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There's 60 Android devices currently, and worldwide over 100k Android phones are being activated every day.  (Source: Engadget)

Froyo (Android 2.2) is fast; a whole lot faster!  (Source: Engadget)

Froyo has a host of new APIs that equate to handy features for Google's customers.  (Source: Engadget)

And Froyo does Flash, with a hot new super-fast, super-compatible browser.  (Source: Engadget)
Google looks to continue its campaign of market domination with great new products

In the U.S. Android has reportedly passed Apple's iPhone in sales, and worldwide it is expected to surpass the iPhone in units deployed by 2011.  The secret sauce to its success is no secret; Google reemphasized it today.  To date it has 60 Android devices on 59 carriers in 48 countries.  

Google shows no signs of slowing down.  Today at its I/O Developer event Google revealed that it is now up to an incredible 100,000 Android activations worldwide per day.  This is particularly noteworthy as it's been just weeks since Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed an impressive rate of 65k activations per day.

And here's a surprise -- Google revealed that its research shows it has a clear lead in the U.S. market in terms of both internet and app usage -- well ahead of the iPhone.  Apparently even though Google only has a third of the iPhone's apps (50k v. 150k+), the ones it has are good enough for its users to play with them more.  And Google claims 180k developers to boot, so expect more apps soon.

But Google isn't about to rest on its mechanical laurels, so to speak.  Today it unveiled Android 2.2, the secret new version of Android it's been cooking up under the codename Froyo ("frozen yogurt").

Froyo brings a Davlik Just-In-Time compiler.  For the non-computer programmer crowd out there, this cool tool will let your apps run 2 to 5 times faster as it speeds up Java code.  That means Android apps should run smoother, games should be able to have better graphics and effects, higher framerates, etc.

Among the other more technical app related stuff is the addition of 20 new features including new device admin APIs, auto-discovery, security policies, and GAL lookup.  For the everyday user one key improvement these features bring is the ability to backup your app data, not just your phone specific files (i.e. phone numbers, etc.), which is already present.

Also new is a cloud-to-device message API which allows for cool things like sending a map directly to your phone, from your PC.  The new OS also features tethering to turn your phone into a wireless internet hotspot (assuming you carrier allows it) which can connect "a device that doesn't have connectivity -- how about that iPad", as Google puts it.

And the new OS brings a new browser, Google Froyo V8.  Google claims it's the fastest mobile browser in existence.  And it packs support for both HTML5 and Flash (and Adobe Air for offline Flash apps coming soon, as well).  That's right, there's no Adobe haters at Google. 

The new browser packs voice searching, camera API integration (for web apps like Google Buzz) and more.  And it even provides instant translation to a number of languages, including Spanish and French (Mandarin coming soon).

Perhaps, most importantly you can now store and launch apps from your microSD card!  Apparently Google has been listening to its customers most pressing requests and demands.

If there was a cloud to be found in the silver lining of Froyo it's advertising.  Google is planning to step up its mobile ad efforts.  Assuming the AdMob acquisition survives the FTC, Google has plans for all kinds of tricky ads, such as ads asking if you want to call local restaurants to order, etc.

IPhone OS 4.0 is already pretty much set in stone.  And now Google has revealed its counterpunch in Android 2.2.  From the looks of it Apple should be very, very worried.  Even with Cupertino's appeal one can only wonder how long it can stand tall against Androids vast legion of handsets, unparalleled features unconstrained by a draconian desire to dictate to the user what they want, and the speedups needed to truly show the full glory of the faster processors found in Android handsets (many operate at 1 GHz).  Yes, Apple should be very worried indeed.


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Funny thing
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/20/2010 3:16:28 PM , Rating: 5
It's funny, everybody always speculated what phone would "kill" the iPhone. In the end, it wasn't any single phone, but free choice that has spelled the beginning of the end of Apple's dominant days.

Free choice in handsets. Apple has always believed in constraining its customers to its hardware. That is the reason why Windows computers have 90+ percent of the market, and Macs own less than 5 percent. And it's the reason why eventually the iPhone will become a bit player.

