Android Community Weekly: September 17, 2011

September 17, 2011
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It's another round-up of this week's tech knowledge in this mid-September issue of Android Community Weekly! The Samsung Galaxy S II has finally made it's way to the states through the Now network, and the sign-up page is already live over at AT&T! T-Mobile has specs confirmed for its own device but sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor opposed to the 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos. If you are looking to see an in-depth benchmark comparison of the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and international Galaxy S II, then head over here for the showdown. Finally, you will be pleased to hear Samsung has already released the Epic 4G Touch kernel source to the public! Let the modifications begin.

Sunday, Orb Live came to the Android Market in attempt to help Hulu-fans stream their favorite episodes straight to their Android device without paying the Hulu-Plus subscription fee. For this to work of course, users will need a consistent internet connection at home for Orb Live to access it via mobile. Later Sunday, we got wind that the Intel Atom E series process may support Android Gingerbread in 2012. As most devices either run a Qualcomm or Samsung chipset, Intel's entrance into the mix will be very positive indeed. The Intel Atom has already proved to run Bluestacks, an Android emulator, on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro very fluidly. We were given some hands-on time with this Windows 7 slate Thursday.

GameStop has been testing an Android gaming tablet aimed at a pre-2012 launch - and of course, this tablet will most likely be an exceptional gaming device. GameStop is said to be working with developers to release wireless gaming controllers compatible with the device, to offer more comfortable gameplay. Speaking of wireless controllers, Logitech has released the Wireless Gamepad F710 for many of the tablets out there. Chris Burns officially reviewed the controller on the Toshiba THRIVE Tuesday. After putting the full sized HDMI-out locally included in the THRIVE to good use, playing video games on the big screen couldn't be easier.

The Motorola DROID Bionic has already been spotted booting CyanogenMod 7! Though this release is no where near alpha, who would have expected CyanogenMod 7 only days after the device hit the market? CyanogenMod 7 Alpha has however made it's way onto the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D; and from user's reviews it's running silky smooth. Though the HTC Sensation was just released, HTC has already deemed its successor the Sensation XE official. It will pack a 1.5GHz cpu, more battery life, and Beats Audio (Beats headphones included).

Finally, don't forget to head over to Motorola's Facebook page for a chance to win either a DROID Bionic, signed football, or 2 tickets to see the New England Patriots host the New York Giants!


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