T-Mobile Rolling out Android 1.5 at the end of next week

This is what we’ve been waiting for fellow G1 users. T-Mobile will officially roll out G1 software updates at the end of next weekend, which includes Android 1.5.  Full press release below.
T-Mobile USA is excited to offer its T-Mobile G1 customers new software updates, including Android 1.5.  Starting at the end of next week, T-Mobile USA will begin rolling out Android 1.5 to T-Mobile G1 customers.  The over-the-air update, which all G1 customers should receive by the end of May, will provide customers with many new feature enhancements and updates, such as: ·         An on screen full QWERTY keyboard. ·         Video record and playback capabilities. ·         Easy uploading of photos to Picasa and videos to YouTube. Additional details on Android 1.5 can be found at the T-Mobile G1 forum at http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/?category.id=Android or via the Android site: http://www.android.com/releases/.

HTC Hero caught in the wild?

These photos, we're told, are the first shots of the HTC Hero in the wild, the company's next Android smartphone.  Closely resembling the leaked HTC Hero image from the beginning of the year - though thankfully without the shocking-pink color scheme - the handset has a reworked keypad from that concept shot and drops the G1/Magic trackball. That, with the lack of a D-pad or any other obvious directional control, means all navigation will have to be done via the touchscreen.  Stylistically it's a blend of the recent Diamond2 (though without the chrome touches) and the original G1, though we're not really feeling those blobby buttons; side-shots show the traditional HTC-Android-chin is still onboard.  What is a pleasant surprise is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Obviously any leaked photos should be taken with a grain or two of salt; we're particularly suspicious of image four (in the gallery below) where the angled chin section looks a little Photoshopped.  Of course, poor lighting and low resolution shots also add up to unsatisfying images, so we may have to wait for more leaks to find out if this truly is the HTC Hero. [gallery]

T-Mobile USA roadmap tips G1 v.2 and Samsung Houdini

T-Mobile USA's Android roadmap has leaked, and it brings with it a number of as-yet unannounced devices that include the Samsung Houdini and the G1 v.2 "Bigfoot".  According to the roadmap, the G2 - aka the HTC Magic, now believed to be called the T-Mobile myTouch 3G - will launch this Summer, a reasonable prediction, priced at $179. The T-Mobile G1, meanwhile, will reach end-of-life stage at the end of the "back to school" period in early September.  It will be replaced by a device listed as the G1 v.2 "Bigfoot", which the graphic would suggest is a slide-out QWERTY device similar to the Helio Ocean 2. Meanwhile, a Samsung handset - the Houdini - will reach the carrier.  There's no telling what connection the Houdini has with the Samsung I7500; it could be a different device, or the image could be a mockup created in advance of real I7500 graphics being available (the same could be said for the G1 v.2).  Pricing for the latter two handsets has been blanked out, unfortunately. [via Boy Genius Report]

T-Mobile G1 fifth best-selling smartphone in US

Strong sales of the T-Mobile G1 in the US have pushed the handset to number five in the Q1 2009 smartphone rankings.  According to market researchers The NPD Group, the G1 was kept from the top-spot by a combination of BlackBerry devices and the Apple iPhone 3G. While specific sales figures of the G1 have not been given, it's telling that the device - the only Android handset available in the US market - beat Microsoft, Symbian and Palm devices to a place in the top five.  Smartphones now make up 23-percent of total US handset sales, up from 17-percent year-on-year; despite that, both Apple's and Palm's market share of the segment dropped by 10-percent each. The news bodes well for future Android devices, such as the myTouch 3G, also on T-Mobile (aka the HTC Magic), and the Samsung I7500.  Broader availability of the BlackBerry Curve over the iPhone was given as one of the reasons for the handset's success. Full Ranking:
  • RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  • Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  • RIM BlackBerry Storm
  • RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  • T-Mobile G1
  • [via SlashGear]

    myTouch 3G Android powered phone for T-Mobile

    As expected, T-Mobile USA have announced the myTouch 3G, their second Android handset and the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.  Recognizable as the HTC Magic - which Android Community reviewed in back in May - the phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera and the usual array of Google applications.

    In the non-final hardware we’ve played with, the key change are the hardware buttons on the myTouch 3G’s “chin” section. The prototype has thin, sliver-style keys running under the capacitive touchscreen, together with a single button (”Menu”) to the left of the trackball. The final hardware will have four square keys under the screen, with functions switched around to leave call send/end on keys either side of the trackball.

    That includes YouTube, Google Maps (with Latitude and Street View), GTalk and GMail, support for IMAP, POP and Exchange accounts and one-touch media uploads.  However, for the first time on an Android device, T-Mobile have loaded an app called Sherpa, featuring GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), onto the myTouch 3G, which promises to recognize patterns of use and offer suggestions based on past behaviours. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is expected to go up for pre-order on July 8th, though initially only for existing subscribers to the carrier.  National availability is expected in early August, with the handset priced at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement.  Three color options will be release: black, white and merlot. HTC Magic Full hands on demo at MWC09 by Eric Lin [vms 665ce8623e36bd4e3c7c] HTC Magic Hands on at MWC09 [vms 1059396431415e770c6d]

    T-Mobile USA Unveils the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google Featuring Personalization Front and Center

    T-Mobile and Google™ Partner Again to Deliver a New Android-Powered Wireless Experience; T-Mobile USA Customers Can Pre-Order Beginning July 8

    BELLEVUE, Wash. June 22, 2009 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G, the highly anticipated follow-up to the T-Mobile G1™, the world’s first Android™ powered device. T-Mobile myTouch 3G boasts a sleek look and contoured feel, plus an array of new features that builds on its popular predecessor. A touch-screen display with virtual keyboard is built into a slim, smooth and lightweight design.

    myTouch empowers users to simply create a unique, individualized wireless phone and experience. With the ability to richly customize menus, wallpapers, icons and more, thousands of Android Market™ applications to choose from, plus themes and skins that let customers express their style on the inside and outside, myTouch can evolve to become a virtual extension of oneself. Adding to its refined aesthetics and customization options, myTouch will come in three colors — black, white and a distinctive merlot.

