Top 6 Android stories this week: OnePlus One, Nexus 8 rumor, and Vic Gundotra leaving Google

April 27, 2014
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    This week in your world of Android: the OnePlus One landed with a bang, Hangouts got smarter, a Nexus 8 rumor made the rounds, Plus boss Vic Gundotra announced he’s leaving Google, the Tab 4 line got a release date, and more LG G3 specs leaked out.

    These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.

    The OnePlus One is here

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    Few phones have been so hyped ahead of their launch, especially when it comes to brand new devices like the OnePlus One. Overhyped or not, the self-proclaimed flagship killer’s $299 price tag is sure to keep it in the spotlight.

    SMS, meet chat


    One of the qualms many users had with Google’s Hangouts messaging app was the fact that it didn’t unify SMS and chat conversations into one thread. That’s no longer the case, since the latest update brought Hangouts this much awaited capability.

    That Nexus 8 rumor again

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    Talk about a Nexus 8 tablet rekindled this week, following a Digitimes report claiming HTC won the right to fabricate an 8.9-inch Nexus device for Google.

    Bye, Vic

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    The father of Google Plus, Vic Gundotra, one of Google’s top executives and public figures, announced he would be leaving the company after a 7-year tenure. Gundotra’s departure sparked talk about upheaval at Google Plus, though rumors of the social network’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    At least the Tab 4 series is cheap

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    They are not the most exciting Android devices out there, but at least they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Samsung’s three Tab 4 devices will release on May 1 in the US, starting from $200.

    More G3 leaks

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    The last big flagship phone of the season will be the LG G3. This week, we learned a few more details about it, including alleged screenshots of its revamped user interface.

    What was the biggest Android news this week?


    • Brendon Brown

      8″ HTC build quality tablet is perfect !

      • Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Would be great to see. I really hope Google partners with them, they could use it.

        • Sean Royce

          HTC really need the good publicity. I have great fears they’ll go defunct in the next 3-5 years.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Yup. Last good Nexus design was the 4. Everything else was just plain.

          • canavi

            I wouldn’t call the n5 plain. Maybe subtle.

    • Mr james bunt

      I am waiting for LG to announce the G3 and compare it with the other 2014 high end smartphone. It will be a though competition.

      • Luka Mlinar

        Can’t really compere a high end phablet with a high end phone. Just sayin’

        • Sean Royce

          It’s still a phone. I doubt it’s going to be as big as the Xperia Z Ultra.

          • Luka Mlinar

            OnePlus said at one point that their phone could fit inside the Z1. Than they said “you’re gonna need some tools”. Guessing you need the tools to make that brick fit into anything. :D

    • RB Shah

      i am waiting for 8 inch tab… nexus 8 would be great… i dont know why companies are not making a good 8 inch tab.. cant have options at my place (India) … pls nexus 8, come soon :(

      • Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        LG G Pad 8.3 is a fantastic device, is it not available there?

        • Ishaan Malhotra

          It is

    • Anthony Johnson

      According to
      me Google have taken a wrong decision by assigning the task of Nexus 8 to HTC. History
      suggests that none of the tablet under the brand name of HTC became successful
      till date. Instead of selecting HTC for its new flagship device, they should
      choose LG who made the best ever Nexus 5 for them with hardware specs like qi
      enabled that means the phone can be easily charged by placing it on qi charger ,
      8MP autofocus camera, Quad Core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor and the latest
      Android 4.4 KitKat version.

      • Jesse Afolabi

        like we dont know that already

    • Jesse Afolabi

      unless its packing a snapdragon 805 then i wont see the big deal there….. 2014 has been about 800 and 801 with 2, 3gb ram on recent flagship….m hoping they change this

    • Rohit Naik

      Fake HTC One under $100
      CHeck quality

    • Rileey Poole

      I heard that Android Silver line will replace all Google nexus phones such as Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and also Nexus 6 which is now a days in rumors and instead of them Nexus 8 will release..