Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Samsung to turn it's focus to Android in the near future!

Samsung has stated that Android is their focus point in the near future. Bada is their own platform and it would also remain with same priority for Samsung who is the South Korean tech giant.

There is good demand for Android in the market with it being the second most popular mobile platform in the US market right now. This might have made the company think to shift their attention to Android.

Windows Phone 7 is set to arrive. Samsung said that there is some professional demand for this new platform though things can change in the coming months.

Symbian is not on the horizon for the company for now. It remains to be seen if the situation would change next year when Symbian3 and Windows Phone 7 would be widely available for deployment.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Froyo Leaked Again!! This Time for Samsung Galaxy S!

The Samsung Galaxy is one of Samsung’s most popular handsets of all time. Not only is it running the great Android mobile OS from Google but it has recently been made known that Samsung has shipped over 1 million units in the United States.

Unfortunately, just like about every other device currently on the market the manufacturers have delayed the Android 2.2 roll out. While not giving an official confirmation as to what is causing the delay we can only assume that it has something to do with the TouchWiz UI that Samsung developed to lay over the Android platform.

Luckily, for those of you who have an international version of the phone, reports have surfaced today that say the official Android 2.2 update has leaked out. If, however, you have a Vibrant or Cpativate, you’re out of luck as this version is made specifically for the international versions, as I already mntioned.

A number of smartphones recently have had Android 2.2 builds leaked with all of them being Beta builds with a few things broken. You might want to take this in to consideration if deciding to test the leaked build.

It isn't clear when the official build will land, but we have head September as well as later this year. It all really depends on which Galaxy S model you have got and when your network gets it ready to be pushed out.

Of course, it’s expected that Samsung will roll out the update for the platform soon enough so for those who don’t like to break any rules... 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fennec 2.0 Is Coming For Android Users From Mozilla!

Mozilla today released an alpha version of its mobile browser for smartphones running Google's Android operating system.

Fennec 2.0., which is considered to be the power of Firefox 4, has included integrated synchronization. Moreover, it is responsible for boosting performance by rendering processes as well as user interface.

Apart from that there is Electrolysis, due to which the browser interface is able to run in a separate process. With the help of this process Fennic can react faster to user input. The Electrolysis technology also is able to operate with add-ons.

This release includes Electrolysis, which allows the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content," said Parmenter in a post to the Mozilla blog today. "By doing this, Fennec is able to react much faster to user input while pages are loading or CPU intensive JavaScript is running.

Mozilla added its Firefox Sync service into Fennec 2.0., with the help of the service one can keep passwords, browser history, bookmarks, open tabs as well as other data.

Users of earlier editions could take advantage of Sync by means of add-on. In fact, it was the first time when it was decided to add Fennec.

It is possible to install Fennec 2.0 on many smartphones that are based on Google’s Android operating system.

Although Mozilla did not disclose a final release date for fennec 2.0, still it was noted that September 7 is a final deadline for Beta.

We've not had a proper chance to see how stable Firefox is on a mobile phone, but early indications show a surprisingly usable little web browser, though as yet little advantage over the one built in.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Froyo: Adobe Flash 10.1 Available in Android Market

Flash 10.1 is available in Android Market now!. If you're running a device with Android 2.2 Froyo and don't have Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile yet, you can head to Android Market to download the latest Flash, which will give you access to most of the videos, games, and interactive Flash-based content on the Internet. 

Depending on your device and your operator, you may have already received Flash as part of the firmware OTA upgrade, like the EVO 4G, which was the first device in the U.S. to get updated to Android 2.2. 

In the case with Verizon Wireless with the original Droid, the OS update is now being pushed out for that device to get to Android 2.2, but the OTA firmware upgrade does not come with the Flash package built-in. Rather, the carrier is advising users to head over to Android Market to get Flash installed. 

If for whatever reason you don't want to install Flash from Android Market and you are running a supported device, then you can head over to Droid-Life to get the update. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Android app licensing cracked in less than a month!!

There has been some concern about smartphone apps in recent weeks after a malware app worked its way into the Android store that sent premium-rate text messages to make money for criminals.  What’s more the BBC demonstrated a proof-of-concept Java app that seemed to be a simple game of noughts and crosses, but was copying contacts and emails in the background.

