Normally when we see celebrity smartphone unboxings we see names like Michaluk, Bohn, Ritchie and Nickinson. In this case, Sony Ericsson went out and got Maria Sharapova, who's a pretty good tennis player or something, to unbox the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. (See our own hands-on.) What she's got that the rest of us don't -- besides looks and game, of course -- remains to be seen. So what's up, SE? Lose our numbers? Anyhoo, check out the video after the break. (Oh, by the way, Maria -- that finger tapping things looks a little familiar.) [Sony Ericsson Product Blog via Androinica]
The Comscore results for May 2010 are in, and it comes as no surprise that Android is still skyrocketing towards the top spot in US smartphone market share. While ALL other platforms show a loss, Android comes in with another big jump of 4 percentage points and now has reached a double digit share of 13 percent, just a hair shy of Microsoft's 13.4 percent and poised to take the third spot overall.
The chart speaks for itself -- Android grows while the others fall. The biggest drop was from the Microsoft camp (down 1.9 points), followed by Apple with a 1 point drop. A few months ago we asked if Android's rise was a fluke based on the sales of the Droid, and I think we can safely say no, we have that friggin' movement we hoped for on our hands. And before anyone starts shouting "iPhone 4 wasn't out, yada yada", remember that users upgrading from one phone to another on the same platform do not contribute to growth -- this is all new users we're seeing. I'm sure our Google overlords are pleased, and so am I. [Comscore]
Many of you have asked -- or flat-out begged, according to Cerulean Studios, the developers of the popular all-in-one messenger application Trillian to come to Android. This application is very popular on a variety of platforms ranging from Macs to Windows and iPhones to BlackBerrys, and it seemed the only missing platform was Android (OK, and Palm), and luckily the cries have been heard. Here's the feature list.
Connect to Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM
Synchronize your contacts, avatars, status, accounts and more with your Trillian-enabled desktop or mobile apps
Get notified easily with Android notification system integration
Contact list sorting, grouping, metacontacts support, privacy settings and various ways to organize
Set status, avatar and display name quickly in one simple screen
Tabbed chat windows with bubble view, photo transfer, buzz and emoticon support
Support for Android phones as far back as version 1.6 – works with your good old T-Mobile G1 or the newest HTC Evo 4G or Motorola Droid!
We took special care and respect to design and build the user interface to smoothly integrate with Android – this is not just a clone from the iPhone!
The application is said to be hitting a beta stage within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on the lookout, and be sure to keep up to date with their blog. Couple more screen shots after the break. [via Cerulean Studios Blog]
The Fring app for the iPhone got an update today (see our previous Android-related hands-on) that lets it play nice with Android (and Symbian, too). That means us Android users can have video chats with our misbegotten friends who shelled out for the new shiny thing from Apple. We recommend you show off using your Android phone left-handed, in the middle of a large city, while installing whatever you want. Just to give 'em a hard time, ya know?
Want to see it in action? Check out the video after the break (and check out TiPB's here) where we chat it up with TiPB.com's Rene Ritchie on his newfangled iThingy. [Fring]
Anyway, where we're going with this is that if you're sending back your a phone -- be it for exchange, or repair, or whatever -- don't leave little pornographic surprises behind for the next person. 'Cause that's what happened to an Ann Arbor, Mich., woman who found either five (or a half-dozen, depending on who you ask) porn videos on her supposedly new Evo 4G. It's not the phone's fault -- it's the previous owner, and the third-party retailer that told the woman she was getting a new phone and instead gave her a steamy pot of porno.
And because we're all about teaching you folks whenever we can, hit the source link or picture above to hear all about it, and then let's discuss a few ways you can be sure to keep your phone clean, after the break. [Click on Detroit via Consumerist]
Improved Battery Life: Improves battery performance when battery is fully drained and charging.
Improved Streaming Audio & Video Playback: Repairs rare instances of streaming audio and video interruptions that have resulted in device powering off-and-on.
This is an OTA update, so just be ready for the message that it's there, and allow it to download and install. As AT&T reminds us, data charges can and will apply, so if you're close on your monthly allotment you might want to wait for a steady WiFi connection to grab it. Anyone who updates, feel free to shout out in the comments so the rest of us know what to expect! [Motorola]
With the number of device announcements we have seen recently, it remains quite obvious that Android isn't playing around, and neither are the developers behind the scenes making some of our favorite applications. We continue to see ports to Android of our applications from other platforms, as well as tons of new applications that make life significantly easier. Not everyone has hours to spend sifting through the market, so here we bring to you some of our own personal suggestions. Take a look after the jump for some great new application ideas for your device.
