1. Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm by Andy

    Google AndroidThe iPhone may be home to the largest app library in the world but Android is catching up quickly as the latest stats show that more than 200,000 individual bits of software have been launched for Google’s platform.

    It is important to note that this figure is being taken with a pinch of salt by observers as there are not usually reliable ways of measuring app market totals, but it is easy to assume that the real figure is not far from this estimate by AnrdoLib.

    Microsoft can also raise a glass as since the launch of Windows Phone 7, the platform’s marketplace for apps has now been stocked with more than 5000 programs, which shows promising growth for this fledgling smartphone operating system.

    There are more than 300,000 applications available from the App Store, which means iPhone users have the greatest choice, but in the short period since Android arrived with its own service, it has proved that it might yet surpass Apple’s catalogue.

    It is always worth remembering that quality does not represent quantity, particularly when it comes to apps, but in amongst the fart simulators and gaming clones there are many innovative products found on each leading smartphone platform.

  2. Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 11:11 am by Andy

    Google Nexus SGoogle is set to launch its second own-brand smartphone, the Nexus S, in the UK on the 20th of December, just days before Christmas.

    Reports suggest that it will be making an appearance via both Best Buy and the Carphone Warehouse upon its arrival, with a variety of deals in store and pre-orders set to start four days ahead of its arrival.

    The Google Nexus S sports the same four inch Super AMLED display as found on the Samsung Galaxy S and Omnia 7. It also has a five megapixel camera with HD video capture combined with a 1GHz processor and up to 16GB of onboard storage.

    What makes the Google Nexus S so important is the fact that it will arrive with version 2.3 of the Android operating system onboard. This will have new features including NFC (near field communication) that will allow owners to turn their smartphones into a digital wallet.

    It is good to see that Google is set to expand its own brand range of handsets and even though the original Nexus One did not sell as well as hoped, its successor looks to have a wealth of features that could make it a hit.