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In Other Android News: No Exynos for T-Mobile Galaxy S2, HTC Ponders Own Mobile OS, Acer Tab to AT&T

In case you hadn’t heard or realized yet, we wanted to point out that our brother site Android Life is back up and running with a full team of writers.  Things have been rolling along over there for 2-3 weeks now to help continue to feed this Android addiction that so many of us have.  If you are not familiar with that site, just think of it as a blog that covers all phones/tablets that are headed to carriers other than Verizon.  If you were contemplating a switch from Big Red to say, T-Mobile or Sprint, then AL would be a good place to look to see what kinds of devices they may have on the horizon.

With that said, we welcome you back to our daily feature that has one goal, to keep you up to date on all things Android.    

  1. For whatever reason, the T-Mobile Galaxy S II will not come with a 1.2GHz Exynos processor.
  2. HTC is thinking about making their own mobile OS, however, they are not going to do it on a whim.
  3. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 and its 10.1″ self are headed to AT&T with HSPA+ radios.
  4. Early CM7 builds for the Sensation and EVO3D are now available.
  5. Motorola announced the ELECTRIFY on U.S. Cellular – it’s just the Photon 4G.
  6. Samsung released a new U.S. Galaxy S II commercial that will make Verizon customers really mad:

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  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Mikedeamicis

    man, i have been with verizon for over ten years. if they don’t get their heads out of their @$$es i will jump ship. the vigor or the prime better fricken rock is all i got to say. if i wait for them and they fail to awe, i am done.

  • Anonymous

    The first link is broken bro

  • Anonymous

    Tim and Eric are doing a great job in  androidlife :) Keep up the good job guys

  • Anonymous

    I got my Bionic w/4G LTE and I’m happy with it, the issue with the battery I’m hoping that its worked on, but its still a Great Phone, No Need to wait for a phone with Sucky 4G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint). The Bionic has everything I want in a phone, Form factor, speed, Dual Core, right size 4.3. I let one of my IFanboys check it out and he was amazed at the screen :-) said it look like the IPhone, the scrolling was up to par with him, and even though he’s waiting for the IPhone 5, if it comes with the same 3.7 screen he said he’s ready to jump ship, and this coming from a die-hard Iphone (…I Don’t Care…Is it an Iphone) guy.

    So yeah, I’m keeping my Droid Bionic and Luvin it.

    • Anonymous

      I have it as well and to me the device it is close to perfect no issues at all :) In a year i will get the next Moto beast. I have this app that are very nice cache cleaner and fast reboot pro try it

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

      If your friend thought the screen was as good as iPhone he must have the iPhone 3GS. You can like Android all you like but to say your pentile screen even is in the same ballpark with the iPhone 4 retina display is ridiculous. 

      • Anonymous

        Retina display it is the best because iphone can only put it on 3.5 display. The droid 1 has a nice display as well, and the display it is also small 3.7. I want to see the iphone making  those nice retina display on a 4.3 or 4.5 display :)

      • Anonymous

        pentile, some hate it some love it.. droid-life hates it, and therefore many of their readers hate it.. engadget loves it and all the new moto’s have it, so they always rave about it (check bionic review).. it really depends on who you ask.. I’m objective, I own a DX and a ip4.. my roomate has a DX2 and I would absolutely prefer that screen over mine

        many of the readers here aren’t using their own opinions when they rail on the pentile

      • Anonymous

        Actually he has the IPhone 4, and he said …it looks like… in other words compared to the other Android screens he’s seen of mine (Droid, DX) this screen actually has a better display, something I’ve noticed right away is the clarity and the ability to be view in Direct sunlight; I could never see the screen of my OG or DX outside, so it works for me, and in doors it looks better than my previous Droids as well.  

        And, I’m not comparing the Bionic to the IPhone, the IPhone has been played out! Here’s a nice Article with 6 reason why the Droid Bionic is better than the IPhone, and all are valid if you can see pass the Almighty ” I ”  http://goo.gl/yH0LE

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

    Bye HTC!and Samsung already has their own OS and makes Win7 phones. So it looks like Google/Moto vs Apple within the next 18 months. Mark it down on your calendars. I wonder who will win the smartphone war when its mono y mono. Hahah that was a rhetorical question. Nice run Android and there is nothing wrong with 2nd place. Trollololololol

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      You’re just a bad person :P

  • Kixofmyg0t

    Here I found it!

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4179/ti-omap4-and-lg-optimus-3d-tested

    The Exynos isn’t as powerful as you all think….ESPECIALLY in 3D rendering….it gets destroyed by even the Tegra2.

    I’m not saying it’s slow or anything….it’s just not lightyears ahead of the OMAP 4430(it’s actually inferior at the same screen res) like the Bionic haters think it is…..

    • Cooksta3276

      What about factoring the Bionic has DDR2 ram? I’m no computer genius, so I’m simply asking. I’m just curious how the relationship between clock speed and memory works. For example a 800mhz chip with 2gig ram compared to a 1.8ghz with 768mb ram. Any comments would help me understand better.

