Google’s Android App market still fighting

AndroidIt may still take a while for them to catch up with Apple’s staggering 100,000+ applications available in the App Store, but the Android app market is growing and its growing fast.

According to AndroLib, a site that tracks the Android platform performance, Google’s app market has doubled in the last five months with applications now reaching 20,000+.

The news was announced today via Twitter: “Early Christmas present from Google: 20,000 apps in the Android market.”

It seems like Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, hit the nail when he said earlier this year that the Android’s growth will be explosive.

“Android adoption is about to explode,” he said. “You have all the necessary conditions.”

Based on AndroLib’s prediction,  the number of iPhone apps will grow to an epic size of 300,000 in 2010, while Google’s Android Market is expected to grow to 50,000.

And hey, with the coming of the Nexus one, Google’s carrier-free Android smartphone, it might just be very possible. J


New movie search app from Google

If you’re one of the many who has no time to check out movie listings, and you own a smartphone, then life just got better for ya.

Google launched an upgrade today that adds a new movie search feature for iPhones, Palm WebOS or those Android-powered smartphones.

Searching for movies is now more efficient. Just go to and search for “movies” and then click the “more movies link”. You are then presented with options including a list of the day’s movies or you can select movies by theaters.

For the list of the day’s movies, buttons are included for playing trailers, and other info are displayed including categories, movie posters, show times and nearest movie theaters. Additional details (cast, synopsis, etc.) of a movie is also available when users click a movie poster.

Browsing by theater provides uses a map of the closest theater. Choosing a particular movie house then lets you see what movies are being shown there.

This new movie feature is available only in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.


HTC-Hero now on Sprint

Sprint has finally joined the Android market and has officially added the HTC Hero to their list of phones.

The company’s first Android-based smartphone is now available for purchase on the Sprint website and the Sprint stores. It will also soon be available in Best Buy. Users will have to pay $180 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The Sprint version has some differences on the European version though. Instead of having the “chin”, the Hero has a rounded tablet shape. It also lacks a hardware keyboard.

Specs of the mobile phone include a 3.2-inch capacitive AM-OLED multi-touchscreen, an 800 MHz processor, an optical joystick and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Users get the standard Google apps and other popular applications such as Twitter, MySpace Mobile, ShopSavvy and the carrier’s Sprint TV. Not satisfied? You can also choose from over 10,000 applications accessible on the on-device store, the Android Market. 😉


Behold II: T-Mobile reveals first Android phone from Samsung

T-Mobile is definitely serious in making its way up to the top of U.S. carriers’ list and what better way to do it than increasing its number of  its Android phones? And so they did. The company has just announced that it plans to introduce Samsung’s first ever Android phone.

Samsung’s Behold has come a pretty long way from its first release last year. From being just a featurephone, it has evolved to an Authentic Android-powered smartphone.

The Behold II features a 3.20inch AMOLED touch screen display, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash as well as video recording capabilities.

Like its predecessor, the Behold II also uses Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

No word yet from Samsung or T-Mobile as to how much the Behold II is gonna cost and exactly when it will be available. T-Mobile does say that it’ll be available “in time for the holidays”.


Faster online news with Google Fast Flip

“One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow. A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating,” observes Google News distinguished researcher Krishna. So what do they do?

They found a way to make reading online news faster and more accessible through Fast Flip.

This recent experiment from Google Labs makes browsing news easier by laying out the news articles in a print-like fashion, allowing users to “flip sequentially through bundles of recent news, headlines and popular topics and feeds from individual top publishers.

For the content, Bharat wrote in the official Google Blog that the company has partnered with three dozen publishers including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Newsweek.

Fast Flip also has a mobile version for Android-powered devices and the iPhones, so people on the go can also experience this new way of reading news online.

“The publishing industry faces many challenges today, and there is no magic bullet. However, we believe that encouraging readers to read more news is a necessary part of the solution,” Bharat wrote.

“We think Fast Flip could be one way to help, and we’re looking to find other ways to help as well in the near future.”


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