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Android

AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp Jan 24-29

It’s time for the AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp! We covered a good bit of news last week, so let’s jump right into it. First off, devices:

  • The HTC Evo Shift 4G finally got rooted, permanently
  • The Nexus S got an OTA to fix that pesky reboot issue
  • We learned that the HTC Thunderbolt is expected to drop on February 24th
  • The Droid X2 is rumored to have a Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • We saw a Moto Atrix 4G promo video
  • We heard that Samsung will manufacture the Sidekick 4G, followed by some pictures
  • The Moto Xoom was compared to the iPad, like it’s really a competition
  • We got a peek at an unknown HTC device in the wild.. in Taipei
  • Leaked MWC plans confirmed the Galaxy S2 and Tab2
  • We got our eyes on a possible Droid Incredible successor
  • Engadget got some hands-on time with the Xperia Play
  • Samsung pulled the cover off 4 Galaxy devices for Europe and other countries
  • We got release dates for the G-Slate, Vibrant 4G, and Dell Streak 7
  • LG more or less confirmed that they’ll be going 3D at MWC
  • The HTC Flyer specs leaked and were confirmed
  • Tmobile dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab to $249.99 with a new 2-year contract
  • The prices for the HTC Thunderbolt and the Moto Xoom leaked, followed by Motorola hyping the Xoom in a video
  • We also learned from Moto that the Xoom will run stock Honeycomb, no Blur
  • It came to our attention that the Samsung SCH-R910 and the Samsung Forte are the same device
  • The Notion Ink Adam shipped.. yeah, you read that right
  • Facebook denied any rumors that they’re working with HTC on a phone
  • The Motorola Atrix 4G cleared the good ol’ FCC
  • And finally, the N1 and Nexus S got minor updates, presumably to fix the SMS bug

Now that we’ve burned through all the devices, the really big news that broke last week was that Google released the SDK for Honeycomb! Surely it won’t be long before someone gets 3.0 running on something. We saw that the SDK has hints of smartphone support in it as well. In other news, JuiceDefender got a pretty big update, our own Phil Esposito did a video review of ROM Manager, we got an exclusive first hands-on with BioLock, and some NASA apps made it to the Android Market. Also in the news, number porting came to Google Voice, we saw a Tegra roadmap, Google launched a weather web app, Buzztime released a game app, and the Facebook app got an update.

Rounding up the week, LevelUp Studio updated their Beautiful Widgets app with a skin SDK, Playstation announced a cross-platform gaming platform, a Hulu rep spoke about Google TV, our own Damien Raine reviewed Keypurr Keyboard, and Google scheduled an Android event for February 2nd.

That’s about all the news we have time for, so join me next week as I cover all the news reported by our awesome AG crew!

AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp Jan 24-29 originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Tune into the Monday Night Podcast! Episode #83 Now with Video!

Today is Monday, which means tonight is the AndroidGuys Weekly podcast.  Like we do every* week, we’ll be getting together to take a look at some of the more recent news in the Android universe.  Tonight is a special night for us as it’s the first time we’ll be transitioning to a video broadcast as well as audio.  That’s right, the longest running Android podcast on the internet just got better.  We’ve taken a queue from our Thursday night show and moved our podcast over to Streamly where we’ll be more interactive with pictures and video!

We’d love to see you guys jump over tonight and join us in the chat room at our new time of 10:30PM EST|7:30PM PST.  Please note, we’ll no longer be using the BlogTalkRadio chat room as the Streamly provides one for us.  If you’re subscribed to our podcast feed, the only thing you’ll notice is improved audio.  Everything remains the same! For added convenience, we’ve turned on a new section of the site. Look up at the top where it says LIVE! and watch the show there as well!

Topics on tonight’s agenda:

  • Android 3.0 highlights and previews
  • Three HTC phones found in renders, appearing in wild
  • Motorola Atrix 4G
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • Android Eclipses Symbian to Become #1 Smart Phone Platform in World
  • Google Announces Android Event for Feb 2nd

*Every week unless there is a holiday or special event planned.

