Apple can market that the iPhone platform has thousands upon thousands of applications to choose from but if users don't stay loyal to those applications, is it actually useful? According to Flurry, a mobile analytics group, Android users have a higher application retention rate than their iPhone user counterparts. Meaning, in the long term Android users will continue to use applications while iPhone users will move on to another application.
Why is this so? Flurry suggest three theories:
Android offers far fewer applications compared to iPhone. With applications coming out on iPhone at a faster rate, iPhone users move onto other apps more quickly. For Android users, they make more use of what’s available, with less temptation to move to the next application.
The Android base tends to be “older,” have less time and interest to try new applications. Once they find an application they like, they stick with it.
The Android base is more tolerant, tend to be more tech savvy and find ways to appreciate what they have, even if their applications aren’t perfect.
From the suggested theories, the first theory sounds the most correct without needing to take leaps into assumptions. Android users have less applications to choose from which leads to less competition among apps, less apps to filter, and so on. It should actually come to no surprise that Android users are more 'loyal' to their applications than iPhone users. What is impressive is the difference between the two user bases, Android holds a significant edge in app retention--nearly 42% higher.
Why is this important? Well if I was a developer looking to 'make it' in the mobile market, I would take these statistics very seriously. It raises the question, is it better to have your application downloaded more but used less frequently or downloaded less with higher usage? Time will tell what developers turn to.
This is odd. According to T-Mobile UK's twitter account, the Second Android Device on T-Mobile UK will be called the G1 Touch. We thought all along that the Second Android Device (the HTC Magic) was called the MyTouch 3G? Are they going to call it two different names in the US and the UK? Or is the G1 Touch an entirely different device?
We're still thinking that the 'G1 Touch' will be the MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic aka the Google Ion but there are some unconfirmed reports floating around that the G1 Touch may actually be that super sexy Huawei U8230 we previously showed you guys. Either way, our eyes and ears will stay close to the developing story and we'll be sure to keep you guys updated on what exactly this G1 Touch is.
What do you guys think? Is that twitter account to be trusted? What is the G1 Touch?
One of our favorite applications on the web, on the iPhone and just about anywhere is Pandora. If you don't know Pandora, it's an Internet Radio station that allows you to create your own personal radio station. You just type in a song, artist, or composer you enjoy and Pandora will play similar songs into a highly customized playlist. A radio station that plays only the music you like. Streaming music at its finest
This is an application we sorely missed on Android but fear not, reports are indicating that an Android Pandora application is in the works! Pandora CTO Tom Conrad just announced that Pandora is developing an application for the Android platform. Sadly, he didn't reveal a timeline but the mention of Pandora and Android together is enough to get our hearts racing. We expect it to be just as amazing on Android as it is on the iPhone.
HTC CEO Peter Chou expects the HTC Magic to ship its millionth unit within "one to two months". Mind you, it's not exactly the same as 1 million units sold but HTC is very pleased with the current sales of the HTC Magic and expects it to beat many industry analysts' predictions. We guess tough economy or not, people still want their Android!
This is great news because it shows that the world is responding favorably to Android but even better news since we think Peter Chou knows that within that "one to two month" time frame lies a big US release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic. That'll get them to one million easily!
"Next week, T-Mobile will share more details about its next Android-powered phone, the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 with Google."
This statement is really just an announcement for a planned announcement with very little detail but all signs are pointing to the release of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion). It seems like the rest of the world has access to the Magic while us patriots only have the G1. We can't wait til T-Mobile officially (read: finally) brings the MyTouch 3G to the US!
It seems like everyday someone has a great idea regarding Android. Sometimes it's software related, while other times it's completely new hardware but the fact of the matter is, people are using Android as a tool to take chances, showcase the future, and hopefully in turn--revolutionize the entire mobile market.
Take this rumored ZTE Android Phone. It won't be just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill phone because it might be solar powered. Yeah. That's a pretty dang cool idea, and it's coming to Android. Though it's not quite confirmed yet, it's a likely possibility. Could you imagine never needing to charge your smartphone ever again? That would be amazing! Obviously more testing will be needed in order to functionalize this kind of technology but the seeds are being planted.
