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Google Shopper Now Available In The Market

Google has recently announced another Google made app for Android. This app is called Google Shopper. Shopper lets you find product information quickly by using your phone's camera. This app is similar to Barcode Scanner and Shopsavvy. So if you are familiar with those apps you can jump right in and feel right at home. If you are not it is a very easy and intuitive program to learn.

Samsung Moment Android phone announced

Sprint have outed their first Android smartphone, the Samsung Moment.  The Moment has a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running a 320 x 480 resolution, together with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and EVDO Rev.A.  There's also a 3.5mm headphones jack and microSD card slot. There's also GPS with turn-by-turn Sprint Navigation, a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with video recording and flash, and an optical joystick for navigation.  Samsung have given the Moment Exchange push-email support, an 800MHz processor and there'll be a 2GB microSD card in the box. The Samsung Moment measures 4.6 x 2.34 x 0.63 inches and tips the scales at 5.67oz; Samsung suggest the battery is good for up to 5.5hrs of talktime.  The Samsung Moment will arrive on Sprint from November 1st, priced at $179.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate and $50 instant savings) and with a new two-year agreement.  We're meeting up with Sprint later today, so hopefully will be able to score some hands-on with the Moment. Press Release:
Samsung Moment™ Power and Sophistication Samsung Moment™, exclusively from Sprint, is Samsung’s first U.S. handset integrating the open and innovate Android™ platform with the high-speed connectivity of America’s most dependable 3G network (EVDO Rev. A.). Its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, optical joystick and brilliant 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen display, with wider viewing angles and crisper colors, will dazzle those who want the freedom to stay connected on the go and enjoy a PC-like experience. Samsung Moment provides access to built-in Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and YouTube™, as well as thousands of applications, widgets and games available in Android Market™. It offers access to personal and corporate e-mail, WiFi capability, GPS navigation, accelerometer, full HTML Web browser, stereo Bluetooth®, 3.2-megapixel camera and camcorder, expandable memory up to 32GB and access to social networking sites, including Facebook®, Flickr® and TwitterTM. PRODUCTIVITY • Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard • Widescreen 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen display • Android Market™ • Accelerometer and proximity sensor • Outlook e-mail with Microsoft Direct Push Technology and HTML support; E-mail (EAS), POP, IMAP • Access e-mail from such well-known providers as AOL, Windows LiveTM including MSN®, Hotmail® and Yahoo! • Easily view Word, Excel, PowerPoint on the go to maximize productivity • Built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g • Visual Voicemail for quick and easy access to voice mail messages • Sprint Navigation with GPS-enabled, turn-by-turn driving directions, navigate with a 3D map that moves with you ENTERTAINMENT/PERSONALIZATION • Android Market and access to such popular applications as Pandora®, ShopSavvyTM, Twitter, ShazamTM,®, USA Today®, Flixster®, PacManTM, CraigslistCheckerTM, MySpaceTM Mobile and thousands of other applications • 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and camcorder with auto-focus • Advanced Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology • Sprint’s exclusive sports applications: NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile • Amazon MP3 Store and Media Player with 3.5-millimeter headphone jack • Expandable Memory: 2GB MicroSD card included; supports up to 32GB MicroSD card SPECIFICATIONS • Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.34 x 0.63 inches; weight 5.67 oz. • Main Display: 3.2-inch AMOLED (320 x 480 pixels) 16M colors • Standard Lithium (LiIon) battery: up to 5.5 hours continuous talk time*
Press Release:
Samsung’s First Android-Powered Phone, Samsung Moment™ with Google, Coming Soon to America’s Most Dependable 3G Network Available Nov. 1, Samsung Moment from Sprint features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, brilliant display screen and premium Web experience; Pre-registration for Samsung Moment begins today at OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and DALLAS – Oct. 7, 2009 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming availability of Samsung Moment, Samsung’s first U.S. handset integrating the open and innovative Android™ platform with the high-speed connectivity of America’s most dependable 3G network2 (EVDO Rev. A.) and the best value in wireless with the Any Mobile, AnytimeSM calling feature. Samsung Moment represents a new generation of portable Internet access devices and provides access to built-in Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and YouTube™, as well as thousands of applications available in Android Market™. Samsung Moment also offers the first Sprint 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen, creating crisper colors and wider viewing angles than other display screens. Samsung Moment is powered by an 800 MHz processor, making this device one of the fastest wireless phones available today. Beginning Nov. 1, customers can purchase Samsung Moment through all Sprint channels including Web (, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and our national retail partners. Retail pricing will be $179.