A perspective on Android 1.0

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: android, Applications, Google | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Finally Android hatched out into the hands of the famous, of which IMAndroid is unfortunately not. So, we base our views and judgements by reading other prominent websites.

I’ve written before on why buy Android, Lets see how much of that is true and add anything new to it:

Here, we are going to focus only on the operating system and not the hardware device. G1 is all about Google’s Android platform and less about hardware or HTC, if it were, we probably would have a much better ergonomics!

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GMail Mobile 2.0 with Offline Support

Posted on October 23, 2008. Filed under: android, Applications | Tags: , , , , |

Since the T-Mobile G1 launch, google’s been busy, releasing patches, advertising it, throwing a roadmap that includes a potential onscreen keyboard.

Well, here comes the GMail Mobile 2.0! now with OFFLINE Support

A welcome add-on indeed. Many of us suffer from such periodic disconnections, either on Subway, a short flight, or just going on a field trip!

Apart from this, here are some more changes

  • Multiple Account Support – sweet!
  • Overall performance improvement
  • Basic Offline support
  • Shortcut keys
  • Save multiple email drafts

Via – Official Google Mobile Blog

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Google releases Android Code

Posted on October 22, 2008. Filed under: android, Google | Tags: , , , , , |

As promised, Android 1.0 version code is now out. – source.android.com

I wonder if there are any new companies that’ll come up making some custom devices. Android’s release is a significant step forward in its commitment to benefit consumers and make some profit. Google has shaken the business models around the world. Symbian foundation, formed out of android’s threat, is taking similar steps to ensure its got a future.

While Microsoft will have to make some changes or perhaps follow Android’s lead. Their already loosing ground in the webspace, If they wana stop Google from invading Mobile domination, the time is NOW to make some changes.

Not that we want them to do it, cuz we Love ANDROID! ūüėČ

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zzphone a scam!

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: android, rumors | Tags: , , , , , , , |

this article has been moved to http://imandroid.org/2008/10/15/zzphone-a-scam/ , please check it there…

I’ve written about zzzPhone rolling out their custom built Android Devices. And their plans to release one on 30th November. Now that we’re approaching T-Mobile G1 Android release, I kinda felt curious and searched for some alternatives, that is, those that are scheduled to be released, announced or just some pure speculation about an upcoming Android powered mobile.

I found no official announcements not even speculations. All we can tell right now is OpenHandsetAlliance groups that are device manufacturers will probably announce something.

One thing stood out through out my search, Enter ZZZPhone.

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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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T-Mobile G1 Android – the BAD

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: android, Articals, Google, HTC, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , , , |

Okay, so we’ve all seen the launch, we’ve waited for that moment for months. We watched every webcast that went live at the New York T-Mobile Launch of Android G1. We replayed every video showing the device in action and finally we’ve read every piece of news artical floating around.¬†

Its safe to assume that we have a pretty good idea of what G1 is all about. Its all great selling points, targets, T-Mobile data plans etc.. 

In this artical lets highlight some issues or potential troubling factors about this HTC manufactured Device. In other words, lets have some criticism! There can never be a perfect device and there better not be one!

We’ll list out the cons spread from superficial to deep.¬†

Device I guess its Okay, that wer getting this HTC phone that we saw many many months ago when android was a neonate and the device was a prototype. And after its launch, little has changed in the device or nothing has changed in the device. I wonder what HTC did other than having it out in 3 colors: black, white and dark brown.  Still I CAN LIVE WITH THIS

SCREEN: is no multitouch screen. Its been what? maybe two years since Apple iPhone’s out with its multitouch screen? And a year later, that tech is incorporated into its MacBook line ups (MBP and MBA). One would have certainly expected some similar technology.¬†Still I¬†CAN¬†LIVE WITH THIS¬†

Aesthetics: Yea, we’ve been over this again and agan that HTC could’ve made a better looking device bla bla etc.. etc.. iPhone takes a bigger lead here. Phandroid.com says that device is actually alot nicer hands-on. But its a very lazy attempt at what could have been a powerful selling point being the _F_I_R_S_T_ ever Android Device. To a broader audience, organics are counted.¬†STILL I CAN¬†LIVE WITH THIS

HTC Propriety Jack. Lets face the truth here, HTC’s proprieties have been a mess, faced strong criticism from across the board. Uncountable complains. They call it¬†HTC ExtUSB‚ĄĘ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one) [ source ]. My last worst experience with these proprieties was in HTC StrTrek which had all-in-one socket after 5months of use got loose and detached. BUT the name HTC ExtUSB seems new, maybe they’ve got something more stable here.. ( I dont know yet )¬†I¬†CANNOT¬†LIVE WITH THIS

3.5mm AudioJack. Absence of which would be a problem for music lovers. However, there will be converters. Their function eventually goes back to patency of HTC Propriety Jack. STILL I CAN LIVE WITH THIS 

 

ANDROID ¬†software problems I CAN LIVE WITH only because PlayStation 2 did what it did not because of Sony but because of third-party developers. Similar terms i stated earlier, android’s basic principles are what developers dream of.

 

  • No Video Player except YouTube. Is this simply to promote youtube? I dont know what you call a smartphone that lacks a First-party video playback app in 2008. Ofcourse developers are there to save us. But I rather have them not fill in the blanks, but create their own better space.
  • Locked to T-Mobile. It will be locked for 90 days after which customers will receive their unlocking code. This is clever on T-Mobile’s part. They realised that with an operating system like android, they dont wana provoke ¬†developers. They’ll probably unlock it in weeks of its launch.
  • Sync Appz: None from the production house. But some are developing it. One of the problems ppl are gonna face is tethering it to your laptop to use internet. People in subways might need emergencies, like work on their ssh apps etc.. They’ll miss being able to use their mobiles as modems. ( DEPENDS ON YOUR JOB. Its a Problem You can/cannot live with!
Finally, something I Definitely CANNOT LIVE WITH.

Mats Lindoff, Sony Ericsson’s chief¬†technology¬†architect, said that the firm had been testing Android with prototype devices, and that Google’s was a ” holistic” approach.

“[But] to go with mass production and working with prototypes are two different things,” he explained. “If you want to give every service away to Google, then Android is the perfect solution.”

That statement [ via Yahoo News ] says it all in one line. Yess, Android is Open, but whats this about google trying to lock us into ¬†all its services. Appearently, any new gmail account login would require hard-reset. This will be strongly retaliated by coding community and chances are, ¬†they’ll win!

 

To summerise, G1 couldve been a better device. We dont expect android to have every tiny feature but we ¬†do desire some native first-party apps that are necessary like an independent video player. Keep in mind, Google will keep something for a future update. I’ve deliberatly not included things like dataplan criticisms cuz this artical is more abt HTC-Android than T-Mobile.¬†

What’s more?

One things sure though, Android WILL Indeed Conquer a huge chuck out of the Nokia-Symbian combination. Nokia is known for its Non-touchscreen smartphones dominate in numbers around the world. Once other Device manufacturers tap into that space, we’ll see our android blazing through…. ¬† ¬†unless ofcourse Symbian-foundation does something even more radical ūüėČ

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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 ūüôā

CHeck out the video

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Why buy T-Mobile G1 Android?

Posted on September 22, 2008. Filed under: android, Google, HTC, T-Mobile | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

this article has been moved to http://imandroid.org/2008/09/22/why-buy-t-mobile-g1-android/ , please check it there…

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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!

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