One of the things missing from Android, for better or worse, is official Flash support. We can save our 'to-flash or not-flash' arguments for later, but the truth of the matter is, Flash has become a pseudo-standard for the web--so many websites have adopted it that it's become part of the web browsing experience.
So though Android has been without Flash since its inception, make no mistake Flash is coming. Adobe just announced that they're targeting Flash Player 10 beta to be released in October. We've experienced some sort of Flash on Windows Mobile devices before and it's actually quite impressive, you don't feel short changed from using a mobile web browser.
To quote Adobe CEO Shantanu Naraye:
“We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience. Multiple partners have already received early version of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our Max conference in October. Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and the new Palm Web OS will be the first devices to support web browsing with the new Flash player…”
So yep, Flash to Android is officially coming. What do you guys think? How excited are you?
You can't stop the inevitable. Whenever there's a new gadget to be had, cue the unboxing videos on youtube! The T-Mobile myTouch 3G just received its glory and there are a few nice surprises. The unboxing can actually be called an unzipping because the 'box' that houses the myTouch 3G actually seems to be a 'travel case' that is zipped up.
Everything else is fairly par for the course: the nifty, graffiti-esque box art has already been revealed, the form factor is already known as the HTC Magic, and the accessories are commonplace. But hey, in our view, the more myTouch 3G news the better!
We were once asked the question if we'll ever see Android on an iPhone. And aside from the apocalypse, of course the answer was a complete no. But it looks like Meizu, the makers of the M8 which is a complete rip-off job of the iPhone, thinks differently. They have a team working on Android right now and their Meizu M8 is rumored to be the device that runs Android. Well, wow we don't even know what to say.
Obviously, a run-of-the-mill iPhone clone doesn't warrant much attention other than the casual, quasi-curious point your finger at the similarities. But if it really runs Android? We bet a lot of people will be interested rather quickly. We know we'd have to pick one up. What about you guys?
Hopefully you T-Mobile loyalists took advantage of that great T-Mobile Loyalty Unlimited plans that offered T-Mobile customers of 22+ months great deals like $50 for an unlimited voice plan. Because if you didn't, well, the sweet, sweet deal is going to be de-activated by the end of this month. We say hurry and hop on while you can because $50 for unlimited voice seems to be the best deal in town!
Flickr is almost certainly the best photo management and sharing application in the world. Or at least that's what Flickr so boldly claims. So the best just got better with an update to their smartphone mobile site because they've added a Mobile Nearby page to show you photos taken in the same area as you. It combines your Android phone's GPS capabilities with and browser into a highly useful function.
Use it to see the world around you, the coolest spots, and just downright creativity. Head to m.flickr.com on your Android Browser to check it out!
And it is finally official. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion has been formally announced as T-Mobile's Second Android Device with pre-orders starting July 8th and an expected August release date. The myTouch 3G packs a 3.2" HVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, T-Mobile 3G, quadband Edge, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth (A2DP as well), and of course Android 1.5 Cupcake and your usual Android suite of Google applications.
Pre-orders start July 8th with three different color options: white, black, and the much anticipated merlot. So how about it guys, are you going to jump to myTouch 3G or is your T-Mobile G1 good enough? Still holding out for a Samsung Galaxy? Let us know in the comments!
Find more information about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G at T-Mobile or hit the jump to see the key features of the myTouch 3G!
If you remember T-Mobile's Android Roadmap that leaked a month ago, you would recognize this Motorola handset dubbed the Morrison. This live shot of the Motorola Morrison looks exactly like the thumbnail picture in the roadmap (which effectively gives more credence to that roadmap). And though it is expected to run Android, we can't help but be a bit underwhelmed by Motorola's offering.
But, man, if this is Motorola's only Android phone, we can't help but be disappointed. We wanted the combination of great Motorola hardware and potential-packed Android software. Guess we'll have to wait for the Motorola Ironman.
We don't know much about Columbus, Ohio but we know that they've recently been receiving the speed of T-Mobile 3G (via Tmonews). We certainly expected that a city of Columbus, Ohio's magnitude (it is the biggest city in Ohio, right?) to receive T-Mobile 3G much earlier, but we guess we were wrong.
What's the biggest city left that doesn't have T-Mobile 3G? Let us know in the comments!
