Sony confirms: no Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia PLAY

Android gamers, I've got some bad news for you: that issue earlier this week that saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY removed from Sony's Ice Cream Sandwich update list has been confirmed. In a press statement today, Sony said that they were opting not to release a final Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, on the basis that a stable experience for both phone functions and gaming cannot be achieved on the older hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S III unboxed early

Most of the gadget world is waiting in eager anticipation for Samsung's 2012 flagship, but a as usual, some isolated retailers are already selling the phone. Such is the case for one SlashGear reader, who happily shared his good fortune in the form of two Galaxy S III units with the rest of a jealous web. You can see his results below.

Team Carbon themes on sale after a million active downloads

We tend to cover custom ROMs and other mods pretty heavily, but there's an incredibly vibrant theme community around Android. One of its most active participants is Team Carbon, which announced today that its themes for the CyanogenMod (AKA T-Mobile) theme engine have reached a million active users. That's not total downloads, mind you - that's a million people with themes running from three European theme designers. Good on ya, guys!

Jelly Bean and Nexus Tablet rumored for Google I/O

Well, we've been assuming for months that if Google is preparing a big reveal for the much-rumored Nexus Tablet, it would be at the company's yearly developer conference, Google I/O. TechnoBuffalo is claiming information from an anonymous source (the best kind!) that says the tablet will absolutely show up at the conference, and as other rumors have indicated, ASUS will produce the hardware. New software is also rumored, though whether or not it's Android 5.0 is still in question. Note that this comes just hours after DiGiTimes reported the same thing.

NVIDIA TegraZone Anniversary Giveaway Week 3 Reminder – Last week to win!

Who is ready to win the ultimate giveaway gaming pack from Android Community and NVIDIA? This is our third and final reminder that you'll need to quickly enter via the instructions below for your chance to win. Thanks to NVIDIA and their TegraZone one year anniversary we are giving away some good stuff. Have a look at our Transformer Pad TF300 Review, since that is what you'll be winning then read on below for additional details.

AT&T HTC One X gets its bootloader unlocked

If you're the type that enjoys tweaking your Android smartphone (who doesn't) and have recently purchased the HTC One X we have good news today. After we reported on AT&T's efforts to lock down the bootloader it appears that they've failed because the trusty XDA developers have already got a solution. You can now safely and easily unlock the AT&T HTC One X bootloader using the method below.

NVIDIA: 28 more Tegra 3 phones coming in 2012

Today during NVIDIA's annual "Analyst Day" we were listening in as Mobile Business Manager Mike Rayfield started talking about the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. What instantly caught our attention is the amount of NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered quad-core smartphones they have coming this year. With the HTC One X already available, they have more coming -- many more.