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3 years ago

Android's latest numbers: 350,000 devices activated daily, 3 billion app installs

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So how's Android doing these days? During today's Q1 2011 earnings call, Jeff Huber, senior vice president of commerce and local, announced that some 350,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's almost 2.5 million a week, folks. That's a lot of devices.

As for the Android Market, it's seen more than 3 billion applications installed. Not too shabby, eh, especially when you consider it's a 50 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010, Google said.

During the Q&A, the question of how that 350,000 per day breaks down by device and region was asked.  Jeff Huber responded that they do not differentiate by device, but they expect a huge growth from the Tablet sector as more and more devices are released.  He went on to say that Android has a large presence in the U.S, Europe, Japan and Korea; and the international market is showing very strong growth.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the leaked Gingerbread ROM for the Sprint EVO 4G

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Here's the thing about this leaked Gingerbread build for the Sprint EVO 4G: If you're waiting for unicorns to come flying out of it, you might come away disappointed. That's not to say we're not totally excited for the EVO 4G to get Gingerbread. We certainly are.

So we've spent a few minutes now using the leaked Android 2.3.3 build that's been packaged up by TMarton03 at XDA Developers. And, lo and behold, it looks and feels just like an EVO 4G. No, you're not getting any of the newfangled versions of Sense. That's disappointing, but not surprising, if only because the newer versions of Sense are a bit portly. As in large.

But what you're going to get is the latest (smartphone) version of Android, including a host of bugfixes, with all of HTC's excellent customizations on top.

Hit the break for video of our quick walkthrough and a spin through Quadrant, and sing out if there's anything else you want to see.

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 2 launch date pegged for April 28

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This just in: The HTC Droid Incredible 2 -- successor to HTC's wildly popular Droid Incredible -- will be launching from all channels April 28, 2011.

Pricing is still under wraps, but it's only a matter of time before Verizon unveils that little tidbit to everyone.

So, who's making this their next phone? Planning on picking it up on launch day? Head on over to the forums and discuss! [DroidDog]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gallery | HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs

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3 years ago

Google announces Q1 2011 earnings

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Google just announced its Q1 2011 earnings. Ever want to hear the word "billion" used over and over? Revenue totaled $8.58 billion for January through March, up 27 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion for Q1 2011. And so on and so forth. You can check all all the financial info at the source link.

We're kibitzing on the earnings call. So stay tuned for any Android tidbits. [Google Investor Relations]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Gingerbread test ROM gets leaked

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Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.

Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.

Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish outed by Samsung ahead of Sprint announcement

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Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.

In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread with HTC Sense leaks out for the Evo 4G

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While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out.  We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time.  What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.

There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions.  This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work.  In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!

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3 years ago

Weather.com joins ESPN, isn't texting to Sprint

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Looks like ESPN isn't the only company who won't be texting Sprint customers anymore.

Details are scarce, but as of today, Weather.com is suspending service to all Sprint/Nextel users.

We are no longer able to offer SMS messages on the Sprint/Nextel network and will suspend service on 4/12. For more mobile products and apps, go to weather.com

Pretty sure it has to do with the same fee structure ESPN decided not to deal with. Shame, really, but them's the breaks.

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3 years ago

LG throwing G2X, G-Slate event in NYC

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The release of the T-Mobile G2X smartphone and G-Slate tablet must be nigh, because ol' Magenta is having a little get-together next week in the city that never sleeps. Don't worry, we'll take you all long for the ride, of course. So be sure you're back here next Wednesday night, April 20, as the whole thing goes down. See our list of upcoming Android events

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your HTC ThunderBolt

Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.

And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top pics.

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