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4 years ago

Android Market has the highest percentage of free apps

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Everybody loves free apps. We definitely don't mind paying for premium, high-quality applications (the developers deserve it!) but there are few things that beat a wide selection of quality, free applications. Luckily, Android has free apps in droves. According to Distimo, Android Market has the highest concentration of free applications with respect to the total amount of applications available. Basically with 57% of applications being free, Android Market has the highest percentage of free applications of any app store.

To be fair, Android Market only allows paid applications in 11 countries (compared to the iPhone App Store's 77) so there's a bit of uneven playing field going here but compared to the rest of the app stores, Android Market is far and away the leader in free applications. Add that to the thousands of reasons why we love Android.

[readwriteweb via androidandme]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 hacked onto 4 Windows Mobile phones

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It's always fun to have smart people hack away at old phones, sometimes cool things can happen. Case in point: the folks at xda-developers have gotten Android 2.1 (yeah, that's 2.1) onto 4 old Windows Mobile phones. The HTC Kaiser (aka AT&T Tilt), Vogue, Niki, and Polaris have all been hacked to run the elusive Android 2.1. This is especially amazing since so many real Android phones have yet to be updated to 2.1. Seriously, if a Windows Mobile HTC Kaiser can do it, can't Motorola get the Droid on 2.1 already?

There are, of course, kinks to be worked out--the camera doesn't work, bluetooth is wonky--but from the sounds of it, everything else is just dandy. If you happen to have those old WinMo phones laying around, it could be a fun weekend experiment. And it should go without saying, but you kind of have to know what you're doing.

[via hackaday]

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4 years ago

Saygus Vphone gets updated specs, perfect Verizon + Skype phone ?

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There are whispers that the first device to introduce the newly formed Skype and Verizon partnership will be the Saygus Vphone. We know the Vphone, it's the device that offered video calling (which would presumably work via Skype now), but we didn't really know Saygus, so we were cautious in judging the phone's potential.

In short, it's a great idea, a video calling phone pairs with Verizon and Skype to deliver the full Skype experience on a mobile device but digging deeper, there's definitely questions abound. Why would Verizon choose to work with an unknown manufacturer like Saygus to be their first device with Skype capabilities? Earlier reports had suggested that Verizon wasn't even lending support to the Vphone.

We're sure those questions will be answered soon so in the mean time, we can dream about the perfect Verizon Skype device. The Saygus Vphone also got a bump in processor speed, jumping to 800 MHz from 628 MHz, which we hope equates in better performance. Other notable specs: 3.5 inch 800x480 screen, 5-megapixel camera, and your usual slew of connectivity options. Sadly, it still runs Android 1.6.

Let's hope that the Saygus Vphone can be the Verizon Skype phone we all want!

[via androidspin]

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4 years ago

Nexus One’s display not all it's cracked up to be?

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The fellas over at Gizmodo have reported the findings of  DisplayMates' Nexus One versus iPhone 3GS Shootout and the results aren’t what anyone expected.

The display on the Nexus One that all the reviewers raved over doesn’t render images very well.

We explain, after the break.

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4 years ago

Android growth kept pace with RIM in 2008-09, Gartner numbers show

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There's been absolutely no doubt that Android's usage share has skyrocketed in the last year, and here's another example. Gartner released figures today that show a 3.4 percentage point climb over 2008. That said, it's the 2009-2010 numbers that we're really going to want to look at, as the first Android device (the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1) wasn't even available until late October of that year. Anyhoo, here are the OS numbers as given by Gartner:

  • Symbian: 46.9 percent, down from 52.4 percent in 2008.
  • RIM: 19.9 percent, up from 16.6 percent
  • iPhone OS: 14.4 percent, up from 8.2 percent.
  • Windows Mobile: 8.7 percent, down from 11.8 percent.
  • Linux: 4.7 percent, down from 7.6 percent.
  • Android: 3.9 percent, up from 0.5 percent.
  • webOS: 0.7 percent. Did not exist in 2008.
  • Other: 0.6 percent, down from 2.9 percent.

Symbian obviously still dominates the world market. But for Android to see the percentage growth that it did, we know it's doing something right. Can it keep that momentum? Ask us again in a year. [Gartner]

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4 years ago

Sprint is rumored to get HTC Legend, AT&T may pick up the Desire

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We're not even a full week removed from Mobile World Congress, and already the rumors are starting to fly regarding U.S. availability of the HTC Legend and Desire, which were unveiled there. Said rumors come from the Boy Genius Report, and are as follows:

  • AT&T will release the HTC Desire -- basically the Nexus One with the new Sense UI -- with some minor cosmetic changes. A May-June time frame is possible.
  • Sprint could get the Legend as the Hero 2, and it also could see some small cosmetic changes.
  • Google may still release an AT&T 3G-compatible Nexus One at Google.com/phone.
  • Oh, and speaking of the Legend, WirelessGoodness [via AndroPhones] spotted it going through the FCC. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Of course all that is unofficial and subject to change. But it's far from out of the realm of possibility, and it doesn't take a betting man to know that HTC has great stuff in store for the United States this year.

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4 years ago

Better Keyboard updates to v5.0, brings better voice settings to Android phones

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We had plenty of travel time en route to Mobile World Congress and spent a good chunk of it playing with the various keyboards available for Android phones. Of course, one of the front-runners is Better Keyboard, which just got a major update to Version 5.0. What's new:

  • Redesigned speech input feature. No longer have to long-press the button.
  • Speech input remains on until you hit cancel, which is great for dictating entire paragraphs. This can be toggled in the settings.
  • Speech engine understands punctuation for proper dictation.

Go ahead and update your keyboard if you haven't already, or snag it for $2.99 from the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio gets station caching, and we're giving away 10 subscriptions

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Slacker Radio today released Version 2.0.40, bringing with it the much-anticipated station caching. In other words, it's all the same Slacker Radio you've always enjoyed for free, no-Internet connectivity needed.

What you will need, however, is a subscription to Slacker Radio Plus, and that's a paid subscription. But we've got you covered. In conjunction with Slacker, we're giving away 10 subscriptions -- seven 3-month deals, and three 1-year deals. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download Slacker Radio on your Android phone, natch.
  2. Make sure you're actually signed up with Slacker.
  3. Head over to Twitter and tweet why you love Slacker and AndroidCentral. Make sure to include @androidcentral and @slackerradio in the tweet, otherwise we won't see it.

That's it. Simple, really. We'll pick 10 winners at random and DM them with the details. Contest ends at midnight Wednesday. Get to it!

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4 years ago

HTC Desire ROM on Nexus One, Eris 2.1 update, Sholesmod Updater, Moto Backflip

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4 years ago

Review: The new HTC Sense interface on Android phones

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When HTC used Mobile World Congress to announce a pair of new Android phones, it also took the opportunity to unveil the all-new Sense user interface. The new Sense is rolling out first to the European Legend and Desire, and CEO Peter Chou said the Hero line of devices -- which should include the Sprint Hero and Droid Eris -- will see updates.

A leaked HTC Desire ROM is up and running on the Nexus One, which is a very close cousin. (Check out Redmond Pie's excellent installation instructions here.) Remember that this is an unofficial build, there are bugs, and that what we end up seeing officially in the United States may vary some. (At the very least, the clock wouldn't default to 24-hour time, we'd see temperature listed in Fahrenheit, and the date would be listed as month-day-year.) But we think this ROM gives us a pretty good feel for what's in store. If you haven't already, check out our video hands-on. Then join us after the break as we take a deeper look at the new version of HTC's Sense user interface.

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