Just seen at the FCC: the HTC Desire is sporting AT&T and Canadian operators Rogers, Telus, and Bell 3G bands. While this is far from an announcement, for our readers in the frozen North it means that you may be seeing the incredible Desire (see what I did there?) sooner rather than later. There is no confirmation or anything to suggest this is going anywhere except for Telus but, this does give some hope that the spiffy phone will be seen on the Death Star in the US at some point. And if not, well, you'll be able to import it and use it with AT&T. [FCC via Engadget]
If you're the type of Android user who has the SDK stashed on your computer (and let's face it -- if you're reading this, chances are you do), then know that Google has updated it to be in line with the version of Android 2.2 that was released to the Nexus One last week.
For you more common folk, now might be a good time to take a look at installing the SDK (see Jerry's walkthrough here). Why? You're probably going to need it if you want to root your phone, take screen shots or follow along with whatever other hackery we might be talking about on a given day. It's quick, it's easy, and it's available here. [Google Developer blog]
We're waiting on Android 2.2 to be officially released for the Sprint Evo 4G -- everybody relax a little, the Froyo code's only been out for two weeks now -- but that doesn't mean you can't give it a shot now, thanks to (where else?) the cats at XDA Developers. Avalaunchmods has rigged up a Froyo build for the Evo, with working Wifi, multitouch, Bluetooth, calls ... pretty much everything except for the camera. We'll definitely be giving this one a shot, and you guys sing out, too, if you've Froyo'd up your Evo. [XDA Developers]
From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now! Today we just want to share with you some of our newly created forums for some great new devices!
The Samsung Galaxy S in 4 different flavors is about to be released so you might as well pick your poison in these new forums!
By now most of you should be aware of a new big device from Motorola called the Droid X. This is a must see forum.
Speaking of Motorola, that square-faced QWERTY called the Charm is set to be released on T-Mobile. If you feel like chatting it up about this device do so here in our Motorola Charm forum.
Until the Samsung Captivate is released on July 18th on AT&T, you may be interested in the HTC Aria. Some good conversation going on in the Aria's forum so be sure to stop by and take a look.
Carriers release them, then Android hackers crack them open -- as we see today with the HTC Wildfire. Paul O'Brien (a name we all should know by now) once again circumvents the protection schemes carriers and manufacturers put in place and has rooted the HTC Wildfire. The method (see source link) doesn't look very difficult, providing your Wildfire has a bootloader version of 0.80 or lower, and a ROM version of 1.14.xxx.x or below. You can check this by booting your phone while the back key is held -- the 'HBOOT -' line needs to be 0.80 or lower.
We're all happy to see Android gurus rooting even the less popular devices, but it raises the question -- should handset makers and cellular carriers really spend the time and money to put these restrictions and roadblocks in place? So far, it isn't working too well and the model that Google used with the Nexus One (making the phone easily unlocked, but then branded as such permanently) seems to have worked well for both sides. Maybe the money could be instead spent on tools to find those who abuse or otherwise cause a ruckus on the network vs. the losing war against opening the software on the new devices. Guess that's why I'm not in charge of anything :p. [Modaco via Twitter]
Youtube mobile just got a face-lift, bringing a good many cosmetic and functionality changes along with it. Youtube use on mobile devices is growing at an amazing rate -- playbacks were up 160% in 2009 according to the folks at Youtube, so it's great to see changes making their way to the mobile site. What exactly got changed you ask? According to the Youtube blog:
It's really fast.
The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.
It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.
In my opinion, numbers 1, 2 and 3 are spot-on. We'll keep an eye on number 4, but it only makes sense to keep improving things. Hit the break to see a video and a couple more screenshots of the new site, then check it out on your Android phone at m.youtube.com. [YouTube Blog]
Looking to pull the trigger on a white Evo 4G from Best Buy? Our pal Jeravicious in the Android Central Forums got his, and it's unboxed it for all to see. It's quite the looker, indeed. Check out his video after the break. [Android Central Forums]
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