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When people think of government, particularly American, we tend to think of slow paced bureaucracy and “paper-and-pen” processes. While this is still inherently true, the current administration is seeking to change the face of government into one which is more agile and adapts quicker to 21st Century needs.

For those of you looking for a non-Google source of applications for your Android powered smartphone, General Mobile recently started showing off its StoreOid app store. While it is to come pre-installed on General Mobile’s own Android powered devices, the store will function on just about any Android 1.6 or later smartphone once it is released to the general public. I tested it out on a few Android 2.1 devices, such as the LG Ally and DROID Incredible, and it worked fine. To give you an idea what it looks like, however, I thought it fitting to shoot photos of…

I just received a bit of New Year’s Eve cheer from my friends at General Mobile.  I now have some decent specs and photos for GM’s second Android powered smartphone, the General Mobile COSMOS. The specs for the COSMOS, below, are much better than those of the DSTL1 that General Mobile released earlier this year. Android 2.0 (Eclair) 900/1900/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/EDGE Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 w/A2DP, GPS 3.2-inch 320 x 480 HVGA capacitive touchscreen w/accelerometer 5 megapixel autofocus camera 256MB flash, 128MB SDRAM, microSD card slot (16GB max) 1500mAh battery FM radio, USB 2.0 mass storage mode, digital compass…

General Mobile has sent me a number of images of the new application store that it plans to roll out for its Android powered smartphones.  The store is going to be called “STOREOID”. Eh.  Not so sure about the name, but at least the application itself looks nice. These screen shots are from a WQVGA display, such as found on General Mobile’s DSTL1, but the store will work at the other resolutions offered by its future phones, too. I’ll be meeting up with the company in Barcelona this February for the Mobile World Congress event.  General Mobile will be in…

General Mobile has released an Android 1.6 (Donut) update for its DSTL1 Android smartphone.  The release adds proper support for the phone’s WVGA resolution resistive touchscreen display, and even features a number of homescreen and notification area UI tweaks. You can get more information about the update at the General Mobile website. Here are some of the improvements offered by the update.  You’ll find more specs and a gallery of screen shots from an updated DSTL1 after the jump. Added Bluetooth send function Improved Android virtual keyboard Improved 7-panel homescreen with new shortcuts Improved touch screen sensitivity Improved video playback…

I just got an email from my contact at General Mobile, and he wanted to give me some information on his company’s next Android smartphone.  While he didn’t reveal a name to me just yet, I did get a look at a decent spec sheet. Marvell PXA935 CPU (Tavor P65) HSDPA/WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM for up to 3.6Mbps downloads Android OS 1.6 Donut, upgradeable to 2.0 5.0 MP AF camera (same as in the DSTL1) 3.2-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) capacitive touchscreen Bluetooth 2.0 WiFi 802.11b/g 256MB NAND + 128MB DDR, microSD cards up to 16GB Trackball controller GPS and electronic compass…

As you probably know, I finally received my General Mobile DSTL1 the other day.  It’s a pretty nice device with dual-SIM GSM support.  I’m not going to post a real nitty-gritty detailed review right now, because I simply don’t have the time, but I have shot a pair of videos and a photo gallery (all after the jump) that, with some of my notes, will give you the important details. For starters, I like the device overall.  It’s fun, like most any Android phone.  I find no problems with the resistive touchscreen display, in spite of the fact that everybody…

Yeah, that’s right.  My General Mobile DSTL1 finally arrived today.  I’m still playing around with it, getting the lay of its dual-SIM land, but so far I’m pretty pleased with it. For now, until I get time to put together some more in-depth videos of the device, here’s a simple unboxing and initial startup of the DSTL1, so you can get an idea of what to expect. Update: don’t miss the review videos and photo gallery, either. Video after the jump: