The Daily Slash: May 18th 2010

Evan Selleck - May 18, 2010
The Daily Slash: May 18th 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, on the eve of a relatively large convention, we’ve got quite a bit of news to go through. First up, in the Best of R3, it looks like Android versions are starting to get handled, and the Pixi Plus gets a release date for AT&T. And then, in the Dredge ‘Net, we’ve got a hint at one of the things Google might announce soon, Sprint’s CFO doesn’t think too much of the Pre, and London wants a lot of WiFi.

The Best of R3 Media

Android 2.1 at 37%: While people are still worried about the looming threat of Android fragmentation, it looks like Android is starting to settle down. According to a two-week survey, taken by Google themselves, Android 2.1 is now seen on something like 37% of Android-based handsets. Alternatively, you’re looking at 34% of Android devices running 1.5. So, while 1.5 is still high up there, at least 2.1 is higher. Now, let’s just get the rest of those 1.5 handsets upgraded, and everything will be fine. [via Android Community]

Palm Pixi Plus Coming to AT&T on June 6th: If the Palm Pre Plus doesn’t do it for you, and you’ve been waiting for webOS to land on AT&T, then here’s your chance to get the other webOS device. The Pixi Plus is going to the largest GSM carrier in the United States in just a matter of weeks. It will land in stores on June 6th, and it will cost $49.99 after a mail-in rebate, and you sign over your soul for two-years. No, your soul really isn’t required, so don’t freak out on us. [via SlashPhone]

The Dredge Net

Google Will Launch Google Storage at I/O 2010: Google’s all about their announcements, and they know that one of the best places to do that is at their very own I/O conference. Which, incidentally, is starting tomorrow. The search giant is apparently ready to launch a new cloud-based storage platform that’s going to rival that of Amazon’s S3 Storage. They’re going to call it Google Storage, or GS, and rumor has it that it’s going to be available in a private Beta at first (which is pretty normal for Google). It will feature things like REST API, along with the ability to log into the cloud with Google Accounts, which will offer authenticated downloads. Data redundancy is also included in the whole package. [via TechCrunch]

Sprint CFO Says Things Didn’t Go as Planned With the Palm Pre: Chalk this one up to something we already knew, but it’s good to hear it from the source, anyway. According to Sprint’s Chief Financial Officer, Robert Brust, the Palm Pre didn’t work out as well as the company had originally hoped. Apparently, the company has also “learned a lot,” from their exclusive with the Palm Pre, and they know that they won’t make the same mistakes they did with that launch. They also plan to have far more units of the HTC EVO 4G ready to launch, so they shouldn’t be sold out the same day (unless sales are really that good). [via Information Week]

London Wants WiFi Everywhere; Yes, Everywhere: The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, feels that London is the home of technological innovation. He feels that way because the man who invented the Internet was born in London. In fact, apparently London “claims paternity of the Internet.” Very, very strange. But, in any event, it’s leading to some pretty intense future aspects. The Mayor is working with several important people to launch WiFi London, which is designed to put WiFi in every lamp post and bus stop across the land. So, basically, they want every square inch of London covered in WiFi by the 2012 Olympics. [via PC World]

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