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Android Community Weekly: March 10, 2012

We've had another week of excellent tech news, now here's your wrap-up! There were a few rumors circulating this week that ASUS would be the manufacturer of the first Nexus tablet. We had even thought it could be called the "Google Play", but it turned out that Google Play was the rebranded name of the Android Market. After the Google Play Store was rolled out to devices everywhere, it was breaking the Market for many Motorola devices. Fortunately, they've already pushed an update to v3.4.7 and it managed to fix the problem. And if you all have recently wondered where your Android Market went, it was replaced entirely, so you'll need to find it in your app drawer under Google Play Store.

Sony Xperia S receives its first update

Before you get too excited, no this isn't Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Rather, it's just a bunch of bug-fixes and should improve the performance of the WiFi. The Sony Xperia S hasn't hit too many markets yet, yet users had already experienced issues establishing a solid WiFi connection.

Google Maps Navigation menu updated with new UI

Though not a large update, Google went ahead and refreshed the UI for the Navigation menu within their Google Maps application. The ICS menu button has been taken out completely, and replaced with a much larger (easier to press) menu layout right above the ICS soft keys. After using it, you'll notice it feels much like the previous versions of Google Maps before Android 4.0.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: March 9, 2012

Wrapping up the last day of the work week, here are today's top stories. The world had thought the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II would receive Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tomorrow, March 10th. It turns out that their statement was faulty, and that they will let customers know when they plan on rolling out the update. So as of now, owners of the original GSII are going to have to wait.

Alpha release of Boid for Android hits Google Play

An Alpha release of Boid for Android has just hit the Google Play store and is available for download. If you haven't heard, Boid is a Twitter client with an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) styled interface. There are quite a few updates in this release, but there are many standard Twitter features they are planning on for the next couple releases. There still isn't full tablet support, and user lists are currently not functional. If you purchase the donate version from Team Boid, they plan on offering a home screen widget as well.

Juniper predicts NFC payments to hit $74 billion by 2015

Do you have Near Field Communication (NFC) built into your device? Probably not. But that doesn't really matter, because the future of smartphones has NFC well under its wing. At the moment, you'll find that very few devices (such as the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) are NFC compatible, thus making Google Wallet still relatively new to the public. Despite its unpopularity, Juniper research predicts NFC payments will hit $74 billion by the time 2015 rolls around.

LG Optimus L7 on its way to Rogers

We saw the entire new LG Optimus L-series at this year's Mobile World Congress, and even had some hands-on time with each of the three. Rogers has confirmed that the Optimus L7 will be part of its 'Smartphone Lite' category. In case you aren't familiar with their Smartphone Lite package, it's tuned for people that use the data features on their phone sparingly. There still isn't any information regarding when it will launch or its price, but at least we know it's coming.

Motorola MOTOACTV update to hit Friday

Back in October of last year, Motorola unveiled the MOTOACTV; a wristwatch-like device that helps you measure how effective you workout to particular songs. It syncs with your smartphone for access to missed calls, text messages, and even email. Motorola had planned on rolling out the update today, but decided against it and is now shooting for a Friday release. This isn't a small update that aims to fix a few bugs here and there; instead, it is supposed to offer access to 40 new activities.
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