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Android Authority this week - March 22, 2015
Android fans, it’s been a big week for HTC, with everything from controversy over the alleged overheating of the M9, to the announcement of a new extended warranty program and the M9’s US release date, and ending with a bang, with the news that Cher Wang will take over as CEO. In other news, Android manufacturers continued to push out Lollipop to their devices, credible renders of the Xperia Z4 leaked out, Google announced major changes to its app approval process, Huawei sent out invites for the Ascend P8, OnePlus teased a “game changer” and a Swiss watchmaker joined Android Wear.
Inside AA HQ
After spending a lot of time with the new Galaxy S6, Josh put up his review, and it’s a thing of beauty. 17 minutes of gloriously smooth 60 fps footage walk you through all the key aspects of the highly anticipated Galaxy S6, from that eye-catching design to the streamlined TouchWiz. For even more details, check out our written review, which is choke full of beautiful shots of Samsung’s new flagship and sample images taken with the device.
We brought you tons of videos and posts from MWC 2015, but Ash Tailor’s new “MWC -Insider’s Perspective” video is something different. Watch it to get a taste of what it is like to attend the world’s largest mobile trade show.
There’s been a lot of talk about how the One M9 gets too hot, or, depending on whom you believe, doesn’t get that hot at all. Our advice was to wait for the full review of the M9, running final software, and the good news is you won’t have to wait much longer. Stay tuned for our up-close look at the new One M9 next week.
There’s no doubt the Galaxy S6 is the most desirable phone of the moment. So we think you’ll be happy to know that our latest Sunday Giveaway puts an S6 up for grabs. Check out the sweepstakes here.
The Friday Debate Podcast
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Feature: You heard a lot about USB Type-C. Gary Sims explains it in detail
- Throwback: With the Galaxy S6 around the corner, Josh puts the Galaxy S5 through the test of time
- Feature: Internet of Things isn’t just another buzzword. Read on to see why it matters
- Review: Affordable devices don’t have to feel cheap, and the new Moto E is the best example
- Editorial: Simon Hill argues that Samsung should’ve made the S6 Edge its true flagship
- Opinion: Matthew Benson talks about horrible customer experiences and how to protect yourself
- Video: Ash Thought finished up his insider’s perspective of MWC, and it’s beautiful
- Review: This is the one you’ve been waiting for! Our Galaxy S6 review
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
HTC in the spotlight
- You may want to take that HTC One M9 overheating report with a grain of salt
- Peter Chou is no longer the CEO of HTC. Cher Wang takes over
- U.S. availability for the HTC One M9 begins April 10th
- (Update: coming March 21) One M9 release delayed for last minute software fixes in Taiwan
- Uh-Oh: HTC’s new warranty program offers some serious benefits (US only)
- HTC One (M7) owners, no Lollipop 5.1 for you!
- (Update: Xperia Z2 and some tablets) Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact getting Lollipop update
- Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) receives Android Lollipop in UK
- Moto X (1st gen) Lollipop soak test is under way
- HTC One M9+ arriving in late March-early April says @upleaks
- Android One users can download the Android 5.1 OTA links here
- T-Mobile Nexus 6 receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA build LYM47M
Xperia Z4 first look
Play Store improvements
- Google is now manually reviewing apps that are submitted to the Play Store
- Google introduces age-based rating system for apps
Huawei Ascend P8
- OnePlus teases a new “game changing” device that will launch in April
- OnePlus: OxygenOS and CyanogenMod 12S both coming by month’s end
Android Wear news
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