A spokesperson for Google told the BBC about the malware app…

“Google has a system in place that can revoke malicious applications and stop them running on handsets.  Our application permissions model protects against this type of threat.  When installing an application, users see a screen that explains clearly what information and system resources the application has permission to access, such as a user’s phone number or sending an SMS.  Users must explicitly approve this access in order to continue with the installation, and they may uninstall applications at any time.  The spokesperson said the firm advises users to “only install apps they trust”.

In response to developers’ complaints of unauthorized usage of their wares, Google has set up a licensing service, by which – via a set of libraries – an application can hit Google’s server, which stores sales records. Every time an app with this protection is launched, it checks with Google to be sure the copy is legit.

The new system was to replace the old copy protection method within few months, and were considered to be more secure and less problematic. 

Now, NeoWin is reporting that the new licensing scheme for Android apps has been cracked less than a month after coming on-line!!!

The “Licensing Service for Android applications” was supposed to provide developers a “secure mechanism to manage access to all Android Market paid applications.”  In theory, the new licensing system would verify against the Android Market licensing server, which would in turn verify the application against existing sales records. If no sales records were found, the application would show an error explaining that it was not properly licensed.

The man responsible for cracking the security has published a paper on his website in which he details how to reprogram a Java app, which is the language most Android apps are written in, to change its status from unlicensed to licensed.

He says…

I am very much against piracy, and very much pro-Google. I have spent more time researching copy protection for my applications than development of the applications themselves.  Our findings show that most (any?) apps can be easily patched and stripped of licensing protection, making them an easy target for off-Market, pirated distribution. By corollary, this means that sites dedicated to pirating apps can continue to do so, using a few automated scripts mixed with some smarts.

He also provides a video demonstrating his findings.  Google have not yet commented on the crack.

Dive into the sea on your Android with Google Maps!!!

Google Earth 1.1 for Android offers a few new features, but most notably the addition of the oceans. With the new software tools and underwater exploratory landscapes, Android users can tap their inner Jacques Cousteau. Sort of.

Google Earth 1.1 doesn't let you snorkel past schools of fish or snuggle up to reefs teeming with sea life. Instead, it offers Android users the opportunity to see what the Earth's surface looks like beneath the water. Google suggests, for example, that users look at the Monteray Bay Canyon, which it says is larger than the Grand Canyon.

There is a "look around" button that lets users change the angle of view and take a new look at what's under the water.
Another tool added to Google Earth 1.1 is what Google calls the "Explore the Ocean" layer. This layer offers up a collection of photos and videos from contributors from all around the world.

Google Earth 1.1 will work just fine on devices with Android 2.1 and higher. Google reserved some special features for devices running Android 2.2 and up, however.

Google explains, "Google Earth now supports Flash in balloons, so if you have the Flash player installed on your mobile device, you can watch videos right in the balloon."

The new software also has some revised navigational tools. The big addition is support for two-finger scrolling, which allows for easier panning back and forth, up and down to change your view of the ocean's floor. User's can also twist two fingers on the screen to change what they are looking at.

The software works well, but few lags or slowdowns when the software needed to access the network to pull down new mapping information.

Google Earth 1.1 for Android is free download from the Android Market.

Android App Licensing Mechanism Still Easy to Break!!

According to Android Police, Google's new app licensing mechanism designed to protect developers against app piracy is still relatively easy to break. The site says that since the License Verification Library isn't a core component of the Android operating system, "an app developer needs to package it with the app that uses it, making it an easier patch target, without requiring root access." As such, running a few simple scripts may break the licensing code. The conclusion is such that "Google’s Licensing Service is still, in my opinion, the best option for copy protection; however, we really need to see a better solution, such as checking the apk for alterations or ways to confirm an application was installed through official means."

News of how easy it is to crack and break license codes for Android Market titles may dissuade some developers from seriously looking at Android. This in turn may hurt consumers if the development community doesn't grow due to concerns about piracy.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Motorola Devour to miss out on Android 2.1 update

The Motorola Devour has been listed as end-of-life, and to make matters more depressing for Devour owners, it has been officially announced that it will not come with an Android 2.1 update. Yes, you will be stuck with Android 1.6, and that's that - unless someone comes along and offers a custom ROM, of course. For Backflip, Cliq and Cliq XT owners, you ought to be able to see the Android 2.1 Eclair update coming your way later this year. Guess this is one disadvantage compared to iPhone owners, since there are so many different types of Android-powered handsets out there, it really depends on the manufacturer and carrier to work together to decide on which model will get an update.

