This week, we learned that Android is the leader of the pack when it comes to the availability of free apps and that a huge chunk of the Android-loving public is male. I think some of that may have to do with those aggressive Droid ads. Also - and don't get me wrong here - it seems like the vast majority of phone hackers are male. I don't know why, and I can't say I know for sure that it's true. It just seems to be the case. I think that, if there were a recent study on which kind of mobile phone experienced the most tinkering, Android would hold such a great majority that all others would be lumped together as "other." Speaking of which...
Hacks & Mods
Less than a week after we mentioned the release of an early Desire ROM, I rooted my own Nexus One (right) and flashed MoDaCo's Alpha 10. I recorded the entire process on video and have created a tutorial that can be found here. However, Carlos was right on top of the continually improved releases and shot a video review of Alpha 6 before I was even rooted. Carlos is super busy and working on numerous projects right now and may not be back with ROM reviews for a while, but I'll try to squeeze some in on my own when possible. If the above doesn't quench your hacking thirst for the week, see this post on running Android on a handful of HTC WinMo devices.
Phones and Gadgets
This week saw leaks and announcements about numerous products, but I would be willing to bed that three models are responsible for the lion's share of the buzz. We've heard that the Desire is headed for AT&T and Legend to Sprint, and we saw a Verizon inventory screen listing the Incredible. Those are the most exciting items of the week to me, anyway. Almost a year-and-a-half after the launch of the first Android and HTC is still in charge, as far as I'm concerned. Rogers just announced the Magic+ as well.
Of course my respect for HTC doesn't mean that I don't lust after gear from other brands or that I don't see important work going on elsewhere. Acer's Liquid is really interesting to me, even if I think the best is yet to be cooked. Philips unleashed a monstrous display designed to showcase the custom UI they've developed for an Android 2.1 PMP, and while fun, I think a PR dude with big hands and a real device would have been more awe-inspiring.
That does it for my "7 Days" this week. I'll leave you with Alberto's second post in his series on Google's strategy: Nexus One: How Google is Laying the Groundwork.