Android suffers drop Symbian still there

Smaato’s metrics are based upon 36 mobile ad networks and over 4 billion ad requests served in the Smaato Network of more than 3,300 registered mobile publishers in March 2010.

Worldwide CTR Index (Click Through Rate) by Handset Operating System

Chart 1: Smaato Index – Operating System CTR (Click Through Rates) worldwide, March 2010

The performance of different operating systems in March shows Symbian’s lead decrease slightly, as Feature Phone handsets and Windows Phone make significant increases. The CTR Index (Click Through Rate) differs from 35 (Blackberry) to 156 (Symbian), compared to February where the spread was between 51 (Blackberry) and 147 (Symbian).

Android has suffered the most in the latest metrics, with a drop of almost 50% as its global CTR Index fell from 110 in February, to 58 in March. This has been the second consecutive month that Android has dropped. Feature Phone handsets have been building momentum since the first Smaato Metrics Report in December. Each month it has made consistent gains on the competition in the CTR Index, from 84 in December, to 91 in January, to 107 in February and now at 123 in March.

The Index consists of the average CTR of all devices and this number is set to 100.

Symbian’s lead has shortened in the CTR Index table and remains the OS to beat with regards to CTR performance in mobile advertising. Feature Phones have been making steady ground, where as Apple remains consistent across February and March (89).

Chart 2: Smaato Index – Operating System CTR (Click Through Rates) worldwide, Q1 2010

Symbian is continously the best performing OS regarding the CTR worldwide. After strong performances in January and February, Android lost its second position in March.

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Google acquired Plink to Improve Visual Mobile Search

Google acquired Plink, a small startup that developed Plink Art, an Android application that lets you identify paintings using your mobile phone’s camera. Plink Art was one of the winners of the Android Developer Challenge 2. You can find the application in Android’s market: just search for [Plink Art].

“The coolest feature of Plink Art is instant art identification. Just snap a photo and if the painting is in our database our visual search system will recognize it and tell you all about it. Currently Plink knows about tens of thousands of famous paintings,” explains Plink’s website.

I tried the application on my Nexus One by taking photos of Google Image Search results, but the results were terrible. Google Goggles found much better results for the same images.

The two Plink co-founders and only employees will work to improve Google Goggles, a visual search tool that already lets you find books, places and artwork. From Plink’s blog:

“We started Plink to bring the power of visual search to everyone, and we’re delighted to be taking a big step towards that goal today. Google has already shown that it’s serious about investing in this space with Google Goggles, and for the Plink team the opportunity to take our algorithms to Google-scale was just too exciting to pass up. The visual search engines of today can do some pretty cool things, but they still have a long long way to go. We’re looking forward to helping the Goggles team build a visual search engine that works not just for paintings or book covers, but for everything you see around you. There are beautiful things to be done with computer vision – it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

{ via LA Times Blog}

ZumoDrive Now provides Cloud Sharding for Android and Palm WebOS Users

What is ZumoDrive?

ZumoDrive is a personal content mover that easily gets ALL your content onto any of your devices, including your netbook, tablet and smartphone. With ZumoDrive, you can now take your music, photos, videos, documents and other files wherever you go regardless of where the files originated, how much on-device storage capacity is available, or whether you’re online or off. We designed ZumoDrive to be extraordinarily simple to use, transparent when it comes to your device experience, and equally functional on whichever platforms your various devices may run on.

File syncing and storage startup Zumodrive is expanding its mobile offerings today with free applications for Android and Palm phones. While there are a plethora of syncing and storage services available to users, ZumoDrive, which spawned from Y Combinator startup Zecter, has a different take on file syncing. Similar to other services, Zumodrive creates a drive on your device that is synced to the cloud. But service includes a slightly different twist-ZumoDrive tricks the file system into thinking those cloud-stored files are local, and streams them from the cloud when you open or access them.

