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T-Mobile G2 hits stores the end of January with video calling! [Updated]

Well we called it, the new Android-powered handset that is coming to T-Mobile will appropriately be called the T-mobile G2. With the T-Mobile G2 there is plenty to get excited about.  The new Android-powered handset will have many features including 3G, full Touchscreen Enterprise capabilities. CellphoneSignal brought "leaked" specs but without any pictures which we find odd. What else could you want in a phone? How about a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash that goes great with video messaging? Now that we’ve got your attention, we will tell you about the microSD card slot that doesn’t stop you at 8GB, but gives you the full 16GB capability so this handset can creep up on the iPhone in terms of available storage.  You will still get the features you have grown fond of, such as picture messaging (MMS), wireless backup and Stereo Bluetooth (for those who miss it). Your going to have the basic T-Mobile services such as Web2Go and MyFaves. Word on the street is the T-Mobile G2 will be hitting T-mobile retail locations the end of January 2009. The T-Mobile G2 will also be the first T-Mobile phone with video calling. With no pictures we can't help but think something is a miss.

Editor’s note: Of course the rumor of the T-Mobile G2 is completely bogus!  As with any breaking news or rumors, there’s very little time for fact checking and unfortunately this is the world we live in.

I admit that Shawn was slightly overzealous with the story (and that's what make him the perfect editor).  That being said, I fully support and back him on this piece.  Android Community does not owe any of you “displeased” visitors one f-ing apology.  Those of you claiming AC should be ashamed for running this story --- well I guess you can say the same for countless other major publications starting with Mobile Crunch, Michael Gartenberg of Media Bistro or ZDNET.

So here's the bottom line, if you’re not satisfied with our coverage, I’ve said it before in the community and I’ll repeat it here ---- you’re welcome to visit other Android sites, Android Community isn’t the only Android news / community source on the web!  One last thing, feel free to email us your member ID (androidcommunity @ gmail.com) and we’ll be more than happy to delete it from the system.

-Vincent Nguyen

Here is a full list of the available features that the tipster has provided us:
  • Android OS
  • 3G capable ( where available)
  • Full touch Screen
  • Enterprise Capable
  • WiFi capable ( no word about UMA)
  • 5 Megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
  • Address Book
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • EDGE and GPRS
  • Games
  • Instant Messaging
  • Megatones, HI-Fi tones and wallpapers
  • Memory card Slot ( up to 16GB)
  • Mobile Backup
  • Music and Video Player
  • Phone Book
  • Photo Caller ID
  • Picture Messaging
  • Real web browsing
  • Speakerphone
  • Speed dial
  • Stereo Bluetooth connectivity ( finally)
  • Sync with PC ( better than air sync)
  • Task list
  • USB interface
  • Video capture and playback
  • Video Messaging
  • Voice Dialing
  • myFaves capable and T-Zones (web2go)
[Via CellphoneSignal]

Samsung working on an Android-powered handset for late 2009

We have received word that Samsung is working on their “Gphone” with the aim of second quarter next year for Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile. It is with heavy heart that we inform you guys that there are no leaked spy photos or renders of this handset….yet. Samsung currently has 30 Linux and Java experts working very hard on pushing out the new Android-powered handset. They have a team of up to 80 developers currently working on this project. These developers have reportedly been hard at work for about a year now, all we know is Sprint better get a phone quick. Now down to the fun stuff, the “Gphone” will apparently be a touchscreen – which Samsung is particularly not good at – and will be much sleeker than the Omnia. Samsung officials said, “We are accelerating the development process for Google phone in order to meet the specific need of local carriers. We will be able to release Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in the US market. ” [Via SlashGear]

Huawei will release Android-powered handset in 2009

Huawei said that Australian telecommunications companies would be able to start selling their Chinese based Android-powered handsets by the third quarter of 2009 if they would like to. Huawei was one of the companies to enter the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) earlier this month announcing plans to bring an Android-powered handset to market in 2009. Australia was excluded from the launch of the T-Mobile G1, but now Telcos has the choice not Huawei. "Huawei can confirm that their first Android smartphone is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009. Huawei's smartphones can be ordered and developed for Australian operators based on any such requests," the spokesperson said. Kogan Technologies' Agora, which will hit Australia on January 29th, is still going to be the first to legally make it to Australia. We are also expecting several Android-powered handsets out of China throughout 2009. We certainly hope to see much growth with Android in the coming year, especially in the Android Market, which has seemed to slow to a crawl. [Via CNET]

