With a long way to go to catch up to Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has seen the number of apps available increase by a whopping 88% over the last three months to a current tally of 30,000. Estimates are that 60% of the apps are free with the remainder (40% for the math challenged) being paid downloads. Meanwhile, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that 60,000 Android handsets are being sold daily through the company’s partners and it is that kind of growth that is the downwind helping the Android Market grow. The 10,000 app level was hit in September 2009 according to third party developer Androlib. Google itself claimed 16,000 apps last December and now says there are 30,000 possible choices in the Market. As a comparison, as of January, the Apple App Store was said to have 140,000 apps available. Research firm research2guidance recently issued a report saying that the entire app business would grow to $15 billion by 2013.
Where do we put the blame on the less than tepid sales figures for the Nexus One after its first 74 days on sale? Is it the lack of a solid advertising plan? Look at the response that Motorola and Verizon achieved with the “in your face” DROID spots that cost $100 million. Perhaps it is the fact that the handset can be purchased only from Google’s web site. Most people want to touch a phone, examine it and see how well it works before they make a commitment. With the newer smartphones that do it all, buyers are looking to get a device that will be called on to do many different things and seeing that device working in front of your own eyes beats a YouTube video or a written description. Finally, launching the handset on the nation’s fourth largest carrier doesn’t put the odds in your favor of scoring blockbuster results. If the model is not a “must have” gadget, not too many cellphone users would be convinced to switch networks. And this is a Catch-22 situation, because it is hard to make a product a “must-have” model without letting potential buyers actually feel the phone and see it work right in front of them.
According to analytics firm Flurry, 135,000 units of the Nexus One were sold after the first 74 days. That compares with 1.05 million units of the DROID and 1 million iPhones that were sold after the same time period. And to make matters worse for the N-One, the iPhone was $599 at the time. With Verizon and Vodafone both poised to offer the Nexus One, sales figures should improve. As we reported earlier today, a new version of the Nexus One for AT&T and Rogers is now available from Google, but with the price an unsubsidized $529, we wouldn’t expect to see too many units getting chalked up for those two networks.
source: Flurry via BGR
MOG has announced that early next quarter, it will be offering an app for both the Apple iPhone and Android OS that will allow a user to stream music over his handset. For $10 per month, MOG will provide a listener unlimited streaming from over 7 million tunes that it has in its catalog. The price includes accessing the service from your desktop computer. Other features allow you to listen to any song from any artist on-demand, in unlimited amounts. You also will have the ability to listen to MOG Radio which will play a never ending stream of music based on a track or artist, with you in control of how many similar artists are in the mix. A unique slider control allows you to choose from “Artist” only radio or add in similar Artists into your list. Songs can be made into a “local cache” so that the music never stops, even if you are out of Wi-Fi range and your 3G connection is off. Songs can be downloaded at 64kbps, or in HQ which will download the tune to a bigger file with better audio quality.
Rhapsody also made an announcement today, saying that offline playback support for the iPhone is coming, but the updated app must first meet with approval from Cupertino. With a $15 per month price tag, we could start to see some battles going on amongst music providers. Usually in a price war, the consumer is the winner as prices drop.
source: MOG, Switched, RhapsodyBlog via EngadgetMobile
When the Nexus One launched earlier this year, it was made avaliable for T-Mobile, though Google said that other versions would eventually be released. Even though it’s still not out for Verizon and Vodafone customers, starting today you can pick-up a version that will work with AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada. This new version is compatible with 3G/UMTS (850/900/2100 MHz) and GSM radio (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). This is different from the T-Mobile version, which uses 3G/UMTS (900/AWS/2100 MHz). Currently the new AT&T/Rogers version of the Nexus One is avaliable for purchase through the Google phone store as unlocked for $529, which is the same price as the unlocked version for T-Mobile, yet T-Mobile does offer it for $179 if you are signing a 2-year contract. There is no word yet if AT&T and Rogers will be offering the Nexus One at a discount price with contract extension.
source: Google and GoogleNexusOneBoard
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Both applications spent quite a lot of time in beta stage, but the company has now announced that the development of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 has been completed and they are ready for the wide audience. Great news, right? Cool! Sadly, however… the final editions do not support all mobile platforms. Opera Mobile 10 is available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60, while Opera Mini 5 will bring joy to owners of Java-based and BlackBerry cell phones. We remind you that Opera Mini 5 beta for Android rolled out last week (take a look at our hands-on with the application here), while a Java-free version of Opera for Windows Mobile had appeared earlier. The latter editions are not finalized yet, but we expect to see this happen soon.
