HOA Weekly Wrap: We’re Back!


I took a few weeks off from the Weekly Wrap for the holidays and following holiday hangover.  We saw quite a few good Android deals over Black Friday and Cyber Week, including the $199 Nexus 6, $299 Nexus 5X, $449 Galaxy S6, and $9.99 Verizon Moto E. Hopefully your holidays and shopping went well, mine did, but I’m ready to get back into some Android news and reviews from the past week! Before we get started with news, check out some of our video reviews and coverage from the world of Android this week:

Motorola captured some headlines this week with phone and smartwatch enthusiasts, announcing the release date of the Moto 360 Sport and the upcoming availability of Marshmallow for the Moto X Pure. The 360 Sport will be available in the US on January 7 for $299. On January 10 Best Buy will have the smartwatch in stores if you’re interested in testing it out first. The Moto X Pure Marshmallow soak test began earlier this week, meaning we should expect an official update in the next few weeks if everything goes well. If you’ve been waiting for 6.0 on your Moto X Pure, you shouldn’t be waiting long. Let’s just hope Motorola did better than last year with Lollipop.

HTC also made news this week with a rumor that they will finally release their Android Wear watch sometime in February 2016. Evan Blass has a solid track record with HTC rumors (except his incorrect M9 rumor last year), so I mostly believe this. HTC took forever to actually get into the Android Wear market despite being one of the official partners listed at the launch of Android Wear at I/O 2014.

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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!"