Android Makes Up Over 50% Of U.S. Smartphones According To Latest comScore Numbers

The new comScore numbers are out and the more things change, the more they stay the same. Android and iOS dominated while Microsoft and RIM struggled. What’s more interesting, though, is that for the first time in history, over half of all smartphones owned in the U.S. run Android. Over half. That’s a majority.

Last November, Android stood at 46.9%, and grew 3.2% to a total of 50.1% in February. In comparison, Apple grew 1.5% to a total of 30.2% of the U.S. market share over the same period. This suggests that Android phones significantly outsold iPhones, contradicting a previous study by a different research firm.

Blackberry phones continue to drop, losing 3.2% for a total of 13.4% market share in February. Windows phones also lost ground to a total of 3.9%, though the much-anticipated launch of the Lumia 900 should help those numbers a bit. See which manufacturers topped the charts after the break.

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Sprint’s first LTE smartphone, the LG Viper 4G, starting pre-orders on April 12

It is now official, ladies and gentlemen. Sprint’s eco-friendly titan, the LG Viper 4G, will be the carrier’s first device available to offer Sprint’s new LTE technology courtesy of their recent Network Vision initiative. We got our first glimpse of the LG Viper 4G back at CES in January. The phone will boast a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2 dual-core processor, 5 MP camera and will ship out with Gingerbread Android 2.3. LG also threw in some Google Wallet love as well as NFC capabilities so not to make the phone feel too outdated right out of the box. Manufactured from recycled materials, the LG Viper 4G will cost you $99.99 with a 2-year contract. These specs coupled with a great price should certainly turn a few heads. So who wants one of these green powerhouses? Pre-orders begin on April 12 for new and existing customers. Hit the break for the official release details.

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TSF Shell Launcher brings new features with update 1.4.0

One of the many examples as to why Android is so great is the limitless amount of apps and home replacements available in the Google Play Store suited to customize and personalize your mobile device. Since Android’s early years, there have been great home replacement launchers such as PandaHome, aHome and Launcher Pro that have paved the way for some of the more recent ones like the incredibly elaborate TSF Shell Launcher. The development staff of TSFUI have truly created something different that practically gives your current OS a serious fashion makeover. A visually stunning UI coupled with the ability to greatly personalize widgets and customize homescreens has been the main attraction for many users. Now with version 1.4.0 TSF Shell Launcher brings some new features and some long-awaited fixes. Hit the break for the complete list and download links.

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Google looks to expand Google Wallet with TxVia acquisition

I won’t say Google Wallet is a disappointment, but I will say I thought it was going to be bigger than it is now, almost one year from the announcement. We already heard about the possibility of revenue sharing with carriers to get things going, but now Google is making another move. They just acquired payments technology company TxVia. According to Google, TxVia will complement their payments capabilities and accelerate innovation towards the full Google Wallet vision. TxVia has been delivering payment processing solutions for more than 5 years, and since 2008, they’ve managed more than 100 million accounts. Will this move kick-start Google Wallet into the next gear? Time will tell.

source: google commerce



Get London Underground service updates in real time on Google Maps

 The London Underground is by far and away the easiest way to to travel around the UK’s capital. As a UK resident who travels to London for work on a monthly basis personally, I can tell you first hand that it’s equal parts brilliant and frustrating.

The wonderful Maps team at Google have managed to sneak in a useful update that might make that daily commute just a little bit easier. As well as planning your journey, Google Maps will now also give you a heads up on any scheduled work and real time updates of any delays etc. Just another step towards cementing Google Maps position as Android’s bona fide ‘killer app’

No Google Play Store update is required as the new service was pushed discretely earlier today. Happy travelling!



source : Google

Official Android 4.0.4 Update for the XOOM Wi-Fi Rolling Out to All Devices Now

For those of you XOOM Wi-Fi owners who decided to wait for the official 4.0.4 update to hit, you should be able to snag the update as week speak. The update has begun to officially roll out for ll devices and users are reporting a successful upgrade. If you still aren’t seeing the update notification you can check under Settings > About Tablet > System Update. From there you should see an available update and force the download. After updating you can expect the following:

  • Quicker screen rotation
  • A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
  • Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
  • Better phone number recognition
  • Camera and image quality improvements
  • Improved stability

Looks to be a nice little update so if you have yet to update what are you waiting for! Let us know in the comments what you think of the improvements!



Stand by UK, HTC One X and One S incoming!


Good news residents of the UK, you’ll be able to get your hands on HTC’s latest and greatest Android devices imminently. T-Mobile and Orange, collectively known as Everything Everywhere have announced that the One X and One S will be available online and in store from Thursday 5th April.

You’ll be able to pick up a One X for free on a £41 per month tariff and the One S for free for £36 per month. All that’s left to decide is which of these two top notch devices tickles your fancy. Click the respective links to register your interest with either network.





Dance Legend: First True Dance Game For Android Officially Launched

If you’re a gamer, chances are you’ve probably played a certain dance game called Dance Dance Revolution. While the game has been acclaimed for years in arcades and on consoles, Android gamers have been left to only dream of a dance game to finally hit our devices. Well cheer up kids— dance on our Androids is about to be the new cool thanks to TuneWiki’s Dance Legend for Android. Dance Legend gives users the chance to bust a move or jive and groove using your smartphone or tablet. In addition to the chart-topping hits from Top-40 artists such as LMFAO and Lady Gaga, you will find:

  • High quality 3D graphics provide realistic environments and characters not usually found in free games
  • Music from premium artists to up and coming stars
  • Customizable avatars: head type, hairstyle/color, skin color + clothing and accessories
  • Mixture of current and classic dance moves: everything from the Dougie to the Running man will be featured.

Gamers— get ready to boogie. The game is available for Android 2.1+ devices in the Play Store now, so make sure you grab it using the QR code or Play Store link. Hit the break for the full presser from TuneWiki.

Play Store link

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LG Optimus 3D Max Passes Through the FCC

We recently watched as the LG Optimus 3D Max received GCF approval and now the successor to the Optimus 3D (Thrill) has gotten the go-ahead from the FCC. FCC documents don’t necessarily call the device the Optimus 3D Max, rather by the model number LG-P720h. This model number has already been confirmed as the Optimus 3D Max.

The only details to be gained from the FCC documents are AT&T 3G bands and no sign of LTE. This could very well be the international version of the device as we have yet to see any conformation of the Optimus 3D Max heading to the states. If and when it does you can almost guarantee it will support LTE. We will keep you posted if we hear anything more.

source: Pocket Now

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Training Documents Surface, Launch Impending

A couple of days ago we saw a rumor suggesting April 22nd as the release date for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Well, according to some training docs that recently surfaced it looks like we may be right on target to hit that mark. A few training slides were obtained by Android-Life that show training has gotten underway already and interestingly enough, dispel the long ago rumor of a 1.5GHz processor. It will in fact be the same 32GB 1.2GHz device that is currently offered through Verizon. Jump past the break to see the rest of the slides. 
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