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3 years ago

C'mon Best Buy, the HP TouchPad doesn't run Honeycomb

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Oh, Best Buy, when will you ever learn? We have seen countless failed photoshops come from your direction, and yet again you come back for more. This time we are seeing here an HP TouchPad, the newest WebOS tablet, that is said to be running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Come on now, Best Buy, you're better than this, get your operating systems correct for us!

Source: PreCentral

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3 years ago

No, the Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Gingerbread, Sprint says

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Hate to burst anyone's bubble (and we don't care what you've heard, we really do hate to do it), but the Sprint Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We asked Sprint, and sure enough it's just a typo. Not the first time we've seen this happen, and it won't be the last, either. That's why we check. folks.

Don't worry. Gingerbread's coming to the Epic 4G. We wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And because we're saying it, it must now happen. Otherwise the sun and the stars would collapse in on themselves, and nobody wants that to happen. Right, Sprint?

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3 years ago

Screen burn-in concerns, upside down photos [From the Forums]

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Thursday again, and time for another Android Central podcast -- after todays earnings call we'll have just that more to talk about. As we gear up for it, why don't you all take a stroll through the Android Central forums, just make sure you come back in time for the podcast.. mmkay?

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Larry Page on the Android 'patent situation'

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Google was asked about the "patent situation" during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. The "situation," of course, is that Google recently lost a bid for a major bunch of patents -- and lost to a consortium including many of its main competitors in the mobile space. Meanwhile, developers are having to fight (or pay off) patent trolls, and we're seeing more licensing deals being made between Android OEMs and Google competitors.

Here's what Page had to say:

"Android's really on a tear. I mentioned there are over 550,000 new Android activations. There's over 400 such devices. Thirty-nine OEMs. Two-hundred-and-thirty-one carriers in 123 countries, and over 78 Open Handset Allience partners, and that velocity's only increasing.

"Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem.

"And I should say, of course, we're really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner."

See also: Editorial: How long can Google and Android afford to remain silent on patents?

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3 years ago

Android Market now has more than a quarter-million applications

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Just 48 hours since Google announced a major update to the Android Market, Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising, announced during today's second-quarter earnings call that the Android Market now has more than 250,000 applications, with more than 6 billion downloads.

By comparison, BlackBerry's App World just passed the 1 billion mark.

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3 years ago

Android now seeing 550,000 activations every day, Larry Page says

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You read that right. Today, during Google's second-quarter earnings call, CEO Larry Page announced that some 550,000 devices are being activated every day.

That's about 382 devices being activated every minute, or 3.85 million every week.

That's a lot of devices.

Put it into perspective: On June 28, Android's Andy Rubin tweeted that a half-million devices were being activated daily. At Google IO in May, it was 400,000 devices a day.

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3 years ago

Google+ private beta has more than 10 million members

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Google CEO Larry Page just dropped a few numbers on the new Google+ social network, which technically is still in a semi-private beta.

"The Growth on Google+ has been great," Page said during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. He explained:

  • More than 10 million people on Google+
  • More than 1 billion items shared and received in a single day.
  • The +1 button is being served more than 2.3 billion times a day.

Still a way to go to hit Facebook's 750 million members. But for private beta, that ain't too shabby.

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3 years ago

Google's Q2 revenue up 32 percent over Q2 2010

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Google just announced its Q2 2011 earnings. And, guess what -- they're up. Up some 32 percent over Q2 2010, to be exact. The big strokes:

  • Total revenue was at a record $9.03 billion, a 32 percent increase over the $6.82 billion earned for the second three months of 2010.
  • GAAP net income was $2.51 billion, up from $1.84 billion in Q2 2010.
  • Operating income was $2.88 billion, or 32 percent of total revenue, up from $2.37 billion for Q2 2010.
  • Cash (and cash equivalents and marketable securities) were $39.1 billion.
  • Google's employee total rose to 28,768 as of June 30, 211, up from 26,316 as of March 31, 2011. Net growth was 450 FTE.

That's the big stuff. Hit the source link if you really need more. We're staying tuned for the Q&A, which on occasion can get juicy.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Hands-on with wireless charging for the HTC ThunderBolt with the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad

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If you've got an HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon, chances are you spend a lot of time charging the thing. I will never again be plugging in my ThunderBolt, however. Picked up Verizon's wireless charging battery cover for it recently and paired it up with an inductive charging pad -- it uses that newfangled Qi charging system -- and couldn't be happier.

Here's how it works: You pop the wireless charging cover onto the ThunderBolt. It looks nearly identical to the stock cover -- same soft-touch coating and HTC logo, though it is just a tad bigger. Not nearly as big as the ThunderBolt's extended battery, but you will notice a very slight bulge.

Then there's the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad. It's just as simple. Plug the AC adapter into the wall, then put the phone on top of it. It's that easy. But probably the best thing about it are the Qi logos, which help you properly position the phones for charging. You really don't have to think about it at all. And as an added bonus, there's a USB port on the back of the pad, so you can plug in a third device without taking up an extra wall plug. Nice.

We're using the ThunderBolt here, but Verizon has wireless charging backs for the Droid 3, Revolution and Droid Charge as well, and there are third-party backs for some other devices, too.

We've got video and a couple more pictures after the break.

More: Verizon; Energizer

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated in Android Market, brings UI changes, new features, and bug fixes

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The Google+ app has just received a pretty major update that brings bug fixes, some UI changes, and new features to Googles new social media venture.  From the changelog in the Android Market:

  • Customize the main stream view to show streams from individual circles
  • Fixed some issues encountered by users with the Swype keyboard
  • Set permissions for who can start a huddle with you (Anyone, Your Circles, Extended Circles)
  • If someone you've never huddled with before invites you to a group huddle, you can now dismiss the invitation
  • New UI allows adding multiple people or entire circles to a huddle
  • Set photo as wallpaper
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes throughout the app

This addresses the biggest gripes I've been hearing about the mobile app -- a way to add entire circles to a huddle, and a way to customize which circles are visible in your main stream.  I'm sure the Google+ team is still hard at work and things will only get better.  If you don't have your Google+ invitation yet, be sure to hit the forums and sing out -- invites seem to be wide open.  Download links for the Market are after the break.

If you don't have an Android phone, you don't have a Google+ app. 

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