Moxier Mail Exchange Sync client launches for Android G1

Moxier have announced what they're calling the first Exchange ActiveSync push email solution for the Android platform.  The Moxier Mail Beta, which is now available in the Android Market, gives T-Mobile G1 users access to their Microsoft Exchange servers, supporting full direct push synchronization of email.    According to Emtrace, Moxier Mail works just like ActiveSync does on Windows Mobile handsets, meaning you'll be able to receive, reply and compose emails on the G1 and send them via your Exchange server. It's unclear what other functionality is supported; for instance whether you can search the Exchange server from the G1, or whether contacts and calendar entries are also synchronized. Right now the Moxier Mail Beta is available free, but that looks set to change after March 31st 2009. We're assuming it will be a paid application - Emtrace have not suggested exactly how much - which might suggest that the Android Market will be offering paid apps by that date. [gallery]   Press Release:
Emtrace releases the world’s first Exchange ActiveSync® push e-mail for Android™ Emtrace Technologies USA, Inc. (www.moxier.com) has introduced Moxier Mail Beta in the Android™ market offering secure and direct push synchronization of corporate e-mail with Microsoft® Exchange server 2003 & 2007. Direct push technology in Moxier Mail with licensed Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® enhances end-user productivity in performing convenient access to the exchange server on Android™-powered phone (G1). With the push e-mail solution, G1 users can receive corporate e-mails, reply to urgent messages and compose new e-mails like on Blackberry and Windows Mobile smartphones. Microsoft® Exchange is the leader in North American markets for their messaging and collaborative software, and Moxier Mail can fit right in to G1 to support it for all exchange users. Moxier Mail includes many years of experience in wireless mobile solutions with Windows Mobile, LiMo, ALP, PalmOS platforms and Emtrace hopes Moxier line for Android™ and App Store will expand with more software and services attracting users’ needs. Emtrace’s Moxier Mail Beta is now available for a limited time in the Android™ market with full version of Moxier Mail V1.0 to be released thereafter. Key features for Moxier Mail Beta includes, -Direct push synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 & 2007 -Easy to receive, reply, compose and delete Emails like on your computer -Secure environment with SSL support -HTML Email with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 About Emtrace Technologies USA, Inc. Established in 2008, Moxier builds software and services right for mobile cloud computing.

Exclusive review: TeleNav GPS Navigation Service for T-Mobile G1 Android phone

T-Mobile G1 owners will soon be able to use the feature-rich TeleNav GPS Navigator.  TeleNav made the official announcement this morning that their award winning software will be released on February 24th via their website, and will be available in the Android Marketplace later this year.  Android Community was given the opportunity to test out the program in advance of its release.

