I remember when I bought my first Android phone, the original DROID. I grabbed it the day it was launched, and at that time, I knew Android was going to be pretty special. But I never thought it would grow as fast as it did. It’s pretty mind boggling when you think about it. Back in September, Sundar Pichai announced there were a total of 1 billion Android activations. That was achieved in a little over 5 years.
According to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, no other technology grew as fast. The closest would be Facebook and iOS. Facebook achieved 1 billion users, but it took them nearly 9 years to do it. iOS hasn’t even hit 1 billion yet. They are sitting at roughly 700 million after nearly 6 years.
One thing to keep in mind is Google+, which didn’t make this infographic. Google+ is now a little over 2 years old and already has over 540 million active users. This is a faster pace than Android, so we are likely to see a new crowned king by early 2015.
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Seems like all of the news that ever comes from HTC has something to do with rocky finances. Unfortunately, that’s still the case today, as HTC has warned that revenue is going to continue dropping even into the usually profitable 4th quarter. The silver lining is that cost cutting and some other tactical sales and arrangements should help HTC make a small profit, but as far the big picture is concerned, that doesn’t quell any fears that HTC’s shareholders likely have about the company’s future. Apparently sales of the HTC One still haven’t managed to salvage the entire company, and with the limited launches of the One Mini and One Max, HTC hasn’t really had much of a flagship portfolio to stay competitive.
Cher Wang has already taken on a bigger role in the company and she continue to insist that HTC will not sell out to another company like what Nokia did. She also refuses to allow HTC to merge with another company, which we’ve also seen some speculation about. Considering she and her husband own roughly 6% of the shares in HTC, it’s unlikely that any corporate buyouts will happen without her approval. While that doesn’t really give anyone an answer as to what HTC will do to fix the sinking ship, it’s good to see that they have a very committed leader in Cher Wang. Hopefully we won’t have to see too many more stories about HTC cutting forecasts after the next few quarters.
source: Wall Street Journal
Google did quite a bit of work on the phone dialer on the Nexus 5 and they’re looking to keep integrating improvements for the foreseeable future. The next item on the list according to a recent Google+ page will be to automatically pair your phone number with your Google+ profile photo. This would allow other people (presumably with Android phones) that that you call to automatically see a picture of you from your G+ page. Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen, but it’s happening regardless.
By default, all users are opted into this, which will actually start happening sometime in early 2014. Since this sort of sounds like it’s integrating into the Nexus 5 dialer, we may or may not see this on every available phone or Android version. This probably isn’t going to be the last you hear about it before it’s put into action, so we’ll keep you updated.
Gameloft appears to be working on porting their PS3 title Tank Battles to the Android and iOS platforms. Reports indicate Gameloft is working on an update of the title to add more firepower and thus, more fun for players. Some screenshots appear to be similar to the PS3 version in being a top-down game where players battle in a virtual arena. Read more
The Nexus 5 was a heavily rumored device for a long time building a lot of suspense around the product. Now that it’s been announced many people are wondering how they can get their hands on it. Apart from buying it directly through Google Play, it looks like the Nexus 5 might be available directly through T-Mobile‘s retail stores starting November 20th according to a leaked retail plan. This information also falls in line with T-Mobile’s tradition of releasing products on Wednesday or Thursday.
Information about pricing and availability is still unknown, but those who want a Nexus 5 for their very own can only hope that T-Mobile won’t be putting a big premium on the Nexus 5 when it is finally available from T-Mobile stores.
The Motorola Moto X is a coveted phone by many, especially because of the fact that it’s highly customizable and able to be easily personalized. Despite this, that customizability has really only been available for customers on AT&T. We knew that MotoMaker was set to become available to other carriers in the near future, but we didn’t know exactly when until just recently.
Twitter user @evleaks, which has been responsible for a number of accurate leaks in the past, today announced that T-Mobile customers will be able to customize their own Moto X starting this Friday. This news comes with little surprise due to the fact that MotoMaker will supposedly be available to those using Verizon and Sprint starting on November 11, and will be welcomed news to those of us who use T-Mobile.
If you’re in the US and you’ve recently purchased an LG G2, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s been revealed that our overseas counterpart will most likely be receiving the new KitKat 4.4 update sometime in Nov/Dec per a leaked screenshot from french mobile operator, SFR’s software update page. And while there’s not a specific date in tow, we’ll take it as Nov/Dec is close enough. And though this a french mobile site, we’re extremely hopeful that the US and other regions will receive the update around the same time or shortly after. In the meantime if you’re not familiar with what the update entails , check out our previous post “Everything you need to know about Android 4.4 KitKat“. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
A few weeks ago we learned that Vivo was taking specs to the next level with their Xplay 3S smartphone by giving it a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) display. Now we finally have a look at the rear of the device. In the image above, you can see the very simplistic backing that the Chinese manufacturer is going with. In a way it resembles the HTC One with its drilled speaker grills, but with a wider body. Also, the camera seems to carry the same shape as the lens from the Galaxy Note 3. Who knows, maybe Vivo is feeling inspired by everyone else. Oh, and it reportedly has a fingerprint scanner like the HTC One Max.
As for specs, the Vivo Xplay 3S is expected to have a 5.7-inch screen with 4K resolution. Is that necessary? I’d say no, but it sure is nice to have. Running the show is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 with 3GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery. And to go with that 2K screen is a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP one up front. Stick around for more information on this phone and its crystal clear display.
Via: GSM Insider
If you need to access a desktop or server computer from your Android device, you may be interested in news that TeamViewer has launched a beta version of TeamViewer 9, the next version of their remote control and online meeting software. This latest version includes a Wake-on-LAN function giving users the ability to turn on remote computers over the internet. To help IT support teams, the new version also includes a feature called Service Queue that gives users the ability to manage, share and assign support requests. The ability to join a remote support session using a unique session code has also been added to the application.
Along with the launch of the new beta, the TeamViewer team also announced the launch of its public API that will let companies build in support to their existing infrastructure and applications in a more integrated manner.
TeamViewer has versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux systems, though the specific features may vary slightly by platform. An Android app is available in the Google Play store that will enable users to access their desktop system using their Android device. Check out the full press release after the break, including information on how to download the beta of TeamViewer 9. Read more