IDC reports worldwide tablet shipments for Q2 2011, Android market share declines

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International Data Corporation (IDC) just released worldwide data for tablet market share for the 2nd quarter 2011. In their last report overall tablet sales were lower than expected, but for the 2nd quarter, the performance was so strong, it has lead IDC to increase its outlook for the 2nd half of the year to 62.4 million units, up from the previous projection of 53.5 million units.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Android’s market share dropped to 26.8%, down from 34.0%. This is surprising to me as a lot of Android tablets were released in the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter of 2011, only the 3G version of the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab was available, and Android was able to grab a 34% market share. I doesn’t make sense. Either last quarter’s figures were wrong or this quarter’s is. RIM’s PlayBook grabbed 4.9%, and Apple rose to 68.3% from 65.7%.

Unfortunately IDC sees Android’s share continuing to drop to 23% and finishing the year at 25.9%.  I am not in the business of analyzing data, but I find it difficult that Android’s tablet share won’t improve dramatically with all the tablets that are currently available, not to mention the upcoming Amazon tablet.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Greedy Spiders

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Watch out with Amazon’s free app today because this game is HIGHLY addictive and challenging. Greedy Spiders is a great looking little puzzle game where you’ll have to save bugs trapped on a web from hungry spiders. When you first start the game, the only action you will have is to cut the web and try and interrupt the spiders path or directly free the bugs from the web. While easy at first, as the game starts to add multiple spiders and more intricate webs, you my find yourself with some great challenges on hand. There are also some new tools added later where you can burn the web, trick a spider with a dummy bug, and use some magical powers to free a bug. A cool feature, if you choose to use it from frustration, is a hints section to help you out in some of the harder levels. The game runs great and looks great too. If you notice any performance issues, you can also lower the graphics level if need be within the game. With 128 challenging levels and great graphics, this is sure to keep you addicted for a while.

This game will normally cost you a buck, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon App Store. If not using the App Store, 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. Hit up the break to see the trailer for the game that includes some gameplay and let us know what you think.

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Neon Clock Live Wallpaper Available On The Android Market

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If you’ve been looking to update the clock widget on your home screen may we suggest doing so with a Live Wallpaper instead?  If you’re game, you might want to check out the aesthetically pleasing Neon Clock Live Wallpaper for Android.  The futuristic looking Live Wallpaper offers a variety of different colors to choose from while also allowing for a multitude of different customization options.  Check out the screen shots which reveal the majority of features available on the app.

Features:

Battery meter
Compass (can be removed from settings)
Number/color of trails can be changed
Multiple color themes included
Customizable background image.

Seen enough?  Ready to download?  You can head on over to our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can snatch it up on the Android Market.  Either way, feel free to leave a comment or two below on what you think.

Show Off The Tron Legacy Bike In True Live Wallpaper Form For Android (Video)

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If you saw the new version of Tron, “Legacy”, and were thinking “If I could only get my hands on a bike like that…”  Well, we can’t help you with that, in fact, I don’t think anyone can, but we can help in getting you the next best thing for your Android device.  How a about a sick live wallpaper of the Tron Legacy Bike coming to fruition right on your home screen?

Evoke the speed and awe of a top sci-fi movie with the Tron: Legacy Bike Live Wallpaper. Watch as swirls of orange light come out of the darkness, forming into the familiar shape of a light cycle and rider from the hit film. The lights then fades back into the blackness from which it came. Adjust the speed of this back-and-forth animation to suit your phone and needs.

If you’re ready to give this cool, sleek and contemporary machine a go then head on over to the Android Market and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app.  Feel free to report any bugs or issues you may experience along with the type of device you’re using to the developer so as to improve the app’s performance.  Hit the break for some screen shots and to check out the video demo of the app in action.   » Read the rest

Like Fast Floating Colors? Check Out Colorful Balloons Live Wallpaper For Android (Video)

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If you’re the kind of person who likes fast moving colors and wants to show off cool Live Wallpapers to your friends with iPhones, then we’ve got one for ya.  Check out Colorful Balloons Live Wallpaper for your Android device and take advantage of your device’s ever increasing specs like dual-core CPU’s and high res touch displays.  I wouldn’t recomend this on a lower end Android device with a CPU of less than 1GHz but if you’ve got the power and juice to run an app like this , then go for it.

