Thursday, December 25, 2008

Android Software Keyboard on G1

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Huawei Android phones confirmed for Q3 2009

From Unwired Review -

CNET has reported that Huawei will launch one or more Android phones sometime in the third quarter of 2009 in Australia. Pricing was unavailable but it should hopefully be close the AUD299 Kogan Agora.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Free WiFi for Beijing's urban and rural areas by 2011

From Danwei -

Per Beijing Business Today, the Information Technology Office has announced Beijing will have free access to WiFi in all of its districts within three years. WiFi was available during the July Olympics earlier this years, via CECT-CHINACOMM, covering the Second and Third Ring Roads, the CBD, on Financial Street, around Zhongguancun and Wangjing’s Economic and Technological Development Zones. However the signal was not good.

T-Mobile G1 Apps Turn On Data Roaming By Themselves

According to Engadget T-Mobile has offered an official response regarding the huge data roaming bills of some users as reported here.

T-Mobile Statement:

T-Mobile is committed to delivering the best experience in wireless to our customers. If a T-Mobile customer would like to use their T-Mobile G1 while outside the country, they should contact Customer Care before they leave to ask that the WorldClass feature be added to their service at no additional charge. If they choose, customers can also disable data roaming on the G1. This can be done by going through the following steps: Home Screen > Menu > Settings > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming.

Some third party applications available for download on Android Market require access to the internet and have the ability to turn on data roaming when in use. Customers are informed whether an application will use this feature prior to downloading, but should also be aware when traveling outside the country.

Meaning some of the apps are turning on data roaming by themselves. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

JinPeng E1181 has detachable spy camera

From Engadget -

While the JinPeng E1181 doesn't really scream quality it has some nifty features including a 3-inch stylus-based touchscreen, number buttons, and an incredibly great detachable wireless digital camera. The 2 megapixel spy cam can transmit a continuous stream of images to the phone over some unspecified RF technology from up to 30 feet away, and hooks back into the phone for charging.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Kogan Agora Pre-selling Now

Australia-based Kogan is now pre-selling its unlocked Agora Android phone line, the AUD299 Agora and the AUD399 Agora. Actual delivery will start January 29, 2009. Specs include:

Operating System

Android ™

Google Mobile Functions

Google Search ™, Gmail ™, YouTube ™, Google Maps ™, Google Talk ™, Google Calendar ™.


2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 262K QVGA (320 X 240 pixel) resolution

Device Control

5-Way Central Navigation Key


QWERTY keyboard

Keyboard backlighting


Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate


Built-in microphone and speaker

Headphone output

Ring tone formats:



Video formats supported:

MPEG2 H263, H264, MPEG4, AVI

Mail attachment support

Viewable document types:


Dimensions (HxWxD)

108 mm x 64 mm x 14.8 mm




Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1300 mAh

Talk Time

Up to 400 minutes

Standby Time

Up to 300 hours

Processor MHz

624 MHz


256 MB On-board + 128 MB Flash

microSD™ card expansion slot


UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Kogan Agora product page here.

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