Google I/O Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Fritz269, baolongnt and peted20! These users have been selected as the winners of our Google I/O Developers' Conference contest! Each will receive one registration code to register to attend the Google I/O contest in San Francisco, CA. They were picked because their favorite Android memory and their reasons for going to the conference stood out from the others.

HTC Lancaster Android phone for AT&T

AT&T is getting an Android-powered phone after all. Behold the HTC Lancaster with a striking resemblance to the HTC Magic when closed and looks a lot more like the Touch Pro in form factor for a QWERTY slider than the T-Mobile G1. According to the leaked slide on Engadget, the HTC Lancaster feature quadband EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a "unique HTC social messaging user interface". The display is oddly only 2.8” and not 3.2” with QVGA 240 x 320 pixels. The battery size is 1,350 mAh. The targeted availability date is August 3. The price of the HTC Lancaster for AT&T is still forthcoming.

Trimble Nomad rugged handheld gets Android Cupcake

If you're looking for a mobile device running Android off the shelf, you're not actually limited to HTC's two smartphones.  SDG Systems have announced that their Trimble Nomad rugged mobile computing system is now available with Android OS 1.5 Cupcake pre-installed. First announced as a Windows Mobile device with wireless data connectivity back in March 2008, the Trimble Nomad is based on an 806MHz processor with standard Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and GPS.  It has a VGA-resolution touchscreen display, up to 2GB of storage and meets the MILSTD-810F military standard for drops, vibration, humidity, altitude and extreme temperatures. What's optional, however, is the Trimble's cellular connectivity: quadband GSM with EDGE data.  That's actually yet to get Cupcake support, as is the camera and Bluetooth module.  The Trimble Nomad, complete with Android OS 1.5 Cupcake, starts at $1,274. [via MobileBurn]

Panasonic considering Android phone for 2010

Panasonic are the latest cellphone manufacturer considering throwing their hat into the Android ring, and unlike the majority of the company's phones their primary target market will be overseas rather than Japan.  Speaking at a press conference this week, Panasonic Mobile's Keisuke Ishii - director of the mobile terminal business unit - confirmed that the company was "seriously considering" developing an Android device for launch in 2010. According to Ishii, Panasonic believe the global smartphone market for open-source devices will reach 100 million units in just three years.  That market includes Android and other competing open platforms.
"We are seriously considering developing an Android-based handset and entering overseas mobile phone markets in fiscal 2010" Keisuke Ishii, director of mobile terminal business unit, Panasonic
However Ishii would not be drawn on when the Panasonic Android handsets would specifically launch, nor on details about the company's overseas business plans.  Here at Android Community we're hoping that they bring over some of the high-end functionality currently enjoyed by NTT DoCoMo users in Japan, such as in the recently-announced P-07A shown above.

Sony Ericsson planning Android 2.0 phone for “near future”

Sony Ericsson have confirmed that they're working on an Android handset that will run version 2.0 of the Google platform.  The company's Asia-Pacific VP of marketing, Peter Ang, told reporters at a Taiwan launch this week that Sony Ericsson's first Android phone would arrive in the "near future". In addition, Ang described the phone as having Sony Ericsson's unique style, a phrase which could be interpreted as the company planning a new GUI which would sit on top of the regular Android interface.  While he did not give any details, the VP pointed to the XPERIA X1 as an example of how Sony Ericsson have differentiated a broader platform (in the case of the X1, Windows Mobile). Sony Ericsson will continue to make Windows Mobile and Symbian devices, however, he continued.  The company joined the Open Handset Alliance in the second major wave of additions, back in December 2008.  Shortly after they were tipped to release an Android handset by summer 2009; given that Android OS 1.5 Cupcake is only now seeing widespread availability, that prediction seems unlikely to pan out. [via SlashPhone]

GP2X emulator lands on Android [Video]

