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Jon Westfall
11-01-2010, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2010/04/12/androids-numbers-keep-pointing-up.aspx' target='_blank'>http://www.fool.com/investing/high-...ointing-up.aspx</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"A quick trip to your local Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Sprint or T-Mobile store is all it takes to find evidence that Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android platform is quickly joining the ranks of big-league smartphone platforms. But while the most visible evidence of Android's rise comes from the high-profile phone launches provided by Motorola (NYSE: MOT), HTC, and Samsung (not to mention Google itself), the statistical proof is even more impressive. Here are a few of the most recent examples"</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/adt/auto/1288633912.usr7.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/laihiu/" target="_blank">laihiu</a></em></p><p>The numbers for our little Android friends are looking good: Better scores, higher numbers of apps, lots of ad dollars. But Motley Fool makes an interesting assertion: That Google Needs a desktop client to provide an iTunes like experience on Android. Personally I only use DoubleTwist on the desktop to move music and keep playlists in check. If a suitable on-device app were to do that, I wouldn't want a desktop tether in any form. What about you - does Android need an iTunes-like desktop app? Or should Google focus on making Andy and his buddies as mobile as possible by cutting the USB cord?</p>

The Yaz
11-01-2010, 09:35 PM
I don't want to go the desktop client route. That is so old fashion at this point...

What I would love Google to do is offer a cloud based solution like Microsoft tried to offer with the Kin. Allow me to store my music, videos, and photos in the cloud and pull it down to my device as I need it.


Craig Horlacher
11-02-2010, 02:04 PM
No, Android most definitely doesn't need iTunes or anything like it. I would have to wonder if the reviewer has a good understanding of iTunes or Android.

If you want iTunes get an iPhone. I'll take standard USB Mass Storage, Bluetooth ftp, and DLNA file transfers and the Amazon MP3 Market any day!!!

Jason Lee
11-02-2010, 05:09 PM
I agree. That is one of my favorite things about Android... NO activesync. ;)

Android is cloud based and should remain that way. I hardly ever plug my phone into my computer. If I want to transfer a file a put it in dropbox. If I want to get a picture off of the phone I upload it to Picasa (or dropbox for that mater).

With how useful I find dropbox on my device I think it would be good for Google to offer some of our massive Gmail storage space as general file store. Let us upload to Google docs or Picasa or something. They have all the parts in place, just make it happen. :)