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6 years ago

Android sales up 886 percent in Q2


 Smartphone market-share

We all know that Android has done a remarkable job growing and expanding in the past year. However, I do not think any of us could have predicted just how much the maturing operating system has grown. Canalys, a research firm, is reporting today that Android OS has grown a whopping 886% year-over-year in the second quarter!

That is ridiculous growth for any product and shows just how popular Android is becoming worldwide. Here are some of the interesting statistics Canalys has gathered:

  • Symbian OS took 38% market share worldwide in Q2 (41% year-on-year growth)
  • Android had 23% market share (884% year-on-year growth)
  • BlackBerry OS took 18% share (41% year-on-year growth)
  • iOS came in with 13% share (61% year-on-year growth)

Apple's iOS displayed the second-best growth numbers, but as you can see, came nowhere near Android, which blew everybody else out of the water.

Android did just as well in the US with 34% market share during Q2, which is a growth rate of 851%. The enormous growth can be attributable to the large number of handset makers that have embraced Android, such as Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony.

The momentum is with Android at the moment and it has shown no signs of slowing. With more manufacturers entering the game, the operating system looks to have a bright future. [Canalys]

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6 years ago

Droid 2 training guide surfaces, gives full details of Verizon's newest addition


Droid 2 training guide

The Droid 2 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the summer. And a leaked Verizon training guide for employees has surfaced that provides every bit of goodness that the new member of the Droid family will sport. Some of these features have already been leaked out, but it's nice to have almost official confirmation now. 

The Droid 2 will release with:

  • Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash 10.1
  • DVD quality video capture with 5mp camera (dual LED flash)
  • 3G mobile hotspot capabilities 
  • 1 Ghz OMAP processor with dedicated GPU

A notable feature is the 3G mobile hotspot, which we reported this morning would not be supported on the original Droid. 

It is also worth noting that their comparison chart, while amusing, is not 100 percent accurate. The HTC Evo is scheduled to receive Froyo (and the original Droid, for that matter), before the Droid 2 is released, so hopefully Verizon employees will not use that as a selling point. 

If you want to see the full training guide, hit up the source link. We are anticipating an Aug.t 12 launch, so get ready for another Droid onslaught! [DroidLife]

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6 years ago

Original Droid won't have Wifi hotspot, USB tether in Froyo [#Froyogeddon]



Uh-oh. PhoneScoop just got word from Verizon that the original Motorola Droid will not have Wifi tethering or USB tethering when the Froyo update hits this week. Verizon's explanation is that the Droid doesn't have a "WI-FI transmitter" and that there is "no connection on the PC side" given as the reason for a lack of USB tethering. 

Looks like pdaNet and the other tethering options on the Market just got a lot more attractive to Droid owners. [PhoneScoop]

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6 years ago

Military testing Nexus Ones for real-time translation in Afganistan



In yet another show of support of the open-source nature of Android by the U.S. Military, Engadget is reporting that DARPA (the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) is in the early stages of testing translation software to help NATO troops in Afganistan. DARPA teamed up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to make it all possible, and an-Android based program is one of several possible systems the duo are testing.

Google already offers the free Google Translate app [Market | AppBrain], but it would be no surprise that the needs of troops on the ground exceed what it can do. Let hope that this testing works out and finds its way to the battlefield quickly. I personally know a ton of people going into the military who will likely be deployed, and technology like this can only make their jobs that much easier. 

NIST seems more than happy to make Star Trek references in their official video, which you can view for yourself after the break. [NIST via Engadget]

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6 years ago

In case you missed it: Sprint's Epic 4G page


Samsung Epic 4G

Sprint's "coming soon" page for the Samsung Epic 4G (see our hands-on) has been live for nearly a week now (like us, you likely got an e-mail about it). But it's still worth checking out if you haven't done so already. Currently being featured is (just about) everybody's favorite keyboard, Swype. [Sprint]

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6 years ago

We would never, ever do this ...


Android at the Apple Store

But if we did, we'd probably use a picture of a Droid Incredible, cause you know they don't get the love they deserve. Video after the break. [via Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Sprint turns on WiMax in 5 new cities



Sprint has announced the addition of five new cities to its WiMax 4G coverage area.  This is an addition of approximately 3.25 million more people with 4G coverage to help meet Sprint's goals of 120 million across the country by the end of 2010.  The new cities to add to the expanding WiMax list are:

  • Stockton, California
  • Modesto, California
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

According to Sprint, it now has 4G service in 48 U.S. markets, and is quick to point out that it is the first U.S. carrier to actually launch any 4G technology.  Still slated for 4G coverage this year are Boston, Miami, New York (which already is seeing some WiMax), and Los Angeles (which has seen a tad, too).  You can see the coverage list in the full press release, after the break.

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid 2, Droid X pictures, Samsung Captivate, EVO Froyo update



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6 years ago

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6 years ago

HTC Desire getting its Froyo OTA today


HTC Desire

Just as it was foretold, the HTC Desire is in the midst of its Android 2.2 update, with reports of the Froyo OTA blasting us from throughout Europe. Congrats, folks. And for those of you looking to go the rooted route, be sure to check out XDA Developers before you do anything. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Apple gives up trying to make other phones look bad, pulls testing page


Apple Antennagate

Maybe Apple finally figured out how to hold a phone, or maybe it just realized it was bad PR move to begin with -- either way, all of those "tests" at showing other phones losing signal strength when held have disappeared. The videos showing the Droid X and Droid Eris supposedly crapping out remain on YouTube, however (though you do have do dig for them a bit on Apple's YouTube page), so we can still go to them for a laugh.

Guess that means we can all quit watching our bars with a worried look on our faces, eh? [via TiPB and Slashgear]

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6 years ago

Motorola sending the Sage to AT&T?


Motorola Sage

Motorola has done an excellent job with its Android handsets on Verizon. Case in point, the Droid X, Moto's latest to hit the market.  Now, an FCC filing has shown up to suggest that they could be sending one named the Sage to AT&T. 

All of the specifications suggest that this is an AT&T phone. Other than that? No real details yet, but remember that we've seen the Flipout with AT&T apps loaded. AT&T was late to the high-end Android handset game, but has released the HTC Aria and Samsung Captivate lately, with the Dell Streak soon to follow. AT&T finally appears committed to releasing quality Android phones. [via Engadget]

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6 years ago

HTC Desire HD 'Ace' and Desire Z 'Vision' show up in Vodafone inventory system


HTC Desire Z and Desire HD (Ace and Vision)

We're still not entirely sure what's planned for a couple of HTC codename-phones that have been floating around -- the Ace and Vision, but damned if they haven't appeared in an inventory system for Vodafone D2 in Germany as the Desire HD (a name we've heard before) and Desire Z, respectively. German blog BestBoyZ says the Desire HD should be similar to the aluminum unibody design of the HTC Legend (read our full review of that one), and have features of of the HD2 and Desire (whatever that means).

Now, any release here in the U.S. is likely to come under some other name, but it looks like these phones may be closer to breaking their cover. Oh, and do note the addition of the original Desire with its new SLCD screen listed. [BestBoyZ via Google Translate] Thanks, Patrick!

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6 years ago

Droid X gets Froyo in 'late summer', Motorola says [#Froyogeddon]


Motorola Droid X

Motorola has updated its, erm, update chart, and we've got two changes. Unsurprisingly after yesterday's announcement, the original Droid has been changed to "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected to begin the week of August 2." And the Droid X now has "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected in late summer." There's a whole bunch of Android 2.1 listed for Moto's other phones, but Froyo's all anybody's interested in now, right? [Motorola]

Motorola Froyo updates

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