Android This Week: A New App Store, But No Updates for G1?

gigaom_icon_google-android The Android world got another app store this week, one aimed at so-called “high-end” devices such as the forthcoming ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet. But in the meantime, existing owners of some not-so-high-end Android handsets were warned the only way they’ll be able to get OS updates is by buying an entirely new device.
ARCHOS this week set a date for the official launch of its Android-based ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet, which sports a 5-inch display designed for playing HD video. It’s expected to allow TV recording on the 500 GB hard drive, too, thanks to the TI OMAP3440 processor, which is optimized for video processing.┬áThe launch event is scheduled to take place on Sept. 15 in Paris. Read More about Android This Week: A New App Store, But No Updates for G1?

Some Fun Facts About The Google Phone

Robert Dotson, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, delivered a keynote speech this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. It was full of revealing facts and figures about Google’s (s goog) G1 smartphone, which launched last fall. An estimated 1.5 million of these phones were ordered, though it’s still not clear how many phones have been sold by T-Mobile, both here and abroad. Here are the best bits from Dotson’s speech:
1. 80 percent of G1 owners browse the web daily.
2. Four out of five G1 owners download apps at least once a week from the Android. On average, T-Mobile G1 customers have each downloaded more than 40 applications from the Android Market.
3. An average G1 owner consumes 50 times the data of the average voice-centric phone user.
4. Among T-Mobile customers who have purchased the G1, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset.
5. The majority of T-Mobile G1 owners use Facebook and YouTube at least once a week.
6. Half of G1 customers also access Wi-Fi on a daily basis. Read More about Some Fun Facts About The Google Phone

First Look at YouTube on the Google Phone

Craig Rubens and I had a chance to play with YouTube on the new Google Android-powered T-Mobile G1 today. Here’s a little video we made of our walkthrough, for which we also brought along an iPhone 3G. See also: Om’s review.

Our takeaways:
– The Android YouTube navigation and user interface are clean and accessible
– More information and metadata is readily available than for YouTube on the iPhone. You can even scroll through comments
– BUT…video is larger and higher-res on the iPhone screen
The glaring issue for both phones is that they don’t support video uploads. The iPhone technically does, but you have to unlock it to enable video. And the G-1 is supposed to incorporate video capture in an upcoming release, we were told at its launch event, but it doesn’t have it yet.
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