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It appears Acer isn’t the only company who’s hard at work on Android devices. During an investors’ conference call yesterday, Motorola’s chief executive Sanjay Jha said Motorola plans to launch “a few” Google Android smartphones at several different price points in the fourth quarter of this year. Interestingly, Jha didn’t even mention a word about Windows Mobile, the other smartphone platform Motorola has pledged to support. "With Android we believe we can enable differentiated consumer experience and applications, with enhanced integration of messaging and social networking applications," Jha said during the conference call announcing the company's second-quarter earnings. "We also intend to... Read more...
Wow, Acer's been busy of late. The Aspire Revo, a few new Aspire notebooks and two new all-in-one desktops -- all in April. Not to be sold short in any way, shape or fashion, the company is also hard are work on at least one Android device, and it definitely has an Android-based netbook in the rear of its mind.Acer president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci spoke up at the firm's first-quarter investor's conference in Taipei on Wednesday of this week, and without question, Android was the hot topic. He stated that "the entire industry is looking at Android," and he followed up that by proclaimed that Acer is "testing Android on a lot of different solutions." Notice that "a lot" bit? Yeah, exciting.Specifically,... Read more...
While Google still has a long way to go before it seriously begins to chip away at market share owned by Windows Mobile, Symbian S60 and OS X, there's no denying that Android has already made an unmistakable mark on the mobile industry. The newfangled mobile operating system was largely praised with the HTC-built G1 launched last year on T-Mobile, and if the company's CEO has anything to do with it, 2009 will be an even better year for the burgeoning software.CEO Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying that "overall, it looks like Android is going to have a very strong year." Said statement was proudly made during Google's first-quarter investors' conference, and he also teased listeners by admitting... Read more...
Google released a new Web-based version of Gmail that will provide iPhone and Android phone users with faster access to messages and offline access. "You'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching. And if the data network drops out on you, rest assured that Gmail won't. You'll still be able to open recently read messages and to compose over a flaky, or non-existent, network connection," wrote Google mobile engineer Joanne McKinley on the Google blog. New features include the ability to select multiple messages and archive or delete them. You can also mark a group of messages as read/unread/spam.  Gmail’s new Web interface now... Read more...
The New York Times is reporting that T-Mobile is planning to release a home phone and a tablet PC powered by the Android operating system. The home phone should be available by early next year, while the tablet PC will come later. The phone is said to have a docking station and will come with another device that will synchronize data while recharging the phone’s battery. Peter Dobrow, a T-Mobile spokesman, wouldn’t discuss any specific future devices but did confirm that T-Mobile has plans for several devices based around the Android platform. The Android operating system is open source, though Google still maintains some control over Android. So far, we’ve only seen one Android phone launch... Read more...
China Mobile is the largest carrier in China, with 471 million subscribers, and they've been playing hardball with Apple over the iPhone. That may have led to them missing the boat, if the pages available on rival China Unicom's site are for real.China Unicom has a "mere" 128 million subscribers, according to their site, and they have posted pages for both the iPhone 3G and the Android G1 (separate tabs, on the translated page, pictured below, just in case they take it down).A few sites have noted that the descriptions list "time to market" as July 2008 for the iPhone, making them wonder if this is legit. Well, it also lists the G1 with a 2008 date, so that seems to indicate that this is just... Read more...
The other day, we told you about some research from Informa Telecoms & Media that claimed Android-powered devices would surpass iPhone devices by 2012. Thanks to a sale at Amazon.com on the T-Mobile G1 (the only Android device currently on the market) that statistic is one step closer to becoming reality. Amazon.com is currently offering the T-Mobile G1 for $97.99—just over half what this Android-based handset normally sells for. The regular price for the G1 is $180 with a two-year contract directly from T-Mobile. Amazon.com is also throwing in free two-day shipping when you purchase this phone with a service plan, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy surfing the net from this 3G compatible... Read more...
