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More love for Motorola; staggered Netflix releases across Android

by Kristen Nicole


There’s been plenty of buzz around Google’s (GOOG) upcoming Gingerbread (2.3) and Honeycomb (3.0) releases for Android, with speculation running high on which devices will be the first to support the new platforms. Motorola (MOT), which has made its comeback on the back of Android’s popularity, may be first in line to launch a 3.0 tablet.

Slashgear reports of a 7-inch MOTOPAD, which may have been chosen as the lucky tablet to run Android 3.0. This would be good news for Motorola, and encouraging for other tablet makers that have held off on devices these past few months. The combo for Android tablets has yet to provide anything to truly rival the iPad.

Netflix’s fragmented approach

One app that may also be readying for Android 2.3 is Netflix (NFLX), with the movie rental company announcing over the weekend that it will be making its Android debut early next year. The app will bring instant streaming movies and TV shows to mobile devices, but its release on Android’s platform will be staggered. Netflix’s early releases will only be available for a handful of devices and carriers. It’s a bleak reminder of Android’s fragmented platform, sometimes giving brands a few hoops to jump through.

Personalized media streams

Another app worth checking out is Mundu Radio, which hit the Android Market today. Launched by Geodesic, Mundu Radio’s new app lets you stream unlimited music, news and other content from your mobile phone. Its radio app bundles content based on your preferences, delivering on-demand streams suited to your needs.

In other music news, Rhapsody upgraded its Android app today. Rhapsody 2.0 supports track downloads for offline listening. The subscription-based music service has been on the rise for a couple of years now, taking its app to a number of devices and platforms. It was an early supporter of Android, and continues to do so.