Android News Weekly Update

Welcome to the third edition of the Droid Den's Android News Weekly Update Article, where you can find snippets of Android News from the past week. So let's get cracking.

Motorola Show off the new RAZR

Motorola gave us a look at their RAZR reboot and I have to say I am impressed. It has some amazing specs and is amazingly thin at only 7.1mm at its thinnest point. It's also got the same processor as the Galaxy Nexus (OMAP 4460) clocked at 1.2GHz. It also has a qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display and has what Motorola is calling 'Splash Guard'. For full details about the phone read on here.

EA and Samsung bring Deadspace to Android this Autumn

Looks like EA and Samsung are planning to up the game when it comes to Android games. I liked Dead Space when it came out on PC and I like horror films/games. Reports seem to suggest that this looks amazing on high-end Android devices. I can't wait to see the potential of Android devices pushed to its limits when this comes out.

To read more about the Samsung/Google Event skip past the break!

Google Show off Android 4.0 and Unveil the Galaxy Nexus

This week we got an in-depth look of Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus. Both look very impressive and if like me you love Android (or just the latest in mobile technology), read up on Android 4.0. It has a lot of nice UI changes which is now heavily influenced by the holographic UI from honeycomb with very impressive updates. There is now a new in-house developed font throughout the whole system named 'Roboto' and the whole UI has been given a good dose of gesture support. To find out more watch the full event video below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts5WBm0tXzI&w=560&h=315]

Other than looking great the Galaxy Nexus packs a punch when it comes to its specifications. It has got:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich)
  • 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 Processor
  • 4.65-inch 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED
  • 5MP AF Camera on the back with zero shutter lag (less than 1 second)
  • 1080p recording at 30 fps
  • 1.3MP Forward Facing for video calls and face detection to unlock the device
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB Internal Memory
  • 1750 mAh battery
  • 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_ke3rxopc&w=560&h=315]

One of the interesting aspects is the 5MP camera with stunning 1080p video and even more impressive photos confirming once and for all that megapixel is not the only aspect to consider when it comes to cameras. The inclusion of a barometer was a strange one but Google explains that it helps with GPS tracking as it calculates the altitude of the phone. This used to depend on cellphone towers but the inclusion of a barometer should speed things up.

Andy Rubin says that Google are 'close' to introducing Music Purchases

Google are finally "close" to releasing their much-anticipated Google Music store. Andy Rubin, at the AsiaD Conference, says that it won't be just another iTunes but it will have "a little twist - a little Google in it." There is no hint on what the twist may be but my guess would be subscription based music purchasing as well as buying individual songs. The New York Times claims that Google are close finalising deals with the major U.S. record labels for their services. Rumours are that it will include Google+ support from the off and released in Q4 of 2011.

That's it for this weeks Android News Update. I hope you guys like it. Leave feedback in the comments section below and let me know if anything I should add or change something to the format. Have a great week guys!