Freedom of expression and free development. In general cell phone providers shouldn't be in the business of banning apps, censorship, or playing moral police (banning porn). Customers should be making those decisions. Apple is hopelessly out of touch when it comes to this, and with Steve Jobs' recent rants, it seems there's little hope they will see the light anytime soon.

When we look back in 5 or 10 years, I believe we will see:
It wasn't a single phone that killed the iPhone. It was an army of liberated phones.




RE: Funny thing
By reader1 on 5/20/10, Rating: -1
RE: Funny thing
By Yawgm0th on 5/20/2010 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 5
I think you're trying a bit too hard.


RE: Funny thing
By sebmel on 5/21/2010 4:40:36 PM , Rating: 2
WiFi linking of the iPad and Android 2.2:

Google I/O 2010 Keynote Day 1, pt. 11:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7itQ03B0hOo

Cool work from Google but that's Beta performance from Android.


RE: Funny thing
By sebmel on 5/21/2010 4:58:56 PM , Rating: 3
Cellphone market share 2010 1st quarter vs 2009 1Q:

Nokia 35% = down 1.2%
Samsung 20.6% = up 1.5%
LG 8.6% = down 1.3%
RIM 3.4% = up 0.7%
Sony Ercisson 3.1% = down 2.3%
Motorola 3% = down 3.2%
Apple 2.7% = up 1.2%

Biggest winners in order:
Samsung, then Apple, then RIM

Biggest losers:
Motorola, then Sony Ericsson, then LG, then Nokia

Figures from research firm Gartner.


RE: Funny thing
By sebmel on 5/21/2010 5:10:03 PM , Rating: 4
x x Smartphone OS market share 2010 1Q vs. 2009 1Q:

Symbian 44.3% = down 4.5%
RIM 19.4% = down 1.2%
Apple iPhone OS 15.4% = up 4.9%
Android 9.6% = up 8%
Windows Mobile 6.8% = down 3.4%
Linux 3.7% = down 3.3%
Other 0.7% = down 0.5%

Winners in order:
Android, then Apple

Losers in order:
Symbian, then Windows Mobile, then Linux, then RIM, then Other

Figures according to Gartner


RE: Funny thing
By BruceLeet on 5/20/2010 3:44:02 PM , Rating: 5
You're the only failure in the dot-com world.


RE: Funny thing
By nafhan on 5/20/2010 3:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Good point!


RE: Funny thing
By Motoman on 5/20/2010 3:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
The web is life. Google may or may not be around forever, but it is Apple that is the joke.

And you're the most highly functional post-neuralectomy patient I've ever seen.


RE: Funny thing
By CU on 5/20/2010 3:48:19 PM , Rating: 5
The web is just about the greatest technological achievement of mankind. Changing how every modern civilization lives and works. If it is a joke then apple is the worst joke ever.

If the Google and web just disappeared it would probably cause economic collapse. If Apple disappeared, the world would continue on without much of a hiccup. Some may even celebrate it.


RE: Funny thing
By CorwinOfAmber on 5/20/2010 11:17:34 PM , Rating: 2
What about non-modern civilizations?

What happens to them? :-)


RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/20/2010 3:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
Apple are a joke and so are their business practices. Apple will always be a temporary fad.

Open platforms previal yet again!


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Funny thing
By Shining Arcanine on 5/20/2010 6:18:41 PM , Rating: 4
I thought IBM invented the personal computer.


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/21/2010 3:45:08 AM , Rating: 5
I've never purchased an Apple product and have no intention of doing so. Their business practices are at times anti-competitive and downright illegal.

They are a bigoted company with an extremely self-absorbed, egotistical CEO. The price premium on their products is enough for me alone to look elsewhere. They treat their platform developers terribly, denying their good quality apps due to that developer being a competitor, and other illegitimate reasons.

They cover up their mistakes with a cloak of ignorance and issue a fix in their own time. They sue their successful competitors for patents with oodles of prior art.

