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Samsung is now the #1 phone manufacturer in the world

There's a lot of Samsung news on Android Community lately, but can you blame us? Sammy seems to bring out a new smartphone every week, and their high-end devices like the Galaxy Note and the upcoming Galaxy S III are among the most coveted worldwide. A milestone that Samsung's been working towards for years has finally been passed: they've unseated Nokia as the number one phone manufacturer on the planet. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung sold 25.4% of the mobile phones (including smartphones and "feature phones") in the first quarter of 2012.

European carriers say Nokia should go Android

If you've been following smartphone news from some non-Android sources, you probably know that Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.

Nokia N9 gets Ice Cream Sandwich and Meego dual-boot hack

What's more fun than modding an Android smartphone? Well, lots of things, but one of them is modding a competing smartphone to run Android. There are many who admire Nokia's beautiful hardware and industrial design, but lament its home-grown software (or the Windows Phone 7 platform they're now stuck with). A group of like-minded modders at the NITDroid forums dedicated to bringing Android to Nokia hardware have shown off their latest and certainly greatest project: fully functional Android 4.0 on the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9.

Nokia N9 Ice Cream Sandwich port in progress

Much as we begrudge Nokia their wring (not to mention stubborn, deluded and more than a little incestuous) decision to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform for their current generation of smartpohnes, it's hard to deny that their hardware and industrial design is top-notch. Home Android developer Alexey Roslykov seems to agree, as he's been instrumental in porting Android to Nokia's underground favorite the N900. Now he's on to something a little more modern, in terms of both hardware and software: getting a full-fledged Ice Cream Sandwich port running on Nokia's drool-worthy N9. The developer tweeted out the phot below with the simple desciption, "Progress".

Nokia director says youths are confused with Android, probably doesn’t have kids

A little verbal back-and-forth is normal among megacorproations, and since Nokia is on the defensive, they're not above dishing some out. Speaking with Pocket Lint, Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales Niels Munksgaard claimed that Android phones don't sit well with young people on account of its complexity. He went on to say that they don't want the iPhone, because everyone already has one. I'll give you ten points if you can find the error in that statement.

Nokia outs offline maps for Android and iOS

We have talked about the Nokia HTML5 maps that were coming before. At first, the Nokia Maps were only offered on Nokia smartphones, but that has now changed. The HTML5 version of the maps are intended to be used on both the Android and iOS platforms as well. With the roll out of the HTML 5 maps also come some new and cool features.

Samsung smartphone sales tipped to beat iPhone and Nokia in Q2 2011

Samsung's Q2 smartphone sales could have exceeded those of either Apple or Nokia, the first time the Korean company would have managed such strong performance. Samsung's official figures for device sales are expected to come in at between 18m and 21m globally for the last quarter, research firm Strategy Analytics told Bloomberg, likely to best Nokia's 16.7m smartphone sales and Apple's 20.3m iPhone sales. The increasing demand for Samsung's phones - both regular handsets and smartphones - is expected to further narrow the gap between Nokia's first place position in the global market, and Samsung's number two spot. Nokia currently holds around 26-percent, while Samsung is expected to reach around 20-percent.
"Samsung’s Android portfolio is selling strongly in most regions. Samsung stands a reasonable chance of capturing the top spot on a quarterly basis if it can continue expanding its Android portfolio across high-growth markets like China and Brazil. Samsung and Apple will be at similar levels in smartphones by the end of the year" Neil Mawston, analyst, Strategy Analytics
Samsung's success hasn't been entirely down to Android - the company also sells "dumb" phones and handsets running its own bada OS - but the popularity of devices like the Galaxy S II has certainly put the Google OS at the forefront of its marketing campaign. The GSII is expected to make its US debut in August. The company is yet to confirm its official sales figures for Q2 2011.

Nokia Android prototype caught in wild; N9 Android hacks could be straightforward

What looks to be a Nokia N9 prototype running Android has emerged in leaked images. Discovered over at the Weibo forums (1, 2; registration required) the images seem to show Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the new smartphone. Now, it's worth noting that a fake image showing the same thing would be relatively straightforward to put together, either 'shopping the screen onto a regular MeeGo-based N9 image, or - if you have access to the handset itself - simply loading on an Android screenshot and display it for the photos. Lending to the air of authenticity, however, is the source's track record; they apparently had access to photos of the "Sea Ray" Windows Phone prototype back in May. Nokia has previously said it considered Android instead of Windows phone, but opted for the Microsoft OS as it felt there was more room to differentiate itself. Knocking up a few prototype N9 units with the Google software doesn't seem too unlikely. As for when the MeeGo-based N9 launches, we're hearing it'll have a root-mode switch that should make unofficial installs of platforms like Android more straightforward when the smartphone is in the wild. [via Engadget]

Myriad Alien Dalvik Allows Nokia N9 to run Android Apps Seamlessly

Let's speak for a moment about a non-Android cousin of our favorite mobile operating system and it's hardware buddies. The Nokia N9 with MeeGo in tow was introduced this week, our good pal Chris Davies getting his hands on several of these bright units for SlashGear with some great things to say about them. What's been re-introduced today is a bit of software called Alien Dalvik, one that allows in this case Android applications to run on the Nokia N9 (which is indeed running MeeGo) - this opening a WHOLE new door for the device and indeed washing the device into the prospective pockets of a much larger cross-section of smartphone fans.

Android Market offers more freebies [study]

According to a new study, the Android Market has passed Apple iTunes in offering more free applications for smartphones and tablets. Google's Android Market offers 134,342 free applications while Apple has about 13,000 fewer. The study also predicts that within five months, the Android Market will be the largest applications store, period, followed by iTunes and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. What's interesting is that Blackberry, which once dominated the smartphone category is now a distance 4th, only beating out Nokia's Ovi Store.
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