HOA Weekly Wrap: Do you even smartwatch bro?


It’s awfully hard to remember a week in Android News where we discussed smartwatches more than smartphones, but that was certainly the case this past week at IFA. There were a few interesting smartphone announcements, most notably Sony’s 4K smartphone release in the Xperia Z5 Premium. Since all of us have given our thoughts on IFA and the Moto X Pure preorders in video form, I thought I’d aggregate those here for easy viewing. Take a quick look at everything that went down, then check back after the break for a few more thoughts on what’s coming up in Android:

I’ve been incredibly busy the past few weeks. Currently I’m working on my reviews for the OnePlus 2 and Note 5/Edge+ while putting my final touches on the Axon Pro review. In addition to that, my full-time job at the university is picking back up with the new semester bringing research and teaching responsibilities again. That being said, I’m incredibly excited about the new smartwatches coming in and the Moto X Pure.

My Moto X Pure should arrive sometime this week (I preordered on Amazon). I also received my Google OnHub router this week, but I haven’t had a chance to set it up just yet. The Huawei Watch remains my most anticipated new wearable, but I’m looking forward to the Gear S2 release in October as well. I hope at least one of us is able to get our hands on a Z5 Premium to see how the battery life fares with all those pixels. There is also a rumor that Google may hold a Nexus event on September 29 to launch the LG and Huawei Nexus. In the past few years Google has not held an event for the Nexus, so it will be interesting to see if this materializes. I think it would be awesome to have a Nexus event as it gives all Android fans something to look forward to.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"