Week in Review @PocketDroid (09.04 – 15.04)


And here we are again, to bring you the latest and greatest news of the past week!

Google updated their Android Emulator, now with better hardware support. In our words:

The Android emulators are instrumental for developers developing apps. It allows for testing of the applications on the PC rather than on phones which most upcoming developers struggle to afford. The emulator has been difficult to update these days with all the growing power and diversity of Android devices.

Google have announced several significant improvements to the emulator, including a dramatic performance upgrade and support for a broader range of hardware features, notably sensors and multi-finger input. See how it runs! 

LG Optimus 4X has been put through some benchmark tests. Here’s what we said about that:

LGMobile is awfully quiet lately. We havent heard from them in a while, actually sinceMobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, where the Korean vendor introduced  a bunch of new Optimus devices, including flagship quad-core Tegra 3 – LGOptimus 4XHD. See the results 

Asus Transformer Pad was released, priced at $349. Here’s a paragraph from the article:

ASUS might not have as many tablets as Samsung but with its Transformer Series (TF700T, 370T and Pad 300) it certainly can get close. All these tablets pack heavy specs to cause Samsung damage and ASUS will be depending heavily on each product to deliver.

The Transformer TF700T is basically a Transformer Prime with a 1920×1200 display. But the Pad 300 is a slightly cheaper version of the Transformer Prime with a smaller screen size and thicker frame being the two concessions. Optional physical keyboard available 

HTC announced three Desire models for the Chinese market. Here’s a cut from the story:

HTC have dedicated three Desire models to the Chinese market and no they aren’t renamed HTC Ones.The HTC Desire VT T328t, VC T328d, and V T328w all have similar specs and features, but will be launched separately on China’s three largest cellular providers. Refreshingly, all three will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0 at launch. All the phones will run on a 4.0 inch 800 x 600 screen, with a 1.0 GHz processor and 512Mb RAM. These devices are on par with the HTC One V, specs-wise. Although they are going to have a larger screen and will also sport a 5 MP camera and Beats Audio. Full story 

Sony released the much-anticipated Android 4.0.3 updates to their Xperia 2011 lineup. In other words:

I guess Friday 13th doesnt turned out to be that bad after all, as Sony starts pushing out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software update today. Initially the update is available for Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray owned by customers in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway (Northern European countries). See if your device got the update