The Android platform may soon get a sizable shot of retro gaming, if Jrioni's GP2X emulator project continues to develop.  Currently in "pre-alpha" stage, the project basically recreates the GP2X open-source Linux-based handheld on an Android phone like the T-Mobile G1. Since the GP2X is capable of playing classic titles from the Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, Master System, Game Gear and Commodore 64, among others, that means there's a huge back-catalog of potential games.  In this demo video, Jrioni plays Marvel vs Capcom and Samurai Shodown, among others. No word on when - or even if - we can see a release of the emulator, but there undoubtedly seems to be demand for it.  Another of Jrioni's projects is streaming video to the G1 via VLC and vnc.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezr9LJrGJiU[/youtube] [via Engadget]

Glympse time-controlled GPS tracking hits Android [Video]

Fresh to the Android Market and set to take on Google's Latitude is Glympse, another way of sharing your location with friends, colleagues and family.  Glympse attempts to tackle the problem of ongoing privacy present in many location-based apps; that is, you may want to let someone know where you are for a certain period, but not forever. Generally, location-sharing software works in one of two ways: either a one-off alert, which usually sends out a set of GPS coordinates either by SMS or email, or an ongoing connection as in Google Latitude.  While Latitude does allow for privacy settings, such as turning on and off tracking on a per-contact basis, it's something the user needs to remember to switch. What Glympse offers, instead, is a range of time-controlled tracking invitations.  These can run from a single instant, through minutes and several hours.  No special software is required by the recipient; instead they merely receive a link which takes them to a web-based map; the sender can also prematurely end or extend the invite.  The Glympse app is currently available through the Android Market as a free download, but the company is planning Windows Mobile, iPhone and BlackBerry versions.  More details at their FAQ here. [Thanks notxel21!] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-MsCQJ6n4[/youtube]

Motorola Morrison Android phone to be T-Mobile’s Christmas present?

The leaked T-Mobile 2009 roadmap has re-emerged, this time with a little less black-out and an extra splash of Motorola.  Tipped to arrive over the late-November/December Holiday period, the Motorola Morrison looks to be the first self-branded Android device from the company to reach the T-Mobile USA network. Details on the Motorola Morrison are scant, in fact pretty much everything we know has to be gleaned from the tiny image you see here.  From that, we can tell that the smartphone has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and what's presumably a large touchscreen. Of course, the image used on the roadmap could well be a simple mockup or "lookalike" device intended as a placeholder until the eventual Morrison emerges.  TmoToday promise pricing details closer to the handset's launch.

Dell demo Android OS 1.5 Cupcake on Mini 10v netbook [Video]

Android OS 1.5 Cupcake hasn't even had its official release onto G1 handsets in the US, but that hasn't stopped Dell from experimenting with the open-source OS on their latest netbook.  The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v packs the usual mixture of an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard-drive, but Dell normally fit it with Windows XP Home. In this video demo, however, Dell's Doug Anson shows the Mini 10v running three different platforms, including Cupcake.  There's little detail, sadly, but he does say that it's a "small, snappy" OS and that it "runs fairly nicely". Sadly Anson also reiterates that Dell have no "announced product plans with the Android environment", but the fact that they're testing it and with seemingly decent results does bode well for the future.  The Inspiron Mini 10v retails from $299 in the US, and is available to order now. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HliEujxRoYQ[/youtube]

Global Wireless to offer G1 and Magic in Canada

Global Wireless, the upcoming Canadian carrier, are set to offer the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) and HTC Magic, according to a leak from an ex-employee.  The handsets - which will be known as the Global (HTC) G1 and the Global (HTC) M1 - will support 7.2Mbps HSDPA, but be firmware locked to Global Wireless' SIMs. The Global (HTC) G1 will be available on 24-month contracts for $129.99 and on 12-month contracts for $229.99 (presumably Canadian dollars), while a pre-pay version will be $429.99.  It will only be available in black.  As for the Global (HTC) M1, meanwhile, that will only be offered in white, but no pricing was detailed.  Data rates will start at $10 per month for "unlimited email, IM and communities"; $23 for 2.5GB of data and unlimited email; and $40 for unlimited everything.  Tethering will be a $5 option. The leak, so the story goes, was the retaliation of a fired employee, whom Global Wireless let go over "poor performance in marketing".  To spite the carrier, he released multiple slides detailing upcoming devices, service plans and other details. [via BGR]
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