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration for this phone begins today at “Sprint is thrilled to add the powerful and sophisticated Samsung Moment to our growing portfolio of Android devices,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. "This is the second Android product that will be available from Sprint this holiday season. With a full QWERTY keyboard, Samsung Moment allows customers to easily access the thousands of applications available in the Android Market. The excitement around Android products confirms Sprint’s decision several years ago to be a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance and lead the Open revolution.” “The launch of Samsung Moment is an exciting realization of our commitment to providing consumers open, powerful and versatile devices,” said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile. “With the combination of the Android platform, applications, Web browser and a powerful 800 MHz processor, the user experience options are unlimited.” Leveraging a library of applications As charter members of the Open Handset Alliance™, Sprint and Samsung are closely aligned with the Android community. Through Android Market, Samsung Moment users can download thousands of applications, widgets and games on their phone. Pandora®, ShopSavvyTM, TwitterTM, ShazamTM,®, USA Today®, Flixster®, PacManTM, CraigslistCheckerTM, and MySpaceTM Mobile are among the countless well-liked applications already available on Android Market. Additionally, customers can access Sprint Navigation and Sprint exclusive applications NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM already preinstalled on the device. Samsung Moment is a perfect solution for anyone who wants the freedom to stay connected on-the-go and enjoy a PC-like experience. In addition, Sprint recently launched new tools on its developer Web site designed to make it easy for developers to create innovative applications for the Sprint Android-powered devices – The enhancements will give developers access to Sprint products and services, including location-based services, messaging and geofencing through the Sprint Developer Sandbox. Developers using the site and tools will easily be able to create and test applications for the Android platform on the Sprint network. Application developers will have a chance to learn more about Android at Sprint’s ninth annual developer conference this fall. The Sprint Open Developer Conference, Oct. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif., is open to all attendees and will feature information through speaker sessions and coding camps on developing applications for a range of platforms, including Android. For details, go to “The Samsung Moment and the Android platform are helping Sprint drive openness and innovation,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of mobile platforms at Google. “With the Samsung Moment’s built-in suite of Google mobile services, along with thousands of applications on Android Market, Sprint customers can enjoy a unique mobile experience.” Samsung Moment offers simple device navigation through an optical joystick located just below the expansive display. It features Wi-Fi capability, integrated GPS navigation and accelerometer. Additional features include: • 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and camcorder with auto-focus • Stereo Bluetooth® 2.0 wireless technology • Expandable memory up to 32GB • Sprint TV® with live and on-demand programming • NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM • Easy access to social networking sites, including Facebook®, Flickr® and TwitterTM • Media player with 3.5-millimeter headphone jack • Visual voice mail for quick and easy access to specific voice mail messages • Access to personal and corporate email through Active Sync Customers who purchase the new Samsung Moment can also take advantage of Sprint’s newly announced Any Mobile, Anytime feature, which gives customers on the Sprint network unlimited calling to ANY wireless customer in the United States on any carrier anytime by selecting Sprint’s EverythingSM Data plans. This device requires activation on a pricing plan offering unlimited data, which includes the Everything Data and Simply Everything Plans. The Simply Everything plan provides nationwide unlimited calling, unlimited text and unlimited data, including email, social networking, Web browsing, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, for only $99.99 per month. That’s a savings of $1,200 over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone® plan3. Sprint Everything Data plans with unlimited messaging and data start at just $69.99 for 450 minutes with unlimited night and weekend calling starting at 7 p.m. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes.) Both Everything Data and Simply Everything plans are available to existing customers without extending the service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement. The Sprint 3G Network is faster in more places than AT&T’s 3G network4, and Sprint has more than 20 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network5, based on square miles. Since 2006, Sprint has invested almost $17 billion in capital to continue improving and expanding network performance. Sprint is also the first national carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Separate from its 3G investment, Sprint has announced plans to extend its 4G leadership by launching the next-generation service in numerous markets in 2009, including the recently launched markets of Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their Samsung Moment, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at

