You won’t be able to actually go hands-on with the new G1 until October 22nd, but thanks to a new website by T-Mobile you won’t have to wait that long to start playing with it’s Google Android-based operating system.
Just head on over to the G1 site here and select “Emulator” and you’ll be presented with a [mostly] fully functioning virtual G1 (some screens aren’t working but there’s enough that is to give you a pretty decent idea what it will be like to use the G1.
The highly anticipated HTC G1 phone on T-Mobile, the first Google Android-based handset to go on sale, won’t be available until October 22nd but has already apparently sold out.
According to T-Mobile even after tripling production on the G1 there were so many pre-sales for the device that it has sold out. You can still order it but you won’t be able to get it right at launch.
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.
For more info on the G1 check out T-Mobile’s dedicated site here.
Cellular carrier T-Mobile today announced the first commercial Google Android-based handset and as expected it’s by HTC.
The G1 (formerly known as the ‘Dream’) will include features like:
- GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA support
- Wi-Fi support
- Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 3.17-inch 65K color touchscreen display with HVGA resolution (480 x 320)
- 3.1 megapixel camera
- 1GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 8GB
- Built-in GPS
- Android Market (online store similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone)
- YouTube playback
Another neat feature that I hadn’t heard about before this morning is integration with the Amazon MP3 store for purchasing and downloading DRM-free songs starting at 89 cents. Just like the iPhone, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to purchase a song, but you’ll be able to preview it using your phones data connection.
Look for reviews to start hitting soon and check out the G1 in person beginning on October 22nd when it hit’s T-Mobile stores for $179 with a two-year contract.
As the release of the first Google Android-based smartphone, the HTC Dream, draws near, as expected more info is starting to leak out.
The shots above are leaked photos of the Dream, showing off the slide-out keyboard, a few screens, and it’s size compared to a couple of other devices.
Is it just me? It looks a bit…cheap.
Android developers found something interesting with the latest Android SDK: Android 1.0 will not include a “comprehensive” Bluetooth API.
No one’s 100% sure what that means and so far Google isn’t elaborating.
I wouldn’t expect it to mean that you won’t be able to pair a Bluetooth handsfree device with an Android-based phone because that would be silly.
Instead I would assume it means that features like A2DP for stereo over Bluetooth won’t be initially supported but could be added down the road.
We’ll see, I suppose.
After some delays in getting an update to the Android SDK released to the masses, Google has finally rolled out their version 0.9 SDK r1 beta, the first formal release of the SDK.
This version includes some pretty significant UI changes along with some bug fixes and lots of new API enhancements.
Hopefully people that had been developing an Android application using the previous SDK build won’t have too many changes to make to their code to get things working on this new SDK release.
One of the potential roadblocks to the first Google Android-based handset being released in the next few months has been cleared as the FCC has approved the handset for operation in the US.
Hopefully that means we’ll be getting an official announcement about its launch soon.
The New York Times reported today that T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a handset based on Google’s Android platform.
The handset, made by HTC and called the Dream, could be out as early as October, possibly sooner if the FCC clears it earlier than expected.
The Dream will have both an iPhone-like touchscreen as well as hardware controls, and feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Silicon Alley Insider was able to do an early review of the Dream and says that the the video below is pretty accurate but in comparison to the iPhone it is “big and bulky” and the user interface that is less intuitive.
Google also appears ready to [finally] update it’s SDK to the unlucky masses who weren’t among the 50 winners of the developers contest held earlier this year and who have been given early access to updated SDK builds.
From talk of the town to barely talked about, Google’s upcoming mobile platform seems to have been loosing momentum lately and it looks like things might not be getting better just yet.
According to Trip Chowdhry, analyst with Global Equities Research, says that with all of the attention that the iPhone SDK has been getting as well as the extra push that RIM and Microsoft are making with their platforms (BlackBerry and Windows Mobile), it seems that there could be a shirt away from Linux-based platforms.
There are several really great mobile platforms to develop for right now. Combine that with the way that many Android developers are feeling slighted by Google as of late and you have a great recipe for defection.
It’s by no means too late for Android, but Google has to give it some much needed attention soon.
When Google first announced the Open Handset Alliance to bring it’s Android-based mobile phone platform to phones from multiple handset makers, there was a lot of excitement about the open platform and what it could mean for the industry.
But for the last few months updated builds of the SDK stopped being released…or did they?
In a note intended for the 50 winners of Google’s Android Developer Challenge but accidentally sent to a larger list of developers, Google’s David McLaughlin implied that updated builds HAVE been coming out, but only to the winners and not to the development at large.
One Android developer who read the note commented in the Android forum “ahhhh, now it makes sense…so they’ve been making private SDK releases while the rest of us suffer with the pile of bugs from the 4+ month old release.”
Google later confirmed that it was, in fact, doing this but only to help test the SDK so that it could release an updated version to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.
Whatever Google’s reason for the Android SDK in this way, they should really be careful–the iPhone SDK has already begun luring developers away from Android and more are likely to follow. Google might want to consider making the open platform a bit more open.