Category Archives: Week in Review

AG5 – February 16th Edition

It’s Saturday again so it’s time to hit you up with 5 AndroidGuys we think are worth another look. If this is your first time stopping by, consider this your Cliffs Notes for the last week. 3GSM/MWC has ended and now we start looking forward to the products and services coming in 2008. Android and the Open Handset Alliance are poised to place themselves prominently within the industry and we hope you’ll continue to rely on us for your news and opinion. To make sure you don’t miss anything important, subscribe to our standard feed as well as our podcast feed.

#1 – Android makes its official debut
Finally! After what seemed like an eternity, we get to see it in the wild. What was the initial response? It’s fast and doesn’t need much power to run it! Imagine the potential with cutting edge technology.

#2 – Reactions to new SDK are all over the spectrum
In what comes as no surprise to us, Android’s new developer kit is being compared to iPhone. This will be one of those cases where you can’t please everybody all the time. Get used to it.

#3 – Nokia picks Google for its search
Is it us, or does Nokia seem like they are being really aggressive with their purchases and alignments? Almost weekly, we hear of something else the cellular giant is doing to position themselves for the long term.

#4 – Microsoft likes Danger so much, they bought ’em
Does Microsoft want to make their own handset to deliver Windows Mobile to the masses? Now, if they ever get up enough money to buy Yahoo, we could see a super duper device deluxe!

#5 – LiMo is getting a whole lot more attention than expected
With a full year head start on the Open Handset Alliance, the LiMo Foundation not only debuted 18 handsets at MWC, they also announced 9 new partners. At 32 members, they are breathing down the OHA’s neck. Or are they already out in front?


This Week in Open Handset Alliance News (February 15th Edition)

We changed the title of our Friday round-up article but not by much. Formerly “OHA News”, all we really did was add a few words to the beginning so prospective readers get a better idea as to what’s in store when they open the article up. So how about that MWC/3GSM show, huh? All kinds of goodness came out of it. There was plenty to report on in or out of Barcelona. Without further ado, here’s a handful of things that went down this week for the members of the Open Handset Alliance

Motorola and Nortel have been making eyes at each other (Wireless Week)
Nokia likes Google a whole bunch (Uber Phones)
Piracy suit names eBay in case (TopTechNews)
nVidia potential buyer for AMD? (Engadget)
Intel offices raided by EU (Pocket Lint)
Network interoperability from Sprint (PhoneScoop)
LG reading minds with new phone (Just Another Mobile Phone Blog)
Review of HTC Touch Cruise (GSM Arena)
T-Mobile waiving activation fees through the 18th (T-Mobile)
Starbucks will let you keep using your T-Mobile HotSpot account for 5 years (Information Week)

AG5 – February 9th Edition

It’s Saturday so you know what that means… Time to hit you guys with 5 articles worth another look. If this is your first time stopping by AndroidGuys, consider this your Cliffs Notes for the last week. 3GSM/MWC starts Monday so check back often for breaking news and updates. We promise to provide you with anything we can get our hands on relating to Android and the Open Handset Alliance. In fact, to make sure you don’t miss anything important, subscribe to our feed. Oh, and if you like podcasts, we offer those too!

#1 – FCC Auction runs hot and cold
First we hear that the auction is likely over with the reserve price being hit. A day or two goes by and then we find out that the regional spectrum now sits at a higher total than the nationwide block. Looks like the spectrum will be broken into regions and sold individually. That is unless, bidding gets going again. A few rounds have gone by without much action. Last time we checked, the rumors were that Google owns high national bid while Verizon owns the regionals. If this is true, look for Verizon to come away with the spectrum.

#2 – Yahoo! Google to the Rescue!?
We found out Monday that Google was none to pleased to be hearing of Microsoft’s recent offer to buy Yahoo! for $44 billion. By week’s end, the subject began to turn to Google being the company who might end up spending the money to acquire this little Silicon Valley company we’re pretty sure we’ve heard of somewhere before.

#3 – An Android phone on the cheap

Well, that is is you wanna spend up to a Franklin for the phone. Purple Labs, a non-OHA member announced this week that they have a prototype design for a Linux-based handset that should sell for under $100.

#4 – 3GSM / Mobile World Congress starting next week!
Finally, the day for Android is at hand. With pretty much no sign of Android at CES last month, save for 1 phone, many eyes have turned to Barcelona for the much anticipated OS from Google and friends. Look for a handful of designs and working models. Our gut tells us there will be some pretty breathtaking stuff. We’ll see if we’re right by this time next week.

#5 – Speaking of 3GSM, here’s a company to watch for…
Here’s a company called The Astonishing Tribe that designs spectacular looking user interfaces for mobile devices. TAT is an official member of the Open Handset Alliance. TAT will be showing some concepts at 3GSM. They’ll also be showing stuff with nVidia and Texas Instruments, both of which are OHA members. While nothing has been confirmed officially or unofficially, we have to say this… It feels like there are stars lining up over Spain. Cross your fingers!