GoTV streaming entertainment launches on Android

GoTV Networks have released an application in the Android Market that allows access to its entertainment content on the T-Mobile G1.  Available channels include Hip Hop Official, ES Musica, Rock: On Altitude, True Country and Just Nutz, each offering free access to music news, weekly updates, charts, exclusive performances, red carpet interviews and event coverage. The client is one of a number of streaming media apps to hit the G1, with FlyCast and Last.fm already offering audio entertainment on-demand.  Meanwhile there's still talk of Sling Media offering a custom Android client for their TV place-shifting technology. GoTV is already available for iPhone, Virgin Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile users, either via download clients or specific web portals.  You can find the GoTV Networks app in the Android Market, where it's a free download.  Press Release:
GoTV Networks Brings Music Channel Line-Up to T-Mobile G1™ Users GoTV Networks, Inc., the industry’s largest mobile media network, today announced the availability of its premium mobile entertainment channels on the T-Mobile G1™ handset, powered by Google’s Android platform. G1 users can now access multiple entertainment channels from GoTV including Hip Hop Official, ES Musica, Rock: On Altitude, True Country and Just Nutz. With music news, weekly updates, charts, exclusive performances, red carpet interviews and up-to-date event coverage, GoTV’s music channel line-up keeps users connected to the music and artists they care about. GoTV’s channels are available to users for free via a downloadable application accessed from the Google Android Market. There were over 130,000 downloads of GoTV’s channels through December 31st, 2008. The user base continues to grow and GoTV projects approximately 250,000 user downloads by the end of Q1 2009. “GoTV is the first mobile media network to offer such a wide and deep entertainment channel offering to users of Android-powered handsets,” said Thomas Ellsworth, Chief Executive Officer of GoTV Networks. “We are extremely pleased by the initial demand for our products among G1 users. We look forward to the strong future growth of Android-powered handsets that will be fueled by the introduction of new products from Motorola, HTC and others.” About GoTV Networks GoTV Networks (www.gotvnetworks.com) is the premier mobile media network and mobile media services provider in the United States. GoTV’s studio (GoTV Productions) produces original and syndicated partner programming through the company’s mobile and broadband technologies to the widest distribution network in the US. GoTV’s content is accessible to mobile users in streaming and on-demand formats on a broad range of wireless devices through the Apple iPhone Application Store, AT&T, Boost Mobile, the Google Android Market, Sprint (including Nextel), T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless (including Alltel) and Virgin Mobile. Online access is available from multiple video websites and portals. The company is headquartered in Sherman Oaks, California with regional offices in Seattle, Kansas City and Atlanta.

Samsung Android phone delayed until 2H 2009; no show at MWC

Samsung will no longer be bringing an Android-based device to Mobile World Congress next week, and has reportedly delayed the release of its first Android smartphone to the second half of 2009.  The company was originally expected to showcase at least one new device, running the open-source platform, in Barcelona, prior to a release tipped for Q2 this year. According to Younghee Lee, head of marketing at Samsung's mobile device division, the company is "planning internally" for a release in the second half of the year, and that Samsung is in negotiations with a number of operators interested in carrying the phone.  Younghee Lee also confirmed that there would be nothing Android-based demonstrated at MWC from the company.  Samsung originally claimed that their Q2 2009 target release was the result of carriers requesting the Android handset earlier; as a result, the company's development team scaled up to bring forward the smartphone's availability.  We're waiting on an official comment from our sources at Samsung as to what they can tell us over the cause of the delay, and we'll update once we hear back.

Android Market to get paid apps this week?

Paid applications will be arriving on the Android Market sometime this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  The news - which would tie in with Google's own public timescale of Q1 2009 - is likely to encourage developers to code new apps or port existing ones over to the Android platform; up until now, downloads have been free of charge. While the paper does not quote its sources, only "people familiar with the matter", T-Mobile has been pushing out the latest RC-33 to US G1 owners which includes new tools for the Android Market.  The company is believed to be aiming to have the update completed by February 15th, which might suggest that they'll flick the switch on paid apps straight after. Google's exact Market terms for developers wishing to charge for their applications are unclear.  We're also not sure about what charges developers may face; back in October, Google's Andy Ruben laid out the bandwidth fees for free apps, but there's still no official word on any upcoming changes.  [via Gizmodo; thanks Derek!]

Google axed Android multitouch at Apple’s request

Multitouch support was dropped from the Android platform, and therefore the T-Mobile G1, after Apple requested it not be included.  That's the latest rumor, apparently confirmed by an unnamed Android team member, who described the arrangement as an attempt by Google to avoid the IP aggression we've recently seen between Apple and Palm. While the G1's capacitive touchscreen certainly recognizes multitouch input - as recent hacks have demonstrated - and earlier builds of Android code included what's believed to be Google-written, but subsequently disabled, multitouch support, the functionality did not ship in the released device.  At the time, this was generally put down to Google's ambitious launch schedule, promising an Android device by the end of 2008, and that lack of timing meaning that multitouch fell by the wayside.  However it now looks as though its omission was purposeful, with Google prioritizing their good working relationship with Apple - and, some might say, common foe in Microsoft - over the handset's eventual capabilities. The unnamed source also confirmed the rumors that Intel is expending great efforts in supporting Android netbook development, suggesting that the chipset company is keen to be further involved in open-source budget ultraportable hardware.  While Intel's specific plans are unknown, the Android team member revealed that there are many different Android-based netbooks - as well as other, non-phone and non-netbook hardware - in development at present.

