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3 years ago

From Cupcake to Froyo: The past 18 months of Android

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With Google I/O now over, the folks over at Android Tapp created a visual representation of the ground that has been covered in the short 18 months of Android's life, using statistics given during the keynote addresses.

  • Google rapidly produces updates to the Android platform; often times OEMs and carriers struggle to keep up with software updates for consumer devices. Many factors attribute to this like phone processor limitations or custom user interfaces.
  • Android is first in total Web & App usage in the U.S. and second in smartphone sales behind RIM’s Blackberry.
  • More than 1 billion miles have been navigated with Google Maps Navigation.
  • Google experienced a 5x growth in mobile search (from 2008-2010).
  • Last month we told you Google was seeing more than 60k daily activations, that number has now jumped over 100k.
  • There are 60 compatible devices, 59 carriers, 48 countries, and 21 OEMs supporting Android.
  • Android has more than 50,000 Android Apps with more than 180,000 developers.

With a spectacular 18 months behind us, Google still plans to "blow our minds" with the next six! [via Android Tapp]

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3 years ago

Samsung i897 looks like the Galaxy S destined for AT&T

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The Samsung i897 -- better known to you as the Samsung Galaxy S -- looks like it's well on its way to AT&T, thanks to a recent leak. Some of the hardware specs confirmed by the source is that the phone will sport a 5-megapixel camera, a 4-inch AMOLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The speed of the processor isn’t yet confirmed, but, with the similarities between this phone and the Samsung Galaxy S, it can be assumed that this phone will also receive a 1GHz processor for the ARM Coretex A8 variety. The phone will ship with Android 2.1. After our hands on with the Galaxy S at CTIA, we can't wait to give the i897 a test drive. [via Android Guys]

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible rooted (update: Or, maybe not)

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Update: Rut roh, Raggy. Looks like there's some forum shenanigans going on, and this isn't the real deal after all. Feel free to find the perpetrators and kick the in the gonads for us.

See here! The Verizon HTC Droid Incredible stood for quite a while, but it's finally been rooted, as you can see from the picture above. We're still waiting on instructions so any every Tom, Dick and Harry can do it for themselves, and a press conference has been scheduled for sometime later this week. Stay tuned, Incredible owners, as your holiday weekend just got even better. [XDA Developers, AllDroid] Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Hows about some Froyo on the Evo 4G

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Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about custom ROMs already being loaded on to the as-yet unreleased (to the public anyway) Sprint Evo 4G. OK, it was only yesterday. And in the original XDA post it was noted "Able to run froyo!" (We took out about 12 exclamation points.) Anyhoo, there's now video to go along with that claim. Peep it after the break, tip your waitresses, and keep tapping your fingers patiently in hopes that the root method will be released to us all shortly. [XDA Developers] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: Adobe Flash 10.1 beta

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Surely you didn't think we would forget to show off some Flash did you?  Phil and I have been hard at work finding out everything we can about what's new in Android 2.2, and we just saved the big parts until the end.

Flash on a mobile device used to be an idea that I just never got on board with.  That will teach me to open my mouth before trying something new.  After playing with it for a few days to prepare for this write-up, my mind has changed and I'm now a believer.  Everyone's experience will differ, but I'm not seeing the battery decimation that we all expected, and even while playing games, the phone is still responsive and the Flash content itself -- well, check out the video after the break and see for yourself.

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3 years ago

Dell Streak's screen has no problem taking a beating

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The legendary (or is it mythical?) Dell Streak (Dell Mini 5) is finally almost here. However, what you might not have known is that its screen features the uber-resilient Gorilla Glass, which can take some ultra-heavy punishment. This 5-inch slate beauty is certainly a viable option for anybody who’s accident-prone, or anyone who wants to stab their screen frantically with sharp objects. The folks over at Engadget went with the latter, and from the looks of things, this MID's only weakness might be kryptonite. [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

The week in Android news

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Another busy week where the blogs have been flowing faster then most can keep up with. Phil and Jerry have been hard at work breaking down Froyo to show us all the amazing new features, and tons of news has surfaced in this time, so let's take a look.

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Applications

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3 years ago

Pro tip: Don't put your HTC Droid Incredible on metal

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Kenneth writes in with the following issue: His Verizon Droid Incredible will play music just fine while sitting atop a box of golf balls. But put it on a purloined road sign, and things start going wonky. No, we're not making this up. Watch his video and, sure enough, things are just fine while it's resting on a cardboard box. But once it's sitting on metal, songs skip (how dare the phone leave Nine Inch Nails before it's told to!), or change altogether. Maybe it's a grounding thing akin to that screen "issue" others are reporting. Or maybe it's a not-so-subtle way of telling Kenneth it's time for new furniture. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Evo 4G custom ROMs already in the works

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It might not look like much, but the screen shots you see here reportedly are from the world's first custom ROM for the Sprint Evo 4G. There's still work to be done, as the camera doesn't work and it's kicking on roaming, but it's a good head start. Now we need the root method to be released and -- oh, yeah, this one's kind of a biggie -- the phone to be released. [XDA Developers]

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