Android Community Weekly : May 28, 2011

Welcome back to Android Community Weekly! Early this past Monday, details of the HTC Holiday headed for AT&T emerged. Much like the EVO 3D, it is said to sport a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor as well as a qHD display (and just like the Samsung Infuse, it is said to span 4.5”). Also launched this week was AppTap Ads to aid in advertising applications for developers. It will give users an easy to use ad buying tool to track their targeted ads across the net.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Now Chugging Along at 1.6 GHz

Not long ago we reported that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer had been overclocked to 1.4 GHz. Never being satisfied, though, developers have cranked it up to 1.6 GHz, with 1.7 in sight. Reading through the thread over on XDA, it sounds like this new kernel is actually more stable than the one we last reported on.

T-Mobile G2x Issues And Resolutions Internal Document Leaked

The T-Mobile G2x being pulled from the carriers online store recently spawned rumors that quality issues were behind it. But according to T-Mobile, they temporarily pulled the phone due to inventory constraints. However, they did admit to a having some issues that they plan to fix with an upcoming update. Now a leaked internal document reveals that they're finally getting more serious about addressing them.

ASUS Padfone, Android 3.1 for Transformer, and More at Computex 2011

That cool company with the coolest tablet out there, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, is set to transform the game, as it were, at Computex 2011, coming soon to a Taipei near you. At this event it appears that they'll be releasing at least one new device, possibly three. There's some teaser frames to spice up your life below, right here in this post! Then remind yourself that you love new names, even weird ones, as a trademark has been registered by ASUS for the word "Padfone."

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review [Verizon]

Welcome to a real PlayStation experience. What you're dealing with here is the original Android 2.3 Gingerbread Google Phone that fell out of grace for one reason or another but definitely still shows signs that it was MADE to work with Gingerbread. It's slick and sleek, the physical buttons for the 4 Android functions are fabulous, and the combination of plastic and metal and glass in the majority of the handset are well done. But how about that PlayStation controller? Let's take a look.

Android Community 101: Bootloaders

Bootloaders. They're quite the touchy subject for many of us geekier android lovers. Naturally they've been a hot topic in the news lately, with HTC deciding to lock down phones only to reverse the decision. This is hardly an issue reserved for HTC though. For those who aren't as privy to the underlying workings of computers, what a bootloader is, and what it means for one to be unlocked can be unclear. We're gonna break down for you what a bootloader does (at a non-technical level), what the difference between locked/encrypted/unlocked/signed/etc, which manufacturers are doing what, and why the debate is so hot, and why you should care.

AMD Roadmap Leaked “DESNA” Tablets Detailed

If you'll remember back a few weeks we had a post up on AMD and their possible move to make chips that'd make some tablet-consumers very happy. Now there's been one big massive leak of a multi-page roadmap for AMD floating around and what do you know? Tablets are here! The current arena of AMD's chips contains AMD C-30 and C-50 chips that are straight up aimed at Intel's Atom chips for notebooks. These new C-series chips include an iterated AMD Radeon graphics core that's capable of handling 3D graphics acceleration and 1080p video playback. Sounds like its tablet party time.

ZiiLabs JAGUAR Android dual and quad-core Reference Platforms Unveiled

This isn't the first time we've heard of ZiiLabs, but it seems as though each time they show their head they seem to fade back into the background as swiftly as they re-appeared. This time they've got a hankering for Honeycomb and they've got what appears to be some lovely reference tablets for OEM and ODM to be using to bring their own Android tablets running Android 3.x with speed and grace. What these tablets are also made for is housing the brand new ZMS-40 and ZMS-20 processors. These are dual-core and a quad-core chipsets, both at 1.5 GHz.

Microsoft Receives $5 Per Phone HTC Sells

Oh my goodness what a wacky deal we've got going on here. It seems that amongst a few other announcements on money and where it's going in the world of Microsoft, a tiny tip has emerged that's about to have the streets rolling with Hamiltons. That's right, HTC day is still Microsoft's pay day. According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who released a large report on Microsoft earlier this morning, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone running Android they sell.
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