Archos Android-based Internet Media Tablet MID coming

Archos have announced plans to develop an Internet Media Tablet that will use the Android platform for wireless connectivity, voice and applications.  Based on Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 platform, the device - which has been described as ultra-thin at just 10mm- will support high-definition video playback as well as run the standard applications available for download through the Android Market. In effect, Archos are creating the first Android MID.  That means a high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, DivX playback, TiVo-style video recording with possibly DVB-SH digital TV, full-screen Adobe Flash and Flash video support, and large-capacity storage.  Archos appear to be using a traditional hard-drive, as in their current Internet Media Tablet range, with up to 500GB mentioned.  Battery life should be good for 7hrs video playback, and the device will have 3.5G/7.2Mbps HSUPA. TI are providing the OMAP3440 applications processor (for "laptop-like" performance), connectivity and analog products, and that Archos is aiming to get the device to the market fast.  The Archos Android Internet Media Tablet - which is yet to have a definite name - is expected to launch in Q3 2009.  [Thanks Charbax!] Press Release:
ARCHOS combines its multimedia framework and Android telephony stack to deliver a new type of breakthrough Internet Media Tablet The new IMT will integrate voice capabilities to deliver robust, powerful mobile phone tablets addressing both entertainment and communications needs DALLAS and IGNY, France, Feb. 9  -- Providing new ways for consumers to access feature-rich content and connect with others, ARCHOS, an award-winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market, announced plans to extend its product line with a new ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet (IMT) combined with a mobile phone, by merging Google's Android telephony stack and the ARCHOS' multimedia framework. This new IMT will also incorporate the OMAP(TM) 3 platform from Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI) . Android provides the IMT with all the functionalities of a premium smartphone and access to its fast-developing applications environment with ARCHOS' rich and proven multimedia framework will deliver the best entertainment and web-browsing experience. With the integration of voice, ARCHOS is looking to expand beyond portable media players to provide solutions for the converged space, where a foundation in high-quality video content delivery is a benefit. In addition to Android functionality and voice support, the new ARCHOS' IMT will offer: ARCHOS selected TI's OMAP 3 applications processor, connectivity and analog products not only for offering low-power, high performance solutions, but to leverage the company's experience in developing compelling, highly-competitive products based on the Android telephony platform. The level of software investment made by TI on the Android platform allows ARCHOS to quickly and cost effectively deliver an Android-based device that supports advanced features such as the newly integrated voice capabilities. "ARCHOS was proud to announce the introduction of its ARCHOS 5 HSDPA IMT last year with SFR. We are continuing to advance our efforts in the IMT space with the introduction of this new product," said Henri Crohas, CEO and ARCHOS founder. "Support for an Android-based device represents a historical opportunity for ARCHOS to combine all the best of our IMTs with a phone in a single device delivering high quality video and a full web experience in true mobility." "TI remains committed to helping ARCHOS advance its product line and deliver a new class of devices that builds on a history of delivering rich multimedia experiences," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager for TI's OMAP platform business unit. "The OMAP 3 platform, with its support for the Android OS, is a powerful tool to support HD video, high quality multimedia and connectivity anytime and anywhere. ARCHOS' use of TI technologies, including connectivity and analog solutions, helps to push the boundaries with new products and as we see today, new business models, to be a leading innovator with its new IMTs." ARCHOS is marrying its rich digital media history with voice functionality to tackle new markets. ARCHOS' new Android-based IMT with voice functionality will be released in 3Q 2009. ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionised consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touch screens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS have also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range - the 5, 5g and 7 - offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479. .www.archos.com Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to .www.ti.com OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments Inc. All other registered trademarks and trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Android Community Week In Review: Week 6 2009

