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2 years ago

Android's share of the tablet market grows to 27% in one year

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Android has grown to capture 27 percent of the tablet market, that just one year ago was 100 percent filled by Apple.  With the launch of the original Galaxy Tab things have been on a slow uphill climb, but much like the smartphone space diversity and a much more open ecosystem will allow Android to grab a large portion of the pie, and draw manufacturers who can see the profit potential from tablet hardware.  These numbers are impressive, but will likely seem pale when the Amazon Kindle Fire is released, which is seeing upwards of 50,000 pre-orders daily according to internal Amazon documents obtained by the Cult of Android blog.

This parrots the meteoric rise of Android phones in another way as well -- you'll see this 27 percent number trying to be dismissed by detractors and nay-sayers everywhere, using all sorts of outlandish metrics to try and sweep it under the rug.  The fact remains -- people want Android tablets, and are buying Android tablets.  With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Fire, this number's going to grow even faster.  We're here.  Deal with us, or get out of our way.

Sources: Strategy Analytics; Cult of Android

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2 years ago

HTC partnership with Dropbox brings 5GB of free cloud storage to Android devices

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HTC has announced on its official Facebook page that thanks to its recent partnership with cloud storage provider Dropbox, the Dropbox app will come preinstalled on all HTC Android phones. HTC phone owners will also benefit from 5GB of free cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to free account holders.

Dropbox has previously partnered with Sony Ericsson to bring pre-loaded Dropbox apps to Xperia owners, however unlike the HTC deal, no additional storage is offered on SE devices.

So far it's unclear which HTC legacy devices, if any, will be able to take advantage of the 5GB storage deal. We've reached out to HTC for comment, and we'll update you when they get back to us.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro Android 2.3 updates pushing now

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Verizon is officially pushing the Android 2.3 updates out to the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global over-the-air today.  Besides the features you would expect from Gingerbread, the Droid 2 Global update includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force
  • close errors.
  • Bluetooth devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
  • Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
  • Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
  • Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks
  • (Europe and India).
  • Improved battery life during Wifi use.
  • Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
  • Google Books added
  • Accuweather added
  • Amazon MP3 Store added
  • Blockbuster added
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 added

Not to be left out in the cold, the Droid Pro also see some much needed fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wifi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

For more information about the updates, and download and installation instructions, visit the Droid Pro update page and the Droid 2 Global update page.

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2 years ago

Viewsonic throws its hat into the sub-$200 tablet ring with the ViewPad 7e

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Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad 7e (check out our hands-on) -- a Gingerbread running tablet that checks in just under $200.  With a 7-inch 800x600 screen, a 1GHz ARM A8 CPU, front and rear cameras (.3MP and 3MP respectively) and the ViewScene 3D interface on top of Android 2.3, this looks to be a player in the same market space as the Kindle Fire.  Much like the Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes preloaded with "Amazon Services" (we assume this means the Amazon Appstore and MP3 Store) and the Kindle application, as well as games from Wild Tangent, Twitter, and Tune-in Radio.  There is no mention of the Android Market or other Google services.

Unlike the Kindle Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes with 4GB on-board storage and a microSD card slot for use with cards up to 32GB, which will appeal to a whole lot of people who need or want their removable storage.  The ViewPad 7e will be available in North America at the end of October for $199.99, with Latin America to follow shortly after in November.

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2 years ago

BlackBerry's Android App Player not all it's cracked up to be?

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A big question we've had since RIM first announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be able to run some Android applications was "Why?" Another question has been "Would a developer really want to?"

We're getting a little insight into that courtesy of pals at CrackBerry. The tl;dr version:

This seems to be a short term solution for a long term problem. For years RIM rested on their laurels doing very little to woo new developers or even keep their existing ones happy and it finally caught up with them and the Android solution seems to be more about getting some quick positive publicity rather than solving the real problem.

Sounds about right to us. Check out the whole piece at the link below.

Read: To build or to port? A developer's thoughts about
the Android App Player on BlackBerry

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2 years ago

Android 101: Change how quickly your phone locks

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Note: This example is from a phone with HTC Sense. Yours may vary.

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2 years ago

Editorial: Adult Android apps aren't really for adults, and boobs will get you hacked [NSFW]

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Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup.  I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree.  What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.

Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.

This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.

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2 years ago

Pigs in Trees puts swine in the cockpit, with you at the controls

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Here's a fun little time-waster that's one part Flight Control, one part reverse Angry Birds, and one part MiniSquadron. You control a pig in a plane, protecting a tree from woodpeckers' pecking. It's got 4 campaigns and 75 levels and is surprisingly easy and immersive. You draw a line from your plane to the woodpeckers, engage and take 'em out.

The game is free and ad-supported, but an easy in-app purchase of about $1.36 can remove them. Our only real complaint is that it the image quailty suffers on larger screens. We've got download links and a promo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint getting the Samsung Transform Ultra, too

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Sprint dropped word this morning that in addition to its Boost Mobile cousins, it also will be carrying the Samsung Transform Ultra. Specs, as you'll recall, include:

Productivity

  • 3.5” HVGA touch screen with full QWERTY keyboard
  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 with Sprint ID customizable user interface
  • Sprint 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network
  • Dual Cameras- 3 MP camera and VGA front facing camera
  • Sprint ID, a user-friendly means of customizing Android content on mobile phones. Allows users to instantly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once.
  • Android Market™ – browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world
  • WiFi and GPS capable
  • MP3 Player with MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32GB)
  • Stereo Bluetooth® Wireless technology
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
  • Dimensions: 4.57 x 2.40 x 0.55 inches; 4.9 ounces
  • Display: HVGA 480 x 320 pixels
  • RAM/ROM: 512MB/2GB
  • 1500 mAh Li-ION inner cell battery with up to 7 hours1 continuous talk time

Pricing and availability weren't immediately announced.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Campyre

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This might seem like a niche app (and it probably is), but because there aren't so many apps in the Market for this, Campyre is worth a mention. If you've ever needed to hop into a Campfire chat by 37signals, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Campyre is a third-party Android client that lets you log in, read, and post in a Campfire chat. It's ideal for those times you're out and about but need to stay connected to the people you collaborte with.

Signing in is easy; it only requires you plug in your chat room's custom Campfire URL, your username, and your password. From there, you'll be presented with a list of rooms you can join. Tap the one you want to hop in, and boom, you're in.

Once you've joined a room, you'll be able to see all the stuff folks are saying as well as post your own messages. There's timestamps for when people join and leave, but you can turn that off in the settings. You can also check out today's transcript in case you think there's something you missed from earlier (when you were unplugged).

There's a fairly bare settings menu, too. You can change the maxmium number of messages the room will show, and enable or disable enter and exit messages along with timestamps.

A pretty worthwhile feature is the "create shortcut" option. If you choose this, Campyre creates a shortcut to the room you're in on your main homescreen, so you don't need to deal with logging in and selecting a chat room anymore. Simply tap your shortcut and you'll go straight to the chat.

Campyre is completely free (and without ads, to boot), so if you're a frequent user of Campfire in the web browser, Campyre is something definitely worth checking out.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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