Mr. Blurrycam gets a hold of the Agora Pro just before rumored debut at CES

Mr. Blurrycam has made the rounds yet again, this time bringing new live photos of the Australian Agora Pro by Kogan.  Why does it seem the leaked photos are always blurry for some reason? In this case lets hope that the photos are not doing the device justice. From what we can see the Agora Pro is very, well, square. No other words come to mind when trying to describe the lack of dimension and design that we see in these photos.  Work on the street is that we will be seeing this device on the floor at CES, which we will be vigilantly watching for Android-powered handsets. If the Kogan Agora Pro does make it to the floor at CES this week we will have a complete first hands on right here on Android Community. Watch all this week as we bring anything Android related out of those booths on here on the front page. [Via Engadget] [gallery]

Google’s Android appears on young girls arm, where will it be next?

We have been talking about Android tattoos and even doing our own mockups to get a laugh, but laugh no more as Natalie “Kommodore” Thompson has gone and joined Zune Guy and now the BlackBerry Storm man with consumer electronics logos. The little Android “Andy” as many of us call him has been tattooed on the inside of her wrist. The tattoo appears upright from only the beholders point of view unless combing through her hair with her hands. Though this piece does not appear to be of any great quality to those of us with extensive background in the world of tattoos, it certainly gets that wow factor. We know a lot of you out there have been considering an “Andy” tattoo, so where are they already? If you have one that we just have not seen yet, please do share. [Via MySpace] [gallery]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We started the week off with a hardware hack that allows users to use the T-Mobile G1 with an iPod dock and speakers. Though this hack is not pretty and only somewhat useful, it is very interesting and really gives the iPod the good old one two. Open source developers who prefer using Python to Java can now rejoice as Damon over at damonkohler.com has managed to get it running on his G1. As most projects are in the first stages this is still a little rough, but it does show great promise with future development. More photos of the OpenMoko FreeRunner running Android have surfaced. Nothing new or exciting to report here. ShopSavvy needs your help to win the Crunchies 2008 Best Mobile App award. Voting only takes a few seconds and two clicks of the mouse. Please help Big In Japan win the award for creating such an amazing application. Google has sent out an email to those registered as developers informing them that paid applications will indeed be available in mid January. So grab the free applications while you can. HTC has a firm belief that the cupcake update will become legitimately available through Google in time. HTC has no say while Google and T-Mobile are in full control of what is included in the update. Right now Google and T-Mobile are declining to comment on such a statement. The guys over at VentureBeat have managed to get Android running on the Eee PC 1000 netbook. Though there are still a few issues with the port, they say that the process was fairly easy. There were a few other discoveries made while digging through the source code. The RC29 firmware has made its way to the Internet and now users who upgraded to the RC30 firmware and lost root access can now regain it. The process is fairly easy to do and has been confirmed to work. As with all firmware updates we advise you to proceed with caution.

Regain root access of your G1 with leaked RC29 firmware

How many of you upgraded your T-Mobile G1 to the RC30 firmware only to find that you no longer had root access?  A member by the name of “chavonbravo over at the XDA-developers forum has gotten his hands on the uploaded image for the RC29 firmware. The process is quite simple, simply rename the file, copy it over to your microSD card, and run through the standard procedure for re0flashing your G1. This method has been tested and does indeed work but proceed with caution, as with all firmware hacking of any kind there are risks involved. Good luck to all those who are going to revert to a much easier hackable firmware. With this new method out there, how many of you are now going to slave away trying to regain control of your handset?

Android up and running on Eee netbook

When Google set out to create Android they never wanted to limit it just to mobile phones such as the T-Mobile G1. Instead they designed it to eventually be compatible on everything from computers to in dash navigation systems. For now these ventures will have to be home grown by those daring enough to load it up on their devices. The guys over at VentureBeat have managed to get Android loaded up and running on an Eee PC 1000 netbook. While this is still not a very powerful notebook, this is certainly some major progress. Though it may look a bit odd on such a large screen, Android is now running on the ASUS netbook despite initial sound and networking issues. While digging through the source code they were able to locate not only the phone policy but also a MID (mobile internet device) policy suggesting that Google had already been planning for an Android-powered netbook in early builds of Android. Dima Zavin, one of Google’s own developers has ported Android over to another Intel-based netbook stating that there was no real technical issue there to prevent it. VentureBeat managed to find Czech, German, English (Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, United States), Spanish, Japanese, German and Dutch translation options suggesting that the launch of this platform in other countries may be next. [Via SlashGear] [gallery]
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