20
Dec
ipad and samsung

According to analysts at Piper Jaffray, Android's share of the tablet market will grow to 39% by 2012, trailing Apple's 44% market share.

Apple's sole tablet offering, the iPad, has dominated the market for much of 2010, comprising 95% of all tablet sales in Q3 of 2010. Currently, the strongest competitor to Apple's iPad is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, running Android 2.2. Since, its launch in early November it has sold 1 million units and is projected to sell 1.5 million units by the end of 2010.

18
Dec

UPDATE: Here's the second video:

Here's the (first) video Rohan sent AndroidPolice:

18
Dec
thumb_550_E_Trade_Mobile_Pro_0

E*TRADE Financial and Fidelity Investments have finally made their mobile applications available to Android users. Up until now, both programs have been compatible exclusively with iOS and Blackberry OS. Although I'm not much of a stock trader myself, these apps are big wins for enterprise customers who use Android devices. Both are very slick and easy to use. I should also mention that both of them have very quick load times.

18
Dec
wsj_study

Way back in July, Lookout released the results of a study on app security, and found that many apps have access to user data that they have no need for - suggesting that there was plenty of potential for illicit information use. Two months later, a group of researchers from Intel, Penn State, and Duke came forth with data showing just that: 15 of the 30 apps tested sent GPS data, 7 sent unique hardware information, and a few sent more private information such as phone and SIM numbers.

18
Dec
sims

Just a short while after releasing Need for Speed Shift, EA Mobile has brought another popular mobile game, The Sims 3, to the Android Market.

A special edition of The Sims 3 has been available for some time to T-Mobile customers who own the Samsung Vibrant, but today the app has been made available to all Android users.

The official description of the app (from AppBrain):

ENJOY THIS AWARD-WINNING SIMS EXPERIENCE OPTIMIZED FOR ANDROID™!

17
Dec
gingerbread
Last Updated: December 19th, 2010

As exciting as seeing the Gingerbread keyboard leak out was, the fact remained that users stuck on Android 2.1 or below couldn't join in on the fun, and the same went for users of non-rooted devices.

Fortunately, the Android community rests not, and the keyboard has been neatly packaged into an APK and posted for all to see. Thanks to XDA-Developers member hotaru, both Éclair-running and non-rooted handsets can now access Google's latest input method.

17
Dec
nfsshift

This isn't nearly as exciting as that other thing that's just happened, but it's still fun - especially for those of us into cars and/or racing games. EA Mobile released NFS: Shift into the Market about 17 hours ago, and although it obviously packs a lot less than the PC/console version, if it's anywhere close, it should still be a blast to play. The official app description:

THINK FAST! DRIVE FASTER!

17
Dec
toast_wimax_cm

Big news from kernel-master toastcfh about an hour ago: WiMax (Sprint's 4G) is now working on CyanogenMod. This has long been one of the most heard complaints from CM fans with EVOs in particular (in fact, just about every time we post on CM, somebody comments about the lack of 4G). At the moment, details are light - for example, we don't know how long it's going to take to make it into a release, or if there's anything special involved.

17
Dec
kindle_menu

Amazon has updated their Kindle for Android app to the ridiculously-numbered version 2.0.0.101810146. With the update comes a few notable new features:

  • Access to over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines
  • "Move to SD Card" option
  • In-app purchases
  • Social network integration
  • Chapter titles now show in the reader status bar
  • Zoom for images
  • Volume rocker can function as page up/down

kindle_menu kindle_periodical

The app supports all versions of Android from 1.6 up. And don't forget - your purchases are linked by account, not device - meaning any books you purchase on your actual Kindle can be accessed in the Kindle app on your phone.

17
Dec
nec_lifetouch_dual-screen_mockup

Last month at GSM 2010, NEC showed off  a 7" touchscreen Android tablet. The company was marketing it towards businesses, and it's supposed to function mainly in the cloud - an interesting proposal. Unfortunately, it seems the execution is lackluster in just about every way. The specs are utter crap:

  • 600 Mhz CPU (NEC says this will be updated to 1 Ghz at some point)
  • 384 MB RAM
  • 1 GB ROM
  • Resistive touchscreen
  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Android 2.1, with updates coming down the road
  • Custom UI

Based on the video below, it it looks like it runs like a dog.

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