Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Apple makes more on an HTC Android smartphone than Google

That’s right, Google makes a projected $2 per Android powered phone sold, and Apple is closer $6 or $8. Microsoft is making about $5 on LG, Acer, and Samsung Android phones.

This past weekend Apple and HTC signed a patent cross-licensing deal that, according to one analyst, could see Apple collect between $6 and $8 for each and every Android smartphone HTC sells

Source: VB / Mobile Apple and Microsoft could make 600% more from Android than Google in 2013

11/21 update: HTC CEO Peter Chou – “I think that these estimates are baseless..” /via ARS Technica

Phone Review: Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S IIIPelicans are going to be dropping Samsung Galaxy S III phones on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless stores near you this month. $200, and a 2-year contract, will put this 4.8-inch screen (720p resolution) and an 8-megapixel camera in your pocket.

The Galaxy S III is obviously the next evolutionary step in the popular Galaxy S line. More than 50 million Galaxy S phones have been sold, and there isn’t any reason to think the the Galaxy S III won’t continue the trend.

The Galaxy S III includes a great hardware package, and a few new innovative features. Smart Stay uses the front facing camera to monitor your eyes and reduce the chances of the phone going to sleep when you need it to be awake. S Voice, a Siri like feature that doesn’t promise to be your new best friend. And an impressive camera that includes image stabilization and a shutter speed that apparently does’ t have any lag. There’s more, but the phone has been well covered, so you can read about it elsewhere if you’re interested.

You can pre-order the Galaxy S III from Verizon Wireless and AT&T starting today. T-mobile and Sprint will launch the phone on June 21st. Available in multiple colors, but only from AT&T to start.

App Review: Nuance Dragon ID

Soon you’ll be unlocking your iPhone or Android powered smartphone using your voice and Nuance’s Dragon ID. You won’t find the App in the iTunes App store or Google Play, but hardware vendors will be integrating it into their devices at the factory level soon. For example, you might be able to unlock you iPhone by speaking your password into your Bluetooth connected headset. Personally, I’m looking forward to this, my iPhone screen has four dimples.

[Source] Nuance’s Dragon ID lets you unlock your phone by voice

Google Maps for Android Adds Indoor Walking Directions

Google Maps for Android 6.7 dropped today and the additions include: indoor walking directions, 360° panoramas inside restaurants and stores, and a new Google Offers feature. Read more about the update on the company blog.

“Since we launched indoor maps in the U.S. and Japan in Google Maps for Android last November, business owners have been adding their floor plans to our maps with Google Maps Floor Plans. Today, we are launching indoor walking directions for participating venues in these countries. This will help you get directions not only to a building’s front door, but also through those doors to the places where you want to go inside.”

Chrome for Android Drops

Chrome for AndroidGoogle Chrome BETA for Android dropped today. Engadget, Droid Life, and the Wired Gadget Lab all posted good hands-on reviews – posted a video that demonstrates Chrome for Android’s slick tab management system.

Early reviews are positive, and most are pleased with the way Google Chrome for Android ties into the desktop Chrome experience. Your bookmarks, Omnibar results, and tabs are all synced, and better yet tab syncing includes tabs you currently have open.

Google Chrome BETA for Android is available now in the Android Market – Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) required.

Android File Transfer

Android TransferNeed to transfer a file from your MAC to an Android device? I did.

No extra software is needed to connect an Android device with a Windows computer. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a MAC running OS X 10.5 or later. You’ll need to download Android File Transfer from Google to view and transfer files between your Mac and your Android device (running Android 3.0 or later).

I needed to transfer a large APK (Android application package) from my MacBook Pro to my Galaxy Nexus yesterday and Android File Transfer worked perfectly. It took a little sleuthing to figure this out, so I thought I’d share.

iPad 2 vs. Kindle Tablet

Gizmodo Concept Drawing - Amazon Kindle Tablet

Pundits of all types have been predicting the end of the iPad’s dominance since it was launched in April of 2010. Fortunately for Apple, and Apple investors, the enemy hasn’t been able to muster a proper offensive yet. Will Amazon’s Kindle Tablet finally end the iPad’s dominance over the burgeoning tablet computing market?

