Analyst firm NPD reported this morning that Android phones surpassed sales of the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010. Android had 28 percent of unit sales, compared to Apple's 21 percent. Both operating systems lagged behind RIM's BlackBerry OS, which had 36 percent of the unit sales.
NBD credits Verizon's Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris and Verizon's buy one-get-on (BOGO) promotions as leading the push. Can't argue there, and it's reasonable to expect strong numbers again in the second quarter with the launch of the Droid Incredible. [Businesswire]
Meizu, makers of the iPhone clone M8, is supposedly working on an awesomely spec'd device called, you guessed it, the M9. The Meizu M9 is said to have a 1GHz processor, 3.6-inch 720x480 screen, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, HDMI 1.3 out, and more. That sounds wonderful and all but the real clincher is that it's being rumored to run Android 2.1. The M9 is expected to be available on August 18 for $350 in China. If the Meizu M9 really comes with these rumored specs, could one of the best Android phones be available only in...China? [engadget]
When you think of Android, the two main companies for the hardware that come to mind are Motorola and HTC. Well, those of you on AT&T that have been anxiously checking for upcoming Android devices know that the HTC selection is rather well, nonexistent, at least officially. AT&T is now showing an HTC logo in its Android section, so what does this mean for us? Could we see some more HTC devices coming to AT&T in the coming months? Possibly the Legend, which just passed the FCC with AT&T's 3G bands? Be sure to check the site for details, and sign up for email updates on these! [via AT&T]
Check it out, Android lovers; U.S. Cellular has a new device joining its ranks this July. There already has been talk of the HTC Desire appearing on their network, and now it has announced the arrival of the Samsung Acclaim (R880). The Acclaim is going to be exclusive to the regional carrier and is reportedly very similar to its Sprint cousin – the Moment. Although considered a "mid-level" Android phone, the fact that its running Android 2.1 and has a QWERTY keyboard is definitely a big plus, and should be well received into U.S. Cellular's arsenal. [Facebook via Android And Me]
It’s not every day that you see someone playing a guitar made out of cell phones. However, today a music sequence developer thought it would be a good idea to write apps for Android, Windows Mobile, and the iPhone, and then tape all the three different devices on a banjo and video tape himself playing "Cracklin Rosie." All three major cell phone platforms (BlackBerry, Nokia and Palm fans start your rant engines) synchronized in a perfect musical balance of harmony: We know it sounds outrageous, but the results are pretty darn cool. Be sure to check it out for yourself after the break.
Howdy! It's me again, and this week we're gonna talk about something near and dear to all of us -- battery life. It's always at the tip of everyone's tongue (especially as new phones are released), and all the information out there is enough to make a person lose his or her mind. Hopefully together we can work through it all, separate the fact from the fiction, and figure out how to keep everything out of the red.
Prepare your beverages, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and follow the jump so we can figure this out together.
Not to be left out in all the fun that its little brother is having, the iPhone 3G is joining the Android party, too. David Wang has ported Android to the iPhone 3G (not the current 3GS, mind you) and well, it boots and loads Android all right. The Android iPhone 3G port is a little rougher than the original port but who really cares, these hacks are awesome! Supposedly, we'll find out how to do this ourselves in a couple of days. True freedom is here iPhone 3G owners! [pcworld]
For many reasons, be it environmental, minimalist, etc., phone boxes have become bland and basic. Thankfully, it looks like T-Mobile has eschewed those type of simple boxes for packaging that is downright cool--the myTouch Slide is housed in a nicely designed, silver briefcase.
Obviously, what's inside the box counts more than the box itself but it's clear that if this is the retail packaging for the myTouch Slide, that T-Mobile cares very much about the device. In non-box news, the guys at the Droid Sector have unboxed the myTouch Slide and played around with it, concluding that it's very fast. We'll judge for ourselves when we review it but in the meantime hit the jump for some pictures of the myTouch Slide!
First some Nexus One owners found out they were getting the tax of their device refunded to them, now HTC Droid Incredible owners are being notified they will be getting some money back as well. It appears as though Verizon has figured out a way to lower shipping costs, I guess shipping them early helped, and they have reached out to owners via email informing them that they will be issued some sort of partial refund. While exact details, such as the amount, or how it will be received are still unknown, it is still good news for those Droid Incredible owners. For those who think you may be affected by this, check your email that is on file with Verizon, and if you come across any further details, let us know in the forums. Thanks Jonathan!
Well, 2.1 rumors are just flying around these days like no other, but this time it seems like something a little more concrete then a rumor. Verizon appears to have update their site showing an update for the Droid Eris as "coming soon". For those who watched the Droid 2.1 update unfold, you will remember we saw this prior to the release as well. It appears as though the new ROM version (2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) is in line with the latest leak that many of you are probably running. Timeframe on the release is still unknown, but this looks like some more concrete evidence that the Droid Eris will indeed see Android 2.1. Check out the full document with some more information after the jump. [via Verizon]
Sprint has left new official word about the 2.1 eclair update for the still popular (but last generation) Samsung Moment and HTC Hero handsets. It's not likely to make anyone happy, but it's exactly what we figured it would be.
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