Android 2.X is now on 70% of ALL Android phones
Google has recently dropped its latest Android OS build dubbed Froyo, and has managed to grab about 28% of the all Android phones. Closing the gap on 2.1 and just about matching the number of phones still stuck on 1.5 and 1.6. Just back in May, all Cupcake and Donut phones took up nearly 62% of Android headsets, and we can all agree that carriers and phone manufacturers have finally gotten on the ball with updating their Android OS for most headsets. Looks like it’s still a great time to get into developing for Android, seeing how it is so rapidly taking over the mobile market.
Android 2.X is now on 70% of ALL Android phones
Archos 32 now shipping for $150.00
Our staff is having a difficult time understand how the Archos 32 can be considered an actual tablet but it is available now for $150.00. The new Archos line of product justs emerged into the news two weeks ago and we are already seeing the first of the devices shipping. What you get for $150 is a 3.2″ resistive touch panel display, Android 2.2, 800Mhz ARM Cortex A8 processor, Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1+, internal microphone, G sensor and playback support for every file out there. The battery is good for up to 24 hours, but once you pop in those seasons’s of LOST that you havent watched yet, it may dwindle down. Not bad for a tablet right?
LG to announce first dual-core Android smartphone is Q4 of 2010
LG Electronics announced September 6th, 2010 that it will be shipping the world’s first dual-core CPU Android smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2010, which will become LG’s optimus series devices. We are very excited to hear that we may actually hold a Tegra 2 powered Android phone this year!
The Nvidia Tegra 2 processor (AP20) offers a number of firsts including the first mobile dual-core CPU, the first ultra low-power GeForce GPU, and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Each core will be clocked at 1GHz and the company claims that customer should expect two times faster web browsing capabilities and as much as up to five times faster gaming experience over the current single core processors in the market. LG is going as far to say that the Tegra 2 will deliver ‘console-quality’ gaming experience to your Android headset, which is something that everyone has been waiting for in the entire mobile gaming market.
Chang Ma, VP of Marketing for LG, thinks the Optimus Series will take the lead when it comes to speed and graphics. He said, “LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance. We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.” It is very possible that these units will find their path to carriers such as Verizon and T-mobile by the end of this year!
Samsung: dual-core Orion CPU coming to all Galaxy S devices.
Samsung announced their next generation of dual-core CPU’s for smart phones. The processor itself is called the Orion, which will feature a pair of 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 cores that will be paired with an enhanced GPU that offers 5x the the 3D graphics performance over the previous generation Hummingbird. Samsung included several bonuses is the overall design of the unit, giving it a 1MB L2 cache to optimize CPU processing perfomance, and added support for DDR3 memory, along with a native onboard triple display controller. It’s very likely we will see a future generation model of the PowerVR SGX graphics processor from Imagination Technologies, but were also hearing rumor that it will sport the new SGX Series5XT GPU, either way were excited to see how smooth our PSX emulators will run. Mass production is due to occur in 2011, and we excited to see who will be on top of the dual-core mobile CPU race next year!
ARM announces quad-core 2.5GHz Cortex A-15, for 2012
Today we got a sneak peak into what the future of smartphonnes will be. ARM announced that they have developed a quad-core 2.5GHz processor that they have dubbed the Cortex A-15. Before you fall out of your chair, ARM does expect these beast CPU’s to find their way onto phones until late 2012. The Cortex A-15 chip is said to be five times faster than it’s current generation of Cortex-A8 CPU’s but at the same energy footprint. This is great for your green folks out there.
As ARM does not directly manufacture its own CPU’s, but provides licenses to manufacturers for a particular CPU – we hear that there are three big obvious contenders to pick up the chip. These would be Samsung, ST Ericsson, and Texas Instruments. Qualcomm and Nvidia were not mentioned in the press release, but we know that they are cooking up plans for the A-15.
Wallpaper Rotator rotates your wallpapers!
Android users rejoice! Most desktop computers now have automatic wallpaper rotation thanks to Microsoft Windows 7. This application brings that feature to your Android device.
This is a very simple application that allows you to rotate your wallpaper at a user-selected interval. The application then rotates images from a selected directory on the SD card, or your Flickr account. We’re told that future versions plan to include Picasa and Facebook support.
T-Mobile G2 in stores October 6th
T-mobile announced that their upcoming successor to the ever so trusty T-Mobile G1 will be hitting store shelves on October 6th, and you can get in on the piece of the pie as soon as today! (September 10th, 2010). You can go ahead and walk into your local Best Buy and pre-order the G2 for $199.00 with a two year service obligation, or $499.00 if you choose to stay obligation free. Many Android users are anxiously awaiting the release of this phone, we just hope that we can get our hands on it in time to do a detailed review so that you veteran G1 owners know whether you should upgrade now, or wait a few more months to see how the Android handset market evolves.
Google: Froyo NOT for tablets
Every major manufacturer is currently either in the pre-marketing phase or the development phase of their Android 2.2 powered tablets, but is Froyo really designed for tablets? Google says no. Although they do offer their Google Applications support for both the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the recently released Dell Streak, many of the applications in Android Market simply don’t support higher resolutions than your average Android headset, so it would render them broken. We know that Samsung had contacted several popular application developers to update their applications to be supported on the upcoming Galaxy Tablet, so in the midst of the issue we can assume that the most supported resolutions will be for Android tablets that are 7″ and less in screen size, which is sad because we are very excited about the launch of the upcoming Archos 10.1″ tablet that rocks onboard HDMI-out and other cool trinkets that we may not see in the smaller sized tablets that will be released this year. So what is Google doing to remedy the situation? One word – Gingerbread. We heard about the upcoming Android build a few months ago but there has yet to be any solid news as far as what the UI looks or feels like. What we know right now is that Gingerbread will be the first step of Android stepping out of the phone boundary and stepping into ‘no mans land’ where it will make a transition into tablet computing, but wait, that’s not everything. Once Gingerbread will be widely adapted, we should be hearing about the following Android OS build, code named Honeycomb. Google will be looking to provide an opportunity for developers to only cater to the Android Tablet market, to avoid further leg work for the developer to optimize his application to various screen sizes. Gingerbread is rumored to be released in October, and we cannot wait to do an Android 3.0 review.. perhaps on a dual core CPU Android handset?
Gartner: Android will be Number Two in Global OS Market by 2011
Good news for the Android community arrived today in a form of positive pro-Android projections from Gartner, who just last year had predicted Android would be the second most adopted mobile operating system by the year 2012. According to them, the only major thread is Nokia, given that Symbian OS has been in the market for much longer.
This is not to be misinterpreted as the sales market share, which is usually a quarter-by-quarter ordeal on sales only basis. So far so true, by 2014, they expect Android and Symbian to account for nearly 60% of the worldwide market share combined, at which point Android will eventually take the lead as world’s most popular mobile OS. We sure hope so, and are excited to see what is to come in the next few years of Android.
Less than a month ago we heard wind of a SMS trojan making its way from Russia and onto Android headsets, and as it turns out there is yet another Trojan application is making it’s rounds in the android community. The name of the virus is Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b, and is delivered using very clever search engine optimization techniques, a clear sign that cyber thieves are taking every step to infect Android based mobile devices. The entire process is disguised as an internet porn portal application, and once installed (and in full control of your SMS) it will begin pinging text messages to premium numbers which can rack up as high as $5.00 a pop. For now, it looks like these pests are based in Russia, however they do have the potential to spread the malware worldwide.