The growth of Android in the smartphone space has been phenomenal, but recent ad statistics show it may be leveling off. VoIP calling is hot on Android, however, with fring posting solid performance. LogMeIn Ignition is coming to the tablet, and we have an advance look.
Google dominated the Android news this week, as the company announced a number of products and updates. Front and center was the Nexus S and Gingerbread (Android 2.3), and we had a quick unboxing video. Gmail got Priority Inbox support, and YouTube got a facelift.
News ranged this week from impressive sales of the first Android tablet to an app for reading e-books. Samsung reported a million Galaxy Tabs have been sold, and upped its forecast for sales this year. Sony announced an Android app for handling Sony Reader e-book content.
The big news about Android covered a lot of ground this week, from streaming video to impressive sales volume. Dish Network embraced Android for streaming TV to the phone, and LG sold 1 million Optimus T smartphones in just 40 days.
Contrary to popular belief Google is apparently getting the Nexus S ready for sale at Best Buy this holiday season. The retailer leaked an ad that was spotted before being pulled. The Galaxy Tab is arriving in time for the holidays, and was unboxed on video.
Google released Instant Search for Android this week, and it works as well as on the desktop. A Galaxy S smartphone was the first to receive certification for the Wi-Fi Direct standard, making peer-to-peer connections a possibility. These Android stories and more were covered this week.
Many companies are riding the wave of Android’s popularity; Sprint as much as any. The company’s popular Android smartphones have netted it a record number of subscribers. Barnes & Noble is riding the wave too, as its new NOOKColor is essentially an Android tablet.
Android was in the news this week with Angry Birds topping the charts, Verizon dishing details on its upcoming Tablet and AT&T bringing U-verse to the phone. The phone OS from Google is the hottest game in town, as ad revenues have increased thirteen-fold this year.
The Android world saw two new apps released this week that show promise. Angry Birds is one of the hottest games in the iTunes App Store, and the free Android version should be well received. Opera Mobile is coming to the platform and looks very nice.
Motorola released not one but six new Android phones this week. These cover a wide range of forms and target audiences, and the Droid Pro looks like a winner. This week hackers discovered the new T-Mobile G2 has hardware that detects and removes unapproved software modifications.