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T-Mobile G1 Unlocked!

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: android, Hacks, News | Tags: , , , , , |

This article is officially at  http://imandroid.org/2008/10/29/t-mobile-g1-unlocked/ please check there..

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Multiplayer Online game coming to Android

Posted on October 11, 2008. Filed under: android, Applications, Games, Google, News | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I’m tired of World of Warcraft ( I cant believe I said that, probably to grab your attention!) , sitting on my sofa and playing it like no tomorrow! I need something different!

We’re heading into a world where PCs will be reduced to portable Mobile devices (about which I’ll have an article soon) and this calls for a change.

Enter into Parallel Kingdom! This new game is exploiting into a virtually empty space in mobile game industry where your move abouts in the real world actually have something to do with the game.

Their  blog writes

Parallel Kingdom uses location-based features to place the virtual world over the real world, where you can kill creatures, collect gold, and destroy your friends.

Im still not exactly sure what we are supposed to do in this game! I’ll have to experience it. From the looks of it, Parallel Kingdom is based completely on the location based services of your iPhone, iPod, Android – GPS but appears to have ignored their graphic capabilities. I mean com’on! We could have a much better game design other than just laying out maps slapped with icons. Nonetheless, Parallel Kingdom is still in beta stage and deserves to be recognized for its promising concept. It can spark a whole new range of games in this “location based” category.

And its game-network combines iPhone, iPod, Android. In other words, if you see a lot of players in your area rest assured, they’re all Apple eaters or Googlers!

Release date : 31st October 2008.

[ via Mixx ]

ps: for some reason, im reminded of an episode of CSI:NY!  and now its scaring me

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Android Devices being assembled?

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, News | Tags: , , |

T-Mobile preorders halted? no problemo, zzzphone’s in town! Thats right, after seeing our PC assembling units, who are now venturing into the mobile industry. This will indeed be a reality. Even I was thinking about it atleast. Why you ask? here’s why

  1. Mobile Platforms are becoming opensource and free. An already established market leader Symbian is now symbian foundation following Google’s lead. Meanwhile Microsoft is sleeping.
  2. A single Android Version can support a wide range of mobile hardware. Much like how windows behaves with PC components. 
  3. Hardware Assembly in mobiles perspective is quite complicated. You need to have a company that actually produces an FCC Compliant device. Im assuming, since most of manufacturing these days has been China, assemblers will go down to their manufacturing units and cut a deal.
  4. All one has to do is DESIGN a unique device thats got Modules like Bluetooth, GSM, wifi, output (screen) and input (touch, keypad, etc)

In theory, this is Possible! Very likely we might see a number of companies mushrooming all over in the future that “Assemble” Mobile Devices much like what PC companies did back in the day.

According to Their website www.zzzphone.com, they’ll start shipping as early as November 30 2008. 

All viewers, proceed with caution. Gearlog feels this is legit! Before you all the way for preorders, it’ll be a good idea to read reviews and what kind of “Support” this company would offer, which is still unclear.

A low end version costs around $150. 

Nevertheless, i’d say this is a welcome move. Mobile prices will go down around the world. Big hardware companies will feel the heat if they ignore this new industry trend.

heres the TV commercial

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Android and Window Mobile friends?

Posted on September 28, 2008. Filed under: android, HTC, News | Tags: , , |

Thats right, According to John Wang, CMO, High Tech Computer (HTC), Android and Windows Mobile are no foes, but friends! He re-iterated that Windows Mobile smartphones will continue to be HTC’s priority.

We can kinda agree with that to an extent. Android didnt kinda pull anything from a win mobile junkie. Its first target will be the wide casual consumers which Nokia-Symbian dominate overwhelmingly. 

HTC is the winner here.. with both Windows mobile and Android under its belly. But is it realistically sustainable? We’ll find out only after G1 hits the shelves.

[ via DigiTimes ]

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Nokia Tube out October 2nd

Posted on September 27, 2008. Filed under: News, rumors | Tags: , , , |

Reuters reports that Nokia is set to launch is first actual attempt at challenging iPhone, the Nokia Tube. 

“The phone is extremely important,” said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. “We have been waiting for the market leader to respond to Apple’s iPhone for a year and a half now. There is a lot of pressure on Nokia.” 

This news is kinda important to us as Android geeks cuz of its capabilities and symbian’s leading market share. Lets wait and watch how this goes…

Demand for a touch screen phone has indeed surged. But its not just a touch screen, its the associated features – _ Multi Touch! Any device that wants to take on iPhone has to challenge it both in terms of Operating experience as well as Hardware capabilities.

