Over a decade ago, Napster was considered to be the best new way for people to get their hands on music files. The digital music revolution had started and Napster was there to satisfy you’re thirst. Unfortunately, the Napster file sharing service was illegal and was soon shut down the record labels. A few years passed and Napster reemerged as a legitimate music subscription service. The new owners of the company thought they would be able to capitalize on the brand power of Napster and be able to compete with iTunes. As most mp3 players rose and fell against the iPod, so did many subscription music services against iTunes. Napster still lives on today, but it’s a far cry from where the company wants it to be. This week, Napster announced that they will be lowering their subscription pricing to $5 a month, from $12.95, but their customers will still need to shell out $14.95 for a premium account that will allow them to carry their music with them on their portable device (as long as it’s not an iPod).
Maybe Napster needs to rethink things a bit. Yes, lowering your price may be a good way to keep a few subscribers and gain a handful more. But these days, people want to take their music with them at all times. I think the cat with the evil green eyes though set its sights on the little green Android. Developing a new Android specific app and subscription service would allow Napster to reach new customers who might be willing to pay for a great music service. I’m not saying that success is guaranteed, but I’m sure that a lot of people are looking for other music options on their Android phone other than imeem and LastFM.
We’ve not sure how many more cute cupcake picture we can find on the net, but we’ll need to keep searching since T-Mobile has chosen to delay the launch of cupcake. G1 users were hoping to get their hands on the new firmware update this week, but T-Mobile has now chosen to hold it back for another week so that they can finalize the build to "ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery." All T-mobile G1 customers in the U.S. should get their cupcake fix by early June.
I’m sure most of you remember that a few weeks back I gave a detailed review of the HTC Magic Cupcake build that Haykuro had ported over to the T-Mobile G1. Now that Cupcake is being rolled out to most G1 users, Haykuro has moved on to the next big thing… the HTC Hero. Ok, so he does not have the Hero, but he has managed to get hit hands on the Hero’s Android build. If you were impressed with cupcake, I’m sure you’ll love what HTC has in store for you. HTC is planning on taking out a little Google from the phone and putting in a little more HTC. The calendar, dialer, icons, notification bar, have all been tweaked. HTC has even added Outlook sync capabilities. Haykuro has yet to release the Hero firmware for the T-Mobile G1, but I’m sure we will be seeing it in the next few days.
Be sure to check out a 5 minute walkthrough of the HTC Hero build on Andorid Uploads
If you find yourself over in Taiwan, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that the HTC Magic will be launching on May 15. As an added bonus, the HTC Magic will have a unique look that we have not yet seen. HTC has decided to give the black Magic a solid red stripe around the edge of the phone. The handset will be on sale for around $640 without a contract.
We still have no release information for the HTC Magic from T-mobile USA, but we’re hoping to have that all cleared away before the end of the month. Make sure you click through to get a few more shots the of custom Black and Red HTC Magic.
It’s been over six months since the launch of the first Android powered handset. HTC has released a second Android handset in Europe, but we still have not seen any other movement on the market. That’s all about to change. Android is expected to grow over 900% in 2009. Though that number may sound high, we have to keep in mind that less than 500,000 Android handsets were sold in 2008. Based on that estimate, we should see nearly 4.5 million new Android handsets in customer hands for all of 2009.
“We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900% annually during 2009,” said senior analyst Tom Kang, “Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79% annually in 2009.”
Android should have an incredible second half of the year, but 2010 is when Android will be making a huge slash into the mass market. Due to the Open Source nature of the android OS and the minimal licensing restrictions, I predict that we will see more than twenty different Android phones from ten manufacturers by the end of next year.
Source: Mirror News
Over the past few days, Bigfoot has taken over the web. No, we’re not talking about that tall harry human looking monster that wanders the woods in the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot is the code name for a new android powered handset that showed up on a leaked T-Mobile release roadmap. Bigfoot was shown as a replacement device for the HTC made T-Mobile G1, but no other information was given, not even the name of the manufacturer except that it would be known as the T-Mobile G1 v2. Everything was fine for a few days, but then rumors started to still that Bigfoot could be Motorola’s first Android phone to hit the market. Within hours, images were popping up that showed the button similarities between other Motorola phones and the ones that adorned the front of the Bigfoot handset. But like all good rumors and speculation, casting the Bigfoot as a Motorola device didn’t last long. Soon enough, Samsung was given credit for the design of Bigfoot.
It’s been over four months since we first heard about the wonders of the Android cupcake development branch. Finally (after every developer and hacker on the planet has already released their ow version of android cupcake), T-Mobile U.S.A. is planning on releasing it to their customers. The Android 1.5 OTA software update will start on May 11. Similar to a new of T-Mobile’s past updates, there have already been scattered reports of G1 users getting the update pushed to their handsets already.
Personally, I have already installed four different Android 1.5 builds onto my G1. None of them have been official releases for my exact phone so there have been a few glitches along the way. But the advantaged of the Android 1.5 update have far outweighed the downsides. If you’ve been waiting for an on-screen keyboard, stereo bluetooth, and video recording/sharing, you’re in for a treat.
T-Mobile’s Android 1.5 update will most likely take 2-3 days to roll out to all G1 users.