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Android Authority this week
Hello Android fans, this week brought us a couple of new devices and a whole lot of leaks and teases about what’s coming at IFA! Sprint brought the amazing no-bezel Aquos Crystal to the US, HTC launched the Butterfly 2, the Moto 360 and Moto X+1 leaked in all their glory, more details surfaced about the Note 4 and the Xperia Z3, and Asus teased its smartwatch coming at IFA.
It’s been a quiet week at AA HQ, but, as always, work is going on behind the scenes.
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Coming up next
If you followed Android Authority this past week, you probably noticed an uptick in news and rumors about the Note 4, Xperia Z3, Moto X+1, new wearables, and other awesome things coming the first week of September. It’s only going to get more interesting next week, so stay tuned. We also have a few non-IFA features in the oven, including a comprehensive mobile SoC guide by our resident chip head Robert Triggs.
In the video and review department, expect the full review of the Nvidia Shield Tablet and Josh’s first Xiaomi Mi 4 impressions. We promised a Back to School guide, and we delivered. Check it out here, and stay tuned for a best college apps roundup.
Every Sunday is Giveaway Sunday, so keep an eye out for the sweepstakes post. A Shield Tablet and Controller await their new owner, and another cool device is going up for grabs for next week.
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here’s some of our interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:
- Roundup: Andrew Grush collected in one place all the credible leaks and rumors about Motorola’s new devices
- Feature: We talked to WattUp, a company working to realize the promise of wireless charging at a distance
- Vox populi: In our latest Friday Debate, over a hundred opinions on how to make Android even better
- Back to School: Going back to school? You may want to check out our gear recommendations
- Opinion: Read Simon Hill’s thoughtful piece on the dynamics of price vs. brand in a mature smartphone market
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
Aquos Crystal: bezels be gone
- The Aquos Crystal is the closest we can get to a bezel-less phone (for now)
- Sprint’s Aquos Crystal: aggressive bezels at an aggressive price
Moto 360 and X+1 last minute leaks
- Here’s the best Moto X+1 leak we have seen so far
- Brazilian website uncovers Moto X+1 black, bamboo and leather versions
- Moto 360 accidentally leaked at Best Buy, to cost $250
Xperia Z3 specs confirmed
Note 4 leaks and teases
- Note 4 camera details leak: OIS, possible Side Touch sensor, new shooting modes
- Note 4 Ultrasonic cover will guide the visually impaired (but it’s not something new)
- Samsung teases the handwriting capabilities of the next Note
Time has been transformed
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