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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, June 30, 2013
This week, we got a bunch of contradicting rumors about the Note 3, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2 landed, the Google Play Edition phones stirred some controversy, WSJ spilled the beans on Google’s plans for the rest of the year, and Android 4.3 leaked in all its glory.
Galaxy Note 3 rumors – color us confused
Samsung’s next big thing is the Note 3, due to launch at the end of the summer. That’s what we know.
What we don’t know is how the successor to the Note 2 will look, and the series of rumors that surfaced this week hasn’t helped at all. On Monday, we heard that the Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch display, in order to keep the dimensions of the device in check. Next, we heard that, due to supply issues, Samsung would use LCD and AMOLED displays and ship two versions of the device. Just when we thought we finally knew something, a new report came in saying that Samsung is going to use a flexible display of 5.99-inch on the Note 3.
Yes, we’re still in the dark about the Note 3.
Sony outs the Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2. Honami? Maybe next week
Just when leakers were out of info to leak about it, Sony made the magnificent Xperia Z Ultra official. It’s a 6.4-inch smartphone that looks like a small Xperia Tablet Z, features a mighty Snapdragon 800 processor, and can be used with makeshift styluses such as pencils. It’s just 6.5 millimeters thin, but it lacks a camera flash and the battery is just 2000 mAh. What will make or break this device are the price and availability, and sadly, Sony was vague about it.
Then there’s the second generation Sony SmartWatch 2, which brings NFC and a new design. Sony apparently has big plans for it. What about the Sony i1, a.k.a. the Honami? Rumor has it will see it in Paris on July 4!
Galaxy S4 and HTC One “Google Play Edition” land, create controversy
We are hard to satisfy, we Android fanatics. The much anticipated Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 went on sale this week, and they immediately ignited controversy. Who will update them? What’s the point in buying one? Why is there a new camera app that hasn’t even been made available on the Nexus 4? These are questions that we tried to answer here.
WSJ: K release Android coming in fall, with Google Android console, smartwatch, and new Nexus Q
When the Wall Street Journal reports on a rumor, you can almost be sure it’s accurate. You can imagine our excitement over WSJ’s report that the next version of Android, known internally as “K release” will come in autumn, and that Google is working on an Android powered gaming console, a smartwatch (something we’ve heard from our own sources), and even on a successor to the ill-fated Nexus Q.
But there’s more – HP is apparently working on the first Android laptops, and Google is said to be developing ultra-low-cost phones for emergent markets, independently from Motorola.
Android 4.3 leaks online, new camera can be downloaded
The week brought as a premiere – the first time a version of Android leaked ahead of the official announcement. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean brings minor changes over Android 4.2.2 and most are under the hood. Still, the fact that you can download and install Android 4.3 before it even reached the Nexus is amazing.
In related news, the new camera app on Android 4.3 leaked online in a matter of hours, so everyone can install it and get to use the awesome Photo Sphere on any modern Android device.
What’s your take?
In your opinion, what were the most important news this week, and why?