Android Community Weekly : June 18, 2011

June 18, 2011
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It’s been another great week for tech news, and we’ll fill you in on what you may have missed in this issue of Android Community Weekly! This past Sunday, Chris Burns reviewed the Pantech Crossover - the first Android device by Pantech to hit the United States. T-Mobile’s HTC Flyer tablet hit the FCC early in the week as well; unfortunately, there is still no information regarding any type of 4G capability.

For those of you who frequently fly first-class, you may look forward to the new agreement between Samsung and American Airlines providing passengers with a Galaxy Tab 10.1 for in-flight entertainment. Chris Burns performed an extensive review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; though the same hardware was included as in the Google I/O edition, there were minor software tweaks embedded in this final polished version. Another device reviewed this week was the HTC ChaCha by Chris Davies; just like the HTC Salsa, this little device has a dedicated Facebook button.

Monday, Verizon gave the official word that Gingerbread would be rolling out for the Droid 2 Global. Surprisingly, not a single Droid 2 Global is known to have the update yet. The Samsung D600 seems to have resurfaced as the Conquer 4G, and is confirmed to be a mid-range phone (as previously speculated). The Droid 3 had a thorough hands-on according to a leak over at XDA.cn. Not only that, the same person seems to have even benchmarked the device for us. Swype 3.0 Beta with Honeycomb support was released this week, and Chris Burns got his hands on copy to present us a nice review. This version has been slightly buggy, but as soon as the glitches are ironed out, it should be a great alternate to the stock keyboard.

The Samsung Infuse 4G open-source code has been released! It looks like we may see some great developmental action on this power-packed device very soon. Some serious problems have risen after last weeks HTC EVO 4G update to 2.3 Gingerbread. From consistent force closes to applications becoming unresponsive - it was clear that the update had some serious glitches. Later on in the week, we were informed that another OTA Update will be coming June 20th to fix the bugs from the update. The EVO Shift 4G has been confirmed to also acquire Gingerbread on the same day, hopefully with fewer headaches. It was not long ago that the Motorola Droid X was fortunate enough to be updated to Gingerbread. But nowadays, what could be even better? You guessed it- CyanogenMod 7 is now officially in beta for the Droid X. With so many phones receiving updates to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, one would have thought it would hit the HTC Desire. Even after announcing it’s release, it seems that the project will never see the light of day. Those who can’t live without Gingerbread on their Desire can always root their device and acquire it unofficially from XDA Developers.

As you may have seen, our own Vincent Nguyen seemed to have cracked the screen on his Galaxy S II earlier this month. If you don’t have insurance for your phone then this could be a serious problem. Fortunately, the guys over at DirectFix have a great tutorial for replacing the screen on an HTC ThunderBolt. Tuesday, we stumbled upon an interesting bit of information regarding the fairly new Amazon App Store; it seems that any application installed directly from the store requires the Amazon App Store installed on your phone to run! Breaking news hit this week with details concerning the next Google Nexus device - the Nexus 4G. Information of what hardware may be included has surfaced. Also, don’t forget to tell us what YOU would like to see in the next “Nexus 4G” device.

Wednesday, Verizon let subscribers know that the use of their 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot will be extended as a free service until July 6th. Facebook chat integration was implemented into the Pinger Textfree 1.2 application; this app previously boasted free unlimited texts and pics through their service. The HTC EVO 3D was unboxed by Chris Burns Thursday, and expect a thorough review very soon. Later on, the winner for our “Unboxing War” between Vincent Nguyen and Ben Bajarin was finally selected - congratulations Jorge Conty on a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi! Finally, don’t forget to check out the Android Community App of the Week: News360 for Tablets!.


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