The Numbers Don’t Lie. Android More Desired, 50% Bought Recently.

Android has grown steadily for the past year and a half, and not to long ago the thought of Android phones becoming more desired than the latest iOS device was laughable. However, things have clearly changed. Nielsen, the leader of all things regarding polling and statistics, reports from their latest poll of U.S. Mobile Consumers show that those who are in the market for a new smartphone are looking for an Android device. Those who have already picked up a new smartphone have chosen an Android device 50% of the time.

Via [Nielsen]


Motorola Xoom Gets SD Card Support from Custom Kernel

Among the problems irking XOOM owners is the lack of SD card support. Although Motorola has said this would be remedied in an update later on, it seems another option has become available. XDA member and kernel developer bigrushdog has released a new version of his Tiamut kernel for the Motorola tablet, which as mentioned offers SD Card support. This may not be a preferred option but it’s as close as you can get without having to wait for an update from Motorola or a source code release.

If this interests you check out the XDA thread.

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Source: Android Central via XDA

A day made of glass…

The Future is near!!… that is how this video start, I think it’s actually closer than what we think. CORNING, the company that manufacture  Gorilla glass which happens to be installed in a huge amount of the latest smartphones, put up an amazing video of what can we expect if a few more years, thanks to the speed of how science and technology are developing. This video has been out for a couple of months only and so far has close to 12 million views, I guess a lot people must be talking about it, totally worth to spend 5 minutes to watch it.

Future of Android?

If you haven’t already read of all the rumors about Android becoming “locked-down”, I brought the information here to be shared. A lot of the information is aimed at root users but could effect stock users also.

To start off here’s a post quoted from garemlin on DroidXForums who quoted p3droid on My Droid World regarding what he thinks will be the death of Android:

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Andy Rubin Explains Holding Honeycomb Source Code

This post is written by Andy Rubin himself:

Recently, there’s been a lot of misinformation in the press about Android and Google’s role in supporting the ecosystem. I’m writing in the spirit of transparency and in an attempt to set the record straight. The Android community has grown tremendously since the launch of the first Android device in October 2008, but throughout we’ve remained committed to fostering the development of an open platform for the mobile industry and beyond.

We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” solution. The Android platform has already spurred the development of hundreds of different types of devices – many of which were not originally contemplated when the platform was first created. What amazes me is that the even though the quantity and breadth of Android products being built has grown tremendously, it’s clear that quality and consistency continue to be top priorities. Miraculously, we are seeing the platform take on new use cases, features and form factors as it’s being introduced in new categories and regions while still remaining consistent and compatible for third party applications.

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Samsung Announces Availability of WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, In Retail Stores April 10 for $349

galaxy tab wifi

A couple of weeks ago we were tipped to the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab possibly launching on April 4, but it looks like the device was pushed to April 10 instead and even dropped to a price of $349. You can all pick up this 7″ Android 2.2 tablet from a variety of online and local retailers, but just know that we have no idea if it will ever see Honeycomb. The price is very nice and the specs haven’t changed on this edition, so if the idea of possibly never having an update is OK with you, then by all means run out and grab one.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ Available for Purchase at Multiple Retail Stores and Online Outlets

Consumers receive chance to purchase WiFi-only version of Samsung’s award-winning Android™ platform mobile tablet

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Motorola XOOM Sales Hit 100,000 in Just a Month and a Half

xoom front back

We’re not about to make this the next “XOOM sales ONLY at 100K! What a bust!” posts, because we don’t think the Motorola XOOM has anything to be ashamed of. According to Deutsche Bank, who looked at the Android versions chart you are seeing below, decided that there are approximately 100,000 XOOMs in the wild right now (they figured that there are 50 million total Android devices and took 0.2% of that). So, I say, “Not bad!” for 100K sold in less than 6 weeks.

As a product that will lead the way for future Android tablets while running the first REAL tablet operating system, I’m all good with these numbers. A hundred thousand early adopters of a product that will only get better and better over time is a pretty good sign that the Google team is doing something right. Silly iPad owners and their childishly stretched app jukebox UI. At least we have 100K people in this country that can think for themselves. (Kidding! Had to! We have love for everyone.)

What do you guys think? 100K in 6 weeks enough to consider the XOOM an early success?

pie chart

via DroidLife and Business Insider