T Mobile G2 for HSPA Plus Network Officially Announced

Starting this month, you will be able to pre-order the new T-Mobile G2 in US. The latest Android smartphone has a 3.7-inch capacitive touch screen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz Snapdragon MSM7230 processor and 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. There is already a 4GB internal memory for your application installation storage, adding up with a bundled 8GB micro SD card and you get a total of 12GB storage space available. That would sufficient for most of the users without the need to buy an additional memory card.

T-Mobile, Google and HTC re-team to deliver the groundbreaking successor to the T-Mobile G1; Exclusive preorder for current T-Mobile customers begins later this month

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Sept. 9, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled the T-Mobile® G2™ with Google™, delivering downloads at 4G speeds1, a blazing fast web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. The G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network2, which covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. The G2 is an ultra-powerful smartphone designed by HTC and is the highly anticipated successor to the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone, pairing a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Current T-Mobile customers will get exclusive access to preorder the G2 starting later this month.

“T-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. “Now, with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, we are re-teaming with our partners at Google and HTC to provide T-Mobile customers with another first – the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network.”

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

“Two years ago, HTC and T-Mobile worked together to deliver the world’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. From that start, Android has grown to be the leading smartphone platform in the U.S., and one of the most popular globally,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “With today’s announcement of the G2, HTC and T-Mobile are once again bringing a breakthrough Android product to market.”

The first smartphone specifically designed to deliver 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network, the G2 is optimized for performance to provide customers with blazing fast access to a world of information through websites, applications, videos, file downloads and more. Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Market™, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications.

The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voice™, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actions™ from Google, Google Goggles™ and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Search™, which allows you to control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending messages, browsing the Web, listening to music and completing common tasks. It is also the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voice™, allowing customers to create a new account using their current mobile number right from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes voicemails to text so customers can read them like an e-mail or text message from their phone or online. Additional pre-loaded Google services include Google Search, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Places and Navigation, YouTube™, Google Talk™ and Google Earth™, among others.

Adding fuel to the G2’s speed is its Snapdragon™ MSM7230 mobile processor which combines Qualcomm’s new HSPA+ capabilities and second generation applications processor. The Snapdragon MSM7230 offers an 800 MHz CPU and is optimized to deliver exceptional performance, long battery life and leading edge multimedia and web browsing – with download speeds faster than other solutions currently in the market.

The G2 delivers advanced smartphone features including an HD video camera for recording crystal-clear, high-definition (720p) videos that can be automatically uploaded to your Photobucket account and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The G2 also offers smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar; social networking; and instant messaging. In addition, the G2 features a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB, as well as a music player.

Additional features of the G2 include the following:
· Dedicated Quick Keys for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications

Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience
Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery
· 4GB internal memory with pre-installed 8GB micro SD card, with support for up to 32 GB of external memory

· Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo headset and Bluetooth support

· Swype® text input for fast, accurate communication


The T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile, and current T-Mobile customers will have the opportunity to preorder the G2 in limited quantities later this month. Additional availability details will be shared in the coming weeks. Visit http://g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates.

BlackBerry App World crosses the 10.000 app mark

“RIM has proudly announced via twitter that the BlackBerry App World now offers 10,000 apps. Certainly not to be sniffed at, and it’s an important milestone for the brand, but when compared to the Apple App Store and the ever expanding Android Market it seems somewhat less impressive. Unsurprisingly, Apple has the most with 250,000 apps followed by Android in second place with 100,000. Considering the headstart that Apple has had, Android is catching up fast, considerably faster than RIM. Add to that the fact that Microsoft claim that 300,000 developers have signed up for their dev kit for Windows Phone 7 and it seems like having 10,000 apps isn’t something you’d want to shout (or tweet) about. With their smaller and non-touchscreens, BlackBerry devices have failed to attract the attention that the more powerful Apple and Android phones have. Add to this the fact that most BlackBerry users have enterprise accounts and can’t install 3rd party apps, the resulting range of phones isn’t a very attractive platform for developers. This could change if RIM start releasing more devices like its upcoming Torch, which features a reasonably sized touchscreen. Not only would it offer developers the chance to create more engaging apps but would appeal to a wider range of users outside the business demographic with which BlackBerry devices are more commonly associated. “BlackBerry AppWorld is 10,000 apps strong and growing – what apps do you love?” is the quote from its twitter account. Following the link to their App World web page reveals that top apps on their store include Facebook, Crash Bandicoot Mutant Island and Hotel Resort Tycoon. Despite having the popular licensed title DJ Hero as one of their newest apps it is absent from the featured apps box at the top of the page where instead you’ll find such excitement as the Swiss Phone Book and a Turner Classic Movies Schedule. Recent tweets suggest they’re reaching out not only to developers but also to a younger audience, encouraging those going back to college to send them twitpics of humourous college t-shirts. Unless the Torch becomes wildly popular and reaches that wider audience it could be a while before BlackBerry users see the 20,000th, let alone the 100,000th tweet.” via rethink-wireless.com

Apple Game Center Goes Live … But Not For the iPhone 3G

“Way back when Apple announced the formation of ‘Game Center’, their platform for multi-player gaming and now they’ve finally gone live with it. Good news right? Well yes, sort of. You see it’s good news as long as you don’t own an iPhone 3G, which are not going to be supported. That’s despite the fact that second generation iPod Touches are supported. The 2nd generation iPod Touch shares some hardware with the 3G and it was initially thought that would mean it too would be left out in the cold. Apparently not.
In a somewhat gushy statement Apple enthused:
“Game Center lets friends – and soon-to-be-friends – in on the action. Invite someone to join, then get a game going. Or go up against people you don’t know, from anywhere in the world, in a multiplayer game. It’s your world. Everyone else is just playing in it.”
You’ll nee iOS 4.1 to make use of Game Center, and of course an appropriate device i.e. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPod Touch from second generation onwards. You will use your existing Apple ID as your login.” via mobile-review.com