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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Samsung Captivate goes on sale July 18th for $200, Vibrant moved up to July 15th

The only official Galaxy S release date we have so far is T-Mobile’s. T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant, which is the T-Mobile branded Galaxy S, was set for July 21st. Yesterday word spread like a wildfire when blog sites began hearing that the Samsung Vibrant release date has been pushed forward to July 15th. This is a rarity as most handset launches are delayed. When the word first got out, our original thought was that the Vibrant was moved forward to compete with the July 15th Droid X release. Now it is looking like Read more of this post

iOS 4 vs Android Froyo (2.2), browser vs browser

This morning, Richard Lai of Engadget put up a side by side browser speed test between the Nexus One running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and the iPhone 4 running iOS 4. The browser speed test is not based off the same JavaScript tests that Google showed off at I/O which is right now by far the fastest. Instead, it showed the 2 browsers rendering web pages on the same WiFi side by side. The speed tests are not scientifically conclusive, in-fact, if anything, it shows that Android and iOS are pretty far ahead of the pack as far as full featured and fast mobile browsers go. In the first video, the Nexus One is also rendering full Flash on webpages via the Flash 10.1 browser plug-in. In the second video, Richard Lai turned Flash off on Android and showed the 2 browsers side by side with a more accurate relativity since the iPhone doesn’t load any Flash. Some pretty impressive results on both sides. Have a look! Check out both videos after the break…

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Android getting more than 14,000 new apps per month, on track for 180,000 by years end

If there is one thing Apple loves to tout at its events, it is the number of applications the iOS App Store has. Apple said there are around 230,000 applications now and that number is still growing rapidly. The iPhone isn’t the only application store growing at a rapid pace. Android now has about 70,000 applications in the Android market worldwide and that number is set to increase by more than 15,000 applications per month. Read more of this post