Android Community Weekly: August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011
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We have some very important news to re-hash in this issue of Android Community Weekly! Sunday, we ran across a very informative hands-on of the ASUS Padfone and that it may ship with Ice Cream Sandwich upon release. Later on, Team UnrEVOked and Alpharev released their latest version of the Revolutionary S-OFF & Recovery tool. Their latest and greatest now supports many new devices such as the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D, and HTC EVO 4G 2.3 (after the latest Gingerbread update).

Also Sunday, the HTC Holiday prototype surfaced from an XDA Developer's purchase off of Craigslist. On the rear cover, their seems to be inductive charging built in.

Early Monday morning, Google scooped up Motorola Mobility for $12.5B. News also stated Motorola will function independently from Google. As soon as Motorola was purchased, the big question for many of us was: Would future 'Nexus' devices be solely manufactured by Motorola? Turns out that Google will continue to pick 'Nexus' manufacturers in the same pattern/faction they had previously done. New reports say Samsung will manufacture the Nexus Prime with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and their new Super AMOLED HD display.

ViewSonic announced a new tablet that dual-boots both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Windows 7. This will be an excellent selling point for the business crowd out there. No longer will compatibility be an issue, with full access to the Android Market and Windows 7 executables - this may be a prime contender in the work place. Later Monday, Steve Kondik (Cyanogen himself!) was hired by Samsung Mobile as a software engineer. But have no worries, for he stated he'll still be just as involved in bringing CyanogenMod to the many devices out there. One device recently graced with CyanogenMod 7 was the HTC Sensation 4G. Check out the video demonstration!

Finally, signs of the Motorola DROID Bionic's imminent release have been everywhere this past week. With a DROID Bionic tips guide leak, we have confirmed hardware specs, and that the device will have wireless printing capabilities. Next, some pretty impressive 4G LTE speeds were leaked - 35.3Mbps! The Bionic even appeared on Verizon's home page for a very short time. As soon as this device is available, expect an extremely thorough review!


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