Apple can market that the iPhone platform has thousands upon thousands of applications to choose from but if users don't stay loyal to those applications, is it actually useful? According to Flurry, a mobile analytics group, Android users have a higher application retention rate than their iPhone user counterparts. Meaning, in the long term Android users will continue to use applications while iPhone users will move on to another application.
Why is this so? Flurry suggest three theories:
Android offers far fewer applications compared to iPhone. With applications coming out on iPhone at a faster rate, iPhone users move onto other apps more quickly. For Android users, they make more use of what’s available, with less temptation to move to the next application.
The Android base tends to be “older,” have less time and interest to try new applications. Once they find an application they like, they stick with it.
The Android base is more tolerant, tend to be more tech savvy and find ways to appreciate what they have, even if their applications aren’t perfect.
From the suggested theories, the first theory sounds the most correct without needing to take leaps into assumptions. Android users have less applications to choose from which leads to less competition among apps, less apps to filter, and so on. It should actually come to no surprise that Android users are more 'loyal' to their applications than iPhone users. What is impressive is the difference between the two user bases, Android holds a significant edge in app retention--nearly 42% higher.
Why is this important? Well if I was a developer looking to 'make it' in the mobile market, I would take these statistics very seriously. It raises the question, is it better to have your application downloaded more but used less frequently or downloaded less with higher usage? Time will tell what developers turn to.
This is odd. According to T-Mobile UK's twitter account, the Second Android Device on T-Mobile UK will be called the G1 Touch. We thought all along that the Second Android Device (the HTC Magic) was called the MyTouch 3G? Are they going to call it two different names in the US and the UK? Or is the G1 Touch an entirely different device?
We're still thinking that the 'G1 Touch' will be the MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic aka the Google Ion but there are some unconfirmed reports floating around that the G1 Touch may actually be that super sexy Huawei U8230 we previously showed you guys. Either way, our eyes and ears will stay close to the developing story and we'll be sure to keep you guys updated on what exactly this G1 Touch is.
What do you guys think? Is that twitter account to be trusted? What is the G1 Touch?
One of our favorite applications on the web, on the iPhone and just about anywhere is Pandora. If you don't know Pandora, it's an Internet Radio station that allows you to create your own personal radio station. You just type in a song, artist, or composer you enjoy and Pandora will play similar songs into a highly customized playlist. A radio station that plays only the music you like. Streaming music at its finest
This is an application we sorely missed on Android but fear not, reports are indicating that an Android Pandora application is in the works! Pandora CTO Tom Conrad just announced that Pandora is developing an application for the Android platform. Sadly, he didn't reveal a timeline but the mention of Pandora and Android together is enough to get our hearts racing. We expect it to be just as amazing on Android as it is on the iPhone.
HTC CEO Peter Chou expects the HTC Magic to ship its millionth unit within "one to two months". Mind you, it's not exactly the same as 1 million units sold but HTC is very pleased with the current sales of the HTC Magic and expects it to beat many industry analysts' predictions. We guess tough economy or not, people still want their Android!
This is great news because it shows that the world is responding favorably to Android but even better news since we think Peter Chou knows that within that "one to two month" time frame lies a big US release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic. That'll get them to one million easily!
"Next week, T-Mobile will share more details about its next Android-powered phone, the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 with Google."
This statement is really just an announcement for a planned announcement with very little detail but all signs are pointing to the release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion). It seems like the rest of the world has access to the Magic while us patriots only have the G1. We can't wait til T-Mobile officially (read: finally) brings the MyTouch 3G to the US!
It seems like everyday someone has a great idea regarding Android. Sometimes it's software related, while other times it's completely new hardware but the fact of the matter is, people are using Android as a tool to take chances, showcase the future, and hopefully in turn--revolutionize the entire mobile market.
Take this rumored ZTE Android Phone. It won't be just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill phone because it might be solar powered. Yeah. That's a pretty dang cool idea, and it's coming to Android. Though it's not quite confirmed yet, it's a likely possibility. Could you imagine never needing to charge your smartphone ever again? That would be amazing! Obviously more testing will be needed in order to functionalize this kind of technology but the seeds are being planted.
Would you guys be interested in a solar powered Android Phone?
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