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Almost Human: a review of Google's Android G1 phone

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|   * T-Mobile G1 with Google.
|   * On sale: October 22, 2008
|   * Colors: Bronze and black; white to follow
|   * Price: $179 with two-year voice contract; $399 without Monthly plan: 
|     $25 or $35. Both plans include unlimited data use for web and e-mail 
|     (which is odd for a multimedia Internet device) and unlimited T-Mobile 
|     Wi-Fi hotspot access. The $25 plan includes 400 SMS messages; the $35 
|     plan includes unlimited SMS.    
|   * T-Mobile's 3G service is now live in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, 
|     Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, 
|     Minneapolis, New York (including northern New Jersey and Long Island), 
|     Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San 
|     Francisco and Seattle. A total of 28 markets is expected in 2008. A 
|     regularly updated coverage map is at http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/.     



T-Mobile Googlephone to hit UK in two weeks

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| The Combi tariff comes with 800 minutes' talktime, unlimited text messages
| and "unlimited" internet browsing on the G1's HSUPA/HSDPA 3G connection.
| Flext also gives you fair-use policy defined unlimited browsing, but you have
| up to 1250 minutes talktime or send up to 2500 texts a month - or a mix of
| the two.


T-Mobile G1 Android Phone already sold 1.5 million Units?

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| We already reported that pre-orders for the first Android smartphone are very
| strong. Now Fool.com puts a number on how well the T-Mobile G1 pre-orders are
| actually going. If the number is correct, early adopters already ordered 1.5
| million T-Mobile G1 phones. It looks like the Google controlled Open Source
| Phone is off to a great start.


T-Mobile G1

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| The first phone with Google’s Android operating system boasts excellent
| ergonomics and call quality, but it’s held back by the lack of such basic
| features as a standard headphone jack.


Handset OS - Can Android break up the status quo?

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| T-Mobile's launch of the G1, the HTC-built device built on Google's Android
| platform and OS, generated big headlines recently. But, with Samsung and
| Motorola also slated to produce Android handsets this year, and with Symbian
| taken in-house and then due to be open sourced by Nokia, are we witnessing a
| deeper change in the mobile OS market. Far from consolidation in smartphone
| OS, it seems that operators are being asked to support a couple of major
| flavours of Linux (Android and LiMo), as well as Symbian, Windows Mobile, as
| well as Blackberry and Apple's proprietary systems.


Review: Over 260 images and 5 videos of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device


Motorola's Linux strategy evolves with Android

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| Motorola was one of the first major handset makers to embrace the Linux
| platform. Its earliest Linux-based phones were popular in China, enabling the
| company to sell over 5 million of the penguin-powered devices by 2006.
| Following that initial victory, Motorola brought its Linux phones to the US
| with its global launch of the Razr2 in 2007. Motorola's current Linux lineup
| features eight LiMo-compatible handsets and the company boasts that its total
| sales of Linux-based phones has exceeded 14 million as of this year.


iPhone vs. Android : An Open Source Devs Perspective

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| According to Andrea Gazzaniga, software development manager at mobile open
| source vendor Funambol the answer is not entirely clear. In a rambling
| overflow presentation at AjaxWorld's iPhone Sumitt, Gazzaniga attempted to
| outline the differences and similiaraties between iPhone and Android.


First look: latest Google Android SDK a big improvement

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| I tested several of the applications that come with the SDK, including the
| mapping program, the contact book, and the web browser. I also tested the
| experimental Google Talk chat integration feature. I was able to connect to
| Google Talk and receive messages, which are displayed as items on the
| notification panel. The performance and usability of the bundled applications
| is pretty decent.


Could Android Grease Motorola's Wheels?

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| Motorola is reportedly readying itself for a big push into the new Android
| mobile software system. The company is said to be on a hiring frenzy for
| Android developers, upping its staff in that department from 50 to 350.

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