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Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Analysts NPD are claiming that, by their count, Android has crept past Apple to take the number two spot of most popular smartphone operating systems in the US.  Based on figures from Q1 2010, Android-based devices accounted for 28-percent of smartphone unit sales, ahead of Apple's iPhone OS at 21-percent but still lagging behind RIM's BlackBerry OS at 36-percent.

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HTC Droid Eris receives leaked Android 2.1 update

HTC Droid Eris receives leaked Android 2.1 update

Verizon Droid Eris owners have been hankering after the features only made available for the most recent editions of the Android mobile OS (it’s been running  version 1.5 for ages), since the last update failed to deliver anything solid.  XDA Developers have leaked an updated build that, through comments, seems to be the real deal.  More information after the cut.

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Verizon pushing out OTA HTC DROID Eris update

Verizon pushing out OTA HTC DROID Eris update

Did you wake up this morning to a firmware update?  Owners of the HTC DROID Eris on Verizon may have, since the carrier has begun OTA distribution of the 1.16.605.1 ROM [PDF link].  While we'd love to see Android 2.0 on the cards, unfortunately this is more a bug fix and feature fettle release, including such niceties as better switching between 1x and 3G networks.

Verizon DROID and HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 update January 22nd?

Verizon DROID and HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 update January 22nd?

We're filing this particular tidbit in the "we'll believe it when we see it" box, but according to Verizon the HTC DROID Eris will seen an update to "newer Android operating system software" in Q1 2010.  phoneArena's sources have suggested that the Verizon DROID, meanwhile, will get the Android 2.0.1 update on December 11th, while both it and the DROID Eris are expected to get Android 2.1 on January 22nd.

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Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Neither Verizon nor HTC have officially confirmed the existence of the Verizon DROID Eris, but unless you're looking at the handiwork of a particularly impressive Halloween costume (sized for hamster) then we'd say the Android smartphone's existence is pretty much assured.  The BGR received two live shots of the HTC DROID Eris - you can see the second after the cut - together with a little feedback as to how the handset performs.

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

We may have accused the HTC Eris - aka the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC - as having underwhelming specs this week (what can we say, we want some Snapdragon!) but according to the latest batch of leaks Verizon will at least be pricing it right.  gdgt's Peter Rojas has heard from "a very trustworthy source" that the Android smartphone will be priced at $99 with a new two-year agreement, just half the price of the Verizon DROID by Motorola.

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