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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 damonkohler.com 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.

Regain root access of your G1 with leaked RC29 firmware

How many of you upgraded your T-Mobile G1 to the RC30 firmware only to find that you no longer had root access?  A member by the name of “chavonbravo over at the XDA-developers forum has gotten his hands on the uploaded image for the RC29 firmware. The process is quite simple, simply rename the file, copy it over to your microSD card, and run through the standard procedure for re0flashing your G1. This method has been tested and does indeed work but proceed with caution, as with all firmware hacking of any kind there are risks involved. Good luck to all those who are going to revert to a much easier hackable firmware. With this new method out there, how many of you are now going to slave away trying to regain control of your handset?

Android up and running on Eee netbook

When Google set out to create Android they never wanted to limit it just to mobile phones such as the T-Mobile G1. Instead they designed it to eventually be compatible on everything from computers to in dash navigation systems. For now these ventures will have to be home grown by those daring enough to load it up on their devices. The guys over at VentureBeat have managed to get Android loaded up and running on an Eee PC 1000 netbook. While this is still not a very powerful notebook, this is certainly some major progress. Though it may look a bit odd on such a large screen, Android is now running on the ASUS netbook despite initial sound and networking issues. While digging through the source code they were able to locate not only the phone policy but also a MID (mobile internet device) policy suggesting that Google had already been planning for an Android-powered netbook in early builds of Android. Dima Zavin, one of Google’s own developers has ported Android over to another Intel-based netbook stating that there was no real technical issue there to prevent it. VentureBeat managed to find Czech, German, English (Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, United States), Spanish, Japanese, German and Dutch translation options suggesting that the launch of this platform in other countries may be next. [Via SlashGear] [gallery]

HTC is convinced that the cupcake update will legitimately make it to the T-mobile G1

HTC has reason to believe that the cupcake update (or at least most of it) will likely be making it to the T-Mobile G1 as a legitimate over-the-air update. Needless to say HTC is not a part of this update so they are not in charge of deciding what makes it in the update and what does not. HTC however believes that it is only a matter of time before T-Mobile makes this update a reality for everyone. As of right now HTC is still out of the loop on when and how things will proceed. It’s all up to Google and T-Mobile. Google has been quick to send out patches and updates to fix bugs, but we have yes to see any major changes since Android released. Right now it appears that T-Mobile, Google and HTC are not making comments on any rumors or speculation just yet. With the on-screen keyboard is such high demand, Google would be wise to deliver this update asap. [Via Engadget]

More blurry photos of OpenMoko’s Android-powered handset

Mr. Blurrycam has made his rounds again and this time he brings us something that we don’t really need or care to see again. We all know what the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner looks like and we also know what Android looks like, so we ask what is the point of taking yet another set of “blurry” photos with what seems to be a pretty nice camera? Sources are saying that the Android version of the Neo FreeRunner is all ready for a worldwide launch and while prices are not set in stone, they are set to be announced very soon. We don’t suspect this handset will sell very well even with Android. The phone itself is really nothing special unless you have a stylus for a finger. The Neo FreeRunner has all your basic specs including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 2.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and GPS. On the inside you will find a Samsung 2442 SoC @ 400 MHz processor, 128 MB SDRAM and 256 MB NAND flash which is expandable up to 16GB. The touchscreen is a 2.8-inch VGA (480 x 640) TFT, 282 pixels. [gallery]

Android running Python, still a little rough

A lot of people are getting into development mode and really tearing into their T-Mobile G1, but developing in Java doesn’t seem to suit just anyone these days. For those open source fanatics out there who prefer Python to Java have we got a treat for you.

Damon over at damonkohler.com has managed to install Python on his G1 with the help of his friends Manuel and Thomas. As you can imagine this is still a bit rough around the edges, but will only get better with time. It sure is exciting to see what users are coming up with when they tear into their G1. Here's an early Christmas present for all those Python fanatics (self included) out there! With a lot of help from my friends (thanks Manuel and Thomas!) I managed to install Python 2.4.5 on my G1. It's still rough around the edges, but I think it's a good start. Klaus Reimer has a nice overview of how to cross-compile Python. My instructions borrow a lot from his. This method is not for anyone however. Only those who know how to apply patches and compile code should attempt this method as it does have its risks.

Android Community Week in Review – Week 52 2008

There have been a few extended life batteries released that will give the T-Mobile G1 up to 15-20 percent more battery life.  The battery that ships with the G1 is 1150mAh while the replacement batteries are 1400mAh. There was an unfounded rumor that T-Mobile was sending out extended life batteries to current G1 owners. Unlike the above mentioned extended life battery, these batteries are rumored to be larger requiring a replacement back for the G1. A video demo of the new cupcake updates on-screen keyboard has surfaced. From what we can see this long awaited keyboard is very functional and easy to use. We can’t wait to get our hands on it and take it for a spin. Garmin has announced that they will be releasing an Android-powered personal navigation device. Android bringing us turn-by-turn navigation with the backing of Garmin just seems too good to be true. Google employees this year won’t be taking home a big Christmas bonus check (not most of them anyway), instead they will be taking home an unlocked “Dream Phone” with a special “droid” design on the back. The countries where Google’s legal team could not swing an unlocked G1 were given the monetary value (about $400) of the device. These countries include, India, China, Brazil, Korea, Israel, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Egypt, Chile, and the Ukraine. The aTrackDog application keeps track of your updates for all of your applications, but this application is not without major flaws and the collection of very valuable data market intelligence from the users. Many developers push out beta updates that will trigger this application to give all users false information about updates. We have announced the 6 winners of the Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth headsets in our Android Community holiday giveaway. Congratulations to Message, Cycledroid, fstltna, Scythe, Adam Sowa and youngmack2k4. We also found quite a gallery of hands on pictures of the HKC Pearl on Engadget China. The HKC Pearl runs both Windows Mobile and Google’s Android OS as a dual booting system. This handset has a touchscreen and scroll ball just as you would find on the T-Mobile G1. The Lenovo OPhone also got a size comparison with the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The OPhone measures in at 115.84 x 61.57 x 57.12.03mm, which is only 1mm larger than the original iPhone in all dimensions. The OPhone’s headphone jack is located at the bottom of the device rather than the top. Also the very similar standby/power button is located on the left side on the top rather than the right as the iPhone.