    “T-Mobile myTouch 3G puts you first, so you can create a mobile experience that is truly your own,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “There’s no cookie-cutter approach to myTouch.  Inside and out, there are boundless possibilities for personalization so you can put your personal touch on the phone and make it uniquely yours.”

    In addition to the virtually endless ways to personalize myTouch, plus its deep integration of Google services and the latest Android software, T-Mobile myTouch customers will enjoy access to new applications that enhance their mobile lives. One such application, and at the heart of myTouch, is Sherpa™. Created by Geodelic, Sherpa features GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that automatically customizes itself to the user’s preferences. Through behavior and user feedback, the application learns a person’s likes and dislikes, prioritizing recommended retailers, restaurants and attractions. Seamlessly blending behavior recognition, a recommendation engine and location relevant information, this combination of learning is exclusive to Sherpa and unlike any experience currently on the market.

    “Now more than ever, customers are regularly accessing mobile applications that enhance their personal interests. Through the power of location and social discovery, T-Mobile is working closely with Google and developers like Geodelic to create experiences that are as unique as each person using it,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. “So wherever you are and whatever your passion — music, marathons, movies and more — myTouch is the phone for you.”

    Today, thousands of applications are available on Android Market ranging from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping. Whether it’s a marathon runner who downloads the Cardio Trainer application or a music buff who lives by his or her Imeem application, myTouch customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their precise interests and lifestyle.

    “The G1 was highly successful and captured the imagination of thousands of developers as the first Android-powered phone,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. “With myTouch, T-Mobile is poised to capture the imagination of consumers everywhere, and by expanding the availability and appeal of Android-based devices, they’re giving developers a bigger market for the next wave of killer Android applications.”

    Designed by HTC, myTouch features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display and virtual keyboard, which orients automatically from portrait to landscape mode in most applications. It also features a 3.2-megapixel camera, a music player with a pre-installed 4GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via e-mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTube™ and Picasa™. The device’s powerful mobile Web experience is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s 3G network.

    “With myTouch, HTC and T-Mobile are delivering not just a new phone, but the ability to create a uniquely personal product experience on top of a remarkably strong feature set,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America.

    myTouch features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google services that millions use every day including Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube™ and Picasa™.  It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, including support for Exchange, Gmail™ and most other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services as well as synchronization with Google contacts and calendars. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger® and Windows Live Messenger. In addition, users can pull down the windowshade notification bar by dragging their finger down from the top of the screen, easily displaying message previews and other convenient at-a-glance notifications depending on the personalized applications users download.

    Pricing and Availability

    myTouch will be available to pre-order for current T-Mobile customers starting July 8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement*; additional product features and details will be available at that time. Devices sold through pre-sale will begin shipping in late July, and national retail availability for myTouch is planned for early August.  Customers can visit http://www.T-MobilemyTouch.com for more information.

    Android Community Week in Review: Week 18 2009

    After weeks of relative silence from mainstream Android hardware, the past seven days has seen two headline devices reach us.  The HTC Magic launched in Europe, the second Android smartphone to hit the market, while Samsung announced their first Android handset in the shape of the I7500. There's not much we didn't already know about the HTC Magic, but buyers finally have the chance to pick one up on Vodafone Spain at least and, from this weekend, Vodafone UK.  We've got all the details here, plus a video unboxing here. As for the I7500, Samsung have taken their long history in cellphones and piped Android into a slick touchscreen body.  Unlike the HTC handsets' rather half-hearted cameras, there's the promise of a 5-megapixel snapper, and the whole thing is just 11.9mm thick.  Check out the live images and video demo for the full details. Motorola's first devices running Android were also tipped; no official announcement so far, but word is that the hardware QWERTY handsets will reach Verizon Wireless sometime later this year.  Finally, software made a splash this week, as Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake" finally reached devices.  It brings with it features like an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and direct YouTube uploads, but also its own fair share of controversy as developers blame Vodafone Europe for rushing the launch and not giving them enough time with the official release. [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb]

    Get $5 free My Global Talk VoIP credit with Android Community

    Android Community is giving users the opportunity to sign up to My Global Talk's VoIP service, for low-cost international calls, and we're throwing in some free credit to get you started.  Since we know our readers love getting something for nothing, if you sign up via the widget on the AC frontpage you'll get $5 credit straight away. It's ridiculously simple to get started: just fill in the details (name, email, mobile number and choose your device) and you'll receive your account information instantly.  From then on, to take advantage of My Global Talk's rates, you simply use their Android app - alternatively, since it integrates with the G1's Contacts and Recent Calls, you can't carry on calling pretty much as you have been already. $5 is enough for 250 minutes of chat with someone in the UK, calling from the US, or around 150 minutes with all your friends in Switzerland.  We're interested to hear how you get on with My Global Talk, and we're hoping you'll be vocal in letting us know.
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