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17
Jun
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Welcome back to another edition of the Android Police Week In Review. It's like news inception. You can also catch a lot of these stories on our weekly podcast - available here, and broadcasting live every Thursday at 5:00 PM PST.

Hardware Reviews

16
Jun
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It seems Motorola is having a tough time keeping its upcoming releases under wraps. First, a press shot of the Dinara (believed to be the Atrix 3) was leaked, and now somebody grabbed a shot of an unannounced Motorola device heading to Sprint.

Similar to the Dinara leak, the device seems to be running a fairly light version of Motorola's custom skin. While some icons are changed it appears that the Android 4.0 launcher remains mostly intact.

15
Jun
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Those of you who have been waiting for a stable Android 2.3.7 build for your device from CyanogenMod are in luck - the first stable CyanogenMod 7.2 builds have just been released for an absolute slew of devices. For those who don't feel like decoding all the code-names for themselves, here's a handy list of supported devices (at the time of writing – more devices are being added):

Barnes&Noble

  • NOOK Color (encore)

HTC

  • Hero CDMA
  • myTouch 4G (glacier)
  • myTouch 3G Slide (espresso)
  • Desire (bravo)
  • Desire HD
  • Tattoo (click)
  • Wildfire (buzz)
  • Incredible (inc)
  • Incredible 2 (vivow)
  • Droid Eris (desirec)

LG

  • myTouch T 4G (e739)
  • Optimus Sol (e730)
  • Optimus Hub (e510)
  • Optimus Pro (c660)

Motorola

  • Droid 2 (Global)

Samsung

  • Galaxy S (galaxy smtd/sbmtd)
  • Galaxy SII (AT&T and international)
  • Fascinate
  • Nexus S/4G (Crespo/4G)
  • Galaxy Ace

Sony Ericsson

  • Xperia Pro MK16 (iyokan)
  • Xperia Neo (Hallon)
  • Live w/ Walkman (coconut)
  • Xperia Arc (Anzu)
  • Xperia Ray (urushi)
  • Xperia Play (zeus)
  • Xperia Mini/Pro (smultron/mango)

ZTE

  • Blade

Arcee notes in a post to the CyanogenMod blog that 7.2 brings a few backported ICS features and a few important bug fixes to a list of devices which includes 20 more than the list of 7.1 recipients.

15
Jun
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14
Jun
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In a Bluetooth SIG listing (a trade certification group), LG has officially confirmed the existence of the E970 and LS970. The former is possibly headed for AT&T (it has AT&T GSM and LTE bands - which could mean Rogers as well) and is packing a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Krait chip, complete with the latest Adreno 320 GPU goes toe-for-toe with the Galaxy SIII in GLBencmark. The 1280x768 resolution is something of an oddity - why the extra 48 pixels?

13
Jun
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After multiple delays, it looks like Max Payne Mobile has finally come to Android, just in time for Rockstar's latest release date promise. Before we publish our full-on review tomorrow, it's worth taking a moment to get a quick look at the much-anticipated game's Android iteration.

The game, which bears the original's award-winning title, follows the story of, you guessed it – Max Payne. Max is a fugitive cop, running both from the police and the mob.

13
Jun
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First, Smule turned speech into music (and pontifications into pop) with Songify, and now the developer is looking to get into the instrument-emulation side of Android music apps.

Indeed, Magic Piano, another popular iOS Smule app that has now made its way to Android, lays out a series of dots which you have to tap in tune to your favorite song (assuming it's in Smule's inventory, of course).

So, is it as cool as it sounds?

12
Jun
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NFC is one of those odd features that everybody wants in their phone, but few people are sure how they'll use it yet. Payments systems are slow to catch on and Beam functionality requires a friend with an NFC phone and a need to share data that isn't easier to share via the internet. Samsung, who is quick to note it has the largest NFC-enabled userbase, aims to change that with TecTiles: NFC tags that you can program to perform tasks when you place your phone near them.

12
Jun
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LG has never been a company particularly well-known for its smartphones. And the occasional notoriety the company has received for its Android-powered hardware has rarely been positive. The original Ally, for example, despite its Iron Man-marketing and substantial launch hype, turned out to be an unremarkable, painfully slow phone. The next handset from LG to attract much attention (in the US, at least) was the G2X (or Optimus 2X, internationally). It too failed to gain much in the way of critical acclaim, and customers found the phone laden with major usability bugs.

11
Jun

As promised by LG back in May, its top of the line quad-core Optimus 4X HD is now seeing release in Europe. First seen at MWC in February, this is set to take on the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X for the favor of powerhouse-craving phone shoppers throughout the continent. The device is now available for purchase from Amazon DE in either black or white, both close to the €500 mark.

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