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Android news and rumor roundup for week ending Aug. 10

Jon Gold | Aug. 10, 2012
It's been a comparatively slow week in the world of Android, and one almost gets the sense that a lot of major players are starting to batten down the hatches for the rumored release of that other smartphone in about a month. No doubt it's difficult to make a dent in a news cycle featuring the next iPhone.

For the moment, I'm going to chicken out and join the "wait and see" brigade - while Ouya has the potential to be a world-beater, a lot of things have to fall into place to make it happen.


Sprint could release the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE as soon as Aug. 19, according to a report from Phone Dogs, as Sprint has apparently begun training its staff on the device. So if you're looking for a current-generation smartphone with 4G and a physical keyboard, you're likely to get one soon.


For the ROMantics - if you've been looking for a way to push OTA updates to rooted devices the same way the carriers do, while avoiding the need for specialized hosting, you're in luck - OTA Update Center just officially launched.


Verizon GNex Jelly Bean watch - nope. While the upgrade can't be far off, there's still no solid date to be found. Google's got to be getting a little ticked that it's spent all that time touting fast upgrades for Nexus devices, only to have Verizon's slow update process muddy the waters.



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