Their products are treated by the media like a cure for cancer. Sheeple queue in day-long lines to get their hands on their latest toy. Their consumer base is heavily stereotyped with a bigoted ignorance, of which stereotype PC users as "poor".

Apple may have been around for over 3 decades, but in my world, they will always be a fad.


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Funny thing
By Alexstarfire on 5/21/2010 7:56:19 AM , Rating: 3
Wikipedia isn't a great source to be using, just saying. Apple has never invented anything, that's just fact. Whether or not they made something popular is a completely different story.

Ohhh, and IMO stuff you buy works as well as you treat it. Treat it like garbage and it'll be running/working like shit in no time flat.


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Funny thing
By leuNam on 5/21/2010 11:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
apple and tony sitting on a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.. :P


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/21/2010 2:21:05 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
You are confusing Apple besting its competitors, with better products that consumers want more, with being anti-competitive.

Apple are stifling Adobe by publicly inciting hatred to their Flash platform and preventing any cross-platform applications. Their draconian App Store attempts to deny apps made by competitors such as Google, regardless of the hard work and money put into creating those apps. They're suing HTC for patent infringement, for extremely generic patents they shouldn't have been granted in the first place, due to blatant prior art.

That's not "besting its competitors", that's downright anti-competitive by attempting to put a stranglehold on the market due to Apple's obsession with control.

I'm not confused. Apple are successful, so what? I think it's more a case of people like you that are blinded by Apple's success, to see beyond the aesthetics of their products.

quote:
Do you really make buying decision on the basis of how a particular company's CEO is represented in the media? Sounds daft to me but it's your money and your life.
That sounds only as daft as those that base their purchasing decisions upon hype and advertising vehicles. Many of those that purchase Apple products seem to fall in that particular category.

I base most of my purchasing decisions on three main criteria:-

1)Does the product suit my needs.
2)Is the company ethically sound.
3)Is the product value for money.

Quite frankly, I've always found better products for me elsewhere.

quote:
If you want to look for cheaper products that's your right - in my experience generally you get what you pay for.

Apple's products are plagued with the same problems as any other products in their respective markets. You only need to sift through the articles on DT to see that. But only of course, if your cloak of ignorance allows you to.

Value for money != cheaper. Some of my equipment is more expensive than their Apple counterparts, but those products give me more value and allow me to be more constructive due to their capabilities and open nature.

quote:
Presumably that's why Apple the have the most developers and the most apps.

Because that's where the crowd is. Developers are fickle and will not hesitate on switching platforms if the money is elsewhere. Apple dropped the ball by forcing native code only. That cuts off an entire host of developers who will not hesitate on switching to Android due to its ever increasing popularity.

Within a year we'll be seeing more of those developers switching to the Android platform due to having more freedom and (what will inevitably be by then), a larger consumer base, and Apple will be again a small player in a big market.

quote:
Because you don't like Apple's products you cannot fathom why others do. So you can only explain it by people being misled on a vast scale and in order to explain that you have to argue that millions of people are acting stupidly and against their own best interests. This sort of explanation is comforting because (a) you can feel superior to all those stupid people and (b) it means you don't have to think about what Apple is doing right in order to attract all those millions of new customers.

You're wrong to assume such a narrow minded statement when I have not even mentioned what I think of Apple's products in the first place.

I'm not blinded by hatred towards the company. I can see the appeal of their products and have no issue with those that puchase them. In fact, many of my family and friends own Apple products, which I have used on many occasions.

It's not about feelings of superiority or blanket statements. However I find that comment to be hypocritical, as I've encountered many a Mac user expressing their bigotry and superiority for puchasing a premium product, insulting those that have purchased less expensive products. Also supporting their purchasing decisions although barely knowing why they purchased it beyond its aesthetics.


RE: Funny thing
By Tony Swash on 5/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/22/2010 1:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sheeple queue in day-long lines to get their hands on their latest toy.

Not every Apple user queues up in absurd lines.


