T-Mobile-G1

Original HTC G1 Android phone gets 4.1 Jelly Bean

Say hello to the HTC G1, the first of its kind original Android smartphone. The "when will my phone get updated" story is an overplayed one, but today the G1 has most of you already beat. Today we have a neat video showing the HTC G1 running on Google's latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Pretty impressive for such an old phone.

Google vs Oracle lawsuit reveals first ‘Google Phone’ from 2006

Google and Oracle are currently in a huge legal spat over the Java code being used in Android. We've covered it briefly but it's all quite technical stuff. Today however during the hearings they've revealed the original "Google Phone" that was presented to carriers such as T-Mobile in 2006 - two years before the original G1 was released in 2008, and one year before the iPhone was launched in 2007.

HTC T-Mobile G1 Receives myTouch 3G Android 2.2 ROM

The HTC T-Mobile G1 is still a fan favorite. It's the first Android device, and still one of the most beloved devices out there. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't pack the power enough to get the job done when it comes to most software updates. At least, that's the official word from Google and HTC. But, that's not stopping the developers out there from putting the latest and greatest on the hardware.

Google Maps Navigation Working on T-Mobile G1

As you all know by now, the Verizon DROID by Motorola has Google Maps Navigation Beta, which gives its users turn-by-turn directions, vocal prompts, speech-recognition and more. Well, if you have a T-Mobile G1 and can't help to feel a little jealous, okay, lets face it, maybe more than just a little. Do not fret, you may have a shot at this new Google GPS app. Apparently the folks over at xda-developers.com have figured out a way to make Google Maps Navigation Beta to work on the T-Mobile G1. Although Android 2.0 is only on the Motorola DROID, and still evading all other phones, the xda-developers have worked out this hack for you; G1 users. Google Maps Navigation Beta only works in the US, so have in mind that this hack might not work with those G1 phones outside the States. If you like to know more about it, or even apply this hack to your G1, hit the link on the paragraph above to see how it is done. But remember to be careful and try this and any other hack at your own risk.

NBA League Pass Mobile App for Android Phones

For those avid fans of the NBA that are always on the go, now there is a way to enjoy those NBA games, but not everyone can do that, unfortunately, only the lucky owners of the Android G1 and myTouch. Those lucky ones will, for the first time ever, watch live NBA action all season long wherever they happen to be, via 3G or WiFi. We are not joking, you will be able to watch every single televised game, nationally and locally, well, almost, since those games are subject to blackout restrictions, regardless of whether team is home or away. But other than that, you'll be okay. And if you missed a game don't worry, you'll have up to 48 hours to check out full game replays from around the league. To review the NBA League Pass blackout rules go here. Also, you can watch one live game while checking out the scores and status of other games at the same time. So head on out to the Android market place and get your NBA League Pass Mobile season pass. And remember that for now, is only available on G1 and myTouch devices running OS 1.6 or higher. Now, the price of this app will make you fork out $39.99, which is expensive if you ask me, but if you got to have your NBA fix, than I guess it'll be well worth it.

Android 1.6 going OTA to G1 and myTouch 3G

Android 1.6 is currently being pushed out to T-Mobile USA subscribers, the carrier has confirmed, with myTouch 3G and G1 users told to expect a message on their handset alerting them to the new OS version.  Delivered as an OTA (over the air) update, OS 1.6 brings with it a refresh of the Android Market - complete with screenshots and more information - and a new, universal search feature.
"The rollout of Android 1.6 (Donut) to T-Mobile's G1 and myTouch 3G customers is now underway. The over-the-air update will be delivered to all G1 and myTouch customers in the coming days." T-Mobile USA statement
OS 1.6 also supports more screen resolutions, beyond the native HVGA of current handsets, as well as CDMA devices.  However those improvements won't make any difference to either the myTouch 3G (aka the HTC Magic) or the T-Mobile G1.  The update comes shortly after HTC updated their developers' handset with a build of 1.6, intended for coders to test their wares on the newly refreshed OS. Unfortunately, there's no way to prematurely trigger the new software, owners can only wait for their phones to flag up the update.  We'd be interested in hearing how Android Community users are finding OS 1.6, so let us know in the comments if your device has updated. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRFkLKRwFw[/youtube]

Spotify streaming music mobile demo for Android [Video]

Spotify, who provide a free music streaming service, have demonstrated their new mobile client on the T-Mobile G1.  The new Android app - which is yet to be released - allows tracks to be synchronized with the handset for offline playback, meaning that even without WiFi or cellular data music can be played back. The app also supports on-device searches and custom playlists, with straightforward access to the company's huge catalog of tracks.  It's also synchronized with their existing desktop app, meaning you can search for and add a track on the desktop and have it sync for offline playback on the cellphone. As a desktop Spotify user, this is just what I've been waiting for.  The company has previously said that they'd be requiring mobile users to sign up for their premium service (which cuts out the adverts that intermittently pop up for free account holders) and frankly this looks well worth it.  No word on when we could expect to see a release; they're promising more details at Google I/O. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ALGPknOsiU[/youtube]

T-Mobile USA confirm Cupcake delay

T-Mobile USA have delayed the roll-out of the Android OS 1.5 Cupcake build to their US users, claiming the software update is still being "optimized".  US-based forum members here at Android Community had flagged up the absence of any sign of Cupcake's arrival over the past week, despite the carrier's assertion that they would begin the launch at the end of last week. Now T-Mobile USA are claiming that Cupcake still needs work "to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery".  To that end, their roll-out schedule has been pushed back by "approximately a week", and their target complete date moved to early June (from the end of May).  There is still no way to manually trigger the update, only wait until your T-Mobile G1 offers the new software to you. The change in play prompts the question of what might differ between T-Mobile UK G1 handsets, which are already being updated, and the delayed USA version of Cupcake.  Given that developers and UK customers are already using 1.5 it suggests that it's T-Mobile USA's own network which may be presenting a stumbling block to roll-out.
"G1 community,   We’d like to provide an update on the rollout of Android 1.5 for T-Mobile G1 customers.  We are working diligently to get Android 1.5 out as soon as possible, while aiming to ensure a consistent, positive experience for our customers. We’re finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery. Therefore, the rollout schedule has been reset by approximately a week, and we expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June.   Your device will notify you when the update is available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding." T-Mobile USA statement
[via Engadget]

T-Mobile G1 fifth best-selling smartphone in US

Strong sales of the T-Mobile G1 in the US have pushed the handset to number five in the Q1 2009 smartphone rankings.  According to market researchers The NPD Group, the G1 was kept from the top-spot by a combination of BlackBerry devices and the Apple iPhone 3G. While specific sales figures of the G1 have not been given, it's telling that the device - the only Android handset available in the US market - beat Microsoft, Symbian and Palm devices to a place in the top five.  Smartphones now make up 23-percent of total US handset sales, up from 17-percent year-on-year; despite that, both Apple's and Palm's market share of the segment dropped by 10-percent each. The news bodes well for future Android devices, such as the myTouch 3G, also on T-Mobile (aka the HTC Magic), and the Samsung I7500.  Broader availability of the BlackBerry Curve over the iPhone was given as one of the reasons for the handset's success. Full Ranking:
  • RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  • Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  • RIM BlackBerry Storm
  • RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  • T-Mobile G1
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