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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!
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.
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.
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.
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here’s some of our interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:
- Opinion: Bobby Situkangpoles explains why ignoring young guns could be a costly mistake for Samsung
- Prediction: Robert Triggs tries his hand at predicting what smartphones will look like in 2015
- Opinion: Andrew Grush sees in Android L the beginning of the end for OEM skins
- Review: Josh Vergara gives you his thoughts on Android Wear and the LG G Watch
- Versus: LG G3 or One M8? Lanh Nguyen wondered so you don’t have to
- PSA: Interested in Android development? It just got easier to learn
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:
Android One in October
Smart contact lenses are for real
Galaxy Alpha and Note 4 are heating up…
- Korean media: Galaxy Alpha – 4.7-inch metal body, 6mm thick, August launch
- The Galaxy Note 4 will tell you to apply sunscreen when the UV index is high
…while the Galaxy S5 is cooling down
It was fun while it lasted
G3 Beat is no mini phone
Google apps updates
- Google Wallet update brings gift cards and money requests to your mobile device
- Games with in-app purchases won’t be called “free” from this fall
- Maps 8.2 brings elevation info for cyclists and voice commands in nav mode
- Chrome for Android update rolling out, brings back Doodles on new tabs and more
An HTC smartwatch, maybe
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