Tune into the Monday Night Podcast! Episode #83 Now with Video! originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia hustle for your attention with concurrent pre-MWC events on 13 February

Sony Ericsson was first to announce it will hold a pre-MWC event on the 13 February this year. This is a somewhat strategic move to steal the spotlight before the MWC 2011 is even on. It was to be expected as they’ve been doing such pre-MWC events for at least three years now. Last year […]

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Motorola i1Q en route to Nextel?

Our Spanish-speaking friends at Groupo Android have brought us some new images on the Motorola i1Q that is allegedly heading to Nextel.

The post, (as translated from Spanish) says:

Hi, I’m new to the forum, and would like to show you all the new Motorola with Android 2.1 for Netxtel, model i1Q.  It doesn’t have a very strong processor, like almost all Nextel devices…

It seems that the device will be running 2.1, being a follow-up to the Motorola i1.  In the message board, some people expressed concern that the MotoBlur setting didn’t look like 2.1, but rather 1.5, the same version the i1 is still running.

Unfortunately, without a screenshot of the firmware, we cannot say for sure which version, but I will wager to say that it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that anyone would release a new Android phone running 1.5.

Not too shabby for our Nextel fans.  No word yet on specs, price point, or date of release, but we’re looking at a lower-end Android phone for the price conscious.  Who’s ready to pick one up?

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AT&T Launching 12 Androids, 20 4G Devices In 2011

The guys over at Phandroid got their hands on an internal memo from AT&T that shows their roadmap for 2011.  The last two bullet points are of interest to us all.  First, they plan on releasing 20 “4G” devices this year, and 12 Android devices–more than doubling their current Android line-up.

It seems that Valentine’s Day will be the day to celebrate Android love with both the Atrix 4G, and Inspire 4G, with others to follow throughout the year.

While we all understand the discrepancy with speed and whether HSPA is actually defined as “4G” or not, we can all agree that the new phones will be faster than their current line-up. With 12 new Android phones, it looks like AT&T is stepping up their game.  Whether or not it has something to do with Android now being the number one mobile platform, or their loss of iPhone exclusivity, we don’t know. Either way, we’re proud to announce AT&T becoming a competitor in the Android market.  What do you think about it? Sound off in the comments!

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Android Central Podcast Episode 48

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Android OS To Dominate Smartphone Market By 2012

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Sony Play Station Games To Come To Android

Android smartphone lovers have a reason to rejoice. Sony Computer Entertainment’s play station games are about to be spread into the Android platform. Sony has exposed its Play station suite for Android smartphones, which will let users of Android smartphones to download and play original play station games directly on their phones.
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Everbadge, A Social Network For All Things Android

If you thought Facebook and Twitter were all the craze lately, well, then, you’re right.  However, there is a rapidly growing mobile social network site that is putting a slight twist on things, and that is, they are gearing it towards Android users and developers.  I recently had the pleasure of signing up for Everbadge, by GamerShots.com and instantly had easy access to innumerable amounts of badges, wallpapers, tons of games and apps along with some pretty laid back Android folk.  The site touts a free and easy environment for developers to showcase their newly developed apps.  You can also meet new people and decide to follow or chat with them, exchange ideas, or just flat out argue over which Android device is better.   Read More…

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Android 2.3 Shows Security Bug, Can Gain Access To Content On microSD Cards

It looks like a bugs life can be pretty busy now a days, especially when they continue to infestate the Android OS.  In addition to still bearing some SMS issues, it looks like 2.3 Gingerbread has found a new gaping whole in the software.  According to Xuxian Jiang, a security researcher at North Carolina State University, the Android 2.3 firmware has revealed a new bug, one that could possibly allow malicious sites and attackers alike to gain access to the content of your microSD card.  Jiang is also an assistant professor with the school and has stated in an advisory that pertinent and vital content like banking info, photos and voicemails could be extracted and routed to a remote server of choice.  In an email sent to eWeek, Jiange also adds that his findings were not particularly difficult to implement and only requires basic knowledge of JavaScript and Android. Read More…

Android 2.3 Shows Security Bug, Can Gain Access To Content On microSD Cards