Android Community Weekly: December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011
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We've finally finished a couple excellent reviews, have a better understanding of whats been holding up the Galaxy Nexus, and learned of some cool new accessories for your new (or older) device! The first review definitely worth taking a look at is of the ASUS Transformer Prime. Cory Gunther put it to the test through some rigorous benchmark tests and great video demonstrations. To date, it has performed better than any current Android tablet on the market. Next up, Michael Crider posted a review of the new Nitro HD by LG. It turned out to have quite a crisp IPS LCD display, but turned out to be a quite bland device in general.

In other news, the legendary HTC Universal - a 6 year old Windows Mobile device - received a functional port of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). For a clunker with only 64-128MB of RAM, this is a definitive feat. Tuesday, Verizon's Motorola DROID XYBOARD was officially released to the press in both 10.1" and 8.2" models. We had been told the XYBOARDs would be available on the 9th, and sure enough - tablets went on sale later that day.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - there is still no definite release date. We had seen that phones were arriving in stores suggesting a retail date of December 9th, yet that day came and passed. To make things worse, boxes of the device were seen at Verizon and RadioShack but store workers state they can't sell them until they receive the "OK" from corporate. If they are waiting on a software fix, it might be better to just start selling the devices and push the update afterwards. At this point, we would all understand.

Also, be sure to check out the Macro Lens Band that can fit over any camera to help take sharp closeups with your smartphone! It looks amazing, and I've got one in the mail headed my way now. Finally, due to Google's 10 Billion Apps promo, you guys will be able to pick up a nice group of apps for the next 4 days - so keep checking back here on Android Community for a daily list, or navigate yourself to the Android Market!


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  • http://www.techendeavour.com/Android_application_development Suresh_Babu

    I agree that the software fixes can be released in a while later, rather than stock the devices. The enthusiasts understand the delayed issue fix and can be managed well.