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Engadget Podcast 221 – 12.11.2010

by Jon Cole in TechDecember 12th, 2010 @ 11:39 am
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The Nexus S is the Android handset of the hour and Josh starts off the show by talking about his review. He gave the device an 8/10 rather than a 9/10 mostly because of the plastic hardware, lack of 720p support, no native voicechat software, and weak Android UI implementation. On the other hand, he praises the phone for the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and recognizes that it’ll be the new gold standard for Google phones.

The Google news doesn’t stop any time soon, with Android Honeycomb coming under the microscope due to its focus on tablet support and how it cleverly translates smaller phone interfaces into a larger footprint desktop OS-like experience. They also talk about Chrome OS, which is finally making its way into the spotlight with the Cr-48 pilot program that clearly pushes forward app development and business adoption. Unfortunately, the OS does little more than present a Linux distro with Chrome as the browser and app hub, which isn’t entirely novel on its own.

The show closes out with some RIM news and BlackBerry PlayBook impressions.

00:00:55 – Nexus S review
00:08:00 – Google’s Nexus S official, coming December 16th to US, 20th to UK (update: $199 on contract, $529 unlocked)
00:17:07 – Google’s big week: Nexus S, Honeycomb tablets, Chrome OS laptops, and eBooks to boot
00:22:00 – Google rolls out NFC-equipped Places business kits, muscles in on location-based territory in Portland
00:27:07 – LG invents imaginary 1GHz processor requirement to say Optimus One won’t get Gingerbread
00:27:15 – LG pulls back, ‘will evaluate’ upgrading Optimus series to Gingerbread when specs and source code are public
00:27:45 – LG commits to upgrading Optimus Ones to Gingerbread, angry hordes abate
00:31:00 – Android 2.3 SDK revealed, Gingerbread improvements called out
00:31:30 – Android Honeycomb coming ‘next year,’ adds tablet support
00:32:30 – Google’s Andy Rubin live from D: Dive Into Mobile
00:47:50 – Live from Google’s Chrome event!
00:48:50 – Google Chrome OS gets detailed, first laptops from Acer and Samsung coming mid-2011
00:49:10 – Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop
00:49:20 – Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop preview (update: in-depth impressions!)
00:49:30 – Google demos Chrome Web Store, rolling out later today to US (update: now live)
00:52:00 – Flash working poorly on your Google Cr-48? Adobe’s working on it
00:55:55 – Google partners with Verizon for free 3G data allowance with every Chrome OS netbook
01:03:50 – Chrome Web Store, HTML5 and the iPad: symbiosis at its best
01:16:50 – Mike Lazaridis live at D: Dive Into Mobile (with the PlayBook!)
01:18:00 – RIM’s Mike Lazaridis: QNX coming to BlackBerry phones when dual-core processors are ready
01:26:26 – The Engadget Show returns next Friday, December 17th with televisions, robots, giveaways, and more!

Runtime – 1:28:50

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