Would you guys be interested in a solar powered Android Phone?
The Haier H7 is targeted for a September release (in France) and will run our favorite Android OS. Haier is relatively unproven in the smartphone market, so though they're promising an Android device, we won't be fully convinced until we see it in our hands. The model shown at CommunicAsia 2009 was a non-working prototype that will sport a 2.8 inch touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, and interestingly Android 2.0 Donut.
To our eyes the Haier H7 looks like a spitting image of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion). But with Android 2.0 Donut being reportedly loaded into the H7, it'll sure make for an interesting device. What do you guys think?
The WSJ reports that T-Mobile's Second Android Device will be announced next week and be made available some time in the summer. A 'summer' release date is a good thing because summer is already here but it's also a bad thing since 'summer' can last until September for all we know. We're hoping everything will be cleared up in next week's announcement.
We've heard about LG and Android before, but not quite like this. In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Chang Ma, VP of marketing strategy for mobile communications, said that LG is planning to release up to three Android Phones later this year. We're nearly at the halfway point of 2009 so LG's Android product line should be announced soon.
It's been a long trek covering Huawei and their plan to deliver an Android Phone, but the goal is finally in sight. Meet the Huawei U8230, the beautiful phone that will be running Android. Huawei announced the U8230 (the phone pictured above) at CommunicAsia and that it'll pack a 3.5inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a lovely 1500 mAh battery. A detailed look at the photo might suggest that there is also a front-facing camera and your usual Android hardware buttons and trackball.
Before you read this, we highly recommend watching the video above. We'll give you a minute. Okay. Now how cool is that? Layar is bringing the world's first mobile augmented reality browser to Android and the potential for this kind of application is truly limitless.
To give you a brief run through (for those who didn't heed our advice): Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroids
Though it's only available in the Netherlands, Layar will soon come to the UK, Germany, and yep, our own United States of America.
Does Layar's Augmented Reality Browser make you love Android even more?
If you were at all wondering what US carrier the MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic was going to land on and you completely missed the previousobvious hints, well then this would be news to you, the MyTouch 3G is going to be a T-Mobile device!
What IS news is that this is the first time an actual T-Mobile branded MyTouch 3G has been seen which should mean that a release is sooner rather than later. According to the cameraman, the MyTouch 3G was handed to him by a Google employee. Not sure if that's at all relevant but the 'with Google' branding confirms the MyTouch 3G as a 'Google Experience' phone.
Here's to hoping that the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G is on the fast track to releasing!
Google Maps is one of the best features of Android and thanks to the guys at Google, it just got even better. Google has issued an update to Google Maps through the Android Market and the update is quite significant.
New features include Voice Search, updated business listings, transit and walking directions, and some big improvements to Google Latitude. Voice Search is especially compelling considering the usefulness of it--say and be on your way. Voice Search will recognize English in American, Australian, and British accents so you should be covered. The updated business listings will now show store hours, prices, ratings, and reviews. The added transit and walking directions should prove plenty useful to those in big metropolitan cities where public transportation is plentiful.
Google Latitude also gets a significant update: not just bug fixes and performance enhancements, Google Latitude is getting a new experimental feature called 'Updates' that lets you communicate with your friends and post messages. Sounds like a location based, Twitter-esque service to us!
In all, this is a great update to an already powerful application. Is Google Maps on Android the most powerful Google Maps on a mobile device yet?
Verizon has a great network in the United States. However, Verizon also has perhaps the weakest product line among all US carriers. This combination often leads Verizon customers to clamor forthe next bigphone launch, hoping & wishing that it'll be for Big Red. And though they're usually disappointed, it looks like the future is much, much brighter.
According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam:
“Over the next six months or so,” he said, “you will see devices like the Palm Pre and the Cousin on our network from Palm. You will see a second-generation [BlackBerry] Storm. You will see a new device we call the Tour from BlackBerry as well. That is an upscale of any other QWERTY-based devices that we have from BlackBerry today.”
He continued, “You’ll see Motorola back into our portfolio. We feel very good about the progress that the Motorola team has made. And, yes, you’re going to see Android devices as well.”
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