Motorola planning a DROID Bionic 2

Why Motorola? Why? That is the first thing that came into my mind when reading news of a DROID Bionic 2 this afternoon. While this could very well be a mistake, the source that it comes from leads us to believe it is true, and that Motorola might actually be making a successor to one of their biggest flops of the past 6 months.

Transformer Prime update rolling out – Face unlock not included

Earlier this week ASUS informed everyone that another update would soon be rolling out for the Transformer Prime quad-core tablet. Teasing that it would bring "awesome" features to the device. We've been on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for months with this tablet, and it has seen a good 4 incremental updates since then or more. Today we can confirm the newest release is rolling out to devices as we speak.

AOKP and stock ROMs update to Android 4.0.4 for the Galaxy Nexus LTE

If you're an owner of Verizon's Galaxy Nexus LTE and feeling a little left out of the Android 4.0.4 party, you're not alone. Yesterday Google updated the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, along with the Nexus S and XOOM WiFi, to the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Thankfully they updated the code in the Android Open Source Project at the same time, happily allowing anyone to download and compile Android 4.0.4 for themselves. And you know what that means. Droid-Life spotted the latest build of the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) ROM and at least one stock ROM rocking the updated software.

HTC One S could head to T-Mobile April 22nd

Fair warning, T-Mobile customers: treat this one as rumor, because that's what it is. Now that that's out of the way, TmoNews has gotten a tip that HTC's One S will be headed to the American carrier on April 22nd. That conclusion comes from what looks like a pre-release web element, showing off the brand-new phone with an unmistakable "countdown" timer ending on the Monday in question. The phrase "sell the HTC One S on launch day" probably means that this picture was taken from an internal T-Mobile intranet, meant for retail employees or associates.

Papyrus note app launches with HTC and Lenovo stylus support

With all the styli floating around the Android tablet world, it was only a matter of time before someone made a really excellent notation app for pen-based input. That app is Papyrus, a long-term project from indie developer Steadfast Innovation. The free app introduced its first beta version today, and you can download it on the Google Play Store. While it's technically possible to use standard finger input in Papyrus, it's specifically designed for Android tablets running 3.0 or later with stylus input options.

Samsung updates South Korean Galaxy S with “Value Pack”

Say, Galaxy S owners, you don't want Ice Cream Sandwich, do you? No, that great performance and all those posh new features are for snobs who buy more than one phone every two years. Surely you'll be more than satisfied with a few ICS imitation features added to reliable old TouchWiz via a "Value Pack". Sarcasm aside, that's the attitude that Samsung seems to be adopting with its add-on Value Pack for Gingerbread. The first country to get the update for the Galaxy S is Sammy's home state of South Korea.

ICS mod gives Nexus phones Windows Phone 7-style multitasking

While we at Android Community are understandably loyal to the little green guy, that doesn't mean we don't take notice of the competition. And it must be said, some of the phones coming out running Windows Phone 7 (especially those made by Nokia) are real head-turners. While a full WP7 port or popular Android devices is unlikely, various modders have ported elements of the MetroUI to Android. The latest is XDA member "evilisto" (never change, guys) who's added WP7-style multitasking to stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

Dell exits the US smartphone market for good

In what's now more or less a formality, a Dell spokesman told PC World that the company has no intention of producing more smartphones for the United States market. While a few of its Android devices like the 5-inch Dell Streak gained some notoriety, the Venue line and others never caught on in Dell's home country, at least not enough to make them profitable. Dell is continuing to produce and sell smartphones in India and some Asian territories. The last we heard, Dell had partnered with Chinese search engine Baidu for a special edition of the Streak Pro.

HTC One series gets priced and dated in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

If you happen to live in central Europe, in one of those countries where the language has about three times as many consonants as it really needs, then you'll soon be able to pick up one one of HTC's shiny new consonant-themed smartphones. The HTC One X, One S and One V have been given proper release notes in Austria, Germany and Switzerland: all of them will be available unlocked starting on Monday, April 2nd. The One X will be €599 (about $795 or £500) The One S will be €499 ($663) and the One V will be €299 ($397).

Clarion shows off 6.5-inch Android powered car stereo

Android's greatest asset (besides a few billion dollars in Google development and promotion) is its flexibility. We've seen it power everything from video glasses to robots - and on that scale, a car stereo is relatively mundane. Even so, Clarion's Mirage is an impressive piece of vehicular tech, and will certainly catch your eye if you happen to fall at the intersection of car stereo and Android enthusiast. In addition to basic music and sound management, the Mirage feature audio-in and Bluetooth connections for playing music on your phone or tablet.
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