Craziness today, what with all the Gingerbread leaks and all. Looks like we'll have plenty to talk about tonight on the Android Central podcast -- until then though, make sure you all hit up the forums to check out what everyone thinks about the leaks. Some threads below might be of interest as well:
So how's Android doing these days? During today's Q1 2011 earnings call, Jeff Huber, senior vice president of commerce and local, announced that some 350,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's almost 2.5 million a week, folks. That's a lot of devices.
As for the Android Market, it's seen more than 3 billion applications installed. Not too shabby, eh, especially when you consider it's a 50 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010, Google said.
During the Q&A, the question of how that 350,000 per day breaks down by device and region was asked. Jeff Huber responded that they do not differentiate by device, but they expect a huge growth from the Tablet sector as more and more devices are released. He went on to say that Android has a large presence in the U.S, Europe, Japan and Korea; and the international market is showing very strong growth.
Here's the thing about this leaked Gingerbread build for the Sprint EVO 4G: If you're waiting for unicorns to come flying out of it, you might come away disappointed. That's not to say we're not totally excited for the EVO 4G to get Gingerbread. We certainly are.
So we've spent a few minutes now using the leaked Android 2.3.3 build that's been packaged up by TMarton03 at XDA Developers. And, lo and behold, it looks and feels just like an EVO 4G. No, you're not getting any of the newfangled versions of Sense. That's disappointing, but not surprising, if only because the newer versions of Sense are a bit portly. As in large.
But what you're going to get is the latest (smartphone) version of Android, including a host of bugfixes, with all of HTC's excellent customizations on top.
Hit the break for video of our quick walkthrough and a spin through Quadrant, and sing out if there's anything else you want to see.
Google just announced its Q1 2011 earnings. Ever want to hear the word "billion" used over and over? Revenue totaled $8.58 billion for January through March, up 27 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion for Q1 2011. And so on and so forth. You can check all all the financial info at the source link.
Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.
Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.
Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]
Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.
In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]
While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out. We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time. What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.
There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions. This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work. In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!
The release of the T-Mobile G2X smartphone and G-Slate tablet must be nigh, because ol' Magenta is having a little get-together next week in the city that never sleeps. Don't worry, we'll take you all long for the ride, of course. So be sure you're back here next Wednesday night, April 20, as the whole thing goes down. See our list of upcoming Android events
Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.
And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:
Its only been a few days since 4sharedunleashed its mobile app to the Android masses. Today, 4shared is back at it again. The file sharing service has released their 4shared Music app in the Android Market. The newly announced app gives access to thousands of songs on the 4shared servers.
According to head of marketing Andrew Liulko, “Developing of application which is able to work with music properlybecame a priority task for us due to the fact that more than a half of files hosted on 4shared are music files. We hope that introducing 4shared Music application to Android audience will attract new users and bring more convenience for everybody overall."
While this new app gives immediate access to tons of music on 4shared servers, we'll take this time to remind you that services like this are often filled with copyrighted material and illegally distributed files. Stay away from them. Hit the jump to get download links. Thanks, Yegor!
Without any official word from Motorola or Verizon, any mention of the Motorola Droid X2's specifications is a guess based on pieced-together information from various sources on the Internet, and leaks like the one we saw earlier this month. Words like dual-core and Tegra 2 have been thrown around, and from the looks of this video of the DX2 booting up, we can be pretty sure of the dual-core part. Since Motorola is using it on other products like the Xoom and Atrix 4G, we can hopefully assume the DX2 has some sweet Tegra 2 juice inside as well.
Check out the boot video after the break, folks. Thanks, anonymous!
Motorola has announced further availability of its Xoom and Atrix as the two devices will be launched throughout Latin America starting 'mid-April'.
They will be launching on 'leading' carriers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Which carriers in particular will carry the devices have not been announced.
Quote from Motorola Mobility:
“Latin America continues to be important to our company’s global strategy, which is why we’re bringing the region our most ground-breaking products,” said Maurizio Angelone, vice president and general manager Mobile Devices Latin America, Motorola Mobility. “We’ve received an exceptional response for Motorola XOOM and Motorola ATRIX from consumers and carriers in our U.S. and European markets, and we want to build the same excitement in Latin America.”
This is great news for consumers in any of the aforementioned countries who have been waiting patiently for the Xoom and the Atrix to come their way. [Motorola]
Motorola Xoom's pricing got you down? Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab not tickle your fancy? Or maybe you just can't wait any longer for that G-Slate pricing? Well, do not fret my good friend -- Amazon has your back! Today, and today only, Amazon's "Deal of the Day" is the ViewSonic gTablet for $279.99. It's regularly $499.99. That's 44 percent off, folks!
For those of you unfamiliar with the device, here is a little run-down: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 - Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 512MB DRR RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD Card), Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 10.1-inch TFT-LCD with LED driver system and 1024x600 resolution. The only problem here is the software. This tablet does not have access to the Android Market. There are of course ways to get access, but you'll need to root it and install a custom ROM.
It's a great price for some pretty good hardware, but the software and access is where is lacks. If your still unsure about this tablet, be sure to read our review and head into the Android Central Forums to see what others are saying. [Amazon] Thanks, psych0t0uc4n!
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