Android Community Week in Review – Week 49 2010

December 12, 2010
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It has been the official week of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Earlier this week we not only saw the official announcement of Gingerbread, we learned about the device we have heard so much about, the Nexus S. Many manufacturers are getting ready for 2011, bringing in many impressive ultra-powerful smartphones that will all run the newly announced software.

Nexus S:

We went hands-on with Google's latest offering and we found the device to be greatly impressive. Android 2.3 Gingerbread was highly refined and a much needed improvement over the aging 2.2 Froyo, and we feel that the Nexus S, even with its shortcomings, is an improvement over the Nexus One - evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Other Gingerbread news:

Android 2.3 SDK Officially Released
Google Nexus S Gets Official: NFC, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and More

Software Updates:
Droid X Update Available Now 2.2.1 (Blur 2.3.340)
Froyo now available for Vibrant on Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel
Dell confirms AT&T-locked Streak Froyo update in Jan 2011
LG Optimus One Series Will Receive Android 2.3
HTC Legend Update to Android 2.2 Now Live Across Europe
Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread confirms Samsung India
Google Voice, Voice Search, and YouTube receive minor updates
Android 2.2 Update for HTC Legend Coming December 9th
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Confirmed by HTC (sort of)

This week also was a big one for Android tablets. We saw the Notion Ink go available for pre-orders on December 9th with a starting price of $375.33, and found out that the pre-orders will start shipping January 6th. We also saw a first official glimpse of Motorola's Honeycomb slate, the Everest.

The week wrapped up with some data proving Android's cannibalization of BlackBerry on Verizon's network. With Android 2.3's release, the Nexus S, LG Star and Motorola's ultra powerful smartphone set for 2011, we can definitely expect to see rapid growth of the Android platform.


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