The biggest news this week in the Android world is the latest version of the Google Play Store. Google’s play store leaked a few weeks back and since then, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the update to officially roll out. This past week our prayers had been answered, we didn’t have to wait until I/O 13. Since the Play Store update is now official, Babel decided to continually leak all over the web. This week we saw Gmail error messages talking about Babel, we saw Babel show up in various Chromium Google Groups posts and an memo touting Babel’s upcoming features were revealed.
On the devices front, the Nexus 10 lived up to the Nexus name, having it’s case/cover show up out of nowhere. You can snag one in grey or scarlet for $30. Various sources around the web seem to have confirmed that Glass will be shipping to Explorers within a months time. This makes sense as IO is a month away. Samsung confused us this week by announcing the Galaxy ‘Mega’. The Mega’s come in 5.8 and 6.3 inch screens. The screen sizes might be awesome, but the specs are just the opposite. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 launched in the US this week as well. Xiaomi announced the Mi2S and Mi2A, a pair of inexpensive, decently speced smartphones.
Over on the Rootin’ and ROMin’ scene, CyanogenMod 10.1 M3 was released last week. M builds are more stable than nightlies, sometimes called Milestones or Monthly builds. If you’re looking to try something completely new, how about Chameleon OS aka ChaOS ROM. ChaOS is a new, open source MIUI alternative focused on theming and user customization.
In carrier news AT&T and Sprint continue to LTE all the things while T-Mobile increases their offer to bid for Metro PCS. Across the pond, EE plans to boost their network speeds by doubling their channel width on their LTE network.
Last but not least, Apple’s slide to unlock patent was invalidated in Germany and FairSearch, a group backed by Microsoft and Oracle hated on Google saying that open source software is anti-competitive because it’s free and Google’s mobile app platform is anti-competitive.
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