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Android Nation: Why iPhone Exclusivity Doesn’t Matter Anymore
May 12, 2010, 8:07 am
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I can’t even keep up with which rumor is true at this point. Contradicting reports are everywhere concerning what everyone is pinning the biggest tech story of the year on: the iPhone 4/4G/HD or whatever it ends up being called dropping its AT&T exclusive brand and heading to Verizon. Depending on who you ask, Apple may be locked in with AT&T for another 2 years after signing a supposed 5 year exclusivity contract, or maybe advertising company Landor Associates is feverishly slaving away at an iPhone campaign for Verizon for an upcoming summer release.

Great. Does it even matter? Aside from the fact that Apple could use a larger customer base — as the latest numbers indicate they may be running the vein dry over at AT&T — is the issue of what carrier the iPhone lands on really of the world-changing relevancy it may have been a year or two ago? I just can’t see it that way. According to a report by NPD Group (and verified by numbers in AdMob’s latest metrics report), Android has surpassed the iPhone to become the second-most installed handset in the US.

Apple, of course, has their own take on those figures. They are quick to cite that worldwide their iPhone OS devices currently hold a 16.1 percent share of the global market. Great figures for a smartphone — that is if it weren’t lumping in the iPod touch. A decent PR tactic, shifting the figures to a global view and padding them out with a secondary device, but its just a bit more smoke and fire to distract from the real issue at hand: the iPhone’s waning importance.

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Sony Said to Announce Televisions With Intel Chips, Google Software in May
May 6, 2010, 6:16 am
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Sony Corp., trying to reverse sales declines in its TV division, will announce home-entertainment devices next month that use Intel Corp. chips and Google Inc. software, said two people familiar with the matter.

The companies plan to discuss the new products at a conference sponsored by Google in San Francisco on May 19 and May 20, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details are still being worked out. Intel is contributing a customized version of its Atom chip that will run a new version of Google’s Android operating system called Dragonpoint.

Sony, aiming to win back share lost to Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc., would use Intel and Google to help produce televisions and Blu-ray DVD players with Internet access. Intel, whose processors run 80 percent of personal computers, wants to get its chips into new areas, including mobile phones and consumer electronics.

The three companies have been working with Logitech International SA on ways to add more Internet content to televisions, two people involved with the discussions said in March. Logitech is developing a keyboard that would work as a remote control, one of the people said.

Gabriel Stricker, a spokesman for Mountain View, California-based Google, and George Boyd, a spokesman for Sony, both declined to comment. Mary Ninow, a spokeswoman for Intel, also declined to comment…Read Full Story



Acer A1 Overview
May 4, 2010, 5:52 am
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The A1 was Acer’s first Android powered handset and notedly the first Android phone to be powered by a 1GHz snapdragon processor! With this kind of power onboard it caused a lot of buzz and somewhat setting a standard for other “higher level” phones which we have today.

Months before Acer even joined the Open Handset Alliance, rumors swirled that they would launch an Android Phone before the end of the 2009. Looks like the rumors were right! The phone was officially announced in October of 09 to be the Acer A1! A name that makes complete sense. (A for Acer, 1 for first, relation to G1). The Handset was then uniquely only available to be purchased Sim-free & unlocked in Europe – no carrier has of yet decided to stock it and sell it on contract however in December the A1 did go through the FCC with AT&T bands…Read Full Story



Fitness, Wellness, and How Android Makes it Happen
May 4, 2010, 5:48 am
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One minute out and he is gaining on me. I put my feet to the pavement hard, moving my tired legs just enough to outpace the racer in my shadow. Not too much longer and I’ll reach the finish line just a handful of yards ahead. Head down, stride by stride, making the final push as the seconds fill up the clock.

I cross the line feeling him right on my back, but turning around no one is there. Pulling my phone out of my pocket I find out I’ve managed to come in a good three minutes ahead of the ghost runner I’ve been racing: my previous time finishing this route.

CardioTrainer and an Android phone are all the incentive I need to push myself harder, and it is just one example of how WorkSmart Labs Inc. is employing technology to make fitness and wellness an engaging experience, encouraging both the hardcore athlete and average Joe to get out and get fit…Read Full Story




Free Android phones coming to Adobe employees
May 3, 2010, 3:45 pm
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This will come as little surprise to anyone who followed technology news this week, but let there be no doubt about the preferred smartphone platform at Adobe: it isn’t the iPhone.

Adobe confirmed Thursday that it plans to demonstrate a version of Flash for Google’s Android software in May at the Google I/O conference, in responding to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ criticism of Flash in an open letter. And the company wants to make sure its employees use those phones: it’s preparing to give away Android phones running Flash to employees, according to three sources familiar with the plan.

It’s not clear which phone employees will receive (various HTC phones and the Nexus One were mentioned) and it will not be a mandatory shift. But in the time-honored technology industry practice of “dog-fooding” one’s own products, Adobe and Google want to encourage Adobe employees to spend as much time using Android and the Flash Player 10.1 as possible…Read Full Story



Droid Incredible for $99 on Amazon
May 3, 2010, 3:42 pm
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This is probably the best deal around the web right now for any piece of technology. You can now head over to Amazon and purchase a Droid Incredible for $99 with activation and a new 2 year contract. And with many Verizon stores being sold out, this may be the quickest way for you to get your hands on this hot Android handset.

Orders usually ship within 9 – 10 business days. Verizon is expected to receive more Incredible’s on May 4th. Lately, HTC has had inventory problems so there’s a really good chance this date might get pushed back. But, I would go for the best deal and you can’t beat a price tag $99 anywhere. So head over to Amazon and place your order today…Read Full Story