News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
In an effort to add a little more value to its email client, late last year, Gmail Tasks was rolled out in Google Labs. Google’s latest Labs project allowed users to create, manage, and edit lists of tasks in a similar fashion to Outlook and Lotus Notes. At the moment, Gmail Tasks is not a native application for Android, but merely a web interface that allows you to access all your tasks you have created, add new ones or delete tasks you have already completed. Since gmail Tasks is still in the Google Labs, you will need to enable it on your Gmail account through your computers web browser before you will be able to access it through your Android handset. Just head on over to gmail.com/tasks to get all the details and activate the service and then go to the same address on your phone.
As many of you know, I typically don’t write my own handset reviews. I’ve come to the conclusion that with the thousands of tech bloggers on the web, all the things I love and hate about each device usually gets picked apart by a few dozen writers before I’d ever get a chance to do so. The past few days I have been scrawling through google searches, trying to find a review on the T-Mobile G1 from someone who’s had it since day one and has used it as their main device since then. To my surprise, there was very little out there. I stumbled upon a few reviews with title like “A week with the T-Mobile G1” or “Should you switch to the G1?” but nothing from someone who has actually lived with it and watched it grow over the past few months. So here it is… Living with an Android: my first three months with the T-Mobile G1.
A little over two weeks ago, we learned from leaked HTC documents that their next Android handset will be the HTC Sapphire 2.0. The Sapphire 2.0 was rumored to be T-Mobile’s successor for the T-mobile G1. Until now, we still had not heard any new from T-Mobile on the topic until Senior VP Engineering and Operations for T-Mobile, Neville Ray, dropped this quote:
Our primary focus is consumer-based devices. As the year progresses there will be a significant number of HSPA-capable smart phones. We will be launching more G series phones and other products. You will see us launch a data card product. This will be happening in the coming weeks and months.
There’s still nothing specific or any confirmation that the HTC Sapphire 2.0 will be T-Mobile’s next android handset. We’ll just have to do a little more digging to get to the bottom of all this.
Thanks to AndroidGuys for the tip.
It looks like we will finally get our chance to test out multi-touch on our G1. Luke Hutchinson has finally released a demo version of his software that gives users the multi touch functionality and a few modded apps on their G1 that can take advantage of the new input feature. Keep in mind though that you will need to get root access in order for this hack to work. If you’re willing to take the risk, multi-touch seems like a good reason to hack your G1.
It’s been eight days since we showed off the full list of upcoming 2009 phones from HTC. Though we have a lot of faith in HTC, I personally was not expecting to see a live picture of the Sapphire 2.0 this soon. Since the Android powered handset is expected to launch on T-Mobile networks across the globe later this year, it has already been dubbed the G2. But don’t expect this to be just like its predecessor. The HTC Sapphire 2.0 has been put on a diet and has lost the QWERTY keyboard that was featured on the G1. This only means that the G2 will be sporting "cupcake" features, including an on screen keyboard for text entry. Details are still a bit slim at the moment, so we’ll just have to sit back and wait till be hear more.
In the mean time, let’s hope to see a few more leaked spy shots of other HTC devices.
Only two and a half months since it made its U.S. and UK debute, the T-Mobile G1 is now available to be pre-ordered at any T-Mobile shop in the Netherlands. The T-Mobile G1 will cost you 50 Euros (nearly $65). T-mobile customers in Germany will be getting the G1 on February 2 for only 1 Euro. We’re assuming that T-Mobile will be locking you into one of their contracts for at least two years. The G1 is expected to be in customers’ hands on January 30th. Austria and the Czech Republic should be seeing the T-mobile G1 within a few weeks as well, but no details are yet available.
"The G1 is a device which is praised by experts, especially for the ease of use, speed of the Internet and of course the Android operating system that anyone can develop applications themselves. We offer the G1 with mobile broadband Internet, allowing customers to benefit fully from the device to use and always available. The G1 is just made for mobile surfing the web. – Bart Weijermars, Marketing Director T-Mobile Netherlands"
Within the next few days, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to download Skype’s new app for the Android platform. Skype Lite will allow users to chat with their contacts and will also be able to make Skype calls without using the data connection for low fees. This app will be a "must have" for current Skype desktop users to stay in touch with peopel on the go. Skype is expected to have app the app in the Android Market within the next few day.