The Saturday Wrap: 10/09/2010

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Welcome to another edition of the Saturday Wrap where today we’ll be talking about the new myTouch, a couple of new DROIDs, Adobe AIR, and some smartphone showdowns you won’t wanna miss.

Device news:

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, fall brings out the best in cell phone carriers. As the weather gets colder, the competition between the Nation’s big 4 really starts to heat up. From the freshly announced new myTouch and the newly released G2, to the DROID 2, DROID Pro, and Galaxy Tab… This Christmas is going to be huge. Of course I didn’t even mention the DEFY, Citrus, Optimus, or the ultra sexy Merge, but they’re invited to the party as well. As the information continues to spill out on all these devices, have you developed a personal favorite? Stay tuned to DroidDog for coverage on all these devices and more this coming holiday season, it’s gonna be busy. Until then, we still have more to go over, and a lot more for you to study before starting that wish list:

Ben Heck solves HTC EVO power issues like a mad genius
Eye candy: HTC Legend in Phantom Black
Sharp’s IS03 brings higher res screen to Android, it’s about time
LG puts tablet on hold; will wait for future Android version
Samsung Galaxy Tab for Sprint details leaked
Noah gets some time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab
Sprint Premier access to Sanyo Zio and Samsung Transform
Google TV on Nightline
T-Mobile finally announces UMA (Wi-Fi calling) for Android phones
Hands-on Motorola DEFY, FLIPOUT, and FLIPSIDE
Motorola introduces Citrus and DROID Pro
Sony’s Google TV screen sizes and prices leak?
Motorola confirms Tegra 2 phone, could slip to early 2011
Sony Ericsson launches Xperia-exclusive Happiness app

Software news:

Earlier this week, Andy Rubin got a chance to sit down with PCMag.com and spill the beans on Android, fragmentation, and upcoming threats to Android’s quickly growing industry leadership. The Q&A is chock full of goodies from Andy and quotes galore.

On fragmentation: “There’s no advantage to the OEM of using an older version, and I’d say there’s a consumer disadvantage… The OEMs who don’t want to do the work to adopt the latest release are just going to see the impact on what consumers want.”

The Nexus One and possible successors: “Making unlocked phones available in the U.S. is still a possibility. Whether that’s simply acquired only online or through traditional retail channels – that’s what got canceled. So we have to decide how to make unlocked phones available in the U.S.”

The next version of Android: “More forms of communication. I think social media is a form of communication. I think you would just talk about general improvements to the platform and make it faster and more robust. I think gaming is an area that I think is underserved right now.” “…any new releases aren’t going to be catch-up releases, they’re going to be releases that are focused on innovation.”

Windows Phone 7: “I think the screen shots I’ve seen are interesting, but look, the world doesn’t need another platform.”

Very exciting stuff. Gingerbread full of innovation? Enhanced gaming? A Nexus Two? What more could you want?

HTC Sense web service is live at HTCSense.com
Leaked Vibrant JI6 update is now going official
T-Mobile G2 gets rooted already
T-Mobile clears up G2 temporary root questions
Plannr Shuts Down (Because It’s Been Bought By Google)
PARROT TO BRING WEB ACCESS AND MORE TO CARS USING ANDROID

App news:

This past week in the wide world of Android, two major apps were released that will change the way you use your device everyday: Skype and Adobe AIR.

When Skype was originally released, the app was only available to Verizon wireless customers. As of last Tuesday, that’s all changed. If you’re looking to grab the app, it’s as simple as downloading it from the market now. But wait, there’s more. The app available in the market only allows for calls over WiFi. Thanks to the Android community, you can now download and install a hacked version of Skype that works over 3G. More info here.

Also available this week is AIR runtime from Adobe in the Android Market. From Adobe:

“Adobe® AIR® will let you publish ActionScript 3 projects to run as native applications (.apk) for the Android OS. These AIR applications can be delivered to Android devices through Android application stores such as the Android Market.
Developers can write new code or reuse existing web content to build AIR applications for the Android OS.”

For those of you yearning for more info on AIR, check out a quick app creation demo here.

Look out Apple TV, Google TV has apps
Firefox for Android Beta 1
Get Jar to offer premium games for free
Google converts Android app prices in Android Market to local currency
ANGRY BIRDS COMING NEXT WEEK, PUSHED BACK DUE TO MULTITASKING SUPPORT
Google and PayPal to Sign Android Deal

Videos and reviews:

To say John’s been busy making videos this week would be a total understatement. We have a total of 6 to share, but of course, only one can be the featured video of the week: Keyboard showdown.

It’s like John says, it’s all about personal preference, and in my book the G2 barely beats the Epic. Barely. For another great battle of the flagships, check out the 4G SpeedTest follow-up: G2 vs. EVO, T-Mobile vs. Sprint. And if you’re still jonesing for more G2, then picture/video samples, a display test in sunlight, or one dedicated video to HSPA+ speeds should suit your fancy.

I know there’s some of you out there who are sick to death of the G2, and don’t worry, we got you covered. Check out this video on the Empire Strikes Back app, or a quick written piece on the Otter Box Commuter Case for the HTC EVO.

If you’re still hungry for more, check out my review of Pattern Wallpapers, and MKB’s review of XScope Browser.

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That’s all for this week folks. Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to stay tuned to DroidDog for all the Android news you can handle. This week, I leave you with a reminder that our myTouch giveaway is still going on, so be sure to read all the rules and get your entry in. Enjoy!

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