November 26, 2014

Dream G2 Shows "Android" with Graffiti Text, Stylus Support (VIDEO)

We happened across a video this evening which shows the Dream G2 phone. You know, the one coming from China… The one that looks like it would end up more fantasy or nightmare. Well it looks like it’s a little more tangible than we expected.

Watch this 7 minute video and check out some features and software running with their version of Android that have yet to make their debut here in the US.  We’re jealous of things like Google Reader, Notebook, and Docs.  These are the perfect Google apps to bring out to show everyday folks the type of services available on an Android handset.

One thing we’re not too jealous of is the use of a stylus.  Yeah, graffiti input is nice and all, but didn’t we just put our stylus back in the box in 2008?  Obviously there’s need for some additional help for typing since the handset lacks a physical keyboard.

The Dream G2 does seem to be responsive and quite fast as well.  We’d like to know a little bit more about their version of Android in terms of legitimacy.

Did anyone catch the Android charger?  Man, how bad do we want one of those!

Source: AndroidCentral



  • http://michang05.blogspot.com Mike

    Loved the charger hahahah

  • http://www.jonnylam.com Jonny

    That charger is awesome, but the rest of it gets a big, hearty “meh” from me. If I wanted to use a stylus with no physical keyboard, I would have stuck with my Touch Diamond. Seriously, that is such crap. I thought we were actually getting away from resistive screens. My Chinese relatives seem to absolutely love whipping out the stylus on their phones, though, so that might explain why it’s present. Oh, and that is one huge-ass battery. I bet it holds a lot of juice.

  • Jon Colverson

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, that phone isn’t running Android at all. It’s just shamelessly copying some of the visual style. The Google apps that are running appear to just be the mobile web/Java Google apps.

  • Roger

    Give me a break… a stylus? The iPhone works perfectly fine without a stylus. How long does it take Google and the Android Alliance to come up with a good multi-touch screen Android? As an iPhone user I’m still waiting for one, but the Alliance including HTC are just proving that there are way behind Apple when it comes to multi-touch screen interface! Please Android Alliance, is it really that hard to free those multi-touch screen users from Apple?

    There’s need for some additional help for typing since the handset lacks a physical keyboard?! Are you serious? I bet anyone who is familiar with the iPhone can type way way way faster than those using that stupid stylus. In my case, I type much faster on my iPhone than my Treo 650!

    Graffiti input? Nice to have feature for geeks to show off.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/jokersax jokersax

      please google the technology behind multitouch. its capacitive touch screen. something all android phones have but the tattoo. take your hate somewhere else. just because apple doesnt think your good enough to have a powerful os doesnt mean you can hate on a better system. oh and the videos fake retard.

  • Roger

    I do really doubt if this is the real G2, given that Andy Rubin and folks from Danger are so proud of their “Sidekick” style G1. Plus, the use of a stylus is really really really lame.

  • HereAndNow

    A stylus is probably not necessary for Western countries, since most/all characters can be entered easily via a keyboard. A capacitive touchscreen is a better solution, in this case, since it provides for more fluid finger control. A stylus might be useful, even in Western countries, if you are using the device like a tablet to take notes which include drawings.

    In Asian countries, it is sometimes more practical to input characters with a stylus. A resistive touchscreen is currently a better/cheaper solution, when using a stylus.

  • Michel Lourenço

    THAT ISN’T ANDROID !!!!!!

  • http://www.daverea.com/ Dave

    Definitely a fake – the manufacturer owns up to it on the product page: “Simulated Android look and applications” – what I can’t understand is why someone would go to so much trouble to ‘steal’ or emulate something that’s free and open-source? (And poorly at that)

    I’ll give them one thing though: At least whoever took that video managed to figure out how to focus the camera!

  • Al

    Marc Terenzi! Oh dear oh dear. No taste and it’s obviously fake.

  • justAPhoneUser

    Wow, This is exactly what I wish the G1 was. It looks thinner, has a stylus, supports graffiti, and some cool apps. For those of us that were palm users as one point, and for those of us with adult male, fingers it is a far more productive input method. Frankly the little keyboard is #!@* for a lot of us, and makes the phone twice as thick as need be!

  • enjoijams

    Definitely fake. Fonts are off, He didn’t demonstrate dragging icons across the screen (for a reason). No long press. Music player had a stop button(doesnt need it in Android). As mentioned above, Google Maps wasn’t integrated, it was added on via mobile web app.

  • andonnguyen
  • Roger

    Replying HereAndNow: “In Asian countries, it is sometimes more practical to input characters with a stylus.”

