Week in Review @PocketDroid (01.10 – 07.10)


And here we are again, with another iteration of the Week in Review @PocketDroid week review!

CyanogenMod, the most popular aftermarket ROM received a built-in updater:

One has to be most ignorant in the Android scene, when CyanogenMod doesn’t ring any bell. Some will say ‘saved by the bell,’ because CyanogenMod ROMs brought their devices to new life.

The custom ROMs used to come with Koushik Dutta‘s ROM-Manager pre-installed. With ROM-Manager you can search, download and flash all kind of ROMs by supported developers.

Last week, CM silently released a build-in ROM updater of their own, which is in fact an unofficial app for CM. The feature already occurred in current CyanMobile ROMs for Nexus One and Nexus S. For CM there used to be a one that goes back to version 5.0.1 in 2009. Available for CM9 and CM10

Verizon Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.9 received the long-awaited ICS update:

Android 4.0 updates for both the Droid XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 are rolling out bringing standard ICS changes to the platform.

Jelly Bean has been released for a decent amount of time so it’s sad to not see an update straight to Jelly Bean but we can’t complain too much considering most devices haven’t gotten the bump themselves yet. How’s the update treating you? Tell us in the comments!

HTC One X+ was officially announced, featuring a beefier CPU, Jellybean and an upgraded battery:

In the first quarter of 2012 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC announced the ONE series which includes three handsets among which current flagship smartphone – HTC One X.  Fast forward to today (eight months later) Taiwanese manufacturer thinks it is time for an upgraded version of its top dog.

Today HTC has announced the HTC One X+, the refresh model of One X sporting a more powerfull Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, better LTE speeds, a 2100 mAh battery which is up to %50 better and Android 4.1 JellyBean OS with HTC Sense 4+ UI. Available from November

The first LTE phones hit the UK market:

Today marked the arrival of LTE (or 4G) to english mobile shops with the launch of Britain’s first 4G Android phones: the Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE all of which are launching on Orange and T-Mobile today.

EE (Everything Everywhere) will be launching the UK‘s first 4G network in 15 cities by the end of the year and will expand to the rest of the country as time goes on. It is believed that they will throw the switch in a matter of weeks. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to join them later

TomTom navigation found its way to Android:

Once upon a time, TomTom was the stand-alone navigation-tool, not only selling TomTom branded devices, but also selling it’s data to other manufacturers. With the rise of smartphones coming with navigation, such as Google Maps with Navigation and the excellent Navigation on Nokia deveices for example, TomTom soon lost it’s leading position. Being available for Palm devices could not save TT, as Palm got caught by the rise of the smartphone too.

The app for iOS already existed for quite some time, and now it has landed on Android. Remarkable, the app isn’t complete: it does not support the newer Android devices, because of their high resolution. Well, in fact, it’s not that remarkable, for TomTom has never been in need for such high resolution. Support for higher resolutions is on it’s way, of course, but no ETA has been given. Comes for a hefty price

We reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

I’ve been waiting since June to upgrade my phone, and because (for some unknown reason), Apple decided to move the launch of the iPhone to September/October, I had a while to wait. In the mean time, we got the Google Nexus 7 Tablet (which I reviewed here). This gave me my first taste of Android