News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
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!
Today, Eric Chu from the Android developers blog released a statement saying that the Android Market is now accepting priced applications. Google Checkout will be implemented as the only billing and payment service for app developers and app purchasers (that’s you!). You should start seeing priced apps hitting the Android Market by the middle of next week in the US and UK. Google will be rolling out priced apps to Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, and Spain later in the quarter. Australia should see the free apps on the Android Market on February 15th with Singapore trailing behind only by a couple of weeks. This news marches up with our report from Monday that the HTC G1 is launching next week.
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.
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.