News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
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.
Earlier today I received a notification on my G1 that I could download the new RC33 firmware update from T-Mobile. The download process went pretty quick, but I was a bit surprised that the update itself took more than three minutes to install. Once it was installed, my G1 tool nearly another 4-5 minutes to restart. For a second, I thought something had gone wrong and T-mobile had killed my G1. After that brief moment of anxiety, my home screen loaded up and I could already see the first update. My Google search bar sits front and center on my home screen and now it features a little microphone button next to the magnifying glass search button. If you press the microphone button, a little "Speak Now" window pops up as the G1 listens to your voice search request. If you are not loud enough, it will ask you to re-speak the words or phrase. I tried a few different searches and was pleasantly surprised to see that Google does a great job "listening" to the words I say.
the only other new feature I was able to play around with today was the Market app updates. If you open the android Market and go to "My Downloads" you will get a notification that tells how many apps you have installed on your G1 have updates that you can download. All the aps with available updates float to the top and you can go through each one and download the updates if you want. If you hit the menu button while on this page you’ll see a new "notification" option that allows you to turn on/ff the update notification feature (though I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this).
I’ll be playing around with my phone over the weekend so I’m sure I’ll run across some other of the other new features that T-mobile has decided to bless us with.
At the moment, Google and T-mobile are busy rolling out their latest OTA firmware update to the G1. But hidden inside that update is Google’s latest add-on to their Google Maps Application: Google Latitude. This new app works with Google Maps and allows users to share their location and message other people from their contact list. The application is very similar to the Loopt application on the G1 and the iPhone, but allows anyone to access it through their web browser as well through their igoogle.com page if they already have a Google account. The advantage that Google has over Loopt is that they are pushing this new app out to all T-Mobile G1 phones and most likely will include it an all future building of the Android OS. Google Latitude will also be rolling out to the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and most likely any other Mobile OS that already has Google Maps support. We’re still waiting on our OTA firmware update for our G1, but we’ll be sure to post our impressions once we get out hands on Google Latitude. Until then… you can always download Loopt.
Make sure you check out the official Google Latitude page.