RE: Funny thing
By The0ne on 5/21/2010 11:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
There aren't a lot of companies out there that is in the business for the consumer. Many companies are set up to make money. If going by your statement, you really shouldn't be buying anything made in China, Taiwan, etc.

Reality is what you make of it and if you knew how shady most companies are to save/earn a buck then you'll probably think differently.


RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/21/2010 3:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
If I can avoid it, then I will. In the case of Apple's products, I always find better elsewhere.


RE: Funny thing
By psychobriggsy on 5/21/2010 12:01:29 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah. Apple would never turn their logo into a playable Pacman game.

Google win.


RE: Funny thing
By muhahaaha on 5/21/2010 1:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
apple gear can't even play the pac man game because it requires flash. aww poor apptards.


RE: Funny thing
By sebmel on 5/21/2010 5:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
"Open platforms previal yet again!"

People are rating this up and yet:
Windows prevailed on the PC over Mac and Linux. I don't think I need to tell you that it's not open software.

Microsoft Office has prevailed over Open Office. Not open.
Microsoft managed to stuff ISO meetings with Windows clients to get it's 'open' doc format through the standards procedure but it's well understood that the format is a huge and opaque exercise in hiding proprietary dependencies.

mp3 beat Ogg & won the audio format compression war: proprietary
H264 has, so far won the video compression war: proprietary
pdf won the portable document format: proprietary
Flash is currently ahead of HTML 5: it may surprise some but Flash is proprietary

DVD, BluRay... proprietary
Direct X beat Open GL... and it's proprietary Microsoft tech
jpeg won the image compression format... proprietary

I think Linux is great... it does dominate super computing... but not much else.
I wish Android well, too... but not a monopoly. Competition is the consumer's friend.


RE: Funny thing
By themaster08 on 5/22/2010 2:07:39 AM , Rating: 3
Open platform != open source.


RE: Funny thing
By hellokeith on 5/22/2010 4:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
And functionally, Android is neither.

The community can release custom Android ROMs, but they cannot included Google's proprietary apps like Google Maps and Youtube app. And to date, there is no method of installing those proprietary apps on a fresh ROM load, so an in-place "upgrade" has to be done which really complicates things for custom ROM builders.

Google can, and may already, charge carriers for packaging the proprietary Google apps in an Android build. Open platform.

!= open source != freely-licensed != free-to-distribute


RE: Funny thing
By MonkeyPaw on 5/20/2010 3:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, MS might be the one to worry. Phones and tablets are the growing market now, and MS is the last to the party. WinMo7 has to be great. Not good, great. Apple and Google have a huge lead, and now the polish is mostly what remains. Sure, MS has the PC, but phones is where the turnover is at these days.


RE: Funny thing
By CptTripps on 5/20/2010 4:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
Until phones and tablets can run office, digital audio/video workstations, and a thousand other high end apps MS has nothing to worry about.

I hear what you are saying for sure, but I'm guessing by the time phones/tablets are replacing PC's 100% (if ever) MS will realize that and make the move.

At this time they are just dabble in other markets as their bread and butter is the Windows OS, Office Suite, Server market and the multitude of apps that run only on windows. Not saying they aren't missing out on some sales but I doubt they are hurting.


RE: Funny thing
By Jeffk464 on 5/20/2010 5:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
All the buz around winmobile7 is that it is a fantastic phone OS. Does Google have enough of a head start? Will MS as a good a job tying all of your services together as Google? Who knows, I'm 100% happy with my android equipped HTC incredible and love the concept of open source software. I have know idea what OS my next smart phone will run, my guess is probably nothing from apple.


RE: Funny thing
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/20/10, Rating: -1
RE: Funny thing
By leuNam on 5/20/2010 5:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
stop being an idiot. Google has made far better improvements than your yapping.. (0_0

wait till you see the new OS.


RE: Funny thing
By Lazarus Dark on 5/20/2010 7:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
Google is Love.


