Android Community Weekly: October 17, 2011

October 16, 2011
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It's time to wrap up a long week of tech news in this issue of Android Community Weekly! We've got more updates on Samsung's Nexus Prime's release to how our new Galaxy S II devices fair up to the new iPhone 4S. Though the Nexus Prime was unexpectedly delayed from its launch last Tuesday, expect us reporting live this Wednesday at 10pm ET straight from Hong Kong, China!

We've known the Nexus Prime is estimated to have a 4.65" screen, and now we know why. The extra real estate is for the Android navigation buttons; hopefully, this space is free when browsing the net or even watching a YouTube video in landscape mode. With all the anticipation of its release, we have some new device mockups and even some of the Nexus Prime/Ice Cream Sandwich leaked wallpapers. A Verizon source claims the device will be officially announced November 3rd, yet we all hope we at least see a glimpse of this bad boy during Google/Samsung's event in China. A photo shot was spied on Google+ Tuesday that left a Nexus Prime signature - so we know it's out there! Even a Samsung executive confirms its soon release. Finally, Friday we found it in Best Buy's system as the "Nexus Prime".

The hype seems never-ending for the Nexus Prime, and if the device doesn't live up to its name then the Samsung Galaxy S III may even take its place. Details leaked a 1.8GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM - are we still talking about a smartphone? Another contender may be the Motorola RAZR; we'll find out at the Motorola and Verizon event set for October 18th.

Within the next few weeks we should see an official version of CyanogenMod 7.1 for the HP TouchPad. I was one of the lucky ones to nab this tab during its global liquidation, so expect some hands-on soon after its release. More development to look forward to is ROU UI; within the video you can see how this new user interface may change the way many of us will use our phones in the future.

Finally, be sure to check out of official HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II [T-Mobile] reviews! Within you'll see how well T-Mobile's 4G fairs to Verizon's 4G LTE. Also reviewed was the HTC Jetstream over on SlashGear; and as Chris Burns states, this slate may be one of the best to date. With a price-tag of $699.99, it bet be!


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