Android 1.5 Coming to the T-Mobile G1 Next Month

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  1. Ed Hardy

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    The T-Mobile G1 will get an update to the latest version of Android in the next few weeks. This will bring a number of enhancements, including on-screen keyboards, more home screen widgets, video recording, and stereo Bluetooth.

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    So far, only T-Mobile Germany has promised this update, but it's very unlikely thatthis carrier'sU.S. subsidiary will be left out in the cold, considering the G1 debuted in the U.S. before it did in Europe.

    What's in Android 1.5?
    One of the most noticeable new features in the upcoming version of this operating system will be the on-screen keyboard. Thiswill allow users to enter text withthe phone in portrait mode. Currently, users ofthe T-Mobile G1 have to rotate it to landscape mode and open the keyboard to enter text.

    Android 1.5will add Home Screenwidgets todisplay the user'scalendar, a music player, and a picture frame. These will join the ones already available, the analog clock and the search widget.

    The upcoming version of Google's OS will offer greater support for video, including video recording with the built-in camera and playing video in the MPEG-4and 3GP formats. Users will also be able to upload videos to YouTube, and upload still images to Picasa, two services owned by Google.

    Other improvements will include updates and enhancements to thestandard web browser, and the addition of Stereo Bluetooth.

    Upgrade Coming Next Month
    T-Mobile Germany says that Android 1.5for the G1will be released in May. As mentioned earlier, other countries are likely to follow suit around that same time.

    As withprevious updates for this model, it will be free and automatically pushed out to user's devices without them having to request it.

    An Overview ofthe T-Mobile G1
    The T-Mobile G1 is a consumer-oriented smartphone with a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, andWi-Fi. It also sports a microSD card slot and a 3.2 megapixel camera.

    [​IMG]What makesthe G1special though isn't the hardware, but that it's the first devicerunning Android,an operating system that was developed primarily by Google. Thishas a highly-functional web browser,and includestie-ins to a number of this company's online services, like Gmail and Google Maps.There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available.

    The G1is alsoavailable now on T-Mobile USA's website, as well as stores, for $180 with a two-year contract. It can also be purchased in many Wal-Mart stores for $150, orfrom Amazon.comfor $98, with contract.

    Source: T-Mobile Germanyvia TalkAndroid

     
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  2. blisterpeanuts

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    wow, $98 from Amazon. That's amazing. I am sorely tempted. Have they lowered the price to make room for a cool, new G2?
     
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    According to rumor, T-Mobile USA is going to release the HTC Magic as its secong Android-based device. Exactly when this is going to happen isn't clear.

    More info:
    www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=14943

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    I'm wondering when they will add support for installing apps to the microSD card. That is one thing that should have already been there, and they still have not added it.
     
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    Verizon is a part of the LiMo Foundation, a group of companies who are working on a rival Linux-based operating system for mobile devices.
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    And given Verizon's history of locking things down, I'd be surprised if they'd deploy an OS as open as Android.
     
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