This week in your world of Android: Google introduced the all-seeing Project Tango, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, more details emerged about the HTC One and Galaxy S5, LG introduced the G2 Mini, Samsung kicked off its KitKat update campaign, and the Tizen-running Gear 2 launched.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Kinect in a box
Project Tango combines an Android smartphone with a “revolutionary” 3D sensing chip that allows it to map surroundings in 3D in real time. Think of it like a Kinect sensor shrunken down to the size of a phone, and you’ll begin to understand why Project Tango could change smartphones forever.
Facebook shelled a total of $19 billion for WhatsApp, a messaging service with more than 300 million daily active users. If that’s not crazy enough consider that the company is five years old and has just 55 employees.
The All New HTC One, looks much like the old one
This week we finally settled on a name for the M8, HTC’s successor to the 2013 One. The All New HTC One is expected to launch on March 25, but we don’t have to wait until then to see what it looks like, because the device leaked this week in all its glory.
- Here’s the “All new HTC One” in Gold
- These HTC M8 images could be the real deal
- Next-gen HTC One leaks out in gray and silver
Last-minute Galaxy S5 leaks
The Galaxy S5 will launch on Monday at Unpacked 5, but there’s still time left for some juicy last-minute leaks for the most impatient amongst us. We’ve got details on the S5’s fingerprint sensor and camera, as well as the release date of its premium version.
- Sources reveal full details of the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera
- Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner reportedly built into the home button
- Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature upgraded flash technology
- Quad HD variant of Galaxy S5 could launch in early summer
Say hello to the LG G2 mini
LG probably doesn’t like suspense, because it just unveiled another device just days ahead of MWC, the LG G2 mini. Specs fiends won’t get their fix here, but depending on the price, the G2 mini could be an attractive proposition to some users.
Roadmap to KitKat
A lot of users are looking to Samsung impatiently for their KitKat updates, so this week’s official announcement on which devices will get the update was welcomed news.
Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, now with Tizen
Yup, Samsung ditched Android in favor of its homegrown Tizen operating system when it comes to the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The two devices boast sleeker designs and new features, and they still connect to a variety of Galaxy devices. They are just not Android any more.
What was the biggest Android news this week? Tell us in the comments!