Android

  • Top Ten Android Launch Apps

    Top Ten Android Launch Apps

    The first Android phone. the G1, goes on sale today at T-Mobile stores. And, although I have some issues with the software/hardware interface, those are more than overcome by all the great software on the phone. I’ve been testing out a phone for about a week, and I don’t think I’ve made more than five actual calls on the phone. For me, it’s all about the apps. The apps… Read More

  • Alternative Android user interfaces that didn't make the cut

    Alternative Android user interfaces that didn't make the cut

    Android is now available—yeah, it’s true—but you’re hard-pressed to find any review that raves about its user interface. (Ryan Block, of Engadget fame, called it “very raw” last week on Tekzilla, which is right on the money, I think.) But, in an alternate world, maybe where dogs walk people, these alternative user interfaces were developed. The… Read More

  • Google announces Android App Market paid application details, revenue share model

    Google announces Android App Market paid application details, revenue share model

    With the first 21 days of October behind us, the G1′s “Official” launch day is finally upon us. With the first Android-powered handset now in the hands of giddy customers around the country, Google has provided long-awaited details about the Android App Market. As made apparent by those G1 pre-order handsets which arrived a day or two early, the Market is live at launch. Read More

  • Want the G1 early? Live in San Francisco?

    Want the G1 early? Live in San Francisco?

    The G1 doesn’t officially hit the streets until tomorrow, but the 3rd and Market store in San Francisco will begin selling the first Android device starting today at 6PM PDT. If you’re not in the area and you didn’t pre-order then you’ll have to wait until tomorrow if, of course, you’re in a 3G market. Otherwise you’ll have to order online or in-store. Said… Read More

  • Kyocera joins the Android-powered handset club

    Kyocera joins the Android-powered handset club

    Love it or hate it, it’s pretty safe to assume that just about all of the big boys in the handset world are tinkering with the idea of bringing an Android device to the market (Well, except for Sony Ericsson. Or Apple.) Joining the confirmed list today is Kyocera, with an announcement that they are working with software optimization house Wind River to adapt Android to their… Read More

  • Right before launch, Google strips down the App Market for a bit of polish

    Right before launch, Google strips down the App Market for a bit of polish

    Yesterday morning, a sizable chunk of the T-Mobile G1 pre-orders showed up prior to their expected arrival date of October 22nd. Filled with new-toy glee, the new Android users tore their boxes open, poked and prodded at the screen.. but something was wrong. Reviews said something about there being 50+ applications already available in the Android App Market. Even immediately after the device… Read More

  • Android Code Is Finally Released Into The Open-Source Wild

    Android Code Is Finally Released Into The Open-Source Wild

    When Google announced the Android operating system and established the Open Handset Alliance to support it, the plan was always to release the mobile operating system as open-source code. Today, on the eve of the first Android phone hitting the market, it finally did that. Developers can find the entire codebase for Android here. That includes the linux kernel, the application platform… Read More

  • Imeem For Android Takes The Jukebox In The Sky And Puts It In Your Pocket

    Imeem For Android Takes The Jukebox In The Sky And Puts It In Your Pocket

    What good is an endless jukebox in the sky if you can only listen to it while you are sitting in front of your computer? Imeem answers that with what is certainly the best Android app I’ve seen (or heard) so far. It’s called imeem Mobile, and it is the musically-oriented social network’s first foray into the mobile arena. Imeem is one of the few music Websites with… Read More

  • AppLoop Transforms Blogs Into Native iPhone Applications

    AppLoop Transforms Blogs Into Native iPhone Applications

    Two-man startup AppLoop has added to its suite of self-service tools for iPhone developers by launching App Generator, which automatically turns any blog with an RSS feed into a native iPhone app modeled after that of the The New York Times. To create an app, all you have to do is answer a series of questions for the App Generator’s setup wizard. These include your blog’s… Read More

  • Scan a barcode, find a better price!