The Android platform saw quite a bit of noteworthy news this week. The most notable was the release of RC-33, the latest update to the Android OS, pushed over-the-air to G1 devices. This update adds a few new features, though blatantly missing are the famed "Cupcake" features such as the on-screen soft-keyboard. RC-33 now allows the user to save MMS attachments to their SD card, utilize Google Voice Search, and check for new software updates directly from the device. Also included in the RC-33 update, and being pushed to other devices with Google's Maps application, is Google's Latitude. It utilizes a device's AGPS and other wireless location-based networking abilities to show where your contacts are in the world on the included Maps app. Latitude is also being deployed on other platforms such as Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm. It is expected to make its way to the iPhone in the Google Mobile app or possibly integrated into maps with the next software release. Followed closely by the official release of RC-33, JesusFreke and others have cooked up JFv1.41-RC33, a custom build of the latest software. It includes all new features of RC-33, and builds in previous hacks to enable an implementation of multi-touch, auto-rotate using the accelerometer, and allows easy access to the root file system of the phone. Notably missing from the cooked update is the RC-33 radio firmware update, which is instead included as a separate install file. Broadcom has announced availability of a driver compatible with Android for their combination wireless chips. The chips combine WiFi, Bluetooth, and an FM radio tuner into one compact component, allowing manufacturers to add more functionality on a smaller footprint. Finally, we got wind of new Android handset possibilities for 2009. Samsung is highly anticipated to release an Android handset at MWC '09, and Motorola has announced their new focus on Android as a mobile OS for their 2009 handset lineup.

JFv1.41-RC33 released: Multitouch, auto-rotate and all RC33 goodies

Popular custom firmware JF has been updated with the new features to be found in the official G1 RC-33 upgrade.  JFv1.41-RC33, the handiwork of JesusFreke and friends, adds multitouch, auto-rotate, and more straightforward access to the underlying Linux OS than the standard G1 has. The custom firmware does not, though, include one of RC-33's key features: the radio update.  This is left as a separate update, so as to avoid multiple flashes of the radio every time the v1.41 update is run.  While there's no definite word from T-Mobile as to what exactly the RC-33 radio update addresses, it's hoped that it will have a positive influence on battery life. Remember, if you've got a question about JFv1.41-RC33 or any custom firmware, you can raise it in the Android Community forums.  As ever, you can brick your cellphone if you make a mistake updating it, so it's better to have all the details before rather than after.
Fixes: Comcast fails to download more than 1 email Symptom(s): No error message but it stays on “Load More Messages” without ever pulling another email. “Messages” Stability Issue Symptom(s): When trying to send a message or exit the “Messaging” application you receive a pop up message that reads “Sorry! Activity Messaging (in application Messaging) is not responding. Force Close Wait” WiFi forcing a logout of IM Symptom(s): While using the IM clients on the G1 if you turn on or off WiFi the sessions are terminated and you will need to sign back in. No reminders for calendar items. Symptom(s): Missing appointments due to the lack of a reminder. G1 hanging at the G1 Screen Symptom(s): A small number of G1 devices hanging at the G1 screen during the initial power up New Features: Support “Check For Upgrades” (New feature to check for system upgrades) Voice Search (New Google feature for searching) Ability to save pictures recieved as MMS Ability to report offensive comments in the Market as SPAM
[via WebNetta]

Google Book Search mobile client for Android

Google have announced mobile access for their Google Book Search service to Android-based devices, such as the T-Mobile G1.  The launch, which is also formatted for the Apple iPhone, offers 1.5 million books in the US and over half a million outside of the US that the search giant has digitized and made available online. Although the titles - which are all public domain - have been available for some time now, what's different is Google's new mobile reader client.  This portal, which can be accessed by visiting http://books.google.com/m, reformats the page layout to be more easily read on the small screen of a mobile device. Available titles include everything from general fiction, through travelogues and philosophy, to textbooks and business manuals.  Coincidentally, Amazon revealed this week that they are working on a mobile version of their ebook service, which will run on select cellphones.
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