringing real caller ID to Android. No more wondering who is calling when you do not have the number saved to your contacts. JOYity brings social multiplayer online mobile gaming to the real world. Users can play in one of 3 games that require you to interact with other players in real life.
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