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Samsung I7500 official

O2 Germany have officially announced the Samsung I7500 Android cellphone, the first device for both Samsung and the carrier.  Tipped over the weekend, the I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, together with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 320 x 480.

Other specs include GPS, WiFi b/g and HSPA, together with 40GB of storage (8GB internal; up to 32GB via a microSD card).  There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 1,500mAh battery and the usual bevy of Google applications and access to the Android Market.  The whole thing measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, and still finds room for a 3.5mm headphone socket and microUSB port. The Samsung I7500 will be available exclusively from O2 in Germany from June 2009.  Pricing for the handset itself has not been announced, but the carrier has confirmed that no specific tariffs or service plans will be required; buyers will be able to choose any from O2's range. Live hands on video demo of Samsung i7500 Android phone: [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery] Press Release:
O2 exclusively launches: the first Android mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung  Samsung I7500 with 5 megapixel camera and brilliant touch display  Simple and intuitive use  Access to Google Mail, Google Maps and the Android market by one click MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany strongly expands its mobile phone product range for the mobile internet. The first Android lifestyle mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung kicks off the new offer. The Samsung I7500 is the first Android mobile phone provided by a leading brand manufacturer and will be exclusively available from O2 as of June 2009. In addition to the form factor and design with mere 11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The mobile internet offers a great experience for beginners and professional users alike. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with first-class equipment: a brilliant touch screen display, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and GPS. “The Samsung I7500 offers our customers the best internet experience based on the Android platform provided by Google“, says Lutz Schüler, Managing Director Marketing and Sales for Telefónica O2 Germany. “The Samsung I7500 kicks off a series of exciting devices for the mobile web which we will launch in the next couple of months. There is something for everyone: from beginners to heavy users. And, we put our focus on strong brands, simple use and design.” Classic applications from the PC world can be comfortably accessed by one click on the big touch screen when users are on the move. Thanks to the open platform of the Google operating system, users are able to optimally customize the device to their own requirements. A variety of applications and services is available in the Android market. The contact to friends is guaranteed by integrated and freely available Web 2.0 applications like Facebook, Flickr and Instant Messaging. Customers are always up to date anywhere they go due to the automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and appointments of Google accounts. All other popular email accounts can also be accessed. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps: local positioning, detailed route description and simple navigation. The application Wikitude available in the Android market allows customers to access details of unknown sights via photos on the web. The combination of a camera, GPS and an internet browser turns into a personal and interactive guide. As the first Android mobile phone, the Samsung I7500 offers a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. The big 3.2“ AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of photos and videos and reduces the battery power due to the energy-saving technology. The battery has generous dimensions (1500 mAh) and ensures that users enjoy long calls and access to the web. The device also includes WLAN (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. Supporting various multimedia codec formats the I7500 is a multimedia all-rounder. With ist memory capacity of up to 40 GB it offers enough space for pictures, music and videos. The Samsung I7500 will be exclusively available in all O2 Shops, the specialized trade or on the internet from June 2009. The device can be combined with all tariffs and data packages.

Routon P760 & P730 Android MIDs announced

Chinese firm Routon could be the first to bring an Android MID (mobile internet device) to the market, in the shape of the Routon P760 and P730.  Each MID has a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, 4GB or 8GB of flash storage and integrated CDMA EVDO connectivity (GSM is currently optional), and Routon offer either their own generic Linux build or Google's open-source mobile OS. The key difference between the P760 and the P730 is the numeric keypad, which the latter lacks.  Otherwise the specifications are the same: a 677MHz Samsung CPU, 256MB of RAM, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.  Routon also include a GPS receiver, and a TV tuner is optional. There's also a 2.0-megapixel camera and 2,000mA battery.  The Routon P760 and P730 should officially launch in May, though specifications might change and of course the company still needs to find distributors to actually bring their MIDs to market. [gallery]

ShopSavvy gets real-time local stock checking

ShopSavvy is one of those apps that, once you'd lived with it on the G1, makes you miss the Android platform if you switch to rival devices.  The shopping comparison software is about to get even better, however, with the inclusion of real-time inventory checking for a number of major retailers. In a nutshell, ShopSavvy allows you to "scan" a barcode on a book, DVD or other item in a store, and search for that product both at online retailers and in nearby bricks & mortar shops.  To do that it uses the G1's integrated GPS, figuring out where you are and which retailers are physically nearby.
"Directing shoppers to local stores is a core feature of ShopSavvy, and being able to present our users with up-to-the-minute, local inventory across hundreds of product categories and merchants adds huge value for our users.  Our recent enhancements to ShopSavvy’s location awareness make our new relationship with Krillion even more compelling for ShopSavvy users" Alexander Muse, co-founder, Big in Japan
Now, thanks to a deal with Krillion, ShopSavvy can not only check whether a store usually carries that item but whether it has inventory in stock.  We're not sure exactly how many stores are covered by the new system, but Krillion claim over 40,000 US locations; we're presuming that means the European version of ShopSavvy won't have this new functionality. [via jkOnTheRun]

Exclusive review: TeleNav GPS Navigation Service for T-Mobile G1 Android phone

T-Mobile G1 owners will soon be able to use the feature-rich TeleNav GPS Navigator.  TeleNav made the official announcement this morning that their award winning software will be released on February 24th via their website, and will be available in the Android Marketplace later this year.  Android Community was given the opportunity to test out the program in advance of its release.

