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It looks like someone has either created their own on screen koeboard for Android, or been able to compile Google’s cupcake project onto Android already. Androidguys is showing off a video of someone using the on screen keyboard. It is very similar to the one on the iPhone, but we’ll just have to wait and see hwo it actually works. They are also featuring a second video that shows off some sliding transitions. This could be a feature in cupcake, but many people already have this running on their G1. Head over to xda-developers for the download. It also includes a little compass that displays in Google Maps.
It seems the blogosphere is ablaze with a whole lot of speculation about the G2. If you have not heard anything yet, don’t worry. All you are missing is pure speculation by people "not in the know". The rumors contain specs on the G2 that claim it will have a 5MP camera, flash, no qwerty keyboard, support 16GB microSD memory cards, video calling, and more.
The rumor started by stating that the G2 would be available in January. Within 24 hours the other sites are claiming that its now been pushed back to April. Unfortunately, there is no concrete evidence to prove that T-Mobile is currently preparing to launch the G2 any time soon. If T-Mobile will be using an HTC device as the G2, we already have word from HTC that they will be launching one or more Android handsets in early summer of 2009. If they were cooking up something before then, I’m sure they would have let the masses know about that rather than putting a date on something that’s more than 6 months out.
When we first got wind of Google’s top secret development branch, we were a bit perplexed. What does baking have anything to do with Android. Ok, for there are a few cooking apps in the Marketplace, but should Google really be geting into that? Lucky for us, Google’s "cupcake" development branch has nothing to do with cooking of holiday treats and a lot to do with making Android a much better mobile OS.
Google’s been working on "cupcake" for a while and it includes a plethora of new and improved features for Android. Some of the main things to stand out on the list are the video recording more, video thumbnails, saving MMS attachments, and A2DP & AVRCP Bluetooth profiles. "Cupcake" also includes some much needed fixes to the e-mail client on Android and the app manager that also includes some UI enhancements. Since the list of items is quite lengthy, I’d encourage you to check it our for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Google will be rolling "cupcake" into the Android OpenSource development project so that none of the other improvements that developers have made over the past month and a half will be lost. Due to the holidays coming up, Google expects to have "cupcake" rolled out by the first week on January. Unfortunately, there’s no news from T-Mobile of HTC to indicate that the new "cupcake" features will be carried over to the T-Mobile G1. I’m sure we’ll hear more on this in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.
Tmonews just posted today that the T-Mobile Shadow II will finally be making it’s appearance in T-Mobile stores on January 28, 2009. Lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope that THIS release date will stick. Some of the Shadow II’s features include Windows Mobile 6.1, a 2.6" screen, WiFi with T-Mobile’s @home service, slide out keyboard and spin wheel. Unfortunately it does not look like the T-Mobile Shadow II will not be taking advantage of T-Mobile’s new 3G network.
Head on over toTmonews for more info.
It’s not every day that you can get a (good) cell phone for FREE. But since it’s getting realy close to the holidays, HTC has kicked off a little promotion in these hard times. If you’re in the market for a new phone or are looking to surprise someone with a great gift, make sure you check this out.
Here are the details on the phone and cash giveaway:
One lucky grand prize winner will walk away with a $25,000 cash prize and two HTC FUZE™ devices.*
As usual, I was doing my daily digging, trying to find some new news on Android and HTC when I came a cross some astounding news. Loopt is now available for Android and is in the Android Market. I quickly opened up the market to find the app, but there was nothign there. The latest app to show up was "My Med Box" which has been up since last night. This has happened before where there is news on a new app, but the app has simply not materialized yet. I tried going to Loopt.com on my work computer, but of course our firewall has blocked it since it’s considered a Social Network. So I typed in Loopt.com on my G1, hoping for a better result. Jackpot! The Loops website redirected me to a page for my G1 and had a link to download the App from the market. I clicked the link and the downloaded started and installed.
I’ve checked the market a few more times this past hour, but nothign there yet. It seems the only way to get loopt on your G1 at the moment is to click the link from www.loopt.com on your G1. Good luck!
UPDATE: If you’re reading this from your G1, you can just click here to download Loopt onto your G1.
For those of you who missed it, the OHA added 14 new members to their list yesterday. Sorry if we didn’t post the story, but there was no significant HTC news in there. However, today’s news is much different. The largest player to be added to the OHA yesterday was our good friends over at SONY who today have announced their official plans to bring to market some higher end Android powered phones, eventually followed by handsets for the mass market. This past year, HTC and SONY have been working pretty close to bring the Xperia X1 to the masses. Could HTC’s experience with the G1 lead to another partnership between the two companies?
That’s not all. A seperate article indicated that HTC is planning on bringing one of more Android phones to the market by the summer of 2009. This would fall in line with HTC’s typical product launched in late May which we have seen over the past few years. As of right now, we can only hope that HTC brings some design innovation to the table since I’m sure we have all heard our fair share of complaints about the G1. I wouldn’t expect to see any of these devices show up at CES next month, but I’m sure there will be a lot of companies showing off their ideas of what their Android handsets may look like.
Thanks to Engadget for the news