Why Google could care less about the Verizon iPhone

Just two days after Verizon’s official announcement releasing information about the oft speculated CDMA iPhone, the media sector has become inundated with speculative posts and forecasts, previews and impressions, opinions and “fanboy-ism”.  Various media outlets are forecasting the “inevitable” death of Google’s Android OS now that AT&T no longer holds the reins of exclusivity to Apple’s powerhouse smart phone, the iPhone.  Personally, the proposed demise of Android amidst a multi-carrier iPhone market sounds about as probable as Palm becoming the leader of the mobile ecosystem; not fucking likely.  Don’t get me wrong, Verizon and Apple will see a serious boon in sales at the initial launch of the CDMA iPhone 4 with both parties profiting heavily, but Google’s Android has matured leaps and bounds in just the past year alone, securing it’s position as Apple’s iOS peer (in market penetration, if nothing else). Read more of this post

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CES: Honeycomb – Not just for your tablet!


It’s finally here; Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was announced (teased) and extensively demoed on Motorola’s flagship tablet, the XOOM, earlier this week at CES.  the community immediately fell in love with the reimagined tablet interface, but one question hung about the techno-sphere like a latent fart: WHAT ABOUT MY PHONE?!  Thankfully, we have a little more information regarding the usage of Android 3.0 on smartphones thanks to none other than Matias Duarte, head of interface and design for Google’s Android OS.  The guys over at Engaget were kind enough to record the interview with Mr. Duarte, and the from what we’ve seen so far, Android 3.0 is THE milestone update we’ve craved.  Hit the link for some key new features (impressions included)as well as a video of the interview courteoussey of Engaget.
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Motorola Gets All Enigmatic-like

The next step in Motorola’s marketing campaign is an incredibly vague counter on the main mobile landing page of their official site.  In bold letters, Motorola beckons; “Ready to skip a generation?”  Just below their siren song a counter can be found, currently just under 15 days left to tick away.  Honeycomb promises to be a major milestone release (tablet-wise, anyways) for Google’s Android OS.

Here’s to hoping that countdown isn’t counting down to something more sinister (or boring).

A Month With AT&T’s Samsung Captivate

Recently, I was given an opportunity to spend a good deal of time with AT&T’s flagship Android phone, the Samsung Captivate.  The Captivate is (Quite obviously) a member of the Galaxy S family, whose 4″ SuperAMOLED screens and 1GHz Hummingbird processors can be found on most of the worlds major carriers (See T-Mobile Vibrant, .Samsung Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G, etc).  How does the Captivate hold up to my (often hyper)criticism?  Can I successfully remove the battery door without a heart attack?  Find out after the break!

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Mystery Android world phone heading to Verizon?

One of the problems with Android here in the U.S. is carrier exclusivity and lack of an Android world phone that can jump freely between carriers. It looks as though Verizon may put that problem to rest. A recent FCC filing shows a dual-mode CDMA/GSM Android landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard phone. The Phone is made by HTC and this isn’t its first public sighting. Back in early August, ‘The Droid Guy‘ was saying that an Android world phone with a 4″ screen and a 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor will be coming to Verizon in Q1 of 2011. It looks like the phone he was talking about has shown its pretty black and red face. The keyboard on this phone looks very similar to that of the MyTouch 3G Slide. The screen being 4″ is new territory for HTC. Usually they have a 3.7″ or 4.3″. 4″ is sort of the sweet spot for me so I am pretty excited for something like this. Switching carriers and not being limited to GSM or CDMA will be a huge plus for a lot of people. Especially business users and international users that need to travel countries like China and the U.S. with CDMA carriers. We will be keeping an eye out for some official announcements on this one.

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Sprint EVO 4G to get Android 2.2 soon

Sprint users won’t have to wait too long to get Android Froyo 2.2. According to the Sprint website post, EVO users can expect to see the upgrade in a short amount of time. The next update will show some new UI improvements, improved browser performance and Flash 10.x support.

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

[via Sprint thru Engadget]

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[Leak] Motorola Droid 2 Activation Screens Leaked

The guys over at Droid Life have stumbled upon an exclusive photo that almost certainly is the Motorola Droid 2, and as noted in the article, the A955 (or “Droid 2”) looks notably different from the abundant Motorola Droid Extreme photos. Now the hunt begins for more information, I’m hoping Motorola stuck with the Droid’s archetecture and went with a TI OMAP processor. The OMAP is the little chip that could, returning well over 150% clock-speed gains using various overclocking kernels. Here’s to hoping!

P.S. Thanks for the picture, Droid Life!

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eyeSight Mobile Technologies Control Phone with Hand-Gestures; Italians Ecstatic

Kevin over at GigaOM has posted an article describing an interesting new addition to the Android community; Hand-gesture control (a.k.a. natural gesture control)!  The Israeli company has created a software environment capable to capturing and interpreting natural-esq hand gestures and relating said gestures to functions and commands on your device.  All that’s required is an Android device that sports a front-facing camera (HERRO EVO!), and a genetic predisposition to talking with your hands (Hi mom!).  Hit the link for more information on this potentially game changing mobile control scheme. Read more of this post

Recent data shows iPhone still in a commanding lead over Android

Nielsen Wire has put up some graphs, charts, and the usual yesterday. Measuring the ever impressive smartphone market share. As you can see in the graph above, the iPhone still holds a commanding lead. So commanding in fact that it is still 3 times larger than that of the  Android OS. The smartphone market in general is said to have grown to 23% in quarter 1 of 2010 up from 16% in quarter 4 of 2009. During this growth both Android and iPhone OS grew 2%. In that same period of time, current leader RIM and Windows Mobile, both lost 2% of their market share. So what does this all mean in a nutshell? iPhone is huge, Android is growing, RIM and Microsoft are slowly but surely losing and that Palm and Nokia need to get it together in North America. I think it also shows that smartphones in general still have room to grow. The fact that only 23% of phone users use a smartphone means there are still so many millions of potential customers that these companies can still attract. Come on feature phone users buy a smartphone!

[Via Neilsen Wire]

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Sneak peak of Apple’s keynote at WWDC 2010?

I tried so hard to resist posting this, there is just no way I could. Apple vs Google is one of the coolest wars since Apple vs Microsoft. Fanboism for both sides is more prevalent than ever before. No matter what side you are on it is truly hard to resist enjoying this early look at whats to come at Apple’s WWDC 2010.

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