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  • Gerrit Eicker 08:18 on 9. December 2008 Permalink
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    AdWords Goes Mobile 

    Google allows AdWords-ads on the iPhone and G1 without the need of mobile landing pages; http://is.gd/aIo3  

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 09:16 on 9. December 2008 Permalink | Reply

      RWW: “It makes good sense for Google to get start offering this new feature now, as mobile Internet usage on smartphones and other mobile devices is starting to take off. Other companies like AdMob and JumpTap have already carved out some lucrative niches for themselves, so Google is clearly trying to protect some of its home turf here.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 10:01 on 6. December 2008 Permalink
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    Google ‘hacks’ the G1 

    Google itself ‘hacks’ the G1, offering a development version that is completely unlocked; http://is.gd/asxf  

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 13:50 on 16. October 2008 Permalink
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    Android vs. iPhone? 

    Schonfeld: “It’s not about Android vs. iPhone. It’s about Web phones versus bricks in your pocket”; http://is.gd/4aYu

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 13:53 on 16. October 2008 Permalink | Reply

      CG: “If you’ve been waiting for Android then I suggest you keep waiting. The overall OS seems to be held together by duct tape and needs a lot of work. Apple focuses on the minute details to enrich the overall experience for iPhone users and Android could learn a lesson or ten from it. The hardware design is dated and while the touch-screen and keyboard are great you can’t just forget about the wretched battery life, horrible GPS and the overall ergonomics of it. I wish the G1 were better in every respect because I don’t think the iPhone is that great, but I find myself wishing it were more like it. It’s the best alternative to the iPhone, but it’s just not there yet.”

      moco: “There are several factors that will absolutely drive people away from Google Android’s G1. For one, it’s not small, and putting it in a pocket may be uncomfortable. It is also difficult to operate the device with one hand. A roller-ball – much like the ball on the Blackberry Pearl and Curve – makes it easy to scroll around a page without touching the screen, but I would not recommend pulling up a phone number, or checking an address while driving. However, if you plan ahead, you can create a shortcut on the homescreen to a person’s phone number, or enter the address into Google Maps to avoid entering any information while on the road. The battery life is also a concern, although likely no more than it is on the iPhone. In one instance, the phone was completely dead by 11 p.m. after a four-hour road trip, in which I occasionally I used it for navigation, made one phone call, downloaded one app, accessed the Web a couple of times and took a dozen photos. With heavy use, it will not last all day. Another factor is that it’s difficult to use for work. Today, the device offers no Microsoft exchange support, meaning that it will not get your work email, contacts or calendar appointments. I found a way around this by forwarding all my email to Gmail, copying all my contacts to Gmail, and downloading an app to my PC that syncs my Outlook calendar to Gmail. After taking those steps, I was able to replicate Outlook on the device, but it’s not the most ideal situation.”

      NYT: “The Android software looks, feels and works a lot like the iPhone’s. Not as consistent or as attractive, but smartly designed and, for version 1.0, surprisingly complete. In any case, it’s polished enough to give Windows Mobile an inferiority complex the size of Australia; let’s hope Microsoft has a good therapist. … You can’t get from one message to the next without returning to the Inbox list in between. There’s no Visual Voicemail (voice mail messages appear in a written list) or Microsoft Exchange compatibility, either. – Where Android really falls down is in the iPod department. There’s no companion program like iTunes to sync your photos, music and videos to the phone; you’re expected to drag these items to the phone manually after connecting via USB cable to your Mac or PC. More time-consuming fussiness. … The big news is the physical keyboard. As on a Sidekick phone, the screen pops open with a spring-loaded click to reveal a tiny thumb keyboard underneath, much to the relief of people who can’t abide on-screen keyboards. It’s not pure joy, though. The keys don’t click down much. Worse, you have to keep turning the phone 90 degrees from its customary vertical orientation every time you need to enter text. That gets old fast. – There’s also a removable battery. Good thing, too – when all the G1’s guns are blazing (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and so on), the juice is gone in about 3.5hours of continuous use. … And it’s bizarre that, even though the phone contains a tilt sensor like the iPhone’s, it’s not hooked up to the screen. Turning the phone 90 degrees to get a wider look at a photo or Web page doesn’t rotate the image. You have to do that manually, using a menu or by popping open the keyboard, which makes no sense. – Finally, there’s no headphone jack. (Hello?!) If you want to use headphones, you have to buy and carry a special adapter that connects to the USB jack. – T-Mobile also has one of the weakest networks. You iPhoners complain about AT&T’s high-speed 3G Internet network? T-Mobile’s fledgling 3G network covers only 19 metropolitan areas so far, compared with AT&T’s 280. And outside of those areas, Web surfing on the G1 is excruciatingly slow – we’re talking minutes a page.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 20:21 on 23. September 2008 Permalink
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    G1 

    Google announced the G1 mobile as: “an important milestone in the young history of Android“; http://is.gd/30TO

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 20:22 on 23. September 2008 Permalink | Reply

      TC did a T-Mobile G1 launch liveblog.

      pC: “The T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009.”

      RWW asks: “Can it Beat the iPhone? … The overall message was one that focused on openness. Will the future of the mobile internet be driven by open platforms? That’s what Google is betting on with Android, but more importantly, it’s what T-Mobile is hoping will stop the flood of customers leaving their service for AT&T’s iPhone.”

