Android Power Round: Honeycomb, Facebook phones, and AT&T's shady math

Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

A taste of Honeycomb? Check. A phony Facebook phone? You betcha. There's been no shortage of buzz-worthy Android news these past several days -- and we've got all the highlights.

Yes, friends, it's time for a fresh and zesty new version of the Android Power Round, our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the week's most interesting Android developments.

This week:

Android Honeycomb

Honeycomb's a-cookin'. Google gives developers a preview of its Android Honeycomb OS. Among the software's many features: evoking jealousy in everyone who owns a Froyo-based tablet.

HTC's skinning. HTC is rumored to be working on a tablet-specific version of its Sense UI. Great -- because after seeing the sweetness that's Honeycomb, the first thing we thought was: "Gee, I wish someone would muck that up."

Users are a-clickin'. According to a new study, smartphone users say nearly half of their clicks on ads are "accidental." When asked about clicks to porn sites, incidentally, users said the same thing.

Facebook's denying. Facebook knocks down rumors -- yes, again -- that it's working on an official Facebook smartphone. Not to worry, though: The Myspace phone is gonna be epic.

Samsung's selling. Samsung says it sold 80.7 million mobile devices in the last quarter of 2010. Let's do some quick calculations here -- ah, yes: In the United States, it upgraded approximately barely any of them.

Google's porting. You can now give your phone number to Google Voice. But ladies: Don't give it to a guy who claims his name is Google Voice. That dude is creepy.

The Sidekick's rekickin'. New images suggest T-Mobile's upcoming Android-based Sidekick will be manufactured by Samsung. What's next -- an Android-based RAZR made by LG?

HTC's debuttoning. Newly leaked photos show a buttonless HTC phone thought to be running Android. "Buttonless" seems a bit harsh, though; the phone says it prefers to be called "differently buttoned."

The Nexus is changing. A white-colored Nexus S is spotted in Germany. Hmm...so Germany wants a pure, all-white version of the phone line? Interesting.

AT&T plays word games in order to make its subscriber count look larger. But we all know the old adage about size -- and no matter how big AT&T claims its network is, it's painfully clear that it doesn't know how to use it.

Android Power Twitter

AT&T's adjusting.

(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.

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Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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