HKC Pearl runs Windows Mobile and Android

Every time we turn around China is getting another Android-powered handset. Which one is it this time you ask? The HKC Pearl is reportedly going to be running a dual boot of Windows Mobile 6 and you guessed it Android. The HKC Pearl does not look very advanced, in fact is surprisingly resembles the Velocity 103. This handset has a 2.8-inch QVGA, 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. The 2-megapixel camera is really nothing special and of course this device is Wi-Fi enabled, as if we would expect anything less. Engadget Chinese has managed to score some hand on pictures to pacify us for a while. Obviously China is accepting the Android platform with open arms, but why in the world are the specs of every single phone lacking? What we need is a Nokia quality device with the Android operating system. If someone could port Android to the upcoming N97 I would be set for life. [gallery] [Via Engadget Chinese]

Garmin releasing their own Android-powered device in 2009

The Android platform recently got AndNav2, the first turn-by-turn navigation application for Android without the need for a monthly subscription plan. We suspected that Garmin was going to release their Garmin mobile turn-by-turn application for Android sometime in 2009. Our members are already very excited about Android reaching out to other types of devices as Google has promised. Now Garmin has finally announced that they will be releasing their own Android-powered devices sometime in the second half of 2009, shortly after the company’s delayed nuvifone. According to Asia Pacific marketing director, Tony An, the nuvifone will hit the Taiwan market in Q2 2009, with self-developed Android devices coming later. There are still very few details as to Garmin’s Android-powered handset. But what we do know is the device will be completed exclusively in-house by Garmin and only manufactured externally. An went on to say that the company expects sales to jump as much as 50 percent next year due to the growing market for navigation systems.  Garmin recently joined the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) as one of the 14 new members. No one knew whether they would be writing software for current devices or creating devices of their own.  We will bring you more information on this device as it becomes available. [Via SlashGear]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 51 2008

This week we learned that only a month before the new Kogan Agora and Agora Pro are set to release the handset underwent a few minor but annoying changes. First the good, the directional pad has been tweaked and appears to be easier to use now. Now for the bad new, the screen was made smaller to give a widescreen appearance. That’s not all that went wrong here, the softkeys also took a hike. My Maps Editor hit the Android Market so now you can bring your desktop maps wherever you want and even edit them on the fly. With this applications users can create, edit, share, and view personalized maps on your Android-powered handset and synchronize them with the My Maps tab on Google Maps. Just before Jeffrey Sharkey headed to Google he gave us one more little gem called OilCan.  This application is basically Greasemonkey on steroids. Users can run scripts to modify many things from the way a web page is laid out to being able to touch and hold an application to uninstall it. Mocana’s NanoPhone has provided Android users with more security options for those who are finding it hard to trust the built-in browser after recent security issues. Interestingly enough this service does not compromise battery life at all. We also got a few more shots of the new Lenovo “Ophone.” The more we see of this new Android-powered handset, the more we like. We can’t wait to get our hands on this device so we can bring you a full review. HulloMail has come fourth and brought visual voicemail yet again to the Android. This however is a UK based service so not everyone can try it out unfortunately. The top ten downloaded applications for Android have been announced and it took us by surprise that the number one spot was filled by a game. It was an easy guess just which game made the spot, the Namco classic Pac-Man has been a number one classic for years. There is a new update for Android in the works and it goes by the name “cupcake”.  Included in this update are plenty of features that you would be crazy not to love. The most notable change in this update is video recording! The T-Mobile G1 maintenance guide found its way to the internet this week providing anyone with teardown, troubleshooting and repair tutorials. There are going to be plenty of voided warranties after this move.  T-Mobile has also chosen to drop the $18 upgrade fee for the holidays; there is no word just how long this promotion will last. Android Community is giving away 6 Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headsets for the holidays this season. All you have to do is register and create a post telling us what is on your Christmas list. Couldn’t be simpler. Huawei has announced that they will release Android-powered handset in 2009. There is still not many details on this handset, but we are certainly glad to hear that another Android-powered handset is in the works. Android has gotten the first turn-by-turn application this week, the really catcher though is the price. With the help of in application ads, AndNav2 will remain free to all users. This certainly beats out the turn-by-turn subscription costs of most services. Samsung is also set to release a touchscreen Android-powered handset for release in late 2009. Lets hope this touchscreen does not resemble the others, which are milky and hard to see in the sun. CellphoneSignal fabricated a story about the new T-Mobile G2 coming in late January 2009. Of course the specs seemed a little off including video calling features. This turned out to be false as we suspected. Sorry for any confusion there might have been.There are more reliable rumors, but even then theyare just rumors.