RE: Funny thing
By brshoemak on 5/21/2010 1:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Google's a joke and so is the Web.


If the web is a joke why don't you just get off it. You won't be missed except for people who take pleasure in downrating your often inane posts. At least it adds some color variety to the forums.


RE: Funny thing
By Hydrofirex on 5/20/2010 4:10:57 PM , Rating: 5
As Microsoft v. Apple proved in the begining of the personal computer revolution, an open platofrm that is compatiable with a broad range of consumer driven hardware will win out in an open copmetitive market. Closed proprietary systems are great for standardizing and establishing a new market and computing paradigm, but loose out in the long run.

Apple has turned out to be an astonishing innovator in the 21st Century and while I look forward to even more Star-Trekesque computing devices from Cupertino I'm glad Android is coming on strong. I love my iPhone, but it's jailbroken. The device wouldn't be nearly as functional or useful if it wasn't. I think an Android device is inevitable for me.

And Jason, it wasn't a phone that beat Apple - it was an idea, and ideas are litigation-proof.


RE: Funny thing
By ImSpartacus on 5/20/2010 9:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you!

You let your article stand by itself and voiced your opinion in a proper comment. Bravo.

But yeah, you're right. Apple can't keep us down! Froyo looks freakin sweet! God, my contract needs to end.


RE: Funny thing
By samspqr on 5/21/2010 5:20:12 AM , Rating: 1
it is showing a healthier trend, but you can't call google a winner just yet: apple sells 90K iphones per day, so google has just matched them


RE: Funny thing
By Gungel on 5/21/2010 7:56:40 AM , Rating: 2
The real looser here is Microsoft by coming out with a similarly restricted operating system like the iPhone OS. They had a pretty good market share just a couple of years ago in part due to its open OS. I love all the customizations and kitchen ROM's that are available with WinMo 6.x.
My contract is up in July and I'm 100% sure my next phone is an Android unit. Microsoft basically alienates its clients by closing up WP7. Personally I don't see a reason to wait around for WP7.


RE: Funny thing
By mckinney on 5/21/2010 1:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think some of this will depend on Apple moving to Verizon or not. Analyst estimate Iphone sales for the last half of 2010 at 25 million units. I dont know if thats on ATT alone.

The Smartphone market is growing fast. All the major players are going up. If MS really expects to compete in this market they will have to bring their "A" game to the field. I think the next one to start losing significant market share will be RIMM. I see alot of people at work that will bail on their BB's when their contracts are due. Most are looking at the Droid, not because they dont like the Iphone, its because they dont like ATT.


RE: Funny thing
By jmunjr on 5/21/2010 7:52:48 PM , Rating: 3
Apple has generally catered to a niche market in the computer world. That apparently is taking shape in the handheld phone world as well.


objectivity please?
By Da W on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: objectivity please?
By blckgrffn on 5/20/2010 3:46:26 PM , Rating: 4
Truth hurts :)

Realistically, Google is hitting Apple hard in the smartphone market by doing what MS did to Apple in the PC market. It is a historically validated road to success.

We'll probably see MS crawl back into competition by spending gobs of money, another proven route of moderate success for them


RE: objectivity please?
By smackababy on 5/20/2010 4:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
Because clearly, MS spending "gobs" of money for moderate success is how they got to the position they are in today...


RE: objectivity please?
By n0x1ous on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: objectivity please?
By petrosy on 5/20/2010 8:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yawn... that is a lot of typing to say that Apple has dropped the ball.

Wow controlled experience and huge margins... and you want to be that succker that supports it...FAIL!

PS: Not that anyone actually gives a shit... don't try get into a pissing match between Apple and Googel when it comes to profits.


RE: objectivity please?
By n0x1ous on 5/21/2010 12:13:00 AM , Rating: 1
Them dropping the ball is your opinion because you don't like the experience they offer and thats fine, as you have other options. the point was just that everyone thinks Apple is in such huge trouble because Android is passing them in sales, and if success is judged by units sold then that would be true, but Im sure both Google and Apple judge succcess by revenue/profit.

