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HTC Profits Exceed Expectations; Over 20 Million HTC Phones Expected To Ship Worldwide This Year

According to the Wall Street Journal, HTC beat estimates in its Q2 2010 earnings report; with net profits coming in at $268 million for the first half of the year, a 33% increase over 2009. The reason? Probably the fact that HTC is on track to ship over 20 million phones in 2010, a 66% increase over the 12 million they sold last year.

While at first glance these numbers hold little meaning, their implications could be significant.

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Gingerbread “Minimum” Specs Fake, Say Android Engineers

Given that everyone in the Android blogosphere is chomping at the bit for information regarding Google’s next Android release, codenamed Gingerbread, it was only a matter of time before someone took advantage of this appetite.

We reported a couple days ago that a rumor regarding the minimum specifications for Gingerbread was floating around via a certain mobile news website. It seems now, though, that Android engineers #romainguy and #morrildl have both lashed out at the author whose podcast broke the “leak”.

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Rumor: Minimum Specs For Android 3.0 Gingerbread; Aims For Complete Break From Android 2.1/2.2

A leak provided by Mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin has confirmed some concrete system requirements for Android 3.0 Gingerbread. His information confirms what has been expected; Gingerbread is going to be a major release for the Android platform. Here’s the summary, translated from Murtazin’s podcast “Digestiv” by’s Staska…

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.  (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.
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    T-Mobile Prepping Dual Core-Powered, Gingerbread Running Monster

    ** Thanks to AndroidGuys podcast host Scott Brown for this leak. **

    T-Mobile’s been taking a lot of hits from the Android community recently, as they haven’t really caught up to the other carriers (well, Verizon and Sprint) in terms of great phones. Though they introduced us to Android with the G1, the rest of their Android offerings have been lackluster in terms of specs, with the recent myTouch Slide having only a 600 MHz processor and 3.4” screen being unable to compete with the likes of the Evo and upcoming Droid X.

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    The Droid Shadow Loves The Limelight

    Another week another leak – we’re visited once again by our old friend the Droid Shadow (AKA: Droid Xtreme/Droid X), this time with two new pictures and few tidbits about the phone’s software.


    In case you’re out of the loop, the Droid Shadow is said to be Motorola’s latest addition to Verizon’s Droid brand, which we’ve covered here and here (note that I incorrectly referred to the Shadow as the Droid 2 – from what I’ve read since, this is not the case).

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    WebM Outs Gingerbread Release Date – Coming Q4 2010

    If you were hoping for a break in Android upgrade posts now that Froyos been announced, I’ve got bad news. During yesterdays web-centric keynote, Google announced the WebM project, and the folks over at Eurodroid noticed a tasty little bit of information on the FAQ page: a tentative release date for Gingerbread.

    The FAQ in question states that WebM support in Android is expected in the Gingerbread release which is currently planned for Q4, 2010!

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    Latest Android Fragmentation Numbers Are In - Android 1.5 Still Leading The Pack

    Google has updated the two-week survey of Android devices connecting to the Android Market again, ending yesterday, May 3, 2010.

    According to their graph, 99% of users are using platform versions 1.5, 1.6 or 2.1 with the final percentage being split among some very minor releases. More than one third of Android devices are still using a build of the Android OS which is several versions old - 1.5.

    With the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment 2.1 updates rumored (for the 7th time) to go out this week, this will hopefully be the last time we see 1.5 ahead of the pack.

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    Editorial: Why Google Could Not Avoid Android Fragmentation And What It Plans To Do About It

    Android Fragmentation

    If you currently own an Android phone, chances are you are running one of the four major release versions: 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, or 2.1.

    Each version has its own set of supported features and a separate SDK (software development kit) which makes developers' lives a living hell - they have to develop and test on 4 different major operating systems or face users' wrath in the cruel world of application reviews.

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