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Dell Aero details confirmed with new leak

This offering from Dell is a bit toned down from the recent leaks but is still a great device. The Dell Aero will be released for AT&T sometime in the second quarter. It has a 624 MHZ processor and a few other tricks up its sleeve.

LogMeIn Remote Access App for Android Coming Soon?

There is a new version of the LogMeIn Remote Access Application being developed for Android. This app will allow your Android-based device to control your work or home PC from almost anywhere in the world. You will also have the ability manipulate any program that is on your desktop or laptop right from your Android device.

Motorola, Microsoft partner to launch Bing search & maps on Android phones in China

So who's Motorola partnering with to provide search and maps services on its Chinese Android-based smartphones?  Apparently Microsoft, with its Bing search tagging along.  You can call this a hardly anticipated move, although Motorola did look a bit desperate with Google on the verge to back out of China altogether, along with its search technology.

Microsoft releases first app for Android platform

Things just keep on getting more interesting, as Microsoft has just announced the launch of its first-ever app for the Android platform.  Yes, that’s Google’s Android platform.  Dubbed Tag, it’s similar to the Microsoft’s iPhone app of the same name, and lets you use your handset as a mobile barcode reader.

Android Mail mix-up: is your email getting garbled?

I'm having issues with my Android email, and it looks like I'm not the only one.  Since using a Motorola MILESTONE and a Google Nexus One, I've experienced an odd problem where, periodically, the handsets' native email client will begin to mix up email headers - the sender and subject - with body text from other messages. A quick online search shows I'm not alone; support forums for both individual devices like the Motorola DROID and the Nexus One, together with general Android forums, are peppered with users having problems with mixed-up mail.  While I'm trying to use Android's native Exchange support, others are having similar issues with POP and IMAP accounts.  Some users have problems with the date on emails, with email claiming to have arrived in 1969.` The only solution, at present, appears to involve removing the errant account and re-adding it to the phone, wiping all data in the process.  Sometimes merely deleting the account isn't enough, and you have to dig through the settings to manually wipe archive remnants.  I've had the problem appear twice on the Nexus One, and it happened at least once on the MILESTONE (the European version of the DROID); other owners have been less fortunate, and have had almost daily errors. Before the Nexus One, my daily-driver was another Android device, the HTC Hero, though I used a third-party app for email as HTC's Mail client didn't support our Exchange-compliant server.  As far as I can tell, though, the issue has mainly come to light with Android 2.x; the MILESTONE I've been testing is running OS 2.0 while the Nexus One is on OS 2.1. I'm planning to test out a third-party Mail replacement - I also want Exchange calendar support, which frustratingly 2.x still can't manage - to try to work around the problem, but it's galling to have to pay for extra software when the advertised functionality lets you down.  Anyone else finding email on their Google phone is causing headaches?

Android Adoption about to Explode, According to different Sources

We all know Microsoft was the biggest player in the mobile OS arena for a long time, not because WinMo was the best, but because it was a lonely business in the past. With more and more cellphone makers turning to the free Android OS from Google, all that is changing. The New York Times and FT.com, had each an interesting article on that matter. With about a dozen Android phones announced this year along, and maybe dozens more coming next year, Google, it would seem, is about to get so far ahead of Microsoft. We know that Motorola has dropped WinMo from its entire line to switch to Android. And even Palm - a long time WinMo supporter - has dumped the Redmond OS in favor of their new webOS. Add to the mix the poor satisfaction rating among the WinMo customers, and it doesn't look good at all for the Redmond giant. With 32 carriers in 26 countries, Android is becoming a big player in the cellphone arena, and it has been out in the market only for a year, so the future for the relatively young OS looks bright. Lets not forget though, that the Microsoft OS still has many corporate fans, so I would not say WinMo is dead, but with the rest of the players updating their systems faster and more efficiently, Microsoft needs to watch out. What do you think about this situation? Don't forget to let us know in the comments area.

