Android Ecosystem — This Week in Android

wireless_tether-200x300Welcome to our newest Monday feature — Android Ecosystem! There’s plenty of news on tap this coming week, starting with what’s expected to be the official announcement of the Motorola Droid for Verizon Wireless on Wednesday. Verizon will announce at least one more Motorola Android device for this quarter as well — the company stated such within their quarterly investor news earlier today.

That leads to an interesting question posed by Om: with the Android operating system advancing to version 2.0 and with so many new Android handsets poised to launch, are we about to see an Android application explosion? Although some commenters on GigaOm think not, I’m inclined to say yes, simply due to sheer sales numbers. In 2012, Gartner predicts that more Android handsets — to the tune of 75 million units — will be sold than any other brand, except for Symbian. Even with market fragmentation within Android handsets, the common Market for software combined with those kinds of sales predictions will entice more developers to focus on the Android platform. Simply put: developers can’t ignore the opportunity to have their software on one of the top handset operating systems.

Something else not to be ignored: one of my most important mobile mantras. I had very spotty Wi-Fi at a Starbucks this morning so my backup plan (mobile mantra #3, that is) came in handy. I used Internet Tethering on my iPhone while as the Wi-Fi ground to a halt faster than the baristas could grind coffee beans. So it’s worth sharing the Android Guys overview of Wireless Tether — an Android app that offers two tethering modes. You can connect your Android handset via Bluetooth with the software to use your phone as a wireless 3G modem. Or you can use Wi-Fi mode and create a wireless hotspot to share your mobile broadband. Bear in mind that Wireless Tether requires root access to your handset.

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