Android Weekly: top 10 stories this week

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 26, 2014

This week in your world of Android: Sony’s Sirius leaked, developer Chainfire warned about upcoming trouble for root apps, Samsung’s Google Now-style UI sparked controversy, more S5 rumors surfaced, OnePlus teased its CM phone, Samsung got itself in hot water over accessory locking, and a red version of the Nexus 5 got our pulse racing.

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

Ominous signs for root apps

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Well-known Android developer Chainfire warned this week about changes possibly coming to the next version of Android that could spell trouble for apps that need root access to work. Read what’s happening here:

Sony’s KitKat will be coming with lots of extra treats

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Sirius, the upcoming high-end device from Sony, leaked at the beginning of the week. Besides confirming its specs, the leak gave us a full look at the changes coming in the next version of Timescape UI, Sony’s Android implementation. The update shapes up to be the most substantial in Sony’s history.

Samsung’s familiar new UI

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Samsung is said to be exploring a new UI for its smartphones, and its centerpiece might be a card-based contextual virtual assistant system. Does that remind you of something? Samsung is spicing up this Google Now-like system with social feeds, and the design certainly piqued our interest.

The obligatory GS5 rumors


Samsung is still the most popular Android phone maker, and its most popular phone is still the Galaxy S, hence the abundance of rumors and reports on the upcoming Galaxy S5. One noted insider ventured a prediction for the launch date, while Korean media reported that the device will feature a fingerprint scanner.

OnePlus One


The OnePlus team has the difficult task of keeping the public’s interest alive for the One, the first pure CM smartphone. The device “will be built using only the best components and 2014 flagship specs, both inside and outside”. We’ll see what that means in a few months.

Smart covers rendered dumb

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Note 3 users reported this week that their non-Samsung smart covers have stopped working following the KitKat update. Samsung denied any wrongdoing, but code shows the move was on purpose.

Red Nexus

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A red version of the Nexus 5 may be coming next month, if a report that surfaced this week is accurate, while a bright yellow model could follow in the future. Color us interested!

What’s the biggest story in Android this week? Tell us in the comments.

  • AndroidBoss

    Dat red Nexus 5.

    • Jayfeather787


  • AndroidBoss

    Hope the new Touchwiz UI is smooth and nicer than the one on the S4.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Not sure how it is on the S4. On the Note 3, TW is very smooth :D
      The new UI and new Samsung icons look very nice though. I hope my Galaxy Mega can get it, but the chance seems small…

      • AndroidBoss

        I tried it on the Note 3 it it’s pretty smooth until you compare it to devices like the Nexus 5. Launching apps it way smoother and faster on Stock Android than on Touchwiz devices. Also, ART makes things a bit more fast on Nexus 5.

  • John Doe

    Are you sure that those are not just Nexus5 bumper cases? as they just came out with the exact same color schemed bumper case colors …
    If not, then they will have to create other colored bumper cases, like transparent … lol

    • AndroidBoss

      They look pretty real to me…

  • Jayfeather787

    1) It sucks that root apps will not work with the next version of Android. Android is supposed to be open source and rot-friendly, but they are also a company that wants a secure ecosystem for their regular users. However, it sucks that it is going to happen. I think we will find a way around it, we always do.
    2) The new Samsung UI seems pretty useful and like HTC blinkfeed. I wonder how it will do, it seems like a cool idea.
    3) That red nexus 5 is awesome and sexy as hell.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    You forgot our the current train wreck. It was a big deal, lol.

  • masaya shida

    can’t believe Sony’s new flagship, the sirius, has a 5.2 inch display… its too big and uncomfortable to use. Hope it is 4.5″ that’ll work great