There are a variety of settings to get this Live Wallpaper to fit your screen size nicely.  Scrolling while the Live Wallpaper is running seems to be smooth and you can even change the frame rates per second to your liking.  The app will run you a buck so take that into consideration but if you’re able to make the mortgage this month and purchase the app, then you’re golden.  You can find it on the Android Market here.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Hit the break for a couple of more screen shots and to check out a video of the app in action.   » Read the rest

Diversion, A 3D Platformer For Android

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Here’s a game a little different to check out. Diversion is a 3D linear platformer in a hovering world. As the game moves your character forward, you’ll have to jump, swim, climb, and hang your way through the levels and all its obstacles.  The game’s controls only let you tap on the screen to perform an action, so it’s pretty straight forward. To interact and climb ledges for example, you simply need to jump up or down to them. For the most part you’ll need to grab stars, gems, and gem multipliers that you can use to get upgrades in the game. Starting out, you may find the game a little too simple, but give it time as the challenge level will increase as you go along. The graphics look great and I didn’t find any performance issues running this game on my Droid X.

There are 4 worlds, 100 levels, and over 200 characters to play through. As you progress through the levels you’ll find more obstacles and challenges await to be unlocked, so don’t be fooled by the first few easy levels that get you started. This is also an XPERIA PLAY optimized game and it recommended to play this on a newer device as it’s graphics intensive. Check out some of the gameplay below and grab it for free via the QR code our source link to the android market. Thanks Johnny L.

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HTC Vigor Heading To Radio Shack Oct. 20th, Samsung Stratosphere Oct. 6th

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We previously reported to you that the HTC Vigor was to be branded as the Droid Incredible HD, said to launch on Oct 13th. Whether or not that’s true, another tip from Droid Life is listing an HTC Vigor for an Oct. 20th direct fill date over at Radio Shack. As always, this stuff will hang out in Rumorville until we hear it directly from the source, with only about a month left to find out the facts. The Samsung Stratosphere is also listed here showing a direct fill date of Oct. 6th. Stay tuned as this should be an interesting Fall season this year for Android.

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Push Mr. Dismount Down The Stairs For Maximum Damage With Stair Dismount

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If you’re bored today and need a new game to suck up some time, here’s an interesting and fun one for you. Stair Dismount is a 3D ragdoll simulation game where you try and dismount your dummy in different settings to damage him as much as possible. You’ll be throwing him down ramps, off towers, and down stairs trying to hurt him as much as possible (sound effects included). You’ll be selecting the area to push your dummy from and then selecting how hard you want to shove him. How can that not be fun right? I’ve put a ton of hours into this game trying to score the most points and it never seems to get old. It’s also a great looking game with a full 360 degree camera in the 3D world to see everything that’s going on. The only complaint I have, which is a small one, is the game is a little finicky telling the difference between trying to move the camera and selecting the dismount point on the dummy (that might just be me not doing it right though).

The game is free in the Android Market and you’ll have plenty of free levels and dummies to choose from (with more to purchase if you’re having a good time). You’ll even be able to put a face on your dummy from your photo gallery and take in game snapshots of your dummy’s destruction. Check out the trailer below and grab it for free via QR code or the source market link below. Happy dummy smashing! Thanks Johnny L.

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HTC Rhyme And Samsung Stratosphere Shows Up In Verizon’s Device Management, Pantech Breakout $149 On Contract

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Thanks to Droid Life we’ve got a shot of Verizon’s Device Management System showing the HTC Rhyme, the phone with the girl-friendly charm, will be coming with 3G. You can also see the Samsung Stratosphere, basically an Epic 4G with a slider, so both of these devices are very real and should be coming soon. Down below you’ll also see the Pantech Breakout coming in at $149.99 on contract. What’s also pretty awesome is the full retail price listed at $359.99. That’s a heck of a price for a 4G device even if it’s not high tier.

[via droidlife]

Droid X 4.5.605 Update Coming Soon

by Andrew Greenfield on
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We all know how buggy the original Gingerbread update was for the Droid X. Those issues were slowly fixed with updates, but the one lasting issue was the buggy keyboard. Well Droid X fans, it appears you guys can finally say that all of your Gingerbread problems have been addressed. The latest fix comes in at a whopping 113 MB, but if it works, who’s complaining? The fix will start rolling out on the 19th.

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