Android

  • 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

  • Touching The Android: It's No iPhone, But It's Close

    Touching The Android: It's No iPhone, But It's Close

    So today I finally got to touch an Android phone. T-Mobile, Google, and HTC put on a big media circus in New York City (see our live notes), complete with Google co-founders Sergey and Larry coming out on rollerblades to tell us how cool the phone is because you can hack it just like a computer. (Sergey wrote an app that uses the built-in accelerometer to measure how long it takes for the… Read More

  • Google Android 1.0 SDK unleashed

    Google Android 1.0 SDK unleashed

    If there’s anyone out there dying to delve into Android development who couldn’t bring themselves to start crackin’ away on the v.9 beta release, your moment of coding splendor has arrived. Alongside today’s T-Mobile G1 announcement, Google has released v1.0 of the Android SDK to the masses. With this release, developers can trust that the applications they write… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 gets priced & dated

    T-Mobile G1 gets priced & dated

    You can finally get your grubby mitts on your very own T-Mobile G1 Android phone for $179 with a two-year contract with data on October 22 here in the US. Existing T-Mobile customers can pre-order today in limited quantities. The U.K. will get the phone beginning in November, and will be across Europe by the first quarter of ’09. Wonder if we’ll see long Apple iPhone-ish lines? Read More

  • T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone

    T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone

    We’ll be covering the event live, which starts in about 20 minutes. We already have the official press release and images, though, so here you go. Enjoy… Read More

  • Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the T-Mobile G1: 89 cents per song

    Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the T-Mobile G1: 89 cents per song

    That mobile Amazon music store rumor? Totally true. Yeah, so Amazon just confirmed the existence of a mobile music store for Android-based cellphones. It’s essentially a pint sized version of Amazon MP3, and it comes pre-loaded on the G1. You’ll have 6 million DRM-free songs to choose from, from all four of the big record labels. The catch? You can only download MP3s over a… Read More

  • Video released demonstrating Google-powered Android apps

    Just in time to ride the tide of excitement from today’s G1 announcement, Google has released a video detailing all of the “google goodies that come preloaded” on the handset: Search, Maps, Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and IM (Google Talk), with a strong emphasis on the over-the-air sync functionality. I can’t imagine what the “erick.the.cyclist@gmail.com”… Read More

  • G-day: Other September 23rds in history

    G-day: Other September 23rds in history

    The G1 makes its not-hyped-at-all debut in a few hours, which got some of us, that is, me, thinking: what else happened on this glorious date, September 23? I know the Heavens themselves are scheduled to open any minute now, but surely other important things happened on this date? 1780: Some British guy was arrested, exposing Benedict Arnold for the traitor he was. No G1 for him, that… Read More

  • A rumor: Amazon to have mobile music, movie store for Android

    A rumor: Amazon to have mobile music, movie store for Android

    Another day, another movie and music store. This time, though, it’s for Android-based phones; today is Android Day, in case you forgot. Right, so it looks like Amazon has struck a deal with Google to launch a mobile version of its online music and movie store for Android-based cellphones. That’s the hot rumor right now, at least. It seems—get this—that a G1 made the… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    Talk about cutting it close. With less than 12 hours before T-Mobile officially pulls back the curtain on the ultra-hyped G1, the floodgates have opened. Images extracted from the depths of T-Mobile’s G1 site have begun hitting tip boxes, and now TmoNews has managed to get their hands on a bunch of specs and details. What’s known so far: In-store, immediate sales only available… Read More

  • Android G1 video feed up and waiting

    Android G1 video feed up and waiting

    It’s not quite a leak and it doesn’t quite make sense but T-Mobile has posted the G1 news portal with a few placeholder links and a a teaser for the G1 press conference video feed. This is actually quite odd considering every other company would sit on this news until it squeaked. Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    Talk about cutting it close. With less than 12 hours before T-Mobile officially pulls back the curtain on the ultra-hyped G1 Android phone, the floodgates have opened. Images extracted from the depths of T-Mobile’s G1 site have begun hitting tip boxes, and now TmoNews has managed to get their hands on a bunch of specs and details. What’s known so far: In-store, immediate sales… Read More

  • Tomorrow is G-Day

    Tomorrow is G-Day

    The world – OK, just a group of phone geeks – is waiting for the launch of the Android phone aka the T-Mobile Dream tomorrow with bated breath. CG will be at the event in force with a liveblog and images but before we walk to the well of hype and drink deep and hearty droughts of orgasmic praise, let’s talk about what Android is and isn’t. The casual smartphone user is… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 appears on my.t-mobile.com

    T-Mobile G1 appears on my.t-mobile.com

    Hey, that Google phone is coming (in case you hadn’t heard). Looks like it’ll be called the T-Mobile G1 (no mention of the word “Dream” anywhere) and will at least come in black. Unfortunately when Peter “Sweet Pete” Ha clicked that “Learn more” link, he got a no-go popup. Oh well. It goes to t-mobileg1.com if you’re interested. If you have… Read More

  • Shots of the HTC Dream G1 handset in the wild

    Shots of the HTC Dream G1 handset in the wild

    With the big announcement just days away, it’s no surprise that some folks out there might be totin’ the Android-powered HTC Dream (G1) around. Between all of the Google developers, HTC product engineers, and T-Mobile employees involved, in-the-wild shots were bound to get out sooner or later. And now they have, on the blog of Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. Rizzn got the… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 appears on my.t-mobile.com

    T-Mobile G1 appears on my.t-mobile.com

    Hey, that Google phone is coming (in case you hadn’t heard). Looks like it’ll be called the T-Mobile G1 (no mention of the word “Dream” anywhere) and will at least come in black. Unfortunately when Peter “Sweet Pete” Ha clicked that “Learn more” link, he got a no-go popup. Oh well. It goes to t-mobileg1.com if you’re interested. If you have… Read More

  • Analysts predict 4% Q4 marketshare for Android

    Analysts predict 4% Q4 marketshare for Android

    Strategy Analytics announced this morning that they are expecting Android sales to account for 400,000 of the 10.5 million US smartphone sales they foresee going down in Q4 of 2008. “Google has the brand power in the USA to make a big impact at launch. The main issue will be operator subsidies,” said Chris Ambrosia, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics, “As seen with… Read More

  • Shots of the HTC Dream G1 handset in the wild

    Shots of the HTC Dream G1 handset in the wild

    With the big announcement just days away, it’s no surprise that some folks out there might be totin’ the Android-powered HTC Dream (G1) around. Between all of the Google developers, HTC product engineers, and T-Mobile employees involved, in-the-wild shots were bound to get out sooner or later. And now they have, on the blog of Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. Rizzn got the… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Dream (G1) to sell for $200?

    Rumor: HTC Dream (G1) to sell for $200?

    It’s barely even lunch time, and the HTC Dream rumor mill is already churnin’ away at full force. Just minutes ago, an insider involved with the development of Android confirmed to us that the HTC Dream will set you back just $200 bucks after contract. While they weren’t able to provide a sans-contract price, they did say that T-Mobile’s subsidization wasn’t… Read More