Android continues to soar – 56% of recent buyers chose Android

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Over the past three months, twice as many consumers purchased Android over iOS. The numbers returned as 56% for Android, 28% for iOS, and 9% for RIM. The remaining 6% was simply comprised as other. The market share currently sits at 43% Android, 28% iOS, and 18% RIM. With the pending release of both the iPhone 5 and the Nexus Prime, it will be interesting to see how the numbers are affected.

[via Nielsen]

DROID 3 Soak Test For 5.6.890 Is Rolling Out Now

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Thanks to DroidLife we’ve got a tip that the soak test for the DROID 3 is rolling out right now. Hopefully, this will clear without a hitch and the update will go out to the masses in a week or so. In case you missed the official update list you can check it out right here. Keep your eye peeled as this should be hitting officially any day now.

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Minecraft – Xperia exclusivity ends Sept. 29th

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Jealous of your Xperia Play toting friend, and their Minecraft goodness? Come September 29th the long wait for the rest of us is over. Daniel Kaplan of the Mojang team tweeted this video earlier showing off the touch screen controls for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. To be honest, I’m not sure how much I could enjoy Minecraft on a phone screen, perhaps if I had one of the newer 4″+ sized screens. As for me I’m hoping to play this on my Xoom. No word yet on compatibility issues. I guess we’ll know Thursday. Fingers crossed!

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Superuser version 3.0 – NFC, PINs, & Backup, Oh My! [Download]

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This morning I woke up to the “updates available” notification on my Android devices. Among them was an update for Superuser, bringing the version number to 3.0. Now I couldn’t even remember the last time Superuser had an update  so I took a moment to check the change log. To my delight, this update packed a handful of great new features in addition to the usual bug fixes. What’s in the new update you ask? Straight from the changelog:

  • Fixed layout on non-Honeycomb tablets
  • Better handling of fragments on tablets
  • Compatibility for Donut restored
  • Fixed bug that caused unpredictable results when an app is remembered that was previously allowed
  • Backup/restore of apps and preferences
  • Fix for Superuser thinking the binary is outdated when it’s not
  • Major speed increase for notifications and logging
  • Show seconds in log defaults to off now
  • Fix FC when trying to swipe left/right in HomeActivity
  • Fix changelog version tracking, only show what’s changed since the last time the changelog was displayed on launch

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Treasures of Montezuma 2

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Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.

Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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[Leak] More alleged HTC Vigor specs

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We know HTC has a new phone in the works with a true HD display, and is due to drop on Verizon very soon. Recent news has been referring to the device as either the Vigor, Droid Incredible HD, and most recently the Rezound, but we have been unable to pin down official specs as of yet.

We now have an Italian man, Fabio Mele, who claims to have gotten his hands on Verizon’s ROM for the device and extracted a bit of information that he shared with the world via his Google+ account. The image you see above was a shot taken out of the tutorial video found within the ROM. The device is said to to have a 4.3″ 720 HD display, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 8MP camera, and will include the Beats Audio software.

With all the recent hype and speculation revolving around this phone it is hard to say whether or not this ROM information is true until we get some solid official evidence, but thanks for keeping us interested Fabio! You can see the post for yourself through the link below, but be sure to freshen up on your Italian before you do.

[via Google+]

HTC Explorer (Pico) To Be Announced In Delhi India On 09/29?

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The HTC Explorer, also known as the HTC Pico, may be announced on the 29th of this month in Delhi India. It appears that HTC’s new President of Global Sales and Marketing, Jason Mackenzie, will be announcing the Explorer on that day as well as possible other HTC news.  The Explorer is no powerhouse with it’s 600MHz processor, but as a budget phone possibly running Sense 3.5 it should do just fine. Is there a market for this device here in the states?

[via pocketnow]

[Leak] Pictures of the T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby) emerge

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Last week we showed you a really nice press shot of the HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby), and today we have a couple of nice shots of the T-Mobile version. The rumored release date is October 26th, and the specs include:

  • 4.3 qHD resolution
  • 1.5 Ghz dual processor dual core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera dual flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.5

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