Android return rate 30-40% on some handsets according to sources

I think that some of this is anecdotal, the more devices you ship the larger the number of returns due in part to sheer volume. With Android smartphones, shipping in larger volumes globally than the iPhone it would make more sense to some extent to see more returns on Android devices. TechCrunch reports that some sources are claiming that the return rate on some Android smartphones is many times that of the iPhone. TechCrunch pegs the return rate of the iPhone 4 at 1.7% counting the issues with the antenna. The return rate for some Android smartphones is pegged at as much as 30-40% according to sources familiar with the return rates for several manufacturers. The exact handsets or even the brands are not noted. I could see the return rate for some Android devices being quite high, especially some of the lower-end devices that people new to the platform might buy first and then find the device can’t do what they wanted it to do. I would like to know what devices have such a high return rate. [via TechCrunch]

Games are the most popular apps on Android

The latest data from Nielsen is in and it shows that the most popular type of mobile apps are video games for the Android platform and on iPhone too. I doubt that anyone will be surprised that games are the most popular apps. We would all probably rather play games than have to use some productivity app for work or school. Nielsen shows that the vast majority of app downloader are willing to pay for games.

comScore numbers show Android is still smartphone market leader by a big margin

The last time we talked about comScore numbers was in June and they showed what the market looked like in May. The new comScore report compares the growth in the segment for the quarter ending in May versus a three-month average for the ending in February 2011. The numbers found that the Android platform was the dominant OS on the market with 38.1% in the quarter ending in May 2011.

Android growth stalls as iPhone picks up according to report

Nielsen tracks just about every market there is to track in the tech world. The company tracks the smartphone and mobile market to see what OS is the most popular and show what devices are selling the best. The company has published a new report on the smartphone market and the report has Android sales slowing.

Apple Expected to Lose Case to Crush Android Amazon Appstore

So you're aware of the fact that the Amazon Appstore, which we've got a bit outline of for you in Android Community 101: Amazon Appstore, has the word "Appstore" in it, right? Apple knows this too, and thinks that they own it. Apple's legal department is and has been worried that the word Appstore might infringe on their trademark ownership on the term "App Store", a fight they've got to fight for every sort of infringement like this lest they loose the title for their very own - that's how the US legal department sees it. In this case though, it's become apparent today, Apple's case is being seen as moot.

Lou Ferrigno Cast as Android vs Steve Jobs as Himself via Facetime for Epic Smartphone Film

What in the world is going on here, you might ask? An art project created by some rather creative folks over at little-known UK Phone site MyPhoneDeals, one with a rather amazing looking bit of artwork and a creative story to go with it. Look at this magnificent vision of a war-torn London being bashed by none other than a head-shaved Steve Jobs and an Ice Cream Sandwich eating Android! Steve's for a lightening filled iCloud leaping through the air ready to crush the nonplussed Android with an Android logo printed on his front, and they're taking the whole city for a joyride in their mutual hatred for one another!

Angry Birds Seasons Next Update Dubbed Summer Pignic

As the title suggests, there will be another update to the brightest of all Angry Birds games, Angry Birds Seasons. This is a slight departure from the usual update string coming from said game as in the past they've mostly been official holidays, (or veiled references to those holidays, as it were,) this update being simply a lovely afternoon event in the sun. This update is sure to bring a couple new building bits, some new bonus points here and there, and of course some new hats for the piggies!

Nielson U.S. Smartphone Poll shows Android users still consume the most data

We have seen a few reports like this before basically saying that Android and its users are hungry for data and just so happen to use the most. This specific report mentions U.S. smartphone data usage based on Operating System and in this case Android is the clear leader as usual. Not only has mobile data jumped around 89% over the past year but Android and iOS continues to climb and climb.

ABC offers new Good Morning America app

I can remember growing up each morning before school my parents would be watching Good Morning America. The news show is still on today and if you are a fan, you will want to check out the new app that goes along with the show that ABC is debuting. The app was unveiled this week and allows the app user on an Android device or the iPhone to participate with the show. Using the app the user can vote live on the buzziest stories of the day and then see the real-time results of how their choices compare with others. The app can be downloaded free and it has GMA video clips that users can watch. "Now, viewers can be a part of the story and watch ‘Good Morning America’ wherever and whenever they want,” said James Goldston, Senior Executive Producer. ABC says that the new app is part of its ongoing commitment to providing users with interactive ways to be a part of the broadcast. I bet that lots of people will end up downloading the app and using it while drinking their morning coffee or eating breakfast.

Amazon Trade-In Beta now Live, Trade that iPhone for some Andy

It looks like Amazon is joining the likes of Best Buy, T-Mobile and others and are now offering a full trade-in program. The Trade-In Beta was explained in a little more detail today and you can see the full press release below. It looks like Amazon will be accepting things like Electronics, Books, DVD's, Games and more all for the trade-in program. I like this idea as I have plenty of old games I don't need, not to mention that iPod Touch that I never use now I have a 32GB MicroSD in my Android phone, and Google Music Beta to top that if needed.