Regular TalkAndroid readers may have noticed that I have been strangely absent the past week. (What do you mean you haven’t noticed a difference? That’s not nice!) Well, there’s a very good reason for this! You see, this was there was this small event called the Electronic Entertainment Expo (known within the industry as E3) — perhaps some of you have heard of it. For those unfamiliar with the event, E3 is an opportunity for video game publishers, developers, and hardware manufacturers to get together with the media and show off what they’re working on. Well, there was a bit of an Android presence there this year, and in order to bring our dear readers every last drop of Android news available, TalkAndroid was there! That’s right, I sacrificed my time, money, and my feet (and I’m REALLY serious about that last one!) to scour the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you guys every scrap of Android coverage I could find! While there will be several in-depth looks upcoming in the next 3-4 days, I thought I’d give you guys a little sneak peek of what we have in store! Read more
In the video you’ll see below, T-Mobile created a life size, live action Angry Birds environment, where users could walk up to the booth at the front (seen above) grab a T-Mobile device (looks like a Samsung Galaxy S) and interact with the game. The game on the Android smartphone when played actually causes the live action elements to play out in the background for all to watch, exploding pigs and all!
Thus far in the battlewarmayhem debate regarding the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, the vocal third-parties who have come forth have opposed the event. Now however, we have a large and rather dominant group made up of some of the key presences in the mobile industry expressing their approval of the merger. In a page and half letter addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a consortium made up of Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Qualcomm, RIM, Avaya, Brocade, and Oracle laid out their argument backing the merger. They explained that the merger would make the US globally competitive in the mobile and data space, and that it was a needed move to bring mobile broadband options to the entire country, that “an increasingly robust and efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle.” Strong words, but they don’t really speak to the needs of the consumer, who just happens to stand to lose the most with this deal. Beyond this, it’s always been said that competition breeds innovation. While I agree that our national network needs to be more “robust” and “efficient”, I don’t believe that creating a near duopoly for the sake of a temporary fix is the answer. What are your thoughts on the matter, intrepid reader? Let us know in the commnents!
The Android Market used to have a 24 hour policy for returns and now it is 15 minutes. A lot of people feel it is not enough. T-Mobile is teaming up with WildTangent to bring game rentals. The cost will be 25 cents so you can see what the game is like before you commit. You will have one day to play the game and if you want to purchase it, the rental fee will go towards the purchase price.
Users will need to buy “Wildcoins.” which equate to 25 cents. There will probably be a subscription service as well. We are not sure how many coins you will have to buy for each purchase, but desktop users can currently buy 50 coins for $6.99 per month.
A couple of weeks back, HTC announced that they will no longer be locking bootloaders on their Android devices. This comes as great news to any fans of HTC who enjoy hacking their phones for test builds for updates, custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, or just people who like to have the freedom to do whatever they like with the phones.
And any T-Mobile subscribers who might have their eye on the upcoming Sensation 4G may be wondering what that means for their device, which was previously reported as having a locked bootloader. Well according to IntoMobile, HTC was contacted by the dev community and received the following response:
“We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience.”
HTC dev community, the future is bright. And anyone with their eye on the Sensation 4G, this is just one more reason to be excited about it. Were you considering buying one, or had you written it off? How does this affect your opinion? Weigh in on the comments.
Is the T-Mobile G2 at the end of its life as a distributed device? With the proof below, its a good indication that it is on its way out. Of course it’s only listed as “Nearing EOL”, so there’s still some life left in the 800 MHz Qualcomm, 3.7-inch WVGA (480x 800), Android 2.2 device. You should still be able to find this device in stores. But why would you want to search out and purchase a device, that has been labeled as nearing the end of its life. The upside is you can go grab the LG G2X that’s packed with, a 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-processor, 1.3 and 8MP front and rear facing cameras, 4-inch WVGA display, and more. Of course, you may be able to get your hands on the G2 for a great price, and in that case, I wouldn’t blame you!
T-Mobile announced the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART which are two very affordable Android smartphones.
The Exhibit 4G comes with a 1GHz processor, HSPA+ (4G), Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera with flash, camcorder, front-facing camera. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and three preloaded games: Bejeweled 2, Hasbro’s SCRABBLE (in U.S. and Canada only), and Doodle Jump. You will have your choice of two colors, violet and black. The price will be $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract.
The Gravity SMART has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera, HSPA, and Wi-Fi. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo. The Berry Red and Sapphire Blue version will sell for $69.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract. A Lunar Gray version will be $29.99 with a two-year contract.
T-Mobile is finally bringing out the big guns with the launch of the HTC Sensation 4G on June 15th. This device will be a high end Android device with it’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch display touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4G connectivity. It’ll be selling for $199.99 on a two year contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate from T-Mobile. If you just can’t wait til then, you’ll be able to pick it up at WalMart locations across the US on June 12th as well.