New “cupcake” update details surface

New “cupcake” update details have been announced on the Android project site. Apparently we will be getting a lot more than a few bug fixes and supposed security patches. Just what else is there, take a look after the jump. Google has decided to tear into the camera and pull out video recording for all T-Mobile G1 owners. No longer will we be behind with the rest of the phones because the lack of basic features. The browser will be getting an inline find function that implements very selective copy and paste. There are also a few speed enhancements that may or may not be recognizable to the average user. The rest of the updates are more for future devices as they are not G1 specific enhancements. One update that has us stumped is the addition of “Basic x86 support.” Another addition will be the framework that allows for simple system-wide on-screen input. There is also a note of faster MMS scrolling and the ability to save attachments from MMS, come on Google. [Via AndroidProject]

More Lenovo OPhone picture leaked

It appears that more images of the Lenovo OPhone have surfaced and we are simply dying to get our hands on this device. We brought you the first actual picture not long ago and already there is more. Forget Christmas, just release this handset already. It looks like the photographer apparently enjoys rocks. There are a few more details and plenty more picture to check out after the jump.

From what we can see in the pictures, the OPhone has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. There is also a microSD card slot –no surprises there. It’s a no-brainer that there will be an onscreen keyboard, but there will be Chinese and English input methods. Though we are unsure if there is any data exchange support, what we do know is there will be a video recorder and Bluetooth support.

We are still waiting on the core specs of the device; we will let you know the second we find out more about the Lenovo OPhone. There is still no word on whether this will be branded under the "OPhone" name or not. The only branding we see is the red circle with "MS" next to it. This is a very curious branding as the last time I checked MS did not stand for Andoid. [gallery]

Mocana’s NanoPhone offers security options for the Android platform

Mocana has announced the NanoPhone security suite for the Android mobile platform. With NanoPhone users can add a much-needed firewall, encryption features and VPN to Android-powered handsets without compromising performance or battery life. With smartphones there is always the question of whether or not you are secure, especially with disclaimers in applications that should be more than secure such as the new Visa app. Google has already tried to fix security issues that users are having with the T-Mobile G1, but have been reportedly been unsuccessful. Many users these days are forced between security and usability when shopping for a new smartphone. The Android platform has already become a target for attackers. “We hope to encourage the adoption of Android by the enterprise and by security-conscious consumers by giving developers the critical security components they need to protect Android smartphones, their users and the information that resides on them,” said Adrian Turner, CEO of Mocana. NanoPhone hopes to increase the security of the Android platform by incorporating these key security features:
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients to secure data communications between the device and corporate network;
  • Voice, video and data encryption (in transit and at rest) with FIPS-validated crypto;
  • Comprehensive malware and virus protection with no false positives;
  • A higher performance, more secure browser for ecommerce and online banking applications;
  • Scalable and secure firmware updating and secure boot capabilities;
  • Robust certificate handling features to authenticate devices, network services and individuals to each other.
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Jeffrey Sharkey gives us OilCan before starting at Google

Jeffrey Sharkey is at it again, this time pumping out his OilCan before he hops over to Google. For those of you who do not know who Jeffery is, he is one of the developers behind CompareEverywhere. OilCan is basically “Greasemonkey on steroids” but for the Android platform. You can use OilCan to customize any website by inserting JavaScript to change the website. Examples of what OilCan can do include, making a JavaScript call to scan a barcode, pick a contact, or launch into Maps or other Android apps. Say you would like to get rid of extra margins and columns on a website, just run a script with OilCan and you can give the page more real estate. There are thousands of Greasemonkey scripts out there for users who would like to tweak their Android experience. There is even a script that allows you to long-press an application to uninstall it rather than going through all the needed steps. For more information there is an OilCan site for more information about the Userscript format and security model. You can download this tool by clicking on this link from your G1's browser. Congratulations to Jeffery Sharkey on landing his sweet new job! [Via JSharkey]

