News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
It seems Google is committed in getting software developers on board with Android. I wouldn’t think that the weekend would be the best time for a launch, but it seems Google just couldn’t wait any longer. For the sweet price of $399, developers can now pick up the Android Dev Phone 1. The only difference between the Android Dev Phone 1 and the T-Mobile G1 is that the new one is SIM unlocked as well as being fully hardware unlocked. This means that the Android Dev Phone 1 can be used with any SIM card and can flash any custom built Android build. The only catch is that you have to be registered with Google as a developer. That’s pretty easy though since all you have to do is register on their webpage (dev registration costs only $25).
And we’re back. Sorry for the delay, but we had a busy holiday weekend with family in town and a whole lot of chores to do around the house. As most tech savvy people know, today is Cyber Monday. Since we all like to save some cash on out gadgets, American Express is offering a sweet deal to their cardholders. Their My Wishlist page is currently offering the T-mobile G1 for the incredible price of $125. We’ve heard that supplies of the G1 are extremely limited and that this offer is only good for today. Let us know if you’re able to pick one up, but you better hurry, I’d imagine the G1 is selling fast at this price.
Today marks an important step in bringing mobile internet one step closer to the desktop experience. Adobe has just unveiled their plans on bringing Flash Player 10 to Windows Mobile, Google’s Android, and Nokia’s Symbian operating systems. Note for the record that Apple’s iPhone is currently not included in their plans. Adobe has seen the error of their ways and has realized how much potential the current generation of smart phones have. Andy Rubin, from Google, made an appearance at Adobe’s press event to show off the Flash Player 10 capabilities on the t-mobile G1.
Adobe did note that Flash Lite is still going to be supported since not all current devices will be able to use the Flash 10 Player. Kevin Lynch (Adobe) boasted: "Our goal (was to make) a billion phones Flash-enabled by 2010," Lynch said. "We’re actually going to get 1 billion Flash-enabled phones by 2009."
Since launch, people have been asking how much the G1 costs HTC to make. Today, CNN.com is reporting that iSuppli’s latest study revealed that the HTC made T-Mobile G1 includes $144 worth of components and materials. Inevitable, the article compared these costs to those of the iPhone, which is estimated to cost $160 to produce a 8GB model. CNN does not give any details on which components make us the price difference, but we can tell you that adding an 8GB flash chip to the G1 would bring the price within a dollar or two of the iPhone.
There has been a lot of criticism over the ad campaign T-Mobile rolled out for the G1 when it launched. the simple commercials on TV really didn’t generate much excitement or feature the capabilities the G1 has. All they told us is that you could to Google searches with the G1. Today, T-Mobile has launched an all new online ad campaign on AOL’s online network of sites. This includes the main AOL site and a slew of their affiliated media and blogging sites. The price tag on this new ad campaign is rumored to be $1.5 million. I’d be surprised if you have not already seen the ads. I was just over on www.autoblog.com and T-mobile has taken over 5 out of the 6 ad spots on the site. I guess they want to make sure you don’t miss it.
T-Mobile has been experiencing some technical difficulties with their G1 customers today. When customers signed up to pre-order the G1, they were required to sign up for a data plan ass well. It turns out though that they decided to give everyone a "free trial" period of T-Mobile new 3G network. The free trial period expired today and customer’s accounts should have automatically switched over to the data plans that they selected when they purchased the phones. Unfortunately things are not going as smoothly as T-Mobile expected. G1 customers are reporting that their 3G and edge internet connections are not working.
I experienced the same thing right around noon today. I checked my account online and found that there was no data plan associated with my account. A quick call T-Mobile customer support and they were able to add my data plan back onto my account, but it seems that customers who have had the data plan dropped from their account could wait up to 48 hours until the internet connection starts working again.
Have you lost your internet connection on your G1?
We all know that the U.K. will be the next market to get their hands on the G1 this year. But who’s in line after them. T-Mobile is the smallest of the national carriers in the U.S. but they are by far the largest global cell phone provider. And since they are based in Germany, it only seems fair that our friend on the other side of the Atlantic get a chance to get their finger prints all over the G1’s glossy screen. At the moment, the only thing we are basing this educated guess on is the Android roadmap (which yesterday revealed that a virtual keyboard is on the works). According to the document, a German localized version of Android will be ready some time before the end of the year. There’s no guarantee that the G1 will be hitting the streets of Germany before January 1, 2009, but keep in mind that only 3 months ago there were rumors that the G1 would not even launch this year. Anything is possible with Google!