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Minor firmware update for T-Mobile G1

by: Michael OrylJuly 20, 2009

It seems that one of those minor updates for the T-Mobile G1 that we were expecting has been rolling out over the past couple of days. Nothing too exciting, but an update is an update.

You can read more about it at the T-Mobile discussion forums.

[via AndroidGuys]

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T-Mobile G2 Touch / HTC Hero video unboxing

by: Michael OrylJuly 18, 2009

I just uploaded Russ Jefferies’ video unboxing of the T-Mobile G2 Touch (HTC Hero) that he did for us, and here it is.  He’s working on a full review, of course, and I’ll let you know as soon as it is available, of course.

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LG GW620 Android smartphone details exposed

by: Michael OrylJuly 17, 2009

The chaps over at NieuweMobiel.NL have uncovered some details of LG’s GW620, one of its first Android powered smartphones.  The XML file they found on one of LG’s websites has a lot of information in it, but mostly about things we’re not too concerned with (or assume would be there).

But the important stuff is as follows:

320 x 480 pixel (half-VGA) display (assumed to be touchscreen) UMTS/HSDPA 3G support (no bands listed) QWERTY keyboard SyncML support

NieuweMobiel is also reporting that WLAN/WiFi is listed, but I have not seen any obvious reference to that in the file.  The file also lists the types of web data that the browser accepts, and Flash [...]

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T-Mobile G2 Touch delayed? Maybe

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2009

HTC Hero

T-Mobile UK has yet to confirm the availability date of its G2 Touch (HTC Hero) smartphone, noting that it’s not been delayed since the date was never set.  However, the launch announcement that originally went out did specify “mid-July”, so that certainly would mean sooner rather than later.

T-Mobile Germany, for its part, has said that the phone will be available in early August (“ab Anfang August”).

Orange UK still lists the device as “coming soon.”

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Google Voice headed to Android (and BlackBerry)

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2009

Google Voice for Android

CNET is reporting that it has been told by Google Voice’s senior product manager, Vincent Paquet, that an application for Google Voice is headed to Android and BlackBerry based smartphones.

Google Voice is the rebranded version of GrandCentral, which Paquet was co-founder, that allows users to route calls to a single Google Voice number to multiple devices.  The Google Voice application for smartphones will allow calls to be made from the smartphone and have the Google Voice number show up in the caller ID information when received by another person.  The application will also provide access to Google [...]

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Google’s Rubin on Android future: Donut, Eclair, and Flan

by: Michael OrylJuly 13, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reported on Google’s Andy Rubin’s discussion of the future of the Android OS at a media event in San Francisco last week. Rubin mentioned the code names for the next few versions of Android. Donut, which we were well aware of, will be followed by Eclair and….wait for it….Flan.

Flan? Really?

Anyway, citing most of the same reasons I mentioned on Friday, Rubin also noted that the arrival of the Chrome OS does not by any stretch mean that Android is dead, because the two systems are very different in how they work and what purpose they serve, saying that “Chrome has a very Web-centric view of the [...]

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Google CEO: Chrome and Android “may merge even closer”

by: Michael OrylJuly 10, 2009

Speaking at a press event yesterday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt commented that the Google’s Chrome OS for netbooks and its Android smartphone OS, both of which are open source, may get a bit closer to each other in the future.

“Although it appears they are two separate projects, there’s a great deal of commonality.  Eventually they may merge even closer.”

That’s far from saying that they will merge, by any stretch, but he’s leaving the door open.  Considering that the Chrome OS is basically a web browser that uses web applications for services and doesn’t rely on local storage (according to Larry Page, at least), it doesn’t [...]

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T-Mobile UK renames HTC Hero, again, to G2 Touch. Will be free on contract

by: Michael OrylJuly 10, 2009

T-Mobile UK this morning announced via its Twitter account that it has renamed the G1 Touch to the G2 Touch (presumably to avoid confusion with the original model), and that it will be available free from “£40 per month on Flext with £225 of credit, 18 month contract”.

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Video Demo: T-Mobile myTouch 3G

by: Michael OrylJuly 8, 2009

Here’s the quick and dirty video of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G I shot at the launch event earlier today, as promised.

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Video of Sony Ericsson Rachel’s custom Android UI

by: Michael OrylJuly 8, 2009

Not much to say here, yet, but a video has popped up of the user interface that is supposed to adorn the screen of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Android phone, which is known as the Rachel (probably an internal code name).

[via Engadget Mobile]

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