In keeping with the more technical nature of the last Weekend Poll: what's more important to you - battery life or thinness? Obviously there is something of a balance there, but not all phones strike it well. So which is more important to you? Would you rather have a sleek, thin device with middling battery life? Or something of a porker that allows you to power-use all day without worrying about your phone running dry?
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New in v1.5.3:
* Added the ability to tag friends in status updates
* Added Find Friends feature
* Added the ability to add your phone number to your profile
* Various bug fixes
Not listed: the force close feature that kicks in all the damn time.
I have no idea who Bella is, but she's entirely too nice.
It's amazing how far back the negative comments go; the app was updated three days ago, but get this: the first eighty-seven pages of user reviews are from today as of this writing (it's only 7:15 AM EST on April 22), and every page essentially mirrors the above screenshot.
Next time you want to purchase a game from Gameloft, you may want to pause and reconsider: their official policy is to tie app purchases to the device and phone number - and it's strictly enforced. We received an email from a peeved Gameloft customer who found this out the hard way, and we'd hate to see anyone else encounter the same (frankly ridiculous) issue.
Our tipster (George H.) switched from a MyTouch 4G to a G2x. Apps purchased from Gameloft through the Android Market redownloaded on his new device just fine. However, he couldn't download the games he'd purchased from the Gameloft web store, so he emailed support:
Our pal Andrew Schillinger - the "lead code monkey" (no, seriously) at AdultSwim.com - pinged us a few hours ago to let us know that Adult Swim has released its first Android app/game, and it's everything we'd expect from AS. It's called Robot Unicorn Attack, and it takes you though the dream world of a robot unicorn.
Robot Unicorn Attack finally arrives on the Android Market!
• "Creates an experience that is quite honestly too awesome for words." -Touch Arcade
• "There's nothing better than storming the purple shores of some nameless land as a robot, rainbow-sh***ing unicorn to the beat of Erasure's 'Always'." -Kotaku
• Compete with other Robot Unicorns via OpenFeint leaderboards and achievements
• Finally, the addicting Internet sensation gallops majestically onto Android Market
Everyone has dreams…even robot unicorns.
If you're a frequent reader, you may remember hearing about the Business Insider Smartphone Survey, which we called out for its biased title and questions. As promised, they have posted the results, and much as we expected, Android absolutely dominated.
- 51.4% of respondents use an Android device (versus 33% for iPhone).
- 54.4% said their next smartphone purchase would be an Android device, compared to a (still impressive) 33.6% for the iPhone.
- 55.7% of Android owners "hate Apple" (heh). 31.2% of Android owners would consider an iPhone if it played better with non-Apple devices.
- Platform was the most important feature when choosing a smartphone with 38.2%, while features came in second at 33.1%.
After last week's
boring exciting poll, I decided that we should take a turn back into something a bit more mainstream for this weekend's topic (and, you know, that I shouldn't let Artem take the reins again... seriously, taxes?) So here we go: quite simply, will the number of cores factor into which phone you purchase next? If so, how big of a role?
As always, take the poll below, and feel free to voice your opinion via the comments!
As expected, the LG Optimus 2X is finally available in the States courtesy of T-Mobile, who is dubbing it the T-Mobile G2x. At $250 less a $50 mail-in-rebate, the phone is largely in-line with the pricing for other flagship devices, and with all that horsepower inside, seems fairly reasonable.
A quick rundown of the specs:
- 1 GHz dual core Tegra 2 processor
- 4-inch display
- Android 2.2 with plans to upgrade to Android 2.3
- 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- HSPA+ (T-Mobile 4G)
- 1080p video playback
- 1,500 mAh battery
- microSD card slot
You may remember that prior reviews found the hardware to be excellent but found some shortcomings in the software; hopefully LG and T-Mobile have managed to make some improvements on that front in the past two months.
On their earnings call today, Google revealed some impressive stats about Android, courtesy of Jeff Huber, Senior VP of Commerce and Local. There were three notable facts, in particular: there have been over 3 billion Android apps installed, downloads of Android apps are up 50% in the last quarter, and 350,000 Android devices are being activated per day. Whoa, whoa, and whoa.
Given that we've heard about the massive number of activations before, perhaps the most impressive numbers are those about apps. As TechCrunch so eloquently puts it: "The first billion installs took 20 months, the second billion installs took another 5 months, and the third billion took only 2 months." Given that downloads jumped a ridiculous 50% in the past three months, it the next 3 billion will likely happen in no time at all.
Over the weekend, we posted about a pant-crappingly stupid (and biased) survey posted by Silicon Alley Insider called "WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER BUY AN ANDROID PHONE? Take Our Smartphone Survey And Tell Us!" A few dozen of you posted in the comments to criticize just how biased SAI was with the survey, and a large number of you followed through to take it.
It looks like they may have realized the faux pas - to an extent, anyway - as they closed that one down (without tabulating the results) and reopened a new one. On the upside, the new survey has a new title: "OUR SMARTPHONE SURVEY: Please Take It!
It's been a few weeks since the deluge of Gingerbread builds leaked on March 27 (Droid X, Droid 2, Galaxy S i9000), but now another big dog is looking to join the party: a test Android 2.3 ROM for the HTC EVO has leaked and been posted to the XDA forums. A ton of people have taken the bait, with the thread already checking in at over 73 pages long - and it's only been up for about 6 hours.
I haven't had time to go through the whole thread, obviously, but user quocamole was kind enough to post a quick good/bad list: