Android Overload: Sony Xperia Z kernel source available, Canadian Bell Galaxy S2 to receive Jelly Bean, and more


The Android Overload is where we feature the biggest news stories from throughout the day (see above video), as well as stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our front page. But just because they weren’t featured doesn’t mean they aren’t worth taking a look at. In fact, there’s almost always a little something here for everyone. So, take a look around and let us know if you find anything of interest.

  • Would it have been smarter for OUYA to go with Google TV, instead of dedicated gaming console? [GTVSource]
  • William Shatner’s official “Shatoetry” app is now available for Android. [Google Play]
  • Grudger now available in the Play Store for the introductory price of $1.50. [Google Play]
  • Archos Video Player now available in the Play Store for free (ad supported). [Google Play]
  • MEGA cloud client for Android now available. Makes uploading and management easy peasy. [Google Play]
  • ROM Manager updated in the Play Store. Brings bug fixes and support for “delta downloads” (ROM updates). [Google Play]
  • Sony Xperia Z kernel source released, and the phone isn’t even out yet. [SonyMobile]
  • Google Play slip up sends “personal” information to developers. Devs can now track down users who left them bad reviews. [ZDnet]
  • Latest WhatsApp build features a revamped “Holo” UI. Coming soon to the Play Store. [Reddit]
  • Canadian Samsung Galaxy S2 on Bell to receive Jelly Bean in the coming days. [Facebook]
  • Google countersues British Telecom over networking patents. [CNET]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I have a physical home button on my Optimus L9, and I gotta say I really don’t like it. I can’t understand what these manufacturers are thinking with this. Who is working there that actually thinks it’s a good idea? I’m not sure I’m sold on the on screen buttons either. I have them on my N7 and they don’t get in the way a whole lot, but its a giant screen compared to a phone.

    1. So what exactly do you want? Since all buttons irk you.

      1. Talk to my 2 year old – he LOVES any kind of buttons and switches, physical or on-screen. Calculator is a favorite game on his tablet.

    2. i am looking at the L9, besides the home button do you like the phone?

  2. Yay for the whatsapp update!

    One of my most frequently used apps… this too will, like the others, have a holo ui :D

    1. I’m hoping this puts the heat on Kik to finally revamp there’s as well :)

      1. what the heck is a Kik?

        Okay, googled it and just another messenger app… it big with the people around you? Does it have any special features? Because here in the Netherlands (and I think most in europe) Whatsapp is THE messenging app (kinda like how ‘everyone’ has a FB account, everyone has whatsapp)

  3. I only said I wasn’t completely sold on the on screen buttons, not that they irk me. I am merely a little worried about the possibility of them getting in the way on a phone. And I certainly never said ALL buttons irk me. I’m perfectly fine with the three capacitive buttons that aren’t on screen.

    Besides the home button, which by no means ruins the phone, the L9 is amazing. I love it. Best phone you could possibly get for $200 or less.

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