Android Community Week in Review – Week 48 2008

November 30, 2008
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Last week we reported that a user that goes by the name RyeBrye found the capability of multi-touch in the T-Mobile G1. Well he’s back and this time he brings us video proof. You can see clearly traces of multiple fingers at one time on the screen of the G1.

It has occurred to many that Android would be a good match for netbooks. The operating system is opensource and thus cuts the overall cost of the device down, which is one of the points of netbooks. There are rumors that we may see Android on a netbook by the holiday season next year.

PhoneFusion has brought the promised visual voice mail application to the Android Market. G1 users everywhere will be very happy to know that the interface has been changed from the hideous interface that has been seen on previous handsets. Now iPhone owners have one less thing to say when trying to prove that the iPhone is the most amazing phone ever.

One application that we all have been eagerly awaiting is the Opera mobile browser. Wait no longer, it has finally come.  One feature Opera has that users might find particularly intriguing is the fact that instead of downloading web pages to the phone and then rendering them, the web page is rendered on their servers and then sent directly to the handset itself. While being a little more bandwidth heavy this method shortens load times.

Our users are reporting redirect issues with the G1’s browser. Apparently when trying to navigate to Yahoo.com, users are being directed to an antivirus download site. We thought Google addressed this issue once before, but apparently there is much work to be done. For those of us who held out for a white G1, the wait is finally over.  Unlike the black and brown models, the white model is only white on the screen and “chin” portions of the device. The keyboard and back piece of the G1 are silver.

Google was turned down for the “Android” trademark on August 20th. This apparently has not stopped them as they are reportedly trying to appeal this before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. This denial has not stopped Google from making it appear that they have the trademark.  The Google’s brand guidelines clearly state, “Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.”

With the G1 doing so well HTC has raised their expected shipment number to 1 million by the end of 2008. HTC CEO Peter Chou says, “HTC was too tough for the global economic recession to weigh down.” HTC is doing exceptionally well with the release of the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Touch Pro.  Colorware has added the G1 to their extensive lineup of available handsets for colorization. G1 owners can get a custom paintjob on their G1, but it’s going to cost a pretty penny.  Its no problem if you do not already have a T-Mobile G1, they also sell the device painted and all.

ShopSavvy reportedly does not work on unlocked G1 handsets because of the need for a location from the SIM card. Not all regions are yet supported by ShopSavvy due to the nature of the application. If you’re using an unsupported SIM card the application will not appear in the Android Market.  With news of an Android-powered handset being developed in China it gets old never seeing an actual device.
Qigi has given us something to chew on while we wait.  Qigi’s i6 comes in two versions, one that runs Windows Mobile 6.1, and one that runs none other than Google’s Android.


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