Just like the iPhone, the G1 has suffered when it comes to GPS navigation. Don’t get us wrong, Google Maps does an incredible job of getting you to the right place or finding local restaurants and businesses. But map licensing complications have not allowed Google to give users turn-by-turn GSP directions in the same way a dedicated GPS unit does. On February 24th, Telnav is planning on changing all of that! TeleNav GPS Navigator will be launching with 10 million business listings; gas prices; weather updates and restaurant reviews accompanied by real time turn-by-turn directions. Ok, so you can already get most of those features on the G1, but this will be the first true GSP application that will allow you to throw out your dedicated GPS unit. Telnav will launch a 30 day free trial on February 24th. After the trial period is up, Telnav will charge $10 a month for the application.
Be sure to check out what Telnav will look like on the G1 after the break.
So you’ve scored a new phone loaded with Android; now is the time to load it with all those apps that keep your life in order and running smooth. Whether you’re a student, businessman, or simply love Android, the apps below are sure to make your live a little easier.
Locale: When was the last time you were in class, a meeting, or the library, only to have your cell phone begin ringing loudly? It never seems the ringer is turned down when you need it to be. With Locale, an app designed by MIT students, you can program to the phone to automatically act in a specific way when you’re in a predefined location, as designated by the user.
This is accomplished via the GPS. Simply enter specific coordinates of each location you often visit–for example, school and work–and set your phone to react in a certain way–for example, for the ringer to automatically shut off.
iSkoot: For those who enjoy using the Skype, or who need to make the occasional overseas call and would rather use the cheaper VoiP option. iSkoot is an app that allows you to use all the features available with Skype: chat, browsing your contacts, etc.
Save MMS: The T-Mobile G1 cannot save images sent through MMS. If you receive a lot of pictures via multi-media texting, this application will allow you to save them permanently. Ideal for those who receive photos often and need to save them for viewing on a different apparatus.
mShare: With data becoming increasingly mobile, it’s not surprising that will need to transfer a great amount of data to and from your cell phone at any given time. That is where mShare comes in. It’s basically an FTP, as it allows you to swap files from your phone to your computer, from your computer to your phone, or a phone to another phone. This is includes single and mass transfers.
Toggle Settings: When you need to access and change settings on your T-Mobile G1, you don’t want to waste time shuffling through the menus. This is where Toggle Settings comes in. This app allows you to quickly access groups of features based on clicks–one click gets you connection settings like Wifi and GPS. Two clicks gets you more phone centric feature such as the ringer. Ideal for quickly changing settings on the good.
We’ve heard it before, but now the WSJ is reporting that "This week Google will start allowing developers to charge for software sold through the Android Market, according to people familiar with the matter." Previous reports claimed that a pay App Market was in the works for Q1 of 09, but Google has been hard at work over the past few weeks, rolling out new mobile services just in time for the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Earlier this year they also introduced localized versions of the Android Market so that developers could target their work to specific areas. I guess all we can tell you for now is to keep an eye on the Android Market. I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who are addicted to checking the market a few times a day.
At the moment, Google and T-mobile are busy rolling out their latest OTA firmware update to the G1. But hidden inside that update is Google’s latest add-on to their Google Maps Application: Google Latitude. This new app works with Google Maps and allows users to share their location and message other people from their contact list. The application is very similar to the Loopt application on the G1 and the iPhone, but allows anyone to access it through their web browser as well through their igoogle.com page if they already have a Google account. The advantage that Google has over Loopt is that they are pushing this new app out to all T-Mobile G1 phones and most likely will include it an all future building of the Android OS. Google Latitude will also be rolling out to the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and most likely any other Mobile OS that already has Google Maps support. We’re still waiting on our OTA firmware update for our G1, but we’ll be sure to post our impressions once we get out hands on Google Latitude. Until then… you can always download Loopt.
Make sure you check out the official Google Latitude page.
In an effort to add a little more value to its email client, late last year, Gmail Tasks was rolled out in Google Labs. Google’s latest Labs project allowed users to create, manage, and edit lists of tasks in a similar fashion to Outlook and Lotus Notes. At the moment, Gmail Tasks is not a native application for Android, but merely a web interface that allows you to access all your tasks you have created, add new ones or delete tasks you have already completed. Since gmail Tasks is still in the Google Labs, you will need to enable it on your Gmail account through your computers web browser before you will be able to access it through your Android handset. Just head on over to gmail.com/tasks to get all the details and activate the service and then go to the same address on your phone.
Within the next few days, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to download Skype’s new app for the Android platform. Skype Lite will allow users to chat with their contacts and will also be able to make Skype calls without using the data connection for low fees. This app will be a "must have" for current Skype desktop users to stay in touch with peopel on the go. Skype is expected to have app the app in the Android Market within the next few day.
Google’s Android Market team wanted to finish off the year by reminding developers that the "apps for pay" market will still be launching in Q1 of 2009. An e-mail was sent out to the registered developers of the Android Market, stating that the service will soon be going live. Due to payment support systems for multiple countries, staggered roll-out will go to (1) United States and UK; (2) Germany, Austria and Netherlands; (3) France, Italy and Spain with additional countries to be announced at the end of Q1 09. The e-mail also lets developers know that they will now be able to tailor their apps for different markets. When launching an app, developers will chose which countries it will launch in. This should help keep the market clean for users. There have already bee a handful of apps that are country of language specific that should not be visible to the entire market.
If you want to read the entire e-mail, be sure to hit the read more link. Thanks to TalkAndroid for the news.