Motorola Sends C&Ds to Leaked Android 2.2 Hosts!!

Well, Motorola, that didn't take long. Word of a leaked version of the Android 2.2 update—"Froyo"—for the Motorola Droid X smartphone hit the news circuit on Friday, and the company has already prepped a response for sites hosting said Froyo ROM file: Take it down.

According to Intomobile, Motorola has begun sending out cease-and-desist letters to sites hosting the leaked upgrade—scheduled to officially hit Droid X devices in early September.

Richard Rushing, Motorola's senior director of information security, pens his name to the letter, which demands that sites hosting the file remove it from their servers, "in as expedient a fashion as possible."

The move is just one more salvo in Motorola's attempts to restrict custom modifications to the Android OS running on its Droid devices. Already, the company has taken a bit of flak from the modder community surrounding its use of eFuse—a technology that allows the phone to authenticate its bootloader to ensure that users are only running Motorola-approved software on their devices.

According to an official statement by Motorola, "If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats."

That said, the Droid X has already been rooted—giving a user superuser-type access to the phone's underlying operating system—by a variety of applications now available on the Android market.

As well, Koushik Dutta—author of the popular ClockworkMod recovery application—has released the Droid X's first working recovery, which allows a user to backup and restore the state of the device using an app like Nandroid backup.

This paves the way for loading custom ROMs onto a Droid X, as now users have a much easier way to go back in time should running a customized version of the Android OS—the aforementioned "custom ROM"—not go according to plan.

"You can't replace the kernel or boot image," writes Dutta. "But really, once you have access to /system, anything is possible. It will just take a little hackery."

Being said that, the 3rd Party Froyo downloadable links available on this site may become unavailable shortly!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Froyo for Droid X Leaked!!! Here is the way to get it got yourself!!!

Hey Droid X owners, 

You'll probably be getting a Froyo update OTA sooner rather than later, but if you need it now and want to take matters into your own hands, you can do so.

Keep in mind: this is a likely unfinished, probably still buggy pre-release version of Froyo for the Droid X that leaked out. You may encounter problems. You may brick your device. But you may want to go ahead and flash it anyway, knowing all that.

Please Read Directions Before Proceeding:


Step 1:

This is a leaked ota upgrade in the update.zip format. This is not a ROM or a port. This will upgrade both your baseband and your system. You will not need to wipe date.

The only way this update will work for you is if your phone is back to stock (you MUST be rooted already if you want to be rooted after the upgrade).

If you have themed your phone you need to convert it back to stock

If you have removed bloatware you must put it all back.

Step 2:

Do you want to be rooted?

1) If no skip to next step.

2) If yes and already rooted skip to next step.

3) If not go here and follow these direction. -----> how to root - thanks to Rootzwiki


I suggest using Root Explorer as it is the easiest was to do it: Get it in the MarketPlace

Open rootexplorer

Navigate to the /system/bin folder and hold down the su file, then select move
Navigate to the /system/xbin folder and press the menu button (4 squares)

Select edit and then paste

Step 3:

So have you gotten back to stock:

If Yes proceed to step 3, 

If No then proceed below.

If you don't know which files you need or which ones to put back, you can use the sbf to put your phone back in a stock state. You can go here to get details of how to return to stock via sbf file. ------> Droid SBF

After you return your phone to its stock state go to step 3.

Step 4:

Now we need to download froyo for the Droid

Link One - Download now

Link Two - Download Now

Mirror One - Download Now

Mirror Two - Download Now

Mirror Three - Download Now

Place the file you have downloaded on the root of your SD card.

Step 5:

Reboot your phone in recovery mode:

1) Hold down the home button and the power button.

2) When the triangle with the android appears press the search button (far right button)

3) Select apply sdcard:update.zip

4) Sit back and wait (5 - 10 minutes)

5) Restart your device.

