A recent survey of over 2,700 mobile developers revealed that devs universally prefer developing for iOS (formerly iPhone OS – renamed iOS recently, as it is now used on the iPad). Apple ranks #1 in mobile phone market share, and there are more than a few stories of small-time devs creating apps for the iPhone that took off overnight, so it really isn’t all that surprising that Apple was a dev favorite.
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During today's press conference held by Google, Motorola, and Verizon, Google revealed that 160,000 Android devices are being activated per day.
If the gravity of that escapes you, let me draw comparisons to the record-breaking sales of the iPhone and iPad:
- Excluding the iPhone 4 launch, Apple averages approximately 246,000 phone sales per week
- Mac sales are estimated to be 110,000 units per week
- iPad sales are estimated to be 200,000 per week
Extrapolate the 160,000 Android device activations per day and you come up with 1,120,000 Android activations per week - that's more than twice the combined total for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
After being out for just two days, the HTC Aria has been rooted. Turns out the method Android hacker and XDA-Devs forum member Eugene373 (you may remember him as the man who also rooted the MyTouch 3G Slide last Tuesday) used to hack the Slide works for the Aria as well.
Great news for those of you in the US today, as Google has now moved Voice out of private and into public beta. The service, among other things, allows users to:
- choose a phone number and then funnel all calls through this new number
- have multiple phones ring simultaneously
- manage a variety of rules, treating each contact differently (sending straight to voicemail, playing an out of service message, etc)
- transcribe voicemail messages straight to their inboxes.
An FCC filing by HTC was posted a few days ago, revealing that the Droid Incredible packs a chip that supports 802.11n, though currently not supported by the OS itself. Speculation around the interwebs is that it means such support will be added in a future update from HTC. I’m slightly less convinced of this than the rest of the blogger-army, but more on that in a minute.
Last week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S for AT&T would be named the Captivate. Today, they have announced the same phone for T-Mobile will be called the Vibrant, and boy is it (still) one sexy piece of kit.
In case you need a refresher on the details, based on AT&T’s spec page:
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface overlay
- 4” AMOLED Screen
- 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
- 16 GB internal storage (and support for a 32 GB microSD card)
- 802.11n, FM Radio
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 5 MP camera (no flash), 720p video recording
Couple this with the fact that T-Mobile doesn’t cripple their phones like AT&T does, and they’ve got a blazing fast 3G network… well, things certainly look good for T-Mo customers at the moment, don’t they?
T-Mobile announced today that 25 new markets are coming online for their “3G” HSPA+ network. Seems like no biggie, right - the other 3 big dogs (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint) all know that 3G is so 2008.
Wrong. This isn’t any old 3G network – current tests show speeds anywhere from the same as, to 4 times faster than, WiMax – and T-Mobile’s only rocking HSPA+ 21 Mbps. HSPA+ has recently been demonstrated at speeds of 84 Mbps.
The Galaxy 3 is the larger of the two, but frankly it’s still just a little tyke (then again, it’s aimed at little tykes, so maybe it’s fitting). It sports a 3.2” touchscreen running at 240 x 400 px, a 3.2 MP camera with geotagging, and comes with a 1 GB microSD card.
Just in from AT&T and Samsung (days after I say AT&T has no high-end Android phones, no less) – the dead sexy Captivate, described in the press release as part of the Galaxy S class of devices, will be coming to AT&T in the near future.
We’ve been talking about this phone and its variations for some time now, and all in all we have high hopes for it – and it looks set to deliver.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news releases regarding the HTC Aria, you know that AT&T will once again be locking down the apps users can install by restricting unofficial app downloading. If you’ve been paying attention for a while now, you also know that they did the same thing to the Motorola Backflip – the only other Android phone they offer.
Both phones already feature smaller, lower def screens, when compared to their Android brethren available on other networks.