    You know that little feeling you get when you see someone doing something stupid? Kind of like flop sweats but it’s emphatic, like you actually feel for the performer but you know he’s oblivious? I got that most of the time while watching this. But then again, when’s the last time someone wrote a rap about Symbian? Read More

  • Motorola is Really Getting Jazzed About That Android Social Networking Phone

    Motorola is Really Getting Jazzed About That Android Social Networking Phone

    Motorola, which is recruiting as many as 350 people to work on Android phones, is gearing up to make its first one:the Android Social Smart Phone. Last week, Android Guys spotted a job posting for the project, and now BusinessWeek has more details, including a mention of the Motorola job posting pictured at left on Monster looking for an Android application developer. If the people pictured… Read More

  • There's a remote ‘kill switch’ for applications on Android phones, too

    There's a remote ‘kill switch’ for applications on Android phones, too


    From this guy The blogs vilified Apple over the “kill switch” found in the iPhone; let’s see those blogs tear into Google for the very same thing. Found nestled deep in the G1‘s “About” menu is this notice: Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement… in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile G1

    Review: T-Mobile G1

    I will keep this review short and straight to the point, folks. You know how Google likes to keep things in Beta for years and years? Well, Android is no different. Like many of you I was excited at the prospect of a new OS to muscle it’s way in and take down the iPhone, but I’m afraid Android is not it – at least not yet. The OS actually isn’t that bad, but it does… Read More

  • What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.

    What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.

    By now, all the first full reviews of the Android G1 phone have come out. This isn’t one of them. You can read CrunchGear’s in-depth review or my initial impressions of the G1 in an earlier post. And there are plenty of other places where you can (re)read about the specs, the slide-out keyboard, and the $179 price. But I did get my Android loaner from T-Mobile last Friday and… Read More

  • Android's Login Is Cool, But Is It Secure?

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Google’s innovative login feature for the Android phone, but only saw it today for the first time (Loren Feldman, who recently did some video of one, sent a screenshot). Unlike other phones, which require a four digit number for unlocking, the Android simply puts nine dots arranged in a square on the touch screen, along with the words “draw… Read More

  • TunesRemote brings remote iTunes control to Android

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1919916&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 If there was ever any question as to how many days we’d have to wait after the release of the first Android handset before someone would crack out an iTunes remote application, we’ve now got the answer: Zero. By… Read More

  • Google demonstrates Maps on Android, shows off the compass

    Though we’ve seen the Google Maps for Android compass feature or time or two since Android was announced, all of the videos we’ve seen so far have been gleaned from a projected image during a presentation, or otherwise not meant for the viewers at home. Looking to remedy this, Google has published a blog post specifically focused on the Android Maps application, with an emphasis… Read More

  • Is Search The Best User Interface For Mobile?

    Is Search The Best User Interface For Mobile?

    Google has posted some more information about how search has been integrated into the first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1, which goes on sale October 22. Not surprisingly, search functionality pervades Android with an array of ways to query (just start typing, tap one of UI’s many search buttons, or press the G1′s dedicated search key). Dropdown suggestions are readily… Read More

  • HTC has high hopes for the G1, like $18 billion high

    HTC has high hopes for the G1, like $18 billion high

    The excitement around the T-Mobile G1 is palpable (as is the skepticism), and HTC is planning on the Googlephone to contribute a huge amount to their bottom line. Over the next year, they’re hoping to ship $18 billion worth of the things, with a full $7 billion of that being in the rush and holiday season. That’s a lot of phones! They really could hit those targets, especially… Read More

  • Video: Predictive search on the T-Mobile G1 works splendidly

    As the video right up there shows, predictive search works just swell on the T-Mobile G1. As you enter your search term—here, Google uses safe searches like “flowers” and “sushi chicago” to demonstrate its inherent awesomeness—the search engine generates a list of possibly relavent terms. That way, all you have to do is enter the first few letters of a… Read More