Your phone will now be running 2.2.6 (Froyo Rooted)

Thanks to MyDroidWorld for the release~

Friday, August 20, 2010

Vodafone HTC Desire Android 2.2 update landing 23 August

Vodafone has confirmed that it will be releasing the Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire owners from 23 August. The rollout will begin from next week, where users will be prompted to download the new Android 2.2 firmware for their HTC Desire. However, the rollout will be phased, so Vodafone customers might have to wait up to two weeks to get the new upgrade.

Vodafone said: "Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated."

A few things to take care while updating you HTC Desire:

1. Longer than first thought

It's a little outside of the earlier 7-10 days time frame promised, but at least it's coming soon. It will also scrub away the much-maligned 360 update - although it's a little trickier than just deleting the applications from your phone.

First of all, check your software version in Settings, About Phone, Software information. Your software should either be if you haven't downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or if you have accepted the update.

If you have accepted it, but not opened the applications, then their functionality will be removed, although you'll need to delete any icons and reset any bookmarks/home page choices manually.

You can perform a factory reset too to remove the 360 update, but be warned this will erase all data stored on the handset, so make sure you're fully backed up if you take this route.

2. What if I did click the icon?

If you have opened and updated any Vodafone 360 applications, then the same process will work, apart from "360 updates" and "Shop" applications, which to get rid of you'll need to 'uninstall the update' in Settings, Applications.

It might sound a little complicated, and we're sure that Vodafone regrets offering the 360 update for HTC Desire users - but at least it's offering a way out, and users can now enjoy longer battery life, HD video recording and Wi-Fi sharing.

So get your HTC Desire updated and enjoy more effective Android!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Android Phone Can Be Used as a Supercomputer!!

When you hear 'supercomputer' and 'small' in the same sentence, you likely wonder how small a room are they talking about. However, when the folks at MIT and Texas Advanced Computing Center say small, they mean small as in pocket-sized.

A collaboration between MIT and the Texas Advanced Computing Center has led to an Android application that the two institutions claim can do honest-to-goodness supercomputing.

TACC explains that the team at MIT performed a series of expensive high-fidelity simulations on TACC's Ranger supercomputer and then generated a smaller, reduced model, which was used to create an Android application for a Nexus One.

"You don’t need to have a high-powered computer on hand," insists David Knezevic, a post-doctoral associate in mechanical engineering at MIT. "Once you've created the reduced model, you can do all the computations on a phone."

Though this kind of model reduction has been done before, TACC says the MIT system's real advantage is its rigorous error bounds, which tell the user the range of possible solutions, and provide a metric of whether an answer is accurate or not.

Knezevic goes on to say that using a reduced scale model also results in faster computations.

"The payoff for model reduction is larger when you can go from an expensive supercomputer solution to a calculation that takes a couple of seconds on a smart phone," he said. "That’s a speed up of orders of magnitude."

Android Honeycomb next up from Google!!!

Google is set to call the next iteration of its mobile OS Android Honeycomb, following on from the tablet-friendly Gingerbread platform.

Multiple sources have confirmed to us that the next version will be called Honeycomb, although details of what this upgrade will bring are still sketchy.

It's likely that it will be more of an incremental upgrade, in the same manner as Android 2.2 (Froyo) was to Android 2.1 (Éclair) as Google seeks to perfect the new platform on tablets and high-end smartphones.

That means Android Honeycomb will probably be Android 3.1 or Android 3.2, rather than a leap to the unimaginable magic of Android 4.0.

Honeycomb – a surefire way to eventual baldness

Google was contaced about the new name, and unsurprisingly there was no comment, but given each new Android iteration is named after sweets and cakes, there's not a lot to choose from.

Intriguingly, a quick Google search for 'Android Honeycomb' shows a few sites with the phrase present - but nowhere to be found when looking at the articles and sites in depth.

Gingerbread is due out towards the end of the year (or possibly leaking into 2011) with tablets from Toshiba and Samsung likely to make use of the upgrade, which will only work with fast processors and high-res screens.

However, it will be interesting to see where Android Honeycomb machines land in the marketplace against Google Chrome OS tablets, which we should start seeing in November onwards – is there a large enough tablet market to sustain two operating systems from the same manufacturer?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Get Your Android’s Battery Last a Little Longer

A common complaint among Android users is short battery life. As we all now, Google’s platform has numerous benefits, but state-of-the-art features and constantly being connected seem to come with one drawback: comparatively large battery consumption.

