Android News Wrap-Up: Droid X Releases, Over 70,000 Apps, HP Cancels Tablet

Fri, Jul 16, 2010

Android, Mobile

What a wild week for Android users: with the Droid X launching on Wednesday, the Market now said to have around 70,000 apps and HP canceling and dousing rumors of a tablet said to be in the works. We’ve got it all below for you just in time for the weekend!

Verizon and Motorola Launch the Droid X

We’ve heard about it, we’ve seen commercials about it, we’ve even read reviews about it; but now, the Droid X is finally here. Well, assuming your local Verizon store has enough stock that is. As was in our Thursday Throwdown just last week, the Droid X is likely sold out just about everywhere as the phone appears to be flying off the shelves this week. With specs like these, however, it’s easy to get excited:

  • 4.4-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution screen
  • Android 2.1 with “some new sort of Motoblur”
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Ability to record 720p video
  • Multitouch keyboard
  • 1GHz ARMv7 processor
  • 8GB of storage space

If you’d prefer not to go to a store, you may order from Verizon’s website. However, delays are to be expected on the web as well (I’m sure it would be well worth it though!).

Android Market Now Serving Over 70,000 Apps

Google’s Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenburg announced during a second-quarter earnings call that the Android Market now has over 70,000 applications. That 70,000 is a gain of around 2,000 since mid-June at the Droid X event. Interesting however, that the count is lower than the 100,000 that Androlib (an Android app aggregator) currently states. I’d be willing to go with Google’s number first, however.

Hp Cancels Android Tablet

HP, now in the ownership of Palm, has been working on several tablets that run “Several Operating Systems.” However, All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski has reportedly received a tip that the Android tablet has been canned:

Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010. But no longer. Sources in position to know tell me that HP’s Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship before the end of the year as planned.” stated Paczkowski.

Oh well, I’m sure whatever they produce using the other OS’s and WebOS will be just fine.

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