News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
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.
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.
It seems Google is committed in getting software developers on board with Android. I wouldn’t think that the weekend would be the best time for a launch, but it seems Google just couldn’t wait any longer. For the sweet price of $399, developers can now pick up the Android Dev Phone 1. The only difference between the Android Dev Phone 1 and the T-Mobile G1 is that the new one is SIM unlocked as well as being fully hardware unlocked. This means that the Android Dev Phone 1 can be used with any SIM card and can flash any custom built Android build. The only catch is that you have to be registered with Google as a developer. That’s pretty easy though since all you have to do is register on their webpage (dev registration costs only $25).
And we’re back. Sorry for the delay, but we had a busy holiday weekend with family in town and a whole lot of chores to do around the house. As most tech savvy people know, today is Cyber Monday. Since we all like to save some cash on out gadgets, American Express is offering a sweet deal to their cardholders. Their My Wishlist page is currently offering the T-mobile G1 for the incredible price of $125. We’ve heard that supplies of the G1 are extremely limited and that this offer is only good for today. Let us know if you’re able to pick one up, but you better hurry, I’d imagine the G1 is selling fast at this price.
Today marks an important step in bringing mobile internet one step closer to the desktop experience. Adobe has just unveiled their plans on bringing Flash Player 10 to Windows Mobile, Google’s Android, and Nokia’s Symbian operating systems. Note for the record that Apple’s iPhone is currently not included in their plans. Adobe has seen the error of their ways and has realized how much potential the current generation of smart phones have. Andy Rubin, from Google, made an appearance at Adobe’s press event to show off the Flash Player 10 capabilities on the t-mobile G1.
Adobe did note that Flash Lite is still going to be supported since not all current devices will be able to use the Flash 10 Player. Kevin Lynch (Adobe) boasted: "Our goal (was to make) a billion phones Flash-enabled by 2010," Lynch said. "We’re actually going to get 1 billion Flash-enabled phones by 2009."
Since launch, people have been asking how much the G1 costs HTC to make. Today, CNN.com is reporting that iSuppli’s latest study revealed that the HTC made T-Mobile G1 includes $144 worth of components and materials. Inevitable, the article compared these costs to those of the iPhone, which is estimated to cost $160 to produce a 8GB model. CNN does not give any details on which components make us the price difference, but we can tell you that adding an 8GB flash chip to the G1 would bring the price within a dollar or two of the iPhone.