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Store Wars

App Store WarsEnjoyed the Store Wars infographic forged by WebPageFX. Facts that caught my attention incude:

  • An estimated total app store revenue of $15.1 billion in 2011, up from $5.2 billion in 2010
  • The average number of apps used on an iPhone – 48 – 35 on Android
  • Average price of Top 100 paid apps is significantly lower on the iPhone – $2.15 vs. $4.57 on Android

It’s easy to see why Apple, Android, RIM, Amazon, and others are joing the Store Wars. Dig the theme WebPageFX, thanks for putting this together.

Amazon’s Android Appstore

Amazon Appstore

Amazon’s new Android Appstore launched Tuesday, and I’ve spent some time getting to know it this week. I’ve also been taking advantage of the one free paid app per day offer, Amazon’s using to promote the store, to snatch a few new titles for the Samsung Galaxy Tab I pack around with my iPad. Tuesday’s free app was Angry Birds Rio, a new title in the popular Angry Birds line based on the animated flick, Rio. Smartly, Amazon secured an exclusive for the launch of Rio, which I’m sure drove some traffic to the store Tuesday.

The store launched with 30 title categories and a healthy selection of apps, including popular titles like: Fruit Ninja, Shazam, and Call of Duty. The store represents the first attempt by a major retailer to offer a “curated” selection of Android applications – and I’m happy to see it. According to Amazon’s submission rules, apps in the store must work properly and be safe, both in terms of consumer data privacy and the impact to the mobile device itself. Consumers will be able to worry a little less about whether or not an app is safe, Amazon screens all apps in the store for malware. In the wake of the recent malware outbreak in the official Android Market, over 50 apps infected with a malware program “DroidDream,” security is something more Android users are thinking about. A “curated” selection of apps contributes to Apples’s success with the iTunes App Store, it’s likely to do a lot of good for Google’s Android platform.

The web-based store sports a cool feature called “Test Drive” that lets you take an app out for a spin in your browser before you buy it. Click the ‘Test Drive” button, and Amazon will launch an emulated instance of Android on its EC2 cloud platform for your test driving pleasure. Unfortunately, this isn’t supported for all apps. This is something I’d like to see in the iTunes App Store as well, a few screen shots isn’t always enough. Users can browse apps in the web-based store, or download a native Android app. I’ve been using the native Android app and it’s a pleasure to use. One-click purchasing is available, and it really is one-click, so watch where you tap on the screen when you’re browsing – you’ve only got 15 minutes to return an accidental purchase.

Amazon’s appstore will also introduce a new pricing model for Android developers. Instead of offering developers the typical 70/30 split, developers will tell Amazon what they hope to sell the app for. Amazon, however, will determine the price. Developers will then receive 70% of the revenue earned, or 20% if Amazon decides to discount the app or give it away for free. The reduced rate is in exchange for the increased sales that will likely result from Amazon’s effort to promote the app. This system is probably going to benefit developers because it’s in Amazon’s best interests to optimize the revenue generated for each app – and Amazon knows how to run an e-tail business.

TechCrunch has speculated that the Amazon appstore may precede an Amazon-made tablet powered by Android, enabling Amazon to more directly compete with Apple and other tablet manufacturers. Is Amazon’s Android Appstore a sign of things to come? I don’t now, but I’m happy to see it.

iPad 2

iPad 2

The dust has settled on the streets around the Yerba Buena Center, the venue Apple selected to pull the white sheet off the iPad 2 Wednesday. Tim Cook sat in the front row of the audience, as Steve Jobs took the stage to present the all important iPad – responsible for 17% of Apple’s revenue last quarter. The unveiling went as expected, except maybe for Steve showing up, and now a lot of us are anxiously waiting for March 11th to arrive.

