The Saturday Wrap: 9/18/2010

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Welcome to another edition of the Saturday Wrap everyone, where today we’ll be talking about the next generation in Android gaming, a whole slew of T-Mobile devices in the pipes, big news for Samsung and the Galaxy Tab, plus John gets his hands dirty with the Epic 4G.

Device news:

This week’s device news headlines were topped by none other than Samsung yet again, and yes, it’s about the Galaxy Tab. Just 2 days ago, at the Samsung event held in NYC, Samsung announced to the world that the Galaxy Tab would indeed be coming to all 4 major US carriers; AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. Even better yet, the 7″ media beast is said to launch within the next few weeks. Until you can go out and grab your very own, check out PhoneDog Adriana’s first impressions of the device, and while you’re at it you can take a look at some of the accessories coming out as well.

T-Mobile inventory leak
Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition unveiled in India
LG launches Optimus One and Optimus Chic
DROID R2-D2 device gallery evokes ahs
Rogers employees learn the ins-and-outs of the Captivate
Xperia X8 unboxing video
Lackluster Galaxy Apollo coming soon
T-Mobile to host the rugged Motorola DEFY
RadioShack to offer T-Mobile G2 for $149.99 with contract
Rumored myTouch HD doc boasts of video chat, dual-core CPU, more
Notion Ink Adam tablet headed for FCC a week early
Dell wants doctors to rely on Streak
HTC G2 official product page up
HTC unveils Desire HD and Desire Z (Europe/Asia)
Orange’s “Project JAL,” the San Francisco, coming soon
Galaxy Tab hitting AT&T in Q4
OpenPeak shows off their 7″ Android tablet
HTC bringing DLNA to older HDTVs
Leak: Logitech Revue coming 09/29 for $299, $179 from Dish
WeTab with MeeGo will run Android apps
Rumor: HTC and Acer tablets in the works
Desire HD and shown off in promo video

Software news:

It’s long been said throughout the community that if you must throw some sort of UI on top of stock Android, make it Sense. At a press event held by HTC in London this past week, it was announced that Sense would be seeing some major changes in coming versions that would include cloud backup, DLNA, HTC Maps, and more. Not only that, but, the Desire HD, and Desire Z also made an appearance. Very exciting devices being run by a very innovative UI. As of right now, is unavailable for use. Look for more info on the new HTC Sense, as well as the Desire Z and HD as soon as it becomes available.

Second DROID X Froyo build leaked
Google Voice Search spots
Galaxy S to see Froyo by 9/23?
Adobe warns of Flash 10.1 security flaw and promises fix
ClockworkMod Recovery running on Epic 4G
Sony Ericsson misses the Froyo boat
No Froyo for Eris? You don’t say.
Verizon looking for enterprise adoption with Good team up
Android gains in smartphone OS share at RIM and Apple’ expense
Skyhook sues Google over Motorola deal, location patent

App news:

Earlier, I mentioned that I wanted to discuss the next generation in Android gaming. What do I mean by that? It’s finally being taken seriously, and things are starting to change. It may be a slow start with adaptations of iPhone games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds being ported over, but eventually, we’ll start to see more from Epic, Unreal, and the bright minds behind Doom and Quake at id. As an avid gamer on all platforms and consoles, I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. Like I said, it may not look like a lot right now, but progress is definitely being made. Anyone out there have a favorite game on Android right now? If I had to pick, it would probably be Angry Birds. Other than Reach, it’s my current gaming addiction; All 15 levels.

PSA: TweetDeck for Android v0.9.9 is live
PanoPlanet app and live wallpaper update
Gmail bug affects many Android 2.2 users
Nielsen mobile app report says Android fans tap ads
Verizon V CAST app store to offer alternative to Android Market
Swype Beta update

Videos and reviews:

Today we have two great videos to go over, starting with John’s Samsung Epic 4G unboxing and hands on:

Now that you’ve seen the device, you have to wonder: How does Sprint’s second 4G device stack up against it’s older brother, the HTC EVO? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to stay tuned to DroidDog for more coverage coming soon.

Next up, we have MKB’s newest review for WidgetLocker. WidgetLocker is a crazy full featured lock screen replacement that you have to check out now. It’s available in the market now for $1.99, but first, you’re gonna wanna watch the review for a rundown of everything WL provides.


Alright everyone, that’s a Wrap. Don’t forget to join us next week and keep checking back with DroidDog for all the Android news, reviews, hacks, and mods we can get our hands on. Until then, here’s two contest you might want to look into: Sprint and OfficeMax kick off partnership with EVO giveaway, Win a Nook for your favorite teacher. Alright? Enjoy!