First off, for my friends who can’t reach me via BlackBerry Messenger wonder no more as I officially announce that I am no longer a BlackBerry phone user. It was fun and all but I’ve decided that it’s time to say goodbye to BlackBerry and return to using an Android phone. More on this in the coming weeks.
On to the main story or stories, I bring you a short round-up of Android news that has caught my fancy.
First up, App Annie has just released a new report wherein they said that Japan has overtaken the US in terms of the registering the biggest slice of the revenue pie for apps bought from the Google Play store.
Along with it, Japanese and Korean publishers are moving to the top of the biggest earners list on the Google Play:
The app publishing business is by its very nature a global business, but there has long been an East-West divide. Well, that barrier is coming down. Indeed in recent months, we’re starting to see more East Asian publishers invest in global content with significant commercial success. For October 2012, seven of the Top 10 publishers on Google Play by revenue, are Japanese or Korean.
All of these are attributed to the fact that games are still the best selling apps on the Goole Play store. This serves as a notice to all app developers and game publishers out there.
Second item for this update, Google Chrome for Android has been updated with a performance fix. However, users still complain of its simple yet early bugs like crappy or clumsy scrolling of web pages. Commenter Jiggy on Android Police couldn’t have said it better:
Scrolling is still horrible. On most pages, I flick my finger up or down as fast as I can, and the page on the screen barely moves up or down a few millimetre. Incredibly frustrating.
I really find it unbelievable that such old bugs continue to hound Chrome for Android when both are made by Google.
What’s even more frustrating for Android fans out there, my self included, is insanely long delay in the shipment of the newest Android flagship phone, the LG Nexus 4. Cory Gunther reports on the Android Community:
…last night Google updated their shipping estimates for the Nexus 4 — and brace yourself — 8 to 9 weeks for the 8GB Nexus 4. Seriously? Two months or more? So much for Christmas gifts, New Years, and any December birthdays. You can toss all of those ideas out the window. By then we’ll probably have Android 4.3 Key Lime Pie on the Horizon.
Jokes aside that is pretty terrible. Google and LG apparently are having some serious trouble keeping up with the demand. That or this is a ploy to get tons of attention — and it’s working. Google’s 8GB Nexus 4 is a great deal at $299, but sadly it isn’t set to ship for 8-9 weeks. The 16GB model is priced slightly higher and those estimates are sitting around 4-5 weeks. This means those probably won’t arrive until after Christmas too.
From where I sit, it’s not a funny joke. 8 weeks? That’s two freakin’ months of waiting. And I can’t even order the Nexus 4 directly from Google since I’m in the Philippines. If it’s going to take that long for orders to be shipped in the US, how long would it take for the Nexus 4 to be officially available here?
Oh well, I guess I have to settle for an HTC phone in the meantime.