Apple streamed the event, and as usual Steve did a great job of walking us through the changes to the iPad. There weren’t any surprise features, and that disappointed some. I for one, think it would have been a mistake for Apple to mess with a product that’s doing as well as the iPad is. Refining the iPad, and adding a few well thought out features, e.g. the cameras and upgraded processor, was a smart move on Apple’s part.

The improvements include:

  • A 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, which will make the iPad 2 nearly twice as fast as the origina iPad
  • 2 cameras, 720p video recording at 30fps from the rear-facing camera
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, and a slim 8.8mm
  • Both white and black options, and an improved shell
  • Ships with iOS 4.3 installed, which offers all kinds of cool improvements

A lot has been written about the iPad 2 and Apple’s announcement. Scoble weighed in on the iPad 2 vs. the Motorola Xoom, HP’s TouchPad, and the RIM PlayBook. He even wrote an iPad lovers review of the Motorol Xoom post. The iPad 2, in Scoble’s opinion “wins big time.” Engadget did a nice job with their iPad 2 first hands-on post. And Engadget rounded-up the best selection of Apple’s press pictures and videos, one embedded below.

The rumors and speculation that preceded the unveiling were fun to follow as usual. Devin Coldewey did a great job with his iPad 2 Rumor Roundup post over on CrunchGear – fortunately the high-resolution display didn’t materialize – that would have been tough on developers. Fortunately, iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad did materialize and the iPad thinned out and lost some weight.

I for one am looking forward to getting my iPad 2 next week. I think Apple made some smart improvements, enough to make 2011 another iPad year. A number of good Android tablets are available now, and more are coming this year, but it’s Apple’s software ecosystem that’s the real barrier to entry competitors are going to be banging their heads agains for years to come.

Bubble Ball Bumps Angry Birds From Top Spot

Robert Nay & Mom

Fourteen-year old Robert Nay, left, and his mother Kari Nay are shown in this picture. Robert's game Bubble Ball is the #1 free game in Apple's App store.

Bubble Ball, an iPhone app developed by a 14-year-old, bumped Angry Birds from the top spot on the Top 10 Free Apps downloaded list in the iTunes App Store. The physics stimulating app has taken the globe by storm with over 2 million downloads worldwide. It’s a huge succes in the iPhone App Store, and is also available in the Android Marketplace.

Bubble Ball was developed by Robert Nay, a youngster who apparently has a passion, and a gift for programming. Nay used Ansca Mobile’s Corona software development kit (SDK) to develop Bubble Ball.

“I’m pretty surprised by how well it’s doing,” 14-year old Robert Nay told AllThingsD, via MSNBC, about the app-store topping hit “Bubble Ball”.

Well, it’s doing great Robert! Love the humility and congratulations.

iOS WiFi Hotspot

Personal HotspotThinking you might want to switch from the AT&T iPhone to the Verizon iPhone because you want an iPhone that supports the Personal Hotspot feature? Good news for the few of you that aren’t contemplating the switch. Boy Genius Report says they have a source that’s reports this feature will be coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean AT&T will support the feature. Still, chances are they won’t have much of a choice in the matter.

According to BGR, the OS version will be 8F5148b, the baseband will be 04.08.00, with technical acceptance planned for March.

In the meantime, you can read this guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone to turn it into a personal hotspot. Or, get a phone running the Android OS which has the ability baked into it already.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The SamSung Galaxy Tab, slated for launch in November 2010, has been getting a lot of attention in the press – for good reason – it stacks up nicely feature-for-feature against Apple’s iPad. I’m not going to write a review here, it’s been done over and over again, but I will provide you with a list of the resources I’ve used to research this popular device and the things I like most about it.

Learn more:

What I like most about the Galaxy Tab:

  • Size – the 7″ screen makes the Galaxy Tab more portable than iPad which has a 9.7″ screen
  • Weight – at .82 pounds it weights about 1/2 of what the iPad weighs
  • External memory – adds capacity for an additional 32G
  • HDMI out – can’t do that with an iPad
  • The FF and RF camerera (w/ a flash) is a nice addition

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab may just be the 1st Android powered device I buy. Most of all, I’m glad to see competition in the tablet space heating up.

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