I’m not a big fan of infographics, but once in a while one of them interests me a little. The problem is you never know how many people were surveyed or if it was done scientifically at all. Anyways, this latest one comes from Startapp and it’s entitled “Following the White Rabbit.” They surveyed Android developers exclusively and some of the notables is that 53% of those surveyed own a Samsung phone while 22% own an HTC phone. Most interesting is only 5% own a Motorola phone.
Android developers also seem to concentrate more on Android as 62% say they only develop for Android while 37% also develop for Apple’s iOS
As far as number of apps, 53% of respondents published 6 – 9 apps, while 32% are still working on it. As far as other app stores, not surprisingly, the Amazon App Store is the favorite at 66%. Hit the break for the full infographic.
Many of you are probably excited, at the same time curious, about the possibilities of Google’s upcoming Project Glass. While we have already seen the prototype worn in public by Google’s Sergey Brin and demoed in the Project Glass announcement video, we still can’t help but wonder what endless possibilities may lie in the device’s future.
Thinking along those same lines, the creative folks at Seetio have created a infographic outlining future possibilities for Google’s pet project known as Glass. To see what these guys think the eye-wear could eventually accomplish is quite interesting and can be seen after the break. I mean, they claim this could be the end of tablets and smartphones! Really? Click on in and check it out.
If you already having a hard time trying to figure out what Android tablet to buy, here’s three more to throw into the mix. Gemini Devices launched its JoyTab series of Android tablets. These aren’t going to knock your socks off, but they won’t empty your wallet either. Hey, they have Ice Cream Sandwich so they can’t be all that bad.
7-inch £129.99 or $209 (pictured above)
- 800 x 480 display
- 1 GHz single core processor
- 512MB RAM
- Front-facing camera
- 4GB internal storage
- 12.8mm thick
Fetchnotes just hit the Google Play Store about a week ago. This app allows you to make quick notes for yourself that might include todos, shopping lists, ideas, or whatever you might use a sticky note for. If you’re a hardcore tasker, this one is probably not for you, but if you’re looking for something simple and easy you might one to take a look. Each note can include a hashtag for easy organizing. Fetchnotes will show you all your notes or you can just show notes with certain hashtags. What’s also nice is they have a website that syncs with the app. You can enter or look at your notes from your desktop or phone/tablet and it’s always synched.
Overall the interface and UI is simple, in fact it might be a little too simple, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, give Fetchnotes a try. It’s free. Download links and more screenshots after the break.
Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.
According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down.
Time to get just a little excited if you’re a customer of T-Mobile or Orange in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S2. There is now word that your device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich! Great news for all those that have been holding out for such a long time. As it seemed time was passing you by while watching other carriers receive this update such as Three, O2, and Vodafone. Finally your day has come. It was reported that a T-Mobile spokeswoman said the following when asked about ICS:
“We’ve been working closely with Samsung on this, and we can confirm that we will be rolling out the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 from 22nd April”
This is very welcome news for many of you. Ice Cream Sandwich is deliciously packed with a completely new user interface, and chock full of new features that you’ll love. So stay tuned, watch that status bar for the notification you’ve been waiting for, update accordingly and let us know what you think of the Android 4.o.
With word of the Optimus 4X HD coming to the market in February, LG has introduced the monster handset now available in white. The guys over at ePrice gave the handset a one-over and it looks fairly impressive. Not to mention, white seems to be all the craze these days. Like the black version, the 4X HD also sports Android 4.0 ICS, houses a 4.7-inch IPS HD display and sports Nvidia’s quad-core 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 CPU. There’s also an 8 mp camera, 1.3 mp front shooter, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of internal storage. There’s also the ability to add an sd card up to 32 GB’s all wrapped up in a slim 8.7mm form factor. Check out ePrice’s video demo of the device in action as well as the pics and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Many a penny pincher, myself included, at one time or another has come across one of Wirefly’s awesome deals on their online smartphone inventory. It’s always for new lines of service, however, so not too many of us have been a regular Wirefly shopper unless you change carriers as often as you change pants. That said, anybody that is considering trying out Sprint for the first time or returning to the Now Network to try out their new Android offerings should definitely give Wirefly a look. For the next three days only, Wirefly is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $150 and the LG Viper 4G for $20 on preorder. This is a $50 savings for the Nexus and $80 back in your wallet for the Viper. For prospective Nexus owners, this discount coupled with the $50 in Google Wallet you will receive brings the final price of the G-Nex to a mere $100. Do keep in mind that these prices are for preorders and that these LTE badboys are going to be released in stores this Sunday on April 22nd. Hit the source links below to get the goods before it’s too late.
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Kantar Worldpanel Comtech just released their stats for smartphone sales for the 12 weeks leading up to March 12, 2012. It’s not surprising that Android continues to grow, now at 50% of the market share, up from 42.2% a year ago. Although Apple is further behind, they were able to increase their share by 9.5% to a total of a 29.2% market share.
We have to remember that Apple is one phone, unlike Android, which is a bunch of manufacturers and devices. Apple’s market share isn’t bad at all, but what’s interesting is that Samsung alone is sitting at 28%. This is tremendous for Samsung, but again, they’re doing it with a number of phones. Either way the Android freight train shows no signs of slowing down.
What’s also interesting from Kantar’s report is that the 50 plus crowd is starting to drive smartphone sales. Smartphones sales in general are already the leading type of phone for younger people, but now the older crowd wants in on the action. There’s a lot of sales to be had in this demographic so it will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I’m thinking Apple might have an advantage with this crowd since their UI might cater to them better.
Android gaming is one step closer to becoming even more sweeter than it already is folks. Sony promised we would see an open beta for its Playstation SDK Suite this month, but we hadn’t seen anything about it until now. That means not just select developers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, but all developers around the world can get right to it and use the program immediately. Developers will be able to find the tools needed at www.playstation.com/pss, which will give them the ability to create apps and games for Playstation-certified Android devices. The open beta is available now for all developers for the not-too-shabby price of free, though developers will have to sign a contract and pay a fee to use the Playstation SDK Suite after the open beta ends.
If you’re a developer and are interested in creating some snazzy apps and games through Sony, hit the source link for additional details. I’m sure there are more than a few owners of Sony devices who are eagerly awaiting the first creations from you all.