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4 years ago

Stats: Android beats iPhone in the Midwest, Nexus One is really 'manly'

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Myxer, which delivers mobile entertainment such as videos, ringtones, wallpapers, etc. to mobile devices has come up with some fun and interesting statistics that give more info about Android. First, Android seems to do a good job versus the iPhone in the West & Midwest. According to Myxer's mobile metrics, Android users outpace iPhone users in eight states, seven of those states being in the West & Midwest. There's also 'swing states' which are termed as states where the difference in users is less than 10%. Again, Android represents well in the West/Midwest region: three of the five swing states are in the West/Midwest.

The best reasoning for Android doing so well in the West/Midwest region of the US is likely more because the iPhone's sole carrier, AT&T, doesn't do well. If you take a look at AT&T's 3G coverage map, there's a gigantic hole in that whole region. Verizon's (home of the Droid and others) 3G network seems perfectly fine.

Other stats of note:

  • Nexus One is the 'manliest': 75% of Myxer users with a Nexus One are male
  • 67% of both Samsung Behold II & T-Mobile myTouch are female
  • Nexus One has largest percentage (54%) of users over 24
  • T-Mobile G1 has the largest percentage (63%) of users under 24

Even though these mobile metrics aren't without their biases, it's always fun to look at numbers like this. So, any Android users from those green states on the map? Let us know!

[myxer]

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4 years ago

Canada to finally get paid apps in Android Market ?

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Surprisingly, Android Market doesn't currently support paid applications in Canada (11 other countries have access to paid apps). But given that Canadian carriers have built a rather formidable Android product lineup, getting paid apps on Android Market in Canada should be pretty high priority. And it looks like it's so, according to the Montreal Gazette, "Google is working on the problem and hopes to make an announcement next week." Score one for our neighbors to the north.

Why'd it take so long? Wendy Rozeluk of Google Canada says:

"There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do"

Right. If it's any consolation, at least Android Market has a ton of free apps available.

[via androinica]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Motorola Cliq owners having problems with latest update

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Motorola Cliq

So that maintenance update that's been rolling out for the Motorola Cliq on T-Mobile? Stay away. Stay far away. Basically it borks the phone pretty good, from keyboard issues to text message issues to time issues to causing your face to break out in hives. (OK, we made that last one up.) In other words, if you haven't installed the update, don't. And if you have installed the update, for frak's sake don't hard-reset your phone. Here's the official word from T-Mobile.

Thanks everyone for informing us on what the latest Motorola Cliq OTA update has brought to light. We want to let everyone know that we have been reading your comments, and we hear you. We have forwarded your concerns to the appropriate people and are working hard on them.

As of now, we advise you not to Master Reset your phone if your OTA update did not download or if you are experiencing issues at this time. ‘

Thank you for using the T-Mobile forums and we will keep you updated as we gather more information.

In other words: DO. NOT. WANT. [T-Mobile forums via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

CDMA version of the Nexus One goes through the FCC

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Nexus One CDMA at FCC

Don't want to get anybody's hopes up yet, but a CDMA version of the Nexus One has made its way through the Federal Communications Commission. Does that mean we're going to get the Nexus One on Sprint as well as Verizon? Not necessarily. It just means the hardware (Read our Nexus One review) has been tested and approved. [FCC via CellPhoneSignal]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire coming to T-Mobile UK on March 26

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HTC Desire

Good news for our pals in the United Kingdom: The HTC Desire is coming your way in a month. T-Mobile UK tweeted this morning:

The Desire will be available on the 26th of March. Thanks for all the questions. Keep them coming. Ryan

That differs from T-Mo's Web site, which still says the Desire is "Due April 2010." But regardless, it's coming. Stay tuned. [Twitter via Tracy and Matt]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile did a good job in 4Q 2009

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T-Mobile actually did well in the fourth quarter of 2009. They added 371,000 new customers in 4Q compared to losing 77,000 in 3Q. It's still not as good as what they did in 4Q 2008 (added 621,000) but it's a step in the right direction. Since they offer very competitive rate plans and we're the first carriers to adopt Android, we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for T-Mobile, so it's good to see them improving their financial numbers.

To be fair, their boost in numbers were due in large portion to pre-paid customers (which are less valuable to the bottom line than contract customers) so it's not the most ideal situation just yet. Here are some highlights, if you're into looking at numbers feel free to hit the link.

