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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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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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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