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Boom! Android Market Hits The Web – and now the platform will just go crazy ballistic


Whoa, so the Android Market has just hit the web in all it’s glory. That’s 200,000 mobile phone apps available on instant install, with no sucky iTunes install, no messing around with synching, just a log-in to your Google account. And what’s more, my whole app install history (on multiple handsets!) is now available for viewing online anytime I need to replace or recreate my environment. Genius!


Android is now officially the No 1 smartphone platform of choice, blowing past Nokia, RIM and Apple in the last quarter of 2010 with 33.3 million shipments globally, and this latest move is going to send it into the stratosphere. Regular readers will know that we’re fans of the format because of its open nature, and the ability to take control of your mobile phone in all kinds of ways not possible before.

Take my other half’s T-Mobile Pulse handset as an example. It shipped with Android 1.6, and after a very long wait finally received an ‘official’ T-Mobile update to Android 2.1, which was buggy, slow and rendered the handset almost inoperable. So far, so bad. In the past we would have had to accept the situation, or spend money upgrading to another phone.


Cue the uber cool development community at One visit to their superb Ultimate Pulse Owner’s Guide (they have guides for most major Android handsets) and I was able to download and install an awesome new Android 2.1 system, customised to remove the bugs, cut down the flab and deliver a phone which absolutely rocks. For free. And all completely legally, no jail-breaking, unauthorised hacking etc involved.


The loser is a phone service provider which failed to deliver customer satisfaction and also lost handset upgrade revenues, while the winner is an absolutely delighted Pulse owner who keeps a phone she loves with a makeover that all but makes it brand new. Actually in the end T-Mobile may be a winner too, because their image is improved (or at least not damaged) by the fact that one of their handsets still works well. This, as far as I’m concerned, is the glory of Android.

And it’s just going to keep getting better-erer!


Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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  • The phone overall was very nice. Didn’t weight much and the touch screen was responsive. The Android OS ran well. I liked it overall. It being unlocked and cheap along with the Android OS made it a good buy I thought at the time. The problem I had was that while the features were nice I could not get the phone to update via the official tools. Others had this problem all over the world with this particular phone. Some had to wait for their cell providers to push out the update but those that bought it unlocked from various places had issues at the time. The choice I was left with at the time was to install the update myself. A process if done wrong could turn the phone into a paperweight. With no US warranty I didn’t feel safe in doing so. So in the end I returned it and thankfully because the device was fulfilled by I was able to get my money back. If I had the chance to buy the phone again but with the update already installed I would as I am a fan of the Android OS and did like the phone overall. However I would warn people that if they do want to update and don’t feel like taking certain risk to perhaps look for a different phone or one with a US warranty.

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