Google Latitude location-sharing app hitting Android

Google have released Google Latitude, an update to their Mobile Maps app which adds the ability to share your location with other users, track friends' movements and trigger calls, emails and IM conversations with them directly from Latitude's user interface.  Available for Android devices now, G1 users in the US will be receiving Maps v3.0 in a system update soon. Since using GPS in this way can be a contentious issue, Google have given Latitude users the ability to restrict location information on a contact-by-contact basis; alternatively it will let you enter a false position manually.  Results are shown either on a map or in a list, from which individual people can be contacted without having to exit Latitude and go into your phonebook.  Right now, the app works in 27 countries; there's also an iGoogle plugin available for desktop use. Since not everybody uses a T-Mobile G1, Latitude is also available for most Windows Mobile 5.0 and above devices, most Symbian S60 handsets, and most color BlackBerry smartphones.  Versions for the iPhone, iPod touch and many Sony Ericsson handsets will apparently be available soon. [gallery] [via TechCrunch]

ING Wegwijzer ATM locater app uses Augmented Reality

Bank ING have announced a free app for Android-based handsets, which helps users locate their nearest ATM.  The software, ING Wegwijzer ("ING Signpost"), takes advantage not only of the T-Mobile G1's GPS functionality but also its digital compass, presenting directions to the closest cash-machine overlaid onto a real-time view of their surroundings. It's similar in concept to Lastminute's nru app, which highlights activities such as galleries, cinemas, bars and restaurants.  Both apps offer a form of augmented-reality, where internet data is combined with real-time information from around the user; by holding the G1 up as if taking a photo and then turning around, the software keeps the information positioned appropriately.  Another example is the Wikitude AR Travel Guide, also available for the G1. Unfortunately the service is only available in the Netherlands at present, meaning those outside the country will have a long walk to whichever ATM the app flags up.  Still, it's great to see a well-known company pick up on Android's capabilities and promote software for it, something we'll hopefully see even more of in other regions. [gallery] [via Springwise]

nru location-based activities app for G1: Video Demo

Travel website lastminute.com have released an app for the T-Mobile G1 that flags up nearby activities on a radar-style display.  nru ("near you") takes advantage of the G1's GPS and compass to work out where the user is, offering up a range of bars, restaurants, cinemas and cafés - among other things - that are geographically close.   The app uses information from several online databases, including Qype and fonefood, and thanks to the compass the display is automatically changed depending on which direction you're currently pointing in.  It can also find nearby shows and concerts, landmarks, and presumably any other category that lastminute later add.  Once you've found a place that sounds interesting, a tap opens up the venue listing with whatever details, reviews and photos are available. Held horizontally, with the screen facing up, nru shows the radar-style interface; hold it up, in either portrait or landscape orientation, and it shows whereabouts on your sight-line the nearest venue is.  A free download from the Android Marketplace, nru is currently only available to UK G1 users. [youtube]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fMA7wAU5BH0[/youtube] [Thanks Toby!]

WeatherBug brings real-time weather alerts to Android

WeatherBug has announced their new weather application for Google’s Android platform. The WeatherBug applications integrates itself with Google maps to give users GPS-enabled Severe Weather Alerts, Customized Forecasts and More from the Largest and Most Precise Weather Network in the World. This weather application is ad-supported so it will be free to G1 owners. WeatherBug delivers accurate neighborhood-level streaming information and images for thousands of locations. With customized weather maps, daily weather videos, proactive location-based severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and more, this application is all you need for tracking the weather. “No other provider can match the pinpoint accuracy of our weather information,” said Chris Brozenick, vice president and general manager of mobile at WeatherBug. “Now, with our new application for the Android phone, we can combine the live, local nature of our weather information with easy-to-use interactive maps, and harness our network technology to enable proactive severe weather alerts that are sent out automatically. Consumers can have the added assurance of knowing they are protected from severe weather, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes or flash floods, whenever it is nearby.” Users who would like to can customize the home screen with maps for multiple locations. WeatherBug provides detailed radar, live weather conditions, forecasts and the latest local and national weather outlook videos from WeatherBug meteorologists in an all-in-one application. There is also a feature that allows you to view snapshots of over 2,000 WeatherBug cameras. Users can use the Google Maps integration to view weather at the street level and even later temperature and radar on the same map.  In an effort to make this application even easier to use, you can setup new locations by selecting an address in your address book. One thing that G1 users are going to love is the fact that WeatherBug for Android has been fully optimized to reduce battery use. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odW3sJMW7ck[/youtube]

PocketFinder finds its way into the Android Market

Today Location Based Technologies Inc announced that Android smartphone users will now be able to download PocketFinder. This application gives users the ability to stay connected in several ways. Some of the features PocketFinder has to offer include real-time location, zone and speed alerts, instant messaging, and travel history for one low service fee. The CEO of Location Based Technologies (LBT), Dave Moros stated, "In addition, our new Android-based application will eventually support other smartphones and smartphone platforms as we intensify our development efforts to make this enhancement available to their customers and expand our coverage of the global marketplace." PocketFinder is now available in the Android Market with a 15-day free trial, starting November users may purchase the app for $4.95/month per phone through the month of November. It will remain at that price as long as the account is kept current and in good standing. Users can even integrate PocketFinder with other devices such as the PetFinder device. PocketFinder will eventually work its way to other smartphone handsets making this a perfect application for families that need to know where everyone is.

T-Mobile USA Update On T-Mobile G1 Pre-Launch Availability

Here's the latest official response from T-Mobile pertaining to the T-Mobile G1 pre-launch availability.  If you didn't pre-order the T-Mobile G1, you are now OFFICIALLY SOL.

Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all.  However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date.

Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.  Details are available on the T-Mobile G1 Web site, www.T-MobileG1.com.

UPDATE: T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery sometime in early November 10th time frame. Thanks Kristen, T-Mobile Spokesperson
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