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This week, the Oppo N1 landed (CyanogenMod in tow), the Galaxy S5 rumor mill began to rev up, Samsung confirmed its curved display phone, Amazon kindled a new Fire, Google updated apps across the board, and controversy irrupted around the region locking of the Galaxy Note 3.

These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few phrases. It’s must read Android.

Oppo N1

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It’s big, bold, and comes with CyanogenMod on board. While it may not be for everyone, the new Oppo N1 is a phone to behold.

Yes, we have Galaxy S5 rumors already

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The Galaxy S5 might sport a metal body, but it definitely won’t have a fingerprint sensor. We’ve also heard about a premium “F Project”. The plot thickens.

Curved display phone coming

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Samsung has been teasing flexible displays for years, and now it finally confirmed a commercial product is coming next month. Rumor has it it’s a curved screen Note 3 variant.

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire is a beast

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Amazon isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of cutting edge specs, but the new Kindle Fire HDX delivers just that.

Google goes update crazy

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Google updated many of its apps and services this week, perhaps to celebrate its 15th anniversary. We don’t mind!

The Note 3 is region locked

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The unlocked Note 3 launched this week. Except it wasn’t actually that unlocked: Samsung now locks devices based on the region they are bought from.


What’s the biggest story in Android this week? Tell us in the comments

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.