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Nielsen – Users want more Android

According to a recent survey done by AC Nielsen, smartphone users are hungry for more Android. The survey found that users preferred the Bot over both iOS and RIM phones, representing a dramatic shift from a similar survey just ten months ago. The latest figures show that 31 percent of consumers plan to purchase a new Android Smartphone, while 30 percent are looking to get an iPhone. RIM was a distant third with just 11 percent saying they preferred the business oriented handset.

Android Community 101: What is Flash Builder? (4.5)

Behold the great conquerer of world, the great unifier that works better than a big bar of chocolate, or so they're hoping. This is Flash Builder 4.5, a version of the app to build apps that'll soon create standalone Flex AIR apps that'll work on Android, Blackberry, and Apple's iOS, all inside the same framework! What this means, if it's adopted by enough individuals, is that developers are about to have a whole heck of a lot easier time creating cross-platform moneymakers to turn awesome experiences into cash.

Android ousts iPhone as most popular smartphone system in UK says latest survey

It's not just in the US where Android devices are out-selling Apple's iPhone. New research by Intelligent Environments, a digital banking provider, suggests that Android handsets in the UK are more popular than the iPhone, with 28-percent of the people they surveyed having a device running Google's OS. That's compared to 26-percent with an iPhone, and 14-percent with a BlackBerry. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given Google is currently keeping its more advanced mapping features to itself, navigation and route planning is the most common application Android UK device owners take advantage of. It's worth bearing in mind that the iPhone is just one device, of course, versus multiple OEMs offering handsets running Android. Still, unlike in the US, in the UK the iPhone is currently offered across all of the major carriers, rather than being limited to one network.

BlackBerry Playbook will support Android apps with “app player” [New]

This has just been confirmed. Today RIM announced that they WILL indeed be supporting Android Apps with an optional app player that will be available for download on the Playbook release day. This is big news. According to RIM the Playbook will support both Blackberry Java as well as all the Android apps. This includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support. Also take note that RIM's press release only mentions Android 2.3 apps, so we aren't sure if Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps will work, or will need an update first.

Android loses out to iPhone bigtime in JD Power Satisfaction Ratings

Oh snap, looks like JD Power still loves the iPhone more than every other phone they've got a rating for, those dastardly dudes. They've got every other bigtime brand on there, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and even Nokia, Palm, and RIM Blackberry, though we're also not sure how they found those groups to top Samsung and their Galaxy S device line. Of course you could notice that Apple scores amongst the lowest for battery function, that owing a bunch to the researchers found that those using social networks (battery drainers) enjoyed their phones significantly more than those who had no use for such things.

Surprise… Android on a Nokia Phone

What do we have here, a new beginning, Nokia finally getting with the times, or did someone just get fired because they didn't photoshop the right image on a Nokia phone. We don't know which but we just had to post this little mistake up for the world to see. What we have here is an advertisement at a Orange store showing Deezer on a Nokia phone. Somehow they accidentally threw in a little Android love.

Android sails past BlackBerry to become the number one smartphone platform

Like watching a semi rumble past from the side of the road, Android has sailed past BlackBerry to become the number on smartphone platform in terms of market share. Nearly one third (31.2%) of US Smart phones now run the Google operating system, while only 30.4% of smartphones ran on BlackBerry during the same period from February 2010 to January 2011. Apple's share of the smartphone pie has remained rather flat during the time, while Microsoft's market share was cut nearly in half, even after the debut of Windows Phone 7. The rise of the Android's platform has occurred in just over two years and can largely be due to Google's open source philosophy which has been adopted by a wide range of smartphone manufactures, but really hit it's stride after Motorola released the Droid in 2009.

Samsung to announce QWERTY in Android’s Galaxy

Samsung is looking to add a QWERTY Android phone to it's Galaxy line of phones during CTIA this month. The news is that the new phone will have a "candy bar" design much like BlackBerry, running Android 2.2 (Froyo). But it seems more likely that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) would be more practical. The design is rumored to be a bit wider than the Samsung Galaxy S and is geared for a higher end clientele. Possibly aimed at Blackberry's business models?

Which tablet should I choose to buy? Don’t even bother looking at specs – or price for that matter.

Before I begin here, allow me to address the cost factor - when begin thinking about purchasing a tablet, you've got to weigh the cost of the tablet against the benefits of owning it. This is the same thing you really ought to be doing, in my humble opinion, whenever you decide you're going to buy a bit of technology, or a car, or a house, or whatever other item you're going to purchase for the benefits of owning it. On the other hand, if you're thinking of purchasing a tablet so you can use it for entertainment alone, you've got an ever-so-slightly different set of circumstances you're going to deal with - BUT, as I'll maintain through the entirety of this text, comparing one tablet to the other based on specifications is, as Erica Sadun puts it, "missing the point." You must go forth and buy the tablet you know, in your heart, if you will, will be the one you'll love the best.

Android’s Marketshare Tossed Back and Forth by Nielsen

It seems like every couple of days now there's a new report saying that Android is either the fastest growing group in the Mobile world or that it's not even close to being up on top - Nielsen today reports that it's sort of both. In a November 2010 - January 2011 report, Nielsen shows that although Android holds the top position in OS marketshare, but loses out on being the strongest because of its reliance on third-party manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and all the rest.
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