"We will be offering G1 users the firmware update sometime in April" – these are the exact words of a T-Mobile spokesperson when asked about the release of Cupcake for the T-mobile G1. "We can’t say whether this will be connected with the launch of the HTC Magic as we aren’t aware of what alterations if any they are making to the operating system".
As we all know, Cupcake will enhance the G1’s Android build, giving it the ability to record video, support stereo Bluetooth and also give users an on screen QWERTY keyboard as an alternative to the slide out keyboard on the G1. We still don’t have a solid date for the release of Cupcake into the wild, but April is just around the corner.
If you are still looking for a reason to buy the T-Mobile G1, this might be your lucky day. Amazon is looking to cash in by selling the G1 for only $97! Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to take advantage of this incredible deal since you need to be a new T-Mobile customer. The standard two year agreement is still in place and you’ll of course need to sign up for the "required" data plan as well. So what are you waiting for? Just an FYI, but is seems Amazon is only willing to give up the black T-Mobile G1 with this deal.
Microsoft is slowly revealing more details on the app distribution service which will roll out to the Windows Mobile platform this year. Just like the Android Market and the iPhone App Store, Microsoft will be keeping a good percentage of the proceeds for themselves. Microsoft’s revenue approach is a bit more similar to Apple’s since they plan on keeping 30% of the revenue generated by the service. For $99, developers will be able to submit up to five applications to the service, but unlike the Android Market, Microsoft is planning an app certification program in order to test each submission before they go live on the market. This could have positive and negative effects, just like Apple’s approach. The high cost of entry into the market and a strict review process will definitely weed out a lot of applications that have no business in the marketplace. All we can really do now is sit back and watch to see which business model will come out on top.
I’ve been a big fan of Late Night on NBC for years. Jimmy Fallon took over the show a week ago and has been holding his own (he needs to work on his intro a bit). Last night, Joshua Topolsky from Engadget was on the show to show off the Palm Pre. they talk quite a bit about the Pre quite a bit, but don’t really show it off that much. I’m not going to lie. The Palm Pre is a sexy handset and Web OS is the sleekest OS I’ve ever seen. We’re still waiting to get our hands on it before we cast any judgment, but I can tell you that the Palm Pre is definitely the gem Palm needs to get back on track.
If you’re one of the few who opted to get the Android Dev Phone over the T-mobile G1, Google’s Android team has pieced together a software update for you. This is the first software update for the Dev Phone and it fixes quite a few bugs that have been plaguing users for the past few months. The update also addresses the issue of seeing paid apps on the Android Market, though it can only see apps that do not have the copy protection feature turned on by the developers. Here’s a short list of some of the fixes that are included:
For more details, head on over to the official Android blog
This past weekend, HTC was dealt a huge blow, which could impede them from selling the HTC Magic (HTC’s second Android powered phone) and any other handset. A German court just ruled that Qualcomm chipset used by HTC infringed on patents owned IP-com related to 3G radio technologies that allow HTC phones to connect to the internet. HTC is said to be working with Qualcomm to identity an alternative solution. In the mean time, HTC plans to appeal the court ruling which may buy them some time an allow them to launch the HTC Magic in Germany in April.
We still don’t have a date, but at least Vodafone is giving us the month that they are planning on releasing the HTC Magic into the wild. Vodafone just launched a product page for the HTC Magic on their website where you can sign up to receive updates about the HTC Magic. HTC is still leading the game on the Android front, releasing their second Android powered handset to market long before any other manufacturer will. The white HTC Magic will launch in Spain, France and the UK, while the folks in Germany will get their hands on the black version. Fortunately, Vodafone customers in Italy will be able to choose between the two colors.