Extended G1 battery life anyone?

Some of you are having a really problem fighting the battery life of your T-Mobile G1. Do far the rumors that T-Mobile is shipping extended life batteries out is seeming to by just a myth. There are solutions but you have to ask yourself, how much am I willing to give for a device that lasts a little longer? Power users and those who game on their T-Mobile G1 will need to pick up this extended life battery from Seidio. This battery does make your device a lot thicker than it is normally, but hey its only $55 and your phone wont need a charge as often. The battery is so big that a back cover is needed just to house it. Take a look at the picture for a moment and try to get a good realization of just how large this makes your handset before ordering, you may be surprised. The standard battery is 1150mAh, but this monster backs 2600mAh! At least now you can bring down even the largest person from across the room with one good throw of your handset.  Do you feel this extra bulk is worth it? [Via Seidio]

New T-Mobile G1 hat!

Dan O’Sullivan has had a lot of problems with trying to help people (mostly his mother) out with technical problems around the house such as TV and computer problems. Needless to say tech support would be a lot easier if you could actually see what was going on instead of being told by someone who needs your help. At fist he though that one of those network cameras would work well, but his mother does not have an Internet connection so that went out the door.  The perfect idea came to mind, streaming the video live such as the application Qik does. He decided to program Android to do the job, it was a single day project for ITP’s 4in4. The code he came up with basically munches together the camera preview example from the Android api. Now all you have to do is create a ridiculous hat to stick on your mother as she runs around the house fixing technical problems. I guess the questions is, would you resort to putting your mother through this in order to make your life easier? [Via NYU]

Small hack makes the iPod docks compatible with T-Mobile G1

In an effort to at least show that the iPhone has nothing on the T-Mobile G1, someone has found a way t make the G1 work with an iPhone/iPod Touch dock. This hack may not be what you expect or anything to look at really, but it does show that this is in fact possible. The easily recognized iPod dock connector has a very well known pinout so the process was not too hard to figure out.  To figure out the pinout of the HTC USB connector he just split open the hands free adapter he got with his T-Mobile Dash. Below is the process outlined to create this converter.
Most of the wires were labeled, “L” “R” “M” ect. It took a bit of fiddling to discover that connecting pin 7 to the audio ground ( pin 8 ) turns on the external audio. Sparkfun sells 30 awg (Gauge) wire wrap wire that is perfect for soldering to the ultra tiny pins on both the HTC ExtUSB connector and the iPod Female connector. We used pins 1, 2, 3, 4, 16, and 23 on the iPod Female connector. If you gently bend the pins out it makes it much easier to solder, but be careful the pins break easy. 1 & 2 are Ground - 3 is Right Audio + 4 is Left Audio + 16 is USB Ground - 23 is USB Power +5 It is important that you do not mix the audio and power grounds or you can get a nasty hum. On the G1 side of things the upper half of the connector is a standard mini-usb pinout, the bottom is very different. We used Pins 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. 1 is USB Power +5v in 5 is USB Ground - 6 is Left Audio + 7 is marked “AG” on the T-Mobile Dash headset board, connect this one to pin 8 to enable audio. 8 is Audio Ground - 10 is Right Audio + Now we wire the two connectors together like so: iPod pin - HTC ExtUSB pin 1 ———— 8 3 ———— 10 4 ———— 6 16 ———— 5 23 ———— 1 Don’t forget to solder together pins 1 & 2 on the iPod side and pins 7 & 8 on the G1 side. When its done it looks like this: droid-dock So we have audio from Audio player and YouTube, and the speaker dock charges the G1 too. Have fun!
[Via Webnetta]

Extended life battery for those experience less than desired G1 battery life

There have been complaints about the T-Mobile G1 battery life since we first unboxed it and hit the road with it. Well for those of you who are looking to replace the included 1150mAh battery with something that last a bit longer you are now in luck. Everyone could use a little extra battery life no matter what phone you currently have. Now you can go over to Seidio.com and pick up the Innocell 1400mAh Extended Life Battery, which has just started shipping for $42.95.  Hopefully now users can dig out a few extra hours of battery life out of their T-Mobile G1. The Innocell 1400mAh Extended Life Battery claims to pack up to 15 percent more juice than that of the standard battery. One of the best features is the battery is the exact same size so there is no need for a modified battery cover that makes the device larger. If anyone decides to go over and grab one please let us know how it works for you. We are in dire need of more battery life. [Via SeidioonLine]

T-Mobile G1 sighted at Wal-Mart!

There's now living proof that Wal-Mart will be offering the T-Mobile G1.  Android Community member alpinestar snapped a couple of shots of printed material along with a dummy unit of the G1 at a local Wal-Mart.  We'd speculated that Wal-Mart would start selling the G1 today, but it looks like we might be a couple of days off.

According to the picture, there's still no price info yet.  Earlier when I emailed T-Mobile inquiring about the G1 being sold at Wal-Mart, I was told that it's still a rumor and T-Mobile isn't commenting.

If the rumors are to be correct, Wal-Mart will sell the G1 for $148.88, which is over $30 cheaper.  I have to wonder how existing owners of the G1 will feel about all this.  I guess that's a price they pay for being early adopters.

Golla G1 case Giveaway comes to an end

It felt like out Golla G1 case Giveaway went on forever. We gave away one case a day from October 8th to the launch of the T-Mobile G1 on October 22nd. We want to give our sponsor SmartPhoneExperts a big thank you for making this all possible. Marcus has been a huge help in making this giveaway happen. We had an opportunity to test these cases on launch day and they turned out to be pretty nice. The pouches hold the G1 tightly without making it impossible to get it out easily. The pouches are made of good quality material in very bold colors and styles. The users who won the cases are as follows: djdlite512 Meavi2 Audemars She a g e e justme467 Sun Diego Bratman foxdie mixpix405 isaac65 lukster almightyA Xondria johnvarvatos PixelHenge We're looking forward to running more giveaways here on Android Community in the near future, so keep reading!

Android Community site updates

There has been a lot of growth with Android Community the last few weeks. Our members have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first Android-powered handset the T-Mobile G1. The forum has just exploded with news today that the G1 has already been shipped and people may be receiving their G1 a little early.

We have been running several contests recently, the most recent of which is the Golla G1 Case Giveaway. We have been giving a case away every day from October 8th till the launch of the T-Mobile G1. We would like to take the time to thank our premier sponsor Smartphone Experts for sponsoring the Golla G1 Case Giveaway for us. Come on down to our Android Community G1 launch party on Saturday October 18th in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Texas for a chance to meet with Vincent, Ewdi and myself (refused9150) as well as many of our local members. We will be serving food and drinks as well as giving away prizes to our community members. There will be a few very important people attending this event with us, to celebrate the launch of the T-Mobile G1. As many of our users have noticed we have a new banner for our site with the logo "Have you evolved?". We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to DesignDawg for creating this for us. We loved his design for the Signature contest so much that we even decided to print a few limited edition Android Community shirts.