Android Power Round: Ice Cream, tablet dreams, and superfast phones

By JR Raphael

From post-Honeycomb plans to tablets about to land, Android news is flowing fast this week. Fear not, though; we've got you covered.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the crunchy texture of the Android Power Round -- our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the hottest Android stories making headlines right now.

This week:

Android Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream

Android's evolving. Google's CEO says Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb will eventually combine, forming a single platform that may or may not have "Ice Cream" in its name. Call me crazy, but I'm seriously toying with the idea of eating my next phone.

Gingerbread's a-jammin'. Talk of the Android road map also confirms plans for a new 2.4 version of Gingerbread. Samsung has already committed to getting the software on its devices within six to eight years.

Samsung's expanding. Samsung shows off its upcoming Galaxy S II phone. We hear Sammy will run a launch week special: "Buy one, and we might actually update your old Galaxy S, too!"

Motorola is pricing. Motorola's Xoom Honeycomb tablet will sell for $800, or about $600 for a Wi-Fi-only version, CEO Sanjay Jha reveals. "All I want to do is Xoom-a-Xoom-Xoom-Xoom and a boom-boom," he neglected to add.

Android's modeling. The Xoom appears along with the HTC Thunderbolt in this month's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The devices don't even show their backsides, though -- the prudes.

Netflix is arriving. Netflix announces plans for a limited-availability Android app. Blockbuster is charging them $74 for being two years late.

The X is aging. Verizon starts describing the Droid X as an "old version" on parts of its website. Excuse us, Verizon, but the preferred term is "elderly."

AT&T's blabbing. AT&T calls for more openness from carriers and says it's time for walled gardens to die. Confused? So were we -- until we realized it was just Opposite Day.

HTC's announcing. HTC announces two new Android phones, Salsa and Chacha. Either that, or we just read tonight's specials at Chipotle...we're not sure.

Nvidia says it's working on new quad-core processors for smartphones. Just think: One day, we'll look back at that announcement and chuckle as our 5,000-degree octocore phones burn the bejesus out of our hands.

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(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 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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