A few interesting events took place six years ago. In the USA, the biggest chart-topping song was “Whatever You Like” by T.I., while in the UK people were enjoying Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire”. The weather was nice as well in September, but probably the most exciting event took place in the city of New York where HTC announced their first smartphone running Android OS. The HTC Dream on T-Mobile was officially presented to public. Today, the G1 is six years old and we would like to wish it a happy sixth birthday!
It all began back in 2005 when Andy Rubin, the CEO of Android Inc., got an astonishing offer from Google, which at the time was most well known for its search engine. Our dear friends from Mountain View were looking to enter the mobile phone market and Rubin’s company seemed to be a nice option for them. They made an offer that Rubin et al. accepted, and three years later, on Septemeber 22nd 2008, the first Google phone has been released in an association with T-Mobile. After just six months, the G1 became one of the most popular devices in USA. It landed in fifth place in terms of numbers of devices sold.
At the time, the Android Open Source Project was something new in the mobile world. It was one of the first major open source mobile operating systems. The Android Market, known today as the Google Play Store, also debuted with G1. It had 50 free applications at the time of launch. Google certainly didn’t expect such explosive popularity at launch. The OS was the most interesting and fun part of the G1. Users could (and did) contribute to the project making it exactly what we know and love today. Of course, most of the features have been developed by Google employees, but many crucial contributions were developed by users. But let’s talk about its roots.
Android wasn’t Andy Rubin’s first project. The current SVP of mobile and digital content at Google had a pretty successful campaign with the Hiptop smartphone, which was rebranded as the Sidekick by T-Mobile. Some similarities in the overall look and feel can be found between Hiptop and the G1–namely the pop-out keyboard and screen design. HTC’s phone was pretty good alternative to the BlackBerry and iPhone 3G, which were the most popular devices back then. As you can see, the war between Apple and Google has started a long time ago. Of course we can still see those two brands stretching their muscles. However, BlackBerry seems to have lost the battle long ago, and once the main contender in the business world has become a small company with just a few devices in its stable.
Back then, a physical keyboard was nothing abnormal. The same could be said for trackballs. Even Android itself had no support for virtual keyboards at the time. Now, it’s virtually impossible to find a modern device as chunky as the G1 and featuring a physical keyboard. Maybe they will be popular one day again? A few years back, we wanted our devices to be as small as possible, and now we can buy phones that we must keep in our bags, because our pockets are too small.
With the HTC Dream’s release, Google introduced many interesting functions that we know and can’t live without. Among them we found multitasking, copy and paste, pull-down notifications and home screen widgets. Gmail and Google Maps had their premiere as well. Back in those days, Google had no music application, so they asked Amazon to provide an application for them.
Google were very responsive to bug reports and addressed some issues shortly. The virtual keyboard support and video recording were quickly added, and the device has also received two big updates, to Cupcake and Donut, which was the final version this phone has received.
The T-Mobile G1 is a very important milestone in Google’s history. After a few short years, Android became the most popular mobile operating system in the world with numerous users around the world. Google can now compete with (and reign supreme over) Apple, and they have now established new standards in the mobile world. Companies like HTC and LG decided to commit their future to Android and released multiple great devices, and have since become leaders in the mobile industry (though they are somewhat dwarfed by an 800 lbs. gorilla named Samsung). Needless to say that Samsung is the dominant force in the mobile market thanks to Android and great devices like Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Today, we are waiting to see another Nexus devices, likely produced by HTC (Nexus 9) and Motorola (Nexus 6 aka Shamu). Will they make Google and Android even stronger like the G1 once did? Or perhaps this platform will slowly die and will be forgotten, only to be replaced by an even better option?
Do you still own your old Dream/G1? How do you like it after so many years? Is it the best or most important Android device (relative to its time) in history or is it just one of many that weren’t functional at all and Google just got lucky? Share your opinion in the comment section below.
April 28, 2011 By: egzthunder1
We all remember the good old Activesync for Windows Mobile. A simple and very effective sync program to keep your device, data, and files synced with your computer. Nowadays, things have evolved a bit as most syncing of our important data is done via web, particularly for Android devices. This new sync app, XDA member kovalevfm will allow you to sync files and folders by using Dropbox as your storage. You can utilize your Dropbox account to sync between multiple devices and best of all, it will do all the syncing by itself. The app has a built in scheduler, which is fully configurable and will allow you to set the time at which you would like to sync your files. This is particularly useful for people with slow mobile connections as syncing files in the MB range can take a while and will have a huge drain on battery. Just think about it, if you know that you are going to be home everyday after 7 pm, you can set your app to sync at that time as you will be able to use your wifi connection at home (if you have one). For now, the app will only allow you to upload things into Dropbox, but the dev promises that later releases will have the ability to pull stuf from the online service as well.
Please leave some feedback if you liked this app.
We wrote an app that syncs any files or folders with the help of dropbox according to the schedule.
