The Android Market now has more than 70,000 applications, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg said during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. That's up from the 68,000 count Andy Rubin announced in June at the Motorola Droid X event, and it's a good bit lower than the 100,000 number Androlib has been throwing around. As to which is more correct? We'll go with the guys who run the store. Now we just need to make developers some more money.
Google released its second-quarter 2010 earnings this afternoon, announcing that revenues for April through June were up 24 percent to $6.82 billion. That's with a "b." A whole bunch of other "billion" figures were used, including $4.5 billion in site revenue, and $2.06 billion in partner revenue through AdSense.
You can find the whole breakdown here, and we'll be listening in on the conference call for any Android-related figures, which we'll post after the break.
Vlingo has updated its popular Android application, and a new feature called SuperDialer makes a great app even better. What SuperDialer does is allow you to make calls, or searches, or get directions based on what you are looking for, not what's in your address book. Growing up, I had dreams about how mobile computing would be in the 21st century. While we're not quite where I had hoped, and I'm not working for Spacely Sprockets, this is a push in the right direction. We've got a video, some screenies of my own playing around useful testing, and a press release after the break.
Verizon just updated its Droid website, DroidDoes.com, now that the Droid X has really landed. The new site is packed to the brim with Flash animation and immediately greets users by letting them know "Droidspace is a 3-D web environment". Then, you can (and should!) select the "activate full motion tracking 3-D" option and allow Flash to access your webcam. Mind-boggling 3-D insanity awaits as you read about the Droid, Incredible, and X. [Verizon]
The Dell Streak is a 5-inch phone/tablet hybrid that has been overseas for a little while now. While it is being released disappointingly with Android 1.6, Dell has confirmed that 2.2 is in the "near future." [Engadget]
We took the Log Me In Ignition VNC app for a spin a couple of months ago, and now it's available in the Android Market. For those of you not familiar with VNC, it's a standard way of controlling one computer from another -- in this case, your Android phone. Check out the video again after the break, where you'll also find download links. [Log Me In]
Locked, Encryption, and a self-destruct button -- all over a cellphone? It's not very often that I'm asked to write something and don't really want to write it. But there's this 800-pound gorilla in the room. Of course, I'm talking about the insane idea that a phone manufacturer would design a phone that self-destructs when you try to hack or mod it. If we're to believe what we read here at My Droid World (and there's no reason not to), the Droid X is exactly that. Join me after the jump, and we can talk a bit about exactly what might be going on and how it may affect this devices future.
Update: No sooner than we posted this did Droid modder Steven Bird brings up some good points. One is that no Droid X's have exploded just yet, and that an OMAP3 eFUSE isn't really a new phenomenon. It's likely there will be some major hurdles to overcome before we see custom ROMs on the Droid X, and it's just as likely that some very smart and talented people will be working on it. We still wish Android hardware would remain open, however, and that won't change. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. - Phil
Casey P just shot us an e-mail to let us know he was somehow able to wring a Samsung Captivate (see our hands-on) out of an AT&T store. The phone isn't officially supposed to go on sale until Sunday. So, any AT&T users out there who want to jump onto the Android bandwagon might want to try their luck at an AT&T store as well.
As a reminder to users on America's other GSM network, T-Mobile, the Samsung Vibrant is on sale today as well. [Big thanks to Casey P for the tip and photo!]
Remember how HP has been working on tablets running several OS's? All Things Digital's John Paczkowski has gotten a tip that HP has decided to shelve (at least for the time being) a tablet running Android:
"Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010. But no longer. Sources in position to know tell me that HP’s Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship before the end of the year as planned."
The folks over at Qik have announced that they will continue to allow the free use of premium services through the month of September. They acknowledge their "rocky start" and in return are throwing all of us using the HTC Evo 4G a bone:
Heya Android Qikkers – with the launch of the new Android client and video chat capability on HTC EVO 4G, we announced premium services for Qik that will enable you to get much more from your everyday Qikking. With the announcement we had an offer to provide the premium services for free till July 15, 2010. We understand that we had a bit of a rocky start with the new and improved Qik and so as a small token of appreciation we are now extending the offer to enjoy Qik’s premium services for free till end of September.
Here ya go -- the Samsung Vibrant is available for order at T-Mobile's website and as soon as the stores open up in the morning should be on the shelves. Hope you got your Gmail account ready and all your 3D games picked out at AppBrain so you're ready for this screamer.
Be sure to shout out if you ordered one of these jewels. I wanna live through you for just a moment. :) [T-Mobile]
Once again the developers at AndroidGamer have an awesome new Live Wallpaper to share with us. You might remember their last jewel, Advanced Map Live Wallpaper, from when we had a look at it last month. Well, Album Art live wallpaper is just as original! The application scans your music, and pulls out the album art to create a collage of sorts as your wallpaper. It's chock full of settings, and according to the developers the features include:
We've been using it for a bit now and are having a tad of trouble getting it to recognize our collection of Hungarian folk tunes, so your mileage may vary.
You can get Album Art live wallpaper on the Android Market for 99 cents, or there's a demo version for free! (Live wallpapers only work with Android 2.1 and higher!)
Like ton's of other apps, this one comes from the minds and hearts of the guys over at Xda-Developers, and you can check out the official support thread HERE. Links and more pics after the break. Thanks David!
For those not familiar with ADW.Launcher, it is one of the most feature enriched launcher replacements available for Android at the current time. Lately it seems as though developers have really been pushing themselves to the next level and attempting to add things we never would have expected, and AnderWeb doesn't appear to be any different. In the latest release they have added theme support which allows users to select between four current themes, two of which are free, and two of which are paid ($1 each). In addition to the theme support, a few minor bugs have been added, and development continues. Remember folks, this is a one-man team behind the scenes, so donate and buy the themes so the amazing development efforts can be rewarded. Download now from the market. [via ADW Things]
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