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Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review, your source for the biggest and best Android stories of the week, in an easy-to-digest and totally-not-humorous format. Really. I mean it. So, what have we got this week?

Also, don't forget, you can catch a lot of this news in our weekly podcast.

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29
Apr
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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Use Cloud Storage With Your Android?

Google's much-anticipated cloud storage service, dubbed "Drive," finally dropped on Tuesday. Based on our tests, we think the service could still use some work - and we think it has the potential to gain some serious popularity as the kinks are worked out and the gaps are filled.

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Welcome to another week of the Android Police Podcast. On this episode, we have Matthew Smith, Bob Severns, Cameron Summerson, Eric Ravenscraft, Liam Spradlin, and myself talking Google Drive, Galaxy S III, and more. Check it out.

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Apr
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Giving T-Mo customers a few things to look forward to in the coming months, a roadmap of planned release/update dates leaked earlier today, revealing the proposed dates for several new device launches, as well as dates on which users can expect updates to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Before we take a look at the leaked screenshot, though, it's worth noting that these dates are of course subject to change, especially considering this chart wasn't meant for public viewing.

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While the TGI Friday's brand might not exactly inspire awe in food critics, the fast food chain's flashy new Android app's functionality is undeniably impressive.

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It has all the standard features you'd expect from an app of this sort (e.g. finding directions to a local Friday's, checking out the chain's menus, and placing orders); however, it also has one notably unique feature: the ability to pay your bill. Powered by a service called Tabbedout, Friday's app lets you create "tabs" of items you'd like to order, before paying the tab directly from your phone.

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The launcher on Android 4.0 is quite nice when compared to what Google was shipping before. If there is one complaint, it's that the stock launcher is a little light on features. But that's what custom home screen replacements are for, right? We took a look at Apex Launcher when it first came out and were impressed with the initial release. Now Apex Launcher Pro has appeared, bringing with it even more customization.

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Most earbuds are designed for use while mobile; after all, they're inherently more portable and discrete than headphones. But not all of them are made for heavy activity. Ever try running or hitting the gym with most off-the-shelf 'buds? I have, for years. It's usually not an enjoyable experience. They need to meet some pretty specific criteria:

  1. The earbuds need to stay put at all times. Any regular fitness fan will tell you that getting in a sort of rhythm is pretty important, and it's nigh-impossible to do so if you're stopping every few minutes to fix your earbuds.
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Almost one year ago, Acer released its first Android-powered tablet: the Iconia Tab A500. It entered the market at an excellent price point, while still offering the same hardware specs as the then-current tablet top-dogs. As a result, the Android community embraced this budget powerhouse, making it one of the more popular Android tablets of 2011.

Fast-forward to the present, and the A500's successor, the A510, is now available. This is more of an incremental update to the A500, as it packs the NVIDIA's powerhouse quad-core Tegra 3 superchip, but the majority of the other specs are nearly identical to its predecessor.

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Pop quiz: How long does it take for a new version of Android to be widely adopted? A new version of Android comes out, AOSP updates, OEMs adapt it to a myriad of devices, and carriers test the updates. That process. How long does it take?

It's a tough question to answer, mostly because Google doesn't provide data like that. The official site shows a 6 month version history, and that's it.

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If you're on the Sprint network, and you're thinking about upgrading to the Galaxy Nexus, you might want to hold off for a bit. Some users in Sprint's forums are reporting that they are unable to connect to Sprint's 3G data network, instead only able to get data via WiFi. Ouch.

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Said one user, who attached the above screenshot:

I've attached a screen shot from RF Signal Tracker.

It shows EVDO-A is available and a "Network State" of "CONNECTING"

Every now and then it will get a data connection and the network state changes to CONNECTED, but that will only last for a few seconds.  It doesn't matter if I'm in an area with 2bars or 5 bars, same results.  I've tried toggling all of the differnt options under Mobile Networks.

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