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June 14, 2010

Android guide for Aussies updated

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 7:52 pm
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I’ve updated my guide to Android for Australians. Includes splitting the Phones and Apps sections onto separate pages for easier maintenance and readability.

Enjoy!

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May 28, 2010

HTC Legend coming to Australia – Vodafone, Three

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 10:40 am
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imageAccording to the HTC Twitter account (@htc) Vodafone will be releasing the HTC Legend on 3rd June and it will also be available on Three (but no date announced for that). Good news for the Aussie market. The HTC Legend is kind of the HTC Hero 2 but sadly will only have a 600Mhz CPU (hopefully this is wrong!). Also depends on if you like the ‘chin’ that comes with this model phone.

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The Australian HTC site doesn’t have any more details other than ‘coming soon’, so head over the UK site and get your drool going. Android 2.1, AMOLED screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS yada yada yada.

May 24, 2010

Updated Android guide for Australians

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:26 pm
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I’ve updated my Android guide for Aussies including a list of Australian specific Apps available in the Android Market. Hope you find it useful!

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May 4, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – will it ever happen?

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 9:52 am
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I bought an HTC Hero (GSM) early November 2009. I love the phone, it’s been good to me. But now it’s getting frustrating that I’m stuck on version 1.5 of the Android OS when phones are being released with 2.1.

One of the reasons that I bought an Android based phone was that I figured that I’d get more regular updates than a Windows phone (with their releases coming out very few years). While I’ve only been waiting 7 months… the frustration comes from the fact that there seems to be no firm release date from HTC.

A simple search using Google reveals the trail of previous articles rumours setting out release dates for February, March, April, now June! It’s at the stage where I’ll believe it when I see it…

In my opinion this has come about because of the wonderful beast that is the HTC Sense UI. This particular add on to the OS requires updating to 2.1 – but they’ve obviously done that for the HTC Desire and others, so why does it take so long for the Hero?

Hurry up already!

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February 26, 2010

Mobile phone store analytics

Filed under: technology — Craig Harvey @ 8:04 pm
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Ever wondered how the Android Marketplace compares to Apple’s App Store or how the Windows Phone Marketplace is going? Well head on over to Distimo – a company that appears to specialise in app store analytics. Lots of great info if you want to know more about the various stores out there if you’re considering developing an app. You’d think that was a bit of a niche, but got to be plenty of money in it as these marketplaces grow. Good news is that they have a free report for developers.

As a consumer – the Android Marketplace offers the highest proportion of free apps according to Android and me.

When comparing the number of free vs paid apps, Android had the largest share of free downloads (57%). This is likely caused by Google’s openness of the Android Market, which allows casual developers an easy entry (aka all those junk apps). The open source nature of Android also attracts developers who are more willing to give away their work. Finally, Android Market only allows paid apps in 11 countries (vs 77 for Apple App Store).

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