Hottest Android news and rumors for the week ending Oct. 25

By Jon Gold, Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, Android

However, if you haven't heard, it's more or less generally agreed that Google's going to roll out the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, which will be based heavily on that company's impressive Optimus G. What's more, it'll run Android 4.2, though this is thought to be a smaller update that will maintain the Jelly Bean designation. Not everyone, however, agrees. (Sources also differ on the potential release of a new Motorola Razr Nexus device.)

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HTC's supposedly getting ready to bring its Butterfly J smartphone - which boasts Jelly Bean out of the box and show-stopping hardware - to the U.S. as a Verizon exclusive called the HTC DLX, according to Android Central.

This seems like a distinct possibility, though I have to raise what regular readers will recognize as my two standard quibbles with HTC - there's never any rhyme or reason to their naming convention and why, oh why do they never make these great-looking phones available on more than a single carrier?

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Rumors also have Sony getting ready to release the Xperia C650X Odin at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January, though little is known for sure about the design. If, as GSMArena suggests, it does have a 5-inch display with almost no bezel, it could be a real step forward for Android flagships, which have been getting increasingly outsized of late. Being able to pack an enormous display into even a marginally smaller package might be an important differentiator.

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It also looks increasingly likely that Google will release a full-size Samsung Nexus 10 tablet - hard on the heels of an impressive refresh of the regular iPad, no less. Pictures posted on a Korean website seem to show a user's manual for the Nexus 10, which is rumored to outdo even the iPad's Retina display in terms of screen resolution.

It also seems fairly certain that new versions of the Nexus 7 - featuring options for 3G data and 32GB of storage - will be released at Monday's event. It's also possible that Google will show off a super-cheap $99 Nexus tablet of some sort.

Beyond that, reports differ - there will be a host of new Nexus phones, Android 4.2 will actually be called Key Lime Pie instead of being folded into Jelly Bean, etc. etc. Who knows - Sergey Brin might have a troupe of guys skydive and mountain bike to the stage again.


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