News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
Reports are coming in from all over the web, stating that Google has started pulling tethering apps from the Android Market. I currently have aNetShare installed on my rooted G1 (the app allows me to tether my 3G or EDGE connection over WiFi with multiple WiFi enabled devices), but a quick search on the Android Market shows that the app is not longer available. The assumption is that Google is getting pressure from T-mobile to remove these apps since they violate T-mobile’s user agreement policies (no internet sharing). For those of you who are disappointed with Google for doing for removing these apps, keep in mind, you can still legally install the apps if you get them from the developer or any other website that might have them posted.
If you already have a tethering app installed on your G1, I’d hang on to it even if you don’t use it that often.
We’ve been expecting this day for some time, but the FCC has just confirmed our assumptions that the HTC Magic will be dropping on the T-mobile network this year. As we reported before, Vodafone has a timed exclusivity deal that ties up the HTC Magic in a few countries in Europe, but there’s nothing keeping HTC from releasing the phone state side. Here’s a few spec highlights from the FCC documents:
- T-Mobile 3G HSDPA/HSUPA
- WiFi UMA (Hotspot@Home)
- 5 Megapixel Camera – not the 3.2 that was rumored
At this time, we still don’t have a release date, official T-Mobile name (G2?), or how much you will have to pay to get your hands on the HTC Magic, but we’re going to predict that it will be available by mid summer for a little less than the G1.
Thanks to AndroidGuys for the tip.
Support for Adobe Flash may be coming to Android handsets sooner than we might have expected. Late last year, Adobe announced that they are working on porting Flash over to Android and a slew of other smartphone operating systems by the end of 2009, but now Bsquare is set to announce their plans to bring Flash to Android before Adobe gets around to it. CNET News states that "Bsquare has been tapped by a global tier 1 carrier to port the Adobe Flash player to the Android platform on more than 100 embedded devices." Their report also indicated that Bsquare will be revealing the details of their plan today.
We’ll be on the lookout for any fresh news on the topic.
The one thing I enjoy most about Facebook is that people constantly update their profile pictures. It gives you a better representation of how they see themselves or what mood they are in. Google does an adequate job of syncing all the images you gave in Gmail with your Android phone, but unless you are an avid Picasa Web user, most your contacts are pictureless. Facebook Sync is a new app on the Android Market that promises to bring images to all your contacts as long as you are friends with them on Facebook. Facebook Sync is fairly simple. When you open the app, there’s an check box at the bottom that asks if you want to replace non-Facebook photos that you might already have in your contacts. All that’s left to do is tap the "Start friend photo sync" and away you go. A web window opens up in which you will need to enter in your Facebook login info to allow that app to gain access to your friends list. Once it starts the sync process, if shows you each friend picture that it is syncing to your contacts. Once Facebook Sync has finished going through all your friends and contacts, it gives you a little readout of how many contact entries were synced.
Facebook Sync is extremely simple, but I’m sure most Android users who have a Facebook account will find that it’s an extremely useful tool to complete your contacts list. If you’re on your G1 right now, just click here in your phones browser or else just head over to the market and search "Facebook Sync"
A few weeks back we reported that HTC had been banned from selling the HTC Magic in German due to a patent dispute with IPCom. HTC has decided to appeal the German court’s ruling and now has been granted a four week injunction which would allow HTC to start shipping the Android powered HTC Magic which will go on sale in Germany within the next few weeks. I’m sure this isn’t the last we will hear about this case, but at least customers will be able to get their hands on the new Android handset before any more decisions are made by the German court.
For those of you lucky enough to be living in Italy (I lived there for a while and miss it so much), TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) has just launched the HTC Dream on their network. It features a Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz radio chip set. The HTC Dream can be your for €429 (roughly $575) if you want the pay-as-you-go option, but TIM is willing to give it to you for free if you don’t mind signing your life away with a new contract. The HTC Dream is basically the same phone as the T-Mobile G1 we have come to know so well, but does feature a small chin lift that slightly tweaks the buttons on the front of the phone. There was another small detail on TIM’s website that caught my eye. The 3.2MP camera is described as having 4x zoom. I wonder where that came from.
HTC was the first to bring an Android powered handset to market late last year. Within the next few weeks, HTC will be sellign the HTC Magic in Europe, but the Android fun doesn’t stop there. It turns out that HTC CEO Peter Chou is expecting at least three Android phones in 2009. This leaves us with two more phones that we have most liekly already seen in HTC’s 2009 leaked lineup. The HTC Hero and the HTC Memphis are most likely the best Android release candidates for HTC. Keep in mind, this is only our best guess based on the information we’ve gotten over the past few months. Regardless, HTC is poised to lead the Android marketplace just as it does with Windows Mobile.