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Android Authority this week
Hello Android fans, here’s what went down in the world of Android this week: Facebook launched its Lite app for entry-level Android devices, we’ve heard some troubling news about Sony, Qualcomm confirmed its overheating problems, ZTE and Meizu introduced new devices, alleged renders of the Galaxy S6 and One (M9) surfaced, we discussed Cyanogen’s plans to take Android from Google, and Microsoft launched its Outlook and Office apps for Android.
Inside AA HQ
This week Josh and Darcy visited HUAWEI’s headquarters in China, where they learned more about the tech giant’s plans for 2015 and got a peek at all the work that goes into designing, building, and selling a modern smartphone. Expect a look behind the scenes soon.
Because of Josh’s trip, our Friday Debate podcast is actually going down this Sunday. In this edition, Josh, Andrew, Joe and Jon are talking about the Cyanogen’s plans for a Google-free Android. This topic has been on everyone’s lips this week, especially since news broke that Microsoft has become an investor in the company founded by Steve Kondik. We’ll update this post with the podcast widget as soon as it goes live.
Joe is piloting a new format and a new name for his popular weekly show about apps. The segment is now called Android Apps Weekly, but the gist of it is the same – cool new apps, big updates, and all the news that matter in the world of Android apps.
In our Sunday Giveaway, we’re putting up for grabs a brand new Nexus 9! Throw your name in the hat here.
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Opinion: Matthew prefers Tizen to Android Wear – read all about it here
- Hands-on: Josh checks out the new HUAWEI HONOR 6 Plus
- Review: It’s thin, it’s cheap, it’s the BLU vivo Air
- Throwback: A modern look at the phone that start it all – the T-Mobile HTCG1
- Debate: Cyanogen has huge ambitions. Can it make it?
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
- Sony is getting back to longer smartphone release cycles – report
- Is releasing a single Xperia Z flagship a year the right move for Sony?
- Sony will reportedly cut 1,000 more jobs from its mobile division
- Sony announces partnership with Spotify to replace Music Unlimited service
The heat is on Qualcomm
- Snapdragon 810 issues may put the heat on Qualcomm
- Qualcomm reveals “large customer’s flagship” won’t use Snapdragon 810, all signs point to Samsung
- LG reassures that the G Flex 2 and G4 won’t be affected by Snapdragon 810 issue
ZTE Blade S6
Our first look at the One (M9)?
Microsoft loves Android
Galaxy S6 rumors
Samsung’s shaky quarter
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