Now it can only upload files/folders from phone. But it will be able to download from dropbox also soon.
You can find more information in the application thread.
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XDA member LifewareSolutions had great success on the original application for Windows Mobile, now ported to Android, Deluxe Moon gets an update. Full moon, new moon and moon phase widgets are added to Full/Lite versions and can be configured with blue or gray colors.
You can find it as either free or paid versions with small variations between each other.
The developer shows a video of how this nice app looks on Android.
Originally posted by LifewareSolutions
[APP] Deluxe Moon / Deluxe Moon Lite [Updated: 2010.10.18]
The most beautiful tool to discover more about the influence of the Moon, your mobile assistant which is always at your service wherever you are.
Deluxe Moon v1.28 release notes
Full Moon Widget added to Full/Lite versions
New Moon Widget added to Full/Lite versions
Moon Phase Widget added to Full/Lite versions
Deluxe Moon v1.27
Added Deluxe Moon Widget 1×1. Can be configured as blue or gray.
Continue to the original thread here.
Tired with your inaccurate battery meter on Android? or simply want to change? XDA member irkan presents Circular Battery Indicator, a small app based on the work of XDA member Fightspit, now available for non rooted devices.
The developer has modified an APK to make it usable for all Android devices, it was tested on a Desire but should work on any other non rooted device.
Originally posted by irkan
[APP] 17-OCT-2010 Circular battery Indicator with % (No root required)
Fixed some small FC issue reported by a friend
Alright a new version, with gradient color fill, less complicated code, and new icon
yesterday i wanted to get a battery status bar for my desire just like the picture below
found a thread here that explain how to get it
Super Circle Battery with % |Version A-I & Z (Custom)| Desire 2.2 ROM
However i found out that i am un-able to use it because the requirments for installing (what i have been told in the thread) is that your device has to be
2. Have different ROM than the stock ROM
personally i find it very inconvenient to root & flash a new ROM just to get this battery circular percentage (thats all i want, I am pretty satisfied with the stock FROYO 2.2)
You can find more information in the application thread.
Who does not like a new set of fresh icons? This time, XDA member newone757 presents Dimunition Icon set for your Android device. All icons are showed in black in the gallery, so you may have a hard time to make them look right on the first configuration, but after that they should look just like in the thumbnail.
This is the first icon set contribution from the developer, so please leave feed back.
Originally posted by newone757
Uploading an old set I made but never shared.
Only problem is they show up all black in the gallery. So whatever you use to replace icons (folder organizer, bettercut, etc) you have to use andexplorer or astro to browse by filename and select your icon…
You can find m0re information in the icons thread.
XDA member Ciela presents SnapSwap for Android devices. This application will let you take a photo and send it to a random person, and you will in return receive a random photo back.
This first version just left the beta stage and some members stated that it runs stable, altough some minor bugs are still present, such as not being able to delete the pictures as it creates 2 duplicate imges, which have to be deleted manually. The developer included the apk file so you can download it and install it.
Don´t worry if application starts with a blank screen as there is no default image yet, just press the menu key to begin.
Originally posted by Ciela
[APP] SnapSwap – Android Photoswap clone
Im new here so I hope this is posted right. Ive developed an Android app that is similar to the iPhone Photoswap app. For those not aware, Photoswap lets you take a photo and send it to a random person, and you will in return receive a random photo back. You can then take part in picture-conversations with the person who you received a photo from.
Ive had a couple people testing my app and it seems to just about ready (apart from using the default app icon), and I’d like to put it out there for others to start using (and hopefully provide some feedback on ) Im new to android development (although not new to programming itself), and this is my first android app. IMHO it works better than the similar Picswap app that exists already, as this doesnt force-close constantly or throw-out error messages regarding “corrupt” images
I have attached the APK with my post for anyone who wishes to download and install it
There is a known issue with the app at the moment that it does not (at least on HTC devices) delete any photos that you have taken, and they still appear in your Photos app. From what Ive found, using the camera Intent saves 2 copies of the photo to the SD card, and Ive only found one path from the URI to delete (so 1 copy is deleted, but the other remains). These can be deleted from the Photos app still however, but Im looking into how to delete these automatically from the app also.
Edit: The app also starts with a blank screen (no default image yet), just press the menu key to begin
You can find more information in the application thread.
In this day and age, having a cheerful startup to your awesome device is very important, and to some, it reflects their views. Well, this one spells your views to others. Created by XDA member CyberWalrus, this bootscreen tries to make your device’s startup look, call, and tells your friends “EAT THIS APPLE”. Now, this startup screen is not the best anti Apple boot screen I have seen, but I think it’s just right. Perfect balance with a little hate, animation, and flashy.
Thanks a lot to phaelox, who made the zip attached for you to flash, without him, this bootscreen wouldnt work!
