JR Raphael

Android Power Round: Nexus news, Google clues, and Woz's wild words

November 19, 2010 1:04 PM EST

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Things are heating up fast in AndroidLand this month. With the final countdown officially on to Gingerbread's release, signs of change are popping up left and right -- and the news won't be slowing down anytime soon.

So grab your gym shorts and get ready: It's time for another glute-busting edition of the Android Power Round, our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the week's most interesting Android stories.

This week:

Android Gingerbread TimerGingerbread's cooling. Google CEO Eric Schmidt says Gingerbread will be here within the next few weeks. Thankfully, he doesn't refer to the launch as a day we'll "never forget."

The Nexus S is appearing. Schmidt also shows a phone that looks awfully similar to the rumored Nexus S device. We give it 72 hours before Gizmodo finds one in a bar.

The S is a-curvin'. New rumors suggest the Nexus S could have a slightly "curved" display. See? We always knew a slightly curved one was perfectly normal and no cause for concern.

The Nexus One's upgrading. Current Nexus One owners get an unexpected over-the-air upgrade to their phones. According to Google's official changelog, its primary purpose is to evoke jealousy among non-Nexus owners.

The Android Market's preparing. Google starts getting the Android Market ready for a major upgrade. Don't worry, though: The porn isn't going anywhere.

Comcast is coding. Comcast gets set to release its own Android app for subscribers. It'll have all the features you've come to expect from the cable company, including subpar performance, shoddy customer service, and the patented Wallet-Emptying™ technology.

Ochocinco is Droiding. NFL star Chad Ochocinco tweets out a photo of himself with a Droid X in his hand. Err, sorry -- did we say Droid X? We meant Droid Diez.

Android Power TwitterAngry Birds are flocking. The developer behind the popular Angry Birds game decides to release a "lighter" version of the app for lower-end devices. Its tentative title: Somewhat Peeved Fowl.

Dell is dismissing. After the lackluster launch of the Streak, Dell's top mobile exec is shown the door. The awkwardly large door that no one's quite sure what to do with

Woz is talkin'. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak claims he was misquoted as saying Android phones "have more features" than the iPhone. What he actually said was, "I need to be quoted as saying something provocative every few months or people totally forget about me."

(Disclaimer: The Android Power Round is heavy in snark, sarcasm, and unsaturated fat. Enjoyment of this product should be attempted only by healthy individuals who have not recently undergone humor-bypass procedures. Recommended for external use only.)

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.



Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.