The latest numbers are in showing how many devices are using a given version of Android, and we're slowly but surely getting more and more on Android 2.1. Devices on the latest version of Android ticked up to 37.2 percent, from 23.4 percent for the two weeks ending May 3. Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and 1.6 (Donut) were down to 34.1 percent and 28 percent, respectively. That's about a 3-percentage-point drop for Cupcake and 1-percentage-point for Donut.
Anybody want to guess how long it takes before we start complaining about how many devices are languishing on Android 2.1, with Froyo expected to be announced this week? (And if you really want to get into the nitty gritty, there are now stats for screen sizes and densities.) [Android Developer Blog]
What's better than one Android tablet on Verizon? How about tablet(s). Big Red CEO Lowell McAdam said as much over the weekend at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York. But before we get to that, let's talk LTE -- Verizon's 4G network that it expects to have ready to rock in the first half of next year. McAdam said three to five LTE-capable phones will be ready by May 2011 (at least one of those has to be Android, right?), with Motorola, HTC, LG and RIM among the manufacturers.
Then there are the tablets. Yes, McAdam said "Android tablets," as in more than one, and Motorola, LG and Samsung were named as the birthers, which would launch late this year as 3G devices but would be upgradeable to LTE later on, most likely. [Reuters] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Android phones are big on cloud computing, so you gotta stay connected. Smartphone geeks like to toss the word "tethering" around, but what exactly is it and how do you do it? Follow along after the jump and we'll break it down for you.
Even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Samsung Galaxy S will be headed to T-Mobile’s Android lineup. How do we know you ask? Well it’s simple. There’s this thing called a “media server number” which corresponds with what network the phone will be going to, and in this case the numbers match up perfectly with the big “T.” Now, we know how anxious everybody is to get their hands on the Galaxy S’s Super-AMOLED magic, so hopefully it’s sooner than later that it receives some carrier branding and a long awaited red carpet rollout. [via TmoNews]
The good news: The Android Market web page has gotten a bit of a freshening up ahead of Google IO this week. The bad news: It's not that much more useful. Sure, you can browse more apps (and do so in a much more intuitive way). But what we really want to see is some actual connectivity between the site and our phones -- much (or exactly) like App Brain. We need to be able to purchase, mark for install and rate apps from a web portal. Not just from our phones, and (definitely) not from a stand-alone program on a computer.
Is this redesign a precursor for things to come? We'll find out this week, we guess. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android Central forum user doc31 was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the HTC EVO 4G. There's answers to some of our questions, some pictures from the camera, oh, and did I mention a video showing it in action? Check out the thread in the EVO forums here, and follow the break to see the video as well as some samples from the camera.
It's no great secret that Cox (as in Cox Cable) is working on on its own wireless service. And low and behold, it appears that Cox may have been using at least one Android phone for what likely is network testing, but maybe more.
Behold, an unbranded CDMA HTC Hero (of the Sprint design variety), purchased off Craigslist for $230. It features a Cox boot screen, which isn't necessarily strange on a test device, though it's an interesting detail to add for something that's not public. It's running on 1xRTT (our source says he couldn't get EV-DO working), and it the network's clearly labeled as "Cox."
Yes, we know this is all stuff that's easily replicated, so we all need to take this with a little grain of salt. There are more pictures and video after the break for your disbelieving eyes. Thanks, S!
You didn't think we'd let the Sprint Evo 4G launch without giving one away, did you? Here's what you have to do to win the biggest, baddest Android smartphone from the biggest, baddest Android blog:
Just reply to this thread in our forums and tell us what feature you're most excited about in the Evo 4G. Maybe it's the massive 4.3-inch screen. Maybe it's the full 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Maybe it's the 4G WiMax data speeds. Or the 8-device WiFi hotspot capability. Or the HDMI-out. Or the two-way video chat. Or the simultaneous voice and date. Or its ability to overthrow small nations (roaming charges may apply).
Tell us here, and we'll pick a winner on June 1 -- the Evo 4G will be available June 4 -- and we'll make you the coolest kid on your block. Good luck!
Looks like everybody's favorite T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide just got a price. According to a leaked slide from Tmonews, the myTouch 3G Slide will be available for $149.99 with new 2-year contract and $399.99 off contract (that's Even More and Even More Plus for those counting). Given the decent specs of the myTouch 3G Slide and the fact that it'll be running Android 2.1 with Sense, that $150 price looks like a steal. If you're in the market for a solid Android phone with a physical keyboard, the myTouch 3G is a really great option. We won't be surprised if the myTouch 3G Slide becomes the phone that'll replace many people's G1.
HTC today announced the Wildfire (you might remember that name from a contest HTC ran), essentially the Desire squeezed down into a 3.2-inch screen, with a lower price the end result. (That's also known as "entry level" these days.)
The screen itself is QVGA, so it's not as high-resolution as you get on the Desire, Nexus One and the like. But it does have a 5-megapixel camera the new HTC Sense, WiFi, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card and Europe's 3G bands. It also features the same trackpad found on the Desire and Legend.
The Wildfire also features a new widget that lets you recommend an application by e-mail.
Pricing was not announced, but the Wildfire should be available in Europe and Asia in the third quarter. Full presser after the break.
Hey everybody! Welcome to another week of Inside Android. This week we're gonna look at the things most everybody will change on their phones -- wallpaper and ringtones. There might even be a little something extra thrown in for people using stock Android as well. Place your tray in the upright position, fasten your seatbelts and continue past the break.
It's been a busy, busy week of Android news, with tons of information coming from every angle from leaks, to official releases and tons of Sprint Evo 4G coverage. Some new devices appear to be on their way in, and a few big-hitters from Google appear to be on their way out. Sprint Nexus One dreams are crushed, statues and screenshots of Froyo appear, and plenty of new applications have been reviewed. It was fast an furious, but don't worry, all you have to do is check below for links to the coverage.
To say everybody's excited about the Sprint Evo 4G is a bit of an understatement, at best. You're blowing up our forums (and inboxes) with pictures, videos and questions. Here's what's at the tip of your tongues:
With more than 50,000 applications in the Android Market, it can be tricky finding something that stands out. But we've got your back. After the break are just a few of the apps that we here at Android Central use on a daily basis. Bon appetite!
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