The Saturday Wrap: 7/10/2010

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Greetings DroidDog readers, and welcome to another Saturday Wrap. Is everyone ready for some good old fashioned Android catch up? The past couple weeks, I’ve been going on and on about how summer is coming, and now summer is here, and now… well now there is already fall road-maps leaking and talk of back to school sales. No complaints though, it does make for great news. So what exactly went down this past week? Any more leaks? Updates? Hacks? Oh yes, a lot. In fact… Let’s get right into this:

Device news:

The big device news this past week was hands down all the Galaxy S series leaks. With release of said devices only a mere week away, it’s not really surprising. We originally got word that the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile may be released earlier than the original projected date of July 21st. Leave it to the Tmo Twitter account to go ahead and confirm the new release date of July 15th, only 5 days away. The Vibrant page is live on T-Mobile’s website now for your viewing pleasure. Of course, the Captivate wouldn’t let the Vibrant have all the fun. The Captivate is set to release just 3 days after the Vibrant, July 18th. You can check out a promo video for the Captivate now. So what else has been going on in device news?

DroidLanding hints get real
First DroidLanding loot located
HTC EVO white unboxing
White EVO cometh UPDATE: video
DROID X arriving already?
Motorola Charm announced, promo video released
Motorola MB710 passes FCC
Samsung Intercept now official
Samsung Intercept on video
North American Desire passes FCC
HTC Vision in the flesh
Samsung Galaxy S 2
LG pumping out the Androids
Hummingbird processor shows off on video

Software news:

Surprisingly, this weeks software news isn’t all about updates. There’s still some update news regrading the Backflip. And there may be some whisperings of HTC’s plans on how they will be rolling out 2.2… but all the big software news this past week was all about hacking:

HTC EVO 4G kernel source released
HTC comes clean about the EVO’s 30fps cap
New EVO rooting method
Nexus One runs Ubuntu
Superhack: mad tinkerer builds Android/LEGO robot
Froyo 2.2 VS iOS4 browser speed
Android 2.2 debuts on the Platform Versions chart
Android SDK Updated


This past week in apps news was kinda slow, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some good stuff. My personal favorite? Voice input coming soon to Swype. Exciting stuff!

Trillian for Android coming soon
YouTube mobile sees large improvement
Coast to Coast AM for Android: one step closer
Twidroid purchased, becomes Twidroyd
Fring fraks Skype access, iPhone blamed

Videos and reviews:

Another week gone by here at DroidDog means one thing for sure, another excellent review from Marques. This week, MKB takes a look at News Rob, an RSS reader. Once you watch the video and read the review, I think you’ll have to agree with me that it looks amazing. Definitely worth a download.

John has busy again this week, this time with a new device unboxing and quick hands on. He has a brand spankin’ new Sony Xperia X10 Mini, and well… it sure is Mini. The entire device is about the same size as the just the screen on the EVO. Speaking of which, don’t forget to check out the newest entry in the EVO vs. iPhone 4 series: camera usability. This stuff is getting intense guys. Intense.


Alright everyone, that’s all for this week. Stay tuned here to DroidDog for more coverage on everything we can grab including news, reviews, and everything in-between. Before I go, I’ll leave you with one more small article to read. This one can be summed up in one quote from the inventor of the cell phone, Martin Cooper:

“I think that the Android phones are catching up now, and the latest version of the Android phones are every bit as good, if not better, than the iPhone.”

We love you too Marty.