Android Overtakes Apple In Mobile Apps Downloaded; Still Behind On Downloads Per Device

The research folks over at ABI have some interesting news to report for Q2 2011. It appears that Android has officially passed Apple in the worldwide share of mobile apps. As of now, 44% of mobile apps belong to an Android device, while only 31% belong to an iOS device. However, ABI also made sure to point out that while Android now has a bigger market for app developers, iOS users on average actually double the amount of apps per device when compared to Android. The question I have for this study is if they considered iOS to be simply the iPhone or all iOS devices (so including the iPad and the iPod). Something tells me they only included the former, as I can’t imagine that Android is selling better than all iOS devices by a combined 2:1, but I have been wrong before. What are your thoughts on this?

[via ABIresearch]

Samsung’s first Galaxy Note ad [Video]

We have been following the Galaxy Note throughout it journey to store shelves, beginning with its arrival to the FCC, on to the official announcement, even it’s debut at IFA, and today we have for you the first ad for the Galaxy Note. Quite the contrary to Verizon’s typically useless DROID commercials, Samsung has showed off the 5.3″ slate phone in all the right ways. In the ad they have properly showcased many of the devices unique features, surrounding the large screen, stylus, and software between them. If only Samsung were in charge of advertising more Android devices; they actually put some focus on what the device is capable of.

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Full specs after the break.


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International Version Of The Razr Passes Through The FCC?

It looks like our Android brethren over yonder might be enjoying the 7.1 mm flagship from Verizon sooner than we thought.  In recent news the FCC just passed certification paperwork through for a new Moto device. Any chance this is the international version of the Droid Razr, dubbed the Motorola Razr?  It’s possible, here’s why.  The phones battery, an 1800 mAH model number SNN5899A resembles closely the US variant’s 1780 mAH.  As of this time we’re unable to confirm a part number for the US version, however, all Google hits are fairly recent and all point towards this FCC filing instead of the Vz version.  So, it’s not concrete as of now, but it’s sure fun to speculate.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also feel free to drop us line if you have a tip.

[via FCC]

LG DoublePlay Release date gets leaked for T-Mobile

It was just last week that LG and T-Mobile the unique LG DoublePlay, a phone which features a secondary display in the center of its qwerty keypad. Since then the above screenshot has leaked, suggesting a release on November 2nd. Behind that 3.5″ screen lives a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, as well as some other nice features including a 5MP camera with LED flash, a 720p HD video recorder, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The secondary screen is 2″. I’m not into qwerty keypads myself, but I know plenty of people are. I would still suggest trying this one out in a store to get a feel for those keys. They seem awfully cramped to me. If, however, you’re ready to pull the trigger, it looks as if pre-orders may begin soon. No word on price, but secondary screen aside, the specs suggest a price of $150 if not a bit more.

[via pocketnow]

Samsung Transform Ultra for Sprint – just $79.99

Yesterday Samsung let us know that the Transform Ultra (SPH-M930) will not be limited to just Boost Mobile as it will be available on Sprint as well. That was certainly a quick turnaround! The official announcement from Sprint is here and so are the numbers. The Transform Ultra can be yours for just $79.99, after a $70 instant rebate and $50 mail in rebate. So perhaps you’re wondering what you get at this price. The Transform Ultra  specifications list is just below.

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • 3.5” HVGA touch screen
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Stereo Bluetooth® Wireless technology
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

All in all, a great mid-range device, at a great price.

[via Sprint]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories start to appear online

To me it’s never a big deal when accessories start appearing online for unreleased devices because it generally just confirms that we know the device exists and that’s about it. Well, the multimedia dock (EDD-H1F8BEG) and vehicle mount (ECS-K1F8BEG) for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has surfaced online at Cartronics. Take a look at the release date which says November 21. Usually accessories like this are released at the same time as the device so if this is correct, we won’t see the Galaxy Nexus until November 21. We have been hoping for November 10, but those MAP dates are not always spot one are they?


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HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update (2.11.605.5) is back and ready to go

HTC Thunderbolt owners have been teased, but not pleased with the promised Gingerbread update. It was finally released a month ago only to be dropped for issues. Trust me, that was a good thing. I am sure a lot of you thought you might not even see it in 2011, but it looks like HTC has come through as the support docs are up. This update will bring you to build 2.11.605.5 and baseband 1.48.00.0906w_1, 0.01.78.0906w_2.

It’s too bad Thunderbolt owners weren’t able to enjoy some Gingerbread loving before the SDK for Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but as the saying goes, “It’s never too late.” Lets hope this update goes a tad smoother.

Full changelog after the break:


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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Priced to Compete With Kindle Fire, Landing This Month

Look out Kindle Fire, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is about to drop this month and with the exact same price of $199.99. Last time we touched on the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e, we didn’t really know that much about it. Now do we not only have a full spec run down, we have a release time-frame to boot.

The device has an “E” at the end of it’s name designating it as the Entry-level tablet offered by ViewSonic. Once you get an idea of the specs it has, you might still think that it is very Entry-level like, but either way, it is still quite a bargain. With a 3D UI designed by the folks who made the SPB Shell 3D Android launcher, the device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 1GHz single-core processor with a 7″ display.

There is a microHDMI port that transfers 1080p quality video and the tablet has a 3mp camera on back with a 0.3 mp camera up front. Internal memory is 4GB but there is a microSD card slot that is expandable to 32GB of storage. ViewSonic has include the new “AirSync” program that promises to keep the device up to date via OTA upgrades via the built in Wi-Fi connectivity. Not too shabby for a device that costs half that of other popular tablets that are currently on the market.

Again the price will only be $199.99 and it should be available here in the U.S. starting in the end of October. Latin America is up next on the roll-out release and is slated to see the economical 7″ tablet sometime in November, an exact date has yet to be confirmed.

Full Press Release after the break.
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HTC and Dropbox Team up to Bring 5GB of Online Storage to New HTC Devices

Looks like us little people are going to reap even more benefits from HTC’s recent partnership with the online storage giant, Dropbox. This is a take-off from their September announcement that gave out 3GB of additional storage to owners of HTC devices running Sense 3.5.

This new deal includes a Dropbox app that will come pre installed on all HTC Android phones and new owners will get 5GB of free online cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to standard accounts.

It was just yesterday that the anouncement was made, and was done through HTC’s official Facebook page. As you can see, quite a few people are digging the new partnership and most likely the free upgraded storage space even more.

This isn’t the first time Dropbox has teamed up with handset manufactures, they previously joined forces with Sony Ericsson and included the Dropbox app on Experia phones but without the additional storage bonus.

No word yet on which HTC devices will take advantage of the deal but we will let you know as soon as we find out.

[via facebook]

Android Takes Hold of 27% Of The Tablet Market In Just One Year

Android is still producing explosive numbers and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  According to Business Wire, in the time span of just one year, when not even yet in the tablet category, Android has quickly gained ground to claim 27% of the tablet market.  That’s pretty impressive considering about this time one year ago the only contender around was the iPad.  If this isn’t a clear indication that Android is here to stay and the masses continue to demand the popular OS, I don’t know what is.  And with pre-orders in the vicinity of 50,000 per day for the Kindle Fire, that market share percentage is only bound to rise, and rise fast.  I can only assume that with all of the diversity and hardware choices that Android offers, this is what is appealing to most consumers.  Devices like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.0 Plus are but just a glimpse of the many offerings and flavors of devices and manufactures available today.   What’s your take on it all?  Feel free to leave a comment or two below.

[via Business Wire]