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Last night, one of our readers asked if I could post up a video taken with my G1 to show off the quality. It seemed like a reasonable request, so on my way to work this morning, I shot a short clip. After I was finished, I hit the "Share" button on the screen, thinking I would email the clip to myself. To my surprise, I was greeted with the option to share the video clip with YouTube. I selected the option, filling in my YouTube account information (not sure why since it’s the same as my Google account info) and then filled in the title, added some tags, and a short description. Hitting the upload button, a small YouTube icon appeared on the status bar that indicated the clip was being uploaded.
After about 20 seconds though, my G1 froze and restarted. I wasn’t surprised at all since the Android build I’m running is intended for the HTC Magic. Once the phone rebooted, I tried uploading the video again. This time it worked. I headed over to the YouTube app on my G1, pressed the menu button and selected "My Account". The clip was there and even had a comment under it that read ‘This video was uploaded from an android phone". Since it worked, you might be wondering why the video above if hosted on Vimeo. While the upload worked fine, a lot of the quality was lost during the process. The Vimeo clip more accurately displays the video quality as is appears on the G1.
Thanks to Manny for the request.
We can always count on the good people at xda-developers to come up with a good back for your HTC phone. To be honest, I’m sure not many of us would have expected them to go this far though. An Android hacker known as Haykuro managed to get his hands on two different Android builds that were intended for the HTC Magic and has been able to successfully post them both over to the T-Mobile G1. It would appear that one of them (the G build) is a Google Android build, while the other (the H build) is an HTC Android build. Both of these Android Magic builds are based on the cupcake development branch and support some new features that most G1 users have been waiting for since launch day.
Over the past day, I have been able to successfully flash both versions to my rooted G1. Though the core of the builds is the same, the Google and HTC versions do have a few differences which I will highlight for you. Keep in mind, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of feature and differences between the two. Haykuro has released multiple updated and fixes to both ROMs over the past few days, adding new features and functionality.
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Late yesterday afternoon, the Android Developers blog lit up with a new blog post announcing that developers could now get their hands on the latest Android SDK, Android 1.5. This latest build is based on the cupcake development branch and includes APIs for the on screen soft keyboard, speech recognition, live folders, and home screen widgets. Along with the updated SDK, the Android team has also made changes to the developer tools so that developers can run multiple versions of the Android SDK to see how the applications interact with multiple versions of Android and take advantage of extended functionality that carriers or OEMs might include in their Android builds.
The Android Developers blog is planning on pushing out a series of articles over the next few weeks that will highlight many of the new APIs included in the Android 1.5 SDK. However, they do warn that all the APIs for Android 1.5 are not finalized. They expect to have the final Android 1.5 SDK with all the finalized APIs by the end of April. If you want to take a look at the Android 1.5 SDK, you can download it here.
For years, we’ve always been able to count on the FCC and their website to give us the early scoop on new tech devices coming down the pipeline. Typically there’s a confidentiality letter asking the FCC to not post pictures of devices until a certain date or to keep specifications under wraps. If you troll through the FCC’s website, you’re always bound to find something of interest.
Similar to the FCC, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) likes to certify and register every product that is using Bluetooth technology. Every few months, they actually update their information on the website before a product is announced or hits the streets. Unfortunately, all the information we ever get is the name of the manufacturer and the type of device it is. Luckily, that little bit of information was enough for them to tell us that HTC has another Android powered cell phone in the works called the Fiesta. The HTC Fiesta is expected to be available in Asia, Europe, and North America. And that’s all we know. Apparently someone thought that the information in the image above was too much information. The HTC Fiesta page has now been updated and the words "An Android phone" have been changed to "Phone"
It’s been a month since HTC unveiled the HTC Touch Diamond2 and nearly a year since they introduced the original Touch Diamond, but that doesn’t seem to phase Verizon Wireless one bit. The largest service provider in the U.S. is finally shipping their version of the HTC Touch Diamond. If you’re thinking that Verizon is simply putting out a "me too" phone, think again. Sprint has had the HTC Touch Diamond in their show rooms since last fall, but I guess Verizon’s plan was tweak the features a bit and then charge a little more. Verizon has chosen to downgrade the processor and swap out the 4GB of internal memory that most versions of the HTC Touch Diamond have and replace it with a MicroSDHC card slot. We’re assuming that the processor downgrade will give you a little more battery life, but I don’t see how they expect to sell the phone for 299.99 with a new two year contract (a whole $100 more than Sprint) without the 4GB of memory. Verison’s HTC Touch Diamond still features the crisp 2.76-inch touch screen and the TouchFLO 3D UI all housed in a 102mm x 51mm x 11.35mm brushed-metal package.
We’re not saying that this phone is not good. It’s just too little too late from Verizon (the same as they did with the original HTC Touch about one year ago). HTC is expected to ship their new HTC Touch Diamond2 any day now. Why couldn’t Verizon just wait a few weeks and give their customers a NEW HTC phone rather than one that’s about to be discontinued?
It would seem that T-Mobile is testing the waters to find the best name for the HTC Sapphire. TmoNews has uncovered some market research material that indicated T-Mobile might not be happy to simply call their next Android handset the T-mobile G2. Some of the names being tested are "T-Mobile Genius 3G with Google" and "Prism 3G with Google" and even "T-Mobile G3". That last one leaves us a little perplexed. Why skip a number?
If T-Mobile is looking for a new name, I’m sure some of you might be able to come up with some better ideas than "Prism". What would you call T-Mobile’s second Android handset?
If you’re one of the lucky people who have enough money to buy the HTC Touch HD, we have some good news for you. HTC has just pushed out an official ROM update. We’re assuming this is only for those who purchased the Touch HD from a third party retailer and not your service provider. HTC’s ROM update includes the following updates:
As we’ve stated in the past, running a ROM update is risky and could cause your phone do die if the updating steps are not followed to the letter. For more details on the HTC Touch HD ROM update, head on over to HTC’s site.