HOA Weekly Wrap: We Did It First!


A lot of fun stuff going down in Android this past week. Nexus 5X orders began arriving en masse to the preorder crowd. We saw the Nexus 6P orders charged near the end of week. Those two events brought mixed feelings for me as Google held my Nexus 5X order back to ship with my 6P. Thankfully, both of my phones are on the way now! Blackberry finally put the Priv smartphone up for preorder. The original preorder page was live on Wednesday night with a price of $749, but was pulled after about 15 minutes. Pretty much everyone across the Android community was outraged at the high price, which made me believe Blackberry was doing a bit of market research by leaking that page. On Friday morning the page returned with a $699 price, still high, but at least cheaper than before. I’m pretty excited to get my hands on the Priv, at the very least it is a lot different than the current slate of flagship Android phones.

On the not-so-fun side, we had the announcement of Youtube Red and HTC defending themselves against allegations of releasing an iPhone clone. Youtube Red is the new paid service from Youtube that allows viewing of Youtube videos without advertisements and also unlimited background listening and the ability to save videos for offline playback. Although I believe most Youtube users will not sign up for the service at all, many creators are concerned about potentially losing large amount of ad revenue from their current earnings. I personally feel the loss won’t be that great, and eventually the subscription service might even bolster revenue for many creators. I guess we’ll find out starting next week!

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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!"