You know how Google recently stated that everyone who pre-ordered a Nexus Q would be getting it for free after they update it to be more useful? Well count yourself as lucky if you are one of those folks because we’re hearing from our sources that the number of pre-orders were… well, quite small.
Just how small? Try less than 1,000. Heck, how about less than 900? Yes, we’re getting tips from our anonymous sources in-the-know that one reason Google is just handing these out for free is that there aren’t that many that they need to give away.
Frankly, this is a smart move on Google’s part, regardless of the number of pre-orders. It doesn’t cost them much and it’s really good P.R. for the company as well as for the device. And let’s face it, the Nexus Q needs all the help it can get with all the fairly negative reviews it’s been getting. Even I gave it an “enthusiasts only” rating.
Now let’s hope these updates make this little duck-pin bowling ball something to be proud of!
It’s Motorola’s turn to have some pictures of an upcoming device leaked onto the internet. Today it’s the Droid RAZR HD, which is expected on Verizon sometime in the near future. The phone sports a much improved screen over the original, but what other goodies it holds isn’t quite clear yet.
Today, US Cellular has announced two new quality Motorola handsets. Fist we have the Motorola Electrify 2, the higher-end out of the two that offers a 4.3-inch display and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device will also have an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a front facing camera. The phone also offers the same Smart Actions feature that’s prevalent in the Verizon Droid RAZR line. The Electrify 2 will set you back $179 on contract after a $100 rebate.
Next we have the Motorola Defy XT, which would be considered a mid-range device that sports a 3.7-inch screen with a 5-megapixel camera. Much like it’s predecessor, you can expect this device to be quite durable. The Defy XT will run you $99 on contract after a $100 rebate.
You can check out the video showcasing both devices as well as the official press release after the break.
Google asked readers what they wanted to see more of on the Google Mobile Blog and Android seemed to be the unanimous choice. So today marks the final post for the Google Mobile Blog and the launch of the Official Android Blog. Everything has been migrated so you don’t have to worry about losing anything. It’s time to update your RSS feed!!
sources: google mobile and official android
comScore announced market share numbers for June and when comparing them to March, Android’s share increased by only 0.6% to 51.6%. Apple didn’t fare much better as they came in at 32.4%, an increase of 1.7%.
As far as manufacturers go, Samsung continues to roll, but they did have a minor setback. They came in at 25.6%, but that’s down 0.4% from March. In fact the only two gainers were Apple and HTC, which were +1.4% and +0.4% respectively.
If you’re looking for more accessories for your Nexus 7 we’ve got a sneak peak for you. Our friends at Mobile Fun in the UK posted pictures of ASUS-made accessories that will be available soon. Unfortunately we don’t have release dates but we do have pricing. For starters, there is the Bluetooth Keyboard Case (pictured above) priced at £79.95 ($125). It’s a little pricey but it appears to work well as a docking station. Hit the break for more
Here’s another app for the toddlers. It’s called Dr. Panda’s Hospital – Vet Game and it’s all about playing doctor. I don’t think I ever met a child who doesn’t like to play doctor. Add in some animals and you’ve got something that will most likely keep kids pretty busy and hopefully learn a thing or two. Dr. Panda’s Hospital is best with kids between 2 and 6 years old. Your child gets to be a vet for 8 different animals, and it starts in the waiting room where patients come in one by one. Your child can bring the animals (patients) to beds, and with the help of the UI, figure out their medical issues and perform simple procedures to get them better. Now when I say procedures, I’m not talking about open heart surgery, I’m talking about things like giving shots, measuring blood pressure, applying band aids, and brushing their teeth.
Each patient is considered a “mini game” (10 in all) and your child will receive stickers for completing each mini game. I think in some ways this game not only teaches children a little about medicine, but it will also help them feel more comfortable at the doctors office. Dr. Panda does a great job in educating children while at the same time reducing their fears of doctors, nurses, and hospitals. I know my son doesn’t get too excited about going to the pediatrician, but after playing a game like this, he’s more likely to look forward to it.
You will also be happy to know that Dr. Panda is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program, which is only awarded to those apps and websites that meet their 5 “core safety rules.”
Full list of game features:
- Receive a fun and basic introduction to health, anatomy, and to the medical world
- Cure stomach, eyes, ears, mouth and teeth
- Measure blood pressure
- Apply ointment to treat chicken pox
- Adjust broken bones
- Retrieve swallowed items
- Laugh while delivering injections
- Sort equipment into Dr. Panda’s medical carrying case
- Keep waiting room and patient rooms clean
Dr. Panda is only $1.99, but you can also try out a Free version to see how you like it. The Free version is limited to 4 animals and 3 mini games, but it’s enough to get you started. Check out the screenshots and video below then hit one of the download links to get started. You can also like their Facebook page to learn about new releases and promotions.
Play Store Download Link – FREE
Play Store Download Link - $1.99
It’s not like the iPhone is hurting over at AT&T as they accounted for 72% of sales during the 2nd quarter, but that may change because it appears AT&T corporate is instructing retailers to push sales of Android and Windows Phone handsets. BGR was able to get confirmation from three different sources. If a customer walks in seeking an iPhone, reps have been instructed to show them Android and Windows phones to give them a better chance at an “informed decision.”
The big question is why? As a whole AT&T grew by only 3% during the second quarter so although the iPhone still dominates their overall sales, total sales are obviously down. Many feel it’s because consumers are waiting for the iPhone 5. BGR thinks this new information is the real cause, but that doesn’t add up either because if they were “steering” consumers to Android and Windows phones instead, then overall sales wouldn’t have been so weak. Also if a consumer is waiting for the iPhone 5, then they wouldn’t be walking into a store to begin with.
This is probably something that just started during this quarter, but one still has to wonder as to why? They even went as far as mandating that retail staff carry an Android or Windows phone as their personal device.
It will be interesting to see what the 3rd quarter numbers show because one source told BGR that the iPhone represented 80% of their store sales, but now it’s probably around 50 to 60%. As of the time of this post, no comment was made from AT&T.
AT&T just commented with the following
The idea that we would steer any customer away from a particular device couldn’t be more farfetched. Our reps do what it takes to align customer needs with the best device for them. iPhone remains one of our most popular devices, which doesn’t happen by steering people away from it. Our reps are encouraged to try all devices so they are more knowledgeable on our industry-leading smartphone lineup.
It seems the as yet announced Sony Xperia SL is going to be available in more than just the blue and pink colors that we’ve seen so far ( a good thing, to be sure). Photos have surfaced showing the phone sporting black, grey and white paint schemes. Photos and more info after the break.