Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review - where I talk about the biggest stories of the week in the world of Android and no way make fun of anything. This week, of course, necessitates a chunk-o Galaxy S III news, so let's get down to it.
Also, don't forget, you can catch a lot of this news on our weekly podcast.
- I review the HTC One X, which is approximately 130 grams of pure awesome.
- Cameron reviews the Acer Iconia Tab A510, which is some larger amount of grams of pure awesome.
- Eric reviews the Galaxy Player 3.6 and it's probably just as awful as you'd expect.
- Transformer Pad 300 vs. Acer Iconia A510: FIGHT!
- The Samsung Galaxy S III: ugly duckling, or nuclear lawsuit disarmament treaty?
- Republic Wireless has begun beta invites, will presumably become Empire Wireless after it figures out how making money in the telecom industry actually works.
- Sprint signed a $2 billion service contract, Dan Hesse reported to be "stoked."
- DROID Does goes domestic, gets mortgage, buys a minivan.
- Our own Ron Amadeo has made this amazing chart of Android version distribution over time, and if you don't like big colorful charts, we just can't be friends. Well, unless you're colorblind. In which case, I'm sorry, I take it back. We can be friends.
- Google is bringing carrier billing support for Play Movies, Music, and Books - which is great news for 14 year-old kids without credit cards everywhere.
- The Galaxy S III is here, and it's natural. Like rocks.
- Here's a video of the whole event, so you can watch Samsung's really confusing and terrible "lifestyle" marketing campaign over and over and over until you naturally have an aneurysm.
- Here's us going hands-on with the Galaxy S III.
- Here, you can sign up for email news about release dates and stuff, for which Samsung will use only the greenest triple-recycled press releases.
- US Galaxy S III's will probably only get 2 cores, halving the amount of toxic core byproduct used in each phone. Really. Totally serious here.
- The Galaxy S III: hot or not? Well, it's just not - but you can say otherwise. I won't believe you.
- Here you can watch Samsung talk about just how much peyote they had to do to come up with the idea to the shape the Galaxy S III like a rock / Palm Pre.
- HTC One XL (Qualcomm S4) vs. HTC One X (Tegra 3): it's like bread for fanboys. If fanboys were ducks. Which they are, basically.
- In a move that should surprise literally no one, AT&T has told HTC to keep the bootloader on the AT&T One X locked down.
- T-Mobile is getting a budget phone called the Prism and oh god I've just developed narcolep-
- Samsung announced an ICS update timeline for Canada, which makes no sense - Canada already has plenty of ice.
- Device updates: DROID 3, CLIQ 2, EVO 4G, Kindle Fire, G9 80/101, Rezound, VZW Galaxy Nexus, MotoACTV, Sprint Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X (Euro), VZW XPERIA Play, Huawei MediaPad.
- 27 Best (And 3 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (4/22/12 - 5/4/12)
- 22 Best New Android Games From Last Week (4/20/12 - 5/2/12)
- Titanium Backup has found a way to use the Google Drive Java API, but it's messy. Not sloppy joe messy, but like Philly cheesesteak messy. Mmm, cheesesteak.
- Facebook got rid of those stupid Camera and Messenger icons, marking the first time Facebook's ever done anything anybody liked.
- HBO GO / MAX now have ICS support. Huzzah!
- Flipboard is coming to Android on the Galaxy S III exclusively first, then to much prettier phones afterwards.
- WhatsApp is apparently a really insecure IM service.
- Paper Camera updated to 3.0, making it the most ambitiously versioned app outside Google Chrome.
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