Android This Week: Hot Droid, New Droid


Yet another set of numbers was released this week highlighting the success of the Droid, the first Android (s goog) phone on the Verizon network. Ad company Chitika posted stats comparing usage of Android phones on its network, and the Droid is smoking the competition. Not only is it leading the other Android phones in usage, it has a 3-1 advantage over the nearest competitor, the HTC Hero. The data was collected over the first two weeks in June, and also shows that the HTC EVO 4G — which was released June 4 — has almost caught up to Google’s flagship phone, the Nexus One.

Not content to rest on the Droid’s success, Verizon this week put up a teaser for the next-generation Droid X, what will be the largest Android phone to hit the market. Its 4.3-inch screen is the same size as that of the EVO 4G, but is housed in an even larger case. The official announcement of the Droid X is expected next Wednesday, June 23, with shipping expected to follow in a few weeks. No word yet on pricing.

In the meantime, Sony Ericsson (s eric) introduced a new Android phone and said its XPERIA lines of handsets would be upgraded to Android 2.1 later this year. While not the latest version, the functionality boost it will bring to the line, which is designed for playing multimedia using Sony Ericsson’s TimeScape and MediaScape apps, will be significant.



The marketing on these phones has really been turned up since the iPhone 4 was introduced by apple. I’ve notice that website are starting to give the Android Phones aways. A website “” is offering androids phones for free and code for a free 2GB Memory Card when purchased through their website. I assume the carrier “Verizon” is hoping to make these discounts back in the monthly fees they charge. I’ve got another year on my Blackberry contract before I can make the change.


You’re not satisfied with the apps available for the Android phones in the Market? The article does not give any specifics as to what AT&T has done to cripple the Android phones. (My only complaint would be if they did not allow the phone to access whatever the app was intended to access, eg, gps for maps.) I am not sure the problem is the carrier, although I would never do business with AT&T again after their behavior in the past.


You know im starting to wonder…does AT&T restrict Android on its phone network because of the its relations to Apple?

Meh I try to believe that Apple isn’t that bad but they do have a questionable track record. If your not sure about how AT&T restricts Android handsets you should check out the article on it at

It should be the first article there

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