Android Authority this week

August 3, 2014
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android feature JD Hancock

Fellow Android aficionados, this week might not have seen much in the way of new hardware announcements but there were actually a number of interesting happenings, nonetheless. For starters, a new report reaffirms just how dominant Android has become in the mobile world, with Google’s mobile OS running on 85% of smartphones shipped globally. Furthermore, there were a few new juicy rumors related to the Motorola Nexus, Galaxy Alpha, a OnePlus smartwatch, and we even saw a possible look at the Z3 Compact.

Meanwhile, at AA HQ we made a few more improvements to the website, including an update to our new hero menu. Without further ado, let’s take a look back at the week!

Android Authority this week

Hero menu gets tweaked a bit

Last week we introduced a new hero menu that was in many ways similar to the old menu, but designed to make it easier to swipe between stories. It was a solid step in the right direction, but we believed we could do even better. The biggest differences are the removal of the circular navigation arrows in the middle of the menu, which have be moved in favor of arrow keys at the ends of the menu. You’ll also notice some font/color changes and partial post summaries instead of just the titles.

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Like always, the content of the hero menu will be featured stories such as opinions, massive and breaking news, versus posts, reviews and other topics that showcase the best that Android Authority has on offer.

Continued site improvements

While we are quite proud of Android Authority’s most recent makeover, we believe it is our mission to never quit and to continue pushing boundaries in terms of the content we provide, the looks of the site and the conveniences we offer our fans. With this in mind, don’t be surprised if you continue to see little tweaks to things like the site font and the site’s UX. Also know that there are big changes on their way in the future, including forum comment integration (with Disqus as a secondary option), a formal launch of the forums, a merchandise store and so much more.

There’s no exact timeline on when you’ll see all this awesomesauce, just know it is coming down the pipeline and we won’t roll out these changes until we feel they are ready for primetime.

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An ever-expanding community

It was less than a full month ago that we updated you on the growth of our forums community, and were happy to report we had hit and slightly exceeded the “thousand user” milestone with 1300 registered members. Today that number is nearing 5000, with 4881 registered users!

We admit that even near-5000 is a pretty small number in the grand scheme of things, but we are really seeing noticeable growth and the forums is now an active place full of great Android-related discussion (and some excellent off-topic stuff too). Just remember that the forums has yet to have its “grand opening”, and so this is only the beginning folks!

What’s next?

It seems like summer just got started, but it’s already August! As the month moves on, we can expect more details and an eventual launch of the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s also pretty much in the bag that we’ll see the Galaxy Alpha this month. Looking a bit further ahead into the future, September will bring us the Galaxy Note 4 and very possibly the Sony Xperia Z3 (and Z3 Compact) and hopefully a few other surprises as well.

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here’s some of our most interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:

Video roundup

Jayce summarizes the week in his popular video roundup:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

It’s good to be the King, or is it?

More reports regarding Motorola Nexus Phablet

Gamer’s delight

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha coming this month, but when?

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Z3 Compact in the news

OnePlus working on a smartwatch?

Custom cases coming to the Nexus 5?

Apps updated

Moto Maxx shows up in trademark

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Samsung patents point to circular watch ambitions

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Have a great Sunday!

Comments

  • Luka Mlinar

    Cool beans ^.^

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      Thanks Luka, we’re always trying our best to deliver great content ;)