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3 years ago

Android edges out BlackBerry and iPhone in recent ComScore survey

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While I always tend to take all these user numbers with a grain of salt, the latest ComScore results are rather interesting and certainly worth noting. For the first time, Android has surpassed Research In Motion as well as Apple within the ComScore ranking period of the past three-months ending in January 2011. As noted by ComScore:

65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8 percent from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2 percent market share. RIM ranked second with 30.4 percent market share, followed by Apple with 24.7 percent. Microsoft (8.0 percent) and Palm (3.2 percent) rounded out the top five.

While interesting to see, it's not really surprising in anyway. Android continues to grow and as more manufacturers step up to make use of Google platform a slow down in market growth doesn't appear to be in sight. While I personally shed a tear for BlackBerry, Research In Motion is in a transition period and will be for quite some time. This is an Android and Apple time now, with Microsoft working their way back into relevancy. [ComScore]

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3 years ago

Rogers Acer Liquid MT hands-on

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The last we heard of the Acer Liquid Metal was when it hit the FCC bearing some AT&T bands. Now, the device has turned up on Rogers in Canada as the Acer Liquid MT and we're going to go ahead and put it through its paces. A quick look at the specs tells us that it's certainly not up to par with the dual-cores of today but if anyone is looking to get started with a basic device that has a lot of features the Acer Liquid MT fits rather nicely. A spec reminder:

  • 1500mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • 5 mega pixel camera
  • 800 MHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM 7230 chipset
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • Android OS v2.2 (Froyo)
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + A2DP
  • Dolby Mobile sound enhancement
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Internal 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
  • MicroSD card support up to 32GB
  • MicroUSB v2.0 port
  • Screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP

All in all, a rather interesting package that I've enjoyed thus far. Hit the break for the video unboxing and stay tuned for our full review over the next day or three.

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3 years ago

Amazon clarifies its App Store DRM -- it's not nearly as scary as you thought

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Remember that blog post from Amazon a couple days back detailing how DRM (digital rights management) would work? Basically, it said if you download an app from the upcoming Amazon App Store, it'd need to check in with the Amazon App Store app on your phone before declaring itself legally downloaded and allowing you to use it. But once it's done that, it's status quo, all systems go, business as usual.

It caused a bit of a ruckus, to be sure. 

Only, Amazon apparently left out a couple things. And Thing 1 is a pretty important one: The Amazon DRM only applies to applications that opted to use Amazon's DRM in the first place.

Oh. Indeed, that makes a difference.So if a developer chooses not to "Apply Amazon DRM to this binary" (that's the actual upload screen above), it's just like downloading an application from anywhere else, and it'll work just fine.

Thing 2 is this: Amazon DRM downloads a token that gives your phone access to use the downloaded application. It's an offline token, meaning you don't have some constant connection checking in with the Amazon mothership, draining your battery and worrying your precious sense of personal privacy. In other words, it's not nearly as scary as you probably first thought. [Amazon]

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3 years ago

Google Maps Navigation will now automatically route you around traffic

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If you're not the sort of person who explicitly trusts GPS and mobile navigation, move on. For everyone else, Google's just flipped the switch on a cool little feature for Google Maps Navigation (which we're reminded yet again is still technically a beta product). Now, when you're driving and using a Google Maps Nav route and have traffic up ahead, the app will automatically route you around it. And you don't have to touch a thing. From the Google Mobile Blog:

You don’t have to do anything to be routed around traffic; just start Navigation like you normally would, either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps. ... Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.

Hey, whatever keeps us from having to ask for directions is a good thing. Full deets at the source link. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Gowalla 3 brings complete makeover to the social check-in Android app

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Sure, you might have been using Gowalla for some time now to check in an show your friends where you're at and what you're up to. But you haven't really been using Gowalla until now. Gowalla 3 dropped this morning, and it's a completely overhauled experience. The activity feed's been redone. Leaving photos and comments is easier. Highlights are front and center. Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr and Facebook are closer than ever.

But the big change is the new passport view, which shows where you checked in last and can remind you to check in again if it's been a while. It's quite a spectacular change, actually. Check out all the details at Gowalla's blog, and we've got download links after the break. [Gowalla]

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3 years ago

Full version of AirAttack HD is coming March 11, developer says

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You might have noticed AirAttack HD Lite in this week's app picks. And if you haven't played it yet -- especially on a tablet -- you're definitely missing out. But even after its recent upgrade to add a second level, we still really want to see the full version see release.

And it's coming on March 11. Tucked into the game at the end of the second level is the teaser, which we've confirmed with the developer. We'll see the full version of AirAttack HD coming in just a few more days. And we can't wait.

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3 years ago

Win one of five Droid Incredible cases by Pamela Durkin Designs [Contest]

OK, you Droid Incredible peeps. We've got a treat for you. We've got five (count 'em, FIVE!) Pamela Durkin cases from Keru up for grabs, courtesy of the Android Central Store. If you're new to these cases, that's not some cheap paint.

Keru's leather products are highly resistant to household chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics and it's images will not fail or separate from the leather. It looks, feels and acts like leather, because it is! The image won't fade, it won't chip, and won't peel.

So, yeah, we've got five to give away. And all you have to do to enter is leave a post in this thread in the Android Central Forums. No, you can't win all five, and the contest ends when we close the thread. Good luck!

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3 years ago

[Video] The Samsung Galaxy S II meets the LG Optimus 3D

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What you see here is the equivalent of one Big Man on Campus meeting the other behind the bleachers after school, sizing each other up, then walking away. On the top, the Samsung Galaxy S II. On the bottom, the LG Optimus 3D. Dual-core powerhouses in their own rights. Two phones enter, two phones leave, as this isn't a full-on fight or anything. But we're pretty sure it's the first time we've seen them in the same arena. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy Pro

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In Singapore today, Samsung unveiled its most recent addition to the Samsung Galaxy line-up of devices. The Samsung Galaxy Pro is a full QWERTY keyboard shot right in the direction of BlackBerry devices everywhere. Samsung however has kept the specs rather modest for this device:

  • Android 2.2
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen display
  • 3MP camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Samsung Social Hub Premium

The device will hit UK carrier Three in the coming months and while no pricing or specific launch date was given, Three did give us all a video walk-through of the device already. Jump on past the break for a better looks at the Motorola Droid Pro competition. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

Android Central Forums member goes hands-on with the HTC ThunderBolt

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Funny thing about golf tournaments -- they don't really like it when your cell phone goes off, or when you're gabbing away while someone's lining up a putt. So it's not unusual to see designated cell phone areas. And Android Central Forums member ibejack96 found himself in such a designated area this weekend, and the area was sponsored by Verizon, which was also showing off phones.

And it was much to Jack's surprise when a rep pulled out -- you guessed it -- an HTC ThunderBolt. And Jack, being the good Android Central reader that he is, took the thing for a spin, snagging video in the process. And Jack, being the really good Android Central reader that he is, pumped the rep for any release info.

"I asked the lady at the stand if she knew when it was expected to be released, and she told me that she didn't know, but that it was supposed to have already been out (the date was pushed back because of problems, namely the battery, which was dying too early. I think it must be because of the battery life the LTE data required.)"

So there you have it. Jack's joined the club of people who have actually held and used a ThunderBolt. (We're having jackets made.) Check out his hands-on after the break.

More on the HTC ThunderBolt in the Android Central Forums

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