If you thought Facebook and Twitter were all the craze lately, well, then, you’re right. However, there is a rapidly growing mobile social network site that is putting a slight twist on things, and that is, they are gearing it towards Android users and developers. I recently had the pleasure of signing up for Everbadge, by GamerShots.com and instantly had easy access to innumerable amounts of badges, wallpapers, tons of games and apps along with some pretty laid back Android folk. The site touts a free and easy environment for developers to showcase their newly developed apps. You can also meet new people and decide to follow or chat with them, exchange ideas, or just flat out argue over which Android device is better. Read more
Is there anything better than waking up to your inbox and receiving some good news? Yeah, how about an inbox with an email from Google inviting you to an Android event at the Googleplex in Mountain View? That’s right, Google has stated on Feb 2nd, they will be holding an event to discuss “an in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos”. We can’t help but wonder if Google has something new in store for us. It’s not like Google to just hold an event for a mere summary of Honeycomb. Maybe we’ll hear some discussion on all of these 2.4 sightings or whether or not Honeycomb will be configured to operate on a smartphone? We can hope can’t we? Yes we can, and shall. In any event, stay tuned to Talk Android because we’ll be covering the event and reporting back to you first hand.
Google has also provided a way for you to stream the event live, for those of us who sadly, can’t make the event. What do you want to see come out of all of this ? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Research firm Strategy Analytics reported on the overall sale of smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 compared to the same timeframe the year before. In the last 3 months of the year, 94 million smartphones were sold, which is a 75% increase over the last quarter of 2009. Sales of RIM and Apple devices were up slightly, but the main reason for the large increase was the sale of — you guessed it — Android devices. Between Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and LG, Android phones were counted in the “other” group, which accounted for 37% of all smartphone sales.
Not surprising that basically 1 in every 4 phones sold in the last quarter was a smartphone, and a large percentage of smartphone sold were Android. This is great for Android owners, and it draws in the development community, and gets us more, higher-quality apps on our favorite platform. And while Verizon’s iPhone launch may shake things up a bit, Android sales really seem to be in a very stable position. The upcoming year will be interesting to watch.
The good folks of The Slowdown are at the Dubai World Game Expo (grumble lucky sods grumble) and were able to snag an interview with Epic Games’ Jay Wilbur. In this review, he discusses the Unreal Engine, the Unreal Development Kit, developing games for the iOS, and well as a little bit about developing for Android. Here’s a clip wherein Mr. Wilbur is showing the interviewer a demo of Epic Citadel on his Galaxy S:
What are the challenges in developing for Android? The demo there seems to be running great.
It runs really well and really fast. One of the problems with the Android marketplace is hardware fragmentation, that’s a really big issue. The other thing is marketplace fragmentation, there are so many different appstores out there. The Android marketplace is a little more difficult [to develop for] because there is less control. I think the Android marketplace is robust … I find it very easy to buy things on it, it’s just that Apple has very tight control. So anything in the Apple world is perfect. It’s just perfect. We like that, we like that a lot. We know that it’s just gonna work. Sometimes that’s not always the case in the Android marketplace.
Can’t really dispute his comments, can we? As much as we love our Androids, fragmentation is and will continue to be an issue for a while. However, it didn’t stop the PC from becoming the dominant computing platform in the world. Just sayin’. ;)
You can read the whole interview by heading over to The Slowdown by clicking the link below.
[via The Slowdown]
Since AT&T has been the exclusive carrier of the iPhone since its launch, it was no surprise that they have pushed that, almost to the exclusion of all other Smartphones. A cursory glance over their lineup shows a noticeable shortage of Android and Blackberry devices, compared to the other carriers. But, according to AT&T’s CEO, now that Verizon is getting the iPhone as well, that’s about to change.
We showed you a metric a few days ago reflecting how light Android is on AT&T compared to other carriers, but Randall Stephenson, CEO, stated “We’re going to be a heavy participant in the Android market this year, so you’re going to see a significant shift in mix.” He went on to say that they will be marketing Android phones “very aggressively” in the near future. When it comes to phone sales, it seems like a lot of the time public perception has more to do with the numbers than the actual feature lists, so perhaps AT&T being a little more open about Android’s capabilities on its network will help keep Android numbers strong as Verizon starts bringing in iPhone sales.
We’re likely to see a lot happening in the next few months as the initial iPhone sales start hitting Verizon, and it could bring some really interesting changes. Glad to see AT&T stepping up their Android game…we’ll see what that leads to in the marketshare battle in the next few months.
Samsung has been teasing us with talk of big things to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress meeting in Barcelona for quite a while now. Well, the meeting is just a couple of weeks away, and our suspicions look to be confirmed: the “something big” appears to be none other than the second generation of Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab devices. A leak from Samsung’s PR department detailing their schedule shows both the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 appearing in the lineup.
We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the news, and bring it to you the minute we find anything, so stay tuned!
The Nook Color has been selling like crazy, and for good reason — it’s a great e-reader, and also functions as a very capable Android Tablet. Because of this, we’re glad to see Barnes and Noble giving it the support they need, and they’ve released an update that includes a ton of bug fixes — though no Froyo yet. The update includes:
- Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
- Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
- Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
- Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new
default browser home page.
- Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration
and Wi-Fi set up.
- Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to
the titles in Shop.
- General bug fixes and performance improvements.
This is a big update, and brings lots of great stuff to the table, so head over to Barnes and Noble’s site to pick it up!
[via Android Central]
Our friends over in the UK just got a handy addition to their phones. AmazonUK has released an Android app putting the full scope of products that Amazon offers on its site in the palm of your hand. It gives full support of order tracking, wish lists, and one-click ordering. It allows you to scan bar codes for items and searches for their availability on the site. It’s secure. And best of all, as you might expect, it’s free. Hit the source link, or scan the QR code below to get it yourself.
There’s been a lot of anticipation over Android 3.0, especially since CES 2011 in Vegas a few weeks ago. With the launch of so many Android tablets, and some launching with Honeycomb like the Motorola Xoom, and LG G-Slate, many are curious how different the new version of Android “built for tablets” will be from it’s previous versions. Since Google launched it’s SDK for Honeycomb, many have been digging in deep to see what we’ll find. Here is a summary of the new features and changes within.
See the features and changes below…
If you’ve never heard of SayNow…you’re not alone. You may, however, remember that a lot of celebrities went through phases where they would blast a phone number on Twitter, Facebook, a commercial, or at a concert and say “Call me.” When you called that number, it gave you some pre-recorded message. You know you all called one of them, at least once…heck, I did. But this service has now been acquired by Google, and they have made it clear that they intend to incorporate it into Google Voice, although at this point it has not been stated exactly how they intend to do that or what service they will add.
SayNow also provided a service that aimed to make business conference calls easier. This service was apparently created by an intern in about a week, but in our (admittedly brief) searching for information about it, it seems to have been a very solid offering. So perhaps Google wants talent? They didn’t really say.
Regardless, it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing some new additions coming to Google Voice soon, beyond the number porting service that they just announced. We’re eager to see what they come up, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.