Android

  • It's actually coming out: Android beta released, developer roadmap published

    It's actually coming out: Android beta released, developer roadmap published

    Android continues to lumber toward a release. Just as the FCC approved the HTC Dream, Google released an updated beta of the SDK, version 0.9. MobileCrunch has several screenshots of the updated user interface if that’s your thing. Perhaps more interesting, Google has published a roadmap for further Android development. Among other things, Google reiterates for the zillionth time… Read More

  • Android SDK v.9 released, along with '08 Developer Roadmap

    Android SDK v.9 released, along with '08 Developer Roadmap

    We’ve got good news, and we’ve got bad news. The good news: After a five month stretch without a publicly available update to the Android SDK, Google has finally pushed a new release. They’ve also released a Developer Roadmap for the rest of ’08 which, amongst other things, re-re-re-confirms that device(s?) are on the way for Q4 ’08. The bad news: Android 1.0 will… Read More

  • In Anticipation Of An Actual Phone, Android Releases A New SDK

    In Anticipation Of An Actual Phone, Android Releases A New SDK

    Now that the first Android phone has been approved by the FCC, Google figured it might be a good time to update the software development kit for the mobile OS. There were hints that this would happen earlier today, but now it is official. According to the Android Developer’s Blog, here is what is new: * First and most obviously, the new Home screen is included, along with a ton of… Read More

  • FCC Greenlights First Android Phone (HTC Dream)

    FCC Greenlights First Android Phone (HTC Dream)

    The only thing holding back the launch of the first Android-powered phone, the HTC Dream, was approval from the Federal Communications Commission. That approval has now come through, and T-Mobile can launch the phone. The filing asks for a November 10 release date, but (as Matt Marshall at VentureBeat points out) T-Mobile could launch it earlier. This means that Android will be on track to… Read More

  • Android And The Internet Of Things

    Android And The Internet Of Things

    As the world waits for the first Android phone to appear in the wild (from T-Mobile), questions are being raised again about whether Google’s Android ambitions will stop at cell phones. In a speculative, but well-thought-out piece, VentureBeat’s Eric Eldon reports: Industry sources tell us that although Android will indeed start as a mobile OS, Google intends to expand it to be a… Read More

  • Does Google want to expand Android to non-cellphone platforms?

    Does Google want to expand Android to non-cellphone platforms?

    Approximately 23 people are looking forward to the release of Android-based cellphones, but word on the street today is that Google has a lot more in mind for Android than powering some HTC device. Apparently Google wants to expand the operating system to other devices, including portable media players and set-top boxes. That’s what VentureBeat says, though its story is so… Read More

  • Yup, T-Mobile will get the first Android phone this year (the HTC Dream)

    Yup, T-Mobile will get the first Android phone this year (the HTC Dream)

    The New York Times now believes the HTC Dream will first be available on T-Mobile. That is to say, the first Android phone will be available on T-Mobile this year, perhaps as early as October. The phone will have a touchscreen as well as a slid-out keyboard. That phone seen in this video? Apparently it is the HTC Dream after all. All of that jibes with earlier reports. Good thing I… Read More

  • T-Mobile Is Dreaming Of Android Riches.  And It Might Have To Keep Dreaming.

    T-Mobile Is Dreaming Of Android Riches. And It Might Have To Keep Dreaming.

    The long wait for the first Android phone should be over this fall, when T-Mobile is expected to release an HTC phone based on the Google-backed mobile operating system called the Dream. Following up on growing rumors online, the New York Times has confirmed that T-Mobile is hoping for a pre-holiday launch. (FCC approvals seem to be the last hurdle). The Dream is expected to have a… Read More

  • Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17

    Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17


    While reports have ranged that the first Android handset will come out anywhere from October to not until 2009, the latest rumors have the HTC Dream (codenamed G1) going on presale for existing T-Mobile customers starting September 17th. Read more Read More

  • Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17

    Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17


    While reports have ranged that the first Android handset will come out anywhere from October to sometime in 2009, the latest rumors have the HTC Dream (codenamed “G1″) going on presale for existing T-Mobile customers starting September 17th. The guys over at TmoNews say they have some trusted sources who have priced the handset at $399, or $150 for existing customers during… Read More

  • HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    While it’s still up in the air whether anyone actually cares about Android, people sure like to talk about it. Just last week, a Global Equities Research analyst’s proclamation that the first Android handsets would miss their 2008 target was enough to set message boards around the tubes ablaze, until HTC came along and cleared things up. Piggybacking on HTC’s tidings of… Read More

  • Japan advances in the development of "perfect" humanoids

    Japan advances in the development of "perfect" humanoids

    Japan’s most prestigious educational institution, the University of Tokyo, and semiconductor company Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), today unveiled an ultrasensitive sensor for robot use. The prototype was produced based on MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) nanotechnology and is as small as a bread crumb. It’s made of silicon and covered with elastic rubber. Read More

  • Video of HTC Dream running Android?

    Here’s an apparent video of the HTC Dream running Google’s Android operating system. The video looks to have been shot at incredibly high altitude, as even the most basic and delicate hand movements have left the guy working the camera completely out of breath. This looks a little clunky for an HTC device so I don’t want to say that this is definitely definitely definitely… Read More

  • Meet the new Android media player, TuneWiki

    TC writes: Israeli startup TuneWiki has come a long way. Soon after the iPhone’s launch, the company released an application that allowed users to view highly-accurate lyrics synced karaoke style to any song stored in their music library. But because there was no App Store at the time, TuneWiki was limited to users with jailbroken (hacked) iPhones. Despite this, the application has… Read More

  • Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?

    Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?

    A week ago, I put together a roundtable about the upcoming mobile platform wars between the iPhone, Google’s Android, and older platforms like Nokia’s. One thing I discovered as I was organizing the event was that it was really hard to find anyone developing Android apps other than the 50 people who won the Android Developer’s Challenge. (We tried to get someone from Android… Read More

  • Creepy Japanese fembot promotes suntan lotion on TV

    Creepy Japanese fembot promotes suntan lotion on TV

    This week, Osaka-based healthcare company Kincho released [JP] a new commercial for their “Preshower” sunscreen, which currently airs on Japanese TV. I have no idea why but the ad stars Actroid DER-2, a humanoid robot made by Kokoro-Dreams [JP]. Tagline: “Also recommended by androids – Preshower is good for your skin!”. The picture above shows the fembot… Read More

  • Symbian ready to make mistakes

    Symbian ready to make mistakes


    Efficiency was the force behind the recent decision to take Symbian open source, and not concerns about competition from Google’s Andriod or mobile Linux, John Forsyth, vice president of strategy for Symbian, reportedly said at the Open Mobile Exchange conference in Portland, Ore. Forsyth said that despite Symbian’s 60% market share, lack of research and development efficiency… Read More

  • Microsoft says Windows Mobile smartphones are great

    Microsoft says Windows Mobile smartphones are great

    Windows Mobile phones are still the way to go, according to Scott Rockfeld, group products manager for the mobile communications business at Microsoft. Despite all the ballyhoo surrounding the iPhone 3G launch, almost 20 million Windows Mobile licenses were sold for Microsoft’s fiscal year ending June 30. Microsoft’s visibility in the business sector has always been well noted… Read More

  • Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some

    Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some

    Android is the new highly-anticipated “open source” mobile platform that is currently under development at Google. There are a high expectations of Android as the first viable open source based mobile platform and a viable competitor to the dominance of Symbian, Microsoft and now Apple. Android is based on Linux and developers can write applications in managed code that use the… Read More

  • Google’s Android Developer Challenge weeds out losers by not playing fair

    Google’s Android Developer Challenge weeds out losers by not playing fair


    An email that Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent to the public Android discussion group has fanned the fires of developer’s discontent. Yesterday, we posted about the developers working on the highly anticipated new mobile platform were getting impatient with Google’s release of an updated SDK. The accidental email was meant to be for a small group of finalists… Read More