The startup launched an iPhone app last year, which let users sync their content to their phone without having to deal with local storage capacity issues. The Android and Palm apps include much of the same functionality. The apps allows users to sync their entire iTunes library on their phones even though the songs are not locally saved. Plus, ZumoDrive allows you to import your files. photos albums and videos onto your Android and Palm phones.

Additional features include video streaming from ZumoDrive directly to devices in MP4, H.264 format, music organized by artist, albums, and even playlists created on other devices, the ability to stream music in the background and listen to music over both 3G or EDGE networks.
Additionally you can access and view Microsoft Office documents and PDF files.

ZumoDrive has been gaining traction over the past year. Fresh off of a $1.5 million funding round, the startup scored a deal with HP in January to to power the backend of the technology giant’s CloudDrive on all HP Mini netbooks.

Last year, ZumoDrive released a new version of its system that wirelessly syncs playlists between devices, auto-detects content, and lets users link file folders on their devices to ZumoDrive only once so that changes in that folder will always be linked to ZumoDrive. The service was also upgraded to integrate well with media applications, like iTunes, so users can play entire music libraries saved in ZumoDrive on multiple devices without manually syncing content. We initially reviewed Zumodrive here.

Zecter previously launched a product called Versionate,  ZumoDrive faces competition from Dropbox, SugarSync, and

Opera Mini 5 Beta Available For Android

Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta.

The jump from version 4 to version 5 is pretty huge, introducing a handful of features that Opera says “makes your mobile browsing experience as close as it can be to your desktop experience.”

Since the release of Opera Mini 5 beta 1, we’ve been working hard to implement new, exciting features, and fix a lot of bugs. Many of those bugs were reported by you, our users, and we thank you for that.

To download, go to, but please note that phone support for the new version may vary. It has, however, improved quite a bit from Opera Mini 5 beta 1.

Key new features:

  • Download manager
  • Opera Link, to keep Opera Mini synchronized
  • Progressive loading
  • And of course a lot of bug fixes

For more info, please read the press release

Microsoft Launches Its First Android App. Yes, Google’s Platform

In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile. A month later, they ensured the move wasn’t taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple’s App Store. Now, they have a few, including an app for Bing. And starting today, they’re doing the same for Android.

Tag for Android is the first Microsoft-made app launched on the mobile platform. This is notable, of course, because Android is the mobile platform by Microsoft’s chief rival: Google. Still, as we saw with the iPhone, Microsoft has no problems getting its technology out there, even if it means using rival platforms. Aside from Android and iPhone, Tag also currently works on Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 phones.

Microsoft’s Tag technology allows you to use your phone as a mobile barcode reader. You simply point your phone’s camera at a tag (think: a smaller QRCode), snap a picture, and the Tag program will interpret it. This can be used to place things like coupons in physical locations, for example. Other companies, including Google, are working on these mobile barcodes as well. In fact, just prior to the Nexus One unveiling, all Google employees were given the device with a special barcode on the back that other Android devices could scan to get that person’s information.

Despite the high level on animosity between Microsoft and Google, it’s great to see that Microsoft isn’t above creating apps for the increasingly popular Android platform. Microsoft made its own big mobile headlines last month with the unveiling of Windows Phone Series 7, a complete reboot of its mobile strategy, due to launch later this year. That move should help Microsoft better compete with the current hot mobile platforms, Android and the iPhone.

The Tag application is available today in the Android Market; it’s a free app.

Help DANGER SPL :( – Android Community

A Friend of mine flashed the danger spl before flashing the radio and he’s stuck on the G1 screen
Is there any way to recover it from that?
Please give ur suggestions
It can’t go into recovery
can’t go into the bootloader mode also

try to let it sit powered off for at least half an hour . then try to get into recovery pressing the home key the WHOLE time . if not , try to get into bootloader mode . if i remember , youre not in the US . contact htc customer service for a replacement , tell them that you went to bed it was fine and woke up with the phone on the g1 screen .

You might try this.…&postcount=346
Or this.

