One of the biggest misconceptions users migrating to the Android platform have is that they will be sacrificing security compared to their previous flavor of smartphone OS. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Settle in with your favorite beverage, and follow along after the break and we'll talk about Android's security features, and what you need to know and do to keep things going smoothly.
Androlib unofficially has the Android Market surpassing 50,000 applications, quite a leap from the 38,000 figure Google used last week during its first-quarter earnings call. In fact, when we asked Google for an official figure, we were told:
"We're sticking to 38,000 for now. We'll announce when we do our next formal count."
That said, 50,000 items in the Market is a real possibility, but let's be honest here: How many of those "applications" are (a) actual "applications" and (b) something you'd actually want to download? We still think Steve Jobs is being overly childish when he tells people to go to Android if they want porn, but we still think there's a lot about the Android Market that needs to be fixed.
A few of you have asked about graphics benchmarking on the Verizon Droid Incredible, so here you go. It's right up there with the Google Nexus One, and it should be. In other news, that Gundam's pretty darn cool.
More details have become available for the Lenovo LePhone, and not all of them are pretty. Previously thought to be running Android 2.1, it now appears to be running a highly-customized version of Android 1.6 that is being called LEOS (LEnovo OS?).
Despite some quirks such as a proprietary data cable and a back with "striped texture feels like a touch rusty iron in the same chip," the reviewer seems to like the phone quite a bit. The source is all in Chinese, but it's worth a look even with a poor translation. [CNbeta.com]
We all know that E-Readers have grown in popularity over the past couple of months, and we have seen a wide variety of them, most of them rather non pocket friendly, much like that iPad thing. The LiSeng Vbook offers you two 5-inch screens, one E-ink and one 800x600 touchscreen that will be running Android 1.6. While still on the small side in form factor, the device will offer 128MB of RAM, 2GB of flash storage, and even offer Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, pricing and a timeframe of release of this unit still remain unknown, but hopefully now that we have seen this much, we will continue to see more about this unit. [Engadget via Engadget Chinese]
Oh, happy day. Almost. Sirius XM is working on an Android application for its satellite radio service. And while I enjoy Internet radio as much as the next guy, I needs me some satellite radio, too. Sirius XM has a signup page to alert you when the app's ready. Yep, they've got my e-mail now. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that uber-cookers extraordinaire Cyanogen and Kmobs had gotten the 802.11n version of WiFi (think the fastest you can get right now) up and running on the Google Nexus One -- notable because 802.11n initially was listed as a spec on the N1 but was later redacted. Above you see Kmobs' blurry video proof, and we've done some testing on our own and can confirm. Let's hope we see this in a new CyanogenMod build soonest (and hope that our battery life doesn't take a huge hit because of it).
Twitter, like Android, is exploding. The latest entry into the Android twitterverse is from sobees. Many of you might already be familiar with Sobees desktop and web apps, but their application for Android is all new.
Follow after the break for a video and my impressions of the new Sobees twitter application.
Bloomberg reports that HTC is looking into developing their own mobile operating system. According to HTC CFO, Cheng Hui-ming:
“We continue to assess, but that requires a few conditions to justify"
An HTC device that combines their typically excellent hardware with HTC developed software seems like the logical endgame for HTC. Heck, they've already put their own Sense UI on top of many Android phones and have even tinkered Sense to fit Windows Mobile. On those devices, the HTC Sense experience shines as much as the original operating system. Building a true smartphone operating system (we're not counting that dumbphone) could be taken as another step in a direction they were already heading.
However, given HTC's strong relationship with both Google and Microsoft and the increasingly competitive smartphone market, this is far from a sure thing. HTC has proven itself successful with its current business model and the company has become the talk of the town. Unless they're really unhappy with the state of Android and Windows Mobile, we just can't see it happening. Or they can just buy Palm. Or not, apparently, as Reuters says today that the deal is off.
And though it's an exciting proposition if HTC does decide to go head-on in software, we don't want them to ever leave Android. Don't do it HTC.
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