Android Central Podcast Episode 20

Top o' the news - new phones!

  • T-Mobile Motorola Charm gets official, still square
  • Samsung Intercept available Sunday, July 11, for $100 after contract with Sprint

Hardware news

  • Motorola Droid X review
  • A few lucky souls getting their Droid X's early
  • AT&T Captivate will be available July 18 for $199 after contract
  • Google CEO: Not trying to beat Apple, Nexus One served its purpose
  • Leaked T-Mobile roadmap shows some blurry handsets on the way
  • Reader's white Evo 4G unboxing
  • HTC Desire with AT&T (and Rogers, Telus, and Bell) 3G bands at the FCC
  • T-Mobile to launch 21Mbs HSPA+ Android smartphone in September, is it the HTC Vision?

Android OS updates

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread rumors kinda sorta debunked, corrected
  • HTC says to expect Android 2.2 updates by Christmas
  • Droid Incredible OTA update reportedly will bring 720p video, mobile hotspot
  • Motorola Backflip gets an update -- bugfixes, not Android 2.X
  • Google updates Android SDK to fall in line with Froyo
  • Froyo and HTC Sense hacked on the HTC Desire, long before Christmas
  • Motorola Milestone getting bugfix update
  • Want to try Froyo on the Evo 4G?

App news

  • Voice Control App Showdown: Vlingo vs. the myTouch 3G Slide Genius button
  • Fring updated so Android and iPhone can play together
  • Qik releases new update, announces more than 25,000 video chats per day
  • AppBrain introduces Fast Web Install -- install Android apps over the web
  • Adobe shows off Flash 10.1 on the Motorola Droid X
  • Mobile Youtube site updated for Android and iThing browsers
  • Twidroid is now Twidroyd, purchased by TweetUp Inc.
  • Pricegraber Android App now available
  • 1Password app now available in Market
  • Yelp 2.0 brings monocle and checkins to its Android client

Other news

And as promised, here's the link to Google's issues page.

Phil Nickinson
  • Damn right the Colorado mountains are beautiful. :) Can't wait to get my incredible on the 20th... god damn backorders.
  • Sorry Phil, but Mickey/Jerry/Dieter are all right on the money when they talk about lower-end Android devices like the Intercept. I mean, those of us who frequent blogs like AC may be all abuzz about the latest and greatest, but a lot of people just walk into the carrier store when it's time to upgrade and make a decision based on looks, price, and features. A friend of mine bought a Samsung Jack because she wanted a phone with a keyboard and it was at the magical $99 price point. It does a lot of stuff she'll never use, but she likes it. Now imagine if she would've gotten a similarly priced and specced Android phone - she'd have access to a ton of easy-to-use features and would have an even better experience without even realizing why. Or maybe she would realize why and would stick with Android going forward. My point is that these lower-end devices are there for the "rest of us" - those folks who just want a phone with a decent set of features and don't want to pay for an iPhone.