I'm convinced that April 22, 2012 will forever be recognized as one of the most Android-packed day of all time. Why, you ask? Because that's the day that the day that Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper, and LG Optimus Elite will be available, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 and ASUS Transformer Pad 300. Looks like AT&T didn't want to be left out, so it announced this morning that its version of the HTC One X would be available for pre-order on that very day for $199, with a release date set for May 6th (which lines up with previous rumors - good job, Best Buy!).
Info about the Transformer Pad 300's availability has been slowly showing up more and more often over the past few weeks. Now, thanks to Amazon, we have all of the last bits of information that we needed about this powerhouse-in-a-plastic-body device, including price and release date.
It's the third-ish week of the month, so you know what time is: time for new Verizon LTE markets. This month, Big Red decided to go big by activating LTE in 27 new markets on April 19th. Not only that, but it's expanding current LTE coverage in 44 additional markets. Without further ado, here's that monstrous list:
- Auburn and Tuscaloosa, AL
- Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs, and Van Buren, AR
- Brunswick, LaGrange, and Macron/Warner Robins, GA
- Peoria, IL
- Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, IN
- Salisbury, MD
- Cattaraugus/Allegany, NY
- Sandusky, OH
- Ardmore and Ponca City, OK
- Salem/Albany/Corvallis, OR
- Pierre, SD
- Big Springs and Tyler, TX
- Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
- Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, CA
- Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
- Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
- Boise/Nampa, ID
- Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, IL
- Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN
- Des Moines, IA
- Boston and Worcester, MA
- Detroit, MI
Do you remember the small anticlimactic device dubbed the LG Optimus Elite that we told you about a few weeks ago? Well, Sprint and LG just made this little guy official. Here's a look at the official spec sheet:
5MP rear shooter
This thing may have been "Elite" two years ago.
With specs like that, you probably expect this device to be free, eh?
We know you don't always have time to read up on the latest Android stories every day - we can barely keep up ourselves at times. So, deep in the bowels of the Android Police test labs, we came up with a solution: bringing you all of the last week's important news in one convenient location. We call it the Android Police Week In Review - and you can also catch most of the news contained here in our weekly podcast (check it out, here).
Let's be honest: Android tablets didn't really get off to a great (or timely) start. After the iPad was introduced, Samsung rushed the original Galaxy Tab 7 out the door as a response, and while it wasn't bad on its own merit, it came nowhere close to the iPad.
Like with the Burst, the process is ridiculously easy. In order to root the device, however, you'll need a couple of things:
- Pantech drivers (for Windows)
- Working ADB and Fastboot
- ClockworkMod Recovery and insecure boot image
Once you have that taken care of, navigate to where you downloaded CWM and the insecure boot image, extract the folder, and launch a command prompt (shift+ right click > open command window here; Note: this doesn't work in Windows 7's libraries - you must be in the actual folder).
Archos may not make the most headlines for its series of mid-range tablets, but occasionally, one of them deserves a mention. The Archos 101 G9 is a strong contender for your money if you're on a tight budget. The savants among you may want to hold off for a Galaxy Note 10.1, or whatever Google is cooking up for its tablet line. Still, with prices starting at $270 for the 8" 8GB version to $330 for the 10" 8GB version, it's difficult to ignore.
It's podcast time - this week Matt, Bob, Cameron, Artem, myself, and our newest presenter Liam Spradlin all talk about things that have at least some tangential relation to Android. In this week's episode, we talk Nook GlowTouch, EVO 4G LTE, and upgrade fees. Check out the covered content in the outline below, and scroll to the bottom of the page for Soundcloud and RSS subscription info to listen.
- Carrier 411
Everyone screws up at some point in life, but when a company as big as Sprint puts up a front-page banner showing a completely different, highly anticipated phone in place of one that's over a year old, we're going to have no choice but bring it up. And maybe even point the finger. Like so:
I'm sure we all wish the Nexus S 4G looked like that, but that is most definitely not it.