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Android Authority this week

Fellow tech fans, this fine summer week brought us plenty to talk about around our virtual water cooler, from the demise of Microsoft’s Android devices, to rumors of Samsung’s Next Big Thing, to new devices, and hints of what’s to come from the likes of HTC and Nvidia. At Android Authority HQ, we rolled out a new navigation menu and laid the groundwork for further integration between the website and the community, with more cool stuff going on behind the scenes. Let’s take a look back!
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July 20, 2014
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Fellow tech fans, this fine summer week brought us plenty to talk about around our virtual water cooler, from the demise of Microsoft’s Android devices, to rumors of Samsung’s Next Big Thing, to new devices, and hints of what’s to come from the likes of HTC and Nvidia. At Android Authority HQ, we rolled out a new navigation menu and laid the groundwork for further integration between the website and the community, with more cool stuff going on behind the scenes. Let’s take a look back!

Android Authority this week

New way to get around AA

We’re always looking for ways to make Android Authority nicer to visit, and over the past few weeks, our focus was the main navigation menu. We felt we needed to make the header cleaner, without taking away the ability to dig into certain categories, like Featured stories or Reviews. So Derek came up with a new sidebar menu you can access from the “hamburger” button, that contains all the nav links, as well as our social links, a sign up form for our newsletter, and information about Android Authority. And, because the menu is also available from the forums, you can easily get around our community. We’re still tweaking the design, so it’s only going to get better.

Integration

If you signed up for our new forums, you may have noticed that your profile carries over to the site – your avatar on the top right corner gives you access to your AA profile, while the bell icon will show notifications when you receive messages or when someone posts a reply to one of your posts. The idea is to tie the website and the forums as closely as possible, so you can get the most out of our community. In the future, the single sign-in will let you begin a discussion on the website, and carry it over to the forums.

The #1 Android YouTube channel

Not to brag, but the AA YouTube channel is the most popular channel dedicated to Android and one of the most popular technology channels in general. 791,574 subscribers and growing! Our video team is made up of Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy, Kevin Nether, Jayce Broda, and Lanh Nguyen, a bunch of awesome guys that know their tech and know their video. Every week, they bring you some of the best hands-on impressions, reviews, apps, and news coverage you’ll find.

What’s next?

We still have a few weeks of summer ahead, but if you’re anything like me, you probably wish fall were here already. That’s because things really pick up from September onward, and we’ll have a lot to geek over towards the end of the year (hint, hint: Android L.) But that doesn’t mean August will be a dead season. Motorola will launch the X+1 and the Moto 360, and, while the hype won’t be even close to the levels of last year (i.e.: crazy), we do expect some exciting news on this front. Then, there’s the rumored Android Wear device from HTC, and we keep our fingers crossed for the Galaxy Alpha to turn out to be a real device. Then there’s the usual build up before IFA Berlin, and perhaps even some surprises.

Video roundup

Jayce summarizes the week in his popular video roundup:

Top news of the week

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

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Happy Sunday!