AG5 – January 26th Edition

Another Saturday, another AG5. For regular visitors, AndroidGuys takes a look back at 5 headlines we think deserve a second look. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome to AndroidGuys! Here’s five things to bring you up to speed. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again soon!

#1 – 700MHz Auction gets going.
The illustrious ‘C’ block reserve price of $4.6 billion was not met, but nobody was really surprised. Look for the auction to last a few weeks before we find out who wins it.

#2 – Motorola releases some rather unappealing numbers.

New CEO Greg Brown has a long road ahead of him as Motorola needs a wake up call of sorts. Did it come in the form of 4th quarter ’07 numbers? We hope so.

#3 – HTC seems to be selling Touches a pretty good rate.
Given that nobody has ever seen an HTC commercial, they are doing well against the Apple iPhone. With the right mix of software and promoting, HTC could put out a very sexy handset.

#4 – Android could become a major force.

In the first two months, programmers downloaded the software development kit for Android more than 250,000 times. This is way more than comparable SDK’s for mobile devices.

#5 – AndroidGuys showed up on a couple of other sites.
TechWag sat down to ask us a few questions for one of their interviews and Scott guest-blogged on The Big Bald Blog this week. Thanks to both of the for helping to spread who we are and what we think about Android.

AG5 – January 19th Edition

The last seven days saw Google, Android, and members of the Open Handset grabbing some decent headlines. Even with Macworld taking up most of the tech world’s attention, Google still found a way to get a little focus on them. Having Steve Jobs mention talk about your foray into the mobile world helps a little bit too. Not all the news was great, as you’ll see below. So without further ado, the AG5. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome to AndroidGuys! Here’s five things to bring you up to speed.

#1 – A La Mobile gets Android running on an HTC device.
Finally! A device that is not some prototype or reference model running our favorite new OS. Even though it’s an older model from HTC, it still makes all warm and fuzzy when we think about how much more real this is all becoming.

#2 – Jobs (people) cut and stores closed for a member of the OHA.
Sprint Nextel announced that they will be closing 125 of their retail stores and letting go of 4,000 people. Scary stuff for those affected. In related news, Nokia did a little closing/shuffling as well. Growing pains or trimming the fat?

#3 – Jobs (Steve) briefly mentions Android / Google and the iPhone
Ok, so he’s probably not the biggest fan of Android for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t threatened by Android. On a similar note, Google officially offers their iPhone application.

#4 – FCC gears up for next week’s auction.
The list of bidders was trimmed to 214 final participants. For those not up to speed, the auction is on the 24th with a mock auction on the 22nd. Look for this to last a few weeks as the 700Mhz spectrum is highly sought after.

#5 – AndroidGuys profiles Shook Labs in our Developer Spotlight Series
Our most in-depth look into a developer yet. A project that looks to be of the more practical ones we’ve come across so far. Keep an eye on these guys!

OHA News (January 18th Edition)

It looks as if this was another humdrum week for members of the Open Handset Alliance. Somehow, we have the feeling that any major news regarding Android would have been overshadowed by Apple this week anyways. We’re gearing up for the Mobile World Congress on February 11th, so we imagine the news might come fast and hard these next few weeks. We already started crossing our fingers for Android news and leaks at the show. After the letdown that we got from CES, it can only look up from here. Right…?

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Samsung unveiling i900 at MWC in February (IntoMobile)
Clearwire to offer Google Apps to WiMAX customers (IntoMobile)
Motorola’s Q4 ’07 earnings due next week (Just Another Mobile Phone Blog)
Google Eric Schmidt stays mum at Apple board meetings (TechCrunch)
Qualcomm juggles some people around (Wireless Week)
T-Mobile Taps RAD for HSDPA Backhaul (Wireless Week)
Samsung Posts 4Q Net Profit Decline (Wireless Week)

OHA News (January 4th Edition)

The first week of 2008 had just about as much moving and shaking going on as the last week of 2007. By that, we mean it was another semi-quiet 7 days for Open Handset Alliance news. CES is next week, so we’re pretty sure things are going to be a little different come next Friday. Even as slow as things have been going, there was still plenty worth keeping up with this week.

LG was rumored to be having major problems with their Rumor handset.
A day later, LG cleared things up with a bit of damage control.
Qualcomm was hit with a major injunction from Broadcom
Motorola unveiled a live TV mobile video player.
T-Mobile UK is getting the HTC Touch
HTC is thinking about getting another chip supplier.
Samsung wants to be #1 in sales and profit in 2009
Sprints say QChat is still on track
Another pair of defections from Google