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T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?The folks over at Boy Genius Report received a tip that they say has more or less confirmed that the phone is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile. Not HTC. Why isn’t HTC in the picture on this one? They have no idea.

If you look at the keyboard font and the buttons on the front of the device there are some things that HTC just wouldn’t do. They’re Moto style. This would be good news for Motorola. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

App turns Android G1 into metal detector

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2009

Someone created an application to detect metal using the Android G1. This isn’t because the G1 is so much more awesome than other smartphones. It’s done through clever use of the built-in compass. A compass detects the magnetic field of the Earth.

Sadly it won’t help you find treasure at the beach. Think of it more like the ones they use in airports. The kind that let you magically pass your hands over someone’s body to see if they are hiding metal somewhere. Which is great I guess. If you are security in the lowest budget airport ever.

Android “cupcake” 1.5 available for T-Mobile G1s

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

Android "cupcake" 1.5 available for T-Mobile G1sT-Mobile G1 users will be like well behaved kindergarten children in that they will be rewarded a new cupcake. The Android Cupcake 1.5 update is now available. Just realize that custom ROMs will make it so that the G1 will not have the ability to receive the update notification.

Lucky for you it’s easy to remove those ROMs. Once that’s done, the official Cupcake update can be applied. With sprinkles on top.

T-Mobile sells a million G1s

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

T-Mobile G1The T-Mobile G1, has quietly hit a milestone. It has reached over a million units sold in the US alone, which is really saying something since it’s only been six months. It’s great news for the upcoming G2-HTC Dream Android-powered handset.

Sure, that’s nothing compared to the number of Blackberrys, iPhones, and Windows Mobile devices, but you can bet they have their eye on boostig that marketshare number.

T-Mobile G1 available at Amazon for $97

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

T-Mobile G1 available at Amazon for $97Have you been hoping to score a deal on the T-Mobile G1? You got it. Instead of $200 w/ contract directly through T-Mobile, you can get one from Amazon for $97! Sure there are some strings, what did you expect?

You have to be a new customer and sign up for a two-year contract. But if you really want it, it’s worth considering. Oh, no white version for you. Amazon is only offering the black version for this deal.

T-Mobile said to be considering sending new batteries to G1 owners

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on December 29th, 2008

G1 BatteryBattery life on many smart phones isn’t as long as what most owners want from their devices. I hardly think you will find a smartphone user who wouldn’t want longer battery life from their device. You will however find many users who want longer run time, especially among those who use the G1.

One of the worst features for many G1 owners is the battery life, which is oft described as abysmal. The standard battery is an 1150mAh unit that doesn’t cut it for long days of gaming and surfing the Internet. A rumor is circulating that says T-Mobile may be getting ready to give every G1 owner a new battery.

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2008

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400The Android Dev Phone 1, a completely unlocked G1, is available to “developers” for just $399 after a $25 setup fee. All you need to do is register as a developer at the Android Market and the phone is yours. Registration as a developer costs $25, but after that, you’ll be eligible for the cheap, unlocked phone.

The Android Dev Phone 1 is fully compatible with Android 1.0, and being able to swap out the SIM card breaks you free of T-Mobile’s service. It’ll also let you use custom Android builds that work with the freshly unlocked bootloader. You can even get free shipping and cool detailing on the back. Google warns that it’s not really meant for non-developers, but we’re sure that won’t stop you.


T-Mobile G1 now available in wintry white

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

T-Mobile G1 now available in wintry whiteWe had word that it’s been showing up in mailboxes and in stores for a few days, but T-Mobile has just officially stated that the G1 is now available in white. So, now you have a snowy wintry choice along with the bronze and plain black. The price, hardware, and software remain the same. It’s just white. Vanilla if you will. Think a minty cool breeze white. A great gift for a…white wedding. And so on and so on. It’s T-Mobile’s new tightey whitey.

Double charge your Android phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Double charge your Android phoneThe G1’s battery life isn’t as great as we would like, which is an issue with smartphones in general. That’s why this $17 device is a great idea. It will come in very handy for keeping your Android G1 powered at all times. It will charge your G1, plus there’s an extra dock to power a second battery, making it perfect for travelers who carry a spare battery. It’s a cheap way to make sure you always have some precious juice.

G1 and BlackBerry Bold get the Colorware treatment

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2008

G1 and BlackBerry Bold get the Colorware treatmentIf a gadget has sufficiently proven itself and done well in school, won our hearts and minds, it will eventually be rewarded with the chance to get itself the Colorware treatment. That time has come for the G1 and the Bold, and we are very proud, despite not being their parents.

It will cost you $150 to dress up your current T-Mobile handset in technicolor, or the company will ship you a brand new one $725. The BlackBerry Bold will cost $139 and $674 for the makeover. The price is steep sure, but with rave colors like this, you can’t afford not to have your handset match your pacifier and fancy light-sticks.

Software unlock code for T-Mobile G1 now available

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on November 17th, 2008

T-Mobile G1Google made big waves when it announced that it intended to enter into the mobile phone operating system world. Google’s Android operating system was very much anticipated and finally launched not too long ago on the T-Mobile G1.

The catch for many who might have been interested in the G1 was that the device is a T-Mobile exclusive. A company called Global Unlock has announced that it is offering unlock codes for the G1 that will allow the device to operate on any GSM network around the world.


Walmart to sell T-Mobile G1 for $148.88 tomorrow

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2008

Walmart to sell T-Mobile G1 for $148.88 tomorrowAccording to Dow Jones, as of tomorrow, Walmart will be the cheapest place to buy the T-Mobile G1. Over 550 Walmart stores will begin selling the G1 tomorrow for $148.88 to new T-Mobile customers, or those eligible for an upgrade, with the usual two-year contract. That’s a savings of $31.11 at Wal-Mart as opposed to buying through T-Mobile, which sells the device for $179.99.

Facebook passes on the T-Mobile G1

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

Facebook passes on the T-Mobile G1In a surprising move, Facebook won’t be creating an application to run on T-Mobile’s G1 Android-powered smartphone, even though it is available for the iPhone and BlackBerry. Considering this, Facebook fans who are in the market for a new phone will probably pass on the G1.

Facebook commented that Google or another third party will have to develop the application for them, as they don’t want to dedicate any resources toward developing an app for Android. If you want to take a paranoid look at the situation, consider this. Facebook is ad-served and invested in by Microsoft. Make of that what you will, but just because your paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to deny you a phone app.

Android Virtual Keyboard coming next year

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

Android Virtual Keyboard coming next yearWhile people love the G1 and it has an excellent keyboard…and it’s only been available for about a day, many users are already complaining that they cannot type in landscape mode.

Never fear, according to the Android development roadmap, we’ll be getting a touchscreen keyboard in Q1 2009 that features “a dictionary of suggestions and a suggestion algorithm.” So it will basically work like the iPhone keyboard. Great news as many find it annoying, having to slide open the G1 every time they want to enter some data.

T-Mobile G1 is officially available to purchase

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on October 22nd, 2008

T-Mobile G1Unless you live under a rock in the ocean between Patrick and SpongeBob, you have heard something about the G1 smartphone. The G1 is the first Google Android device to hit the market and compete against the iPhone and the other smartphone players.

T-Mobile announced today that the G1 can now be purchased. According to T-Mobile, you can walk into any T-Mobile store and walk out with the G1 ready to go. the handset can also be purchased on the T-Mobile website. In some 3G T-Mobile areas the G1 can also be purchased at select third party retailers.