Another week and more Android news is upon us. This week saw the revival of Nexus 4 sales to meet the demand it originally faced, a new Android statue joining Google’s campus and more. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the robotic world of Android this week…
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Nexus 4 Returns For Sale
Still no Nexus 4 in your pocket? This week, Google brought the phone back for sale on the Play Store after a period of unavailability as a result of strong demand. The phone first went on sale in November but supply issues and high demand left the phone scarcely available. Shipping times remain long though, with a wait of 2-3 weeks being common.
In other Nexus 4 news, PhoneArena leaked photos of a white Nexus 4. No official comment has been made so don’t expect to be able to buy one just yet.
Epic Citadel Joins Android
The Epic Citadel tech demo — that was first shown off in 2010 at an Apple keynote — has came to Android. The app isn’t so much a game based on the much-praised Unreal Engine, but rather a demo that promotes the graphical power of the device it’s running.
Epic says there’s no current plans to bring Infinity Blade to Android, as it will remain an iOS exclusive. You can grab Epic Citadel for free on the Play Store.
New Android Statue Erected
Paul Wilcox of Google shared a photo of the next great statue to adorn the Google campus on the company’s social network.
The photo shows a metallic Android hanging out of a second-floor opening in the building opposite the iconic lawn covered in former Android dessert statues.
HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets Android 4.0
Android 4.0 is finally coming to Verizon’s first LTE handset, the HTC Thunderbolt! The device will finally be supplied with the Android 4.0 update from Verizon, even though the handset is no longer available. Specifically, users will get Android 4.0.4 running version 3.6 of Sense.
Foursquare Launches Foursquare for Business
Foursquare has launched a new Android app, Foursquare for Business, which helps users manage their business’ representation on the location-based social network.
Users who have claimed locations on the service can use the free app, available from the Play Store, to post photo updates, view recent check-ins at the location, create specials for customers to take advantage of and, ultimately, learn more about their consumer base.
New Nexus 7 at Google I/O
New rumours this week have slated an update to the Nexus 7 this sumer which will bring a “full HD” display to the device with a thinner display bezel. Information remains scarce but a release around the time of Google I/O is the consensus with pricing remaining much the same as the current models, starting at $199.
The Nexus 7 was originally unveiled to much fanfare in the summer of 2012, with critics praising its low price. Months later, a minimal update upgraded the device’s storage capacities to a new low of 16GB, with 32GB and 3G models available with a higher sticker price.
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