Google recently took more than 50 apps out of the Android Market. They did this because the apps were found to contain the Android malware DroidDream. As you could have guessed, malware is not good for your device. Just like a virus on your computer, malware is very dangerous and can do crazy things to your brand spanking new Android device. However, if you have Lookout Mobile Security or any of the other best security/antivirus apps installed on your device, chances are the malware will never make it on to your device. It is always a good idea to have some sort of security program installed. In fact, Lookout runs completely in the background while still providing expert [...]
Rogers faces another setback with its Android handsets. Text messages are being sent to owners of the HTC Magic asking them to turn off GPS as the same 911 software glitch that affects the Dream is also present in the Magic. The nature of the glitch is unknown but owners are being instructed to keep the GPS off while HTC prepares a software update. Similar to the Dream, the HTC Magic has been pulled from all sales outlets until a fix can be applied. With both handsets currently not available for sale, Rogers has not commented on how this glitch will effect the limited time upgrade offer which allows HTC Dream owners to upgrade to the Magic for free. Hopefully, Rogers will extend the [...]
Just when you thought that the news regarding HTC’s Dream and Rogers had all been resolved comes this scary little glitch making it unable for users to dial 911 while having GPS activated on their phone. Rogers has pulled all HTC Dreams from online and retail locations until a software update is made available and has released this official statement regarding the issue:
I’m writing to share some urgent news with our Rogers HTC Dream customers. We have contacted all of our Dream customers by text message asking them to disable GPS location on their HTC Dream device to ensure all 911 calls complete.
HTC is expediting a software fix to the 1.5 [...]
Mobile advertising firm AdMob has released some statistics about mobile web use, and the numbers coming out of the Android segment are quite interesting.
As of November 18th, only days after its November 6th initial availability, the Motorola DROID for Verizon Wireless made up a whopping 24 percent of all Android smartphone traffic going through AdMob’s servers. For comparison, the Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile, which was available in stores on November 2nd, made up only 6 percent of the Android traffic and the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream, which has been out for over a year, came in at 36 percent.
This certainly seems to suggest that the DROID is doing well, at least when [...]
HTC is now making a firmware image of the 1.6 version of Android available for owners of the Android Dev 1 developer phone. Since this is the same basic hardware as the T-Mobile G1, it seems suggest that it is possible to run 1.6 on the G1 without a problem, in spite of what we’ve heard earlier. Whether or not the T-Mobile flavor of 1.6, with all of its extra apps, will fit and be available as an update remains to be seen, though.
You can download the firmware here.
One of our friends at HTC cleared up some of the speculation that has resulted from HTC CEO Peter Chou’s comments that we could see the Hero’s Sense UI on existing HTC Android smartphones like the Dream and Magic.
Turns out that HTC is trying to do just that – but there’s a major catch. There’s no possibility that users with HTC phones featuring “with Google” branding will get the update, since those phones are required to offer the phone with the “Google Experience”, as it is called.
I’m looking at you T-Mobile G1 and Vodafone Magic users…not to mention future [...]
This isn’t big news or anything, but I recently noticed that T-Mobile USA is offering the G1 for only US$49.99 now that the myTouch 3G has been announced.
Call me biased, but that seems like a pretty good Android smartphone deal to me. If you’ve forgotten somehow what the G1 can do, check out the review for a refresher course.
Update: Well damn, that was fast. It must have been an error, because now, as people have pointed out in the comments, it is being listed as going for $149.99 again. We first noticed it yesterday. Figures they waited until I posted about it before switching it back….
Canadian carrier Rogers has just trotted out its own version of the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1. This version of the Dream comes without the “with Google” on the back, and as such HTC was free to load its own build of Android 1.5 (Cupcake) on the phone that includes such goodies as a Microsoft Exchange client.
You’ll find a few more photos after the jump, but head on over to Engadget Mobile to see the full gallery.
TIM, an Italian mobile carrier, is now offering the HTC Dream to its customers. The phone is available on a contract for as little as….well…free, and on pre-paid for 429 EUR (US$585).
For those of you that read Italian, you can learn a bit more about TIM’s HTC Dream offerings by hopping over to its website.
According to French site SVMlemag.fr, Orange France has just confirmed that it will begin offering the HTC Dream starting tomorrow. This will mark the first time that the device has been sold by a carrier other than T-Mobile, which markets it as the T-Mobile G1.
It appears that the Dream will be offered with a number of different tariffs and that it will cost 99 EUR (US$124.47) after rebates. If there is anybody out there that would like to read through this French post for me and write out the details in a comment, below, that would be great.