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[News] Android Passes Developers Adoption Milestone, Quest for Free/Libre Ones

  • Subject: [News] Android Passes Developers Adoption Milestone, Quest for Free/Libre Ones
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:34:55 +0000
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Google Says There Are Now 30,000 Apps In Android Market

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| At the most recent Mobile World Congress, 
| Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that the 
| companyâs partners are now selling over 60,000 
| Android handsets on a daily basis. With that 
| kind of growth rate, itâs no wonder that the 
| size of the Android Market is increasing in 
| its slipstream.


Where Are All the Open Source Mobile Apps?

,----[ Quote ]
| Android is great in principle: after all, 
| having millions of mobiles running Linux at 
| the bottom of the stack is pretty good news. 
| But we have a big problem at the top: there 
| are very few free software apps, so you are 
| almost forced to run closed source code on top 
| of the open source Android (ironic or what?). 
| [...]
| While it's great news that the Android 
| platform is attracting developers more than 
| the iPhone, and far more than Windows Mobile, 
| these are still small numbers: 224 new 
| projects in a year is pretty footling compared 
| to the 30,000 apps that are out there for the 
| Android. 



BlackBerry Users Pine for Android

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| A recent Crowd Science study indicates that
| BlackBerry users have wandering eyes and are
| considering other platforms for their next
| handset.  Roughly 1/3rd of BlackBerry owners
| would switch to an Android phone,
| specifically the Nexus One.  According to
| Crowd Science CEO John Martin, this indicates
| a restlessness with the current brand and
| allure of other platforms.  On the other
| hand, Android users are very loyal to their
| handsets.  Roughly 90% of those surveyed
| planned to stay with green robot-powered
| phones.


Inventor of Cellphone Dumps IPhone, Embraces Android

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| It turns out that Martin Cooper, the man who
| invented the cell phone, is the proud owner
| of a Motorola Droid!  In a story which aired
| on C-SPAN,  Martin discussed the politics of
| cellphones, as well as his current device.


Report Shows Droid Beats iPhone 1M Benchmark

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| Did you know that it took the iPhone only 74
| days to reach 1 million units sold?  Oh
| you've heard that, huh?  Well, did you know
| that the Motorola Droid moved more units in
| the same time frame?  Yeah, you probably
| didn't expect that.  Frankly, neither did we.
| The latest report from Flurry shows the Droid
| pushing 1.05 million handsets in the first 74
| days of release, eclipsing the number set by
| Apple.

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