Android Weekly: Samsung rumors, the Galaxy Tab S, and OnePlus One controversy

June 15, 2014
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This week in your world of Android: Paranoid Android and CyanogenMod released big updates, a string of Samsung rumors surfaced, the G Watch leaked extensively, the OnePlus One finally shipped (not without controversy), news emerged about Google’s plan to unify design across platforms, and Samsung introduced the AMOLED Galaxy Tab S tablets.

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

Custom ROMs fans rejoice

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Two of the most popular custom ROM projects had big releases this week. CyanogenMod 11 M7 brought the much anticipated Theme Engine to the stable Milestone 7 release, while Paranoid Android’s RC1 brought to the public a series of cool features, including Hover.


Samsung rumor bonanza

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The Galaxy F is again in the news (or more accurately rumors), after the device leaked in several pictures this week. We also got to see the Galaxy S5 Mini in high definition spy shots, and even the Galaxy Note 4 joined in the fun, even if it’s still months away.


G Watch: all you need to know

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Three distinct sources revealed details about the highly anticipated LG G Watch this week, including specifications, price, and release date. We even learned that the device will be given away at Google I/O in just two weeks.


OnePlus One, finally

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Fans were up in arms over a last minute delay of the OnePlus One, which was supposed to ship to customers with invites from June 6. After a bit of controversy, the device finally began making its way to eager buyers this Thursday.


A quantum leap in design

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Google is reportedly going to unveil a new design philosophy in the close future, one that puts emphasis on coherence across platforms. Dubbed Quantum Paper, the new approach could bring us similar experiences on the web, Android apps, and even iOS.


Galaxy Tab S series is here

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As expected, Samsung launched its first new AMOLED tablets in three years this week, under the Tab S moniker. Bringing beautiful displays and thin profiles, the Tab S is Samsung’s new top of the line range.


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

Comments

  • Luka Mlinar

    OnePlus is really bad on their word. Some users wore promised an invitation on the 6th or up to 5-7 days later and than never got them. At this point it’s questionable if you win their competition that you will actually get the invitation.

    • mmmmmbop

      Yes they are. Great and creating hype, really really bad at delivering on promises and reading their fans. People are pissed about OnePlus trying to get everybody to whore themselves out for an invite.

  • Daniela Okafor

    Meh.. Only thing i’m interested in in this article is Quantum paper.

  • killmore88

    One plus = DOA. Total fail.

  • TheIronMan

    oneplus really let their consumers down. their plan on getting the oneplus one out to the market is just plain horrible. ppl have been waiting to get their hands on this phone and all that’s really happened is delays due to software issues or dumb invites which are literally impossible to get

    • DrCarpy

      Agreed. OnePlus whatever impact they might’ve had is slowly dissolving. The marketing “plan” seems like they adopted it from a for dummies book. Lies and grand promises seems to be all they know how to do. They may help revolutionize price, but their inability to communicate openly and honestly will eventually be the company’s ruin.

  • Will S.

    OnePlus? I don’t know why people are talking this phone, it was simply overhyped in the first place IMO Anyway, weekly rumours are nice addition to AA!

  • robin

    those amoled tablets are looking really fine im seriously considering purchasing one for the screen alone

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      I’m absolutely with you on that. AMOLED + big screen + best specs available make it a no brainer for me. Might even make me fall in love with the form factor again, we’ll have to see. I was so excited initially by the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and then the Toshiba Excite, but 1280×800 in a dual core setup on Android back in the day wasn’t good enough. This time, Samsung is bringing their ‘A’ game to the display domain, and will see that the Tab S line will be their flagship tablet line. Will be getting the 8.4 as soon as it hits the market. Review will come soon!

      • robin

        great hope the price here wont be that high

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Quantum paper…unification of Google platforms, its about time. How it should have been done from conception.