My Maps Editor by Google puts your custom maps in your pocket

My Maps Editor by Google has just been released into the Android Market and not a moment too soon. 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. You can take your desktop maps with you when your on the go and update them every step of the way. With this app you get the full functionality for markers, lines, and shapes on maps. If you wish you can also post geo-tagged photos directly from your phone. No need to upload any changes you have made to your maps, they are synchronized automatically. You can make good use of having your maps at your side by planning trips, bike rides or even keep track of your road trips. Head over to the Android Market and download this application, then tell us what you use it for.

Kogan’s new Agora smartphone gets a face lift just before release

Not long after we receive word that Kogan is releasing the Agora Pro powered by Google’s Android, we are now reporting that the handset has received a bit of a facelift since we first saw it. More details after the jump. There is not too much of a change, just making the phone wider and the screen a little bit wider.  Just what everyone in the world wants out of a phone. Sure the d-pad is reworked, but we have lost the softkeys all together. I’m not sure about you, but I would rather have a larger screen than a widescreen. Lets just hope that there are not many more changes made to this phone with the shipping date coming up soon. What do you guys think about the changes? Is cutting a little off the bottom of the screen really justifiable to make it appear as a widescreen? [Via Kogan]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 50 2008

Android Community kicked off this week with a real treat. The QiGi was spotted in a hand on video demonstrating Android. The interface seems to fit the screen very well and respond with ease. The user flipped the handset over for a brief glimpse of the camera and interesting Android logo. Another bit of great news we received this week was instructions on how to change the bootloader on the T-Mobile G1 to that of the developers’ model. Now we can all hack out T-Mobile G1 without having to register as a developer and purchase the $399 version from Google. We also reported that there are new AdWord options for Android and the iPhone. Now 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. Another bit of fantastic news is the addition of 14 companies to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). The companies who joined 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. Can it be we are seeing not one but two laptop manufactures joining? We can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves. Probably the most notable of all the companies who joined is Sony Ericsson. We received word that they are taking Android very seriously and will be releasing multiple handsets starting in the summer of 2009. Now Sprint can’t possibly ignore Android any longer. A how-to has been released giving instructions on how to run Android on your HTC Touch. We have been very curious as to how it is done after seeing video demonstrations in the past. T-Mobile finally came fourth commenting on the international roaming issue that one user had. They claim that the T-Mobile G1 will not use data when the option is turned off, however applications are free to access the Internet regardless whenever they like. This brings us back to one of the original issue we have been experiencing with the lack of the ability to end processes – including applications –running in the background. Data Viz has announced that they will be bringing office solutions to the Android platform in 2009. They plan to allow users to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents all with the help from their Documents To Go application. This is one application that we will be closely watching as it is one feature that Android currently lacks. In other application news, Visa Mobile Application finally made its way to the Android Market claiming the first financial application for Android title. This app is currently in the beta stages but offers users alerts, offers and location services to help with your financial management. Loopt has finally made its way over to the Android Market. Now users can keep tabs on where their friends are and what they are up to. Loopt is available on many different carriers as well as over 100 different handsets including the iPhone and Blackberry line. Reketu is offering a services that is very much like Truphone, allowing users to place international phone to phone, phone to computer or computer to phone calls for a much smaller rate. Sprint is finally looking to Android to help pull them out of the pit that they have managed to work themselves into. This change comes less than two months after Sprint CEO Dan Hasse said that Android is ”not good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.” Who knows what they are thinking over there, whatever it is, it has yet to work. T-Mobile has just started selling the inline 3.5mm headphone adapters at retail locations for $9.99. Now early adopters of the T-Mobile G1 can have this godsend. The adapter also includes a microphone and answer/ mute button for use with headphones. To wrap up the week we got a glimpse of the new “Ophone” being developed by Lenovo, who joined the OHA just recently. Unfortunately this handset will only be available in China. This large touchscreen Android-powered handset has a shape that is very familiar, almost like the new BlackBerry Storm with the curve on the top and bottom. With all these Android-powered handsets coming out of China we may be considering a move.