I don’t suggest that you should stop taking advantage of the things that make Android great, such as streaming music players that allow you to walk around with millions of songs in your pocket, location-aware apps, background updates or all the wireless options. Still, if you’re frustrated by how often you need to connect your charger, it’s good to know what types of apps and activities that eat the most battery, so you can make an active decision whether or not it’s worth the extra juice.

Use the GPS Wisely

The GPS uses the battery like there’s no tomorrow. Location-aware software is one of Android’s many fortes, but they can be real battery drainers. The Power control widget is useful for switching the GPS on and off, and you should keep an eye on your notification bar: an icon will appear whenever the GPS is activated.

Turn off Bluetooth When You’re Not Using It

Perhaps an obvious tip, but it’s best to disable Bluetooth whenever you’re not actually using it. The quickest way to switch Bluetooth off and on is via a widget on your homescreen.

Disable Wireless Network Positioning

When your device learns your location via wireless network triangulation, it requires less battery than if it had used the GPS. But using both methods simultaneously will of course use the most power. The GPS can handle location tasks by itself, albeit a bit slower. Also, wireless network positioning is used to gather anonymous Google location data in the background, which will drain the battery further. You can turn it off from Settings > Location > Use wireless networks.

Switch off Wi-Fi, or Keep it Always On

If you’re close to a reliable WLAN during the better part of the day, having Wi-Fi always turned on may be favorable from a battery point of view, since the Wi-Fi radio uses less battery than the 3G radio. And when Wi-Fi is on, 3G is off. You can confirm Wi-Fi always stays on by going to Settings > Wireless networks > Wi-Fi Settings. Press the Menu button, tap on Advanced, Wi-Fi sleep policy and select the Never option.

On the other hand, if you’re not close to a strong Wi-Fi signal for extended periods of time, disable Wi-Fi from a homescreen widget or from Settings > Wireless networks > Wi-Fi.

Disable Always-On Mobile Data

The Always-On Mobile Data option is on by default, and can be disabled from Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Enable always-on mobile data. It allows your phone to be connected non-stop, but does it need to be? I have disabled the setting, and I still get push Gmail and even Google Talk seems to perform as usual, as well as the few apps I have that use automatic updates. However, if you have a lot of apps that regularly connect to the Internet, disabling this option may actually be a bad idea, since turning the data connection on and off will require more energy than simply having it on all the time.

Kill 3G if Your Phone Often Struggles to Find It

When your Android attempts to decide which signal to lock on to, it strains your battery. If your phone often switches between GSM and 3G in your area, it can be preferable to simply disable 3G altogether, and hence abolishing the need for your phone to try and find a suitable network. Go to Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Network mode > GSM only.

Use a Quick Screen Timeout

After a certain time of inactivity, your screen is automatically turned off, and that’s the Screen Timeout. To use such a low value as 15 seconds can be annoying, but one minute is on the other hand likely too long. I use 30 seconds. You can alter this option from Settings > Screen & display > Screen timeout.

Turn Down the Screen Brightness

Android’s Automatic brightness (Settings > Screen & display > Brightness) setting is recommended. If your phone doesn’t have this option, set a reasonable value at roughly 30 % and see if that suits you.

Live Wallpapers Will Use More Power than a Static Background

Oh yes, live wallpapers can be awesome. But they will obviously use precious battery juice, albeit evidently not as much as one could think, talking the eye-candy into consideration and what they can do.

Have an AMOLED Display? A Dark Wallpaper Will Spare the Battery

When having dark backgrounds, phones with AMOLED display will use less power, because each pixel on OLED screens is photoemissive and will actually generate its own light. Since there’s no need for a backlight, the pixel can essentially turn off its light source and go total black. As a result, you can save a teeny-weeny bit of energy by having a dark or black background on AMOLED screens.

Use Widgets Wisely

 Most widgets will only have a negligible effect on your battery life, but those that automatically pull info from the interwebs can be power hogs.

Use Reasonable Intervals for Automatic Updates

I personally don’t need to have automatic updates on my phone, except for emails that I want to be notified of the moment they arrive. I prefer launching the apps at my convenience and see what’s new. Most applications that connect to the Internet have an option to update upon launch, and that’s all I need. By lowering the update intervals, or by even turning them off completely, you can definitely make your battery last longer. I recommend that you reduce them to your own minimum values.

