white G1? Residents of the US only had the opportunity to choose from either black or brown, while residents of the UK have a choice between the black and white. There is still little known about this arrangement. The first rumor we heard about the white model was deficiency in the paint causing it to eventually chip. We felt this was a little off because the casing of the G1 is in fact made of white paint. Whatever the case there is no longer a wait to get your hands on the white G1 in the US. The white G1 has been spotted on store shelves recently. Not all stores have received the white G1 however. It looks like the price of early adoption is the white color and the newly added 3.5mm headphone jack. There is still no word as to weather the UK will be getting the brown color, or what colors will be available for the Philippines launch. Now that its out, how many of you are having buyers remorse? [Via BGR]
less of an argument when it comes to comparing the two. An intelligent coder, who goes by the name RyeBrye, has gone through the T-mobile G1 and found that the driver for the Synaptics touchscreen has some code that has been commented out. He then recompiled the kernel with this code put back in, only to find that he was able to track two separate finger presses at one time. This does not mean we are going to have multi-touch, Android has not been written with support for multi-touch. It is a huge eye opener to see that the ability is in fact there, but why do you suppose Google did not decide to use this feature? Could it be because they wanted Android to be compatible with all types of devices, rather than having a different version for multi-touch handsets? Whatever the reason, the bright minds over at Google wouldn’t have done this without good reason. We want to know why our readers think Google left it out. [Via MobileCrunch]
Andy Rubin made an appearance and had a chance to show a brief demo. Do we even have to say what it was he was doing there? Here is a hint, he was doing a demo with the beloved T-Mobile G1. Andy Ruben has officially shown that Flash can run on Android. It is one thing to talk about it coming to a device, hint hint Apple, but when a device is released and shortly after is shown running Flash, it speaks volumes. Not only is it possible, but Android will be running Flash soon enough. Ruben did not say when we will see it happen or in which way it will be delivered, but actually showing the demo live must mean we will be getting it fairly soon. What an amazing gift it would be from Google to wake up Christmas morning with Flash running on our G1. Adobe has already said that the iPhone will have flash as soon as they allow it. This is just one more way that Android and the G1 are outdoing Apple and the iPhone. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghIGj9r3_vc[/youtube] [Via Adobe]
a very strange bug was found in the Android software that could potentially cause problems. The bug takes all your keystrokes and secretly sends them to the root shell as commands with the highest user privileges. The bug was found when someone was typing the word “reboot” in a text message and ended up rebooting their G1. Mozilla made a comment on their new mobile browser Fennec coming to Android. Unfortunately it does not look good for Android users. We will only be getting Fennec if Google allows applications that are not written in Java. The company iSuppli has pumped out yet another parts estimate, this time it is for the G1. They are claiming that in parts alone it costs $143.89 to build the G1. Google later took the time to explain what the causes of the root bug were. They left the root commands open for developers to use and never closed them in the release. Google says they will remain silent on what updates to until everyone has received it. Android got the first virtual keyboard this week due to the A7 SMS application that hit Android Market. However Many users are not able to get it to work. This keyboard has a bit of an odd layout, the top row of keys read “QWERT.” PhoneFusion is making an effort to bring a free visual voicemail application to Android users. The catch is you have to deal with the extremely ugly, outdated interface that they are known for. In other applications Android will be getting the ever so popular Loopt application very soon. Loopt allows users to keep track on their friend’s locations and what they are doing. Needless to say this application sometimes can be used negatively to spy on people. G1 owners in the United Kingdom are still reporting that they have yet to receive their RC8 update. This update in the UK is supposed to be the same as the RC30 that the US just received. It appears that Android Market is going to get another Wiki application this time it will be WikiTap. This application allows you to search and contribute videos on Wikipedia. A while back we reported that it was highly unlikely that Android would get a Facebook application. It appears that it has happened after all, just not in the form we were thinking. fBook is basically the mobile web version of Facebook wrapped for use on Android. This application was not actually made by Facebook; it was created by the guys over at Next Mobile Web. In other Android application news, WeatherBug has done it again. Android users will now get to experience the amazing weather application that so many have been using for a while now. WeatherBug has many fantastic features that are integrated with Android through programs like 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. We also received word that the famous iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge will make its way over to Android if the demand is high enough. One of the developers over at Tapulous commented on a users question and gave hope to many of us who have made the transition from the iPhone over to the G1 and can’t live without it.
