Android To Hit 1 Million Activations Per Day

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According to Business Insider’s Michael DeGusta, Google’s Android is poised to hit 1 Million activated handsets per day sometime in October. If Android continues on that pace, it would possibly activate 365 million devices by this time next year. Back in June Andy Rubin tweeted the following “there are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w.”

Now that Sprint is getting the iPhone 5 and Verizon and AT&T will get the iPhone 4S, this could help Android achieve even greater market penetration and puts Android in head to head battle for market dominance with Apple.

[via Business Insider here and here]

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Lucky Ebay Shopper Gets Samsung Nexus S Loaded With Ice Cream Sandwich

Well this is a nice site, although it may just be a custom ROM. It appears that a very lucky Ebay shopper got his T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S and it came with a hidden surprise: loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out the video posted by Engadget below.

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[via Engadget]

Motorola Xoom to cost $800?!

No, that is not a typo; a recent post over at AndroidCentral containing information from an apparently reliable tipster regarding the MAP (minimum advertised price) has just hit the tubes.  According to the screenshots provided by the tipster, the MAP for the Motorola Xoom appears to be $799, quite a bit higher than anticipated.  The screenshots details information on the HTC Thunderbolt’s MAP as well, coming in at a much more acceptable $249.  Hit the link to find out more.

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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

Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

This is the short break before it all explodes folks. We are just weeks away from the explosion of Android tablets on the market as well as the Blackberry Playbook and whatever new WebOS tablet HP has in store. The general consensus is that the iPad will of course sell well, however the Android tablet market as well as the Playbook and WebOS tablets will eat into the iOS tablet market. Essentially this would put Android on top much like it has already done in the smartphone market due to sheer number of manufacturers producing tablets. And though I am not an analyst of any kind, I want to make a prediction. My prediction is that iOS tablets (iPad 1 and iPad 2) will remain the best-selling tablets, at least through 2011. Here is why.

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NOX Audio’s Admiral Touch wireless headphones run Android

No, you do not need new glasses, you read the title correctly.  It seems as though audio device manufacturer NOX Audio has deemed is necessary to build a pair of headphones that sport a 2.4 color touch-screen and run Google’s Android OS.  The headphones are said to support gesture based input and is to  include WiFI for wireless communication, allowing usage of VoIP technologies.  No word regarding the battery life of this little bad boy, but one has to assume it’ll include something rather sub par when size and weight are taken into consideration.  So, if you’ve ever felt the need to run Android on a device plugged into…an Android device, this is the unit for you!  Stay tuned for more information on this pointless (AWESOME) device.

[Rumor] Samsung to announce Galaxy S 2 devices at MWC?

Despite the “rumor” classification, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that Samsung will in fact be releasing the next iteration of it’s exceedingly popular Galaxy S line of smart phones at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The upgrade, according to the KoreaHerald, is expected to include the new SuperAMOLED Plus display, Google Android 2.3, and a dual-core SoC to top it all off . No word on whether this will be a dual-core version of Samsung’s sexy Hummingbird platform, or something altogether new. Hit the jump for some quotes directly from Shin Jong-kyun, alpha dog in the Samsung mobile division.

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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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[Video] Google outs Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet-only OS

Looky at what we have here? Google has thrown up a video of Android 3.0 (which was shortly yanked…but thanks to Engadget for grabbing a copy), in it Google clearly demontrates their ability with a newly redone Android 3.0 for a tablet-only format. Not only is it sleek but it’s real sexy too.

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[via Engadget]

The Marvelous Mytosis of Motorola is complete!

After an eternity in the electronics field (some 80 years), Motorola has successfully completed the split into two seperately-traded companies, Motorola Mobility, Inc. and Motorola Solutions, Inc. respectively.  The split comes as a result of the company’s desire to more accurately satisfy the growing demands of the ever-changing consumer and business technology markets.  The company goes on to state that it was partially motivated to split by the desire to offer investors more pointed investment markets, instead of a single, convoluted entity.  It’s going to be interesting to see where Motorola Mobility decides to take the DROID brand, and wether or not they intent to re-invent existing Motorola mobile product lines.  Hit the link for more information on the two individual entities.

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