Computer World runs down ten must have Android apps

One of the first things that most users do after buying a new smartphone is start loading the device up with new applications, assuming the handset supports them. There are quite a few apps available for the Android platform and if you are looking to put some free apps on your device, Computer World has offered up its top ten picks.

Cupcake is catastrophe, claims Big in Japan dev

Everyone's looking forward to Cupcake, right?  Not so fast, says Big in Japan - the team behind the popular ShopSavvy application - Android 1.5 presents more than a few problems for developers.  According to Alexander Muse, applications currently running on Android won't necessarily be compatible with Cupcake 1.5; that means a mad rush to download the new firmware and rebuild their software. Compounding the problem is the fact that the Android Market won't allow more than one version of an app, which means developers aren't able to simply create a new, 1.5-friendly update and leave the existing version in place for those without Cupcake.  Instead, Big in Japan face creating a new build that's also backward compatible with earlier versions of Android, something they conservatively estimate should normally take around two to three weeks of development. However according to some reports, Cupcake will be pushed as an over-the-air to Android device owners in just two days, and it's already live in Spain.  That means three weeks of development needs to be squashed into two days, never-mind any time for testing:
"The good news is that we will release our new version whenever Cupcake is pushed OTA to users.  The bad news it will be untested.  It will have bugs, bugs that we will fix.  Please bear with us and realize that we don’t have much choice in the matter" Alexander Muse, Big in Japan
As Alexander notes, the Big in Japan team are likely more prepared for the coding challenge ahead than many others, particularly those part-time developers who have been cooking up Android apps in their spare time.  The public perception of Android as a platform depends in no small part on the success and stability of its third-party software; have Google shot themselves in the foot by allowing carriers to rush out Cupcake 1.5? [Image via]

Top 10 UK Android Market apps revealed by T-Mobile

T-Mobile UK have released a list of the top ten most popular Android applications, as downloaded to the T-Mobile G1 by users in the UK.  The list, which spans backup apps, shopping comparison search engines and horoscope information, have all been available free through the Android Market.  Top of the ranking is The Weather Channel, which offers customizable weather maps and alerts. A similar list, for US downloads, was published back in December 2008.  Google recently announced an update to the Android Market, which will allow developers to charge for their applications rather than give them away free.  It's expected that this will drive coding for the Android platform.
1. The Weather Channel – Provides customizable weather maps and alerts 2. MySpace Mobile – Allows MySpace users to keep connected via their T-Mobile G1 3. ShopSavvy – Allows users to scan a product’s barcode and compare prices online 4. Daily Horoscope – Offers a daily fix of astrology 5. Free Dictionary Org – Works just like a traditional dictionary 6. Ringdroid – Allows users to create their own ringtones using MP3 tracks, or by recording their own 7. Backgrounds – 50,000 backgrounds available to customise your T-Mobile G1 8. Barcode Scanner – Similar to ShopSavvy, allows users to scan a CD or book’s barcode to look up prices or reviews 9. Save MMS – Allows users to save images, video or audio from MMS text messages directly to the G1’s memory card 10. Compare Everywhere – Another shopping comparison service that uses the G1’s camera to scan a product’s barcode to find out more information and comparative prices
Earlier today, Vodafone and HTC announced the new HTC Magic, which will be the second phone to go on general sale with the Android OS.  You can find out more about the HTC Magic here, and see the first of our demo videos here.