    If you’re talking about Chinese, then you’re terribly wrong. I can read and write Chinese and I know how it is like to use graffiti input in Chinese with a stylus. Have you ever tried taking 10 to 20 strokes just to write a word but the device often failed to recognize it correctly, especially with words that have tons of strokes? Yes, that’s how it’s like using hand writing method to input Chinese in many devices. And guess what? It only takes 2 to 4 hits on the keyboard to input a Chinese word.

  • TareX

    Let’s make it clear:

    – This is not Android.
    – This is not the G2.
    – This is not the HTC Dream.

    This is a dumbphone that was dumb enough to fake a free OS. WOW.

    Also, AG, I’d like u to know that 10-mins after I tipped Engadget with this video, they didn’t thank me and referred to Android central instead.

  • Complex Pants

    I think that is the G2, considering the ebay add and the sellers feedback.

    However, if you note in the add it is an “Android interface-style phone.” This phone is not running android, but it is designed to look like it is. My guess is that the western/us G2 (or G3) will be built a bit differently.

  • chrisjp78

    This is the g2, just not by htc. Its by sciphone, its the sciphone dream g2. Its the operating system is not android but a look a like. check it out on www. mysciphone.com

  • http://wearandtear2.blogspot.com/ theWolf

    I WANT that stylus! Graffiti is so much easier/faster to use on a PDA/phone than keyboards (virtual or otherwise). Don’t think so? Take the time to learn the alphabet. You won’t be sorry (if/when we have the chance to use Graffiti on current gen phones).

  • booboo knucklestuck
  • booboo knucklestuck

    Operation system: Nucleus ( not support Android application )

    ROFL! UBER JOKE. Do some research before posting BS stories like this.

  • AndroidGuys

    Check the title of this article. Android is in quotations. As in, they would have you believe it’s called that, not us.

  • Chris M

    I for one would like the option of a phone with a stylus and no keyboard. I’m not saying all phones should be that way – but for us Palm users who are comfortable with Grafitti/Jot, we can make better use of all the space taken up by the keyboard. Plus, it’s great for drawing diagrams, quick maps, scribbling notes, etc.

  • Eric Willmann

    I own this phone and it is not all its hyped up to be. The android is fake and you can not download android apps. You are stuck with java games. Also it does have wifi ability but it takes forever to connect to different networks. When you do connect to a webstie it is old fashion web, not like the iphone. Texting sucks where did the t9 prediction go? You can’t add more icon to the main screen. It seems the call log never wants to work when it has over ten different calls in there. Reception is very poor i mean very POOR. The alarm is silly too it seems to snooze just when I pick up the phone so you have to be very genital when trying to turn it off. The battery life is less than a day. No wonder the put two batteries in the box.

  • shebang

    I bought one of this from ebay,how can you download APPS FROM ANDROID.

  • Ivo

    HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!
    I bought this phone may be 4 weeks ago and now I have a PROBLEM!
    I has Java and I downloaded some Java games…And after installing 1 game(worms 2008) the screen got black, and than a vibration and it just reastarted by itself!!! If anybody nows something PLEASE HELP!!! May be it’s a virus…I don’t know…and I can’t run ANY application!!!Even from English Applications…PLEASE HELP!!!

  • sciphonesux

    do not buy this phone.

  • Bart

    Can I delete and replace the fake Android OS with the FREE OFFICIAL ANDROID OS? If somebody knows please tell me how to???

  • Whitt

    Look if you want real android software phone spend a few more bucks and get the sciphone n19 or n21. these are real android which you can install apps on.

  • flash

    I don't care about this phone, all I want is graffiti on my droid! I too would gladly give up the keyboards for a graffiti entry area. I'm looking at shapewriter, but graffiti is what I really want,

    Hey giving users the OPTION of using graffiti and a stylus is nothing but good, let the crackberry kids keep them.

  • Leo

    The video looks speeded up at some points

  • http://arieff06.student.ipb.ac.id arieff

    That charger is awesome, but the rest of it gets a big, hearty "meh" from me. If I wanted to use a stylus with no physical keyboard, I would have stuck with my Touch Diamond. Seriously, that is such crap. I thought we were actually getting away from resistive screens. My Chinese relatives seem to absolutely love whipping out the stylus on their phones, though, so that might explain why it's present. Oh, and that is one huge-ass battery. I bet it holds a lot of juice.

  • https://muhammadf0628.student.ipb.ac.id farhad

    yeah this is cool man..

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