Posts Tagged ‘g1’

The G1 and Dev Phone 2 got replaced by the Nexus One as the Official Android Developer Phone

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Well, I actually knew it from the beginning. Google just replaced the official Android developer phone G1 and Dev Phone 2 with their very own Nexus One. This is what Tim just posted:

We’ve always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers. As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One, at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the “Development Phones” link.

The Nexus One is a far more advanced phone anyway and therefore, it more suitable for Android app development. I got mine quite a while back and then (unexpectedly) I got a second one at the Android Developer Labs 2010 HK. Anyway, if you are thinking about getting a real phone for app development, I can definitely recommend the Nexus One.

Get it here:

Motorola Droid with Android 2.0 on November 6th

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Motorola Droid

Motorola is releasing this beaty very soon! Somehow it reminds me very much of the Google G1. A bit sharper edges and stuff but that seems to be “in” right now. Therefore, most specs are the same with one highlight: the screen resolution will be 854 x 480 pixels. That sounds pretty nice to me! Moreover, Motorola put a capacitive 3.7 inch display in there which means the display definitely supports multi-touch. Micro-SD, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 5 MP auto-focus camera with double-flash.

The US CDMA model will be available for $200 with a 2-year contract on Verizon. Check out the Droid does website.

By the way, I found that note on Golem.

T-Mobile G2 powered by Android OS

Monday, March 30th, 2009

T-Mobile G2 powered by Android OS
TmoNews just reported: “HTC Magic Passes FCC for T-mobile USA!”.

This looks very similar to the HTC Magic that was presented by HTC and Vodafone. So I guess the specifications are the same and there is just a T-Mobile branding instead of a Vodafone branding on the phone. Though Vodafone already announced the HTC Magic – I haven’t seen it in stores yet. If you have seen it, please leave us a comment or even a picture taken with your G1 🙂

I know I have to get up and write some more about the actual Android software development – that’s where this blog has its name from – by the way. I will definitely do some more on this front soon. Stay tuned folks!

T-Mobile G2 powered by Android OS

Android OS on more devices

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Huawei Android Phone
Android Phone from Huawei
About a week ago Huawei announced an Android powered phone at the Mobile World Congress ’09. Huawei is not really known outside of China except as a mobile infrastructure provider. Though many people outside the People’s Republic do not know that brand, everyone in China knows it. Being the biggest mobile phone market (more that 400 mio. mobile subscribers) speaks for itself. The phone itself looks like a direct iPhone copy but with a good OS 🙂
ASUS Eee PC - running Google’s Android OS
Android on ASUS Eee PC
Besides the Chinese dudes I just read from other (free) Chinese dudes in Taiwan over at ASUS. They are working on a custom version of Android to run it on their Eee PCs which come with Windows XP right now. Google’s Carolyn Penner said that Android hasn’t been designed for phone exclusively. It is rather been intended to run on any kind of mobile device – this would include the Eee PC as well. Especially on such extreme mobile device it is quite important to use as less resources as possible. Microsoft’s Windows – no matter if it is XP, Vista or even WM Mobile – was never really fast.

HTC Magic w/o SIM Lock
I just found: HTC confirmed that the Vodafone / HTC Magic will not come with a SIM Lock like the T-Mobile G1. This is good news!

More Android Powered Mobile / Smartphones from HTC, Samsung, Garmin

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

More Android Powered Mobile / Smartphones from HTC, Samsung, Garmin
There will be more Android powered phones released very soon!

Garmin

In the second quarter of 2009 Garmin will release a new Android powered device – rumors say. Most probably it will be a device that combines mobile phone functions with Garmin’s navigation expertise.

Source Golem.

HTC

HTC will release a new physical keyboard-free G1 successor the upcoming 1st quarter 2009.

Source Golem.

Samsung

Samsung Electronics will release its first Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in North America.

The launch of Google phone by Samsung is regarded as a signal of its plan for increasing the shares in the smart phone market by releasing handsets in various operating systems.

Source etnews Korea.

That’s gonna be an awesome year 2009! 😎

P.S.: Image by BGR.

Android T-Mobile HTC G1 Phone for Developers – SIM Lock Free

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Android T-Mobile HTC G1 Phone for Developers - SIM Lock Free
Just found this announcement in one of the news sites I follow every day. Google announced that a SIM-Lock Free HTC/T-Mobile G1 phone is now available for Android™ developers. So you need to have an Android Market developer account to be able to access the phone. Like me I guess many developers all over the world were looking for this kind of oportunity to get a phone for their testing purposes. Thanks Google!

Besides the SIM-Lock freeness this phone also has a nice artwork on the back (see photo) with our beloved Android logo. It looks slim, nice, modern and just chic. It costs only $399 and can be shipped to the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America. Be aware if you are not located in the US. The shipping costs to Germany for example are $179 (incl. tax and customs) which is quite high compared to the actual device price. You just see this at the end of the purchase process. If you are located in Hong Kong you cannot buy it there but you can buy it here.

If you want to have one you can check out and order the phone over here: http://android.brightstarcorp.com/

How / Where to buy a T-Mobile G1 Google phone in Hong Kong

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The T-Mobile G1 is on sale in the US for about 3 weeks now. It seems to be a quite popular phone and there already appeared some phones on ebay in the US as well as in Europe.

Yesterday I was checking out the Hong Kong mobile phone dealers on the Google / T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream). While Hong Kong is usually quite quick with new products (especially mobile phones) the G1 was not available for a while. The online shopping market is not really existing here at the moment and therefor, it is always good to check out local stores. The two best places in Hong Kong for imported gadget and high end stuff (including gadgets that are never going to be released in other markets because HK is the electronics companies’ playground) are:

So I checked nearly every shop I could find and some of them had the T-Mobile G1 in their showcases. I was even allowed to touch one! 😎

The G1’s price range in those shops was:

  • Maximum: HK$4980 (~US$642)
  • Minimum: HK$3500 (~US$451)

As you can see there is big difference of nearly US$200 between the offers but the lower price seems to be a good deal. Here are some photos from the good priced one in the shop on Nathan Road:

How to buy a T-Mobile G1 Google phone in Hong Kong

How to buy a T-Mobile G1 Google phone in Hong Kong

As far as I remember it is near Nathan Road no. 123 but I am not that sure. Might be in Burlington House or very nearby.

G1 will push Android development

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

T-Mobile, Google and HTC just released the new G1 – the first ever really working Android powered mobile device.

I am pretty sure that this will boost the Android development a lot in future. Right after the announcement of G1 Google released the new Android SDK 1.0. After many changes in the past (since the first beta version I tried) this seems to be quite final. There are not that many possibilities for Google anymore to change important programming interfaces within the SDK API. We will see and check out the new capabilities of this soon!

You can download the most recent SDK at: code.google.com.