Several users on the Google support forums have been reporting for long about a bug that has been causing the stock messaging app on the Android handsets to malfunction. Some users have experienced this inability to send SMS after they upgraded to the new Android 2.2 while others have seen the same bug on the older Android versions as well. Also, for some users it appears to be a case solely with the stock messaging apps since other third party SMS apps like Handcent seem to be working flawlessly. It is being observed that a good number of users have been using pretty old SIM cards.
While there is no official fix to the issue as yet, one member has come up with some sort of a fix that appears to be working for a lot of users,
“For anyone else with this issue heres how i fixed it (on my own w/o T-Mobile’s/Google’s help)
Open the dialer in and type in
Scroll all the way down on the page that opens and type in your smsc number.
T-Mobile’s SMCS is +12063130004
Use at your own risk!”
Now, do note that the SMSC number changes for every operator. To know the SMSC of your carrier, you may want to call up customer care and ask about it.
T-Mobile has announced that their full line up of Android handsets, including the recently announced Motorola Defy will soon get the ability to natively make Wi-Fi-based voice calls. The functionality should help users save a lot of calling minutes as they can alternately call over Wi-Fi. T-Mobile has said that the carrier’s solution would be based on the Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application and on devices that come pre-installed with the Wi-Fi calling system, the service will work out of the box. T-Mobile is expected to offer complete tutorial to users who are not aware about the Wi-Fi calling functionality.
This is a pretty interesting move considering that T-Mobile could be shooting itself in the foot by trading paid calling minutes for free Wi-Fi calls. However, what T-Mobile could be betting on is the fact that this option could push a lot of new subscribers to migrate from their feature phones to a more sophisticated Android phone that could also bring in greater moolah on a monthly basis. Also, since Wi-Fi calling is not possible under all circumstances, T-Mobile should not be expecting a very significant drop in ARPU either.
What do you think?
Looking to purchase a new Android smartphone? Google has now introduced a new Google Phone Gallery section that will users do a side-by-side comparison study of the the features on the various Android powered smartphones. This new section replaces the older Nexus One page that was available on Google.com/phone. At this point, the Google Phone Gallery is not expanded to all countries. Countries that the Phone Gallery will cater to right now include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Spain, UK and USA.
Announcing the launch on the Google Mobile Blog, Ben Serridge, Android product manager wrote,
“All the phones in the gallery include Android Market, Google Search, and other Google Mobile services such as Gmail, Maps, and YouTube. There are tools that make it easy to compare phones side by side: you can filter phones by country, manufacturer, and carrier; view and compare technical specifications and features; and find where each phone is available for sale.
We’ll continue adding phones and countries over time, both to round out the gallery and as new phones come to market.”
Do that fast, Google.
An internal training slide from T-Mobile has provided us some interesting information on a Wi-Fi calling option that could be made available on future T-Mobile Android handsets, including the T-Mobile G2. According to the document, the free Wi-Fi calling application on T-Mobile Android phones will allow users to make VoIP calls, in much the same way as they do from Skype, to friends and family members. The document notes that not all Android phones will have this option and the functionality shall be restricted to work with only a few phones. The VoIP client is reportedly named “Wi-Fi calling without hand-off“.
While this is an interesting addition, it is no good than other free alternatives available. From what we hear, the Wi-Fi calling shall not make a seamless transition to plain voice calling when the users moves out of a Wi-Fi zone. That is definitely not the ideal choice but given that this is going to come pre-installed, expect a lot of users to adopt to this new application soon.
Are you looking to buy a new Android phone but are overwhelmed by the number of features and specifications on offer on the various handsets in the market? Then you should look at a new website called DroidThing. The website is a simple web application that lets you pick the features that you want on your handset – like the availability of Camera, GPS, etc. and then the application rounds in on the list of Android phones that satisfy your criteria.
Do remember not to take the information on the website as gospel truth though since the prices displayed are not entirely accurate all the time. Also, several newly launched handsets appear to have been not included as yet. Nevertheless, if you want a simple application to tell you what phone you should go for, you must check out this website.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is expected to launch in just a couple of months from now. According to a source folks at BGR spoke to, the handset could be launched on the AT&T network at a price of $199. Of course, this is with a two year contract. The unsubsidized cost of the phone could well be over $900.
According to this source, the phone could be expected at around the April-May time. We wonder if Sony Ericsson got it wrong with the timing. There have been a couple of hyped Android phones being launched of late and with possible announcements regarding the iPhone speculated to be announced around April, we might just guess that Xperia X10 might lose a fair chunk of customers to its rivals mainly because of a delayed launch. What do you think?
This is strictly a rumor and is more likely to be false than true, but according to “leaked” Orange documents, HTC Bravo might launch in March and Orange could be a likely partner.
According to reports on Phandroid, these are the likely specifciations of the new smartphone from HTC
- 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
- 3.7? AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution (480 x 800)
- 5MP camera
Think it’s very close to the Nexus One? We too feel the same way and that is exactly why we think this rumor does not mean much.
Folks at Engadget have got hold of a pic that the source claims is of Motorola’s upcoming device MOTOSPLIT. This is a SnapDragon powered Android handset that is expected to be released by AT&T in Q3 of this year.
While the credibility of the rumor is not yet ascertained, it nevertheless looks like a great device. It is one of the thinnest sliding phones you’ll come across. Here is the screenshot of the device
What do you think of the device. Let us know in the comments.