If you have an Android phone with HTC Sense, you can make sure the HTC Mail Client, the HTC Weather App, Facebook, Flickr, Stocks and Twitter update themselves as often as you want them to. This is mainly done from Settings > Accounts & sync. It’s also a good idea to look over third-party apps that grab data from the Internet, particularly the official Facebook app and the various Twitter apps, since they usually have background updates on by default.

Streaming Apps Will Use a Lot of Battery

I certainly don’t think you should avoid streaming application on your phone. But bear in mind that software that stream audio and similar apps will use plenty of power.

Learn What’s Been Drinking the Juice

Unless you have the doubtful pleasure of still running Cupcake, you can check out a built-in Android feature that tells you precisely how much your apps use the battery. You can then start using battery drainers less often, or simply uninstall them. Go to Settings > About phone > Battery > Battery use and press the items in the list for further info. You can also use JuicePlotter to analyze usage patterns.

I have gotten good results by making the tweaks and changes above, and I hope you will too. Do you know of any more tricks that can make our dear Android stay on his feet a bit longer before it needs to be charged? In case you don’t want to keep all this in mind, an app such as JuiceDefender is a good option.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How to Activate Android’s Safe Mode to Get out of a Force Close Loop

Have you ever experienced a force close loop on your Android phone? No? I hadn’t either until a month ago, but if you also enjoy checking out various ports, launcher replacements, ROMs, emulators or projects from independent developers, chances are you will too eventually. And when it happens, it’s hard to know what to do, because while in a force close loop, the Android system is literally going loco.

Then what is a “force close loop”, exactly? The term is generally used to describe when an app is involuntary closed by the system, then it’s automatically launched again, and then closed, and this goes on and on. Since you can’t access any of Android’s menus while your phone is in a force close loop, there’s no obvious way to kill it.

I got my first force close loop while trying out a new homescreen replacement, and even rebooting my phone didn’t help: the loop just continued where it left off, since the app was launched automatically every time my phone started. Fortunately, I discovered Android’s Safe Mode.

There are probably other situations when Android’s safe mode may come in handy. Generally, whenever an app gives you trouble and you can’t uninstall it for whatever reason, or if your phone goes haywire, you can try starting your phone in safe mode.

Instructions for more popular phones have been added below.

HTC devices with physical buttons:

Turn off your Android phone. If you can’t do it the normal way because of the loop, remove the battery.
Press the Menu button on your phone.

While holding down the Menu button, turn on your device and keep pressing the Menu button until you see the lock screen.

“Safe Mode” should now be printed in the lower-left corner of your display. When in safe mode, Android does not load any third-party apps, and you can uninstall the application that gave you trouble from Settings >

Applications > Manage applications.

Nexus One:

Turn off your Nexus. Remove the battery if it cannot be done the normal way.

Press the power button to start your phone, and right when the logo appears, press and hold the trackball.

You should also be able to hold down the touch sensitive Menu button at this point, if you prefer that.

Keep pressing until you see the lock screen, and you should now be in safe mode.

Motorola Droid

Turn off your Droid and slide open the hardware keyboard.

Press both the power button and the Menu button on the keyboard simultaneously.

Keep holding down the Menu key until you see the “Droid Eye”, and you feel your phone vibrate.

Your Droid should start and say “Safe Mode” in the lower-left corner of the screen.

To turn off safe mode, simply reboot your device.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

200,000 Android phones sold every day!!

About 200,000 smartphones based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone.
Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Lake Tahoe that Android -- a mobile software launched just over a year ago -- was gaining momentum in a fiercely competitive tech arena.
Smartphones running the fledgling software topped the list among U.S. consumers in the second quarter, industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday. The operating system powered a third of all smartphones sold from April to June, with Research in Motion's BlackBerry sliding to second place for the first time since 2007. 
BlackBerry lost 9 percentage points of market share, diving to 28 percent. The iPhone came in third with 22 percent. BlackBerry is also facing challenges in India and S. Arabia over it's encrypted Emails and Messages. 
Android is now on smartphones made by a number of different manufacturers, including a revitalized Motorola's Droid -- the best-selling Android handset in the second quarter among U.S. consumers -- and Taiwan's HTC.
Google said recently that 160,000 Android phones had been activated each day during the second quarter, up from 65,000 in the first quarter.