Android “Rosie” video demo released

Videos demonstrating what's believed to be a future build of Android have been leaked, courtesy of Haykuro of the xdadevelopers forum.  The videos, which you can see below, show a new, advanced Android desktop with more widgets and a streamlined GUI.  The new build is believed to have been taken from a new HTC device, possibly the Hero, and developed by a team of Android fans.  Earlier this week, a video of a Hero build running on a T-Mobile G1 was published. It's unclear when the new firmware - which seems to be going by the codename Rosie - will be released.  More screenshots here. [vms 47e897f954495eab16a8] [Thanks hakeem5!]

Samsung Galaxy aka I7500 gets French launch in July

French carrier Bouygues Telecom have revealed that they will be offering the Samsung I7500 in early July, with a new name: the Samsung Galaxy.  Still bearing the 3.2-inch AMOLED 320 x 480 touchscreen display that makes it so unique, the Galaxy will offer HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900/1700/2100MHz) and quadband GSM. No pricing has been announced for the Samsung Galaxy on Bouygues Telecom, but the carrier has confirmed that it will offer the handset with its "neo.2" unlimited internet package.  Otherwise the phone has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with Power LED flash and the usual suite of Android software. O2 Germany was first to call the I7500, announcing that the touchscreen handset will arrive on their network in June 2009.  So far we've not heard about any US carrier picking up the smartphone, though the I7500 cleared the FCC recently with T-Mobile USA 3G support. [via Unwired View]

NTT DoCoMo HT-03A aka HTC Magic landing June/July

NTT DoCoMo have confirmed that they will be offering the HTC Magic as their first Android smartphone.  Launching as part of the docomo PRO series as the HT-03A, the handset will offer the same 3.2-megapixel camera as the version currently on sale in Europe. The carrier was tipped to be adopting the Magic earlier this month, though at the time it was unclear whether HTC had crafted them a version specially intended to work on Japan's advanced 3G networks.  Instead, it looks as though this is the same 3G GSM handset available already; that said, it lacks many of the high-end features Japanese users can choose from [PDF link] in their cellphones, such as 1-Seg TV broadcasts, mobile credit card payments and the NTT DoCoMo personalized services.  The NTT DoCoMo HT-03A will go on sale in japan sometime during June or July 2009.  No word on pricing as yet.

T-Mobile USA confirm Cupcake delay

T-Mobile USA have delayed the roll-out of the Android OS 1.5 Cupcake build to their US users, claiming the software update is still being "optimized".  US-based forum members here at Android Community had flagged up the absence of any sign of Cupcake's arrival over the past week, despite the carrier's assertion that they would begin the launch at the end of last week. Now T-Mobile USA are claiming that Cupcake still needs work "to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery".  To that end, their roll-out schedule has been pushed back by "approximately a week", and their target complete date moved to early June (from the end of May).  There is still no way to manually trigger the update, only wait until your T-Mobile G1 offers the new software to you. The change in play prompts the question of what might differ between T-Mobile UK G1 handsets, which are already being updated, and the delayed USA version of Cupcake.  Given that developers and UK customers are already using 1.5 it suggests that it's T-Mobile USA's own network which may be presenting a stumbling block to roll-out.
"G1 community,   We’d like to provide an update on the rollout of Android 1.5 for T-Mobile G1 customers.  We are working diligently to get Android 1.5 out as soon as possible, while aiming to ensure a consistent, positive experience for our customers. We’re finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery. Therefore, the rollout schedule has been reset by approximately a week, and we expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June.   Your device will notify you when the update is available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding." T-Mobile USA statement
[via Engadget]

Google I/O Developer Conference Tickets Giveaway!

There's a little over a week until Google's I/O Developer Conference, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Android Community will be there, bringing you all the news, but thanks to our friends at Google we've also got three I/O tickets to give away to Android Community members! Last year, Google used the conference to show off their latest Android prototype and discuss their view of cloud connectivity and the future of Android.  This year, after successful commercial launches of actual Android handsets, we're expecting even more news and insight.  With Apple launching iPhone OS 3.0, Palm's Pre expected next month and Windows Mobile 6.5 chomping at the bit for release, this is Google's opportunity to wow us with the next generation of Android innovation. To stand a chance of winning one of the three Google I/O Developer Conference tickets, we're asking you to tell us about your most memorable experience with the Android platform.  We'll pick three, and those people will have access to the conference at the end of the month - if you can even get hold of a ticket they normally cost $400 each.  Remember, you'll need to get yourself to San Francisco for the conference, plus have somewhere to stay. Terms and Conditions Competition is open to residents of the US over the age of 18. Family members of Google and R3 Media are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted in the forum thread for this article; entries left in the comments of any other post will not be recognized. Entries should be submitted before midnight pacific time on Sunday May 24th; one entry per person. The winners will be announced on this site and contacted via email; they will be expected to respond within 48 hours else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winner agrees that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to, R3 Media. Each of the three prizes consists of a single ticket to the Google I/O Developer Conference, held May 27th to 28th in San Francisco. There is no cash alternative.  Winners are responsible for any travel, accommodation or sundry expenses incurred in visiting the conference.