      • Anonymous

        The ram will make your applications rum faster with no laggin. The speed in the devices is more to the internet, downloads, streaming etc. in order for your device to work nicely in every aspect you need to have good memory and good speed. I take memory over speed because i felt 3g was not as bad as many people think.

    • Anonymous

      People are making the exynos the best processor but as you mentioned it is not. Tegra 2 is the best one for games, exynos for the web and omap 430 and 460 are the best processor period.

  • Anonymous

    The T-Mobile SGSII can’t have Exynos and DC-HSPA+ at the same time, so they’re going with Qualcomm.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4714/why-i-believe-tmobiles-galaxy-s-ii-uses-a-qualcomm-soc

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MRXKXFO5F7NVWFJHNZFO7NEHVY Big R

    At least T-Mo got a SGS2.  VZW got a Bionic.  No upgrade there.  VZW customers are better off waiting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MRXKXFO5F7NVWFJHNZFO7NEHVY Big R

    At least T-Mo got a SGS2.  VZW got a Bionic.  No upgrade there.  VZW customers are better off waiting.

    • Anonymous

      WIthout the Exynos it’s just another chunk of Samsung plastic. The 4430 in the Bionic is more than enough, and the only other SoC on the market the comes close to the Exynos. 

      • Kixofmyg0t

        I remember reading a article on anandtech benchmarking the 4430 in the LG Optimus 3D against other various phones, Galaxy S2 as well as Tegra2 equiped phones and i*hone 4……

        Most of the tests show the 1Ghz 4430 to be FASTER than the 1.2Ghz Exynos….ESPECIALLY in 3D related tasks….where even Tegra2 based phones destroy the Exynos. 

        • Anonymous
          • Kixofmyg0t

            Interesting, I didn’t see this before. But both benchmarks dont seem to add up….my link and yours. I can’t deny the hard numbers though, which shows Exynos to be faster than the 4430(in THIS set alone…i’ve seen others that show Tegra2 to be faster…)

            In the end i’m still not impressed with Exynos. The Bionic haters made it out to be the second coming of jesus or something. 

          • http://twitter.com/Esteinberger Eric Steinberger

            The test you saw before with the 4430 beating the gs2 was before they bumped it up to 1.2ghz. So the gs2 was clocked up to 1.2 and has a lower res screen which makes a big difference in benchmarks. The 4430 runs just as stable at 1.2 as the exynos, it’s just manufacturer’s choice where they put it at most seem to believe the battery life saved at 1.0 is more important.

          • Anonymous

            could not agree more, that is why moto did not overclock the 1.0 to 1.2 to consume battery, which is more important than a little bit more of speed.

          • GuyFawkes

            Yes,  Samsung certainly does make Super AMOLED+ screens in HD. Did you see the announcement for the Galaxy Note or the new 7.7″ tablet?

    • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

      no Exynos no careno LTE no care

      • Anonymous

        How is your bionic working out for you bro? Are you satisfy?

    • Anonymous

      So true, we will see what the HTC Vigor and the Nexus Prime has to offer :P

    • http://twitter.com/Esteinberger Eric Steinberger

      It’s just silly how much bionic hate there is out there for no apparent reason, the bionic is an amazing phone, I see no reason for the average consumer to wait past the bionic. The techaholics on the other hand  can pick up the bionic or wait 2 months for a binned version of the same processor and a better screen. I myself am tired of waiting and 2 months isn’t worth it to me anymore for basically just a better screen. Keep in mind guys  when you push all those extra pixels it puts a HUGE load on the gpu I would be surprised if the nexus even has higher benchmarks then the bionic.

      • Anonymous

        The bionic is perfect :) I could not believe how nice the front facing cam looks having just vga

        • Tony Allen

          I think image quality of the front cam looks like $&%# but that’s just me. Regardless, I love my Bionic :)

      • Anonymous

        For me, its not the hardware thats the problem with the bionic its the software. My last three phones have been moto and their lack of a solid android software and defective phones (7 and counting) has really made me to dislike there products.  I currently have the DX2 and its unbelievably slow and has way too many bugs for it being a “high end” device moto clames it to be. I have to root and flash a custom rom just to make this phone tolerable for everyday normal use. Until moto unlocks the bl’s, or puts pure android im skipping their phones and waiting for something better like the nexus.

        • Anonymous

          cache cleaner, go launcher and fast reboot pro, those app will help you with the speed and ram. The task manager it is a good tool as well if you know how to use it.

          • Anonymous

            downloading them now. Thanks for the advice!

        • Anonymous

          crazy.. all I prefer is moto after owning an OG, now a DX, then a TB, and went back to the DX after 5 days… their solid hardware and amazing accessories won me over.. my 24 hour battery life on the DX definitely helps also… launcherpro and you’re set