The Saturday Wrap: 10/16/2010

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Welcome to another edition of the Saturday Wrap where today we’ll be talking about Ice Cream, some Angry Birds, and a little bit of Google TV.

Hardware news:

As Android continues to grow, so does Google’s market share and yearly profits. During a conference call this week, Jonathan Rosenberg, Google’s portfolio manager, told analysts that thanks to vast adoption of Android and the implementation of ads, Android has become a 1 billion dollar a year business. In year over year market share numbers, Android has gained a whopping 16%. Combine that with the fact that Android users click on 81% more ads than iPhone users, and you can see how 1 billion will quickly add up.

The whole point of playing the numbers game is to say that as Google ventures into other aspects of media and technology, and with Android becoming more and more profitable everyday, expect to see the OS make it’s way into a vast array of Google products. It won’t always be so obvious, but there will always be borrowed elements. Today, I’m talking about Google TV.

Earlier this week, Sony held an announcement party to showcase their full line of internet TVs, complete with GTV on board. The TV’s range in size from 26″ to 46″, and go from $599 to $1399, respectively. Also announced was a stand alone set-top box being sold for $399. As far as availability goes, you should be able to grab any of Sony’s new internet products from Sony Style stores now, or from BestBuy starting the 24th. Also available right around that time will be Logitech’s Revue; Another stand alone GTV product coming in at $299.

These are big times for the entire Google family, and Android just so happens to be sitting at the head of the table. You can look forward to seeing a ton of coverage on Google TV from us here at DroidDog soon, but for now, check out Marques Brownlee from MKBHD preview Google TV here.

Super sexy HTC Merge/Lexikon on video
Fascinate and X10 coming soon in white, Streak tags along
Galaxy Tab in stock and for sale at Amazon Germany
Rogers set to release the Samsung Captivate next week
Leak: T-Mobile to sell Galaxy Tab for $399 on 2-year-contract
Verizon’s Galaxy Tab rumored to launch on November 1st
Desire Z coming to Bell
Tegra 2 Motorola device coming to multiple carriers?
myTouch Emerald shows up in comparison chart
Internal training memo on Verizon Tab slips out [UPDATE]
Droid 2 Global appears in Verizon employee training system
Dell Streak Headed to Rogers Early November
The Huawei Ideos Will Launch As The T-Mobile Comet
ZTE Has a 7-inch Tablet, Too

Software news:

In an article published yesterday by Forbes, author Elizabeth Woyke claims to have the inside scoop(you’ll get it in a minute) on the name of Google’s next next next version of Android. The source cited is ARM president Tudor Brown who claims it shall be dubbed Ice Cream. The article also claims that Gingerbread will release as 3.0, Honeycomb will release as 3.5, and Ice Cream will follow as 4.0, which is interesting considering that Google’s previous iterations released as 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2; Not in even increments of 5.

While none of this has been confirmed in any way, it is interesting to note that the Gingerbread SDK may be released to the public in just a matter of days, meaning release for actual use is imminent. Even if you don’t have a device that will see Gingerbread right off the bat, there’s always CyanogenMod right?

Original myTouch 3G to see Froyo starting tomorrow
T-Mobile G2 update brings tethering and Wi-Fi calling
T-Mobile ignores G2 update in statement on tethering and Wi-Fi calling
RUMOR: Moto Cliq update coming by mid-Nov
2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S available now
Motorola addresses Droid X Froyo issues
HTC Bee firmware leak
HTC releases Desire Z source code

App news:

If you have an Android device, and you haven’t had your head stuck in the sand, you should know that the full finished version of Angry Birds from Rovio has finally made it’s way onto handsets everywhere. Angry Birds is quite possibly the most entertaining game to grace the Android Market, and is undoubtedly the most popular. The initial release was through app website GetJar in which the popularity of the free-with-ads full version of the game crashed servers for hours with what was said to be 8 to 10 times the normal amount of traffic. Of course, shortly thereafter, .apk links were scattered around the web, and not too long after that the Birds finally made their way into the Android Market.

There’s something to be said about this whole launch fiasco not only for games on Android, but for apps in general. If the success of Angry Birds release on Android is mirrored at all by future releases of app style games on any platform, then manufacturers and developers like Sony and Nintendo definitely have something to worry about. Microsoft aims to utilize it’s faithful XBox users with WP7, which should have Asia’s big 2 even more worried. What do you guys says, two birds with one stone? PSPhone or Nintenphone? Sign me up.

CoPilot Live USA
Adobe Flash 10.1 reaches 1 million downloads in the Android Market
TweetDeck for Android officially launched
Astrid is getting things done, now with Google Tasks
AppBrain allows filtering by AIR apps
Opera Mobile for Android coming soon

Videos and reviews:

There’s no doubt that by now you’ve seen a ton of coverage on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. You’ve seen UI walkthroughs, prototype demos, pictures, leaked training guides… the works. There’s only thing that, until now, has been missing from the list: A full retail unboxing.

As you can see, the Tab will come with a charger, sync cable, and wired headset with inline microphone. If all goes according to plan, it won’t be long now until you can film an unboxing of your very own.

As always John was busy this week behind the camera, and we have the reviews to show it. This week we have a wide array of videos to check out that cover AudioGalaxy, CNN Elections Center, and a follow up video to John’s original MusicSkins review. If you’re looking for something more centered around text, you have to read his full in-depth written review on the T-Mobile G2.

For more reviews from DroidDog, you can check out MKB go over Dolt, a “highly polished, very functional Android To-Do list and note-taking application,” or take a look at my review of History Eraser here.


Alright folks, that’s all for this week. Thanks for sticking with us and be sure to stay tuned to DroidDog for everything Android we can get our hands on. This week, I’ll leave you with one last reminder to register for our myTouch Anniversary giveaway, as today is the final day to do so. You should also check out MotoMobile’s R2-DROID2 giveaway, and keep an eye out for more to come as well. Enjoy!