HTC Magic camera sample photos & video

One of the questions we've been most asked about the HTC Magic is regarding its camera quality.  HTC used the same 3.2-megapixel sensor as in the T-Mobile G1, albeit with some software refinement, so that means it's the same autofocus unit with no flash.  As promised, we've got some sample photos taken with the HTC Magic; none of them have been edited or processed, they're straight off the smartphone.  Click to see each picture full-sized. Quality seems decent, and the autofocus is quicker than on the G1 and on other, older HTC devices from their Windows Mobile range.  Color balance loses some vibrancy - the pink lining to the cupcake box, for instance, has lost much of its vivid brightness - and there's a slight blue tint to the white buildings in the photo below. Photo above has had the car numberplate blanked, but no other editing As for the video, that's in raw 3GPP format taken straight off of the Magic.  You'll need a media player like Apple's Quicktime or the VLC player to view the file.  You can download it from here (773kb).  The audio is very quiet; bear in mind I was holding the Magic and talking at a little louder than normal speaking level.

Mechanics Touch game released for Android [video]

Game developers orangepixel have released their latest title for Android handsets, Mechanics Touch.  Seemingly a blend of Lemmings and classic 2D platform games, Mechanics Touch requires you to guide the roaming mechanic sprites through the levels using different tools to bridge crevices and avoid traps. Of course, it's never so simple as just to create a straight route from A to B, and there's lots of timing and careful planning required if you don't want to see your mechanics killed off en-route.  The game has, until now, been available as a Java title on Sony Ericsson phones, and an iPhone version is scheduled for launch later in the year. Mechanics Touch is available now in the Android Market.  It comes with three worlds and 45 levels in total, as well as music and sound-effects.  Online highscore rankings and unlockable achievements are also possible. [youtube][/youtube]

HTC Hero Android build leaks: new PMP, browser & more

Firmware from the HTC Hero has leaked, and been installed on the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1).  The new firmware shows a refreshed GUI with hints of HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface incorporated, and has been liberated by Haykuro of the xdadevelopers forum. What's so-far unknown is whether any of these visual changes will make their way into Android 2.0 Donut, or if they're all HTC's own work.  The HTC Dream in the video below is running OS 1.5 Cupcake, certainly.  Right now, all of the main Google apps work, and there are some new additions such as the redesigned calendar There also looks to be Flash support in the browser and new social networking additions, including Twitter and Facebook apps.  While originally Haykuro had said that he wasn't at liberty to release the update for general download, there's now talk that it will be made available for those who have root access on their Android handsets. [youtube][/youtube] [gallery] [thanks hersh!]

HTC Magic and Samsung I7500 pose in Android comparison

It's the photoshoot we've been waiting for: the HTC Magic and the Samsung I7500 getting up close and personal.  The two most-anticipated Android handsets of the year have been compared in a CNET Asia photoshoot, showing that when it comes to measurements and in-hand feel, there really may not be a whole lot in it. Bear in mind that in this photo the I7500 was slightly closer to the camera, and running an early firmware version which led to the AMOLED touchscreen being dimmer than it will be at launch.  The I7500 lacks the hardware search button of the Magic, but it has a 3.5mm headphone socket whereas you'll need an adapter to use your own headset with the HTC. Frankly, both look like impressive devices, but the Samsung edges ahead when it comes to specifications.  It's the camera that will likely swap most people: at 5-megapixels, with flash and autofocus, it's higher than the 3.2-megapixel sensor in the HTC. [gallery]

Archos Android 3G PMP/MID announcement June 11th?

Could Archos be planning to announce their Android-based Internet Media Tablet phone on June 11th?  That's the leading interpretation of the company's new press conference invite, which confirms an event in Paris, France in less than a month's time.  While there's no written hint of what Archos may be announcing, the shadowy large-format MID/PMP device pictured on the invite, and the Android-esque vivid green color scheme are suggesting that it's their Android IMT that's on the agenda.  First tipped as in the pipeline back in February, the device is expected to include WiFi, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 5-inch touchscreen and HD support in a chassis just 10mm thick. Archos then went on to tip a July release for the Android-PMP in their financial report, naming the device as one of three core strands of the company's 2H09 sales drive.  TI's OMAP3440 applications processor is expected to run the show, with "laptop-like" performance for HD playback. [via SlashGear & via Pocketables]
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