Android This Week: Ustream Appears; Google Maps Nav Hits 1.6

E-book readers are shaping up to be a hot ticket when it comes to Android (s goog) devices. Barnes and Noble (s bks) has the Nook ready to ship, and readers from other vendors are expected early next year. Hopping on the bandwagon this week was network equipment maker Netronix, which is reportedly planning on making a reader based on Android. The company expects to ship a million of the devices in 2010, and will incorporate into them 3G and 3.5G capabilities.

While Android phone owners have been able to stream video to Ustream for a while now, they (strangely enough) weren’t able to view what they streamed on the phones themselves. The Ustream drought is now over, however, with this week’s appearance of the Ustream Viewer app in the Android Market. The new viewer works with all releases of Android currently in the wild: 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0.

Also revealed this week was a handheld Mobile Internet Device (MID) based on the ARM platform, one with a sliding QWERTY keyboard like many smartphones. The Inbrics MID has a AMOLED touch display, and adds Wi-Fi and GPS for added functionality.  Inbrics has indicated the new MID will be demonstrated at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January.

In the meantime, a version of Google Maps Navigation, which adds turn-by-turn direction to Google Maps and was initially restricted to Android 2.0, was made available for Android 1.6. Some voice activation features are missing on this version, but it is fully functional otherwise.