Week in Review 14 – 20 November 2011 @PocketDroid


 The weekend has arrived, so did this week’s weekly review, the Week in Review @PocketDroid.

We started this week with an article about a new blurry image of the upcoming LG Nitro HD that appeared. Here’s what we said about that:

At the end of last week a press render appeared online showing off what is going to be LG Nitro HD (LG Optimus LTE) for AT&T carrier.

The start of a new week brings a new leaked image with the same Android smartphone Nitro HD, but this time its a real-life shot and not a render. Read more 

We informed you that the HTC Rezound finally went on sale. Here’s a cut from the article:

One of the most awaited HTC devices of 2011 is HTC Rezound (Vigor) with Beats Audio finally reaches shelves. The phone is now available from Verizon Wireless at $299.99 for a two-year agreement or at full retail price of $649.99. Full article 

The same day, we heard some breaking news: Google released the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich source! Here’s a cut from the story:

While rumors was flying over almost all online press media if the source code of Android 4.0 will be released by November 17th or not, i guess we got an answer today from Google.

The source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for anyone to download at Android Open-Source Project git servers. This is probably the best news for developers in the last few months isn’t it? I bet many of you guys are extremely impatient about it. You need to know that this source code is the same with the one on the upcoming Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Full story 

The next day, LG announced the highly-anticipated Gingerbread update for one of their best smartphones, the LG Optimus 3D. Here’s a paragraph from the article:

LG Electronics officially announced a new upgrade developed for LG Optimus 3D (Android 2.3 Gingerbread) which will include new and improved features such as enhanced networkspeed, better 3D experience and improved multimedia functions. Click for full article 

Later, Sony Ericsson confirmed that they will treat all of their phones in the Xperia 2011 lineup with the latest Android release, that’s Ice-Cream Sandwich. In our words:

Sony Ericsson confirms what everyone already knew, that the company prepares an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system for its entire line-up of Xperia devices launched in 2011. Well at least now its official, right? Read more

We heard that the CyanogenMod team started working on CyanogenMod 9. Here’s the story in short:

Now that the source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available, Cyanogen team announced on Twitter that they are starting work on CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) project.

You will probably wondering why not CM8, well because that version was reserved for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a version which Google doesn’t plan to make the source codeavailable and everyone probably knows why (the OS is pretty unstable and not many app developers interested developing apps for it). Full story 

The Samsung Galaxy Note was officialy released in Romania. Here’s a small part from the article:

Announced last month October 27th in London (see the whole event), Samsung GALAXY Note is the next BIG thing from the South Korean handset maker

Last night in Bucharest, Hotspot Internetics held the official launch event of  Samsung GALAXY Note in Romania, as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour. See full article with images 

And last but not least, Samsung Galaxy S2 and LG Optimus 3D got their first Android ICS custom ROMs! Here’s what we said about that:

A few days after Google release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code first custom ROM’s surface online for Samsung GALAXY S II and LG Optimus 3D.

A race against clock has started the day Google made the source code of Android 4.0 available, freelance developers already started working on custom ROM’s in their bedroom, at work and anywhere else where there is a WiFi connection. At this rate we are estimating over 10-20 Android devices to receive the frist custom ROM based on the Ice Cream Sandwich source code in the next couple of weeks. Full story 

That was all for this episode of our famous weekly review folks. Please stay tuned to PocketDroid, in order to be the first one to know the latest about smartphones!