Mar 29 AT 10:08 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Android Hot Topics: Galaxy Note 2, RAZR Blade, Android 4.0.4, Draw Something

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We post several hundred Android related stories every month, but the reality is that only a few of them generate the majority of the buzz. It is easy to pick out the trends each week to see what things people are searching for and which stories are getting the most engagement, so I figured we would start recapping the hottest topics every Thursday. This week we focus on Android updates, the most popular app, and several rumored phones.

Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note pen input

We have no evidence to support a sequel to the Galaxy Note, but people continue to keep searching for Galaxy Note 2. Samsung just announced the Galaxy Note shipments have surpassed 5 million worldwide, with a 2012 goal of 10 million. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 at Mobile World Congress, so we believe they will keep the series going, but you like will not see a Galaxy Note 2 until 2013.

Motorla RAZR Blade

Right: Unknown Motorola “Blade” phone from China. Left: Leaked render of Motorola phone with Intel processor.

The Motorola Droid Fighter has been a hot topic the last couple weeks and now we have a new phone out of China being called the RAZR “Blade”, first discovered by blog PhoneHK. This could simply be the latest RAZR or “Fighter” phone for the Chinese market, or it could be Motorola’s first Android phone with an Intel CPU inside. The details of Moto’s first Intel phone leaked last month, but we have heard nothing since. Motorola did announce a multi-year, mult-device partnership with Intel, so we expect details should be arriving in the next couple months.

Android 4.0.4

This week we pointed out that Google was sucking with their updates to the Nexus line of devices and then 24 hours later they started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 upgrade to a select number of devices. The GSM Nexus S, Xoom WiFi, and HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus are receiving the update, but owners of the Sprint Nexus S 4G, Verizon Xoom 4G, and Verizon Galaxy Nexus will have to wait a couple more weeks. And everyone else waiting on Android 4.0.4 to hit their device should not hold their breath.

Draw Something

The popularity of Draw Something has been exploding for some time, but we hadn’t really covered it till last week. First we saw Zynga by up the developer OMGPOP for around $200 million, and then we did a Draw Something Shootout comparing the Galaxy Note S Pen to a finger and Jot Pro stylus.

This week we saw the developer send out an email to users describing the new features planned for the next big update.

New features and changes:

  • Sharing drawings on Twitter and Facebook
  • Save drawings to your devices’ photo library
  • Notifications for Android devices
  • Increase of the max streak from 99 to 999 (you guys are rocking it!)
  • Pull down to refresh game status
  • UNDO button for your last brush stroke
  • Even better performance
  • More words

Fixed Bugs:

  • Coins, colors, and bombs not displaying (If you don’t see them right now, don’t worry, your stuff is safe!)
  • Games crashing or getting a black screen
  • Bugs that prevent you from completing your turn

Draw Something remains the top app in the Google Play Store, so give it a shot to check out what all the fuss is about.

 

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  • redraider133

    Looks like a great time to be in the market for an android phone. Will be interesting to see if verizon gets the note or if samsung does some changes to it and calls it the note 2.

    • Jorge Vieira

      All my friends on sprint want the note to come there so bad. When i show people the note, they almost always say wow draw something must be fun on that thing.

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      It would be interesting to see if Sammy puts the internals of it’s SG3 into a Note 2. That would be a purchase for me. Even though I am a big fan of HTC, that size and wacom pen of the note seem too good to pass up.

  • virexed

    Draw Something is crazy addicting. It’s so much fun. Wish I have a Galaxy Note to draw on.

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      That’s what I keep thinking, too. Samsung must have a super wicked plan up their sleeve if they don’t cash in soon on a commercial showing off Draw Something on their Note.

  • swazedahustla

    Well those on sprint will have thier wish of a Note later in the year.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Can’t wait to check out all the cool things that developers would do with an intel based phone~ !!

  • Paul Atreides

    Hope they update it by the time I get a phone without a crack in the screen :/

  • Darkseider

    Motorola RAZR Blade? LOL! ROFLMAO! Lemme guess, the updated model with a larger battery will be the Motorola RAZR Blade Mach3? Motorola has lost any and all ability to do anything right. Here’s hoping they just fold and Google can keep the patents, sell off the physical remnants and claim a capital loss on their taxes.

  • McLovin

    …”This week we pointed out that Google was sucking with their updates to the Nexus line of devices and then 24 hours later they started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 upgrade to a select number of devices.”…

    Obviously Goggle is paying attention to AndroidAndMe!

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Draw Something is so fun and funny (some of the artwork is AWESOME).

    Now the Samsung Note REALLY has something to brag about! Hell it makes me want a stylus now!

  • WlfHart

    I can’t wait to see the Galaxy note 10.1!

  • spazby

    Sammy needs to put Note on every carrier – awesome phone

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    I’ve been playing Draw Something with my wife. I on my Xoom, she on her iPad. I love how it is cross platform. She has way more colors than I do. (She also draws a lot better than I do.)

