— T-Mobile G1 in other European countries: So far, the T-Mobile G1 has been for sale in Britain and the U.S., but now it’s coming to several European countries, including the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria, by Jan. 30, Reuters reports. T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan said the phone will be available in Germany on Feb. 2 and in Poland later that month. He also called it the most successful selling phone it has ever sold in the U.S., and separately an estimate of 400,000 phones sold by the end of 2008 in the United States was shot down. In Germany, the phone will sell for 1 euro ($1.33) in combination with a two-year contract with T-Mobile.
— Samsung will release an Android mobile phone this year: Previously, it was reported that Samsung will release an Android-based device in the second quarter of 2009, and now reports are saying that it will be this year, and that the smartphone will be available through T-Mobile and Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel. NewsOxy.com reported that Samsung Electronics said the phone will come this year, and that the touchscreen device will be sold through T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel. Pricing and additional information was not disclosed, but the Samsung devices will feature a variety of mobile applications The new phone will include Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps, G-Talk messenger, G-Mail and Google Search.
— Android update for T-Mobile G1: The next software update for the T-Mobile G1, nicknamed cupcake, was supposed to arrive between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15, but now it’s clearly late, googleandblog.com reports. To learn more, the blog apparently talked to a G1 specialist, to find out that the update is now coming by the end of January; that the next update will be called RC31 and include Cupcake elements, like video-recording potentially, and that battery life will either be addressed through the update, or by issuing extended life batteries.