Say goodbye to another awesome week of Android news while we prepare for even more good things to come starting early next week. It was a crazy few days in the world of Android around here lately, and that is because it’s that time again. What time is that? Nexus time! Those rumors were running wild and this is only the beginning.
Before we get into all the juicy Android 4.2 and Nexus rumors we’ll keep things calm with some recent news from HTC. After a mediocre year with their new One series they’ve announced two new smartphones for AT&T. Those being the new and improved HTC One X+ and HTC One VX, the latter being a budget friendly device. The HTC One X+ had a new 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 and 4G LTE both. Take a peek at our X+ hands-on.
Then we had a busy week of budget handsets announced and detailed by multiple carriers, most being Samsung devices. You’ll want to check out three new reviews we did this week. That being our LG Intuition Review, Samsung Galaxy Stellar Review, and then the Galaxy S Relay 4G Review. To end the usual news we saw leaks of a Galaxy S III Mini announcement coming next week, and Samsung aims to get their recent loss in court against Apple thrown out due to some special circumstances.
Now for the good stuff. As the image above suggests, this will be all about Google, Android, and the Nexus. Google is undoubtedly working on their next Nexus device, and we’ve heard a slew of rumors suggesting the first of many will be the LG Optimus G Nexus. That was followed with details that the LG Nexus was handed out to Google staff last week. More interesting is the device is running on the unannounced Android 4.2 OS. For all the rumors around Android 4.2 you’ll want to click here. Those rumors suggest an improved Google Now, Google Play Store revamp and a more streamlined push for individual users based on their previous purchases, searches and more. Then last but not least is project roadrunner. Just like Android 4.1 Jelly Bean‘s project butter to make a buttery smooth UI — roadrunner will ensure Android runs forever. Making battery life a huge part of this update all on the software side with loads of improvements.
There was a few odd bits of important news other than that above, and you can find all of those details in the timeline of links below. Some include Motorola pulling out in their lawsuit on Apple, new ANDRU phone chargers, and a few odds and ends regarding devices being upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS. Oh and our sister site SlashGear reviewed the Galaxy Note II — which you can see right here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!