News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
As we inch our way closer to September 23, the WSJ seems to be the source for most HTC G1 news. A new article from late last night states that the T-Mobile branded HTC G1 will go on sale for $199. Other reports for yesterday afternoon seem to have pinpointed the launch date for the HTC G1 to October 17, which happens to be the same day that T-Mobile will be flipping the 3G switch for eight new markets. This would increase T-Mobile’s 3G coverage to 21 markets across the U.S. There is still no indication if the HTC G1 will only launch in market areas where 3G coverage is already live.
T-Mobile’s September 23 press event is right around the corner. More news to come…
By now, I’m sure we’re all a bit disappointed that the T-mobile G1 pre-sale date we heard about a few weeks back will soon have come and gone with nothing to show for it. We’ve been waiting for a long time already, but it looks like there will be a lot of answers to all our questions in less than 7 days! Our good friends over at TmoNews have guys posted that T-Mobile will be hosting a press event for the T-Mobile G1 at 10:30am on 09/23/08. We’re expecting T-Mobile will finally be taking the cover off the G1 and letting a select few have some hands-on time with the Google Android powered cell phone.
We are still in the dark in regards to pre-sale dates for the T-Mobile G1. It would seem logical for T-Mobile to offer up the device for pre-sale to current customers right after the press event. Earlier today, the WSJ reported that HTC has a sales forcast that should beat most analysts’ estimates. HTC is expecting to ship between 600,000 to 700,000 units of the G1 by the end of the year. The WSJ says that sources close to the project are still saying the T-Mobile G1 will ship before the end of October. Unfortunately those sources did not have any definite word on actual pricing of the G1.
We’re expecting a more news to trickle in over the next week. We’ll be sure to you you updated with anything that comes our way.
On a side note, how many of you are planning on buying the T-Mobile G1?
The HTC G1 has just made a surprise appearance at a Android seminar at the Google Developer Day in London. Mike Jennings (the head of Android development) gave a short presentation of Andoid on what looked to be a production ready G1. The device even sported some crude masking tape which was used to cover up carrier logos on the device. Those who attended the event described the HTC G1 as being "more polished" than the ones we have seen in previous leaked video clips.
Make sure you take a peak at the video of the event.
In an effort to spur a little more development on their new Andorid OS, Google has just released a Flickr app which gives uses a new way to interact with their images stored on Flickr. It is a bit surprising to see Google offer an app for Flickr especially since it is a service offered by their competitor Yahoo and also because just this week Google relaunched their Picasa 3 program and web albums. I’d imagine a Picasa album is in the works, but since Flickr is used by Yahoo’s millions of users every day and has a few billion images to sort through, it makes more senser to capitalize on on Flickr’s huge user base. Flickr has been known for having an incredible API and developers have been taking advantage of it for all it’s worth. Hopfully this will spark some interest in web developers and show them how friendly and easy to use the Android OS can be.
Some of the Android features shown off with the app include:
You can check out some additional iamges from Photostream after the jump.
Of course the first actual spy shts of the T-Mobile branded HTC G1 surfaced this past saturday while we wwere away for the holiday weekend. Not to worry though, we’ve been able to secure all the shots of the T-Mobile HTC G1 for you. The look has not changed from the design sketches or the blurry shots we’ve seen or the referrence design from the past few months. Hit the read link to view the HTC G1 in all its glory.
One of our readers has just given us the heads up about some new info on the Android App Store over in our forum. It turns out that Google will be launching the Android Market App store with the first wave of Android devices (think T-Mobile HTC G1), but like most Google services it seems the store will be in Beta version for a while. Google plans on adding additional analytic tools for developers to the Android Market in a later update.
The good news is that unlike the iPhone App store, the Android Market will be open for any developer. All developers have to do to get their app listed in the store is register, upload, and give their app an enticing description. The App will have a comment and rating system similar to YouTube. This should help better apps surface to the top.
For a few more pictures of the Android Market app store, visit our forum and let us know what you think.
We’ve seen crude diagrams from the FCC. We’ve seen grainy videos on YouTube. Not we have another diagram that gives us a lot to digest. Our good friends over at AndroidGuys (I write an occasional story for them) posted this image last night. As you can see, the phone seems to be plastered with logos from T-Mobile, HTC, Google, and even MyFaces. One thing that stands out in the diagram is that the bottom of the phone is curved a little. Not sure why, but maybe to give is a better grip. If the images are to scale, the T-Mobile G1 will be slightly over 16mm thick, making it a little thinner than the HTC Touch Pro and the SONY Xperia X1.
Thanks to enjoijams for leaving us a note about this.