Android Authority this week
Hello fans, here are the biggest news in the world of Android this week. In typical Samsung fashion, we’ve been treated with a slew of mouthwatering teasers for the upcoming Galaxy S6 – Samsung is strongly hinting to a metal and glass design, and the company also alluded to built-in wireless charging. HTC went easier on the teasers, but the surprise may be spoiled anyway by a listing of the M9 on a German’s retailer website. In non-flagship news, the Pebble team announced a major update, new chips were unveiled by Samsung and Qualcomm, and LG introduced the elegant Watch Urbane.
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Our Friday Debate podcast is at its fifth installment, and we think we’re finally starting to hit our groove with it. And by “we” I mean Josh, Joe, Andrew and Jon, who all agree that edition #5 (listen to it below) was the nicest and funnest yet. Apparently, at least some of you guys agree, since our little podcast made it to the Trending 100 of Pocket Casts. We thank you and we hope that’s just the beginning.
This Tuesday we finally released Ash’s magnificent History of Nexus video. A production of epic proportions and quality, as well as one of the longest videos we ever put out, the video walks your through all the key moments of the glorious Nexus series. Check it out.
Next week, we’re heading out to MWC, the biggest mobile event in the world. Josh and Lanh will be on video duty, Darcy will be leading us fearlessly, while yours truly will try not to get into anyone’s way. Technically, MWC starts next Monday, but all the really good stuff (M9, S6, mmm!) will be out on Sunday. We can’t wait to be there and share it with you!
Real phones have curves, thinks LG, and we agree. That’s why we’re giving away a curvaceous G Flex 2 in our beloved Sunday Giveaway. Head over here to get your raffle tickets, and good luck!
The Friday Debate Podcast
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Epic: Check out this awesome video on the history of Nexus from our very own Ash Tailor
- Feature: Andrew looks at some of the nicest smartphones you probably never heard of
- Versus: Josh finds out how the bendy G Flex 2 stands up against the LG G3
- Feature: Despite the appearance, Xiaomi isn’t unstoppable – here’s what could throw it off tracks
- Editorial: Mark delves into the paradox of Android – most OEMs don’t make any money
- Review: The new Raspberry Pi is here – Gary takes a look
- Tech talk: From Tegra to MediaTek, and everything in between – check out our latest SoC guide
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
Pebble is back in the news
- Pebble updated to support Android Wear apps
- New Pebble watch will reportedly feature a thinner design and a colored e-paper display
- Samsung announces Exynos 7 Octa SoC based on 14nm FinFET process
- Qualcomm announces four new mid-tier SoCs with high-end performance and features
- Samsung announces faster eMMC 5.1 flash memory chips
LG: G4 and Urbane
- LG is bringing a stylish new smartwatch to MWC, the LG G Watch Urbane
- LG G4 will launch around mid-April – sources
Galaxy S6 teaser bonanza
- Samsung releases second Galaxy S6 teaser video
- Samsung hints that Galaxy S6 could support multiple wireless charging standards
- Another clue that the Galaxy S6 will feature a 2,600-mAh battery
- New Galaxy S6 teaser alludes to curves, metal, and glass
- Here are the first brief glimpses of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 will reportedly feature Sony’s IMX240 camera sensor
One M9: getting closer
- HTC begins teasing the ‘new HTC One’
- One M9 won’t be Quad HD, but the HTC Butterfly 3 probably will
- Something “HUGE” is coming, says HTC
- Seemingly official One M9 press shots and specs found on German retailer site
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