This week, the Oppo N1 landed (CyanogenMod in tow), the Galaxy S5 rumor mill began to rev up, Samsung confirmed its curved display phone, Amazon kindled a new Fire, Google updated apps across the board, and controversy irrupted around the region locking of the Galaxy Note 3.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few phrases. It’s must read Android.
It’s big, bold, and comes with CyanogenMod on board. While it may not be for everyone, the new Oppo N1 is a phone to behold.
- Oppo N1 official: specs, features and pricing
- Oppo N1 hands-on and first impressions (video and image gallery)
Yes, we have Galaxy S5 rumors already
The Galaxy S5 might sport a metal body, but it definitely won’t have a fingerprint sensor. We’ve also heard about a premium “F Project”. The plot thickens.
- Samsung looking for suppliers of metal casings. Galaxy S5 first in line?
- Samsung won’t follow Apple with its own fingerprint scanner, claims it’s not developing the technology yet
- Samsung “Project F” phones may have flexible display, metal chassis
Curved display phone coming
Samsung has been teasing flexible displays for years, and now it finally confirmed a commercial product is coming next month. Rumor has it it’s a curved screen Note 3 variant.
- Rumors: two new versions of the Galaxy Note 3 coming this fall?
- It’s official: Samsung to release smartphone with curved display next month
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire is a beast
Amazon isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of cutting edge specs, but the new Kindle Fire HDX delivers just that.
Google goes update crazy
Google updated many of its apps and services this week, perhaps to celebrate its 15th anniversary. We don’t mind!
- Android Device Manager can now remotely lock your device with new password
- Hangouts 1.2 rolling out now, introduces availability indicators and more
- New Gmail for Android app update brings a “cleaner” look to conversation view and other improvements
The Note 3 is region locked
The unlocked Note 3 launched this week. Except it wasn’t actually that unlocked: Samsung now locks devices based on the region they are bought from.
- Galaxy Note 3 launches today in 58 countries from around the world
- Samsung Germany issues statement on regional lockout of Galaxy Note 3 and other devices
What’s the biggest story in Android this week? Tell us in the comments