Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

08
Apr
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Only a few hours since we broke the news about a leaked Samsung Moment Android 2.1, another member of the same forum by the name of joeykrim that posted the original ROM announced that they have successfully rooted it.

Yes, that's right, Samsung Moment with Android 2.1 is now rooted.

So head over, no jet over, to the good old SDX-Developers forum and look at this post for detailed instructions which I will duplicate here.

07
Apr
Motorola Droid secret unlock codes

Wait, isn't an Android already superhuman or not human at all? Anyway… these videos were posted by a YouTube user DROIDshortcuts, most likely one of Motorola's marketing handles, and then sent over to us by the folks from M80 - a company that works with Motorola on promotions for the Droid.

These videos, shot in an amateur style, are actually quite funny and well made.

Our favorite is the pool one.

07
Apr
HTC EVO 4G

A rumor is floating around, started by an alleged BestBuy employee, about BestBuy starting EVO 4G preorders within a couple of weeks, possibly starting on April 16th.

The rumor comes from gstill4, an AndroidCentral forum member, who posted this last night at 11PM:

I work at best buy and I got info today that best buy mobile is about to get ready to take pre-orders within a couple weeks and it could possibly start on april 16th

We were already expecting BestBuy to start preorders for the EVO 4G sometime soon, and this only reassures our expectations, whether gstill4 is credible or not.

07
Apr
Android Market disaster

Two weeks ago we broke the story about a big milestone for Google: 40,000 applications were now available for the Android operating system, at least according to AndroLib which tracks Android applications across several app markets, including the main Android Market.

Google's Application Approval Policies

However, there has been increasing criticism of Google's poor handling of application publishing due to relaxed restrictions and lenient app approval policies. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple has gotten a plethora of bad press about their own overly harsh and oftentimes subjective process.

06
Apr
HTC financial report

HTC, an increasingly popular smartphone maker and the single biggest player in the Android business, just announced its financial results for the first quarter of this year, and they simply couldn't be any better.

Q1 2010 Financial Results

Revenues rose 19.3% year-over-year to NT$37.7 billion (US$1.2 billion) from NT$31.59, blowing way past the analysts' forecasts of NT$32-34 billion and even HTC's own expectations.

Net profits rose 3% year-over-year to NT$5.03 billion (US$158 million) from NT$4.88 billion.

06
Apr
ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet
Last Updated: April 8th, 2010

Engadget's Vlad Savov just announced a new Android tablet called Gemini by ICD (Innovative Converged Devices), seemingly out of nowhere - Google searches do not bring up anything but Engadget's own post - it looks like they have an exclusive here. I hate using the term "###### killer", so I will not be calling it an iPad killer. However, it is going to give Apple a run for its money.

ICD Gemini Tablet

Gemini has beautiful 11.2" screen, compared to iPad's 9.7" - a whole 1.5" larger diagonally.

05
Apr
Samsung Moment Android 2.1

A few days ago on April 2nd, a forum poster by the name of KansasCityJoe turned up at AndroidCentral.com forums out of nowhere and suggested he had a pre-release version of Android 2.1 on a Samsung Moment. KansasCityJoe, being a busy urban dude, has not posted any evidence, however, and other forum readers quickly called him out on it.

Fast forward 3 days to today and what do you know - Joe posted 7 pictures, indeed showing the Moment running Android 2.1.

05
Apr
Motorola Droid and Nexus One

As one of Google IO 2010 conference attendees, I've been wondering what Google had up its sleeve for this year's big gift. The price of the conference last year was sweetened with a free Android phone given to everyone attending, and I was hoping this year wouldn't be an exception, secretly hoping for a Nexus One or even better - a pre-release version of a brand new phone.

My wishes came true a few minutes ago when I received an email from Google informing me that all registered conference attendees would be getting a free phone sent to them before the conference even begins.

05
Apr
Android tablet

We have some interesting numbers today regarding tablet sales in 2010, courtesy of IMS Research - a research company specializing in a variety of topics, such as wireless communications, automotive, consumer, power, and security.

The report suggests that 24% of all tablets sold in 2010 will be running the Android OS. Microsoft will be following way behind at only 10% of the market.

The first place will be undoubtedly occupied by Apple's iPad, which was released 2 days ago and sold an estimated 700,000 units just on day one.

03
Apr
OpenEclair

We have some great news this morning for the rooting/ROM fans out there - a new milestone of OpenEclair has been reached and version 1.3 is now available for download here.

If you are interested in the discussion around this release, head over here.

What Is OpenEclair?

OpenEclair is a community ROM based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 2.1 source code (with lots of Cyanogen mixed in).

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