Unboxing the T-Mobile G2

30 September 2010


I’ve gotten used to getting new phones in the mail on a regular basis, but it’s a little more exciting when you know that they phone you’re unboxing is the one that will be replacing your outdated G1.  As most of you know, T-Mobile is launching the HTC made G2 (HTC Desire Z) on October 6th.  I am among the lucky few who have actually received the phone a bit early.  Over the next few days I’ll be rigorously testing the G2 for all its worth, but for now I hope you guys will enjoy my unboxing pictures.  The box itself it reminiscent of T-Mobile’s HTC HD2, though the white does take away a bit of the sexyness.  The phone comes with the typical microUSB cable/charging adapter and a pair of 3.5mm headphones (something only T-Mobile seems to be including lately).  It would have been nice ot have a little pouch included for the G2, but I guess you’ll be on your own for that.

The T-Mobile G2 has a pretty solid feel to it and it surprisingly pretty similar in size to the original T-Mobile G1 (though it is significantly less thick).  The brushed aluminum exterior finished give the handset a unique look which seems to pull its designs cues from Google’s Nexus One.

If you have any questions about the T-Mobile G2, feel free to leave us a comment.

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 Epic 4G update

If you keep hitting the update button on your Samsung Epic 4G in hopes of getting that update that was supposed to drop to today, well, stop it. There’s been a tiny snag, Samsung says. And because we know how you guys love conspiracy theories, we’ll bold the part that proves Samsung’s not trying to screw you over:

We learned this evening that there were administrative issues getting this software loaded to Google’s servers. We don’t yet have an expected time when this will be available but will update you as soon as possible. Please see the statement below that was sent by the Sprint Product Management team:

We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from releasing the update as we had planned. We are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new delivery schedule.

We would like to clarify that the timing of this update has nothing to do with the 30 day return window that many of you on these blogs have been discussing and that this delay has nothing to do with any last minute changes within the release package itself. The delay is simply due to an administrative issue that we are working to resolve.

So there you have it, you disbelieving disbelievers, you. Let’s hope things get back on track soon. [Sprint via Android Central Forums]

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Verizon

Verizon’s mobile strategy for the next few months has surfaced and if true, we will be seeing a large LTE tablet and many more high quality Android devices in the near future. 

Here are some of the devices Verizon has up their sleeve:

  • The Samsung Continuum (perhaps you’ve seen our hands-on of that funky phone with two screens) is on schedule for a late October release. 
  • The Motorola Venus is supposedly coming out in October. Verizon has billed the Venus as being very similar to BlackBerry’s form factor and will sport a 1GHz processor, Froyo, as well as GSM in addition to CDMA.
  • Motorola’s Droid Pro world phone has a late October/early November goal for release. This is that 1.3 GHz world phone that is rumored to be replacing the Droid 2
  • The HTC Lexicon (or Merge) seems to have a similar release schedule as the Droid Pro, coming either late October or early November
  • LG supposedly has a high-end phone coming to big red with a device labeled en V Pro. This phone is rumored to have a 1GHz processor along with a global radio. If true, it would be one of LG’s best Android phones to date, which would hopefully signal their commitment to the OS
  • The Motorola Stingray tablet in Q1 of 2011. According to the source, the Stingray will sport Android 3.0 (Gingerbread), a 10-inch screen, 16GB onboard storage, and Tegra 2.  These specs sound awesome already, but the juiciest part is that it is upgradeable to LTE, which would be quite appealing.

All of this info comes from Engadget’s sources, so take the info for what you will. If this is Verizon’s plan though, we’re very excited for the nest few months. [Engadget]

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Android is the fastest growing Mobile Phone OS and HTC Phones has built a impressive piece of technology into The HTC EVO 4G Phone. Just some of what users get are Android Apps, Android market, Google Shopping and many more features.


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 Fennic on Android

Fennec, the codename for Mozilla’z mobile version of Firefox, is getting a bit of a name change to bring it in line with the current version of Firefox. Fennec 2.0 is currently in alpha and is still being updated with nightly builds, but the "web rendering engines used in both browsers are the same" according to lead developer Mark Finkle. As such, Fennic will be now have its official name changed to "Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900" for it’s eventual release. The current 4.0b1 version is identical to the 2.0b1 version apart from the version number change. These changes should help Mozilla out with marketing the browser so people aren’t confused as to why Firefox mobile is only 2.x, but their desktop version is 4.x. [Mark Finkle's Blog]

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switfkey

Swiftkey, an Android keyboard replacement that many of us have grown to love, has spent the pas week since its official announcement as the No. 1 downloaded paid application in the market. As you can imagine, with all the various paid applications in the market, spending any day at the top is a huge success, let alone seven in a row. Swiftkey is currently on sale in the market for 99 cents, but the sale ends tonight. Effective Friday morning, the price will jump up to $3.99. 

Find more in the Swiftkey Developers Forums

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 Sprint

Sprint’s 4G data service just went live in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis-St. Paul, meaning you Steelers fans with the Samsung Epic 4G and HTC Evo 4G can get the latest as old man Charlie Batch leads the Steelers over the Ravens on Sunday, and you Vikes fans can fret about whether old OLD man Brett Favre will actually come back from the bye week or go back to Mississippi where it’s safe and warm. Yeah, it’s like that. [Sprint]

Full list of Sprint 4G service in the Android Central Forums

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Samsung Transform

The Samsung Transform has surfaced in a picture that displays some of Sprint’s upcoming phones. Little to no information has been released relating to the Transform, which is intriguing enough. To make the leak more interesting, however, the device looks exactly like the recently released Epic 4G

Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to release its version of the Samsung Galaxy S with a QWERTY keyboard, so perhaps it wants to release a touchscreen-only option? The timing seems strange, but we’ll keep our ears open. Until then, anyone’s guess is as good as ours as to possible specs and potential release date of the Transform.

Oh, by the way, there’s another look at the Kyocera/Sanyo Zio with Sprint branding that we first showed you at Radio Shack. [Engadget]

 

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Androids

A survey released this week suggests that mobile developers are picking Android to succeed over other Operating Systems, most notably iOS, in the long-run. The survey was conducted by Appcelerator and IDC asked more than 2,300 developers about the short and long term outlooks for various platforms. 

Apple’s iOS won for offering the best short-term revenue opportunities, with 76 percent of developers supporting that platform. In the long-run, however, 59 percent stated that they thought Android had the best long-term outlook, compared to 35 percent who said iOS. 

This support from developers is not solely focused on the phone platform, but future mobile devices as well. When asked the question "which OS is positioned to power a large number of connected devices in the future," a glaring 72 percent voted for Android compared to 25 percent for iOS.

This is exciting new for the Android world; it’s always a good thing to hear developers betting on your platform for long-term success. It is looking more likely that the OS race will be fought between Google and Apple. Microsoft has high hopes with Windows Phone 7, but we have yet to see a product yet and there hasn’t been much talk of tablets; until then, they are playing major catchup. RIM has always been strong, but the numbers are showing that BlackBerry OS is likely to remain stagnant at best with the onslaught of Android devices hitting the market and the upcoming Microsoft products. [Computer World]

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The BlackBerry Torch 9800 has plenty of mass appeal as it is now accessible to more than one type of buyer. The phone covers all fields of mobile technology reasonably well and the addition of a highly capable camera will be a major selling point.


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