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Sony Ericsson Android by summer 2009?

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the 14 new additions to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), most of which comes back to one manufacturer, Sony Ericsson. We are surprised that not too many people have been talking about the laptop manufacturers Toshiba and Asus who have just joined. With the release of the popular (and expensive) Xperia X1, Ericsson shows a lot of potential for high-end Android-powered handsets. We all know that those who are looking for open source want anything but your average run of the mill phone. Sony Ericsson spokesman, Garfield Brusewitz said, “We expect initially to focus on products in the higher segment, but later on we will also supplement with products for the broad mass market.” They do not plan to focus just on Android however, much effort will be placed in Symbian and Windows Mobile. Investing in Android early on would be a very wise decision as it is still very small and possesses plenty of potential. Ericsson believes that Android in the future will be important to be a part of their lineup. Ericsson plans to release a series of Android-powered handsets, the first of which will launch around summer of 2009. [Via IDG]

Data Viz brings office solution to Android in 2009

Data Viz has announced that they are going to be developing Documents To Go and RoadSync for Android in 2009. DataViz is a long time provider of mobile software applications that enable document access and mobile email. After spending over 10 years developing marketing solutions for Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Java, Linux and BlackBerry, Data Viz has taken on the challenge of the growing Google Android market.  Documents To Go mobile office suite allows users to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Users can also view PDF files with Documents To Go. RoadSync syncs with Outlook email, calendar, contacts and tasks using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. There are still no details as to what features the Android version will have, but if you would like to be the first to know you may subscribe to the newsletter at www.dataviz.com/android.

T-Mobile makes official comment on international roaming issue

Just the other day we reported that a user was charged a ridiculous amount of money for data roaming when his data was turned off, even after being assured that he would be ok. It appears that this has caught T-Mobile’s attention and they have come fourth with an official response. The option to turn off data should work fine, but that’s not always the case as any third party application can then override this basic phone feature whenever it chooses. This then brings us back to the initial problem of not being able to kill background processes on the T-Mobile G1. From the horse's mouth: "Some third-party applications available for download on Android Market require access to the internet and have the ability to turn on data roaming when in use. Customers are informed whether an application will use this feature prior to downloading, but should also be aware when traveling outside the country."
Official T-Mobile statement: T-Mobile is committed to delivering the best experience in wireless to our customers. If a T-Mobile customer would like to use their T-Mobile G1 while outside the country, they should contact Customer Care before they leave to ask that the WorldClass feature be added to their service at no additional charge. If they choose, customers can also disable data roaming on the G1. This can be done by going through the following steps: Home Screen > Menu > Settings > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming. Some third party applications available for download on Android Market require access to the Internet and have the ability to turn on data roaming when in use. Customers are informed whether an application will use this feature prior to downloading, but should also be aware when traveling outside the country. [Via EngadgetMobile]

Get Android running on your HTC Touch

I’m sure all of you are as eager to see Android get ported to other handsets as we are. So far we have not seen to much work as far as running Android on new handsets, but that has just changed. We have all seen the videos of Android running on the HTC Touch, but how did they do it? For all of you who are fans of the new HTC Touch one user has just come up with a way to run Android on the vastly popular device. From what we can see it works pretty well, custom on-screen keyboard and all. Right now there are still some issues scaling the UI to QVGA and the GPS, Bluetooth and USB still do not work. Anyone with an HTC Touch can give it a try. Think of it as a port, this will not mess up your handset or completely kick any of your settings. Just reset your device to bring back Windows Mobile. For those willing to try, the instructions can be found here. Now given the instructions who is going to take the plunge? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKje_0lUYg[/youtube] [Via XDADevelopers]

The Open Handset Alliance adds 14 new members to help develop Android

The Open Handset Alliance is very pleased to announce the addition of 14 supporting companies. The members of the Open Handset Alliance show their support for Android as an open mobile platform. We can expect these companies to further develop Android handsets and services. The new members include, AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone. Many companies overseas have jumped onboard a little later than we had expected. These new members will develop Android-powered handsets, contribute significant code to the open source project, or support the “ecosystem” by providing supporting services. We are really glad to see Ericsson and Vodafone among others joining the Open Handset Alliance. Who we really would like to see Nokia jump on board with handsets comparable to their N-series.

New AdWords options now for available T-Mobile G1

Today, the Google mobile ads team has announced a new option that allows those of us who are AdWords advertisers to your desktop text and image ads on the T-Mobile G1, or any device that has a full HTML browser. These adds will have many of the same benefits as the standard mobile ads, such as the delivery of mobile-specific calls-to-action and reaching mobile users that are searching with their phones more than ever. You may have seen these ads running on the G1 already because Google Search on this device results pages that are modified specifically for this phone. Now advertisers will be able to have ads exclusively on the mobile devices of their choice, create campaigns for them, and get separate performance reporting. The good news is you can opt out of these ads and they will only appear on your computer. To disable these ads that target your phone just go to your campaign settings tab in your AdWords account. Navigate to Networks and Bidding and find Device Platform and select "iPhones and other mobile devices with full internet browsers." Note that if you are currently running Google’s mobile ads, this new option for desktop ads will not affect your campaign. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4R-wF6sdDg&eurl=http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-adwords-options-for-iphone-and-g1.html&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [Via GoogleBlog]

