Another week, another barrel full of Samsung Galaxy S III news – I mean Android coverage. Believe us, we’re as tired of the torrent of leaks, teases and misinformation as you are – which is why we’re much more excited to talk about the long-awaited reveal of Google Drive. We’ve got hands-on impressions and a comparison of competitors for you to enjoy. Also notable this week was Google’s return to retail with the $399 GSM Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store, and another look at Project Glass courtesy of Charlie Rose.
Hardware news of the non-galactic variety was dominated by the HTC Incredible 4G. We spotted it on Droid Does, it showed off its NFC capabilities, and it flaunted an extended battery. Most exciting of all, it might be headed for release as soon as May 10th. We saw leaked images from Sony of its monster-spec “Hayabusa” LT29i and the mid-range (and chunky) Tapioca ST21i. T-Mobile’s version of the HTC One S is now on sale. Motorola’s DROID RAZR HD is getting some more exposure, as is the rumored and now all but confirmed Galaxy Note for T-Mobile. Samsung is rumored to be making yet another Nexus phone for Google, and an unsubstantiated report shows Verizon getting an HTC Galaxy Note competitor and the Galaxy S III.
Speaking of the Galaxy S III (you knew it was coming): among many, many other stories, we got official confirmation from Samsung that it’ll be running a new quad-core Exynos processor. Unfortunately the US version may have to stick with dual-core for LTE connectivity, something that seems to be verified by an AnTutu benchmark with an existing dual-core Exynos processor. Samsung has started their official marketing campaign with a teaser website and sheepish video. We also saw a leaked product manual that looks pretty legitimate, and no less than three “leaked” photos that don’t.
On the software side of things, we’ve got official Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 and the Sony Tablet S, leaked ICS updates for the HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola DROID RAZR and Samsung GSII Epic 4G Touch, and schedules for ICS updates on T-Mobile and Verizon. The Sony Xperia S and HTC One X both received ports of popular custom ROM CyanogenMod 9. Verizon Motorola LTE phones can now be ported to AT&T and T-Mobile, albeit only with 2G data speeds. Notably, a Google Android developer shed some depressing light on the length of Android update delays.
Here at Android Community we’ve got an exciting giveaway for you: a brand new ASUS Transformer Prime, messenger bag and a free copy of the new game Dark Meadow: The Pact THD. Just add us to your Circles on Google+ to enter; see the giveaway page for full details. For more information in the game, read our Dark Meadow review. On that note we’ve got a detailed breakdown of the processor differences between the Transformer Prime and the new Transformer Pad 300. We’ve also got reviews of the XCOM Global service and Huawei 3G USB modem, the new Scalado Album and Enhanced Email, a great alternative to the standard Exchange email client on Android. That’s all for this week folks – stay in school, don’t do drugs and always make a Nandroid backup.