Android Phones, Info and Apps

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Android has taken the world by storm but not the US. The US market is quite lukewarm towards Android Smartphones and the response of the market towards Android tablets is even poorer. It’s the iPhone which is predominant in the USA. Popular manufactures like Motorola and Samsung have not sold many Android tablets in the US, on the other hand Apple has sold over 25 million iPads (most of them in the US). Although we see that the response of the rest of the world is very good toward Android tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has actually had amazing sales and has become a craze.

The recent announcements of Dell are going to make it even more difficult for Android in the US. According to a recent interview of John Thode the vice president of Dell with CNET, the American market is not yet ready for Android, this system has been quotes as ‘ahead of its time’ for the US. For many reasons Dell has decided to launch its’ first 10-inch Android tablet, the Streak 10 Pro, in China. This summer launch is expected to be real big, but the US consumers will have to wait for this product till the end of the year. This is another disappointment of Android in the USA.

Dell has decide to see the response of the market in China for its forth coming product, as the Chinese market will very soon be the worlds largest tablet market. Here people are savvier to new technology.

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The long rumored Android accessory, which is thought to be the most useful and interesting for the users, is finally available in Europe. Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is something like a wrist watch (actually It is a watch, too) which is capable of connecting to almost any Android mobile phone and display different notifications on its screen, so you don’t have to take the handset out of your pocket in order to read an SMS or see some new status updates in Facebook.

LiveView is offered for 59 Euros in France, 49 pounds in the UK, and about 42 Euros in Germany. Amazon is selling it for 90$. Regarding the hardware features of the device, it uses Bluetooth in order to establish a connection to the mobile phone and the general operating range is about 10m. It also has a 1.3-inch OLED display, two hardkeys and four softkeys. It is attached to your hand either via clip or wristband. As for its software abilities, LiveView can be used to control your music player – Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment and also display the track title, or you can view the incoming SMS messages, RSS feeds, view Facebook and Twitter updates. You can also see the person who is calling you and even mute the ringtone of the mobile phone.

The list of compatible phones includes:

  • Acer - Liquid Metal
  • Dell - Streak
  • Google - Nexus One
  • HTC - Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, Gratia, HD mini, Legend, Wildfire
  • Motorola - DEFY, Flipout, Milestone, XT720
  • Samsung - Galaxy Europa I5500, Galaxy S I9000, i5500 Corby
  • Sony Ericsson – X10, XPERIA X10 Mini, XPERIA X10 Mini Pro

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Oct/10

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Froyo makes its way to everyone

Since the rumors for release of Android 2.2 Froyo everyone has hoped that his device will be among those, who will be getting this update. But since then not many devices received it. But this week brings some good news to the owners of several devices.

Let’s begin with Dell Streak – since its release, Streak is running one Android 1.6. An exception are the devices, running on the leaked and modified build of the UK version’s .2.1 update, but they are not so much. But there are some news from Dell – they say that Dell Streak won’t be getting 2.1 but it will be directly receiving FroYo. The rumors were for December 31st but Dell promised that Over-the-air update will be released much sooner than this. So take a deep breath and wait for that yoghurt.

Motorola Milestone European customers may also be happy, because Motorola announced that they are starting to make some user tests. Once they are complete, it will be clear if some further optimizations and changes should be made and then proceed to the final testing and approval stage. Motorola promises to deliver Android 2.2 to European Milestone users by the end of the year.

Last but not least, it’s a good day for Samsung Galaxy S users. Samsung has just released the source code of Android 2.2 for this device. Practically this means 2 things – firstly that the official update is very close and secondly – that the guys from XDA developers and other custom ROMs developers will start working on this and soon there will be some nice custom ROMs for everyone keen on rooting and flashing.

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