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HTC Magic poses with Arnie

With a sturdy chin like that, it can only be one phone - oh, and one Terminator-turned-governor holding it.  We're not entirely sure why, and we're not entirely sure how, but the PR team for HTC have managed to snap Arnold Schwarzenegger gleefully holding the new HTC Magic. The Magic - which is dwarfed in Arnie's hefty paws - is obviously one of the pre-production prototypes we saw at Mobile World Congress last month, as it has the old button design.  He seems particularly pleased with the new video player app, which unlike the T-Mobile G1 will come preinstalled on the HTC Magic. Honestly, this photo is calling out for a caption-competition.  I'm having to strongly resist all of the obvious puns.

Google Developer G1 loses paid-app access

Google has blocked access to paid Android applications to the very people who most likely would have vested interest in accessing them: developers using the officially-sanctioned unlocked G1.  Google released the Developer version of the G1 back in December 2008, priced at $399, making it available to anybody willing to pay the $25 developers' registration fee.

As well as being SIM unlocked, the Developer G1 is also hardware unlocked, giving access to the root folders usually off-limits to consumer G1 handsets.  That's where the paid-apps issue comes in: such applications are saved to a private folder on the G1, inaccessible to regular owners but not to developers, rather than encrypted with any sort of DRM.  That would allow users to copy the files and store them elsewhere, take advantage of the 24hr refund policy in the Android Market, and then replace the files from the backup to use the software again.  Google's preventative stance appears to be based on the possibility that the Developer G1 could be used to spread pirated copies of paid-apps. Bizarrely, though, it means that developers behind paid-apps are unable to even see their own software in the Market.  Meanwhile, unofficially unlocked T-Mobile G1 handsets are capable both of browsing paid-apps and accessing their supposedly-private files.  Google is yet to officially comment on the situation, aside from confirming that the change in policy was a recent one.

Two Android devices from Acer in 2009

As company leaks go, this one is pretty bizarre.  An Acer rep was asked about the company's plans for Android, and rather than the usual "no comment" or even "we're looking into Android but have nothing to announce at this time", he whipped out a notebook and sketched a quick product roadmap.  In addition to the four mediocre Windows Mobile smartphones announced this week, and another set of four devices set to arrive in the second half of 2009, there are two "secret models" running Android planned.  No details aside from that they're expected sometime this year. I'm looking forward to the next industrial leak, where Sony Ericsson do a brass rubbing of an upcoming Walkman phone, or HTC make a hand-turkey model of a new Windows Mobile smartphone.  Both "secret" roadmaps shots in the gallery below [gallery] [via Engadget]
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