Android This Week: Tablets Galore; Honeycomb Phones; Wi-Fi Media Streaming

Android starred at the Mobile World Congress show, with dozens of tablets and smartphones announced. As if that wasn’t good enough news, Google confirmed that some Honeycomb features would be coming to handsets. And a new app turns your Android device into a wireless media server.

MobileTechRoundup Podcast 232

Join Matt and Kevin for the live podcast as they round up the tablet and phone news from Mobile World Congress, discuss tablet pricing, share more custom ROM experiences on the Galaxy Tab and explain how to turn an Android device into a wireless media center!

Android Ruled the Roost at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is over, and in just three years time, Google’s Android platform has gone from idea to star of the show. Clearly, it’s now a two-horse race for first in mobile ecosystems, while other players are fighting it out for the third dominant platform.

Silicon’s Secrets: What Chips Tell Us About the Future of Mobile

Underlying the entire mobile ecosystem are semiconductor firms that supply the radios and brains inside the handset and those that make the chips to power the network. From their product launches this week, it’s clear to see where the mobile world is heading.

Coming Soon: Location in Every Mobile App

We’re still a ways off from our prediction that every mobile app will have location. But we’re seeing more and more of that reality take shape, especially as location-as-a-service providers create the tools necessary for developers to weave location into their mobile apps.

Here Comes Roaming for Electric Cars

Will electric car charging networks have the type of roaming commonly found between cell phone providers? Nokia Siemens Networks and a German utility group called Smartlab are developing an authentication service to enable electric vehicle drivers to “roam” when charging up via various service providers.

Facebook Phones at MWC: HTC ChaCha and Salsa

Amid news of upcoming dedicated Facebook phones, HTC decided to pre-empt such devices by today introducing two new Android 2.3.3 handsets with a dedicated Facebook button. One tap and the phone will automatically share images, media or location, and Facebook is tightly integrated in HTC Sense.

HTC Flyer Android Tablet Comes With a Pen. That’s a Problem.

HTC today announced the Flyer, a 7-inch, 1.5 GHz tablet that runs Google Android 2.4 with a customized HTC Sense user interface. Most intriguing is the inclusion of a digital pen for taking notes, but that’s going to be a problem. Here’s why.

Acer Iconia A100: A 7-Inch Android Tablet (With Honeycomb!)

Acer’s Iconia A100 is on the show floor at Mobile World Congress running Android 2.2. But this 7-inch tablet is expected to run Honeycomb, or Android 3.0, when it launches in April, which gives hope for Samsung and others to bring Honeycomb to smaller tablets.

HQME Mobile Standard Ignores Today’s Streaming Reality

Sony, Orange, SanDisk and SoftBank are proposing a new standard called HQME for getting content to mobile devices using SD Cards and Wi-Fi networks in the home, but is a download model for mobile content going to fly in a streaming world?