Week in Review @PocketDroid (09.07 – 15.07)


We had a very busy week over at PocketDroid, and we are ready to share the most important articles of the week with you!

Samsung released the kernel sources for the Verizon Galaxy S3. Here are our thoughts about that:

After OEMs release an Android smartphone, according to the GPL, they are obligated to release the kernel source in 9 weeks. Some manufacturers release it sonner, others later, but they all fulfill their obligation.

Samsung is one of the fastest OEMs to release source code for their new devices, and they’ve just proved that today, when they released the source for the Verizon Galaxy S3. This is a big treat for developers, but still, the VZW Galaxy S3 has a locked bootloader, but that won’t stop the bright developers to develop high quality ROMs and kernels.

Google pushed the sources of Android Jellybean to AOSP. Here are some of our initial impressions:

As we updated earlier today, The most anticipated wait has now come to an end. TheAndroid 4.1 Code Named “Jellybean” Source Code has been released to AOSP (AndroidOpen Source Project). As announced by Android‘s Open Source Tech lead Jean-Baptiste Queru earlier today, The binaries for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now available at theGoogle Developers Page. Read more

AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket received official ICS update. In our words:

Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket was one of the last of the Galaxy S2 family to release anICSupdate. Samsung finally did it, with the latest update for the Skyrocket, which updates it to Android 4.0.4. It’s been a while since the last leak in March, but your wait may be worth it, because Samsung ironed out all of the bugs in the preview release. Full story

CyanogenMod released a video preview of the upcoming CyanogenMod 10. Here’s the article:

CM team have released a video of the CM 10 ROM in action. The video is mainly intended to show that the functions carried out by the Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.1.1 can be done on other devices. CM team also requests viewers not to pester the team with questions as of now as the ROM is still very much a work in progress. As evident from thevideo, Google Now is not working indicating that a lot of work is yet to be done on theROM. Check out the CyanogenMod Google+ page. Watch the preview 

Google released a full changelog for Android 4.1 Jellybean. Here’s more info on that:

After a new version of Android is released, it’s pretty reasonable to expect a changelog for that particular version. And when it’s a professional company as Google that we’re talking about, you cannot expect less. Google released a full changelog for their latest and greatest iteration of Android yet – 4.1 Jellybean.

Some would say: ‘We know everything about what’s new in Jellybean, so why wouldGoogle release a changelog?’. And they would be right up to a point. There’s nothing that we don’t know in the changelog. Read more