Android Community Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We started the week off with a hardware hack that allows users to use the T-Mobile G1 with an iPod dock and speakers. Though this hack is not pretty and only somewhat useful, it is very interesting and really gives the iPod the good old one two. Open source developers who prefer using Python to Java can now rejoice as Damon over at has managed to get it running on his G1. As most projects are in the first stages this is still a little rough, but it does show great promise with future development. More photos of the OpenMoko FreeRunner running Android have surfaced. Nothing new or exciting to report here. ShopSavvy needs your help to win the Crunchies 2008 Best Mobile App award. Voting only takes a few seconds and two clicks of the mouse. Please help Big In Japan win the award for creating such an amazing application. Google has sent out an email to those registered as developers informing them that paid applications will indeed be available in mid January. So grab the free applications while you can. HTC has a firm belief that the cupcake update will become legitimately available through Google in time. HTC has no say while Google and T-Mobile are in full control of what is included in the update. Right now Google and T-Mobile are declining to comment on such a statement. The guys over at VentureBeat have managed to get Android running on the Eee PC 1000 netbook. Though there are still a few issues with the port, they say that the process was fairly easy. There were a few other discoveries made while digging through the source code. The RC29 firmware has made its way to the Internet and now users who upgraded to the RC30 firmware and lost root access can now regain it. The process is fairly easy to do and has been confirmed to work. As with all firmware updates we advise you to proceed with caution.

aTrackDog flawed and deceiving

The new applications aTrackDog is designed to help users make sure that their applications are up to date. This application in theory would be a perfect solution to a flawed update system on Android. aTrackDog works by sending information about your currently installed apps over to the servers then checks all available applications for updates and notifies you if there are any. aTrackDog though has a “MAJOR” design flaw, if a beta tester is also an aTrackDog users then all users of aTrackDog will get a notification that there is an update when in reality the application is up to date.  The guys over at Big In Japan learned this first hand when they received plenty of email stating that users could not download the newest version of ShopSavvy.
“Starting on Friday we began getting emails from aTrackDog users who complained that they could not download the latest release of our software.  Our current version is 3.0.0, but aTrackDog showed that our most recent version was 3.0.5 (an internal alpha version).  We DO have a public beta running at 3.0.4, but the most recent public/stable release (i.e. the one in the Market) is 3.0.0.  aTrackDog is listing 3.0.5 as our latest release so each aTrackDog user receives an alert that they need to update their version of ShopSavvy.  Our users are becoming more and more frustrated as their emails reveal.”
aTrackDog’s only suggestion to developers at Big In Japan was to suggest users to select ‘Not Track this version’ in the aTrackDog settings. aTrackDog needs to really step it up a notch here because developers should not have disclaimers and notes for each conflicting application that is later released. Developers do not have any control over what their beta testers use on their phones. Rylan went on to say in an email to aTrackDog developers:
“I think your method of version tracking is very clever.  You managed to let your users’ phones do the difficult data-collection for you.  Unfortunately your strategy is not 100%, it’s not sustainable.  When there are 10,000 applications in the Market and half of them are releasing private versions how will you handle the flood of support emails and admin emails coming your way? I recommend that you change your model such that it includes some sort of review process first.  When a new version is submitted to your database, before you notify the world, you should go verify its existence first.  This would include either finding it in the Market or updating the URL for manual download.”
Big In Japan believes the real purpose of this application is for gaining data market intelligence. With this application they are able to see how many people are using which applications. Data such as this is “VERY valuable” and should compensate those giving the data in some way rather than give false information to users about current versions. Big In Japan, as do I suggest that you uninstall this application as it isn’t useful and will likely cause confusion. [Via BigInJapan]

