Thanks to a Tweet from Androidguys, we present to you the Telefonica HTC Dream. Telefonica is keeping with HTC tradition by offering the HTC Dream in Spain under its original code name, while also giving the handset a bit of a facelift (or from what we can tell, mostly a chin lift). We’ve seen this done time and time again with the HTC Diamond, Touch, and Touch Pro. But this is the first facelift for the HTC Dream. From the pictures, it appears the only changes will be to the front buttons of the phone which appear to bevel out just slightly in a uniform row as opposed to the separated round buttons on the T-mobile G1. The menu button has also been rounded out a little and moved down a millimeter or two from the screen. These minor design changes are a welcome change over the more industrial look of the original G1 launch. We’re kinda perplexed though. Why didn’t HTC release the T-mobile G1 with this look?
EngadgetMobile is reporting that the Telefonica HTC Dream will be the first Android phone released in Spain at a price ranging from €0 and €199 depending on your calling plan. The launch date has not been released. Hit the "read more" link for another shot of the new HTC Dream.
Every wonder what it would be like at a cell phone reunion? Oh, and then the iphone walks in strutting his stuff. Keep in mind, Android would act and be treated the same. Let’s just hope that Android gets on to enough handsets this year so that everyone can enjoy it.
Until now, the HTC made G1 has been a T-Mobile exclusive. But things are about to change next week with the launch of the G1 in Australia. Optus (owned by SingTel), is planning on making the G1 available to the people of Australia on February 16. Optus’ G1 cell plans will be starting at $59 a month, but from what we have gathered, there’s still not official price for the HTC handset. Similar to other countries, the G1 is the first Android powered handset to reach the Australian shores. SingTel, being the larges service provider in Singapore, already has plans in the works to deliver the G1 to their home market within the near future, but has declined to give any specifics on the G1’s first official launch in Asia.
Earlier today I received a notification on my G1 that I could download the new RC33 firmware update from T-Mobile. The download process went pretty quick, but I was a bit surprised that the update itself took more than three minutes to install. Once it was installed, my G1 tool nearly another 4-5 minutes to restart. For a second, I thought something had gone wrong and T-mobile had killed my G1. After that brief moment of anxiety, my home screen loaded up and I could already see the first update. My Google search bar sits front and center on my home screen and now it features a little microphone button next to the magnifying glass search button. If you press the microphone button, a little "Speak Now" window pops up as the G1 listens to your voice search request. If you are not loud enough, it will ask you to re-speak the words or phrase. I tried a few different searches and was pleasantly surprised to see that Google does a great job "listening" to the words I say.
the only other new feature I was able to play around with today was the Market app updates. If you open the android Market and go to "My Downloads" you will get a notification that tells how many apps you have installed on your G1 have updates that you can download. All the aps with available updates float to the top and you can go through each one and download the updates if you want. If you hit the menu button while on this page you’ll see a new "notification" option that allows you to turn on/ff the update notification feature (though I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this).
I’ll be playing around with my phone over the weekend so I’m sure I’ll run across some other of the other new features that T-mobile has decided to bless us with.
Android is picking up steam. More and more handset markets are planning on releasing Android powered devices in the coming months, many of which could make their first appearance at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. My Tech Wall has a rundown of eight different handsets that could show their faces, two of which are the HTC Sapphire 2.0 and the HTC Hero.
We’ve known for a while that T-mobile was preparing a new update for the G1. Rumors had been flying around and there was high hope that T-Mobile would include at least a few of the new Cupcake features into the RC-33 build for Android. Now we have official confirmation from a T-Mobile employee:
“To ensure a great experience with the T-Mobile G1 with Google, customers with these devices will receive an Over the Air (OTA) update to their devices between February 5 and February 15. This OTA will include new system enhancements such as the ability to save pictures or files to file by long-pressing an item, check for system updates, and use the Google Voice Search feature. The OTA will also fix a number of known issues. New G1 activations will receive the OTA up to three days after service has been activated.”
To our disappointment, there is no mention of any of the features from the Cupcake development branch. Google Voice Search and saving pictures are nice, but I’m sure most people would prefer video recording on their G1 or stereo Bluetooth support. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope the phrase “fix a number of known issues” really means “and we have a few extra surprised in there too”.
As many of you know, I typically don’t write my own handset reviews. I’ve come to the conclusion that with the thousands of tech bloggers on the web, all the things I love and hate about each device usually gets picked apart by a few dozen writers before I’d ever get a chance to do so. The past few days I have been scrawling through google searches, trying to find a review on the T-Mobile G1 from someone who’s had it since day one and has used it as their main device since then. To my surprise, there was very little out there. I stumbled upon a few reviews with title like “A week with the T-Mobile G1” or “Should you switch to the G1?” but nothing from someone who has actually lived with it and watched it grow over the past few months. So here it is… Living with an Android: my first three months with the T-Mobile G1.