On a recent conference call discussing their Q4 2010 performance, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that “there are multiple ecosystem patterns that need to be considered” as they move forward, one of several remarks in the call that analysts are interpreting as a sign that Nokia may abandon Symbian and the as-yet-unseen MeeGo and instead begin producing Android-powered smartphones.
At the Inside Social Apps conference this week, Eric Chu, Android Platform Manager, said that the number of paid app purchases are not increasing as they should with the increases in use of Android in general, and that’s something Google wants to fix for developers. Improvements planned for this year include:
Remember the weird zombie painting that was hidden away in Gingerbread? Turns out the Android team has hidden a similar Easter Egg in Honeycomb, and it’s already been found by folks digging around in the SDK preview released today. If you have the means to …
Apparently contradicting what Google’s Matias Duarte said at CES, an unnamed Google spokesman told TechRadar that “right now, [Honeycomb] is a tablet operating system.” TechRadar takes this to mean that Honeycomb may never come to phones, but their source’s words about the future only seem …
On the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement that Vibrant owners will start seeing Froyo this week, Sprint has issued a statement on the status of a Froyo update for its Galaxy S variant, the Epic 4G. Unfortunately, the new statement does not include much in the …
For the past week or so, those of us who rely on Google’s podcatcher Listen have been stymied by a bug: subscriptions won’t update, leaving users with no new podcasts to listen to. Quite a few people have reported this same issue in the Google …
Back in November, we heard that game developer PopCap was working on Android versions of several of its most popular games, aiming to release them in “early 2011.” We now have more information:
Bejeweled 2 will debut this week.
Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and Chuzzle are on track to release in the second quarter of 2011.
They don’t plan to use OpenFeint at this point, but they are “more likely” to use Facebook Connect.
I’m not sure if Q2 counts as “early,” but it will still be in the first half of the year, so I guess we can say they’re generally on target–and it sounds like they will be worth the wait.
In response to recent rumors, Samsung has denied that they are charging carriers for Android updates: “”No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!” Doesn’t do much to clear up what …
While we all drool over the current cutting edge in Android phones, the likes of the Atrix and Droid Bionic that were announced as C.E.S., another kind of revolution is happening at the other end of the spectrum. A great example is the LG Optimus U, which debuted on U.S. Cellular last month. The sibling of the Optimus T, Optimus S and Vortex, it’s a capable Froyo phone that’s only $30.
With Tivo, I almost never watch live TV, delaying even big games and season finales so that I can skip the ads. But since I always have one eye on Twitter, occasionally a surprise is spoiled when I see someone tweet who’s watching in real time. Handmark’s Twitter client Tweetcaster has added a feature that will help solve that problem.
Google’s YouTube team announced Wednesday that a new set of music videos from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West, is now available to those using the latest version of the YouTube app, which requires Android 2.2 or higher. Previously, from major-music-label-backed video distributor VEVO, whose YouTube videos all include a short pre-roll VEVO branding ad, were not available via the app. Based on statements later in the announcement, it sounds like enabling those pre-roll ads was the key to adding VEVO’s content to the app
Well, at least this Samsung phone is getting updated to Froyo. Pre-paid wireless provider Virgin Mobile announced via Twitter that the Intercept, an 800 Mhz landscape slider that launched at Target stores last fall, will be upgraded to Android 2.2 “sometime this spring.”
Since it debuted a year ago, Google Translate has been one of those apps that seems a little like magic, especially to those of us who grew up reading about the Babel fish in Douglas Adams’ novels. Google has just released a new version of the app that takes us a step closer to having a Babel fish in the ear.
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