Android Authority this week – January 10, 2016
Hello Android fans! CES 2016 brought us a ton of exciting devices, and here’s the most important news of the week! Huawei made a big splash in Vegas, showing the new Mate 8, GX8, and variants of the Huawei Watch; Huawei’s sub-brand Honor was also present with the new Honor 5X. LG launched two new mid-range devices, the K7 and K10. LeTV showed the world’s first Snapdragon 820 device, the Le Max Pro. HTC demoed a new edition of the Vive VR headset, while BLU launched the metallic Vivo 5 at an unbeatable price. In non-CES news, a report emerged about Facebook’s contingency plans in case of a conflict with Google, new Galaxy S7 details leaked out, and Lenovo launched the K4 Note.
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This week was all about CES. After the holiday lull, we were thrown head first into the craziness that is CES Las Vegas, and we loved every minute of it.
In the previous years, big mobile phone makers shied away from making important announcements at CES, but this year was a little different, thanks in large part to two Chinese companies – Huawei and LeTV. You definitely heard about the first one, as the maker of the current Nexus flagship phone. But judging from its CES announcements, that’s just the beginning. Huawei is already ruling China, and it’s going to do its best to win over America as well. The second mobile company that had big announcements at CES this year was LeTV. Its ticket to the spotlight was delivered on stage by Qualcomm’s CEO, when he announced that the LeTV Le Max Pro will be the first device to run on the much-awaited Snapdragon 820 chip. Our hands-on with the Le Max Pro shows that you should definitely keep an eye on LeTV, who vowed to hit the US in the close future.
Besides the tent-pole news from the show, there was a ton of the usual stuff: a bewildering variety of gadgets of all shapes and sizes, from luxurious electric cars to Bluetooth-enabled rubber duckies (yes, really). Virtual reality, wearables, curved TVs, and smart appliances were the most significant trends we’ve spotted on the floors of CES this year.
For the Android Authority team, CES 2016 was the first show where we had our own booth on the floor. It was a great opportunity to make our name known among the tens of thousands of industry visitors and, on Saturday, to get to know some of our fans.
CES 2016 is now over, but we still have content in the pipeline. Keep it tuned for our final wrap-up over the following days.
Three days left in our Honor 5X giveaway – win one of the three phones!
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
- Explainer: The first phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is here. But how does it work?
- Rumor roundup: Everything you need to know about the LG G5
- Feature: Custom cores or ARM designs? What’s the difference and why it matters?
- Explainer: New WiFi standards are coming. Here’s a quick explanation
- Development: Developers, read this post to avoid the biggest causes of performance issues
- Best of: The very best products we’ve seen at CES 2016
News of the week
Facebook vs Google
Galaxy S7 details
New LG phones
- LG releasing two new smartphones at an affordable price range
- Hands on with the fashion focused LG K10 and K7
- Lenovo announces Thinkpad 13, available in Chrome OS or Windows flavor
- Samsung Chromebook 3 announced at CES 2016
- ASUS unveils Chromebook C202, a computer tough enough for high school
- Fiat Chrysler pumping up their ‘infotainment’ game with Android Auto, CarPlay
- Ford announces Android Auto support for its vehicles
- Quick look at Android Auto in Ford cars at CES 2016
Lenovo K4 Note
Huawei at CES
- Huawei’s stylus-equipped MediaPad M2 10 brings mid-range specs in a luxurious body
- Huawei Mate 8 hands-on and first impressions
- 90% metal Huawei GX8 arriving in US for $350
- Huawei announces Nexus 6P gold variant is coming to the US (hands-on photos)
- http://www.andHuawei shows its feminine side with new Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant
- Huawei shipped 108 million smartphones in 2015, income up 77%
- LE 1 Pro hands on and first look
- Le Max Pro will be the first phone with Snapdragon 820, ultrasonic sensor, and WiFi 802.11ad
- Price leaked for the Snapdragon 820 powered Le Max Pro
- LeTV Le Max Pro First Look – the world’s first Snapdragon 820 smartphone
HTC Vive and fitness
- HTC and Under Armour’s wearable collaboration revealed: the UA Health Box
- HTC and Valve showcase new and improved Vive Pre VR headset at CES
- We tested the HTC Vive Pre – here are our reactions
- Honor 5X hands-on and first impressions
- (Update: now on Amazon) Honor 5X is coming to the US for $199.99
Blu Vivo 5
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