A bit off topic as there's nothing directly Android-related here, but interesting nonetheless: JD Power & Associates has released their findings for the Q2 2010 Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study, and Apple, Motorola, and HTC have grabbed the top spots (respectively), all landing above the industry average of 764 points (out of 1000).
Coming in below average? RIM (Blackberry), Samsung, Palm, and in last place, Nokia (note: not all companies are shown, just the big dogs). The results are still fairly close, though - Apple (at #1) scored 800, while Nokia (last, #7) scored 711 - certainly not a lot of variation.
Folks, I wish I could have the pleasure of telling you that what you're about to see is available now or even that it will be available in the next couple of years. Unfortunately, at this stage, this Seabird mobile phone concept, designed by Billy May for Mozilla, is just a dream. A dream, so beautifully projected in this video that it made me feel both sadness and happiness, inspiration and despair, awe and... well, you'll know what I mean after you watch it.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce Seabird:
If you happen to have 3D glasses, Billy May put together a 3D version of this video, available here.
Found at the top of reddit's Android pagetoday is this comic comparing the openness of Android to the closed ecosystem of Apple's iPhone and iOS. It warranted an immediate tweet, but since tweets are very short-lived, I decided to have it take a more permanent place on our site.
Here we go:
No editorial comments from me - I decided to reserve that role for you, our readers, in the space below.
Admit it - QR codes are useful. And cool. They allow you to instantly get any bit of information, most frequently browser or Market urls, onto your phone - all you have to do is download the Barcode Scanner app from the Market (or any other QR reader) and scan the QR image.
Looks like Amazon isn't going to wait a few weeks to drop the price on the Epic 4G: they're already offering it for $200, $50 less than the other big-name stores. The device won't ship until launch (August 31), but they're offering free two-day shipping - albeit, with a minor disclaimer:
The new Samsung Epic from Sprint is now available for pre-order and should begin shipping on August 31, 2010. Due to demand for this device, you may experience a slight shipping delay.
"See price in cart?" Oh Amazon, you're so sneaky.
I suppose that's to be expected with such a major launch, but it's hard not to wonder if Sprint wouldn't be doing a little better right now if they could actually keep upwith the demand for their hottest hardware.
Logitech has released its first commercials for the Revue, the first Google TV box to hit the market. The commercials are so weird on so many levels - it looks like Logitech is going to be using a giant TV with legs as the mascot. Not creepy enough? The TV either displays a giant human eye or a giant human mouth. Like I said, freaking weird.
I'm not going to lie, I'd probably freak the hell out too.
Luckily, that's the worst of them.
Pictured: breakfast at a typical American household.
On the plus side, we can clearly see what they're shooting for with Google TV (although we already had an idea): gaming, web browsing, video chatting, and so on.
Samsung just sent us one hell of a goofy press release... on a scale of 1-10, this thing rates a 'K'. At first I was reluctant to run with it for fear of being that creepy, awkward blog (hell, some of you got upset over the Android vs. iPhone sex partners thing, when that was obviously in good fun - but I digress). So, without a creeper 'stache in sight around the AP offices, here goes.
Samsung surveyed a number of "working Americans" and found that a whole slew of them (72%) don't hesitate to use their phone while using the toilet.
Yesterday, we spent the day at Adobe HQ for their Adobe for Android Summit. We heard from Anup Murarka of the Mobile and Devices team, Paul Betlem for Flash, Aaron Filner for AIR, and N.J. on Flash platform tools.
Anub started off with some numbers:
85 of Alexa Top 100 sites use Flash
70% of web games use Flash
70% of all video on the web is Flash
98% of internet connected PCs have Flash player worldwide
95% of internet connected PCs worldwide have installed Flash Player 10
90% of top 20 OEMs committed to delivering Flash
Thanks to its wide distribution and variety of usability - whether for an app, a game, a movie, or something else - Flash is just about everywhere.
OKCupid (via Gizmodo) published an extremely interesting (but very in-depth) article detailing all kinds of smartphone and camera data. There were a number of interesting things in the article, perhaps the most relevant of which is that Android users have nearly half the number of sexual partners as iPhone users. Age bias is eliminated because the poll was conducted on 30 year-olds, rather than the mass populace. No real use for that information, but funny and interesting.
There are plenty of other good tidbits in the article as well. For example, the nicer a camera is, the more attractive it makes people look.