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Android OS Now America’s Choice in Smartphones for Q1 2011, iOS Drops to 2nd Place

Written on April 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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According to a quarterly survey conducted by Nielson, the Android OS has catapulted itself to the number one spot as the next smartphone of choice. Android banked 31% against Apple iOS’ 30% for the 1st quarter of 2011. The year 2010, along with the other years before, have been pretty much been dominated by the iOS, making this the first time Android to reach the top.

Though Apple cultists may find several plausible causes for the results, there’s no denying that the Android OS has taken over the top spot from Apple iOS after years of being the bridesmaid to America’s smartphone of choice (much of this, of course, is attributed to several carriers that support Android).

The survey also indicates that Android has taken over the smartphone market share, leaving the Apple iOS, RIM BlackBerry OS, Windows 7, Palm/Web OS, and Symbian OS far behind.

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Android App Review: ImageAMMO

Written on April 21, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Want a creative way of showing off your beach pictures with your friends? Then ImageAMMO's got you loaded.

There are several image viewing apps available out there for Android, but none could withstand the dynamic might of ImageAMMO. With as much as 15 dynamic shapes your photo gallery can turn into plus several features that will please almost everyone, the ImageAMMO Android app provides a fun, cohesive way of letting you show-off your pictures in the flashiest way possible.

ImageAMMO is a creative photo gallery app developed by ImageAMMO, LLC. It only takes up to 395.6KB space on your phones or tablets and can run on any Android OS version from Android 2.1 onwards. The app costs $5.99 which may be a tad expensive, but the possibilities on how to use this app is almost limitless.

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iOS Users Outnumber Android Users by 59%

Written on April 20, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It's three against the rest. Apple proves how quality can easily triumph over quantity as the iOS outnumbers Android OS in terms of users.

With only three devices standing up against the multitudes, Apple has proven its quality over quantity as a recent statistic reveals that iOS users outnumber Android OS consumers by as much as 59%. Apple for the win, indeed.

The numbers are staggering, banking in on ComScore’s data with 37.8 million users. The Apple iOS (which accounts for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users) easily beats the Android OS (which accounts for a bajillion devices) which still banked an impressive number with 23.8 million users, but apparently not enough to even give the Apple platform some heated competition.

Apple leads Google Android with 14.1 million users more or 59%. Good job Apple, now get working on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 already so your customers can spend on your products again with eyes shut.

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Banned PlayStation Emulator for Android, Now Free and Open Source

Written on April 10, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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If you can't beat them, change the game. ZodTTD shifts PSOne Emulator, PSX4Droid, from the Google market to open source.

When there’s will, there’s a way. And Android app developer “ZodTTD” just gathered enough will power to find a way to provide content for his PSX4Droid followers: go free and open source.

The developer completely pulls out of the Google market, as he puts both the app and the source code online available for download. And he starts off his self-publishing career with a bang with the PSX4Droid version 3.0.

So what’s new with the PSX4Droid version 3.0?

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Google Puts Android Under Martial Law to Phone Makers

Written on April 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Is Google starting to lose control of it's own offspring? And is closing the Android OS really a good move from an 'open' company?

How open is Google with their Android OS? Apparently, no longer like before. The company has been reported to take drastic measures in keeping Android phone makers at bay, as they withhold the latest versions of the OS from manufacturers who are going too far with Android software tweaks that are not under Google’s rulebook.

Is Google slowly steering away from being ‘open’?

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Flash-less Mozilla Firefox for Android Debuts in Android Market Today

Written on March 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The quick red Mozilla Firefox jumped over the fence to Android's backyard.

In case you’re not fully satisfied with your Android browsers on your mobile devices, well Mozilla Firefox may (or may not) quench your thirst for some web browser goodness, as its final version launches to the Android Market today. Unfortunately, the browser won’t be coming with the Adobe Flash software. Strike one for Mozilla already, but let’s give the browser a chance, eh?

“For us, HTML5 and the open Web video standards are most important right now,” said Thomas Arend, Mozilla’s principal Product Manager. “Flash is a reality, though — I’m aware that it’s there and it’s going to be around for a while — so we’re definitely looking into it and will look into enabling Flash plugins in a future version.”

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DriveFirst App by Sprint Keeps You Driving

Written on March 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Hit the roads and not the hospital with Sprint's DriveFirst app.

Sprint has announced a new Android app at CTIA 2011 that makes sure people who are driving stays driving. DriveFirst, created by Location Labs, is an application that locks all of the phone functions when it senses that the vehicle is in motion. How will that happen? Well you’d best find out for yourself when it comes to your Google-powered Sprint mobile devices by the third quarter of the year. The app will cost $2-per-month, but what’s $2 when it comes to safety, right?

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Google Brings Check Ins for Google Latitude and 30 Languages for Google Places to iPhone

Written on March 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google sends more love to the iOS with updates for Google Latitude and Google Places.

Showing more love to the Apple market, Google has released updates for their two iOS apps: the Google Latitude and Google Places. Google Latitude seems to be pulling a Foursquare as Google applies ‘check ins.’ Google Places on the other hand will now be in 30 languages, giving a more personal experience to non-American iPhone users.

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Android is Ready to Play with Your Minds, Sony Xperia Play Ad Delivers Gruesome to Smartphones

Written on March 15, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony is pulling out all the stops as they deliver a striking, terrifying ad that the smartphone world has NEVER done, and perhaps will never do.

Only Sony can think about doing a smartphone commercial with this degree of horrifying imagery. Many were already appaled by the first commercial where we saw the green we-thought-it-was-cute Android bot with human fingers crudely stitched to its hands, and now we come across with the backstory of where the thumbs came from. In a nutshell, a guy was clubbing on a bar, got hooked up with a girl and the next thing he knows is that his thumbs are gone and is now reporting on some South East Asian police joint. This advertising masterpiece has an editorial feel to it and apparently talks to guys (or girls) that want serious fun on their smartphones. It doesn’t exactly speak Google, it’s all Sony. And we love it!

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Top 5 Free Android OS Games for Your Smartphones

Written on March 12, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Android OS may look like it means business on the outside, but deep inside, it's got loads of fun games that will make you forget that Infinity Blade is still on the iOS.

The Google Android OS isn’t particularly the hub where people can get the best gaming apps usually available to the iPhone. Though we’re still hoping for developers to make Android versions of their hit titles like Infinity Blade, Mirror’s Edge, Plants vs. Zombies, there are other games on the Android OS that may tickle our fancy and perhaps make us forget how awesome the iPhone OS games are even for just a moment. We’ve all come to admit that Google Android OS is more business or utility driven, but that doesn’t mean Google doesn’t know how to have some superficial, mind-numbing fun, right?

Hit the break to check out 5 of the best Android games available on the Android Market to date.

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