Not only can you pre-order the myTouch 3G Android handset from T-Mobile on July 8, but you can plan on more coverage as a media event is held in New York City featuring the myTouch 3G front and center. For $199.99 and a two-year contract, you can get this sleek and slim Android-powered device with a 3.2-inch capacitive (finger-friendly) display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G HSDPA network speeds.
Compared to the bulkiness of the G1, the thin myTouch 3G with it’s virtual keyboard is bound to win many hearts over. Drop by for more info on July 8 as there is certain to be more news as a result of this media event.
Source: Android Community
It seems Mozilla has plans to deliver its upcoming mobile Firefox (aka Fennec) browser to the Android platform, informs CNET. A year ago, the company has said it won’t develop a version of its browser for Android OS, because apps designed for it run in Java, which comes with certain limitations. However, last week Google announced the Android NDK (Native Development Kit) v1.0, which should allow developers to write programs running in the operating system’s Linux-based layer. So, according to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of mobile, there is now a chance for Android users to see Firefox on their smartphones, as company developers are now checking if the NDK is able to provide the necessary capabilities.
It’s been a long time coming, but Pandora CTO Tom Conrad let it be known on his personal blog that Pandora internet radio is coming to Android. Pandora is a popular FREE internet radio app that is already standard issue for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and most recently, webOS on the Palm Pre. Mr. Conrad serves up a good explanation for the reasoning behind a delay in developing Pandora for Android, and once you read it, it does make good logical sense. Pandora will be a welcome addition to Android and hopefully it will arrive in the Android Market soon!
If you want the new Android-powered HTC Hero bad enough, where there’s a boatload of cash will, there’s a way. Over on Amazon.co.uk, you can pre-order an unlocked HTC Hero before it’s July 15th release date. The price? A cool £429.99, or at today’s conversion rates, a staggering $712.14 USD. If you are in Europe and can wait a couple weeks, the Hero will be available across the UK from T-Mobile and Orange for free with a two-year contract and monthly rates of £40.00 and £39.15, respectively. According to Amazon.co.uk, the items included in the purchase are:
If the current economy doesn’t get you down and you have a bunch of extra $$$ or ₤₤₤ stuffed under your mattress, then pre-order your HTC Hero now and let us know when you get it! The rest of us may not be jealous of the king’s ransom you had to pay, but we’ll sure be jealous of that sweet Hero in your pocket.
Source: talkandroid via amazon.co.uk
Good job, androidandme. It’s nice to have what appears to be a solid date to plan on the myTouch 3G release. There will likely be more leakage between now and then that may shore up this prediction, so stay tuned for more myTouch news. If August 5th is truly the day, are you planning on picking up a myTouch then?
Source: Android and Me
Not to be left out in the cold, Nokia plans on hopping on the Android-powered netbook bandwagon as early as next year, according to Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir. Mr. Amir predicts that Nokia will sell the netbook through wireless carriers, which comes as no surprise given Nokia’s business model. Mr. Amir wrote:
“In our conversations with ODMs, we have confirmed that Nokia is planning to enter the netbook market with a Google Android, ARM-based netbook that would be sold at carriers. Considering this market is dominated by the PC players, we believe Nokia could face an uphill battle to succeed in this market.”
At this point in the game, netbooks are generally PC platforms that customers use as a compromise between lugging around a laptop vs. using their smartphone for email and internet browsing. Netbooks, of course, are smaller, less powerful, but highly portable and usually provide long battery life between charges. Although Nokia may be facing an uphill battle, as Mr. Amir points it, the advantages of an Android-powered netbook cannot be overlooked, namely cost (due to using an open OS vs. paying Microsoft licensing fees for Windows) and instant-on access. If a customer just wants a larger screen to browse the internet and send/receive email, the Android netbook is an attractive option.
With over 50,000 apps for the iPhone and a growing number of apps for the Android platform, Google is seizing the opportunity to implement AdSense, currently in beta, for mobile applications on both platforms. According to the Google Blog:
AdSense for Mobile Applications allows developers to earn revenue by displaying text and image ads in their iPhone and Android applications. For our beta launch, we’ve created a site where developers can learn more about the AdSense for Mobile Applications program, see answers to frequently asked questions and sign up to participate in our beta. Advertisers can also learn about the benefits of advertising in mobile applications.
Many people aren’t a big fan of dealing with ads when surfing the ‘net or running an app, but if done discretely, it’s not too distracting, particularly if the app is free in the first place and support for that free app can come in the form of AdSense revenue for the developer. When next you see an AdSense add in your favorite Android or iPhone app, think twice before dismissing it. By clicking on the ad, you are also supporting the developer of your favorite app. What do you think about AdSense in your apps?
Source: Google Blog
T-Mobile will be launching the HTC Hero Android-powered handset (G1 Touch) in the UK next month. More Android handsets – from Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei – will follow. O2/Telefonica launched the Samsung Galaxy i7500 Android handset in Germany today. Orange is also going to offer the HTC Hero in the UK next month, and Vodafone is expected to have an Android offering in 2009 as well.
The common theme here is that everything is coming up roses Android. Another common theme is that all four of these European carriers are shifting emphasis from Windows Mobile devices and moving more toward the more cost-friendly and open Android OS. It’s a win-win for the carriers and Google’s Android, but not so much for Microsoft, who is bound to lose both revenue and market share in the coming months. For the Android fans out there – and you know who you are – this is all good news and the sooner we have more Android handsets, the better.
According to PhoneNews, Sprint is internally testing the HTC Hero, which got announced yesterday. Fans of the operating system will be nicely surprised if Sprint is to carry the Hero, having in mind it is not just an Android phone, but the first one to feature the new personalized interface Sense. The Hero itself is slated for a U.S. launch later in the year, but there are no details about the carrier availability.
That’s not all! An Android-powered device by Samsung is also being tested, the source informs. It would be WiMax-capable, which entirely corresponds to the info provided by a previous rumor we have heard. It should be released in the end of this year or in the beginning of the next one. If this is all true, Sprint subscribers will surely be pleased, as they will get not one, but two Android devices. So far, that’s been a privilege of T-Mobile users only.
Do you like what you see with HTC’s Sense UI overlay on Android? If you want the Sense interface of the Hero but are sticking with the Android handset you already have, there is a glimmer of hope that you can have the Sense UI on your existing device. Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, was recently quoted as saying, “HTC Sense will be available on some other existing devices.”
That’s a broad statement, but since the only Android phones available at this time are the Dream/G1 and Magic/myTouch 3G, it may be fair to say that one or both receive an update to get Sense up and running. Hopefully Dream/G1 and Magic/myTouch 3G owners can enjoy a UI facelift when Sense is made available to the older devices. Do you want Sense on your Android handset?