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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse hits 1 million Androids sold, sales up over 2000%

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It's no secret that Android is big in Europe. Now UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse has given us a new set of ridiculous sales numbers to show just how far the platform has come in the past twelve months. In a press release marking their one millionth Android handset sold, Carphone boasts that its sales of Android phones have grown "well over" 2,000 percent over the past year, a number it describes as "phenomenal".

The Carphone Warehouse has won exclusivity deals for a number of desirable Android devices over the past few months. Until recently it was the only place to get hold of Samsung's Nexus S in the UK, and it currently has similar exclusivity agreements worked out for the HTC Incredible S and Motorola Xoom 3G. Carphone's full press release can be found after the jump.

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3 years ago

Motorola Milestone finally gets Froyo update

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Motorola has finally released a Froyo update for the Milestone, the international version of the OG Droid. Responding to an "extremely high number of requests" for Froyo from Milestone owners, Motorola is now offering the update package direct from its support website.

Today's update will be welcomed by frustrated Milestone users who have been stuck with Eclair since launch, while Droid owners across the pond were among the first to get a taste of Froyo back in August 2010. Users can check Moto's release notes to find out exactly what to expect from today's update.  [Motorola Support]

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3 years ago

HTC Pyramid shows up online in some early renders

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The HTC Pyramid, a 4.3 inch device that will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor has shown itself on the internet again. In addition to this, the device will have 768MB of RAM along with an 8MP rear and 1.3MP front facing camera on board. The rear of the device shows Google branding, but lacks the "with HTC Sense" that we are used to seeing on these devices, and the device is said to be running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Now, we are unsure of the truth behind all these specs, but we sure do hope that HTC will confirm all of this for us next week at CTIA. [Pocketnow via XDA.cn]

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3 years ago

Win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the HTC Thunderbolt

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If you're going to pick up a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt come Thursday, you might want a way to keep is safe and scratch free.  If that sounds like you, you're in luck -- Android Central forums Administrator and the hardest working man alive Cory Streater has set up a giveaway for three lucky folks to win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the TBolt.  If you use a case, you probably already know just how sweet these cases are.  Now you have a chance to be the first one on the block toting your Thunderbolt around in one!

The contest will end Sunday, March 20 at 3PM sharp, and all the rules are in the forum thread.  Good luck to all! [Android Central Thunderbolt forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom review

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Big, black and powerful. That pretty much sums up the Motorola XOOM (henceforth to be referred to as the more eye-friendly Xoom), the opening salvo in what is about to be a deluge of tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And the Xoom not only ushers in a major change to the Android operating system, it also launches a new era in mobile hardware, faster and more powerful than ever.

But for all that, the usual questions remain. Does the Xoom match up with the competition? And does it justify the price? And is the darn thing just too big and too heavy? All that and another picture or two, after the break.

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3 years ago

Google adds app download statistics to Android Market developer portal

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Google has flip the switch on app download statistics, giving developers a cool look at who is downloading their apps, where they're from and what devices they're using. You get a Google Finance-like chart showing the total number of downloads, and breakdowns for OS version, device, country and language.

The example you see above is for the old Android Central Widget (which we no longer support, but it still works). Here's the breakdown for the widget, which has 11,400 installations:

  • 80.6 percent of users are on Android 2.2. Android 2.1 has 13.8 percent, and Android 2.3.3 third at 1.8 percent.
  • 25.6 percent of those who use the widget are using an HTC EVO 4G. The Motorola Droid X is next at 16 percent, followed by the Droid Incredible at 10.6 percent.
  • 91.9 percent of the widget's users are in the United States. The UK is second at 1.6 percent, followed by Canada at 0.9 percent.

So it's a cool little look at who's using what. If you're a developer with an app or two in the Market, be sure to check it out.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt officially launching March 17 on Verizon for $249

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It's officially official, folks. The long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt will be available on Verizon on March 17 -- this Thursday. Whatever kinks Verizon's been working on since the phone's announcement at CES in January presumably have been worked out, and you'll soon have that 4.3-inch slab of LTE 4G goodness in your fat little hands. It'll cost you $249 with a two-year contract. An unlimited LTE plan will run $29.99 a month.

There's no sign of the new Skype, unfortunately. But along with that large screen you'll have Android 2.2, the new version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing shooter, all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor.

Just a couple more days, folks, and it'll be here. While you wait, be sure to check out our first look at the ThunderBolt at CES, and swing by the ThunderBolt forums. You'll be glad you did. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

LTE Targa, Droid 3 and Droid X 2 all caught on camera?

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Although we've seen plenty of the Droid X 2 so far to get a handle on in, some other devices have now appeared and are ready to be judged off the little information provided for them. First up, the above pictured Motorola Targa -- codename of course likely to change at launch -- is suggested to be packing LTE and most certainly headed to Verizon.

If you jump on past the break, you'll get a new look at the Droid X 2 as well as what is suggested to be the Motorola Droid 3. Again, aside from the images we don't have much to go off of but we expect to hear a lot more about each of these devices over the next little while. [Howard Forums (2), (3) via Phone Arena]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile officially announces the Sidekick 4G

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We all knew it was coming, but T-Mobile has just announced the Sidekick 4G, the successor to the insanely popular Sidekick.  This time around it's made by Samsung, has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, powered by the Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.2.  Add in a front facing camera, HSPA + network speeds up to 21 Mb/second, and a pretty faithful reproduction of the OG Sidekick's great five-row keyboard, and now it doesn't seem quite so tweeny. 

On the software side T-Mobile is offering up two new messaging applications -- "Group Text" and "Cloud Text", Samsung's MediaHub, and a DriveSmart app which is designed to stop texting while driving.  The addition of a dedicated app switching key, appropriately called the "jump key" looks pretty interesting as well.  We have the full press release after the break, and the Sidekick 4G forums are open for business!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt takes over the Verizon Wireless homepage

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We'd love to say this comes as a complete surprise to us but really it doesn't. The HTC ThunderBolt has once again appeared on the Verizon website. This time -- it's not buried under a bunch of other news. No sir, this time-- it's up front for all to see. The page just takes you to the email sign up page that pretty much everyone waiting for the Thunderbolt has already signed up for but the fact it's there now and being headlined means the wait is almost over. [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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