Hottest Android news and rumors for the week ending Nov. 16

Brand-new phones that you probably don't have, HD displays, and near-disaster for the Cyanogen guys.

By Jon Gold, Network World |  Consumerization of IT, Android, android phones

However, it all seems to have been worked out to everyone's satisfaction, and the transition to CyanogenMod.org is apparently complete. (The .com address now redirects there.) Ars Technica reports that the man who allegedly asked for $10,000 disputes CyanogenMod's version of events, but both sides confirm that the matter has been all but settled.

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Bad news for owners of some older devices, like me -- Google's AOSP technical lead, Jean-Baptiste Queru, said recently that the Motorola Xoom tablet and Samsung Nexus S phone will not receive an update to Android 4.2. Further proof that I need to look into getting a new phone.

Additionally, HTC publicly announced its plans for Jelly Bean updates this week, saying that devices with 512MB of RAM or less wouldn't be upgraded. That mostly affects One V and Desire C users at this point, the company said.

While it kind of sucks if you're a user of one of those phones, it's at least nice to see HTC give some hard data about upgrade plans. It beats the endless faffing around some OEMs make users endure.

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Google has a flashy augmented reality game called Ingress undergoing closed beta testing, and, superficially at least, it looks awfully impressive.

Judging by this teaser, it looks a bit like the Matrix, only with less butt-kicking kung fu and gunplay. That's probably for the best, given that augmented reality games generally have to be played on smartphones in public places.

Email Jon Gold at jgold@nww.com and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.

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