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All U.S. Android phones may get an update to OS 2.1 soon

A planned firmware update for the Motorola Droid might benefit owners of other Android devices, too. According to Android and Me, "every Android phone currently released in the United States will be receiving an upgrade to Android 2.1." This news comes from the same site that was previously skeptical about Google's ability to fit version 1.6 of the Android OS onto a T-Mobile G1. Google, of cour...

Android 2 may hit T-Mobile G1 devices soon

Although we haven't seen any official confirmation of this, there's a widely-circulated rumor that T-Mobile G1 phones are getting an Android OS update soon. That could mean G1 owners will be treated with Android 2.0, or the latest and greatest version, 2.1. That's good news for early adopters whose T-Mo contracts were still running when Android 2.0 and the Verizon Droid hit the streets. The bum...

Preemptive FAIL : Five easy things Verizon isn't doing to fix Android

It's all over the place; Verizon is embracing Android. Google loving apologist geeks everywhere are heralding the 85 million new customers -- who are obviously ready to try Android, if only Verizon would let them -- as the beginning of a new era in mobile phone competition. The cries of panacea are all I've heard all day: "It's going to be a floodgate of new users! " "Death to the iPhone!" ...

Transdroid remotely controls torrent downloads from your Android handset

iPhone users have been told we aren't allowed to play with a nasty little application like Drivetrain, which remotely controls transmission downloads. We might be using it to control illegal download on another machine, after all, and Apple doesn't want us getting into trouble. Android users, however, are free to install Transdroid - a handy little app that interfaces with Transmission, uTorrent, ...

Google turbo-charges mobile GMail engine, updates interface

Road warriors rejoice, Google has beefed up the engine that powers the mobile version of GMail. The rollout begins today, though only for users of the English version. If that includes you, make sure your iPod Touch or iPhone is running firmware version 2.2.1 or later or you'll still see the old version. Android users won't have any such concerns. A number of slick new features have been added, i...

Android First-look: Amazon.com MP3 Store

Buying music directly from the Amazon.com MP3 store is one of Android's coolest features. Although it might not be the "killer feature" that some were hoping it would be, it offers a great way to get quality, DRM free music directly to your device. The only downside is that you have to download music over WiFi (the iTunes WiFi Store works the same way). As a huge music junkie (my total collection,...

Android First-Look: YouTube

YouTube was undoubtedly one of the Big G's best acquisitions. For good or for bad, it's addictive. While watching short, low resolution video clips is hardly an activity you want to do from your HDTV (or even really large computer monitor), it's actually a nice thing to do on a smartphone, especially if you are in a long line. We can thank the iPhone for saying "no" to Flash and getting YouTube ...

Android First-look: WikiMobile

If you had asked me yesterday if I thought I would get any use out of the WikiMobile Encyclopedia for Android, I probably would have rudely laughed in your face. The joke is on me, because WikiMobile is actually a pretty fantastic. It's also free -- something that cannot be said for the $19.99 BlackBerry version (and I'm not paying $19.99 to access a free website on my Curve). Bonfire Media really...

Android First-look: Twitroid

I'm pretty addicted to Twitter, so the very first application I sought out for Grant's T-Mobile G1 was an Android-based Twitter client. Unsurprisingly, the Android Market didn't have anything to meet my needs, but I did manage to stumble upon Twitroid, which as far as I can tell, is the only Android-based Twitter client available at this time. Although the first official release will not be avai...

First look at the T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone

So I don't know if you've heard, but apparently there's this company named Google. And apparently they've developed some sort of a mobile phone operating system that features tight integration with online services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Talk. And you can't get one just yet, so we decided to talk to someone who did. Kevin Tofel of jkOnTheRun has been testing a T-Mobile G1 for the last f...