News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
There are a lot of different reasons to buy the T-Mobile G1. Some people simply love Google, others like Android or simply want an OpenSource OS. Me? I like my phone to be versatile enough to do almost anything. My wife thinks it’s a bit ridiculous that I check the Android Market a few times a day. What can I say, I must be addicted.
It’s been really a week since Google opened the floodgates, unleashing priced apps onto the Android market. Within that time there, more than 200 new priced apps have shown up, but something’s missing. There are a lot of useful apps out there, but I just get the feeling that there is still a huge void that app developers have yet to fill.
So what’s missing for you? Let us know. I’m sure we all have a dream app on our wish list that we’re hoping will get release on the Android Market.
Our good friends over at Engadget have spotted the new Android powered HTC Magic on the FCC’s website. There was a little excitement the other day when Google flashed a T-Mobile branded Magic during a tech demo, but this doesn’t seem to fit the mold. T-Mobile’s 1700MHz AWS radio frequency is missing for now, but that does no mean we will not see the HTC Magic in the U.S. any time soon. The current G1 sports a few different variations for the European and U.S. markets, so why shound’t the Magic? HTC’s confidentiality request to the FCC is keeping any images of the HTC Magic under wraps until March 16, but I’m sure everyone here has already seen images of the Magic already.
We’ve all seen the Vodafone HTC Magic, but what we weren’t expecting to see this week was the HTC T-Mobile G2. During a presentation this week at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Google did a little demo to show off their new offline Gmail app on the iPhone and Android. The presented showed the HTC Magic for no one than a few seconds. Ok, nothing new here. We all know Vodafone will be launching it soon in Europe. But as you can see from the shot, the HTC Magic is sporting the T-mobile logo. Since we’re all T-Mobile experts over here, you will notice that the T-Mobile logo only has one dot in front of the "T". So what does that mean to you? Simple, T-Mobile over in Europe sports three small dots in front of the "T" which would make this the T-mobile G2 for the U.S. market. You can check out the video for yourself on YouTube and if you don’t believe us about the logo thing, check out the image of the UK T-Mobile G1 after the jump.
The Android Market is now offering priced apps to G1 users. I still have not seen any, but have gotten reports from a few people that they are starting to show up. For those of you still wondering how you will pay for the priced apps, Google has chosen to use their Google Checkout service. This allows them to integrate the e-mail account used on the phone to be tied in to the payment system. We’ve also dug up Google’s Android Market policies and have chosen to highlight a few of them. there will be a 24 hour buyers remorse period, so if you paid for an app and it’s not something you want to keep, Google will get your money back. Also, don’t expect any Porn applications to show up on the Android Market. Google’s committed to keeping their Android OS and the Marketplace child friendly.
- Returns: You have 24 hours from the time of purchase (not download) to return any applications purchased from Android Market for a full refund of any applicable fees. The option to return an application within this timeframe will be made available to you through the Android Market user interface. You may not return any Products other than applications.
- Upgrades: Android Market does not provide upgrade functionality for any Products. If a Product offers free or paid upgrades, those upgrades must be obtained directly from the Developer responsible for the Product.
- Reinstalls: You are allowed an unlimited number of reinstalls of each application obtained via the Market.
- Product Removals: From time to time, Google may discover a Product on the Market that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or other legal agreements, laws, regulations or policies. In such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your Device at its sole discretion. If that occurs Google will make reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the Product, if any, from the originating Developer on your behalf. If Google is unable to recover the full amount of the purchase price, it will divide any recovered amounts between the affected users on a pro rata basis.
- Chargeback and Billing Disputes: Google is not responsible for billing disputes arising from purchases on Android Market. All billing issues should be directed to the Developer in question, the payment processor, or your credit card company as appropriate.
- Customer Support: Support for the use and operation of the Market (including how to find, purchase, download, return and remove Products) is provided by Google in the user interface of the Market application. Google does not provide customer support for Products distributed by Developers on Android Market. Each Developer is responsible for determining the level of customer support they provide and you should contact them directly.
Android has not been known to be business friendly. The lack of Exchange support and it’s inability to read or write Microsoft Office files have dealt it a huge setback in the corporate market. Quickoffice is not offering a solution to part of that problem. Quickoffice for Android now gives business users (or anyone else who want to access their Office files) the ability to sort through their Word and Excel files from their Android handset. Unfortunately, there is still now way you will be able to edit those files on your phone quite yet, but it’s better than nothing.
Quickoffice allows you to open .doc and .xls files, zoom through their contents, and even adjusts screen orientation with the built-in accelerometer. It also ships with a file manager that allows you to sort, navigate, rename, and delete those Word and Excel files. Quickoffice is available on the Android Market for $7.99 (ok, that’s what their website says, but we still have not seen it show up).
Ok, so day one of the GMSA Mobile World Congress went to windows Mobile. HTC launched the Diamond2 and the Pro2, but now it’s Android’s turn to take the stage. We present the HTC Magic. Vodafone just nabbed up a timed exclusivity deal with HTC and will be introducing the HTC Magic on their networks in the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy over the next few months (starting in April). Pricing is expected to range from 99 to 199 Euro with a new contract. Just like the T-mobile G1, the HTC Magic will feature a large 3.2 inch HVGA display HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a trackball. Engadget seemed to be a bit surprised, but we’ve come to expect that HTC phones will be shipping with their proprietary headphone connection (that does not mean we have to like it). The biggest difference between the HTC Magic and the G1 is the lack of a dedicated QWERTY keyboard. The HTC Magic will be the first Android phone to ship with Android’s Cupcake touchscreen keyboard. It will also be sporting Bluetooth wireless stereo headset support (A2DP) and video capture.
We’ve got a lot more pictures after the break with a full breakdown of the HTC Magic’s specs.
For decades, computer users have been able to edit and create pictures on their computer, now Android users can join in on the fun! The Android Comeks app hit the market a bit over a week ago. Since then, is has racked up over 10,000 downloads and for good reason. The app allows you to customize the pictures on your Android phone or create new ones from scratch with the many stickers and other add-ons. Ok, Comeks is no Photoshop, but it does allow you to edit the opacity, brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue. Other fun image effects include Twirl and Pinch. Once you’re finished customizing all the pictures of your friends, you can share your pictures from Comeks directly with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Bebo, or send them off with an MMS to email. It might not be the most earth shattering app on the android Market, but Comeks adds a little fun to your every day MMS messages and is always great for a laugh of two.
If you wanna share you’re Comeks picture creations, simply upload them to flickr and post the link in the comment section. Hope you enjoy!