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It didn't take long for complaints about the Galaxy Nexus to start rolling in, with Google confirming its hot new Android 4.0 phone isn't currently compatible with Adobe's Flash Player and early adopters spotting an odd volume-muting software bug.
Like we weren't excited about the Galaxy Nexus enough already. The crew at AnandTech has been busily benchmarking Android's new flagship against Apple's top performer. The results? The Galaxy Nexus is the new king of the hill in some key areas.
We already know that Siri does most of its processing server-side, and that Apple's claims of hardware as a limiting factor are tenuous at best. But new research from French developer Applidium reveals that Apple is truly full of it.
Apple's got their simple and boring swipe to unlock gesture, so it's only fitting that Google has been awarded Android's sweet pattern unlock method. You know the one, the unlock method in stock Android where you draw a pre-determined shape in a 9 dot grid. [USPTO via 9to5Google]
We've seen Android gamepad prototypes come and go; but the bluetooth Gametel, which actually launched in the flesh yesterday, promises to clip-on and add a joypad to any Android phone or tablet running Éclair (2.1.1) or better.
When it's finally available, Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be inevitably compared and reviewed against the iPad. And one feature that will certainly help its cause is this Smart Cover that takes a more intricate folding approach to Apple's original design.
Good news Galaxy S II owners, your beast of a smartphone won't be left for dust and stuck on Gingerbread forever more. Samsung's UK Twitter team has confirmed that the S II will get an Android 4.0 update, although exactly when is unknown. [Twitter via TNW]
Back in May, Google said that they'd activated 100 million Android phones. That was a crazy number, but they just said during their Google Music event that they've doubled it in the six months since, and have now activated 200 million phones, with 550,000 activations every day. [Google]
Seven inches or ten inches? Geek rage over which form factor fits best will never end, unless the entire debate is crushed under the weight of this 65-inch Android behemoth. Now you can watch screen lag in 1080p!
Ice Cream Sandwich is on its way with the Galaxy Nexus, but now Google's released its source code through the Android Open Source Project, meaning everyone can dig in and start working on their ports (and bastardisations) for other devices.
Lenovo is not one to sit around and let Asus have all the super-spec'd tablet fun. Engadget has sniffed out a rumour that they'll be bringing their own quad-core Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) very, very soon. Monster fight!
The Asus EeePad Transformer with its detachable keyboard dock has been one of the best-selling Android tablets yet. The EeePad Slider's keyboard is permanently attached, so you can type wherever you go. Better, right?! Maaaaaaybe.