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Jun
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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.

Hardware Reviews

23
Jun
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For those looking forward to 2012's playing of what is widely considered the oldest (and most well-known) tennis tournament in existence, the official Wimbledon app hit the Play Store recently, bringing live scores, results, schedules, and more.

The app, despite its somewhat all-over-the-place UI, provides a ton of functionality, not only giving users information about the games, but also about players – Wimbledon's official app gives users player profiles, video previews, highlight reels, features, interviews and "golden moments" photos.

23
Jun
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It's been just over a year since FishLabs released its Tegra HD-exclusive title Galaxy on Fire 2, which provided both impressive graphics and a surprising amount of depth. Now we have a slightly less futuristic-weaponry, slightly more glossy-metal title to check out, with FishLabs' newest creation, Sports Car Challenge. As you'd expect from the title, this game features a decent selection of the shiniest and fastest four-wheeled polygons around.

22
Jun
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After an injunction hearing earlier this week, Judge Posner has issued his final decision on whether to throw out the Motorola v. Apple case. The result? You're (both) outta here.

Judge Posner dismissed both parties' cases with prejudice earlier this evening (meaning Apple and Moto cannot refile against one another on these issues in any other federal court). Apple will, of course, appeal.

Posner's feeling on Apple's insistent demand for an injunction against Motorola's smartphone products was summed up best by the following excerpt from the decision:

And while the patents themselves (or some of them at least) may well have considerable value, after the claims constructions by Judge Crabb and myself and after my grants of partial summary judgment only a handful of the original patent claims remain in the case; infringement of that handful may not be a source of significant injury past, present, or future.

22
Jun
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Platformers have been done to death on mobile devices, but Project 83113 has a unique visual flare and the solid controls to make everyone take note. Project 83113 follows the exploits of Belle, the last hope for victory against the machines. It turns out the secret to defeating a race of evil machines is guns - lots and lots of guns. Luckily, Belle has four arms with which to hold guns.

22
Jun
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I didn't pick the title. Anyway, welcome back to another edition of the Android Police podcast, this week with super-special guest Ron Amadeo. He writes here, in case you didn't know. Be sure to catch us live every Thursday at androidpolice.com/podcast too!

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Carrier 411

22
Jun
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The portable Bluetooth speaker market is rapidly heating up, and one of our favorite designs in recent memory in the super-portable range was the Geneva Model XS. It's sleek, minimalistic, and so retro. Unfortunately, one crippling design flaw (along with some strange control choices) means this $250, almost art-like speaker / clock-radio just doesn't work in the real world.

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The flaw? The hinge on the outer case is made of like, paper-thin plastic.

22
Jun
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As the person that reviewed both of these devices, the Thrive and Thrive 7, here at Android Police, I felt something of a responsibility to post on this matter. On its community forums, a Toshiba rep issued the following statement on the status of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Thrive tablets:

We are working hard to bring Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich to our Thrive tablets. While we originally estimated it would be ready this spring, we now estimate the update will be delivered to all Thrive 10” and 7” tablets by early fall.

22
Jun
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Update: Verizon just posted on its official blog that the rollout is slated to begin today, June 22.

Verizon has just uploaded the official support documents for the RAZR / RAZR MAXX Ice Cream Sandwich update (which by the way will be build 6.16.211 – the same build that recently leaked). With the docs going live just moments ago, users should expect the update to officially start rolling out any day now.

22
Jun
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Poweramp is one of the most popular music players on Android, with over 10 million downloads and a feature set that blows the default media player out of the water.

Now, after four months of waiting, an update has been released that strengthens it even further, bringing support for action bars in Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC One X users will be glad to hear that they can now use Poweramp on their phones as well, although HTC Sound Enhancement doesn't work on the One X just yet.

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