AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013
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In the AA Weekly, we recap the most significant events in the past seven days in the world of Android. We look at new devices, major news, leaks, and everything else you should know to stay on top of everything Android.

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    This week, we’ve learned more details about the upcoming LG G2, Motorola teased the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 reached a sales milestone, HTC broke the hearts of One S users, and we got some interesting news about the Android 4.3.

    LG G2: tantalizing rumors

    LG is expected to stage a soft launch of its new flagship in mid-July, followed three weeks later by a grand international event in New York. With weeks to go till the official debut, leaks paint an almost complete picture of the G2.

    On Monday, we learned that the Snapdragon 800 processor that will power the G2 will not be a power-hungry beast, as some have feared. The processor did as good as or better than competitors when it comes to stamina, giving us hope for a new generation of long lasting super devices.

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    The G2 will be the world’s first device to rock 3GB of RAM, while mobile shutterbugs should rejoice knowing that an optical stabilization system would ensure great shots even in the midst of action.

    Motorola, you better deliver something amazing

    We’re entering hypebeast territory with the Moto X. And we can’t blame Motorola, happy to be in the spotlight after so many months of deafening silence – we just hope the device will live up to the hype. With that said, we’re really excited about the Moto X.

    On July 3, Moto ran a full page ad in major US newspapers, announcing the world that “the first phone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA” is coming. The ad and a signup page that went live this week claim that customers will be able to design the Moto X themselves.

    However, don’t get too excited about it – if a leak from Wednesday is to be believed, Motorola idea of “designing” means picking the colors of the case, choosing a custom text for engraving, and uploading a custom wallpaper. Cool, but we hoped for more.

    Moto X ad

    Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4s, but that’s not enough for analysts

    Talk about high expectations – despite ruling the mobile industry, selling one of every two smartphones in Europe and raking in enough money to fund a small country, Samsung isn’t doing too well in the stock market.

    This week, CEO JK Shin told Korean media that Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4 units in about sixty days, an impressive achievement that casts doubt on various negative reports that emerged over the last month.

    Still, when the Korean tech giant announced its earnings guidance for Q2 2013 on Friday, analysts were not impressed, in spite of record profits. The truth is no one in the mobile industry is doing very well these days, for a variety of reasons that we discuss here.

    Android 4.3 rumors and predictions

    Last week, an Android 4.3 build leaked online, giving Android pundits a chance to look at what’s new, before Google makes it official. A teardown revealed that Google has been working to make Android notifications smarter, with a focus on making wearable devices such as Glass more easily controllable from a smartphone.

    On Tuesday, an alleged insider revealed that Google plans to make most stock Android core apps available on the Play Store, thus making it easier than ever to obtain a stock-like experience even on unrooted devices running TouchWiz, Sense, or other manufacturer overlays. One example may be the new camera app.

    Camera app

    Speaking of which, Chainfire, the noted Android developer, has already rooted the Android 4.3 build that leaked last week.

    HTC breaks the hearts of One S users

    The One S was one of the flagships that HTC launched in early 2012. It didn’t feature the best specifications, but it was, and still is, an excellent device. So you can imagine the disappointment and frustration of One S users, when HTC announced that the phone won’t be joining the One in the Sense 5/Android 4.2 club. The news is especially vexing because the company promised a timely update to Sense 5 for the One S, just a few months back.

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    Petitions rarely help accomplish their goals, but that hasn’t stopped One S users from starting one asking HTC to keep its promise and update the phone to the latest version of Android. As of this writing, the petition still needs more than 900 signatures, so if you’re a One S user itching to do something about HTC’s cruel rejection, head over here and sign away.

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    What’s your take?

    In your opinion, what were the most important news this week, and why?

    Comments

    • deondraee

      What do you think of my presumed realistic NOTE 3 specs… (UPDATED)

      1) 3 GB RAM
      2) 2.5 Ghz cpu (The snapdragon 800 in the new galaxy s4 LTE-A -Korean is clocked at 2.3GHz) – i say 2.5 because the s4 and htc one use the same 600 yet the s4 is clocked at a higher rate so same can happen with the 800
      3) 13 or 15 meg camera & atleast a 5meg Front facing Full HD
      4) Android 4.3 (Already leaked and shown to be working on the s4 just isnt official by google)
      5) Improved Touchwiz (No lag and to take up less on board storage)
      6) Bluetooth 4.0
      7) LTE Advanced
      8) Flexible Super AMOLED 1080p Display with Gorilla glass 3 (Doubtful for the flexible part)
      9) 4K recording (if not on the NOTE 3 then maybe the galaxy s5) – Snapdragon 800 supports 4K encoding
      10) 5.7 or 5.9 inch screen (5.7 will definitely fit in the note two’s body)
      11) 802.11ac New Wifi standard (Three times faster than “n” / your current phone – apple is already using this in its recent releases)

      12) Bigger battery up from 3100 to 3500mAH
      13) Better PPi at 440+ (S4 has 441) or higher that 1080p but less pixels
      14) Slimmer bezels and slimmer design so 5.7 in the note 2 body or even smaller body meaning less wieght but with a 5.7 screen

    • V-Phuc

      Any idea when the Samsung Galaxy NX camera is available in the States? What about its predicted price? How come Europe has the first crack at it? Wouahh=(

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