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    PinStack Week in Review:Smartphone News, Reviews for November 6, 2009

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    Who can tell me they aren't just a little bit intrigued by the Motorola Droid? Are you a "lifer" BlackBerry user? Or using an Android phone already and ready for the next level? Either way, the next chance I get I will be stopping by my local Verizon store to check out the most talked about release in a VERY long time.

    Next week is the BlackBerry Developer Conference. I am anxious to hear the speakers at the General Session and of course, the last day being "Developer Day" will give the media a great chance to get one on one with the people behind the application development. New for this year is working sessions for developing themes. There have been rumors that App World will begin selling themes in the near future. I can remember when there were less than 10 creating and sharing themes. The development has come a very long way. The software to create these next generation themes has always been available via the Composer portion of the Plazmic CDK. I'm interested in seeing the structure of these sessions. RIM requires $200 fee for every 10 submissions. While that fee can be earned back rather quickly, that fee is, from what I understand, in addition to the 20% you will owe theme from your sales. I am assuming the $200 is a "QA" type fee because if your application is rejected, your money is refunded. Also better make sure your application is ready for the public. Any updates will count against your limit.


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    Hope you post up more on the working sessions for developing themes. It will be interesting to see what is planned and if the CDK remains open to the public for free. I think it's a little late going the App Store route and those requirements are odd.

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    I thought I was a BB lifer until recently but got my Motorola Droid last night and so far I'm loving it!

    Can't wait to here your experiences at the developers conference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    I thought I was a BB lifer until recently but got my Motorola Droid last night and so far I'm loving it!
    A good friend bought one the day they were released. We spent the most of the day yesterday comparing it to our iPhones (3Gs) and BlackBerrys' (8900 & 9000) and I must say the Droid is one fantastic smartphone.

    If I was with Verizon I would already be an owner. This is one phone and OS, that is coming on strong. I've also heard unofficially that version 3.0 of Android will be out in approx six months, and will be pushed to this phone.

    Then_ it may _really_ put my iPhone to shame.

    I'm hoping T-Mobile will get this one. AT&T seems to be too Anti-Android for it's own good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
    Hope you post up more on the working sessions for developing themes. It will be interesting to see what is planned and if the CDK remains open to the public for free. I think it's a little late going the App Store route and those requirements are odd.
    Yes, its nice to see RIM take note ... especially when themes for other devices remain free, but are only available for use if your jailbreak or root your device.

    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    I thought I was a BB lifer until recently but got my Motorola Droid last night and so far I'm loving it!

    Can't wait to here your experiences at the developers conference!
    Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.0; en-us; Droid Build/ESD20) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17
    Will be waiting for your hands-on review

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