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Between the release of source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, the Kindle Fire getting root, and Google Music coming out of beta, Android users have had quite an eventful week. Plus, Nokia has some exciting new gadgets in the pipeline, while Xbox just celebrated its tenth birthday. And don’t forget our eight week holiday prize giveaway, currently in full swing! Tune in to this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets for all this and more.
00:00:38 – Kindle Fire now available, rootable
00:08:05 – Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” source code released
00:09:58 – Google Music
00:14:17 – Sprint’s Wireless Emergency Alerts
00:17:25 – EVO 3D released in South Africa
00:18:12 – Nokia Windows Phones and Windows 8 tablets coming to AT&T?
00:21:32 – New BlackBerry devices
00:24:21 – Improved Li-Ion batteries
00:36:51 – Xbox’s 10th anniversary
00:41:51 – CrowdGadgets giveaway reminder
CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and ZuneBoards. Read the latest news from the network below.
News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network
A new Windows Phone update is on its way to some handsets, and Nokia is currently negotiating with AT&T for a US device launch in early 2012. Meanwhile, RIM announced that it will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 in the coming weeks. Android is getting some love too, with Samsung confirming that the Galaxy S II will receive Ice Cream Sandwich at some point. Finally, could battery life start getting longer?
Good and EVO
The source code for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was released a few days early last week, so we should expect some exciting custom ROMs for the EVO 4G and EVO 3D shortly. Additionally, Google Music is now out of beta and brings with it the ability to purchase millions of different tracks in the Android Market. Finally, we’d like to welcome new readers from South Africa, who just got their hands on the EVO 3D.
Nothing But Tablets
It didn’t take long for the Android hacking community to make the Kindle Fire rootable, allowing the possibility of future custom ROMs for the device. Speaking of, some Android developers are now hard at work customizing new ROMs based on Ice Cream Sandwich. The Transformer Prime also made impact this week, with sample shots from the built-in camera being released. Following the tragedy that is the iPad 2’s camera, this is very promising for tablet cameras.
Over at Pocketables this week, we took a look at how Android’s success could possibly be driving it down the path of death. There are plenty of contributing factors that could make this happen, but you’ll have to read the article to learn more. We also decided to see how viable the iPhone 3GS still is, 2.5 years after its release. Lastly, the fabled HP TouchPad Go/Opal was spotted in the wild, screen on and all.
This week, Streak 5 and Streak 7 users got some great news from our favorite hacker, DJSteve. On his Twitter feed, he announced that he will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the two devices. He’s a great developer, so we have no doubt ICS will be here soon. Plus, the Streak 10 Pro got a couple of new accessories this week, including a breakout box for HDMI connectivity and a case that doubles as a stand.
The Nokia 800 was recently released in England with a great response, earning it the Phone of the Year award. It even broke Nokia’s previous pre-order records, and might come to AT&T in the US soon. Be sure to check out our picture gallery of the device. In other news, Microsoft recently claimed that a new Xbox Live member joins every 2 seconds! Finally, congratulations to Bryson Rogers, who won our last Zune poster!