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Android Authority this week - August 16, 2015

It’s been a wildly entertaining week in the world of Android. Google dropped the Alphabet bomb, Samsung launched the Note 5, and details about the next Nexuses leaked. Here’s the news of the week!

Published onAugust 16, 2015

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It’s been a wildly entertaining week in the world of Android. Google dropped the Alphabet bomb, prompting a flurry of speculation about the reasons behind this radical change. Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus, to mixed reactions. Details about HUAWEI’s next smartphones leaked out, while we gathered more info about LG’s upcoming Nexus. Qualcomm introduced new mid-level chips and detailed the high-end Snapdragon 820. Xiaomi introduced the Redmi 2 Prime and Redmi Note 2. And the OnePlus 2 went on sale (if you have an invite!)

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And just like that, the Note 5 has arrived. Hopefully for Samsung, the market reception will be less frosty than the anticlimactic launch would suggest. Truth is, the Note series is no longer standing out in a market full of devices with large screens. Are the S Pen and the software tricks it enables enough to preserve the Note’s dominance? Over the next weeks, we’ll be putting the Note and the S6 Edge Plus through their paces to find out.

What about IFA, Samsung’s traditional stomping grounds? We’ve got a glimpse of the Gear S2 and we’re confident we’ll get to check it out in Berlin from September 1. Anything else? Is a new tablet coming? Overall, IFA may be a little interesting than usual this year – Sony, HUAWEI, and a few others will have product launches, but it just won’t be the same without a new Note.

If you’re going back to school soon, we’ve put together a great guide to help you gear up with the best gadgets for work and fun. Check it out here.

This week’s giveaway is the brand new Galaxy Note 5! Head over here for your chance to win Samsung’s hot new phone! Craving a OnePlus 2? We’re giving away 50 invites until August 19!

Top news of the week

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