If market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media is correct, more people are going to be reaching for an Android-powered device than an iPhone by 2012. Considering there is only one Android device currently on the market—the G1, which launched in September—the new platform must make huge strides to achieve this widespread market penetration. We expect to see the second Android handset called the Magic this spring. Both the G1 and the Magic are manufactured by HTC. Other Android devices have been rumored, but no other devices have been formally announced. Huawei, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and other Open Handset Alliance manufacturers are expected to announce Android devices this year and next.... Read more...
Marketshare came out with a report today showing just how dominant the iPhone is in the mobile browsing market: a whopping 66.61 percent of all mobile browsing is done on the ubiquitous smartphone.Not all is rosy for the apple of Apple's eye, however, as the Android and BlackBerry markets are gaining marketshare rather quickly. No one's too upset about that, though, as the overall market is growing so rapidly that the amount of folks browsing the Internet on their iPhones is still on the rise, even if the percentage of the market isn't.Sun Microsystems' Java ME came in a (very) distant second, with 9.06 percent, which was still significantly better than Windows Mobile, which has a lock on 6.91... Read more...
An unlocked Android G1 for $400, to anyone? That sounded like a great deal, when Google started offering developer G1s. Anyone who registered as a developer (and anyone could do so) could buy one. But Google is blocking unlocked G1s from viewing copy-protected Apps in the Android Market.  Not much of a bargain when you can't get access to all the applications that you might want, is it? Google admitted the issue in response to a question in the Android Help Forum: Hi there, If you're using an unlocked, developer phone, you'll be unable to view any copy-protected application, including Shazam and Calorie Counter. This is a change that was made recently. Best, AshNow, the theory is not so... Read more...
Despite all the hoopla surrounding Google's Android open-source operating system for smartphones, so far only one phone is available to date that actually runs the Android OS--the HTC Dream (also knon as the T-Mobile G1). The HTC Dream is finally going to get some company in the form of only the second official Android phone to be announced--also from HTC--the HTC Magic. The HTC Magic will start shipping in "the spring," and it will initially only be available in Europe. European mobile phone service provider, Vodafone, snagged the initial exclusive rights to sell the HTC Magic in the U.K., Spain, Germany, and France (via SFR, which is co-owned by Vivendi and Vodafone). Vodafone claims that the... Read more...
Nokia has officially announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is launching an app store for its smartphones, which Nokia is calling the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store will be open to developers to upload content starting next month, and it will be ready for users to start downloading content beginning in May. The Ovi Store comes on the heels of Apple's highly successful App Store for its iPhone and iPod touch devices, and the growing Android Market for the nascent Android platform. "The Ovi Store will consolidate the best experiences from the current content services including Download!, MOSH and WidSets to a single channel... The content will range from applications,... Read more...
Earlier this week, Charles Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, discovered a bug in the multimedia subsystem Android uses for its browser. Initially, Miller warned that the bug could be used to run arbitrary code in the phone’s Web browser. As a result, he urged users to use the browser on the T-Mobile G1 with caution until a patch could be deployed. Now, Miller is stating the vulnerability isn’t as serious as he first thought: “While the bug can be activated by the browser, the actual code that would be executed by a successful attack would run in the media player, not the browser,” he said. “This means it would live in the media player sandbox... Read more...
Later this month, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to navigate their destination using a new full-color, 3D, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service from TeleNav. The new service will be available February 24 and will include speech recognition, traffic alerts with one-click rerouting, more than 10 million business listings, gas prices, weather updates, and restaurant reviews. TeleNav GPS Navigator displays full-color 3D moving maps and also provides voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions. You can view the navigational instructions and map in landscape or portrait mode. Should you miss a turn, the service will automatically reroute you. For easy address entry and easy searching, TeleNav... Read more...
There is no denying the popularity of Apple's App store, which offers free and paid applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. By some reports, almost 21,000 apps are currently available for download from the App Store--a very impressive metric, considering that the App Store is only seven months old. But the iPhone is not the only smartphone with a centralized location from where users can download applications for their devices; and the marketplace for smartphone downloads is about to get a lot more crowded. Right now the only real "competition" to Apple's App Store is the Android Market. Presently, anyone using an Android-based phone can download applications from the Android Market, which... Read more...
