September 27, 2008
A spokesperson for EA Mobile says that, “EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games.” But don’t get your hopes too high because EA is waiting until the Android App Store allows paid applications, “EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market.”
The bottom line:
Initially Android App Store will only be allowing free applications; EA is waiting until they can make you pay for The Sims app, etc. on your mobile phone.
September 26, 2008
Visa has announced that they are developing an app for the Android App Store that will allow customers to receive Alerts, receive targeted Offers based on recent sales, and use a Locator to find local stores that accept Visa. Users will be allowed to pick and choose from the three options (Alerts, Offers, and Locator) and only enable the ones they want. Users will also be able to cancel out from any of the three options at any time.
Visa is also working with Nokia on the ability to make payments through your mobile device. The Nokia 6212 Classic will have the ability to “make contactless payments, remote payments, money transfers, as well as receive alerts and notifications.” The phone will be available starting next month to financial institutions, and to the general public sometime after that.
The Nokia 6212 Classic.
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September 23, 2008
So what did we learn from the T-mobile G1 webcast:
- You can drag and drop essentially any app
- Includes a window shade that allows you to switch between multiple applications running at the same time
- In Compass Mode the screen will move as you do
- A long press on any pic in your web browser will automatically attach it to an email and allow you to send the email while in the web browser
- There is a dedicated search button on the keyboard
- No tether modem
- Launching on October 22, 2008 in the USA
- Launching in the UK in early November
- Launching in Europe during the 1st quarter of 2009
- Current t-mobile customers may order a limited quantity of devices starting today to be delivered on the launch date
- Two separate data plans: $25 for unlimited data + limited messages, $35 for unlimited data + unlimited messages
- Need a data + voice plan
- G1 is locked to the t-mobile network
- 2G, 3G and Wifi
- Gmail- push and IMAP-pull
- Reads word, pdf and excel docs
- No A2DP yet
- “Chrome lite” browser
- Supports many music formats but not iTunes unless unlocked by user
- No skype
- Will work on almost any network internationally
September 23, 2008
AndroidGuys posted these images this morning, found on the t-mobile website:
This version looks very rugged and manly to me. I’d want to take this if I was out camping near a grizzly bear den! I’m sure Google Maps could find me a better place to camp out though.
Remember, if you don’t like the looks of the G1/Dream/gPhone announced today you can always put Android on your favorite phone. We are talking OPEN SOURCE here =]
Download the SDK here:
September 22, 2008
Google’s Android Platform is hardware agnostic which means that in theory, Android should be able to run on Apple’s iPhone just like Windows Vista strolls casually on Apple Macbook hardware.
And there are plenty of reasons why this could/should happen: Android could soon have a wealth of developers coding feverishly for the platform and Apple’s iPhone is by far the most desirable smartphone available.
The iPhone uses a variant of the Mach Kernel found in the Mac OS X and runs with the help of a 3D accelerator from PowerVR. It is powered by a proper CPU, shouldered by 128MB memory and 16GB of hard disk space.
According to a 10-month old thread on Google’s Android developers Group, this could be done providing that Google encourages Java application on Android so that developers can come up with an Android SDK for Java to iPhone port.
But this doesn’t go as far as dumping Apple’s iPhone software and substituting it with Google’s Android; both share a number of similar features : support for multi touch, built in GPS and accelerometer as well as native support for 3G and web applications.
Linux is already running on the iPhone; this iPhone Linux project for example try to port the full Linux 2.6x kernel to the Apple iPhone and create a system whereby users can easily use Linux on their iPhone, as well as facilitating interoperability between Linux and Darwin/ARM.
But iPhone, unlike the Android platform, is closed by definition and any hacked version is very likely to attract Apple’s ire – but if the iPhone JailBreak software is a testament to the hackers’ ingenuity, then Android for the iPhone should appear quicker than one might believe.
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