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3 years ago

Android Market has more than 80,000 apps, Android's Rubin says

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Andy Rubin, Google's Vice President of engineering -- Android development head honcho and the man behind both Android and Danger -- was quoted in the press release announcing the T-Mobile G2 that the Android Market now has over 80,000 applications -- up 10,000 from the last we heard on July 15.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

Of course there is still no way of telling just how many are themes, keyboard skins, icon packs unauthorized soundboards or "Sexy Lady No. 357" apps.  Like all App Markets, you'll have spam.  But the growth rate is telling, and it pretty much mirrors everything else we hear about Android and it's ever increasing market share.  

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3 years ago

Verizon Fascinate in stores today

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Just a quick reminder that the Verizon Samsung Fascinate is available in stores today. In exchange for $199.99 (after contract and $100 rebate) and two years of your contract left, you get the latest in Samsung's Galaxy S line, plus a few (cough) customizations from Verizon, including the addition of Microsoft Bing. There's also the gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 5MP camera with Flash and the speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Still not sold? Check out these links:

So who's getting one today?

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3 years ago

Dell Streak source code out for all to see

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Releasing the source code for phones seems to be all the rage these days (as well as being required under Android open-source agreements), and Dell has just shown its hand. The Dell Streak source code (minus the proprietary stuff, of course) is now available for all to tinker with, though probably only developers will get excited to hear this. Still, this is good news for the Android dev community at large and hopefully other manufacturers will fall into the routine of releasing the source code for their phones in a timely fashion (thats you, HTC) as time goes on. After all, who doesn't love custom ROMs? [Dell] Thanks to Be Vigilant for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile officially (and finally) unveils G2

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T-Mobile has finally pulled the curtain out from over the HTC G2, the follow-up to the smartphone that marked the launch of Android. The G2 also is TMo's first HSPA+ smartphone (it's debatedly called a "4G" phone).

Spec-wise, we're looking at a 3.7-inch touchscreen a full QWERTY keyboard. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7230 "Snapdragon" processor at 800MHz. There's a 5-megapixel camera with full 720p video recording, the obvious four-row keyboard with a trio of customizable keys.

The G2 will launch with Android 2.2 and have seven customizable home screens, including one dedicated to apps. Preloaded software includes the new Google Search Voice Actions, the new Google Voice app (that we've already seen from the leaked G2 ROM), Swype, Google Earth, Google Voice, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Talk and Adobe FlashPlayer. To store all those apps, the G2 comes with 4GB of internal memory and an 8GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB).

T-Mobile has yet to announce pricing (we've heard $199) and availability (Sept. 29 has been rumored), though pre-orders will begin "later this month." You can sign up at http://g2.t-mobile.com for updates. Check out the full press release after the break, and be sure to swing by our T-Mobile G2 fourms.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 8, 2010

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Call me crazy, but finding an application in the market can be quite a task. Lots of time is spent looking, reading, trying, and buying, but as we all know there is easier ways then trial and error. Finding good suggestions can be hard, but we do our best to bring you some of our favorite applications that you will find useful. Take a peek after the jump to see what we have brought to you this week.

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3 years ago

Verizon Samsung Fascinate hands-on and initial impressions

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The Verizon Fascinate is the fourth member of the Galaxy S class of Android smartphone to be released in the United States. And like its cousins, it has its share of tweaks that make it stand out. Some of those tweaks are good. Others are causing those of us in Nerdom to shake our fists in frustration.

After the break, our initial impressions of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, including our hands-on video.

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3 years ago

CNET releases Android twin of iOS application

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Many of us rely on CNET for the latest and greatest when it comes to a wide variety of news in our daily life (except for Android news, right?). Whether looking for tech articles, seeking money advice, or just reading about the happenings of the world that day, CNET is a great one stop shop for all of this. They have released a clone of their iOS application, which contains a ton of features for users. Within the application you are able to read articles on a full screen, search using their optimized mobile search as well as tweet links to your favorite articles instantly. If your an avid CNET reader and you were using their mobile site, it's definitely time to hop in the market and download this free application. Download links available after the jump. [via CNET News]

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3 years ago

After the seventh day, devs created the SermonAudio app for Android

If you need some inspirational words from the holy book or want to hear words of wisdom from greats like John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul, SermonAudio has got you covered. The newly released app will help you find over 350,000 popular audio and video sermons. If you want to see one of these sermons live, simply use the search option to find a local church that offers great sermons. Full list of features and download links after the break. [SermonAudio]

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3 years ago

Google Instant brings 'real-time' search to the web; coming to mobile this fall

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Google today introduced its newest search feature, dubbed Google Instant. The search giant is always exploring innovative opportunities to present relevant search results faster to the end-user. Instant provides search results while the user types, taking away the need to press enter or even finish typing. 

The three core features of Google Instant, as laid out in Google's blog post:

  • Dynamic Results: Google dynamically displays relevant search results as you type so you can quickly interact and click through to the web content you need.
  • Predictions: One of the key technologies in Google Instant is that we predict the rest of your query (in light gray text) before you finish typing. See what you need? Stop typing, look down and find what you’re looking for.
  • Scroll to search: Scroll through predictions and see results instantly for each as you arrow down.

This is a great new search feature that's fun to play around with. It will be rolled out to most users over the coming weeks, so if you can't see it now, check back soon.

This is a web-only feature at the moment, but Google is aiming to get it up and running in the mobile space in the fall, according to Google's official Twitter account.  That said, you can get a mobile preview now by clicking here (in a mobile browser, natch).

For a demo, check out the video after the break. If you have Google Instant, have some fun and play around with it! [Official Google Blog] [@Google]

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 boot animation breaks cover, available for download

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It looks like the official boot animation for the R2-D2 Droid 2 has hit the web. We broke the news a few weeks about the phone's Sept. 30 release date. As we move closer to the launch date, we're pretty sure more and more little surprises should start showing up. If you really want the little walking trash can on your phone right now, Droid Life has also uploaded the boot animation zip file here

Full video after the break to get those midichlorians pumping in your veins. Oh, and may the force be with you. [Droid Life]

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