Turn your regular T-Mobile G1 into a developers edition

Those of us who already have a T-Mobile G1 or do not have the money for the developers edition and would like to have one, will love what we found. The bootloader for the developers edition G1 is finally out and is making its rounds. From what we hear, T-Mobile went ahead and gave a developers version of the G1 to a customer as a warranty replacement. With a little help from his friends, he managed to extract the unlocked bootloader from the phone and put it on the Internet. The best part is the process of converting your G1 is very simple. To start, just gain root access to your T-Mobile G1. Once you have done that all you have to do is download and apply the unlocked bootloader to your handset. Just turn on your phone while holding down the power and camera button and you will see the skateboarding Android instead of the usually boot screen.  Congratulations you now have a developers T-mobile G1. Be warned though that this may also brick your phone and we here at Android Community hold no responsibility for any damage this process may do to your T-Mobile G1. If this process is done wrong at all, YOUR PHONE WILL BE DEAD. With that said we would like to know how this process worked for you. [Via GotOnTheInter]

Video of the QiGi i6 running Android finally spotted

We just received word that China will be releasing the QiGi i6 in an Android version and a Windows Mobile version. Soon after first hearing about it there was a video released showing a full version of Android running smoothly. For those of you who currently use the T-Mobile G1, this may appear a little different because it is formatted to fit a different sized phone. The video is one second shy of ten minutes so there is plenty for you to feast your eyes on. At the very end the show a little bit of what appears to be cheaply made hardware, but we will leave that to you to decide. Given the specs and this video, do you think this is something you would fork out that kind of money for? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbnrgeBIQeo[/youtube]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 49 2008

This week kicked off with a killer deal being put on by American Express where they offered a T-Mobile G1 for only $125. The My Wishlist promotion went fast though, as the supply was limited to only 200 units. There was also a video showing Android booting on a Nokia n810. This video may have just been a fake, but this is still exciting. We have seen Android run on other exciting devices in the past. We also received an inside tip informing us of the training of T-Mobile employees for the new data plans that T-Mobile is putting into place. New customers are going to be faced with higher data plants and a 10GB cap is being put into place. One user was surprised to find that taking his T-Mobile G1 out of the country, even with data turned off would still give you data roaming charges. Customer service told him that he would be fine overseas when in fact he racked up a $102.85 bill. We later found out that in UK models of the G1, data roaming is turned off by default. We find it very odd that one version would be setup in this way while the other impossible to stop. It seems the UK is having all the luck with the G1 when compared to those of us here in the US. Now it appears that people who purchase the G1 in the UK will be getting a killer deal on their monthly subscription cost. T-Mobile decided to cut a whopping 25 percent off of the monthly price, bringing it now to only £30 (about $45 USD). Now the Android Market has welcomed FotMob, this application is bringing football scores to the palm of your hand. With FotMob you can get live coverage of Premier League, Championship, Bundesliga, Serie A, Primera Division, SAS ligaen, Tippeligaen, Adeccoligaen and Champions Leagues anywhere you go. We now know what next next official Android-powered handset is going to be, but we are very surprised that it wont be out of China. The Kogan Agora Pro is available for pre-order out of Australia right now. This handset is going to cost you $399 for the better version and just $299 for the stripped out version that is missing features such as the camera. The handsets specifications do not impress in many ways so don’t expect too much out of it. On January 29th the Kogan Agora Pro will begin shipping to those who pre-ordered the device. It turns out Hop-on will actually be announcing gambling software for Android at CES 2009. Apparently the mobile gambling industry is growing at a rapid rate. People just can’t wait to throw their money away while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or riding the bus. In other application news Shazam has added 2 million new songs to their database making it even more useful. This application remains free, as it has always been in the past. Google has also released a $399 unlocked version of the G1 for developers. This version includes a bootloader that does not restrict the device to officially signed firmware builds. In order to purchase this G1 you will have to be a registered developer and pay the $25 fee to register. One cool feature that Google has included on this version is a very nice graphic on the back piece. Also this week a new mobile browers for Android has been released. Steel may still be in the early stages, but has a lot of promise. One thing that we are looking forward to is the on-screen keyboard.

Steel mobile browser hits the Android Market, comes equipped with an on-screen keyboard

It seems as soon as the one new application hits the Android Market, the floodgates are opened and more quickly follow. Opera just recently launched their very famous Brower for Android and now we are seeing other companies release their browsers as well. Steel is the latest to give us more options when it comes to browsing the Internet on our T-Mobile G1. Kolbysoft’s Steel is based off WebKit just as the G1’s browser and iPhone’s Safari. Eventually Steel will have plenty of great features including multiple windows, downloads, configurations, clear application history and cache and an on-screen keyboard. Yes you read it right, an on-screen keyboard will be added. This come from behind browser is still in the early stages so don’t expect it to outshine Opera anytime soon, but definitely give it a spin. For those who cannot live without an on-screen keyboard, this just may be the browser for you as there has been no word on keyboards in other browsers at this time. We are certainly happy to see very useful applications come to the Android Market rather than another version of the tip calculator.