Android to outstrip iPhones by 2012

Industry watchers predict the lead iPhone has over the competition may be short lived. Informa Telecoms & Media have predicted in a new report that Android smartphone sales will outstrip iPhones by 2012. Overseas last month, Telefonica Europe said that sales of the iPhone topped 1 million in the U.K. Although T-Mobile UK, the exclusive carrier of the first Android device, the G1, would not say exactly how many of the devices had been sold, it did say the handset now accounts for 20% of its contract sales. London-based Informa believes Symbian's switch to open source will help the Symbian Foundation maintain its leadership over Android, Linux, and Microsoft over the next few years. Notwithstanding, according to Informa, both Android and OS X are eating into the market share of the best-selling smartphone OS maker, Symbian. Last year, just under half of smartphones sold were based on Symbian, a drop of 16% points from the year before when it had 65% market share. BlackBerry OS, Linux, and Windows Mobile are also gaining popularity and eating some of Symbian's share. Overall, Informa suggests smartphone sales will be immune to the global economic downturn, maintaining a prediction of "robust growth" of 35.3% year over year. The direction of phone technology will be very interesting to watch. I am at a loss to think what form a phone will take by 2010, let alone 2012! Who will you put your money on? [via CNET]

Microsoft starts taking shots at Google’s Android

Android has been under a lot of heat lately from some of the leading mobile companies such as Sprint. Google’s Android platform seems to be an open target for negativity. Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon with reports that they find Android to be financially unsound. The other day Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, spoke at Australian telecoms company Telstra’s annual investment day, he was quick to dismiss Google all together saying, "They can hire smart guys, hire a lot of people… but, you know, they start out way behind in a certain sense." This comes as a surprise to me as Google has continued to outshine Microsoft in the past, overcoming them on many top ten lists. Ballmer questioned Google’s ability to make money from this mobile platform as he went on to say, "I don't really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said: 'Hey, we've just launched a new product that has no revenue model!'… I'm not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that's kind of what Google's telling their investors about Android," In a perfect world for large companies such as Microsoft, making money is all that really matters in the end. What they don’t realize is that open source is not about raking in the money, it is about creating something and then allowing others to partake of it as they see fit. Google is getting many more search hits with the integration of search in Android. Ballmer argues that Google’s Android is doing well for its first generation of phones, but when it comes down to it, how will it do in the third and fourth generations? We want to know what you think about the comments made by the CEO of Microsoft, dismissing Android yet again. [Via ZDNet]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 42 2008

What a week it has been for Android Community. We started off with a story about T-Mobile selling 1.5 million G1 handsets already in pre-orders. T-Mobile has refused to comment on these numbers, suggesting that they are far too high. Logically, if the actual numbers were the same as reported or higher, T-Mobile more than likely would have happily taken the credit. We also got the chance to put out the first ever exclusive Android Community hands-on G1 review!

We were really excited to be able to completely go through and test the G1 this past week. We found the G1 was very small and sturdy in your hands. The user interface was amazingly responsive and easy to navigate. Applications such as TuneWiki and ShopSavvy (formally known as GoCart) still have me in awe. However not everything about the G1 was something to celebrate. The battery dies extremely quickly, we have been led to believe that it is the lack of a way to end background processes such as applications. We have found that GPS does not work in all cities. We were able to quickly find our location in Scottsdale AZ, however the G1 was not able to locate positions in Manhattan NY. We are not sure if it is a firmware issue or network issue. Google has a killswitch in their operating system that can disable applications remotely "just in case". Unlike Apple with the iPhone, Google was very upfront with letting the public know about it. Motorola hinted that the new 350-member Android team is working on a social networking based Android-powered handset. Information about this handset came from an ad placed for a position on their Android development team. Microsoft may one day bring their Flash-equivalent to Android with their Silverlight program. This would be a large advantage for the Android platform over the iPhone which currently does not have Flash. Handango will be the first to bring both free and paid applications to the Android Market. This is good news for new G1 owners who are looking for popular applications such as Garmin turn-by-turn directions. Many mobile gamers will be happy to know that games such as Spore may be on their way to the T-Mobile G1 very soon. Not many people use Gmail to synchronize their contacts, the vast majority of people use Microsoft Exchange to manage their address books. Out of the box the G1 does not support Exchange synchronization, but it didn't take long for Wrike to create an application that will sync your Exchange contacts to your phone. Currently it only supports one way synchronization, but they promise to soon have two-way functionality. Here at Android Community we have had a lot going on, our community member Designdawg has created what now is our site banner. We were so impressed that we even made a few limited-edition shirts using the design. We are just about to wrap up our Golla G1 case giveaway. We have had 11 winners so far, the last contest winner will be announced on October 22nd, the day the G1 is set to launch. We also held the official Android Community G1 launch party in Texas, hopefully a real treat for our members; the lucky few close enough to take part got to meet the people behind Android Community and some walked away with some really nice prizes. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.
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