Android Overload: Galaxy S II receiving OTA updates, Tegra 3 for next Nexus, and more


Hello, weekend. It’s been an exciting week in the world of Android as Google’s annual I/O developer conference came and went, complete with new Android versions, Google Music and Movies, and plenty more. Things are finishing off with the release of the Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon tomorrow. Below find a few more snippets to get you through the rest of this Friday.

  • Long Awaited Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD Hits The Android Market
  • PlayOn offers a great alternative for Android users who can’t download Netflix app
  • The Galaxy S II has gotten a series of bite-sized OTA updates.
  • HTC has released source code for the DROID Incredible 2, Wildfire S and the Desire HD.
  • Walmart has the T-Mobile G2x and Sidekick 4G on sale. [TMoNews]
  • Sony isn’t concerned about low PSOne game sales for the Xperia Play [Android Community]
  • Those Google I/O Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units apparently are having a hard time connecting to Macs and Windows machines alike. [Engadget]
  • NVIDIA CEO hints at Tegra 3 for the next Nexus handset.
Chris Chavez
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  1.  NVIDIA CEO hints at Tegra 3 for the next Nexus handset.

    Shut up! and take my money already! 

    1. Amen to that brother!!!
      Best news in weeks (Yes, better than all of the Google I/O news)

      what we know/speculate so far of the Nexus 3:

      -Ice cream Sandwich (ICS)
      -Tegra 3
      -Front facing Camera (since the demo featuring the auto-zoom on the speaker is prolly being used in front facing camera’s and it was to be released in ICS)
      -Will be released in Q4 2011 (as ICS is planned for that quarter and like 2.1 and 2.3, ICS will first be released on a Nexus device)

      1.  Since the Nexus S had a Front facing camera why wouldn’t the Nexus 3 have it then? :P

        1. nexus one had led notification light, a SD card slot, why didn’t the nexus S? 

          1.  With iPhone pushing a front facing camera as a selling point on their handset, and it becoming a standard, I think it’s safe to say it’s probably going to have one. xD 

          2. Thats what I said initailly. Seeing as that is one of the selling points of Ice cream sandwich (the auto-focus-on-the-person-who-is-talking function) And the N3 will debut with Ice cream sandwich….In my second post I just wanted to make clear that not everything the previous nexus has will neccesarily be present in the latest nexus. That wasn’t a post to say that it wont have a FFcamera

    2. Me too! Although, maybe I should wait and see who the manufacturer is and which carrier they make it for.

      1. Yeah, I’m particularly concerned about the carrier. I love Tmo, but hate AT&T. I doubt they’ll got with Tmo at this point. Will Google really go with the Android-wary, non-customer service friendly AT&T? (I’m thinking this is most likely at this point) I REALLY want the next Nexus phone. Do got with the hated AT&T in order to get it? Hmm…

        1. i bought a nexus s and love it best andoid  phone ive had period i would get a nexus 3 in a heart beat!!!

      2. If not T-Mobile, my first instinct would be Sprint. They’ve been a bit slow to adopt the Nexus S, but still faster than any other network in the US.  Only thing is that would exclude developers from anywhere else, so I still think a T-Mobile version will come out first.

    3. I wanted the SGS2 but now I’m gonna wait for this monster, I really hope it’s a good phone with the T3 SoC :D 

  2.  Nexus 3 with Tegra 3 and a game center?

    1.  Now we’re talking!

  3. “Those Google I/O Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units apparently are having a
    hard time connecting to Macs and Windows machines alike.”

    Seriously, why do people keep trying to connect their devices to their computers (other than development)? That’s what the cloud is for! (and don’t say music. That’s what Google Music is for, and everyone at I/O got an invite)

    1. The worst part about that idiotic story done by Engadget was the fact that every attendee that got the Tab 10.1 also got a card telling them to go to the Samsung download site and get the software that needed. Furthermore those morons at Engadget are just plain clothes people going to a conference for developers. A dev would use his tools in the Android SDK to get access to the internal storage. Even more is the audacity of these idiots to complain about getting something for free.