announced their Fusion Voicemail Plus service for Android Smartphones at the Under the Radar: Mobility event. This is fantastic news for those who went from owning an iPhone to the T-mobile G1. PhoneFusion offers services that their existing customers enjoy so much that they decided to bring them to Android. Visual voicemail is an extremely useful service, that allows you to listen to messages in the order in which you like directly through your G1, without having to listen to them in chronological order. From what we have seen the visual voicemail service looks very primitive in its current state. The PhoneFusion Voicemail Plus service will be available for free by the end of the year. Louis Libin, chief executive officer for PhoneFusion said, "With the launch of T-Mobile's G1, the first Android-powered smartphone, people have been looking for an innovative visual voicemail app that runs on this breakthrough device. We believe Fusion Voicemail Plus fills this gap, giving the Android community a better way to stay connected when it matters most. We expect this application will quickly become one of the favorites on Android Market." [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OaBhKSXbzM[/youtube] [Via MarketWatch]
the G1 is made with $143.89 worth in hardware costs. iSuppli has done a virtual teardown of the T-mobile G1 and come of with a Bill-on-Materials (BOM) required to construct the handset. It looks like it would be more worth it to just go out and but the phone rather than build it yourself. The Mobile Handset Cost Model (MHCM) provides a detailed analysis of present expenses to build the hardware of the handset , this does not take into account the software and research and development costs. iSuppli however has not done an physical hardware teardown of the G1 to determine actual costs. Senior Analyst for iSuppli, Tina Teng said, “The G1’s differentiation resides in its use of the Android operating system, which has won praise for its ease of use, but whose major advantage is its integration with Google Internet services and its capability to accommodate the flood of free applications that are becoming available.” Most of the cost is contributed to the baseband of the G1, costing $28.49, which I 19.8 percent of the total cost. The second most costly item inside the G1 is the 3.2-inch LCD touch sensitive HVGA resolution screen. It comes as no surprise that the camera comes in at number 3 costing $12.13 or 8.4 percent of the total cost. Next they listed the Radio Frequency/Power Amplifier portion, which costs $9.84 or 6.8 percent of the total BOM. The Radio Frequency/ Power Amplifier is the portion responsible for receiving the high-speed 3.5G network connection. All together the parts of the G1 cost $143.89, which is not bad considering the cost of the phone without a 2-year agreement. [Via iSuppli]
XDA Developers forum have just found a way to gain root access to root of the T-mobile G1. There apparently is a loop hole in the PTerminal application that grants access. Right now you can download the PTerminal application from the Android Market. We are told you can use it to start a telnet connection with your G1 and computer. Many call this a jailbreak because it is the only known term for many. Gaining root access in the G1 opens the door for so many new hacks and even a task manager to end applications. No word yet on if the loophole will be patched up or not
- Turn on your phone's WiFi. This gives your phone an IP you can reach it at.
- Get to a command prompt on your device by using the PTerminal application from the Android Market. (adb shell does not seem to work with these instructions, telnetd does not start up)
- cd system
- cd bin
- netstat (get your phones IP)
- telnet into your phone's IP from your PC
- you now have roo
Graha has figured out a way to share internet connection with your computer. This is still not an official way to tether your G1, but it shows progress. This process is still in the experimental stages, users should do this at their own risk. First you must download the Android Proxy app from the provided link. The G1’s settings then need to be tweaked before it will work. One should note that this process requires the G1 to be connected to your computer via USB in order to get it to work properly. We have not yet been able to get this method to work correctly. This is for informational purposes only, we here at Android Community are not responsible for content here, nor are we responsible for anything you do with the information. This is very experimental, it doesn't always work. Use at your own risk.
- Install the app on your android phone, by clicking here (from your phone browser of course)
- You might have to change your settings to permit apps that don't come from the Google Market by going to your home screen and choosing MENU > Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources.
- Turn USB debugging on on your phone.
- On your G1 go to the home screen, press MENU > Settings > Applications > Development, then enable USB debugging.
- Follow the instructions here to install the Android driver - you'll need to do this on Windows & Linux but apparently not on the Mac.
- Download and install the Android SDK for your computer platform. Alternatively if you are on Windows and don't want a 100 meg download, just get the ADB utility from here
- Plug your phone into your computer
- Choose Proxy App from your phone's menu
- Press the "Start Proxy" button on your phone
- Move to the directory that has the adb utility, using inside the Sdk Tools folder and run
- Now you should have a proxy server running on port 8080 of your own computer that will relay the information over the Android Debug Bridge to the Proxy App which will relay it on to the internet.
- Set your firefox proxy : Options > Advanced > Network > Manual Proxy Configuration
- Enjoy the slow slow EDGE network, or let me know if you have glorious fast 3g coverage!
- Remember to disable your proxy settings in firefox if you want to stop using your phone.
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.