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The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 810 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.
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August 31, 2014
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The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 510 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.

At AA HQ, we’ve been busy preparing for the big show next week and the good stuff coming later this fall. Tech news is finally picking up again, and we couldn’t be happier!

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IFA is a big deal this year

Well, IFA is always a big deal because it’s the start of the busiest season in tech, the time when all companies put out their best products so they’re ready on the shelves when holiday shopping begins. Yes, the spring season is important too, but it’s the end of the year that really matters. And this year, competition is intense. Not only we have a slew of cool Android devices duking it out against each other, but the long-awaited larger iPhone is going to make the mobile race more interesting than ever. It all starts next week: Note 4, Gear VR, G Watch R, new Moto X and Moto G, new Xperia devices, and more.

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Fun, games, and a lot of hard work

Tech blogging can be hugely rewarding , especially if you’re passionate about the things you’re writing about all day. Attending shows like IFA, CES, and MWC is one of the best things about it. You get to interact with the people behind the devices, you get to see cool new toys before most people, and overall it’s just lots of fun. On the flip side, it’s also lots of work, especially if you’re part of a small team. Attending briefings, live-blogging, running from one booth to another (especially at IFA, which takes place at a huge and confusing expo complex), all while writing posts and coordinating with the team back home… it can be challenging at times. But don’t get me wrong – the sleep deprivation is totally worth it!

#IceBucketChallenge

We did it. Well, some of us did it. Our YouTube team (Kevin, Joe, Josh, Lanh) and our fearless leader Darcy accepted the challenge to get drenched in cold water and  donate to the ALS Association (Lahn also donated to Water.org, while Josh thoughtfully took the challenge on a patch of parched grass.) The results are in the video below – check out this post to learn where to donate and support the fight against ALS.

Coming up next

Obviously, next week will be dedicated to news from IFA, with the Note 4 front and center. Keep an eye on our tag page for round the clock coverage, and don’t forget about our YouTube channel.

Motorola programed its autumn event on September 4, but for some reason it’s in Chicago, not Berlin. Keep an eye out for our Moto X+1 and Moto G2 hands-on impressions.

A Gear Live is awaiting its new owner. And a Nexus 5 is going up for stakes through this Sunday Giveaway. Because what’s better than free gadgets?

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

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