Android Community Weekly: November 6, 2011

November 6, 2011
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We've had a great week of tech reviews, hands-on/unboxings, and development for this first week of November! First, we started off our work week with an excellent review of the Motorola ATRIX 2 by Michael Crider. An unboxing of the HTC Rezound was then performed by Cory Gunther soon after. After seeing ads of the HTC Rezound show up in Verizon Wireless stores, you can be sure to see this device soon. It was officially announced to the public Thursday, and around the same time we released our own hands-on round-up.

So many devices are about to hit Verizon before the holidays, with the DROID RAZR being no exception. We were almost posititive it would hit November 10th, but after an official DROID RAZR commercial - you can expect to see it this November 11, 2011 at 11:11am; is this device #1 or what? The new RAZR has already gone live on Droid Does and DroidLanding webpages - so get ready to hunt for your chance to win a free one! Many presumed development wouldn't occur on the RAZR due to a non-removable battery and locked bootloader, yet alas: we have root!

Many other smartphones were reviewed this week, including the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray, Samsung GALAXY Note (via SlashGear), Samsung GALAXY Player 5.0, and we even got around to unboxing AT&T's HTC Vivid and Samsung GALAXY S II Skyrocket. Both the Vivid and Skyrocket are AT&T's first smartphones to take advantage of their true 4G LTE network, so stay tuned in the week to come for their more in-depth reviews. Their 4G LTE coverage is very limited, but we'll try our best to put it to the test.

The original Samsung GALAXY S received a taste of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) early on from an SDK port by two XDA-Developers. Not much works at the moment, but seriously - Ice Cream Sandwich was just released! I expect a fully functional port in due time. The LG Optimus series and LG Revolution 4G should have had OTA updates of 2.3 (Gingerbread) pushed to their devices starting November 1st; if not, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update to grab it. Also, expect a future update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, and Samsung Skyrocket. Though we assumed these recently devices would receive Android 4.0, it's always comforting to know the plan is "officially" on the way.

Wrapping up here, make sure that you take advantage of nabbing a free HTC phone when purchasing Modern Warfare 3 at Best Buy for a limited time!


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