The face of TV as we know it is about to change, just ask Google. The search engine giant, and master of just about all things digital is jumping into the TV bizz as we announced on May 23rd of this year. The big difference is that Google has found a way to merge the TV and the Internet into one machine and make them work together in what I think are some really cool ways.
Keeping track of all your options is difficult, and comparing the phones you like best can be tough too. This is especially true when the phones you like best come from different carriers. It isn’t easy to compare the top phones at Verizon and AT&T when neither carrier will let you leave the building with a phone you haven’t bought.
The newest ComScore numbers arrived late last week and the results might be considered a little surprising. While everyone knows that Android is taking the mobile space by storm in recent months, I don’t know that anyone expected to see Apple lose market share around the release of their newest iPhone.
But, lose they did… ComScore shows Apple lost 1.3%, RIM dropped 1.8% and Microsoft dove 2.2%. Conversely, Android showed a 5% increase in total market share during the month of July. The final player, Palm, showed neither an increase or a decrease as they stayed exactly even.
Motorola’s Droid 2 is one of the first Android phones to ship with Froyo 2.2 pre-loaded and is a noticeably improved version of the original Droid. It’s the best phone with a keyboard out there at the time of this review and can be compared to a Droid X minus the keyboard and a smaller screen. A 3.7 inch 854×480 TFT LCD capacitive touch screen, 1-GHz TI OMAP processor nearly double the original Droid’s 550MHz processor. The phone comes with 8GB of internal memory and an 8GB microSD Card, expandable up to 32GB. Changing the microSD card requires first taking out the battery which was a little inconvenient. Network coverage in the areas tested was excellent, over the course of 2 weeks, I did not have a single dropped call
We know that many of our readers are Android fans and that due to all of the recent good and bad news for Apple, we haven’t posted as much about Android as we should have. In recent weeks, we’ve been making a greater effort to do so, and Google has been giving us plenty of good material to talk about.
Most recently, Google has created a new extension for Google Chrome that makes sharing content between your Chrome browser and your Android device extremely easy. The extension is called Chrome to phone and it is very simple to use. It is only compatible with Android 2.2, Froyo, at this time, but with Google changes and updates to other, older versions of Android are always possible.
The Droid X is Motorola’s most recently launched super phone. It was released at Verizon on July 15th. The consensus is that this is among the most powerful if not the most powerful phone on the market right now. It has a 1GHz processor, a 4.3” high resolution display, 8GB of built in memory and is preloaded with a 16GB MicroSD card, expandable to 32GB for a total of 40GB of memory. It currently comes equipped with Android 2.1 (Éclair), which while snappy in its own right, is significantly slower than Froyo.
This has long been rumored, but many are suggesting that it has now been confirmed that the original Motorola Droid from Verizon and the recently launched Sprint HTC Evo 4G will be the first two to receive the over the air update.
There may be some good news for tablet fans that are looking to see a little competition for the iPad. It appears that HP has a tablet device listed, albeit obscurely, on their website under the name Slate 500.
A story ran today through IDG News about the HP page that is listing the device. The Slate 500 is listed as a Windows 7 Premium device with an 8.9” screen. It further suggests that it will have two cameras (a still camera and a video camera) and a pen input device. The folks at IGN News go on to explain that the device is also listed as being Energy Star qualified on HP’s site and that the Energy Star Website discloses the that the device runs a 1.6GHz processor.