Android Power Round: Phone wars, tablet scores, and idiotic research

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

The year may be winding down, but the Android season is just getting started. With Gingerbread, Chrome OS, and a slew of new devices all expected to land this month, December promises to be jam-packed with Google-flavored goodness.

So what's new in AndroidLand right now? You've come to the right place to find out. It's time for the Android Power Round, our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the week's most interesting Android news.

This week:

Android Market Share

Android's growing. ComScore's latest analysis shows Android crushing the competition when it comes to market share growth. Or, as Steve Jobs explains it, "Lies! All lies!"

TAT is RIMming. TAT joins RIM. If that sentence sounds like gibberish to you, congratulations: You're not a total nerd.

Comcast is delaying. After promising a late November launch, Comcast delays the arrival of its official Android app. The app is now expected to arrive sometime today between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or possibly tomorrow between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Moto's measuring. Motorola's CEO says he has a 7-inch device coming soon. The most impressive part: He didn't even snicker.

Someone's surveying. Eighty-five percent of consumers prefer the iPad to the Galaxy Tab, according to a Piper Jaffray survey of 65 people. In related news, a survey of 65 people is completely meaningless, according to common sense.

Apps are a-ratin'. Google launches a new developer-centric ratings system for Android apps. Everyone together now: PORN! PORN! PORN! PORN!

Gingerbread is leaking. Google's Hong Kong staff posts a video showing Android Gingerbread in action. Not that kind of action, for goodness' sake -- get your mind out of the gutter already.

Android Power Twitter

The Olympus is appearing. Gizmodo supposedly finds the Motorola Olympus floating around a flea market. Hey, those top-secret phones need somewhere to go when the bars are closed.

Chrome is a-cookin'. Google gets ready to release its first Chrome OS-powered device. That raises one important question: Shouldn't Giz have found one of those things in a bowling alley by now?

(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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