When the month was young, we reported that T-Mobile was planning to sell the Motorola CLIQ XT for $129.99 with a 2 year contract. That figure came from what looked to be a leaked pricing guide for the carrier. But that is all wrong. A leaked screen shot of a T-Mobile internal web page shows a price of $99.99 with a 2 year contract for the CLIQ XT. For a 1 year contract, the price is $199.99. While there was no word on pricing for the Even More Now customers, the last word for that level was a price of $329.99. With the feature set of the CLIQ XT, setting the price under $100 would seem to present a bargain for T-Mobile customers and with the social networking centric MOTOBLUR UI on board, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the young messaging crowd make a bee-line for the handset, which should launch on March 17th according to the screen shot.
The big question that has been on the mind of all Motorola DROID users has been, “When am I getting my Android 2.1 update?” According to DroidLife, it should be by the end of this month. In calls to a pair of Motorola Reps, one says that the 2.1 upgrade will hit the DROID within the next 2-3 weeks. The other says it will happen at the end of Q1. Let’s see, Q1 ends…in March! Of course, DROID owners have been down this road before. To add to this time frame, a forum member at the site mentions that he spoke with a Verizon rep who also confirmed that the DROID will receive the upgrade in 2 to 3 weeks. Once again, it is a case of seeing it before believing it.
There’s no questioning at this point that the Verizon Wireless version of the Nexus One will make its appearance to customers shortly, but there is still uncertainty about where will it be sold. Undoubtedly it’d be a no brainer to see it head on over to Google’s online store like how the current T-Mobile version is offered, but there were rumors of it also being sold in Verizon retail stores nationwide. Although Verizon’s own updated Equipment Guide page now happily shows a non-Sense UI Nexus One, it clearly remarks how it’ll only be available through Google’s online store. The latest news points to a different story as the Chinese language Economic Daily News is reporting that HTC has commenced shipping out the CDMA variant of the Nexus One to Verizon Wireless – with an estimated availability date to the masses some time this month or in early April. With rumors about Verizon employees getting trained on the handset not too long ago, it was most likely accomplished to get them up to speed if it does indeed end up being sold through its stores. With fingers pointing in both directions, the guess of how it’ll be sold is still up in the air with no official confirmation.
With still some slim pickings here in the US for Samsung smartphones powered by the Android platform, the popular Evernote application that flawlessly captures your memories will be pre-installed on select Samsung Android phones. It was actually included in a recent software update for the Samsung Behold II here in the US. Evernote allows user to create notes, take photos, and record audio – which can then seamlessly be accessed through a myriad of mediums such as cell phones, computers, and the web. Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote said, “We’re incredibly excited to be working closely with Samsung on their line of Android phones. Android represents Evernote’s fastest growing mobile platform. This partnership helps Evernote reach a huge new audience with our promise of perfect memory for everyone.” Unless Samsung’s line of Android phones really catches up with the current competition, Evernote may not be able to capture the interest of Android users that may not be aware about its existence.
Yesterday we showed you Verizon’s Equipment Guide for the Nexus One that showed that Big Red’s variant of the phone would have Sense UI on top of Android 2.1. Apparently, the document contained some typos including listing the wrong Snapdragon chip and an incorrect URL for Google’s online phone store. Verizon corrected the typos and Android Central has the corrected edition which shows that while the N-One will not be sold at Verizon stores as written, the handset will NOT be equipped with the Sense UI. You would think that Verizon would have a proof reader, but perhaps it was just wishful thinking on the part of the carrier.