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Android’s “Kill Switch”

Google Android

Google Android

The Android platform is following in Apple’s footsteps as Google has specified in their terms and conditions that it could remotely “remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion”.

This means that they control what you can and cannot use on your own device.

Of course, Google will probably only use this in case certain applications are messing up with the internal components of the software to a point were it could make the device operate outside of their established norms.

Only time will tell.

Neowin

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SlingBox+Android = TV on Your Phone

Sling Media

Sling Media

If you own a SlingBox and happen to have an Android mobile device, you’ll be happy to hear that you will soon be able to stream your own TV signal on-the-go, on your mobile device (cell phone, etc).

Imagine being on the bus and flipping channels on your phone as if you were right home sitting in your couch… very nice!

Sling Player Mobile is already available for Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and Symbian cell phones and PDAs. No word yet on an iPhone version.

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$99 for the HTC G1 Phone

HTC G1

HTC G1

The Android Authority has an article that suggests the the new T-Mobile HTC G1 phone will be selling at under the announced price of $179 with a two-year contract.

The price is rumored to be around $99 at select retail locations. Does this mean three-year contract or perhaps on a more expensive monthly plan? We’ll have to wait and see.

Android Authority

T-Mobile G1 Pricing: $179 and Details

T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile G1

Following the press conference this morning, here are some details I thought were interesting:

Pricing for the G1 with T-Mobile will be $179 with a 2-year contract. Existing T-Mobile customers will be able to pre-order the G1 device and it will ship to their home as soon as it is available.

Availability of the device will be on October 22nd. T-Mobile talked about data plans starting at 25$ with unlimited web surfing and 400 text messages (35$ gets you unlimited for both). All data plans will have to be added to an existing voice plan with T-Mobile.

The phone will have support for viewing Microsoft Word and Excel files but there is no support for Exchange as of now. Adobe PDF documents will be able to be read on the device.

There is no desktop application for syncing the device and it’s content on a computer but the device will sync with online services such as Google’s calendar application and Yahoo!

The G1 will be simlocked to T-Mobile and users will not be able to use it as a modem device. The device will be available for customers everywhere where T-Mobile offers service and even without 3G coverage.

T-Mobile G1 Site
HTC G1

AmazonMP3 Software Pre-Loaded on G1

AmazonMP3

AmazonMP3

There you go, it’s been made official by Amazon that an application will be pre-loaded on the new T-Mobile Android phone (the G1) due to hit the stores in October.

Users will be able to browse music samples over the 3G network and download full songs using integrated WiFi on the device. Price for a single song are around $0.89 and full albums are between $5.99 and $9.99.

engadget
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T-Mobile-Google-Android Phone Event in two Hours…

T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile G1

The T-Mobile-Google-Android press conference in New York city is set to start in just a little over two hours from now.

We now officially know that the phone will be called the G1 over at T-Mobile, that it will be available for “pre-order/early notification” as soon as the event closes, and that the whole event will be viewable on the new G1 web site right after the event is over.

We also learn that some “official” specs have leaked on the TmoNews web site… Seems that the G1 phone will be equipped with GPS after all (some said it would not be a feature of this phone).

T-Mobile G1Site
engadget
TmoNews via Neowin.net

Google Says “no” to iPhone

Google

Google

In a move that could be seen as ”aggressive” by some, Google has refused to provide an iPhone compatible version of their StreetView service. Keep in mind that StreetView will be available on all Android-compatible phones. Is this the start of exclusive content on cell phones?

We are more than used to this in the gaming industry, where we see exclusive titles reserved for only a specific gaming console like the war between Sony’s PS3, Microsoft’s XBox and Nintendo’s Wii. So why not for cell phones?

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Google Street View now on Blackberry

Google Street View

Street View

If you have a Blackberry phone, a Java-Based phone or better yet an Android phone (soon…) you will be happy to know that Google is now making Streetview mobile!

Google Mobile Blog

T-Mobile to Present Android HTC Dream Phone

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

The first cell phone to officially support Google’s Android platform will be the HTC Dream. T-Mobile will unveil it on September 23rd during a press conference in New York city.

BetaNews

Google’s Android Demo on Video

Google Android

Google Android

Google’s upcoming Android platform seems to be going pretty well as Mike Jennings (of Google) was showing it off in a demo in London yesterday.

There is a video on this at Engadget.

Engadget