I actually own a nexus one and i like it very much, but I'm not blind to the fact that the iphone is a nicely made device. Open your eyes. Just becuase you don't like the what the iphone platform offers doesn't mean its garbage.

Hard for a fanboy like you to think with any reason though. Good idea on not getting in a pissing match on profits between Google and Apple because Apple's margins per unit obliterate Googles, so yeah i can see why you wouldn't want to bring that up because it doesn't support your argument.


RE: objectivity please?
By smackababy on 5/20/2010 3:47:28 PM , Rating: 4
Wait for the next article where you'll claim Mick is a Apple fanboy!


Apps...
By nafhan on 5/20/2010 3:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
OK, so we know number of apps is irrelevant. It's an interesting number, but not very helpful when comparing quality. Likewise, app usage says something, but that something might be that built in functionality isn't quite up to par.
For developers, the only important metric I can think of is: how much money did developers make off of apps (either through advertising or sales) and the related: how many developers are making money. I'd like to see a comparison of that for the respective platforms. Probably won't happen, though.




RE: Apps...
By mcnabney on 5/20/2010 4:44:52 PM , Rating: 4
Currently more money is made through the Apple store than the Android store. However, the number of Android apps installed is actually even higher than being reported. With Android you don't have to go through the App Store. You can download and install right off of a web page. A lot of beta software that will eventually be released onto the App Store can be acquired directly from the developers at a much earlier time. I just love this kind of freedom. And yes, money being made through the Android App store is skyrocketing. It will likely eclipse Apple this year. Even with the iPad.


RE: Apps...
By nafhan on 5/20/2010 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully, iPhone users won't forget that this kind of thing (Android, WebOS, etc.) is what's forcing Apple to improve their products.


RE: Apps...
By mcnabney on 5/22/2010 2:18:08 AM , Rating: 2
The average iPhone user isn't even aware of what the competition can do. We aren't talking about informed consumers. We are talking about iSheep. And sheering time comes around every year in June.


From the article
By adiposity on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: From the article
By Jeffk464 on 5/20/2010 5:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
yes, I sure would like that feature.


RE: From the article
By gtdued on 5/20/2010 8:12:08 PM , Rating: 4
Look at the Android 2.2 platform highlights under user features.

http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.2-highl...


RE: From the article
By adiposity on 5/21/2010 3:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
I came back here to update my post after I saw that. Looks like you beat me to it.

Very strange that they did not announce anything or even assign the feature, just left it open.

I am very glad they are fixing this. Here's hoping my Droid gets it.

I stand corrected.


RE: From the article
By mcnabney on 5/22/2010 2:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
Your Droid will, and automatically to boot.


Google V Apple
By Tony Swash on 5/20/2010 3:17:52 PM , Rating: 1
“If we did not act, we faced a draconian future. Where one man, one company, one carrier was the future.”

– Google Vice-President of Engineering Vic Gundotra explains why the company made Android.

But we’re just fine with the Two Men, One Company, One Search Engine Model




RE: Google V Apple
By CU on 5/20/2010 3:40:01 PM , Rating: 5
It is not just two men and one company. Lots of companies make Android devices. And apps are never restricted like on the iPhone. One search engine, does Android prevent you from going to other search engine sites?

Android is the complete opposite of what Steve Jobs wants, freedom and choice.


RE: Google V Apple
By rvd2008 on 5/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Google V Apple
By blckgrffn on 5/20/2010 3:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
Most historic statements that implore action are probably just as deep in this dilemma :)


That's great.
By Drag0nFire on 5/20/2010 3:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And it packs support for both HTML5 and Flash (and Adobe Air for offline Flash apps coming soon, as well). That's right, there's no Adobe haters at Google.


Great job Google. Just one quick question. Can I turn Flash off? =D




RE: That's great.
By mofo3k on 5/20/2010 3:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's the beauty of the AndroidOS, if you don't want to use the built in browser...don't. There are plenty of free browsers to choose from and you are of course free to program your own if you like.


