It's time for the Android Police Week In Review, where I lay out a smorgasbord of delectable news-bites for your reading pleasure. You can catch a lot of this appetizing information on our weekly podcast as well, which airs live every Thursday at 5PM PST, at androidpolice.com/podcast. There's an IRC channel there, too. We might even use it occasionally.
- Ron reviews the Samsung Galaxy S III: and it's surprisingly adequate.
- Fuhu Nabi 2: because your kids are too clumsy and destructive for an iPad.
- Have you ever wanted a cool retro travel clock radio with Bluetooth that is basically so fragile you can't take it anywhere? Me neither.
- Verizon is at it again, giving more people in more places 4G LTE service.
Android at Arms (legal news)
- Judge Posner has officially tossed Apple's case against Motorola, and actually made some sense doing it.
- Some Motorola keyboard phone is coming to Sprint. The supposed device codename is "Irrelevant."
- The Wall Street Journal says Google is working even harder on voice control. Great police work, Lou.
- Google Play now allows developer to reply to users. Finally, an opportunity to publicly shame everyone with budget phones trying to download Shadowgun.
- Android tablets still suck. So there. Read about why.
- Google spilled the beans on Jelly Bean.
The Hotsheet (device news)
- Some LG phones with quad-core Krait processors are coming this fall. Unfortunately, no number of cores can fix
TouchWizOptimus UI. Shipping delaysoverwhelming demand has resulted in the Galaxy S III launch in the US being pushed back on Sprint and every other carrier.
- T-Mobile's Galaxy S III doesn't have a quad-core processor. And that's because they want to be able to say it's faster in commercials. Make sense? Good.
- The EVO 4G LTE is having issues with Wallet. Issues that sound faintly like nails being hammered into a coffin.
- HTC knows the Tegra 3 One X has a hardware Wi-Fi problem, and has corrected it in newly produced phones. So that fixes everything!
- CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies: Transformer Pad 300, Galaxy S III (Int.), Tab 8.9.
- Device updates: Xperia S, DROID Incredible, Archos G9 80/101, DROID Bionic, Transformer Pad 300.
- Yo dawg, I heard you liked apps. So we got you an app that make apps so you can make apps while you use your app. And TV screens in headrests.
- Zombies, Run! Become a member of the rundead.
- Swype is updated, lets your kill people texting while driving more accurately.
- Flipboard has landed in the Play Store, expect hundreds of reviews from people saying "X app that isn't available on iOS is better."
- All 12 people with TiVo - there's an app in Play Store for you now.
- The Amazon Appstore is headed to Europe this summer, presumably to "find itself," which we all know really means to hook up with a bunch of strange European phones and experiment with other apps.
- Google Developers Live: it's like tuning your television to Google events.
- The I/O 2012 app is now in the Play Store, go fourth and be nerdy / efficient.
- The Android Developers site has received a full-on facelift, now seems to be having trouble with expressions.
In Other News
- Sharp has decided to call its Android UI "Feel UX." I want to un-Feel it already.