Android

  • 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

  • Motorola and Nokia building up serious Android development teams

    The iPhone may be the only game in town for serious mobile Web developers right now, but that won’t last long. Next year, the iPhone will see some serious competition from Google’s Android platform. Of course, T-Mobile will start selling the first Android phone, the G1 made by HTC, on October 22. But other cell phone manufacturers are gearing up for a major Android push. The… Read More

  • Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team.  Nokia Also Sniffing Around.

    Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team. Nokia Also Sniffing Around.

    The iPhone may be the only game in town for serious mobile Web developers right now, but that won’t last long. Next year, the iPhone will see some serious competition from Google’s Android platform. Of course, T-Mobile will start selling the first Android phone, the G1 made by HTC, on October 22. But other cell phone manufacturers are gearing up for a major Android push. The… Read More

  • Just in time for the G1, T-Mobile removes 1GB bandwidth cap

    Just in time for the G1, T-Mobile removes 1GB bandwidth cap

    T-Mobile has removed the 1GB 3G data cap ahead of the G1‘s launch. People had been freaking out, as they do, the past two days when they read the fine print of T-Mobile’s terms and conditions, realizing that the wireless carrier imposed a “soft” 1GB cap on 3G data. Meaning, that if you downloaded more then 1GB of data—isn’t that a big selling point of the… Read More

  • Developers, nerds, and geeks – the Android SDK 1.0 has been released

    Developers, nerds, and geeks – the Android SDK 1.0 has been released

    The first Android phone launches on October 22, and while the Android SDK has been out for a while now, Google just released version 1.0. The latest version allegedly fixes numerous bugs and adds a few things API thingies. So if you’re a developer, fed up with Apple’s iron fist over the App Store, now might be the time to switch over to Google’s laissez-faire… Read More

  • Next Sony Ericsson Xperia handset probably won't run Android

    Next Sony Ericsson Xperia handset probably won't run Android

    Did you feel a small glimmer of hope that Android might be the next platform donned by the Xperia line when Sony Ericsson mentioned that the brand wasn’t tied to Windows Mobile? We’ve got bad news. In Copenhagen this week, Sony Ericsson’s chief technology architect, Mats Lindoff, confirmed that while they had a few prototype Android devices back in the labs, they… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 roundup

    T-Mobile G1 roundup

    We understand that your emotions were flying high yesterday with the G1 launch. So many questions that you had to have answered ’bout Google’s first foray into the mobile world and just in case you missed something, here is a rundown of our G1 coverage.  T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement G-day: Other September 23rds in history Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the… Read More

  • Ex Google Mobile Product Manager Criticizes Android G1

    Ex Google Mobile Product Manager Criticizes Android G1

    I don’t think Ulf Washbusch, until recently a Product Marketing Manager for Google Mobile, should be expecting to get his old job back after yesterday’s comments on the new Android phone. In a blog post he says the phone’s physical design hasn’t changed in 2.5 years, and calls it ugly and old fashioned. He also criticizes the color choices: It’s funny – but… Read More

  • Video: Google co-founders on Rollerblades! More like ROFLblades!

    Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at the T-Mobile G1 unveiling in Manhattan today. They joked about the traffic being backed up and suggested that they had to rollerblade to the event in order to get there in time! I don’t know if that’s true or not but whatever the case, Sergey saying “I’m a bit of a geek” got more laughs… Read More

  • Hands-on with the T-Mobile G1 Android phone

    Here’s a few minutes with the new G1. We didn’t get a chance to really dig into it because, let’s face it, you saw how impatient I got. Everyone else was waiting too. At any rate, I like the G1 and I’m gonna get one. I don’t care if I’m the only person in the world that buys one, I just want to be able to write my own apps without a lot of hassle. Stay tuned… Read More

  • G1 walkthrough videos: maps, browser, Facebook, and all that

    Here are the some official-looking demo vids for the T-Mobile G1. Looks pretty great to me, although our reservations have been stated. One thing Android is not going to disappoint on is an easy, intuitive interface. I like the accelerometer-enabled street view. Another, longer vid after the bump. Read More

  • G1: The only phone that makes you smarterer

    Yo yo yo, what’s the hizzy yo? I’m headed down to the T-Mobile store cause I want to get me a funnerer phone than the LG Voyagerer. See, the phone makes you smarterer, coolerer, and funerer than all the other phones out there and the sheer fact that I’m writing this proves that T-Mobile is trying to make this campaign viruserer than all the other campaigns out there and is… Read More

  • The G1: Almost perfect

    The G1: Almost perfect

    The G1 event has come and gone and it looks like we’re seeing an epic paradigm shift in the mobile space. iPhone started the ball rolling and Android is about the finish the job. The change? Phones are now officially computers and the expectation for most users is that they behave in the same way a powerful laptop or desktop PC would perform, albeit in a considerably more compact… Read More

  • A Sneak Peak At The Android App Market

    A Sneak Peak At The Android App Market

    When I was man-handling the Android phone at the T-Mobile press conference earlier today, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the icons was for the App Market—Android’s answer to the App Store on iTunes. The app market launches on October 22, when the T-Mobile G1 goes on sale, so I was curious to see what apps are already loaded on it. I took the fuzzy picture at left with… Read More