Android fans, this week brought us closer to the release of the hot new Galaxy S6 and One M9; Cyanogen made waves again with its aggressive rhetoric against Google; leaks revealed our first credible look at the LG G4, due in late April; we heard rumors about the One M9+ and the Galaxy S6 Active; Google updated some of its apps and we heard reports about some new ones; a bezel-less Oppo device broke cover; Xiaomi teased a new device for March 31; and finally OnePlus said it’s preparing to unveil a… drone?
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Josh worked hard to get the second big review of the season, the One M9, in time for the embargo on Sunday evening (seriously, HTC, weekend embargoes are always a bad idea). You should definitely check it out if you’re interesting in buying the new M9 or just to see how it stacks up.
All in all, we’re pretty proud of how the M9 and Galaxy S6 reviews came out, and we hope you find them useful and informative. And we’re not stopping here; expect more comparisons and “feature focus” pieces where we look at the marquee features of both devices in the following days and weeks.
As for what’s next, Lanh has the Galaxy S6 Edge and he’ll be bringing his impressions pretty soon, while our resident ninja, Kevin, is about to get his review of the exotic Meizu M1 Note out in no time.
We’re ramping out our sister site, TabTimes. Derek pushed out a fresh new design and Jon is in charge of bringing you steaming-hot posts about iPad, Android tablets, Windows tablets, and everything else. Let us know what kind of content you would like to see more of!
The Friday Debate Podcast
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Throwback: The One M8 is a year-old – how well does it hold up?
- Review: The One M9 is here: is it more than a refinement to a well-known formula?
- Feature: Cher Wang is now the CEO of HTC – where will she take the troubled phone maker?
- Opinion: There is method in Samsung’s madness: why no SD and removable battery makes sense
- Opinion: Joe continues his series on things Google could do to improve the Play Store: this time it’s IAPs
- Review: Lanh reviews the ZTE Grand X Max+: does the phone match the name?
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
- Cyanogen CEO: We’re putting a bullet through Google’s head
- Cyanogen receives $80 million in funding from Qualcomm, Twitter, and others
LG G4 rumors
- Report: LG G4 to forgo metal in favor of plastic
- Korea report: LG G4 to come with a curved display
- Could this be our first look at the LG G4?
One M9 and M9+
- New HTC One M9+ mock-up shows the phone compared to the One M9
- HTC One M9+ to be launched on April 8 in Beijing
Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Active
- Samsung explains how it freed the Galaxy S6 from “cumbersome bloatware”
- Watch the Galaxy S6 being teared to pieces in this 17-minute video
- Galaxy S6 system dump available online
- AT&T and T-Mobile reveal Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pricing
- Rumor: Galaxy S6 Active to include microSD slot and bigger battery
- Report: Samsung to triple Galaxy S6 Edge production
- S. Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders start March 27th, sales begin April 10
Google apps updates
- Google might soon let you receive and pay bills from inside Gmail
- YouTube Live will reportedly launch later this year, centered around live streaming games
- Google Keep version 3.1 update brings recurring reminders and label support
- Google Docs, Sheets and Slides updated with UI tweaks
- Google Maps now lets you see maps from Google My Maps
Look ma, no bezels
Xiaomi is not slowing down
- Xiaomi launches new 40-inch 1080p Mi TV 2, costs $322
- Xiaomi teasing new products for March 31. Smartwatch incoming?
OnePlus: no Oxygen, just a drone
- OnePlus delays Oxygen OS, but teases a drone (unless it’s an April’s Fool joke)
- OnePlus’ self-imposed OxygenOS deadline delayed, assures better communication in the future
- CM12S OTA update is coming to OnePlus One users in India
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