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3 years ago

Google confirms 300,000 Android activations a day

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Google today in its fourth-quarter earnings call confirmed Andy Rubin's statement in December that some 300,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's 9 million or so a month, folks.

Google also said that searches from within Android ended the year up 10 times. ("10x actually is what was said.") "I think that this is the year that phones will play the big role in commerce, like I predicted," said Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg.

Other highlights from the Q&A:

  • Rosenberg on tablets vs. smartphones: "They're both viable."
  • Mobile search grew 4 times on mobile devices. "No doubt that this market absolutely is cranking."
  • "Click to call ads are generating a lot of money every month."

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3 years ago

Vibrant getting Froyo, Nexus S spacebar anger, OG Droid replacements [from the forums]

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Awesome day for news if you're a T-Mobile user. Froyo for the Vibrant, the new Galaxy S 4G and a new Sidekick? Maybe now we can get the rest of the US carriers onboard to release Froyo since T-Mobile is starting it off. Hit up the forums if you're looking to discuss more about the days news or if you just want to talk Android in general. Vibrant users, let's hear it.

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3 years ago

Google announces Q4 earnings as Page takes over for Schmidt as CEO

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Google this afternoon announced its fourth-quarter earnings for 2010. At the same time, it announced a restructuring of the major leadership positions. They are as follows:

  • Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google's day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder, will devote his energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.
  • Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership--all of which are increasingly important given Google's global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.

Schmidt's move from CEO, while a bit surprising, isn't completely out of left field -- he'd been backing off the earnings calls (but did make one surprise visit) in 2010. In the earnings statement, Schmidt said:

"We've been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we'll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I'm excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come."

As for the money side of things, Google had $8.44 billion in revenue for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2010, up 26 percent from Q4 2009. Net income was $2.54 billion, up from $1.97 billion in Q4 2009.

Google's conference call starts soon. We'll be listening in. [Google]

Update: Schmidt's issued a statement on the Google Blog.

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3 years ago

Froyo for the Epic 4G coming ASAP

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With news that the Samsung Vibrant may start seeing Froyo roll out as early as Jan. 21, all eyes are on the other major U.S. carriers and their news (or lack of) about the Froyo update for the rest of the US Galaxy S line of phones.  Sprint has come forward via Twitter and let everyone know they are still working closely with Samsung and will release Froyo for the Epic 4G once it meets the "rigorous testing criteria" it has for the popular handset.

Yes, I know everyone wants to hear words like "tomorrow" when we're talking Froyo for the Galaxy S, but since it has taken so long already, releasing a bug-filled update would be almost criminal.  After the latest fiasco, I think we'll be seeing Froyo very, very soon.

Speaking of Froyo and Galaxy S phones, don't forget to join us tonight on a special edition of the Android Central Podcast, where we will be discussing the whole "Froyo on the U.S. Galaxy S phone mess" in depth,  See you at 9 EST. [@sprint]

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio Innocell 3500mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC Evo 4G

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The stock battery on the HTC EVO 4G leaves much to be desired, and many of us with an EVO 4G can't go a whole day on one charge.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended life battery just might be the solution.  Checking in at a massive 3500mAh (more than double the capacity of the stock battery), this extended life battery by Seidio met and exceeded my expectations right from the get-go, which is good, as it's priced at $64.95.

You'll never read a review about the HTC EVO 4G that doesn't mention its battery life.  It's a lot of phone, and it needs a lot of power.  I've been using this battery exclusively since I got it last week, and to say I'm impressed with its performance is an understatement.  Right from day one, I couldn't believe how well it was holding up.  I really want to break it down for you, so join me after the break for some pictures, additional thoughts, and most importantly -- benchmark results.

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3 years ago

Concept phone with triple-displays, it's a flip with a twist

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Let's get the obvious out of the way first. This phone is not real, it is a render and is simply a concept design by Kristian Ulrich Larsen. Now that that has been covered, let us now say -- this thing looks pretty awesome. The idea behind it is rather fitting and all too true of how we view today's devices as well:

The phone has 3 screens that can be transformed in different ways depending on what the user wants to do with it. Having 3 screens on a phone opens up a number of possibilities in dealing with the content on the device. Because people no longer only use their phone as a communication device. It's more and more used for the things, we usually use our laptops for, but with the limited screen real estate on phones, there are still boundaries for what you can do.

People are doing more with their devices and this concept is hopefully, a glimpse of things ahead. Maybe not exactly in this form but we sure wouldn't been complaining if this thing became reality. Video can be found after the break. [Idkul via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Samsung, T-Mobile officially announce the Galaxy S 4G, launching with Froyo

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It was teased in this morning's investor meeting, and T-Mobile and Samsung have now officially announced the Galaxy S 4G. It'll launch with Android 2.2 and take advantage of TMo's HSPA+ network, with theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

And that's it for now. No word on pricing or availability. Full presser's after the break. More in the Android Central Galaxy S 4G Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant to start getting Froyo on Jan. 21 -- as in tomorrow!

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Yeah, you read that right. The Samsung Vibrant is finally getting Froyo. Just like Samsung promised, lo those many months ago. T-Mobile CMO Cole Broadman confirmed to PCMag that the Android 2.2 update will start pushing out on Jan. 21. And as usually is the case, not everybody's going to get the update at the onset, but it'll keep pushing for a few weeks.

Broadman told PCMag that the wait for Froyo was a technical issue -- and not any of the rumored reasons, such as not wanting to canibalize from another phone, or because of supposed payments.

So hang tight, folks. It's coming. It's really coming. [PCMag]

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3 years ago

Canadian Nexus S 'coming in March,' Mobilicity CEO says

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Dave Dobbin, CEO of Canadian carrier Mobilicity, dropped by a sponsored forum member meet-up last night and revealed that the Nexus S, so far absent from Canada, will be launching there sometime in March. In addition to Mobilicity, Dobbin confirmed that Bell, TELUS and Rogers will also be carrying the phone.

“The Nexus S is going to everybody, so we’ll have it. It will be AWS band. And Bell, TELUS and Rogers will have it. I mean everybody will have the phone. So nothing special about it… it will be all over the place… so the Nexus S will I think will be available in March”.

In a video of the event, found after the jump, Dobbin also discusses the state of the Mobilicity network, as well as the carrier's handset refresh, due next month. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

US Cellular's Froyo updates detailed -- Desire, Mesmerize in early February

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Have an Android phone on U.S. Cellular and want to know when to expect your Froyo update? We've got the goods. If this chart we've been handed rings true, the HTC Desire and Samsung Mesmerize (Galaxy S) stand to get Android 2.2 in early February, with the LG Apex following up sometime later in the first quarter.

The Samsung Acclaim just got its update -- you can find it and all future upgrades here.

And, yes, this lends more fuel to the fire that Samsung has Galaxy S Froyo updates waiting in the wings -- the question is why nobody in the U.S. them yet. But it certainly is starting to look like we'll see them soon. Thanks, anon!

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