HOA Weekly Wrap: November Big Android Giveaway!

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This week is a special edition of the weekly wrap as the November edition of the Big Android Giveaway has just kicked off.  You definitely want to enter this one! Before you check out my thoughts on the biggest stories of the past week below, check out Max and Shane’s videos announcing the giveaway, and get your entries in!

Get those entries in? Excellent, now let’s get to some Android News.This past week the release calendar wasn’t quite as packed, but we’ve still been plenty busy covering the slew of devices that have come out over the past month. We also had a few interesting announcements and small releases.

There was the new “gate” movement involving the Nexus 6P, this time involving reported spontaneous cracking of the glass on the rear camera module. Qualcomm officially unveiled their Snapdragon 820 processor, and claims that it won’t melt faces. Samsung also made news with the new Exynos 8 processor entering development for release next year and pre-orders beginning for the Gear VR. Motorola is planning to launch Marshmallow on the Moto X Pure Edition in the next few weeks, exciting news for everyone that likes to be first. Finally, LG took the biggest hardware release of the week with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE arriving in AT&T stores for purchase, and I have one in-house!


The Nexus 6P suffered plenty of controversy involving its build after only 1 month of availability. This week several users on Reddit and Android forum communities began complaining about spontaneous cracking of the glass on the rear camera module. They claimed the cracking was not due to a hard drop or bump, but instead caused by pressure or temperature changes perhaps. It seems to me these issues are real, but fairly isolated. Every phone is going to have some manufacturing issues in a few devices. If you want to see some in-depth testing of these claims, check out Shane’s article from this week, and his video on the topic:

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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!"