CrowdGadgets Episode 17
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As it turns out, both webOS and the Dell Streak don’t have a death sentence after all! Google is also celebrating the success of the Android Market by giving away lots of apps for a dime, while Nokia is kicking some butt against Android, Blackberry, and iOS. And don’t forget our holiday prize giveaway, currently in full swing! We talk about all this and more in this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets.
00:31 – HP revives webOS as an open source platform
01:52 – Dell isn’t totally leaving Streak line or Android
02:35 – Android Market celebrates 10 Billion app downloads and counting
04:38 – Nokia Lumia 800 outselling Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone in the Netherlands
05:10 – Nokia/T-Mobile event scheduled for December 14
05:57 – RIM sensibly patches PlayBook exploit, steps carefully concerning root
07:06 – RIM can no longer use the BBX trademark, changes to BlackBerry 10
09:06 – Toshiba Thrive 7-inch tablet now available
09:29 – $99 Ainovo Novo 7 is the first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet in the world
09:57 – Fujitsu lays claim to the ‘Thinnest Smartphone’ title, probably won’t keep it very long
10:31 – “Reasonable channels” report that Honeycomb is on the way for the HTC EVO View 4G
12:46 – App update news
18:32 – How to confirm your rooted HTC EVO is safe from Carrier IQ
20:32 – Sprint confirms 4G LTE phone in second half of 2012
22:07 – Anythingbutiphone HTC Radar 4G review teaser
Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
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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
HP has announced that webOS will live on as an open source platform, but not on its smartphones. This was also one of the biggest app weeks in recent history, with updates and new releases for Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Companion, Halo Waypoint ATLAS, Google+, Amazon Price Check, BBM Conferencing, and much more. Nokia’s new phones continue to sell well, and they might hit T-Mobile next week. Finally, RIM can no longer use the BBX trademark.
Rockbox, the popular open source replacement firmware for audio players, has released a new update to coincide with its 10th anniversary. Version 3.10 doesn’t support any new devices, but it is a very stable release. The update also includes a few new features, bug fixes, and support for additional codecs and embedded album art with ASF or APEv2 tags. Rockbox is supported on approximately 75 different targets, and it is also available as an app.
Good and EVO
This week on G&E, we breathed some new life into the EVO 4G, reviewing several custom ROMs, including IceCream Sense 1.0, The EVO Classic, and Deck’s Ice Cream Sandwich port. We also showed you how to make sure your EVO is safe from Carrier IQ, as well as give your EVO 3D some holiday cheer with the X-Mas Sense 3D theme. Finally, we got unofficial word that the EVO View might see Honeycomb before 2012.
Nothing But Tablets
This week we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and found it to be pretty decent for seven inches. But if you want a larger 10.1-inch screen, the Motorola Xyboard has now been released in stores across the US. Since both of these run Android, you might also want to check out our tips on how to use your new Android tablet as an IP camera, or how to use your Wiimote with an Android tablet.
This week, consumer electronics manufacturer Coby stated it will be bringing five new Android 4.0 tablets to the US in the first quarter of 2012, with one of them featuring a 7-inch screen. And speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich, a developer was able to throw it onto the Amazon Kindle Fire – it’s not a complete port, but it’s still cool, nonetheless. Plus, the AT&T-variant of the Galaxy Note stopped by the FCC this week.
One week after we learned that the Streak 7 was being discontinued, Dell put out a statement regarding its future plans for the Streak line of tablets, and Android in general. The company said that Android is a platform that they won’t be backing away from anytime soon, and that the Streak 10 Pro tablet, which is currently available in China, would be making its way to the US sometime next year.