I made this bootscreen because I felt that villainROM is so good it seserves its own bootscreen, and I im kina sick of the nexus one boot
Hope everyone likes it, If you want a version with a custom tagline, or have any ideas for a bootscreen that you would like to see, just ask and I will get back to you.
This bootscreen took quite a while to make (photoshop + gifs = frustration)
and was more fiddly than I though it would be, So all thanks are MUCH appreciated
Show your dislike but keep the looks with this boot animation.
XDA member cloakt presents Zeam Launcher, an application that attempts to create a free and lightweight launcher alternative for Android devices. The updated version 1.5.1 features backward compatiblity from cupcake, 3 to 9 screens with screen previews, scrollable applications dock bar, and more. No doubt Android members will be delighted by this light weight application.
You can download it from Android Market.
Originally posted by cloakt
Zeam Launcher 1.5.1
IMPORTANT: If upgrading from version < 1.2.5, please do a clean install (uninstall then install) to fix the F/C loop issue. Older versions of Zeam had copy-protect on in the Android Market and newer versions don’t, causing issues reading the database files and preferences. Android Issue 2047 (http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=2047)
- backward compatible from cupcake
- 3 to 9 screens with screen previews
- scrollable applications dock bar
- configurable actions for double tapping and menu button
- custom applications drawer animations
- quick uninstall from delete-zone
- hide home screen icon labels
- capture zeam screenshot ability
- auto rotate orientation
- fullscreen mode
- prevent restart when changing ‘hide icon labels’ setting
- optimizations and refactoring
- upgraded folder icons
You can find more information in the application thread.
One of the most gorgeous Application for Windows Phone seems to have made its way to Android, and now the users can know what’s up with the moon. The application was just recently released by XDA member LifewareSolutions, and keeps most of the same aspects of the Windows Phone variant.
Deluxe Moon v1.24 Release Notes
- Touch the Moon: now you can change moon phases by sliding your finger on the Moon.
- Added Tropical/Sidereal Zodiac option.
- Added 24 and 12 hour time format option.
- Moon phases are shown as seen from the northern or southern hemisphere.
- Corrected manual location for southern hemisphere
If you want to see the moon in a new way, consider this link as your first step.
MyPlayer was one of my favorite application back in the days of Hulu support, but even without this, users can still enjoy some BBC shows. The popular Windows Mobile application has now gone Android thanks to XDA member FryWalker, and it still keeps some of the good features we all love, without the bugs we all have grown to hate.
This is a light-weight application that provides access to the BBC iPlayer service directly – eliminating the requirement for a (flash-enabled) mobile browser.
myPlayer is also available on the Windows Mobile platform
** This application requires an Internet connection based within the UK **
> Extensive BBC iPlayer integration
> Fully featured programme search
> High quality downloads for offline viewing?
> Live TV and Radio
> Browse by iPlayer category
> Automatic stream quality (3G or wifi)
> Manual stream quality by preference
The application link can be found in the MyPlayer thread.
While looking for something to grab his attention, XDA member htc(hot-taco-cheese) created a list of addicting games for the Droid Incredible was created. The list started by XDA member zerf, and his list are merely composed of nine games, most of them free.
The games list has just about everything, but I would like to add, Tower Defenses is your best bet for a super addictive game.
here are a few that I play. Some free some paid
air control beta
sniper vs sniper
super ko boxing 2
archipelago (which is like galaxir)
Read the list and add your games over in the game thread.
Having an awesome boot screen on Android devices is becoming a very hard task with all these available packages, but this Windows application is here to help. Made by XDA member camalot, this application sets out to give you access to your boot files, allowing you to see the animation. This way, you’ll know what looks the coolest before you load it all up.
This is a tool for windows that will allow you to preview a boot animation (bootanimation.zip) file before applying it to your device. If you have the SDK in your environment path, it will also allow you to apply the boot animation to the device. I have tested about 50 boot animations and only had 2 that wouldn’t load, and they didn’t load because there was an invalid line in the desc.txt file.
- .NET Framework 4.0
- Windows XP or later
- Android SDK added to Environment path (to set the boot animation on the device, if you don’t have it in the path, you just cant set it from the app)
- Boot Animation files to open (you can pull one off your device @ /system/media/bootanimation.zip)
You can download this preview tool in the application thread.
There are many Android shopping list applications on the Market, but this one is driven by the Tesco API and also has some unique features.
XDA Forum member footboydog has written a to-the-point shopping list app for those of you who like to do your weekly shop at Tesco, one of the major supermarkets in the UK.
As well as the usual scan barcode and search functions, found in other shopping list apps, Paperless List also has the following features:
- Horizontal swipe gestures or context menus to cross off items
- Manually add items
- Total price of list visible at all times
- Using chrometophone on www.tesco.com
- Froyo apps to SD compatible
- Action bar and dashboard design patterns for quick access to main functions
Requires Android 1.5 (Cupcake) or above.
To try out the application, search for Paperless List on the UK Market, or visit the application thread to scan the QR code.