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G2 Android to arrive October 6

by Kristen Nicole

There is good news for T-Mobile customers. The Android-based G2 is available for pre-order, with an October 6 delivery for orders placed by the October 4th. The offer is exclusive to T-Mobile customers, with a $50 rebate knocking the price down to $200.  After October 6th, the G2 will also be available in Best Buy stores.

Running Android 2.2, the G2 is an updated nod to the original T-Mobile G1, the phone that pioneered the Android revolution in the U.S. market.  It’s 3.2-inch screen and Snapdragon processor bring the G series up to speed for T-Mobile customers, which have been surpassed in many ways by devices from competing networks.

Voice search for Kindle Android app

This weekend brings a couple of fun app updates to try out. Amazon’s Kindle app now has voice search, and Flickr’s Android app has been upgraded for 2.2 support.  Kindle’s extra features include annotations and highlight text, as well as Shelfari integration for social recommendations and book clubs.

Amazon’s done well to maintain an array of apps on Android, even if some do receive such feature upgrades later than iPhone users.  The Amazon Kindle is still the only Android e-Reader with such a full range of features, proving the influence of the Kindle brand. In support of Amazon’s claims of early success with its Kindle device, a report from GigaOm Pro validates the company’s boastful numbers.

Flickr users can get snappy, with 2.2 capabilities for direct upload.  The Flickr mobile website works beautifully with Android devices running Froyo, thanks to the optimization Flickr has done.  It’s quite exciting to see more interaction features for web use in more advanced phones.