This won't be the first time we've heard the words "Dell" and "smartphone" in the same phrase, but considering the source here, we're much more inclined to believe something substantial is going on this go around. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell, the Round Rock powerhouse known almost entirely for its customizable desktop and notebook PCs, could invade the cellphone market as early as next month. According to "people familiar with the matter," who are curiously unnamed in the report, the outfit has had a team of engineers working on the phones (yes, plural, as in more than one phone) for "more than a year from an office in the Chicago area." More specifically, the handsets being... Read more...
While Palm wasn't afraid to add multi-touch support to the Palm Pre, some have theorized the reason we haven't seen that feature added to Windows Mobile or Android is caution over possible litigation. But the openness of Android gives developers an edge over more closed platforms, and one enterprising developer has added multi-touch to the T-Mobile G1.In fact, people have been saying for months that both Android and the T-Mobile G1 hardware have low-level support for multi-touch. And while this isn't the someone has demo'ed multi-touch on the G1, you can actually enable it yourself on your own G1.However, as Luke Hutchison says, this is proof-of-concept. And, quite honestly, you'll likely void... Read more...
The HTC-built G1 has been a huge hit for T-Mobile here in America, but up until now, it hasn't been sold in retail locations that weren't situated in areas blanketed with 3G coverage. Starting this weekend, anyone within range of a T-Mobile USA store or partner location can find the Android-powered cellphone. It has been possible for those in EDGE (2G) areas to order the mobile phone through the carrier's website for months, but unless you traveled any great distance to see one in person, you were taking a substantial risk by diving into a two-year agreement without any deep understanding of the device and its operating system. We're told that all three colors (white, bronze and black) should... Read more...
Chi Youngcho, head of the recently created digital media and communications unit at Samsung Electronics, recently hinted at a few new products on a quarter-end conference call with analysts. First up was the mention of a few new handsets, with the executive stating that "in the first half of this year, it will expand its lineup [of touchscreen phones] and upgrade some of the functions including the user interface." Potentially more intriguing was the mention of "various OSes [that would] satisfy the diverse needs of customers." We already knew that Samsung was a proud member of the Open Handset Alliance, and rumors have already swirled around an Android-based mobile arriving in the second quarter... Read more...
The Kogan Agora, which was to be the second Google Android phone released, has been delayed indefinitely. We wrote about the company and the phone earlier; Kogan Technologies is an Australian based, online-only retailer, and it says on its profile page it cuts out all the middle-men so it can offer great deals. It was founded two years ago by Ruslan Kogan. While the phone looked great, and the specs were great, and the pricing was great ($193 and $258 for the Agora and Agora Pro, respectively, in U.S. dollars, unlocked), the company was undoubtedly being ambitious, given its size. Here's what the company said on its blog: The Agora did reach a very late stage of development. Manufacturing had... Read more...
Could Google's Android be positioned as a viable netbook operating system? Freelance writers Matthäus Krzykowski & Daniel Hartmann think so,  and in about four hours have compiled the mobile device platform to run on an Asus EEEPC 1000H netbook. The Android Open Source Project and its push to use the platform and applications on more devices could extend well to netbook's. "For Silicon Valleys myriad of software companies, it means a well-backed, open operating system that is open and ripe for exploitation for building upon. Now think of Chrome, Google’s web browser, and the richness it allows developers to build into the browser’s relationship with the desktop — all of this could... Read more...
According to a report by Korea’s ETNews, Samsung is set to release its first Google Android-enabled phone for North America by the second quarter of 2009. The company is currently in the development process for the phone. To meet its goals, Samsung has added 30 experts in Linux and Java to the task force team of its information and communications division, bringing the team to a total of 80 developers. The article quotes an official from Samsung as saying that the company is accelerating development for the phone in order to meet carriers’ demands. The phone will be available on Sprint Nextel’s and T-Mobile’s networks. If you’ll recall, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse made a comment back in October and... Read more...
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