Yesterday, while at the mall, I accidentally found a new member of the Android mobile phones found in the Philippines — the Samsung Galaxy 551. This particular Android phone has a physical keyboard instead of just a touch screen keyboard which should potentially make it a popular choice since the people from the Philippines love to send text messages.
It’s been quite a while since I last posted some of the Android mobile phones that are locally available in the Philippines. You can find my other lists of Android phones here on my site. Since then several other Android cell phones have been released in the local market. Here’s my latest list of additional Android mobile phones that are now available locally.
The Samsung Galaxy S which is currently available from Globe Telecoms might soon be getting a welcome update to Android version 2.2 also known as the Froyo version if the global update includes the Philippines. There are several enhancements to the Froyo version of Android but speed is probably the most welcome. Android Froyo offers 2-5 times improvement in the speed of mobile apps. Read more
The Nokia N900 computer phone has been available in the market for quite a while and it has been available in the Philippines for several months already. You can buy the N900 in mobile phone shops in the Ortigas Center.
For several weeks, I am trying Nokia N900 courtesy of Womworld / Nokia. I’ve already posted an N900 unboxing article and how to sync the Maemo mobile phone with the Mac OS X Addressbook and Calendar using iSync.
It’s been almost a month now since I’ve bought my Samsung Spica aka GT-I5700 from a Samsung Mobile store in the Philippines. Since then, I’ve read that one of the local mobile network provider, Globe Telecom, has offered the Samsung Spica for free at Plan 1800. If you prefer an openline or network unlocked Samsung Spica, you can go to mobile shops and buy one for as low as Php 13,800. If you are planning to flash the firmware, then you’d be better off with a network unlocked mobile phone.
I’ve finally decided on buying a mobile phone based on the Android open mobile platform. There are currently two mobile phone manufacturers that offer Android based mobile phone in the Philippines (Samsung and HTC). I bought the Samsung GT-I5700 aka Galaxy Spica from a local cellphone store. Besides the big price difference (more than twice) between the Samsung Spica and the HTC Hero, the Samsung Spica uses a much faster 800Mhz CPU.
The Android development team has just made available version 1.1 release 1 of the Android SDK. This is inline with the recent updates to Android devices providing new features and functionality. API changes are quite minor. Several items have been fixed, some new features for the Map and dialer have been added, plus several API changes. You can check out the release notes.
When the first Android-based T-Mobile G1 mobile phone came out, it doesn’t have support for multi-touch. Luke didn’t take this sitting down. Instead he created the needed code to have support for multi-touch features on the Android open mobile platform. Although it’s not available on the commercially available T-Mobile G1 just yet, you can alway try it out by replacing your current Android OS (caution: some technical geekiness required 🙂 ).
Watch the video and check it out for yourself to decide whether it’s worth the risk of bricking your Android cell phone. You can read about the details of the multi-touch hack for Android over at Luke’s blog.
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Looks like the next generation of the Android open mobile platform based G2 cell phone will be coming out soon — maybe in time for the Mobile World Congress. Gizmodo caught a photo of the new G2 mobile phone which supposedly won’t have a physical keyboard which results in a thinner device.
How about putting video capture and full bluetooth support in the mainstream — those would be interesting too.
It’s my first post for 2009 and I pretty excited of what to watch out for this year in technology. With all the developments in the netbook scene I expect that this year will start seeing touchscreen based netbooks. The way Venturebeat easily took Android open mobile platform and put it into an Asus 1000H, I’m betting that we won’t be seeing Android in just mobile phones.