Android Power Round: Nexus Two, JooJoo, and the Android-Mac rap

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

OMG, it's a new Google phone! Well, sorta-maybe-kinda. This week, the Android world got a glimpse at 42 gazillion Nexus Two rumors, 10 new Playstation Phone pictures, two terrible-sounding tablets, and one major Android Market development.

All mixed together, it can mean only one thing: It's time for another jam-packed edition of the Android Power Round -- our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the week's most interesting Android news.

This week:

Nexus Two

The Nexus Two's a-knockin'. Gizmodo posts a "hands-on preview" of Google's rumored Nexus Two phone. For Giz's sake, here's hoping they didn't find this one in a bar.

The Android world's speculating. Depending on whom you ask, the Nexus Two is definitely real, going to be announced on November 8, not going to be announced on November 8, not actually called the Nexus Two, or totally fake. What is this -- a Verizon iPhone story or something?

The Playstation Phone is appearing. An alleged prototype of a Sony Playstation Phone hits the InterWebs hard. Sonic the Hedgehog releases a statement denying any knowledge of the device.

The Android Market's expanding. Google's Android Market officially reaches 100,000 apps. Of course, it isn't the size of your market that counts -- it's what you do with it.

PayPal is preparing. PayPal publishes a blog announcing its integration with the Android Market, then takes the story back down moments later. Hey, it's OK. Everyone experiences premature publication once in a while.

The Xperia's experiencing. Sony gets oddly excited about the start of its Android 2.1 rollout to Xperia X10 devices. Apparently, no one told those guys Froyo came out four months ago.

Someone's suing. A company called Gemalto files a lawsuit against Google and Android. The chief complaint: No one knows who the hell Gemalto is, and filing a lawsuit might fix that.

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Walgreens is selling. Walgreens starts selling a $99 Android tablet. Conveniently, you can pick up a bottle of Pepto while you're there to help with the nausea that'll begin once you realize you bought an Android tablet at Walgreens.

JooJoo's returning. The makers of the JooJoo tablet announce they're working on a new device "based on Android." Both people who bought the original JooJoo are expected to upgrade.

Mac is Android-rapping. The original Droid pops up in a hip-hop video by a rapper named Mac Miller. See? We always knew Mac fans actually loved Android.

(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.

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