Google I/O is coming and we already expect a bevy of Android related announcements. Furthermore, rumours of a Google-branded Android tablet have been swirling around for some time now, and last month a benchmark report indicated that the 7-inch tablet would be manufactured by Asus.
According to a leaked internal training document, recently uncovered by Gizmodo Australia, the Google tablet will indeed be manufactured by Asus and will feature the following specs:
7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 and a 178-degree viewing angle
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
nVidia GeForce 12-core GPU
1GB of RAM
8GB or 16GB of internal storage
1.2 MP front-facing camera, no rear camera
NFC with Google Wallet
Battery life estimated at 9 hours
Aside from the specs, which are quite impressive, there are two pieces of news that are especially interesting.
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.
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.
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.
Come one, come all [Google I/O attendees] - the official I/O app is now available in the Play Store. It includes maps, event schedules, the conference agenda, and detailed information about all sorts of devvystuff. Oh, and this year you can play back various "I/O Live" talks and events straight to your 3.0+ tablet. Awesome. In addition, Google will be open sourcing the whole app once I/O has ended.
I want to ask everyone a question - well, everyone who owns an Android tablet, that is - how often do you instinctively reach for it, as opposed to your phone or laptop? I don't care what the reason is, I'm just genuinely curious how much of a "tweener" role your Android tablet has taken in your life. And after you read this editorial, share that story with me in the comments, because I'd really like to have a discussion with people on this.
Many users, upon booting up their brand new EVO LTEs over the past few weeks, were confused to find that Google Wallet would stick in the "adding prepaid card" dialogue, often returning an error message which encouraged users to try again later. It soon became apparent that this issue was limited to the EVO LTE, as it was discovered that modifying the device's build.prop to identify as a Galaxy Nexus returned the app to full functionality.
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):
NOOK Color (encore)
myTouch 4G (glacier)
myTouch 3G Slide (espresso)
Incredible 2 (vivow)
Droid Eris (desirec)
myTouch T 4G (e739)
Optimus Sol (e730)
Optimus Hub (e510)
Optimus Pro (c660)
Droid 2 (Global)
Galaxy S (galaxy smtd/sbmtd)
Galaxy SII (AT&T and international)
Nexus S/4G (Crespo/4G)
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)
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.
Kokak, the developer behind the Android port of Doom GLES, has brought another iconic game to Android devices everywhere, recently releasing Heretic GLES to Google's Play Store. As fans of old-school gaming would hope, Heretic GLES (like its Doom counterpart) supports physical controls on the Xperia Play or your keyboard or gamepad.
For those unfamiliar with the iconic FPS, Heretic challenges players to fight through hoards of undead monsters, find the gateway to Hell's Maw, and seal the portal through which the undead have sprung, going on to face off against D'Sparil who (along with two others) has been wreaking havoc by effectively disabling the seven kings of Parthoris.