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.
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.
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."
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.
Chips are growing.
(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.)
Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.