    If anybody wants to start a game with me, my user name here is the same as on Draw Something:

    BetterWithRoot

    Like I said, I’m not the best at drawing but I still like to play.

  • kwills88

    This game would be perfect if they add a win loss section and a time limit on how fast you can guess the drawing.. Quicker you answer, the more coins you get.

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      I like to watch people finish their drawings though. Some of them are *really* good. I usually wait to put down the last letter until their drawing is completely finished. My lady made a kick-ass picture of Link for the “Zelda” word. They got it at the shield, and didn’t wait for the rest of the drawing to happen. She was a sad panda. I know she utilizes that it draws your strokes as an animation. She has used that to “fire” a bullet from a gun to hit a pedestrian standing on the street for the word “sniper”. It was hilarious.

      Maybe a combination of the two? Where you can have it give you the option of it either stopping the drawing(which then it would flash the final drawing like it does) or having it finish when you are done with the word.

      Maybe they would bring a timer into it for the next version; a timer to draw and a timer to guess?

      • kwills88

        Yes, that would great and lol when I got zelda I was so happy to draw the Tri-Force and prayed the girl i was playing would get it.

  • Nathan D.

    I would like to know more about that Motorola phone.

  • Paul Jamieson

    Probably the best youtube video on how to use your Samsung Note …

  • awundrin

    I played around with a friend’s Note the other day….Draw Something is a blast – had a hard time putting it down. Pretty cool indeed!

  1. Looks like a great time to be in the market for an android phone. Will be interesting to see if verizon gets the note or if samsung does some changes to it and calls it the note 2.

    • All my friends on sprint want the note to come there so bad. When i show people the note, they almost always say wow draw something must be fun on that thing.

    • It would be interesting to see if Sammy puts the internals of it’s SG3 into a Note 2. That would be a purchase for me. Even though I am a big fan of HTC, that size and wacom pen of the note seem too good to pass up.

  2. Draw Something is crazy addicting. It’s so much fun. Wish I have a Galaxy Note to draw on.

    • That’s what I keep thinking, too. Samsung must have a super wicked plan up their sleeve if they don’t cash in soon on a commercial showing off Draw Something on their Note.

  3. swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

    Well those on sprint will have thier wish of a Note later in the year.

  4. Can’t wait to check out all the cool things that developers would do with an intel based phone~ !!

  5. Paul AtreidesGuest 3 years ago

    Hope they update it by the time I get a phone without a crack in the screen :/

  6. DarkseiderGuest 3 years ago

    Motorola RAZR Blade? LOL! ROFLMAO! Lemme guess, the updated model with a larger battery will be the Motorola RAZR Blade Mach3? Motorola has lost any and all ability to do anything right. Here’s hoping they just fold and Google can keep the patents, sell off the physical remnants and claim a capital loss on their taxes.

  7. …”This week we pointed out that Google was sucking with their updates to the Nexus line of devices and then 24 hours later they started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 upgrade to a select number of devices.”…

    Obviously Goggle is paying attention to AndroidAndMe!

  8. Draw Something is so fun and funny (some of the artwork is AWESOME).

    Now the Samsung Note REALLY has something to brag about! Hell it makes me want a stylus now!

  9. I can’t wait to see the Galaxy note 10.1!

  10. Sammy needs to put Note on every carrier – awesome phone

  11. I’ve been playing Draw Something with my wife. I on my Xoom, she on her iPad. I love how it is cross platform. She has way more colors than I do. (She also draws a lot better than I do.)

    If anybody wants to start a game with me, my user name here is the same as on Draw Something:

    BetterWithRoot

    Like I said, I’m not the best at drawing but I still like to play.

  12. This game would be perfect if they add a win loss section and a time limit on how fast you can guess the drawing.. Quicker you answer, the more coins you get.

    • I like to watch people finish their drawings though. Some of them are *really* good. I usually wait to put down the last letter until their drawing is completely finished. My lady made a kick-ass picture of Link for the “Zelda” word. They got it at the shield, and didn’t wait for the rest of the drawing to happen. She was a sad panda. I know she utilizes that it draws your strokes as an animation. She has used that to “fire” a bullet from a gun to hit a pedestrian standing on the street for the word “sniper”. It was hilarious.

      Maybe a combination of the two? Where you can have it give you the option of it either stopping the drawing(which then it would flash the final drawing like it does) or having it finish when you are done with the word.

      Maybe they would bring a timer into it for the next version; a timer to draw and a timer to guess?

  13. I would like to know more about that Motorola phone.

  14. Paul JamiesonGuest 3 years ago

    Probably the best youtube video on how to use your Samsung Note …

  15. I played around with a friend’s Note the other day….Draw Something is a blast – had a hard time putting it down. Pretty cool indeed!