This morning Millennial Media, the largest independent mobile advertising platform, released the numbers from its monthly Scorecard for Mobile Advertising Reach and Targeting (SMART). No surprises here - they are seeing big growth from the Android platform. Millennial Media reports that for the first time, Android OS is now in the top three in the smartphone ad impressions numbers. Unlike AdMob, this is a third party mobile advertising company and has no ties to Google, who would be their competitor. Highlights from the report:
Android impressions increased by 3% in March alone
6% of all US Smartphone impressions for the month of March came from Android OS
Globally, Android ad impressions have increased a staggering 72% month over month during a one year period.
Manufactuers making Android handsets represent over 50% of the top 15 manufacturers, with Samsung at the number two spot.
Of course, the giants are still Apple and RIM, but with this kind of growth Android can't be too far from grabbing the number 2 spot. I'm sure the release of the Droid Incredible and the EVO 4G will bump these numbers even higher. The whole situation has inspired me to remove my ad blocking software so I can do my part. [via businesswire.com]
Everyone's heard of the iPad by now, ICD has announced their Gemini tablet, HTC jumps in with their own tablet news, and now Toshiba says they're getting into the battle. It's like the Cold War all over again, but this time instead of mutually assured destruction we'll just have a bunch of broke gadget lovers.
Focusing on media consumption, Toshiba plans on offering tablet versions running Android as well as versions with Windows 7. Along with multiple options for operating systems, they're also looking at different form factors, including a dual-screen version. No specs as of yet, but it's got me interested (as I type from my Toshiba laptop).
Now, could somebody please tell me what to do with a dual-screen tablet computer? [Reuters via Electronista]
Everything tells us it was worth the wait, it looks like another awesome Android device. Snapdragon, SenseUI, 3.7-inch AMOLED, 8-megapixel camera, you name it, it's in there. The best part -- order it today and have it in your clutches on the 29th.
Pricing also is nice, at only $199.99 (after $100.00 mail-in rebate). You will need a Smartphone plan of course, but look at the bang you'll be getting for your buck. With the Motorola Droid's industrial look and feel, and now the Incredible with its sexy sleekness, Verizon has quite the Android Top-Dawg line-up going on for 2010. Hit the break for the full presser again, and tell us if you got one ordered in the comments. And don't forget to check out our Droid Incredible forums to share your last few painful days of waiting and speculating how Incredible it's gonna be with us all.
Over the past six months, the Droid -- and its slightly scary "DROID!" battle cry -- has become the public face of Android smartphones. Today, we bring you the latest in the line -- the Verizon Droid Incredible, which will be available starting April 29 (you can preorder it now) for $199 with a two-year contract.
The Droid Incredible (henceforth simply the Incredible) is a kinder, more gentle smartphone than Motorola's initial offering. It also replaces the Droid Eris -- both devices are manufactured by HTC and feature large touchscreens in lieu of a keyboard.
And the Incredible brings with it the latest version of the Sense user interface, making Android even easier, more customizable and more eye-pleasing than ever.
The buildup leading to the announcement and release of the Incredible has kept the Android faithful in a frenzy for weeks, and the phone should be a strong attraction for those looking for their first smartphone, or for those looking to make the switch to Android.
Click on through for our impressions as we take a look at the Incredible and see if it lives up to its name.
The Verizon Droid Incredible marks the first time HTC's updated Sense user interface is actually available on a phone in the United States. (It's also coming later this year on the Sprint Evo 4G and has been available for some weeks in Europe.) Here we take a quick look at the major software features on the Droid Incredible, including Sense and a few of the basic apps.
The Verizon Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G and Google Nexus One -- three of the biggest, baddest Android phones available today (erm, or soon, in the case of the first two). But which should you get? After the break, we put the three phones against each other head to head, spec for spec. Which comes out on top? Click through to find out.
Want to peek inside the Verizon Droid Incredible without all that boring commentary? Gotcha covered. After the break, a monstrous gallery of screen shots showing you the ins and outs of the Droid Incredible and the all-new HTC Sense.
Our pal Rene at TiPB raises an interesting point: Look at how much of a nerdgasm has been created over these purported iPhone G4 (not iPhone 4G!) pictures that Engadget scored, just as pre-orders began for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. Put on your tinfoil hats for a minute, people. Do you really think Apple's as petty and paranoid about Google, Android and/or Verizon to leak this out on its own? (Personally, I wouldn't put it past them, though you'd think they'd come up with a better cover story than "lost it in a bar.") Anyhoo, let's hear it, folks. Whatcha think?
Oh, my, you all certainly are excited about signing up to be notified by e-mail for when Adobe begins its Flash 10.1 and AIR betas for Android. And so are we. But do note that you're only signing up to be notified when the beta begins. It doesn't mean you're actually getting Flash next week (or even getting accepted into the beta program, for that matter), and we're not even sure exactly what's going to be involved in the beta, or just how usable it's going to be. Not to burst the Flash bubble, it's just that all you're doing right now is signing up to get a future e-mail. That's all. And here are the links to do it. [Flash 10.1 beta notification | Adobe AIR beta notification] Thanks to everyone -- and we do mean everyone -- who sent this in.
Some great stuff rolls in during the wee hours, and this is a doozy. An actual demonstration video of the one and only Droid Incredible by the fellas at nerdstalkertv, shot during the 99% conference in New York. It's an awfulnice walk through of the software, and it really shows just how fast this phone is. There's not much we haven't figured out already, but who cares? It's a great video of a monster of a phone and a must see.
Hit the break for the video, keep the tissues to wipe your chin handy. Thanks, Patrick!
Not to be outdone by Best Buy, Verizon's in the middle of sending out e-mails announcing that it'll start taking online pre-orders for the HTC Droid Incredible starting Sunday which is just a matter of hours away. You're still not going to get it any sooner, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that you pre-ordered as early as you could, for what that's worth.
Also, the e-mail clears up the matter of the internal memory, noting that the listed 8 gigabytes of storage is less, confirming other reports. Thanks, Will!
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