[ via Reuters ]

 

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Secrets Out! T-Mobile G1 hitting stores on 22nd Oct

Posted on September 23, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, News, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , , |

Yep! T-Mobile Is hitting the stores on 22nd Oct.

The press conference confirmed information by Tmo, Engadget .. cheers guys 🙂

CHeck out the video

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T-Mobile G1 Android Official Shots

Posted on September 23, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, News, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , |

T-Mobile Official shots! Massive shoutouts to TmoWorld. They uncovered alot of details, here they are:

 

One-click Google search and easy access to all Google Applications – Quick and easy access to the Internet in one click. One touch access to Google applications:
Maps (including satellite, traffic and street views)
Gmail
YouTube
Calendar
Google Talk

Size–4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 in
Weight–5.6 ounces
Display–65K color screen, HVGA (480×320)
Talk Time–5 hours
Standby Time–130 hours

Expandable up to 8 gig memory…

No stereo bluetooth.

Gmail account required to sign in and use, no corporate access email available.

There is a required data plan associated with this device; it will not work without the data plan active, sorry no prepay.

GPS is confirmed. No video capture. 3.1 mp camera.

 

[ head over to TmoNews ]

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Strategy Analysts predict 400,000 android sales in Q4

Posted on September 20, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, News, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , , , , |

Strategy Analytics are busy doing what they do.. analyse. They predict that android will grab about 4% of smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2008. Thats a pretty big number.  

Chris Ambrosio, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Google has the brand power in the USA to make a big impact at launch. The main issue will be operator subsidies. As seen with the iPhone and smart devices in general, retail prices need to be well below $200 to be competitive. Longer-term success will, of course, rest on Android vendor ability to create designs with wow factor and an intuitive user-interface. Google will do its part to drive growth, and we expect Android will eventually offer a compelling range of mobile applications emphasizing Google’s online assets, such as advertising, mapping, and search.”

All that with just one Android Device on the table?? or they have considered the possibility of other handset manufacturers launching their devices before the year ends. 

While Google’s clean innovative image does play a vital role in wooing customers, details about the first official version android remain sketchy. That will clear on 23rd September. Till then, Im still confused if this T-Mobile HTC G1 is for me or should I wait for others to launch their smartphones. My tech-love-nature will be the only reason I’ll get the G1 otherwise its  wide known that G1 aesthetically fails to impress. 

Its not just the Operating System we’re looking at!

Samsung, LG, Texas Instruments….. wake up and get a piece of Q4 marketshare!

[ – read]

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Android T-Mobile Launch now Official: 23 September

Posted on September 16, 2008. Filed under: android, Carriers, Google, HTC, News, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmodo says T-Mobile Confirms the rumor, 23rd September will be the day when Google and T-Mobile will reveal Android OS 1.0 Platform and the HTC Device ( Dream/G1). Make schedules, plans and let the world know that

Android begins on 23rd September 2008 10.30 AM.

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Europe Sees Android and HTC Dream?

Posted on September 16, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, Hacks, HTC, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A huge crowd at London’s Wembley stadium gets first live experience with Google’s upcoming mobile operating system – Android on the device that looks like HTC device suggested codename Dream / G1 at the Google Developer Day 2008.

The conference covered much of Google’s projects and involvements like OpenSocial, Google Geo, Gears, Google Docs – Google Visualisation API, AJAX specfic developments.

Mike Jenning, head of Android OS development at Google, introduced  an unsuspecting crowd their first live European Demonstration of Android. He demonstrated Google Maps on the device. Videos look decent and pretty swift. Android SDK was also talked about!

The videos reveal nothing more than what we already know / seen in the leaked stuff. The revelation for us, Non-developers, is the device used for the demo. PC Pro says

far more polished” than it did in earlier leaked videos, and that by all accounts it was actually a “finished commercial device”

This brings joy, eternal happiness to my mind with a forced angered acceptance of the Device! I absolutely cannot believe HOW, WHY, WHO approved this wierd looking pulp as final finished electronic art. The focus group at HTC has got some aesthetic issues. Nevertheless, that isnt stopping us from getting one is it?

TechRadar points out:

Jennings explained that Android is designed to be a full platform, not just ‘Ajax on a phone.’ The SDK emulates an Arm 11 CPU for easier application development. “Can it be used on any embedded device?” Jennings was asked. “Why not?” he replied.

We all know what that means, Android could be seen on some already existing devices, all we need are hacks which im pretty sure will arrive when they should.

Stay tuned, Android’s buzzing everywhere!

[ via PC Pro ]

[ via TechRadar ]

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