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Topic # 67905 10-Sep-2010 16:22
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(I won't post every ad I see, but to me this growing frequency and size of such stuff is a sign that Android-ness is definitely stirring in the broader NZ market.) 

If you have one of those "No Junk" signs on your letter box, you're missing out. :-)  

Went home last night to find a big, glossy brochure from Telecom XT telling me "The future is here: Powered by Android(tm)."

Lest anyone think I was dreaming, here's the proof.

Two pics. 

Telecom XT selling Android

 

 



































Android "centre-fold". 

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  Reply # 378616 10-Sep-2010 16:26
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is that the garminphone i see?



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  Reply # 378617 10-Sep-2010 16:30
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sonmica: is that the garminphone i see?


Yes. That's the Garmin-ASUS "nuvifone A10".  




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  Reply # 378621 10-Sep-2010 16:52
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Wow! First thing that caught my eye was the nuviphone!




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  Reply # 378622 10-Sep-2010 16:53
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On the window of the Telecom store in Dunedin there is a giant glossy sticker with the Android logo and app icons. It says on it something like 75,000 apps and has some other stuff on it.

It looks like Telecom is going all in with Android.

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  Reply # 378623 10-Sep-2010 17:03
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I saw the Nuvi in the window at TCNZ in Queen Street, Akl.

Was quite impressed with the lineup that they have now on XT.

Certainly a long way from the old T3G tays...




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  Reply # 378646 10-Sep-2010 19:16
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Yeah I like that garmin phone. Maybe we could get it on vodafone one day!

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  Reply # 378660 10-Sep-2010 20:20
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At least the advert didn't cut and paste the standard home screen for the HTC Magic on to a Blackberry chassis and call it an android phone like Tone magazine did in issue 84.




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  Reply # 378671 10-Sep-2010 21:09
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yum9me: On the window of the Telecom store in Dunedin there is a giant glossy sticker with the Android logo and app icons. It says on it something like 75,000 apps and has some other stuff on it.

It looks like Telecom is going all in with Android.


Although the sony phones can't run all the apps as they run 1.6.

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  Reply # 378679 10-Sep-2010 22:17
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I saw the garmin phone at the telecom store. The interface was slow and ugly. Are telecom actually going to bring out decent android phones like the milestone 2?




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  Reply # 378689 10-Sep-2010 22:55
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yum9me: On the window of the Telecom store in Dunedin there is a giant glossy sticker with the Android logo and app icons. It says on it something like 75,000 apps and has some other stuff on it.

It looks like Telecom is going all in with Android.


Although the sony phones can't run all the apps as they run 1.6.


The Xperia 10 is due for an upgrade to v2.1 soon.




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  Reply # 378697 10-Sep-2010 23:28
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Doesn't the x10 only have a resistive touch screen?




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  Reply # 378698 10-Sep-2010 23:31
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Let's be honest other carriers around the world are reaping the benefits with Android. This is a great move! Good work Telecom.

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  Reply # 378723 11-Sep-2010 07:23
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Linuxluver:
jjero:
yum9me: On the window of the Telecom store in Dunedin there is a giant glossy sticker with the Android logo and app icons. It says on it something like 75,000 apps and has some other stuff on it.

It looks like Telecom is going all in with Android.


Although the sony phones can't run all the apps as they run 1.6.


The Xperia 10 is due for an upgrade to v2.1 soon.


Have in mind an "update soon" means it will be released for their stock model, probably in Europe.

Then mobile operators will want to push in all their own load of non-required, bloatware... This means more delays. And also means it could never be released for some regions/operators. Not saying it's what's going to happen with this specific model, but that's how it works.

Remember the Motorola Milestone upgrade schedule, listing different quarters for different regions and even countries within regions...







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  Reply # 378761 11-Sep-2010 11:52
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freitasm:

Have in mind an "update soon" means it will be released for their stock model, probably in Europe.

Then mobile operators will want to push in all their own load of non-required, bloatware... This means more delays. And also means it could never be released for some regions/operators. Not saying it's what's going to happen with this specific model, but that's how it works.

Remember the Motorola Milestone upgrade schedule, listing different quarters for different regions and even countries within regions...



True to some extent. Telstra have made a bit of a mess on the HTC Desire. Fortunately, they are just apps and once you have root access, you can just delete them...and then remove root, if you want.

I didn't see much, if any Vodafone crud on the SE X10. That should make an upgrade to this particular phone fairly straightforward. No idea what Telecom might have included on it. I've seen the Rogers phones from Canada.....You'd be wondering who actually owns the thing - you or Rogers - from the amount of stuff they added to their HTC Magic and Hero ROMs. 

Once they get their UI to Android v2.2, the isue of customising should diminish...and (IIRC), Android v2.2 was intended to reduce the effect of changing the underlying OS version....maybe the equired APIs are more stable now the OS is maturing....(I'll have to read up more on that). 

This sort of touches on why users may want to root their phones. If the telco has piled the crud high.....You *must* root your phone to assert your own ownership of the device. 




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  Reply # 378764 11-Sep-2010 12:37
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lokhor: Doesn't the x10 only have a resistive touch screen?


Nah it has capacitive, it's got no multi-touch hardware at all though :S


Oh and totally agree with you in teh Garmin phone, it looks awesome, but the tech specs and interface sucks Cry, hopefully someone likes it out there enough to remove all teh Garmin features and put a vanilla rom on it




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