RE: That's great.
By Drag0nFire on 5/20/2010 5:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
I should be clear. I was pretty sure the answer was yes. And this does not in the slightest dissuade me from purchasing an Android for my next phone. I just have no desire to see flash ads dragging down my mobile browsing experience...


RE: That's great.
By Patrick Canney on 5/20/2010 5:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
Why yes... Yes you can!

I don't know about HTML5 though :/


Android 2.2 has me drooling
By muhahaaha on 5/20/2010 8:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
I cant wait for a nice android tablet. Ipad will be toast very soon.

iPad was released too early, with too little functionality (Jobs was betting that being first to market with a cool tablet would give him the same win as with the iPhone).

Apple may get the limelight for a few more months especially due to their genius marketing machine and premium commercial spots (American Idol, etc).

But the "magical" device that can't even print, or sync with a camera, or utilize an SD memory card, etc. will come back to bite them in the pancreas or liver or something.

Yes, Pirks, I realize you can do that stuff with the right overpriced Apple accessories, but most people won't have them.

Look out Apple!!! Android is gonna plow you down.

This is great news for everyone, and especially software developers like me.




RE: Android 2.2 has me drooling
By muhahaaha on 5/20/2010 8:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I totally agree with Steve Jobs that the future of computing is going to be with easy to use, lightweight, ultra-portable, always connected devices similar to iPad.

But Apple is going about it totally the wrong way with the lock-in, restrictions, vertical marketing, etc. (Apple is attempting to control every aspect of their products, even down to the hardware. They are obviously even intending to make their own processors in the future with the acquisition of several companies recently).

Damn, they won't even let you change out the battery without sending it in!

Like I would ever give them a penny of my money. Sorry folks, but Apple is the new Evil Empire and Job's weirdness of late has me really wondering where they get off acting so cool:

Gestapo tactics dealing with employees who leak info on new apple products

Chinese sweatshops building their products where disenchanted laborers are committing suicide

Lock-down

Censorship

Taking control of *your* device that you paid for

and many more

I guess the average Joe doesn't have a clue of these things, and buys apple gear because of the marketing BS they see on TV every day.

I hate commercials and will not watch them because I know they are just a sales pitch. I read reviews and make judgments based on reality, not what the latest advert tells me is great.

Too bad most people aren't like that, or Apple would have died a decade ago.


By geddarkstorm on 5/21/2010 1:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
I love this quote:
quote:
The new OS also features tethering to turn your phone into a wireless internet hotspot (assuming you carrier allows it) which can connect "a device that doesn't have connectivity -- how about that iPad", as Google puts it.


Right to Apple's gut. The people at Google have some sly whit about them!


Android Vs. Iphone
By MojoMan on 5/20/2010 3:17:35 PM , Rating: 5
As a network admin for a school district, this is music to my ears. Even the Apple "fanboys" are impressed with this device (at least around here), and I'm happy about that because we run Exchange. You know how much work I had to do to get our first DROID user setup? NONE. How happy was our Mac user who bought the phone? VERY!

Unless Apple opens up (which is not the Apple way) I think Google will eventually reign supreme in the smart phone market. This is the same reason they're giving Microsoft a run for their money as well (think Google Docs/Apps vs Microsoft Live). Openness is a beautiful thing!




The funny thing is...
By Methusela on 5/20/2010 3:58:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint Android customers will likely never see this update as the "official" Android 2.1 update just came out YESTERDAY, 05-19-10, months and promised months after it came out on competing cellular provider's networks.

Luckily, XDA has a veritable legion of people working on Sprint HTC Hero roms, and many of them include this "new" JIT compiler on 2.1 update roms. So, even if it's never "official," there's a good chance it will be available in working fashion. Plus, who doesn't love to root their devices? :-P




RE: The funny thing is...
By Jeffk464 on 5/20/2010 5:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
So are their any droid 2.2 roms available yet. If you use a rom do you loose the sense interface? I think the sense interface really makes the experience on the HTC incredible.


