We're not usually ones to tout numbers — looking at you, tipb! — but the Android Market has unofficially passed 20,000 apps, according to AndroLib.com, which keeps track of such things. (Google isn't publicly releasing any numbers.) And as you can see from the breakdown above, 62 percent of the apps are free. Not a bad ratio at all.
But what's really stunning to us is the rate of growth, skyrocketing from about 6,000 applications in June 2009 to the 20,003 number you see before you today. And when you consider that Android is still just on a handful of phones, it's even more astonishing. Now consider the explosion of devices that we're expecting in 2010. That kind of growth is a testament as much to the developers as it is those downloading the apps. Keep it up, folks! [via Techcrunch]
As many of you (and some of us) come from a Windows Mobile background, you're likely used to seeing new and unreleased ROMs stripped off HTC phones spread into the wild. Such is the case with Android 2.1, aka Flan, which was ripped off the infamous Nexus One and is making the rounds on the likes of XDA Developers and elsewhere.
The ROM itself isn't up and running -- yet -- on other devices, but the boot animation apparently works just fine on the Motorola Droid, which is what we see above. [via Nexus One blog] And after the break, a closer look at the animation sequence. Visually striking, to say the least.
And when a ROM is ripped, so are its wallpaper and ringtones, which are available for all. You can snag them here.
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Is it just me or do a lot of you feel this big mystery Google phone, Nexus One, seems to be a lot of hype? Besides the Snapdragon processor there really is no major bump in specs. Seems to be a HTC Android device running 2.1. Jump into this thread and let us know what you think!
Let's get it started! The Third Annual Smartphone Round Robin officially begins NOW! For the first week we're taking a look at Windows Phone and seeing how it compares to our very own Android. From an Android standpoint, there's definitely a lot to learn from Windows Phone, from having multiple form factors to developing apps for different versions and screen resolutions to HTC and more, there's just so many similarities.
After the jump, you'll see my hands-on video with Windows Phone with a whole lot of help from WMExpert's Phil Nickinson. We've also got great comparison pictures that showcase both platforms' flagship devices. The two Windows Phone devices we used, the AT&T Tilt 2 and HTC HD 2, are amazing pieces of hardware, how do you guys think the software will hold up?
Why, hello again Motorola Zeppelin. We've seen the back of you already, and now we finally get to see your front face. Not too shabby in our opinion, the contours of the Zeppelin, or XT800 as it's called in China, liken in to a rock or pebble--there's something very natural about it. The same good stuff we reported might be even better than imagined--the Zeppelin is rumored to have a 3.7 inch 854x480 touchscreen with GSM & CDMA, 3G, Wi-Fi, HDMI port and 5 megapixel camera rocking the internals (we had originally pegged the screen at 3.1 inch 480x320).
Surprisingly, there's another Motorola Android device headed to China as well, the MT710. Details are slim on that device but you can see what looks like a front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel back-facing camera on the MT710. There's also what could be a TV-logo (?) next to the front facing camera. Or they can all just be ordinary sensors, but that's no fun, right? Check out the rectangluar beast after the jump!
No new news on when either device will be available so we're going to assume the original Q1 2010 timeframe is still in play. They're looking to be China releases in the beginning with a more global reach to follow (not sure if that global reach extends stateside, but we're hoping!).
Oh yes. Leave it to the great minds in the Android dev community to already gain root access to the Nook. Meaning it's been hacked and ready to be unleashed. We're going to see some very cool usage of the Nook very, very soon. But you know what would be cooler? If people could actually buy the Nook, the Android-powered e-reader, in stores.
The current root process is not for the faint of heart, you have to pry open the casing, pull out the microSD card, and then tinker with said microSD card via computer. In time, we expect a much more fluid method to come about. However, the implications of rooting the Nook are huge--the Nook comes with an always-free AT&T 3G connection (granted, it's for e-books), if anyone can utilize that connection under root, well, it'd be poetic considering AT&T has yet to even acknowledge Android.
Surely, AT&T has a way in limiting the 3G data for the Nook but knowing the genius of the dev community, we're sure to see some amazing but unofficial stuff from the Nook. The guys at nookdevs are pretty hopeful that they can get the Nook to do whatever a rooted Android phone can do. We believe them. Now if we can only buy one..
Previously rumored for release on February 10th, it looks like the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 could beat that launch date by nearly a month. Play.com is pegging the release date of the Xperia X10 for January 18th 2010. Play.com is a UK-based retailer so it's still unclear when (or if ever) the Xperia X10 will hit the States. Only our friends across the pond are guaranteed to enjoy.
However, for those interested in getting one of these puppies, it'll run you nearly $863. Even though the Xperia X10 packs Snapdragon and a 8 megapixel camera it's still insanely priced but hey, when you buy unlocked phones you have to deal with ridiculousness. On the bright side, your good money buys you a great color option, 'Sensuous Black'.