News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
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.
Every wonder what it would be like at a cell phone reunion? Oh, and then the iphone walks in strutting his stuff. Keep in mind, Android would act and be treated the same. Let’s just hope that Android gets on to enough handsets this year so that everyone can enjoy it.
Until now, the HTC made G1 has been a T-Mobile exclusive. But things are about to change next week with the launch of the G1 in Australia. Optus (owned by SingTel), is planning on making the G1 available to the people of Australia on February 16. Optus’ G1 cell plans will be starting at $59 a month, but from what we have gathered, there’s still not official price for the HTC handset. Similar to other countries, the G1 is the first Android powered handset to reach the Australian shores. SingTel, being the larges service provider in Singapore, already has plans in the works to deliver the G1 to their home market within the near future, but has declined to give any specifics on the G1’s first official launch in Asia.