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No more Android OS for the KS360

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lg_ks360So much for KS360’s Android fairy tale… at least, this is what Android Authority claims. As you probably know, the youthful QWERTY device was said to be expected re-released with the Android OS. However, the source says that Jeremy Newing, head of Marketing at LG Mobile UK, has defined the news from T3 as inaccurate, and he has never said the LG KS360 would be running Android at any point. What he has said is that the company plans to manufacture an Android device similar in form-factor, which will be designed for social networking.

Further thoughts really prove that a hypothetical Android KS360 launch would be quite insensible. First, its display resolution is only QVGA, the same as the one of the Kogan Agora, which has been cancelled recently due to possible compatibility issues. And second, it is a bit strange that LG would expect the KS360 to be profitable one year after its original release, even if it’s equipped with Android.

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HTC Magic hands-on

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We went for the show, secretly hoping that we will finally get a chance to see the much-anticipated successor of the legendary G1, which has been the first phone to incorporate Google’s open-source operating system, Android. And indeed, a little surprise had been waiting for us at the Mobile World Congress, but, sadly, it wasn’t the G2. However, passing by HTC’s booth, we spotted a device, incorporating a pretty familiar design – thoroughly white. We can even describe it as… snow white? That’s it! HTC has indeed come to introduce the successor of the G1. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the HTC Magic…

What you see on the pictures is a prototype device that was available at the MWC event. The Magic is HTC’s second phone to run Google’s Android OS, but it also comes with a number of improvements over the original handset. We can’t help but notice the great changes that have been made to the design. It is now a lot thinner, which is due to the lack of a hardware QWERTY keyboard. One very significant improvement has been made to the body and it refers to its build quality, which is now much higher. When in one’s hand, the device doesn’t feel cheap at all, which used to be a feature of the G1. As you may have noticed, we have avoided shooting the hardware buttons on the front side, since HTC representatives told us that changes in the design of these elements are still to be made. The screen size, however, will stay the same – 3.2 inches with resolution of 320×480 pixels.

Some of you may remember that one of the main drawbacks of G1’s camera was the total lack of video capturing, which is somewhat strange for such a device. This issue has been fixed, and now the Magic is proud to utilize a 3.2-megapixel camera plus video capturing capabilities. Well, the hardware side-sliding keyboard may have not made it outside the drawing board (if it has been a subject of discussion at all), but this will surely be well compensated by the newly added on-screen QWERTY keyboard (such has not yet been developed for the G1). In addition, users will now get features like MMS attachments and A2DP profile for Bluetooth.

When it comes to availability, the HTC Magic will be a quad-band GSM and a dual-band 3G device, which will be offered by Vodafone in Europe. Both companies, however, would still not reveal any information about when and for how much it will be distributed.

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More details about Android Market

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When somebody enters a store, he/she perfectly knows that nothing there is for free (except for the advertising leaflets and everything that could be stolen). At Android Market, the situation is slightly different as there you can still find free applications. When it comes to the paid ones, several rules are applied. In this article, we will inform you about them.

The most important thing to be mentioned is that you can use a certain program for a trial period of 24 hours and if you don’t like it, you will get your money back. If you miss this deadline you will have to ask for your rights (and money) directly from the developer. Besides, the re-installation of the purchased applications is completely free of charge, so you don’t need to worry in case, for example, you must restore the default phone settings and lose all your data. Their upgrades, tough, will not be distributed through Android Market and Google will not deal with any complaints of bugs or requests for adding new features. A detail that some of you may not like, comes next – at Android Market, there won’t be any available pornographic materials. To keep the score even, you can find plenty of them for free in Internet and they generate the highest demand in Google.

source: Androinica

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Android Market now accepting priced applications in US and UK

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You have a great idea for an app for the Android Market, but you want to get paid for it. Well, the Android Market is now accepting priced applications from US and UK developers. Developers are asked to visit the publisher web site and upload their application along with pricing for end users. You can get to that page by clicking on this link. Priced applications will be available in the Android Market by the middle of next week for US customers. Later this quarter, developers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, and Spain will be allowed to offer priced applications with additional countries expected to be announced by the end of the first quarter. As you might have expected, payments and billings will be handled by Google Checkout. Also announced today was availability of free apps in the Android Market for users in Austrailia starting this Sunday.

source: Android Developers

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1Cast for Android now available

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1Cast, an application that delivers up-to-the-minute personalized television news clips to mobile phones and desktops, has now been developed for the Android operating system as well. The program lets the user decide what, when and how to consume the video news content.

The application is free and can be downloaded from Android Market. Those of you consider find this one interesting will gladly find that the developer 1Cast will be demonstrating it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, starting Monday.

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Samsung delays its Android phone

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According to The Guardian, Samsung has delayed its first phone to be running Google’s Android operating system. The new release date is scheduled for sometime in the second half of this year. The South Korean manufacturer has recently leapfrogged Nokia on the UK market and a rumor had it that it was to show its first Android device at this year’s MWC expo. Unfortunately, this was until Samsung’s Younghee Lee, head of marketing at the company’s mobile device division, said that we won’t see their Google-based phone at the show.

Sad but true… However, there is still a ray of hope, coming from other manufacturers that have already announced their plans to debut their own Android-based phones at the expo. One of these manufacturers is HTC, which is rumored to introduce even a number of devices that run Android.

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