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Android Market reaches 20,000 applications milestone

by: Susan ElleryDecember 15, 2009

The Android Market reached a milestone today. Golf claps everyone as the 20,000th application has been added to the Android application catalog. Androlib has been tracking the Android Market since its inception and has recorded the Market’s explosive growth. According to the data compiled by Androlib, submissions to the Android Market have been growing at an astounding rate with over 3,500 new applications added in the month of November 2009 alone. Approximately 62.3% of the 20,000 applications are free, while 37.7% are paid. In the end, all these numbers add up to more applications for end users, increased revenue for developers, and improved market position for [...]

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Android 2.1 ported to the Motorola DROID

by: Susan ElleryDecember 15, 2009

DROID owners not satisfied with OS 2.0.1 should keep an eye on the work of some hackers over at According to their latest post, a few daring members have installed Android 2.1 ripped from the Nexus One onto their DROID. Not quite ready for prime time, the image used for the installation apparently does not properly preserve file system permissions which causes some problems with the phone. Other reported issues include problems with the keyboard backlighting, unusual behavior of the landscape app drawer, and general inconsistent behaviors where the homescreens stop swiping and apps stop launching. Quite wisely, interested parties are admonished to wait for an improved [...]

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Nexus One Rumor Roundup – more images emerge, silly holiday game, FCC approval, and T-Mobile revealed as a supporting partner?

by: Susan ElleryDecember 14, 2009

We told you on Saturday that the rumors about the Google phone would come fast and furious and this weekend did not disappoint. To recap, we started off Friday night with the rumor that the Google phone was real and in the hands of Google employees. This revelation was partially substantiated by Google in a blog post on Saturday that explained that the California-based company was indeed dogfooding a new Android phone. The identity of the phone as the Google phone or merely a Google Experience phone was still shrouded in mystery and the subject of heated debate. The debate raged until the WSJ leaked the information that the unknown HTC phone was indeed the Google phone and was to be [...]

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Nexus One passes through the FCC with both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G support (updated)

by: Susan ElleryDecember 14, 2009

An HTC handset with FCC ID NM8PB99100 and the model name “NEXUSONE” has made its way though the revealing process of FCC approval. The documents posted by the FCC divulge the presence of cellular radios supporting quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSUPA (2Mbps up and 7.2Mbps down) on 850/1700/1900 frequencies. Savvy readers will immediately recognize that 1700MHz is used for T-Mobile’s 3G network and that 850/1900MHz are the bands used for AT&T’s special flavor of 3G. Excellent news for consumers in the US as an unlocked Nexus One could be used on either T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s high speed data network. Anyone on the fence about the Nexus One, [...]

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Detailed images of the Google Phone/Nexus One emerge

by: Susan ElleryDecember 14, 2009

The wild ride of Nexus One rumors continues into Monday morning with the first detailed images of the Nexus One making their debut at Engadget. The images reveal a rounded handset with touch-sensitive controls on the front, a trackball, a large capacitive touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and WiFi. On the back is a 5MP camera with flash and a large QR code obscured by a sticky note. The sides are equally as simple with a low-profile volume rocker visible on the left. The images also show off some of the new features of Android 2.1 including a new curved launcher wheel, extended homescreens, and a grid button on the homescreen which functions as a navigational aide by providing  a [...]

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Is Motorola developing a web-based Android application store?

by: Susan ElleryDecember 13, 2009

The guys over at Android and Me uncovered a new online Android application store being developed by Motorola. Called SHOP4APPS, the new store will be web-based so you can access it using the mobile browser on your handset or the full browser on your desktop. Motorola is also reportedly developing a dedicated Android client, MotoAppStore, which will provide a user friendly front end to the online application store. This Motorola marketplace will supposedly incorporate several useful features including a “MyLocker” section that stores and indexes all previous purchases, the ability to easily re-download and transfer applications to a new handset, auto-notification alerts [...]

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Android ported to the Windows Mobile-powered HTC Vogue

by: Susan ElleryDecember 13, 2009

We have to hand it to the folks over at xda-developers, they sure know how to hack an HTC phone. One of  the latest endeavors allows HTC Vogue owners to replace their stock Windows Mobile OS with Android 1.6. The process is not for the faint of heart as Android will completely wipe out Windows Mobile. You can not dual boot and have both operating systems on your phone at the same time. Once you have sampled Android, you can revert back to Windows Mobile if you so desire. This Android 1.6 port is only available for the older HTC Vogue, not the more recent HTC Touch Pro 2. Folks that have an extra Touch Pro 2 and some programming skills can try their hand at porting Android to the [...]

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Is this the new Google Nexus One?

by: Susan ElleryDecember 13, 2009

Leaked image of the Google Phone

Spotted at Twitter is supposedly the first image of the now infamous Google phone. This handset is a mirror of the HTC Passion image that was leaked back in October. The only thing missing is the HTC logo on the top bezel, an omission that is consistent with this being a Google-branded phone. Take this one with a pinch of salt as the purported picture taker Corey O’Brien has no apparent ties to Google. Nonetheless, the faucet has been turned on and we expect to see more images and additional information soon. The leaked images of both the Passion and the Google phone are available for your comparison after the [...]

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Google phone to be called the Nexus One, arriving next year

by: Susan ElleryDecember 12, 2009
Google phone to be called the Nexus One ANother little tidbit of information on the Google phone popped up on the Wall Street Journal this evening. According to the WSJ, the Google phone will be called the Nexus One, will be manufactured by HTC, and sold online through Google. Google reportedly tweaked the Android OS, customizing everything down to the look and feel of each screen.

The floodgates have opened and all the salient information on the Google phone have popped up on the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch today. According to the WSJ, the Google phone will be called the Nexus One, will be manufactured by HTC, and sold online as an unlocked handset directly through Google [...]

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With more than fifty new phones predicted, will 2010 be the year of Android?

by: Susan ElleryDecember 12, 2009

Analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight stepped out on a limb and predicted that handset manufacturers will produce a cornucopia of Android handsets in 2010. According to his estimates, there will be at least fifty new models released in 2010 alone. Thus far, each manufacturer is rumored to be planning the following :

Motorola: is embracing Android in a big way and is expected to produce at least 10 handsets in 2010 Acer: has confirmed they have 5-6 phones on tap for 1H 2010 HTC: is rumored to have 5 phones slated for 1H 2010 Sony Ericsson: has the X10 ready for release in Q1 2010 with the assurance that there are other Android handsets planned

This figure accounts for about 22 of [...]

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