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Report: Over Half Of All Android Apps Are Free

Report: Over Half Of All Android Apps Are Free

Analytic firm Distimo has released its report for June 2010, and the results are interesting. This may not be a surprise to Android users who have spent some time browsing the market, but a whopping 57% of Android apps are free. That’s an impressive percentage on its own, but it gets even better when compared to other app stores:

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Amazing, right? Looks like the open mentality of Android pays off, as the Android Marketplace’s free rate is two times higher than anyone else's, excluding Palm’s App Catalog.

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Holy Crap: Samsung Has Sold 200,000 Galaxy S In S. Korea

Holy Crap: Samsung Has Sold 200,000 Galaxy S In S. Korea

The title says it all: Samsung has sold a whopping 200,000 Galaxy S’ in the first 10 days in South Korea. That may not seem like a lot in comparison to the iPhone 4’s 1.7m in 3 days, but keep in mind that the iPhone 4 launched internationally. South Korea’s population (as of 2009) was just over 50 million people – meaning they’re less than 1/6 the size of the US.

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LG Expanding Android Lineup, Adding Tablet And Phones

LG Expanding Android Lineup, Adding Tablet And Phones

It appears that Android is really hitting its stride, doesn’t it? Seems like we’re writing about a hot new Android phone just about every day. Today, LG has put out a press release to announce some new phones and an Android tablet. Details are scarce, but we do know a few things, including that it looks like they’ll be sporting a pretty slick UI. Other details:

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Optimus One

The LG Optimus One will be a budget option.

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HTC Vision Shows The World Its Keyboard, Blurrycam Style

HTC Vision Shows The World Its Keyboard, Blurrycam Style

Though Samsung has already promised the first Android “superphone” with a physical keyboard in the Samsung Epic 4G, some people may still be waiting on HTC – after all, they’ve produced some great keyboard touting Windows Mobile handsets, but as far as high powered Android handsets go, their selection has been a bit anemic. However, it appears that is about to change with some leaked shots and specs of the upcoming HTC Vision.

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Amzer EVO Product Review Roundup

Amzer EVO Product Review Roundup

A few weeks ago, Amzer sent us some sample products to review for the EVO. They included two silicone cases (one red, one black), a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable, and 2 screen protectors (one mirror, one clear).

Amzer is owned by Moftware, parent company of numerous smaller, more specific companies. The company isn’t some dinky accessory maker – they estimate that they sold 250,000 accessories for the EVO alone in the first two weeks after the phones release.

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Rumor: Android 2.2 Headed To Droid July 13

Rumor: Android 2.2 Headed To Droid July 13

Just like with any rumor, you should take this with a grain of salt… however, unlike some other recent rumors, this one seems fairly plausible. Droid Life is reporting that, according to “reliable sources”, the Android 2.2 update rollout for the Motorola Droid will begin on July 13, just two days before the launch of the Droid X.

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When the Droid X was announced, they made it clear that the phone would receive the 2.2 update sometime in late August, while the original Droid would receive the update in late July.

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Android Available For Download And Use On HD2

Android Available For Download And Use On HD2

We’ve been seeing Android (and Ubuntu, for that matter) builds running on the HD2 for a few weeks now, and it looks like an early prototype build is now available for download.

Compared to what it takes to alter your OS on Android phones, it actually seems quite simple:

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Global instructions: Just extract to Storage Card root directory and run HaRET executable.

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composed by DarkStone1337
http://gamesquare.co.uk/LEO_SENSE.7z

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CyanogenMod 6 Alpha Officially Released For GSM HTC Hero

CyanogenMod 6 Alpha Officially Released For GSM HTC Hero

This is an alpha release, meaning it is likely to be filled with bugs. Just like with any custom ROM, you are installing this at your own risk, and the developers are not responsible for any damage to your phones.

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Tired of Nexus One and Droid users gloating their CyanogenMod 6 over you? Well, HTC Hero owners – worry no more. The Alpha version of CM6 (the same version available for said phones) has officially been released for the GSM Hero (this does not include the Sprint Hero).

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Samsung Galaxy S Is A Beast, Runs Quake 3 Perfectly

Samsung Galaxy S Is A Beast, Runs Quake 3 Perfectly

So, by now, you’ve probably already heard that the Samsung Galaxy S is a beast at gaming – it can produce a staggering 90 million triangles per second compared to the Nexus One’s 22 million. But that is just one spec, and real world tests are what most people care about. Quake 3 has now been ported to both devices, and it acts as a great test of each device's gaming capabilities.

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New Yelp For Android v2.0 Arrives, Brings Mobile Check-Ins, “Monocle” Augmented Reality, Review Drafting, And A Bag Of Force Closes

New Yelp For Android v2.0 Arrives, Brings Mobile Check-Ins, “Monocle” Augmented Reality, Review Drafting, And A Bag Of Force Closes

A notification about the new version of Yelp just popped up on my EVO, and without thinking much about it, I gave it a whirl. Ohh, version 2.0 - it must be bringing new features, I thought. Indeed, it was. And I'm in love with them.

New In Yelp 2.0

Here's the list of the most interesting stuff:

  • Mobile check-ins
  • "Monocle"
  • Review drafting (though not posting)
  • Adding photos, tips, and bookmarks
  • A brand new look
  • A bunch of force closes, which I hope would be fixed soon.
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