  • T-Mobile's 3G network reaches 205 million people
  • 3.9 million 3G-capable devices on the network
  • Average revenue per user: $51

[yahoo finance]

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4 years ago

Gmail been flakey today? It's not just you

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Gmail

Yeah, we noticed. And seeing as how gmail is kind of the linchpin for any good Android experience, it's the sort of thing that we notice pretty quickly. But at least things are getting back to normal. You folks notice any issues today? [Google]

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4 years ago

Rogers rebrands the Magic as Magic+

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htc magic+

Just when we thought the Rogers Magic was out of the spotlight, Rogers has rebranded it as the Magic+. So what does that + bring? Reports are that it's basically the same, with the new Sense UI with multitouch to the device.

Yeah, it's not the new Sense, but it's Sense nonetheless. Oh, yeah, and reportedly the Magic+ will be receiving its own 2.1 update toward the middle of the year. With the addition of Sense UI and the hopes of 2.1 on the horizon, for $79.99 it seems like a pretty good deal. [MobileSyrup]

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4 years ago

Video shows HTC ... something's camera in action - Supersonic or Incredible?

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Look for this to get yanked down anytime now, but what you see above looks to be an HTC phone of unknown make, likely either the Supersonic or Incredible, depending on which way the wind is blowing. There's no look at the UI, and the vid's a little dark, thus the "Test under dark light source" title. Feel free to speculate all you want in the comments. [Android Forums via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

A lot of Android users are Male

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Hm, maybe those Droid commercials chastising "princess phones" really worked. According to an AdMob opt-in survey, 73% of Android users are male, that's nearly three-fourths of all Android users and considerably more than the iPhone and webOS platform which both have an ever so slightly more male userbase.

So the question is, why does Android trend male? Is it because it's nerdy and geeky? And if so, is it because there are more nerdy and geeky males than nerdy and geeky females? Or is it because their most successful phone (the Droid) eschewed soft curves for hard lines? Or maybe it really is because of the marketing?

It's likely a combination of reasons and something Android should be aware of. But one thing we want to know, what do the Blackberry and Windows Mobile splits look like?

[readwriteweb]

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4 years ago

Desire speculation, Legend specs, Droid hacks/ROMs, Nexus One on Sprint

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See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

The Motorola Backflip it ain't ...

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Backflip Replica

Another version of the Motorola Backflip? Mmmm, not so much. This "MOTOROIA" device, it is completely lacking in the camera department, with an antiquated VGA camera, and even though they snuck in the hint of an Android software, but don't be fooled, it's not running it. Appearance-wise, the device looks pretty well replicated, but really of all the devices to clone, why this one?

[M8Cool via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Best Buy shipping the Motorola Devour today

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Verizon Motorola Devour at Best Buy

BryonP points out in our forums that Best Buy Mobile is shipping the Verizon Motorola Devour on Feb. 25 ... which is today. You can snag it for $99.99 after the usual new activation/rebates/first-born, and free shipping is thrown in, too. If you're looking to get the Devour from an actual Verizon store, you're going to have to wait another week or so. [Best Buy via AndroidCentral forums]

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4 years ago

Adobe fights claims that Flash 10.1 is an Android battery assassin

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nexus flash vs battery

After Adobe's first video of Flash 10.1 running on the Nexus One, it seems as though the focus was placed on the battery meter and its apparent drain during the video, instead of the Flash 10.1 and all it will bring. But after writers began noticing the video appeared to be chopped and edited, Adobe itself decided to squash the rumors and get to the bottom of things.

Adobe supplied some raw data that showed a three-hour battery life with H.264 video playing over WiFi. That's long enough to watch nearly any movie, get in a few television episodes, or a whole bunch of music videos.  Hopefully these results are on par with what an average everyday user will notice as well, and not just results which can be replicated with a perfectly tuned device.  Check out the 17-minute video update after the break and see for yourself. [Flash Mobile Blog via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq XT getting updated 'Connected Media Player'

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We got a decent look at the upcoming Motorola Cliq XT at Mobile World Congress, but we didn't dive too far into the software on the phone. (Something about thousands of people buzzing around you that makes that awkward.) However, MobileBurn's Michael Oryl has snagged a preview of the new "Connected Media Player" that will be on the upcoming T-Mobile release, and he gives it a spin in the video above on the original Cliq.

It performs much as a media player should, sifting through and playing music. But it's the ability to pull album art and lyrics from an online database -- and sync them in time with the music -- that helps make this a top-shelf app, along with some other cool features. We don't want to steal all of Michael's thunder, so check out the video. [MobileBurn]

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