#android

Dieter Bohn last week on Google’s “New Motorola”:

But the simple fact remains: neither Google’s flagship Galaxy Nexus nor the new devices from its subsidiary Motorola are running Google’s latest software on Verizon’s network, and they won’t until Verizon says they can.

There’s nothing “new” about that.

If it weren’t for Verizon, I’d bet that basically no one would have bought any Motorola phones the past few years. And the company would have been even more of a money pit. And Google still probably would have paid over $10 billion for that money pit.

Dow Jones:

Alibaba said that Acer “was notified by Google that if the product runs Aliyun OS, Google will terminate its Android- related cooperation and other technology licensing with our partner….We regret Google’s action.”

So much to say on this. For now, let’s just say that the words “terminate” and “open” should never go together.

Well, it may not exactly be the Kindle Phone some were hoping for, but this Verizon/Amazon partnership could end up being a big deal.

Verizon:

Recognizing this trend, Verizon and Amazon will offer a suite of Amazon-owned shopping apps directly to customers on certain Verizon Wireless Android smartphones. Amazon’s Shopping, MP3, Zappos, Kindle, and Audible apps, will be preloaded to offer quick access to the online stores, one-click ordering and access to Amazon Prime free two-day shipping.

That’s a round-about way of saying they’re going to start pre-loading all those Amazon apps on some of their Android phones.

And while Verizon don’t specifically mention the Amazon Appstore, The Verge says that will be a part of the suite as well. That’s huge news because it’s still way too much of a pain in the ass for a regular consumer to install it right now — which is a big reason why Amazon would want to build their own phone.

Nilay Patel:

Multiple sources have confirmed to The Verge that Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire’s Android-based operating system, and we’re now hearing that the device will be shown to the press tomorrow.

Looks like the Android situation is about the get even more complicated…

Update: And recall that Bloomberg reported on this back in July.

Update 9/6: Nope.

Brian X. Chen:

The new phones, the Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD, have a crucial component that reflects Motorola’s legacy as a radio company: the cellular modems inside them, which connect with newer, faster fourth-generation LTE networks, were made by Motorola.

I’m sorry, I couldn’t get past “Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD”. Who the fuck comes up with these names?

Wait, it’s actually even worse. They’re supposed to be in ALL CAPS:

RAZR™ M, RAZR™ HD and DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ HD

Yes, Motorola has trademarked “MAXX”. Phew. I’m sure there were so many companies clamoring to use it in their branding. And they’re all condom companies. 

Roger Cheng:

The Nexus 7 faces lots of competition. The next iteration of the Kindle Fire is expected to be announced next week, and many expect Apple to unveil its own iPad Mini soon.

Best sell em while they’re still hot. 

Also, the ad looks like shit on a retina display. Just saying. And if you happen to have a background image set, it’s even worse. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to close it.

Speaking of Flickr, time for an update on the the Popular Cameraphones chart:
1) iPhone 4S
2) iPhone 4
3) iPhone 3GS
4) iPhone 3G
5) Samsung Galaxy S II
The good news: Android is finally on the verge of overtaking an iOS device on the chart.
The bad news: this iOS device is four years old. It’s so old, in fact, that the iPhone 3G was taken off the market by Apple a year ago. Yet there still isn’t a single Android device that can pass it on this chart. Pretty pathetic. 
The other bad news: the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are so far ahead of the rest of the cameraphone pack that it seems highly unlikely that any Android device will come close anytime soon. In fact, they’re the number one and number two cameras used to take Flickr photos, period. Not smartphone cameras — cameras, cameras.
The really bad news: the new iPhone is a month away.

Speaking of Flickr, time for an update on the the Popular Cameraphones chart:

1) iPhone 4S

2) iPhone 4

3) iPhone 3GS

4) iPhone 3G

5) Samsung Galaxy S II

The good news: Android is finally on the verge of overtaking an iOS device on the chart.

The bad news: this iOS device is four years old. It’s so old, in fact, that the iPhone 3G was taken off the market by Apple a year ago. Yet there still isn’t a single Android device that can pass it on this chart. Pretty pathetic. 

The other bad news: the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are so far ahead of the rest of the cameraphone pack that it seems highly unlikely that any Android device will come close anytime soon. In fact, they’re the number one and number two cameras used to take Flickr photos, period. Not smartphone cameras — cameras, cameras.

The really bad news: the new iPhone is a month away.