This week in your world of Android: the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) went on sale, Google teased some crazy Project Ara phones, the Play Store became a lot safer, Qualcomm introduced the chips of tomorrow, more details about the OnePlus One trickled out, new rumors about Google’s redesign surfaced, and the Heartbleed terrified the Internet.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Clash of the titans
The HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 went on sale in the US and around the world this week. They are both amazing Android devices, but which one’s better for you? For the answer, check out our coverage.
- Galaxy S5 goes on sale today: 14 things you need to know
- HTC One M8 now available in-stores: 10 things you need to know
- HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Project Ara may actually work
Skepticism was high back when Motorola first announced Project Ara, but with each milestone passed, the modular phone looks more and more feasible. This week, Google released the Modular Development Kit for Ara, along with more details on what we can expect from the first modular phones.
Downloading Android apps just got safer
As the most popular mobile operating system in the world, Android is the main target of mobile malware developers. But Google’s new continuous app scanning protection will make their job much harder.
We’re still waiting to see the Snapdragon 805 in action, but Qualcomm is already talking about the systems on a chip that will power the Galaxy S6 and the next HTC One in 2015.
OnePlus One is a beast
OnePlus is unveiling the OnePlus One in slow motion, and this week we got a peek at the phone’s processor and RAM. Oh, and some ruthless teasing from Steve Kondik himself.
More talk about Google apps redesign
If you still doubted that Google is going to redesign its key apps in the close future, this report should put your doubts to rest.
Heartbleed, oh my
Heartbleed, a major bug in an encryption tool used by two thirds of the Internet, sent shockwaves across the web over the last few days. Unfortunately, Android is affected too.
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