Week in Review @PocketDroid (13.5 – 19.5)


pocketdroid week in reviewSony announced Xperia ZR in Japan:

Today, Sony Mobile introduced on its local market, in Japan the Sony Xperia ZR which packs a 4.6 HD Reality display which is equipped with Mobile BRAVIA engine 2. The phone is certified as water and dust resistant (which means you can keep it underwater up until 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes) and it also feature a 13 megapixel camera on the back with the well-known Exmor RS sensor and HDR, 3 megapixel camera on the front, comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB RAM and last but not least the operating system which is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Get a close look

NVIDIA put the Shield up for pre-orders:

We haven’t heard about the NVIDIA Shield (it’s not “Project Shield” anymore) for a long time, mainly due to NVIDIA keeping the finalization of the device quiet. But don’t despair, as we have great news for you – NVIDIA is launching the pre-orders for the Shield on May 20 in USA and Canada, which will start shipping in late June. Gives a bang for the buck

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition was introduced at Google I/O:

A few minutes ago we’ve been teased with what will be the most wanted smartphone on the market this year, the Google Galaxy S4 or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, because, as Hugo Barra presented it on stage at Google I/O 2013, the phone will benefit of Nexus devices experiences running a stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version, plus users who will own this device will enjoy software updates the way Nexus owners does. Comes bundled with LTE support and microSD card slot

ZTE announced the Grand X2:

At MedPi conference in Monaco yesterday, ZTE Corp introduced its latest flagship device ZTE Grand X2 In smartphone featuring the Intel Atom processor Z2580 with up to 2GHz, Android Jelly Bean OS, an advanced 8MP camera and 1080p movie and video playback. The new flagship device ZTE Grand X2 In provides high quality experience for the demanding and value conscious user. Key specs

Sony Xperia UL a.k.a. “Gaga” popped out in a bunch of pictures:

Sony Xperia UL codename Gaga has been revealed back in March, packing a 5 inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, but we havent seen it until today.  Thanks to GSMInsider who got in possession of a few Sony Xperia UL photos, we can now take a peek at this 5 inch smartphone or should I say phablet. Captured from all angles

Sony Xperia Tablet Z got treated with CyanogenMod 10.1 RC2:

At the end of the week Sony Mobile announced the release of AOSP source for the Xperia Z tablet and just hours later it was already running a CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly version as codeworkx (Daniel Hillenbrand) showed it booting up on the device. Get the build