Top ten applications in the Android market have been announced

The top ten applications in the Android Market have finally been figured out. With the Android market still in the early stages this is no grand achievement, but it really puts the most popular apps into perspective for us.  For instance, we expected an award winning application to be number one, but the coveted first place was swooped by the Namco classic Pac-Man with more than 250,000 total downloads. According to a report done by Medialets, the top ten most frequently downloaded applications for Android are as follows:
  • Pac-Man by Namco
  • MySpace Mobile
  • The Weather Channel
  • ShopSavvy
  • Ringdroid
  • imeem Mobile
  • Shazam
  • Rings Extended
  • Bonsai Blast
  • Brain Genius Deluxe
Now MySpace Mobile is the application that we expected to take the number one spot on the list. MySpace applications always make it to the top three applications, usually behind the Facebook application. ShopSavvy was also another application we expected to be filling the top three spots, but somehow it made it to number 4 on the list. Ringdroid, imeem Mobile and Shazam were sure bets as all three of these applications hit on very key points for mobile phones such as free ringtones. Shazam has been doing very well on other handsets such as the iPhone. Brain Genius Deluxe was another huge hit among other handsets and a great game to play. We suspect that this game will remain one of the most popular games on Android for quite some time. Let us know what Android applications you enjoy most. [Via Medialets]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 48 2008

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, 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.

Android Community Week in Review – Week 43 2008

Just before the launch of the T-Mobile G1 this week, Google decided to pull almost all of the applications in the Android Market. It turns out that they were pre-production applications that were only there for demo purposes only. It was not long before applications returned to the Android Market in completed form.  Myspace was the first social networking based application to hit the Android Market. With no sign of a Facebook app reports began to surface exposing the bad blood between Facebook and Google.

One San Francisco store was given the OK to sell the T-Mobile G1 a few hours early. The line grew rather long as people from all over the area lined up for a chance to get the G1 early. Many T-Mobile customers found a pleasant surprise on their doorsteps Monday morning as most of the pre-orders arrived 2 days early. Google finally released the source code for their Android operating system, however it appears it will only be for those who are running OSX or Linux. Kyocera also announced they are working on an Android-powered handset. No details about the device have been released at this time. T-Mobile's exclusive Hotspot Connect application was released into the Android Market this week allowing T-Mobile customers to connect to any T-Mobile Hotspot for free. The long awaited day came with the official launch of the T-Mobile G1, the first handset to run Google's Android platform. TmoNews reported that there was to be an over the air update (OTA) for the G1 on the 23rd, but after no update was made available, reports changed the release date to November 2nd. One concept of the Android interface surfaced in the Show Room for the Swedish software technology and design company Tat. Seen in the concept was a layout at the bottom that somewhat resembled that of the iPhone dock. Google announced that they will start allowing paid applications to enter the Android Market in early 2009. Another picture surfaced this week bringing hope to G1 owners who would like an on-screen keyboard, the picture showed an on-screen keyboard that very closely resembles that of Apple's iPhone. Instructions surfaced helping people activate their G1 at home without having an account, although to achieve this an activated T-Mobile SIM card is required. Hop-on is the latest company to announce that they are developing a phone to run the Android platform. Hop-on plans to unveil their Android in January at CES 2009. Stories are coming from all over the place stating that T-Mobile employees in non-3G areas know little or nothing about the G1 because they will not be selling the device. Two developers of award winning Android applications TuneWiki and Shopsavvy, held an AndroidDevCamp in Dallas on the 25th to help developers get started with Android. HTC CEO Peter Chou, told Mercury News that G1 sales for 2008 would be more than 600,000 units rather than the 1.5 million reported to be sold already in pre-orders. Security researchers have already found a security flaw in the G1 that can potentially allow attackers to record keystrokes made within the devise's browser application. Google is aware of this problem and states that it is not as bad as it appears and that they are already working on it. Our Golla G1 Case Giveaway came to an end this week, we would like to take the time again to thank our sponsor Smartphone Experts for making the giveaway posible. I am going to pick up a Golla case myself, the cases were actually really nice and fit very well. I would also like to say thank you to all of our members for making this week another record breaking week for us here at Android Community!
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