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Android is fast becoming the smartphone platform du jour, as mobile browser Skyfire’s decision this week to drop development of its browser for the BlackBerry to concentrate on Android makes clear. Also this week, Verizon announced the arrival of the Android-based Droid Incredible.

Android is fast becoming the smartphone platform du jour, as mobile browser Skyfire’s decision this week to drop development of its browser for the BlackBerry to concentrate on Android makes clear. As to why, Skyfire’s reasoning, as laid out on its blog, sums it up best:

We see Android as a fast-rising ecosystem, with a rich, totally open developer environment, a healthy app market and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem.  The Android OS has a tremendous amount of interest from handset makers and carriers, and also has a strong need for making the explosion of video more network optimized (Skyfire’s wheelhouse).

Also this week, Verizon announced the arrival of the next member of its Android family, the Droid Incredible. The phone is being manufactured for the carrier by HTC, maker of the Nexus One for Google, and is very similar, with an updated 8 MP camera and the HTC Sense interface. It will be available at Verizon stores on April 29, and will sell for $199 with a two-year contract.

And despite speculation that sales of Google’s own branded Android phone, the Nexus One, have been less than brisk, the company disclosed via its first-quarter results that in fact the division has already turned a profit. It added that some 60,000 Android phones are bring activated daily, a princely number by any standards.

By James Kendrick

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  1. I think I need to get an android from now on. :-)

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  2. Planning to buy a Nexus one.. :).. Gotta check out Android.. Never checked out an Android cell..

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  3. I have a nexus one, and I absolutely love it!! I had a Samsung behold before this,,and oh man what a major difference! Android is the way to go, Im telling you!

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  4. Lucian Armasu Saturday, April 17, 2010

    Right..but soon after Skyfire’s announcement regarding Android, Opera Mini (which is very similar to the Skyfire browser) got accepted into Apple’s AppStore, and I’m pretty sure that now they will focus on launching the iphone version FIRST.

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  5. Did Nexus One really turn a profit? Or did the Android division turn a profit from all the add revenue generated by those 60,000 devices being activated daily?

    I find it unrealistic (and quite laughable, really) to say that Nexus One the device has turned a profit when sales still likely hasn’t topped 200,000 units. If that were true, Motorola and Palm would be huge profit machines if all it takes to turn a profit in the smartphone business is to sell a couple hundred thousand units.

    More likely another case of journalistic error resulting from oversimplification of an accurate statement….

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  6. I’m really bummed that Android isn’t offered on AT&T. I’ve been a devout Blackberry user for years but from what I’ve seen of the Android OS, it’s way ahead of the competition and ripe for a lot more development.

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  7. Yeah i agree. Android market is one o the rising mobile market. I think the reason behind this is Open source of android.

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  8. [...] Android This Week: Skyfire Drops BlackBerry; Droid Incredible Emerges; Nexus One Turns Profit for&nb… Tech Insider [...]

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  9. Just a heads up to the people that use Outlook. Android does not play nicelywith outlook nor sync easily with your iTunes library.
    I run Android 1.5 on my LG Eve and I can’t get it to sync with my work outlook account. If you require your phone for work, this isn’t the phone for you.
    I went back to my blackberry with an iPod touch for fun (which I wrote this on)

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    1. @Mike

      Dude, you may have had a bad experience with Outlook sync with your Eve, but that’s an outlier. My work offers the HTC Hero as a work sponsored phone. It works great and syncs perfectly with our Outlook system; contacts are automatically imported and you can search the entire company directory on the phone. No problems.

      BTW, Google is constantly improving work-related features and controls for Android, so it will only get better.

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