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Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X priced at $199 after MIR, Google witnessing 160k Android activations per day

We've been talking about the Motorola Droid X for quite some time, but Motorola today officially its latest Android-based smartphone. The Droid X will launch July 15 on Verizon's 3G network and will be priced at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate (and a two-year contract). For those that don't want to deal with the hassle of a rebate, we're quite certain that some retailers -- like Best Buy -- will offer the phone at $199 without the need for a rebate.

The Droid X features a Texas Instruments OMAP3640 processor running at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch display (480x854), 8MP camera (w/dual LED flashes), HDMI-out, and 720p video capture. When it comes to storage, the Droid X comes with 8GB of storage space onboard and a 16GB microSD is included in the box brining total standard storage capacity to 24GB.

The Droid X will also be able to operate as a 3G "Mobile Hotspot" -- that functionality, however, will cost you an additional $20 per month. Thankfully, Verizon Wireless is continuing to offer its smartphones with an unlimited data plan -- something that AT&T is no longer offering with new smartphone contracts.

The Droid X will ship with Android 2.1. However, Motorola and Google both state that an upgrade to Android 2.2 will be pushed out over-the-air later this summer. 

Tucked in the press release for the Droid X was this little tidbit of information regarding Android sales. According to Andy Rubin, Google's VP of engineering, Android smartphone activations are moving along at a blistering pace.

"It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago," said Rubin. "There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications."

In other smartphone news, Apple has announced that white iPhone 4 smartphones will ship in mid-July:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

The iPhone 4 officially launches tomorrow, although some folks received their phones yesterday and many are receiving their phones today.

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By reader1 on 6/23/2010 4:12:16 PM , Rating: -1

This is also interesting (from Tony Swash):

"Android Market Payouts Total 2% of App Store’s $1B"

Overall we estimate that $6,000,000 has been paid out to developers for games, and $15,000,000 has been paid out on apps. That is a total of $21,000,000, almost 50x lower than the amount paid out to devs on iPhone.

Closed platforms, like iOS, are more secure and safer.

By MindParadox on 6/23/2010 4:30:07 PM , Rating: 2
Closed platforms, like iOS, are more secure and safer.

actually, thats not true in 100% of cases. now, you could have said "closed platforms, like iOS allow more people to become more stupid than ever and shut off their minds assuming others will make them safer" and yep, that would be true

as quite a few comments to the story that you linked about spyware state, its FUD, in other words, bullcrap. your email program you use "might" be spyware! ya know, cause in most cases you can automate the signatures or phrases to be included with your emails, and then even schedule emails to be sent out at specific times, and since you dont specify the number of emails to send, how do you know it doesnt just slip a few in there all by itself?

alternately, who gives a rats arse about the payouts being less than the Big Fruits app store? hmm? does that give you money or something? didnt think so

hell, linux doesnt pay anyone ANYTHING to create apps for it, yet people do all the time. same goes for the indie developers for windows machines, those people arent paid to create freeware apps, they did it cause they wanted to, and hey, if someone gives em money, bonus!

bet you can find freeware for the mac os too, and you WOULD be able to find it for the iOS as well, if they didnt REQUIRE apps to cost money(i could be wrong about that, but thats what ive heard from friends who use the iphone)

so sorry, go regenerate and post somewhere else, troll

By mcnabney on 6/23/2010 4:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Steve Jobs, ergh, I mean Reader1 is hysterical! A huge number of apps for Android are available for fee, but their identicle form with Apple costs a few bucks.

Reader1 is a 'happy cow' that is looking forward to graduating from Bovine University.

By Shadowself on 6/23/2010 5:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
and you WOULD be able to find it for the iOS as well, if they didnt REQUIRE apps to cost money(i could be wrong about that, but thats what ive heard from friends who use the iphone)

Apple does not require apps to cost money. A significat fraction of the apps for the iOS are free.

There are many, many, many things for which you can fault Apple, the iPhone, iOS and especially AT&T, but claiming Apple requires people to pay for all apps for the iOS is not one of them.

By MindParadox on 6/25/2010 5:33:59 AM , Rating: 2
thanks for the correction, i thought that sounded over the top, even for apple :P

By SkullOne on 6/23/2010 4:41:22 PM , Rating: 1
Any application you install could have spyware hidden in it. Apple certainly doesn't have time to examine the source code line by line. Even your beloved iTunes app store can have scary stuff hidden in it. At least with Android we know what the application is going to access. On iPhone you don't know squat.

If I see an application I want and it says it can access my Contacts or something else it doesn't need...guess what? It doesn't get installed. The weak link is still the user. If you install something you have to give that application permission to run on your phone.

By MozeeToby on 6/23/2010 5:01:53 PM , Rating: 5
When you install in app on a Droid phone you are shown what things it does and doesn't have access to. These flags are also used to generate the encryption key in such a way that they cannot be changed later without completely reinstalling the app, which would again require the user to acknowledge what the app does and doesn't have access to. So, only apps that have access sensitive data could be spyware, and as the user you know which apps those are. Contrast that to your computer, where every application has access to nearly every file and device on your system.

The article that the OP is talking about is pure FUD, and the authors of the article knew it when they wrote it. If you take a look, you'll see that they just happen to be a software company that has created a security program for Android; no conflict of interest there at all.

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