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Engadget Podcast 231 – 02.05.2011

by Jon Cole in TechFebruary 8th, 2011 @ 2:26 pm
Engadget Podcast

Chris Ziegler joins the show this week to start off the conversation with his experience with the new Android Market, which allows you to buy apps via the web on your PC and push the purchases onto your phone over the air. While that’s certainly a welcome change, the guys talk about problems with app discovery that could have been better addressed with this service. Google also showed off the Motorola Xoom in a little more detail than at CES, highlighting apps that were designed specifically for Honeycomb in particular.

The Motorola Atrix is probably Android’s best candidate for an “iPhone Killer”, offering cutting edge hardware that outclasses Apple on its own. On the other hand, AT&T has recently announced that the Laptop Dock for the device will only be subsidized if you sign up for tethering, which makes absolutely no sense to the Engadget crew. Either way, Josh is fairly confident that this’ll be the phone that takes him away from the iPhone, which I’m sure we’ll see in the future.

The iPhone 4 on Verizon manages to be a quality phone despite being on another carrier, though Verizon’s position on downscaling video and bandwidth for power users depresses everyone a fair bit. The show wraps up with some news on Palm/HP’s upcoming plans for webOS, including a product that seems reminiscent of the Atrix.

00:08:24 - Live from Google’s Android event!
00:08:37 - Android in-app purchases hands-on (video)
00:08:55 - Android Market gets a web store with OTA installations, in-app purchases coming soon
00:11:00 - Android Market web store hands-on
00:20:47 - Motorola Xoom first benchmark: 1823 in Quadrant
00:21:47 - Google shows off Fragments API for Android 3.0
00:25:00 - Motorola teases Xoom Super Bowl ad: ’2011 looks a lot like 1984′
00:36:30 - Motorola’s Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 6th for $200, bundled with Laptop Dock for $500
00:51:35 - Verizon iPhone review
00:52:23 - Verizon can now throttle top five percent of bandwidth hogs, downres multimedia transfers
00:53:12 - Verizon breaks first day sales record with iPhone 4 pre-orders — in only two hours
01:01:43 - Nokia, Microsoft announcing partnership next week, possibly involving Windows Phone 7?
01:10:19 - Palm creating palmtop computer with detachable, dockable cellphone?
01:12:15 - HP CEO: New webOS products shipping weeks after February 9 reveal, another big announcement March 14
01:13:35 - Palm ‘Think Beyond’ teaser shows off glimpses of… something (updated with longer video)

Runtime – 1:19:40

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