Droid Weekly 10/14/12: LG Nexus 4, Android 4.1.2, Padfone 2, HTC, Sprint and More!

Featured: Samsung Galaxy Music becomes official

This week Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Music, a 3-inch music device with only 512MB of RAM. The device also has speak above and below the screen, hints the reason why it's called the Galaxy Music. So it's not a high-end device but definitely something you could get for your teenagers.

Featured: Microsoft Office 2013 Coming To Android This Spring

We've heard rumors about Microsoft bringing their Office suite to Android and other mobile platforms, but it looks like it could become a reality this Spring. Microsoft just put the finishing touches on Office 2013 about a week ago and released it to Manufacturers, so we'll probably start seeing it available around March.

Featured: New York City-based Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch happening October 24th

Samsung started sending out invites to an event on October 24th in New York City, now of course we know it's the Galaxy Note 2 since it's on the invite. So we are expecting to see more details about release dates, pricing, colors, sizes, etc., for our favorite US carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.

Featured: Galaxy S III Mini Now Officially, Official; Galaxy S III Style That's Kind to Your Pocket

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, something we've seen leaked many times finally become official this past week. It's a 4-inch device that is GSM-only, with a much smaller battery. But has all the other features of the Galaxy S3. In fact it's even launching with Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean. Big surprise there right?

Featured: Need For Speed Most Wanted Escaping to Google Play

How many of you have played any of the Need for Speed games? I've played just about every one of them. They are probably the best racing game out there, besides Gameloft's Asphalt series. Now we know Need for Speed: Most Wanted is coming to the Play Store, but we have no idea when or for how much. Hopefully it'll be available soon.

Featured: LG Nexus 4 Gets Reviewed, Tested And Put Through The Paces

We've heard so much and seen much more of the LG Nexus this week. But perhaps the biggest news is the review of the device posted by a Russian website. That's right a review of a non-final device. So a lot of the things in the review could be true of the final device, while a lot could not be true. So be sure to take this with a grain of salt.

Featured: HTC One X+ Shows Up in UK Ready for Purchase, US Pre-Order Starts

The HTC One X+, the updated and slightly spec increased version of the HTC One X. With a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 64GB of internal storage, are just a few of the specs. We talked about this on the podcast last week, and it still boggles my mind as to why HTC doesn't try to put this device on more carriers in the US. Instead of just AT&T.

Featured: ASUS Padfone 2 Shown Off Ahead Of Official Event

For those that aren't familar with the ASUS Padfone, it's a 2-in-1 device. It's a tablet and a smartphone, the smartphone slides into the back of the tablet and provides the tablet with a data connection, and more. The first Padfone we saw at CES this past January in Las Vegas, and the successor to that device is going to be announced very soon. But we've got a special leak of the device for you.

Featured: Download & Install the Unreleased Gmail 4.2 .apk & Try The New Features

Earlier this week, Android Police was able to get their hands on the unreleased version of Gmail, version 4.2. The new version includes features such as Pinch-to-Zoom and Swipe to Delete/Archive. We've got the complete instructions on installing the .apk in the link above.

Featured: Japanese Network Softbank in Talks to Acquire Sprint for $12 Billion

We just started hearing about Japanese carrier Softbank wanting to buy Sprint. There are so many questions when and if this happens. Like what happens to Sprint's employees? We'll have to hang on and see what happens.

 Featured: HTC Discountinuing Tablets Sales in the US

We haven't seen to much from HTC in terms of tablets. We say the HTC Jetstream and the HTC Flyer and that was about it. Both of those came out before Honeycomb was available. So it's been a long while since we've seen an official HTC tablet. So are they pulling out of the tablet market?

 Featured: The LG Nexus -- LG E960 Show's off for the Camera, Again

We've seen plenty of the LG Nexus lately. From leaked images, to specs, to pictures taken by the camera on the device. Now we see some more images of the device in better lighting. So what are your thoughts on the device? Will it be your next Android device?

 

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