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This week was all about rumors, as a steady stream of details about Samsung’s and HTC’s next flagships trickled out. We have a good idea of what to expect from the One M9/Hima, with key details including a 20MP camera, larger battery, and an iterative design. Samsung did a little better at keeping the Galaxy S6 under wraps, but we still got a few juicy tidbits about the phone’s design and specifications. In other news, the Snapdragon 810 was in the spotlight, WhatsApp launched its first desktop client and banned 3rd party clients, Google’s plan to become a carrier leaked, and Cyanogen’s CEO revealed his vision of a Google-free operating system.

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It’s been a very interesting week in the world of Android, with everything from juicy rumors, to product announcements, to billion-dollar acquisition talk.

CES 2015 fun reel

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CES 2015 was a ton of work, but it was a ton of fun as well. Come check out our Fun Reel for some of the highlights of team Android Authority in Las Vegas.

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The final days of 2014 were quiet, but 2015 is starting off with a bang. International CES is about to begin in fabulous Las Vegas, and companies are already drumming up their products.

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With part of the world celebrating holidays, news has been slow on the Android front, but we did our best to make it up with reviews, op-eds, and other long-form pieces. It wasn’t all quiet though – Asus teased a couple of very interesting phones coming at CES, more alleged specs of HTC’s next flagship leaked, OnePlus got a reprieve in its patent conflict with Micromax, and China’s Meizu launched its own Xiaomi competitor.

Welcome to Android Authority this week.

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Night is engulfing the northern hemisphere, but the world of Android is never truly sleeping. This week Google pushed big updates to some of its core apps, we’ve got a peek inside the relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus, Micromax launched its first Cyanogen OS device, Huawei introduced the camera-centric Honor 6 Plus, Android 5.0.1 rolled out, Android 5.0.2 broke surface, and news emerged about Android M integrating deeper into car dashboards everywhere.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

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Things are winding down for the end of the year in the technology world, but we still had some hot topics to discuss this week. HTC finally made its new mid-ranger Desire 620 official, another episode of the OnePlus/Cyanogen saga went down, we learned that the Nexus 5 could be close to retirement, Google updated a ton of its apps and released Lollipop for Android Wear devices, and we heard some interesting rumors about Samsung’s upcoming A7 and E7 smartphones.

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We’ve had a little bit of everything in the world of Android this week. Samsung surprised naysayers with a speedy Lollipop update kickoff for the Galaxy S5. Google pushed out a minor update to Nexus devices, bringing the software revision to Android 5.0.1. The two-face YotaPhone 2 finally made its actual debut, and we brought you our impressions of it. Some tantalizing rumors about Samsung’s and HTC’s upcoming flagships surfaced. And Google pushed out interesting updates to Messenger, News, and YouTube.