      1.  As soon as I saw that story on Engadget I knew it was going to be a big iTroll fest. At least someone knows what they’re talking about. 

  4.  WOW! Tegra 3 already for the NEXT Nexus…I hope it comes out soon though. Im itching at that new GS2

    1.   It’s kind of tricky..
      We don’t really know if the Nexus 3 will have a quad core processor, or a dualcore (same thing they did with the Nexus S).
      Because then you might as well get a GS2…
      I’m waiting anyway.

  5. I’m hoping the Tegra 3 will be in a GoogleTV Nexus version … please

  6.  Im guessing the manufacturer is LG this time around or maybe Sharp would be a great way to re-enter the smartphone game for them.

    1.  I think Google picks them after they’ve already proven themselves that they can make a high tech device. LG did it with the Optimus 2X/G2X by being the first with a dual core, but for example Soy Ericsson hasn’t proved they can do the same so far. Maybe in 2012 it will be SE. As for Sharp, we aren’t even hearing anything about them, so very unlikely they’d go with them.

  7.  Lol theres a couple of trolls that owe me money saying quad core is not coming to nexus. Great news hopefully Google spreads the love in all carriers, all thats left is verizon. 

  8. What’s the excuse that the manufacturers, such as htc, use when asked why they take so long to release the source codes for their phones?

    1. Oh yeah, HTC took 6 months to release the source for Desire HD. That’s quite a lot of time.

      1.  Actually that is. 6 months is an eternity for devs.

  9. Thank god, if Google released another Nexus a generation behind in hardware compared to Android’s Q1 releases it would’ve been a total disaster, without Gingerbread the Nexus S would’ve dead on arrival and its days were already numbered comming out of the gate. At least this Nexus will be worth buying with Tegra 3, Ice Cream and a manufacturer that hopefully doesn’t use cheap ass plastic in its hand sets like Samsung. LG would be frickin’ amazing.

  10. 5 row Keyboard on new Nexus phone please. If it ends up not having one, I’ll be looking at other phones.

    And don’t tell me “but onscreen keyboards are fine!”. They suck. Period.

    1. Considering none of the Nexus phones thus far have had one, I’m betting against a keyboard on this one too. I don’t even use keyboards anymore for the most part. I usually use voice to text. 

      1. I just hope it does have a keyboard. Voice to text doesn’t work well with me. Might be my accent or something.

        1. You can hope, but it isn’t going to. 

          1. You act like you’ve seen the device.

  11. Hi guys,

    Found this, but what is it?


  12. Hi guys,

    Found this, but am not sure if this could be a new phone…


    1. Nope. A) That isn’t even a phone, it’s just a rendering. B) The Nexus phones are supposed to be straight off the shelf Android. C) Many have theorized that Google is rotating the manufacturing responsibility for the Nexus. So if true, that means the next one will not be HTC. 

  13.  Oh god i hope HTC makes this one, and with an improved screen, if so i’ll be first in line for it

  14.  Tegra 3 seems to conflict with AMOLED in some way, because Samsung has it’s own CPU’s and until now only Samsung makes the AMOLED’s we know…I’d love Google to add wireless charging and NFC to Galaxy S 2 and make it the next Nexus… that would be enough for me to trade my Nexus One.

    1. I don’t know about the Tegra 3, but Tegra 2 seems to be working fine with amoled since SGS2 i shipped with it in some countries! 

  15. “NVIDIA CEO hints at Tegra 3 for the next Nexus handset.”

    Does he? The transcript in the link does not mention Nexus anything, or did I miss it? The closest I can find is this:

    “But we’re working very closely with Google on Ice Cream Sandwich, and
    it’s a very important new generation of operating system based on
    starting from the Honeycomb base and I’m expecting it to be really
    terrific. And so we’re working very closely with the Google team, and
    Tegra will be surely be wonderful for Ice Cream when it comes.”

    1. i was just going to mention this, I went thru the whole article there is ZERO mention of a nexus 3 or any specific handset NVIDIA is working on.   While i hope it happens, this does not confirm anything

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