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Our friends over at CellPhoneSignal are reporting several new announcements that many of you will find pleasing. I know I’m getting excited. First up is T-Mobile is going to announce a Month to Month @Home service so you won’t need to sign your life away in a 2 year contract.
Second up, and this one is where the meat-n-taters are, is the Wing 2/II and G2 are rumored for a Q3 release this year! The Wing 2/II will sport 3G (like the G1) and UMA (like the UMA Shadow). It is a high end phone after all. The G2 seems to be a different hardware configuration than the current G1, meaning it doesn’t have a keyboard. Of course not having a keyboard means that the Cupcake release should be out by then as it contains the on-screen keyboard many of you have been waiting for.
As for the picture above, I sure hope that is a joystick and not a gimmicky trackball. Who’s with me?!
Word on the street is that Google is going to release the ‘Cupcake’ update for the Android OS soon. Details are a little scarce but James Falconer reports bug fixes along with the virtual keyboard. Andy Salisbury also reports the virtual keyboard as well as camera updates (including video recording) and basic x86 support (not G1 specific). The Android Roadmap for Q1 2009 does mention the virtual keyboard and other input methods as well as a suggestion algorithm.
Other changes from the Roadmap:
- Save attachments from MMS
- Music now fades for phone calls
Many Browser enhancements
- Updated WebKit version
- Copy/paste is enabled
- Find is enabled
- Drawing is faster, pages with animations are 5x faster
- VoiceDialer now supports ‘open app’ command
- Camera features include the video recorder, video thumbnails, local playback and sharing
- Download manager is improved with better support for pausing, resuming and connectivity
- Tactile (Haptic) feedback
- Hardware accelerated video encoding
- Speech Recognition API
- Streaming Audio for apps
- Bluetooth support for A2DP and AVRCP (YAY!!!)
- Updated Linux Kernel
- Longer in call screen timeout
- Show/Hide dialpad added to in-call menu
- Many more bug fixes…
As usual this will be an OTA update. Since we’ve seen several since launch I have faith in this one showing up decently. What feature are you looking forward to, Bluetooth Stereo audio, on-screen keyboard or video recording?
In this video I address some of the more common questions that people have as well as giving a few pointers to make life easier once you get your G1. Apologies for the ‘one-sidedness’ of the video. Enjoy!
Let’s say that some miscreant had snuck some malicious code into a developer’s application. Let us also say that you installed that application on your Shadow awhile ago and forgot all about it. How will you know if there is bad code? Aside from a few anti-virus apps out there there isn’t a standard central body that can determine the evilness of an application. That’s where the kill switch comes into play.
According to ITWorld the ‘Kill Switch’ is a good thing. For now think of it as a free anti-virus for the apps you download via the Android Marketplace. While there is still a possibility of some shadiness hiding in the shadows, for now it doesn’t appear that Google or T-Mobile have unrestricted access to all the content on your G1. Stay tuned as we look deeper into the issue.
BGR is reporting that some people’s G1’s are already enroute with an expected delivery date of this Friday! If this holds true then Good Job T-Mo for doing the unheard of and getting something to people earlier rather than later.
Check your email and see if you have a G1 enroute and let us know in the comments!
With October 22nd getting closer by the minute let’s take a look at some apps that might prove interesting. With all the hardware under the G1’s hood, app developers have many options to work with when creating innovative solutions and new functionality you never knew you wanted. The following are some apps from the Android Developer Challenge that either solve a problem or add value to the G1. Most of these are location aware. Go on, you know you want to keep reading… More >
For your next phone, what are you thinking? Here’s a quick elaboration of the poll choices to help you decide.
iPhone 3G: Buying an unlocked iPhone 3G and using it on T-Mobile probably won’t be possible now that Apple is requiring in-store activations, unlike the first iPhone. If you’re going iPhone, you’ll have to jump to AT&T, and the price is $199-$299, plus a required $30 per month for unlimited data.
Shadow II: What you’ve heard is true, and we’ve confirmed this with at least two highly reliable sources. The Shadow II is a refresh of the existing Shadow, which will add Windows Mobile 6.1, UMA (for using HotSpot@Home), a faster processor (260MHz versus 201MHz), bigger battery, and redesigned exterior (with the same SureType keyboard). No 3G. We’re 90% sure on these details. It’s likely to sell for $150-$250 with a new contract.
Touch Diamond/Touch Pro: There’s a chance that we may see one of these devices on T-Mobile sometime in the second half of this year as the Shadow III, or another name. The Diamond is being sold now unlocked for about $850, and the Touch Pro will go on sale soon unlocked for around $1000. Ouch, pricey. Even if you buy either device now, they won’t work on T-Mobile’s 3G network (which isn’t widely deployed yet, anyway) or AT&T’s existing 3G network, because it has European bands. You will be able to get EDGE speeds on T-Mobile, though.
BlackBerry Thunder: Little is known about the first touchscreen BlackBerry, but we do know that it will be exclusive to Verizon indefinitely. With a new contract it’s likely to run $300-$400.
No clue/other: Is there something else that you’ve got your eye on, or are you just going to wait on the sidelines for a bit? Tell us in the comments!