PASSED vs. PAST
By tallguywithglasseson on 5/20/2010 7:17:18 PM , Rating: 4
In the U.S. Android has reportedly past Apple's iPhone in sales, and worldwide it is expected to surpass the iPhone in units deployed by 2011.

I catch myself typing phonetically every now and then, too.




By ie5x on 5/21/2010 12:39:27 AM , Rating: 2
In yesterday's iPad OS release, Apple has killed iPad Wi-Fi connectivity with Android based devices. Steve Jobs has provided a response that "...this (decision) has been taken because Android devices use Flash, which is bad, we don't want our customers to suffer from crashing Wi-Fi connection points."

The new OS release packs this feature for a $50 punch. Already 100 billion fans have purchased it, as per the iPad marketplace figures.




By mcnabney on 5/21/2010 9:45:07 AM , Rating: 2
It is sad that I actually believed you....right up until the 100 billion fans part.

Says a lot about what kind of behavior geeks have come to expect from Apple.


DT = Jason Micks Anti Apple Crusade Blog
By sapiens74 on 5/20/2010 6:34:22 PM , Rating: 1
Keep telling us how moral and right Google is as a company and how evil Apple wants to push us into their version of 1984.

In the mean time, most users will buy the phone they enjoy using.




By nangryo on 5/20/2010 9:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny how a few months back then he was called an apple fan boy by majority of DT reader, and know this ahahaha


I hope others do well too
By MadMan007 on 5/20/2010 5:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a smartphone user but probably will be in a few years. (Even though I could afford it the monthly plans are just too high for my like uses.) I hope that there are more great choices besides Apple and Google by then. Apple: too locked down among other things; Google: too intrusive with datamining, no you don't need to know everything I do.

So here's hoping Microsoft, HP and Nokia (and others I may have missed) keep working hard on the OS front. Hardware is a commodity, OS makes the phone.




By T2k on 5/21/2010 12:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
...and that's GOOD. By the time Jobs passes away (within 12-24 months) we will be lamenting about the most pivotal moment when he lost it...

...selling 100k a day is unparalleled, I think - if I project a healthy +30-35% boost after v2.2 upgrades and devices flooded the market Android is on the track putting over 50M handsets into the hands of the world this year.




Gal Lookup
By boobo on 5/21/2010 1:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
So one of Froyo's new features is a Gal lookup? Well, that explains it!

:P




Apple vs Round II
By ChipDude on 5/23/2010 9:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
Round one PC: Apple closed, IBM / Microsoft / Intel PC Open
Guess who won

Round two phones: Apple closes guess who will win again?




Angry PC users VS Apple Fanbois's
By jesman0 on 5/24/2010 10:37:14 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, is rather disappointing that folks still insult and belittle each other over machines.

Wintels are good at some things and bad at others and Macintels are good at some things and bad at others.

Marketing is marketing, it's done that way for a reason, to sell things.

Can we please just get over the whole issue and use the best tool for the job while not insulting those around you?

sheesh




By msheredy on 5/24/2010 4:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
Now take that thought and try to imagine how many more iPhones would be in circulation if they too simply gave them away with a contract.

Hey I'm just trying to put things into prospective for ya'll.




The best golf swing has a good follow through
By Chaser on 5/20/10, Rating: -1
By mcnabney on 5/20/2010 4:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
Apple didn't do ANY of those things first.

They just made it simple and stylish.


By piroroadkill on 5/21/2010 4:14:03 AM , Rating: 2
I had all this in 2003 when I bought a p900.

The iPhone just made the experience slick and added a ton of apple marketing


By Chaser on 5/21/2010 7:57:13 AM , Rating: 2
Ok first of all I said to the forefront of the "masses". The iPhone became a household device and term. Not some vague model number hardly anyone bought or knew about.

I didn't say "first". Try giving reading and understanding a try next time before you comment. Get back on your geek menopause pills.

I own a Droid. Sheeze.


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