The Android community got some big news this week, with Motorola announcing it will present its Android “portfolio” at our own Mobilize 09 conference on Sept. 10 in San Francisco. In the meantime, a new TV streaming app with advanced video playback features hit the market and an expected Android netbook got put on hold.
Netbook creator ASUS has previously discussed the development of an Android netbook/smartbook device, even going so far as to show off a prototype earlier this year. But CEO Jerry Shen told attendees of an investors conference in Taipei this week that, “Currently, I still don’t see a clear market for smartbooks.” Shen went on to indicate that, given the limited amount of engineering resources, the company had shifted an Android smartbook to low priority. To date, ASUS has been the most visible company working on Android netbooks, so this is a blow to the Android faithful.
And Spb TV was released for Android this week, bringing with it more than 100 international TV channels to current handsets. The program has a TV guide complete with broadcast reminders and can display picture-in-picture on the little screen. It sells for $9.95 in countries that offer paid apps in the Android Market; there is also a limited, free version available.