CONFIRMED: T-Mobile launching the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 in the UK this November

Gary Cutlack Mobile phones, Satellite Navigation systems, Software, Web 2.0 Leave a Comment

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Google, HTC and T-Mobile have all just pulled the covers off the T-Mobile G1 – the official name of the long-awaited “Google Phone.”

The handset features the “Android Market” – its equivalent to Apple’s App Store – and it does indeed use the Amazon MP3 shopping service as rumoured this very morning. As for release dates – the US gets it on October 22, the UK gets it in “early November,” while the rest of Europe must wait until early 2009…

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RUMOUR: Amazon MP3 on the gPhone

Duncan Geere Digital Music, Mobile phones Leave a Comment

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There’s a rumour floating around the interweb that Amazon’s MP3 store will be available on Google’s forthcoming mobile phone, which there’ll be an announcement on later today. If it’s true, it would be a powerful boot in the face to Apple, Nokia and Sony Ericsson, all of whom have either launched, or are preparing, mobile music stores.

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People who know people say T-Mobile's revealing its Android phone plans on September 23

Gary Cutlack Mobile phones, Software Leave a Comment

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The sort of “insiders” who can’t be named or they’ll get sacked reckon that Google and T-Mobile are very, very near to announcing official facts regarding the retail arrival of a Google Android mobile.

The two companies are planning a revelation for this month, with the same undercover sources hinting that a September 23 launch date announcement is definitely possible. September 23 is, at the time of writing, 12.5 days away…

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Google Chrome uses old security-lax version of WebKit, may come to Android

Andy Merrett Internet, Software Leave a Comment

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Google Chrome‘s launch has been marred by an embarrassing security vulnerability, thanks to Google using an outdated version of WebKit which could be used by hackers to run malicious code directly in Windows without the user knowing.

It’s highly likely that Google will issue a patch for the problem very shortly, by updating the version of WebKit just as Apple did for its Safari browser. However, it’s not a great start for a browser that has been touted for its security features…

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Big-screened HTC "G1" could be first Android phone, exclusively on T-Mobile in the US

Andy Merrett Mobile phones 1 Comment

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Building on speculation a couple of weeks ago, it seems that an Android mobile phone could be on sale in the States as soon as October, if rumours based on people with inside knowledge of Google and HTC are to be believed.

In a flurry of naming creativity, HTC is expected to launch its G1 mobile phone, sporting a decent five-by-three inch touchscreen, real slide-out QWERTY keyboard, three megapixel camera, 3G, and of course the Android operating system…

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Google announces Round 1 winners of Android Developer Challenge

Andy Merrett Mobile phones, Software Leave a Comment

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Google has announced the fifty winners of the Android Developer Challenge Round 1, each of whom wins a $25,000 award to fund further development, and the chance to be put forward for ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards in round 2.

Winning applications include a number based on the underlying maps functionality, which isn’t surprising given this is one of the core features of Android upon which developers can build, plus GPS-based social networking services (find your friends, for example), a biometric authentication system, instant messaging services, educational software, and online information resources…

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