Controlling Your Android Device via ADB and a USB Connection

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Now that you’ve got your development environment setup, you need to be able to connect your Android powered device to your computer.  This will allow you to install .apk files from your computer to the device, copy files to and from the SD card, input commands from a terminal window to the phone, and many more useful things.  This is imperative if you plan on programming for your Android device, or plan on doing some custom things to your device, such as rooting the device, modifying system files on the device, etc.

The following instructions assume you’ve downloaded and installed the Android SDK, and added the /tools directory to your system’s $PATH variable.  For instructions on how to do this, see my earlier post Installing Android 2.0 SDK on a Mac.

Step one: Enable debugging on your Android device

From the home screen press the menu button

Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging

Step two: Connect your device to computer

I’m going to assume you know how to do this.  From several posts I’ve seen online, Macs will only recognize the device if it is connected to a USB 2.0 hub.

Step three: Jump though hoops to make your computer recognize your Android device

This step depends on the operating system you have.  I have experience with Mac and linux development environments, so I’m going to provide the most detail about those.  Instructions on how to get Windows machines to recognize your device can be found here.  Essentially you have to install a driver to get your Android device and your windows machine working together peacefully.


Adb just works.  Test to make sure your device is working by typing adb devices into a terminal window.  Your device should be listed here.  If not, restart the phone and the adb service and reconnect you device and computer.

Ubuntu Linux

This is going to require a little prodding to get to work.

  1. Open a terminal and enter superuser mode (enter su and then your root password)
  2. Create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules. I use nano for this purpose by the following command: nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
  3. Based on the distro you’re running edit the file:
    1. For Gusty/Hardy/Intrepid/Jackalope/Koala, edit the file to read:
      SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″
    2. For Gusty/Hardy, edit the file to read:
      SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″
  4. Close editor and cd into directory where you made the file (/etc/udev/rules.d/)
  5. Enter the following command: chmod a+r /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

If you’re developing on Ubuntu Linux, you need to add a rules file that contains a USB configuration for each type of device you want to use for development. Each device manufacturer uses a different vendor ID. The example rules files below show how to add an entry for a single vendor ID (the HTC vendor ID). In order to support more devices, you will need additional lines of the same format that provide a different value for the SYSFS{idVendor} property. For other IDs, see the table of USB Vendor IDs, below.

1. Log in as root and create this file: /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules.

For Gusty/Hardy, edit the file to read:
SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″

For Dapper, edit the file to read:
SUBSYSTEM==”usb_device”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″

Where idVendor is the 4 charachter code associated with the manufacturer of your device in the following list:

Acer : 0502

HTC : 0bb4

Huawei : 12d1

LG : 1004

Motorola : 22b8

Samsung : 04e8

Sony Ericsson : 0fce

2. Now execute:
chmod a+r /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

After a quick restart of adb (by issuing the command adb kill-server and then any other adb command afterwards) your phone should appear.  If not, then restart the phone along with running adb kill-server and then try adb devices.  Your phone should appear in the list of devices then.

Hope this helps.  Soon you’ll be ready to unleash the full power of Android!

Open a terminal and enter superuser mode (enter su and then your root password); Create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules. I use nano for this purpose by the following command: nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

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NPS Useless with Win 7 ? – Android

I must say that I was a bit dissapointed today, when I got my I7500 android device, and wanted to imediatley check for upgrades, and sync with computer. The NPS CD in the box was aged, so I uppgraded from ( Version 1.3.0 IH4). So I have 2 issues with this software

1) It does not install succesfully on my Windows 7 64-bit machine
2) It installs on my windows 7 32-bit, but it does not “connect” with the i7500. I can see that the two storage devices, and it is impossible to “connect” the phone.

Does anyone know of samsungs plans to release a suite for Win7, and also for plans and timelines for 1.6 or 2.0 firmware upgrade from samsung. Or would I be better off to just run this device in Dev mode ?

My I7500 has 1.5 running I7500XXII8. In advance, thanks.