      RealDan: “But with smartphones we’re seeing open-source options like Android and Symbian very early on, and though Windows Mobile has a big head start, it’s far from dominant in this space and I can see why developers would be attracted to the Android platform. – The other question is can Android pull developers away from Apple. It seems to me that there is real power in that open-source approach, and that while G1 doesn’t come close to the iPhone, nevertheless Apple may be consigning itself to niche status by sticking to its closed-garden approach.”

      FT: “Based on my initial assessment, I think Google could be right. All too often, new technology products fail to live up to their billing and disappoint jaded geeks like me. The G1 is not one of those devices – not so much because of its current capabilities, but because of the promise it holds – the promise that users will be able to easily customise the device and add services and features by downloading new (and probably mostly free) applications over the mobile network direct to the device.”

      Heise: “Android scheint jedoch noch nicht wirklich fertig zu sein: Dem Bluetooth-Stack fehlt A2DP zur drahtlosen Kopplung von Stereo-Kopfhörern, auch eine Videofunktion für die eingebaute Kamera hat Google nicht eingebaut. Auch ist die Software für die Entwicklung von Android-Anwendungen bislang nur in der Version 0.9 erhältlich, im September soll jedoch noch eine 1.0-Vorabversion erscheinen.” – Update: “Parallel zur Vorstellung des G1 with Google durch T-Mobile veröffentlichte Google die von der Entwickler-Community lange erwartete stabile Version 1.0 des SDK für die Linux-Smartphone-Plattform Android. Damit sind die Entwickler nun in der Lage, ihre Applikationen rechtzeitig für den Verkaufsstart des Android-Smartphones fertigzustellen und dann auf dem Android-Marktplatz anzubieten.”

      HB: “Gartner-Analystin Carolina Milanesi ist vor allem vom Google-Betriebssystem überzeugt: ‘Android hat das Potenzial, das führende Betriebssystem für Mobiltelefone im Linux-Segment zu werden.‘ Gartner geht davon aus, dass das Google-Betriebssystem bei Smartphones bis 2011 einen Marktanteil von bis zu zehn Prozent erreicht. Denn auch andere Hersteller wie Motorola oder LG haben bereits verkündet, ebenfalls an Telefonen mit Google-Betriebssystem zu arbeiten.”

      Süddeutsche: “Jahrelang ist über ein Mobiltelefon des Suchmaschinenbetreibers Google spekuliert worden – endlich wurde das G1 vorgestellt. Vor zu frühen Vergleichen mit Apples iPhone sollte man sich jedoch hüten.

    • Gerrit Eicker 07:01 on 24. September 2008 Permalink | Reply

      NYT: “Analysts said that the G1 did not represent the kind of revolutionary change in design and function that Apple introduced last year with the iPhone. But the G1 is likely to further accelerate two trends that will have a lasting impact on the wireless industry: the growing use of the Internet on the go, and the ability of consumers to customize their phones with their favorite functions.”

      Mossberg: “In sum, the G1 is a powerful, versatile device which will offer users a real alternative in the new handheld computing category the iPhone has occupied alone.”

      Barron’s: “The upshot is that Apple may need to allow greater control over the iPhone to third-party developers than it currently does. The GPhone itself is a vast improvement over the software offered on most smart phones – including what Palm (PALM) offers on the Treo. – Overall, though, the device lacks charm, character, verve and style. That may change with future versions. With Android’s entry into the world of software development, the choice of third-party applications for phones will expand, which is a good thing for consumers, in the end.”

      O’Reilly: “Apple’s restrictions mean more jailbreaking and Android adoption.”

      TR: “‘I’m totally cheering Android on,’ says Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law at Harvard University. ‘But from what I can tell, [Android Market] is banking on a ratings/reputations systems and common sense for people to know what’s okay and what’s not.’ – Zittrain says the approach might even hinder Android’s progress. ‘I think [Android Market] may work,’ he says, ‘but if there are a couple of well-publicized incidences of code run amok, that can really scare people away from the platform and into Apple’s waiting arms.'”

      AdAge: “Research firm Strategy Analytics estimated that Google’s Android smart phones would reach 400,000 units in the quarter, for a 4% market share. According to ComScore M:Metrics, 19.9 million Americans have a smart phone, up 121% since July 2007, led by Apple’s iPhone. Of course, the focus for Google is not just the G1 but the many other Android phones that Google hopes will come after it.”

      Macworld’s FAQ: What the new G1 phone will do for you

      FTD: “Das G1 soll seinen Anwendern auch den Einkauf über das Internet schmackhaft machen. Da das Gerät zudem auch Musik abspielen kann, stellt der größte Online-Einzelhändler Amazon seinen Musikdownload über das G1 zur Verfügung.”

      Welt: “T-Mobile will nach dem Start seines ersten Google-Handys mit dem offenen Betriebssystem Android zügig weitere solche Geräte auf den Markt bringen. Im Laufe des nächsten Jahres sollen mehrere Mobiltelefone dieser Art von verschiedenen Herstellern im Programm sein, sagte der Innovationschef der DeutschenTelekom, Christopher Schläffer. ‘Wir werden viele Geräte mit Android auf den Markt bringen.'”

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