November 1, 2014

AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp Dec. 13 - Dec. 18

It’s time for the AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp! Let’s get to it, shall we? There was a good handful of device news last week. Continued after the break!

  • The Galaxy Tab had a “What?” moment, as Samsung was selling $1000 versions of the Tab. The only extra thing a buyer gets is a Bluetooth headset and a leather case. Not really worth the extra $500
  • The Huawei Ascend made its way to MetroPCS at $179
  • Another Huawei device, the S7 Android tablet popped up in a video
  • More low-end devices rolled in, as gigabyte announced the GSmart Rola
  • A Fossil Android watch made an appearance
  • The Dell Streak dropped to $100 at Best Buy, and it might be discontinued soon
  • The Honeycomb tablet we saw Andy Rubin playing with a few weeks back showed up in some more photos
  • The Acer BeTouch E140 was announced
  • A Barnes & Noble rep told us that the NookColor won’t be getting the Android Market. But there are other ways to get it..
  • The AT&T Pantech P8000 was confirmed by the FCC
  • We learned about the LG B, with an extremely bright screen and thin body
  • The Creative 7-inch ZiiO became available for purchase
  • The Htc Evo 4G got an update and some bloatware
  • Our own Sam Herren reviewed the Verizon Droid Pro
  • LG announced the Optimus 2X, a dual-core handset. We later saw an awesome video sample from this device
  • We heard a rumor that Motorola is working on some more ruggedized Android phones, like the Defy
  • The Nexus S went on sale at Best Buy stores and at BestBuy.com
  • And finally, the Samsung Galaxy S got some Gingerbread love in an unofficial ROM

In app news, Google opened up the App Inventor to all, so now you can make your own Android application. Also, HipLogic’s *Spark application was released as a full version, Thijs Koot gave us a How-To on the Android Emulator, the Facebook app added chat and push notifications, Google Voice recognition became more personalized for a few Froyo users, and we discovered that GameLoft is cooking up some more awesome Android games. The ESRB released an Android app, Words With Friends was kinda announced, Dungeon Defenders: First Wave ushered in a new gaming era for Android, Loopt 4.0 arrived, a Doodle scheduling app was released, as well as an E*Trade app and Trillian 1.0. We end the app segment with 2 things: Sony announced that their PlayStation app is coming to Android devices that sport 1.6 or above, and we got a good look at the new Android Market in action.

There’s not much else to tell about last week, so that’s your AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp. Be sure to give us your thoughts below on anything mentioned above. We look forward to your feedback!