It has been reported rather extensively over the past few days that the Android Market is approaching 100,000 apps. What we didn't quite grasp, was that 100k was merely an estimate and not an exact figure, derived by complex calculations (by Androlib developers). Well, now we finally have a concrete number, straight from the horse's mouth, Google. During Thursday's second-quarter earnings call, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg, revealed the more accurate number of apps currently on the market: 70,000. Now, 70,000 is still extremely impressive, as less than a year ago, the Android Market only had 10,000 apps. But let's relax on those Android Market vs iOS App Store comparisons, for now.
The 100k app figure didn't dominate the earnings call, however, according to TechCrunch. In addition, Google CFO Patrick Pichette went on to explain that Android cost "isn’t material for the company" because of Google doesn't develop its own hardware. So from that I'm basically hearing that Android is extremely profitable to Google. SVP Rosenberg continues, “I think the most important thing beyond the growth [of the Market] is that the most popular app is a browser, [that]search on Android devices grew 300%in the first half of 2010."
What's good for the Google is good for the gander, I suppose....
Well, it may not come as a huge surprise considering all the steam Android's picked up over the past few years, but it's a landmark nonetheless: according to AndroLib's data, the Market now has 100,000 apps available for download.
It's also interesting to note that it took just under three months to get from 50,000 to the 100,000 mark. An even more impressive number, however, is the fact that over one billion applications have been downloaded. While it's not clear if this number includes app updates or not, the number is massive either way, and they're growing pretty steeply each month....
A recent survey, completed on June 24th, 2010, sheds light on the latest trends in the smartphone world, some of which are downright shocking. Conducted by ChangeWave Research, an "independent research boutique," over 4,000 consumers were surveyed throughout June, in regards to their smartphone preferences. For comparison, the results for the June survey were then compared to a March survey, asking the same questions.
A quick summary, quoted from the report itself:
Let's go more in-depth with the findings. The first finding, which is rather innocuous and unsurprising: there is ever-increasing interest for consumers to purchase a smartphone. From January '08 to June '10, the percentage of people considering a purchase of a smartphone over the next 90 days increased from 8.4% to 16.4%, almost linearly, and from 10.8% in March 2010.
The next finding is the change of Market Share between the top four smartphone...
Audible, the popular audiobook service, has been working on an Android app for quite some time. And today, I am pleased to announce that the app is now available as as a public beta. The latest version of Audible for Android Beta will allow you to:
sign into your Audible.com account
sync your previously purchased audiobooks
"sideload" audiobooks from your PC to your Android device (requires *.aax files)
search for and download new audiobooks straight from the app
play back the audiobooks, with an option to rewind 30 seconds
bookmark a specific place, with the option to add notes
view details, chapters, and previously saved bookmarks of audiobook
An Audible.com membership starts $7.49 per month for the first three months ($14.99 for each subsequent month), which is required to get full use out of the Android app. However, there's an option to test out the the Android app, and at the same time, the Audible.com service. You will get to play with all the features of the app, but will only have access to one chapter of each listed book. This can be a great opportunity to see if Audible for Android is right for you.
After playing with Audible for Android, I must say that I am extremely impressed. The UI is sleek and easy to use; it sort of reminds me of the Kindle Android app. And this is no surprise, since Audible is owned by Amazon as...
While we are busy celebrating the release of the new Motorola Droid X, we have a bit of information that hit us completely by surprise. Today we were tipped off with some rather unfortunate news that the Motorola Droid and Motorola Devour have appeared on the End of Life life device list at Verizon. This comes just days after we got a glimpse of Verizon's new summer catalog with pictures of the Motorola Droid 2 on the front cover. Could Verizon be depleting all of the Droid stock for a Droid 2 back to school release in early August? Let us know your thoughts.
Currently Verizon is offering the Motorola Droid at $149, buy one get one free. If you're on the fence about getting one, now might be the last chance before the new and improved Droid 2 replaces it!
Good Morning Droid Fans and welcome to the Motorola Droid X launch day! The Droid X is now available to order online for $199 after discounts and with the typical contract renewal or new agreement. This also includes free shipping so you'll have the X just in time for the weekend.
T-Mobile, the software development company perhaps better known for its wireless service, today released a social media app to the Android Market, called Social Buzz. Social Buzz, although developed initially for T-Mobile dumbphones, has evolved into a what it looks like, a powerful Android social tool. Integrated in Social Buzz are feeds for Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Sadly absent from the initial release is a widget and Google Buzz integration.
I only tested the twitter integration so far, but here is a quick list of features you will get with Social Buzz. You are able to update your status, retweet natively, reply, favorite, open links, refresh, sort between my updates and all updates, and set up notifications. Now these are rather basic features that I expect all respectable Twitter apps to have included by now. Also, speed was well below average when refreshing. Social Buzz may not be the perfect app, but who knows, this may appeal to those social butterflies who need access to multiple social networks at one time.
Social Buzz reminds me very much of HTC's proprietary social app, Friendstream, except that it lacks a widget. However, the surprise here is that T-Mobile's Social Buzz does not require a T-Mobile handset, and thus will work on any Android 2.xx device. And you can download it now from the Android Market, for free. Now, let's hope HTC, Verizon, and Sprint take a lesson from this, and release their...
It looks like BGR has another nice tidbit of breaking information. They have heard from sources that the Dell Streak will be launching on the AT&T Network on July 19th.
We know some of you may be anticipating the arrival of this device so we've created the Dell Streak Forum on ATTDroids.com. In addition, you can visit the Dell Streak Hacking section for those of you who just can't leave that stock Android alone.
We just received a tip that Verizon Wireless will be extending its Next Best Activity (NBA) program. The NBA program originally launched to allow any Verizon Wireless customers with an upgrade by December 31st, to be able to upgrade to the Droid X early. Now the word is the program is being extended to "select high-value and high-risk" customers. These customers will be notified with promotion details via mail around July 15th. Also, presumably, you will be able to call up Verizon on July 15th to see if you are on the "NBA List."
Going out tomorrow to purchase the Moto Droid X? Instead of tossing your old phone in the garbage, or letting it collect dust in an attic box, Verizon is asking you to donate it. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has been actively involved in Hopeline, a charity that assists victims of domestic violence. Through its consumers' phone donations, Verizon has helped raise over $7.9 million for Hopeline, and has distributed over 90,000 recycled phones with free wireless service to victims of domestic abuse.
All Verizon asks if you could do your part, and drop off your old phone for donation. To be safe, Verizon recommends you wipe all personal data before submitting your phone, but Verizon's recycling center will wipe it anyway. To participate, here are the instructios: Pre-package your old phone, download and attach this form: http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/HopeLineLabel.pdf , and drop it into a Hopeline bin at any Verizon Wireless store.