Android Atlas Weekly 28: The first dual core Android phone (podcast)

The first dual core Android phone, a whole new Android Market. All that and more on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for Thursday, December 16th, 2010. Join Justin Eckhouse along side guest host, Senior Associate Editor Jessica Dolcourt!

The first dual core Android phone, a whole new Android Market. All that and more on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for Thursday, December 16th, 2010. Join Justin Eckhouse along side guest host, Senior Associate Editor Jessica Dolcourt!

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EPISODE 28

News Stories

LG’s Optimus 2X is first dual-core smartphone
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-20025831-251.html

Rumor: Honeycomb will be released as Android 2.4 in February at MWC
http://androidandme.com/2010/12/news/rumor-honeycomb-will-be-released-as-android-2-4-in-february-at-mwc/

Official Froyo update for Nook Color will enable tablet features and app store
http://androidandme.com/2010/12/ereader/official-froyo-update-for-nook-color-will-enable-tablet-features-and-app-store/

First Google TV Software Update Arrives with Four Key Improvement
http://www.androidguys.com/2010/12/15/google-tv-software-update-arrives-key-improvements-video/

iPhone, Android battle for top spot on ad network
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20025592-37.html

Ad Break
Market Overhaul Rolling Out "Over the Next Two Weeks"
http://www.androidguys.com/2010/12/11/market-overhaul-rolling-weeks/

Google lets everyone create own Android apps
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-20025877-251.html

Apps
Facebook adds chat and push notifications to Android app
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-20025786-251.html

OoVoo Mobile takes on Qik, Fring for Android video chat
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-20025684-251.html

Dictionary.com gets voice-to-text definitions for Android, iPhone
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20025509-12.html
LinkedIn Finally Launches Its Android App
http://mashable.com/2010/12/16/linkedin-launches-android-app/

Google Maps 5.0
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-20025923-251.html

Chumby releases Android app, not quite as plush as the origina
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20025891-1.html

Five essential Android apps (Jasmine)
http://download.cnet.com/2300-19407_4-10005897.html?s=0&o=10005897&tag=mncol;page

E-mail (androidatlas@cnet.com)

Hey guys,

I have a general question about smart phone design and i was hoping to get your take on the matter. I am currently using a Droid Incredible and I have to say I love the phone and android; i’m pretty sure it will be my mobile OS for the foreseeable future. Honestly my only complaint about my phone is the battery life, it’s pretty terrible, or it was. This phone stock, with android 2.2 was only lasting me about 12-15 hours with 2 hours of up time, and would be even less if i was browsing the web, texting heavily, or even “”gasp”" using it as a phone. I have since purchased a slightly larger capacity battery (same form factor), rooted, installed a custom rom, and now a custom kernal. With these modifications i’m getting around 20-24 hours. Now while this is fantastic compared to what i was getting i still think it’s no where near acceptable for what these phones are capable of.

Why won’t phone manufactures make a phone thicker to incorporate a battery that would last 2 days?

I don’t know if you have seen the extended batteries for the incredible, but they look insane, literally looks like they stacked two stock batteries on top of each other and it protrudes from the topographic back cover. If HTC, or any manufacturer made a phone that was that same “”slate”" style that was twice as the incredible to accommodate for a significantly larger battery i would buy that phone hands down, assuming it has similar features. At the rate things are going it looks like devices are only going to get thinner, a la ipod touch/iphone, but i’d rather have something thicker that would let me use my phone like i really want!

Hope to hear your thoughts, love the podcast!

Thanks
kevin

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Thanks very much for the feedback a couple of weeks ago on the top smartphones.
Got another couple of questions now.

So I'm likely buying my Android by this weekend, and I keep hearing
Android podcasts talking about rooting Android phones.
What is rooting? What does it do, how hard is it to do, is it legal,
does it void warranty, and most importantly, should Android newbies
who want the most out of their phones do it, or steer clear of it? It
sounds like it has a lot of potential, but can it be screwed up and
mess up a phone? With great power, after all, comes great
responsibility.
Any insight?

Thanks again!

- Reay ("Ray")

Here you go Reay:
http://cnettv.cnet.com/ep-7-how-root-your-android-phone/9742-1_53-50090201.html?tag=api

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