This week here at Android Community has been another exciting week. With Samsung announcing the Galaxy Tab for the US market, Android’s market share continuing to surge, and game developers becoming more interested in the Android platform.
The big announcement this week in Android news was, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We were at the event Thursday and got our hands on the much hyped 7 inch tablet. From what we saw the device was really solid, and on top of claims stating that apps will not look good on the larger screen, we were able to confirm that the apps looked just fine.
The Galaxy Tab will be coming to the United States this fall on all four major carriers as well as shipping with a WiFi only option. Price and availability are not currently known but expect that and much other information to be released as we near closer to release.
We also saw Android market share continuing to surge. Research company comScore reported that the Android Platform has been steadily and rapidly growing over the last 3 months. In the three months that were reported, Google had jumped from 12% to just over 17% taking some market share from RIM and Apple. A 5% jump is pretty substantial over just a 3 month period and they fully expect to continue to see Android dominate the market in the coming years.
Verizon has also been in the news quite a bit this week. First with the Galaxy Tab and clearing up rumors about their exclusivity with Bing. And then announcing that they have plans on introducing their own app store to feature V Cast Apps on Android devices and giving Android developers incentives to submit to their own store.
Much else hasn’t been said but we can fully expect more information in the coming weeks regarding this bold move from Verizon.
More and more game developers are being interested in the growing Android platform. First we saw the popular iOS game Fruit Ninja ported officially to the Android Market. This was one of the first applications to utilize OpenFeint on Android devices. Following OpenFeints breakthrough into the market came word that EA was planning on developing for Android as well. And finally word hit the internet that even though iOS is currently Epic Game’s focus, Android is definitely in the future for the gaming company.
According to internal documentation, it looks like Best Buy is preparing their BEAST internal activation system to accommodate Verizon LTE (4G) phones. Many were expecting Verizon’s 4G would be mainly used for their lineup of USB modems and WiFi devices. However, it seems that actual LTE phones will be coming to utilize the new 4G network that they are already planning to launch in 30 “NFL cities” by years end.
Now we know that it will not be a Windows Phone 7 device because they are not coming to Verizon this year. This means we can safely assume it’s going to be an Android device. Of course, no specific devices are mentioned in this documentation but it’s a start as this is the first we have heard of any expected “devices” at all.
Only a month after it’s release the Verizon Wireless Droid 2 is already the subject of discontinuation rumors. This time Boy Genius Report has gotten word that they plan on phasing out the DROID 2 in favor of the yet to be launched DRIOID 2 World Edition.
This is an understandable move business wise; only manufacturing one, better model for sale in all of their stores will sure cut costs, hassle and even confusion among customers. But if they start to sell the newer device for the same $199.99 price point some early adapters of the DROID 2 might be upset. As of now this is only a rumor, further word from Verizon itself will confirm or deny this in the coming weeks. As always we will be sure to let you know.
In a Sunday press release, Apple announced an on-sale date for the iPhone 4 in China. Saturday, September 25, 8 am is when customers in the world's largest market can get their hands on the new phones; both the Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing will be carrying them, coinciding with the opening of the Bejing store.
China Unicom (the phone's domestic carrier) will also be selling them in retail stores. Just as in other countries, new purchases via China Unicom will require a two year service contract; however, the phone will also be available contract-free at the Apple stores.
Suggested retail price for the phone is CNY4,999 (around $744) for the 16GB model and 5,999 yen (about $893) for the 32GB model (contract-free pricing; China Unicom pricing includes service plan prepayments, and it's available here). China Unicom has been accepting pre-orders for a few days now.
[hat tip to @Khaled]
Some good news for tablet lovers; the upcoming WeTab will reportedly be able to run Android apps.
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If you are a visual person like me, it probably drives you batty when you scroll through the music on your Android phone by albums and you're missing cover images. One of the main things I miss about purchasing actual CDs is the imaginative cover art that graced the plastic case. But now that I found Album Art Grabber Free app for Android, I never scowl at my music library when I'm looking for the perfect soundtrack to begin my day.
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File storage services empower your phone. You don't have to limit yourself to the on-board memory or the size of your SD card. With web-based services like Dropbox, you can share photos, files and videos between your phone and your computers with ease. And, you can also quickly offload content from your phone to the big disk in the sky. For this reason, I was happy to download the Dropbox Android app.
Android owners are invited to join the exclusive sample-sale ranks of Rue La La with the launch of the boutique's mobile shopping app. Now, when new beloved boutique items from all your favorite brand names go on sale at 11 a.m. Eastern time, it doesn't matter where you are. As long as you have your trusty Android in hand, you can purchase the latest fashionable deals straight from your phone.