HOA Weekly Wrap: Launch Events on the Horizon!

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Over the past week the Android news excitement has increased with a number of announced or expected events coming up in the next few weeks. We know that Motorola and Verizon will host an event on October 27 to announce the new Droid Maxx 2 and Droid Turbo 2. OnePlus is widely expected to unveil the new OnePlus X or OnePlus Mini, which supposedly will support NFC to correct the terrible omission on the OnePlus 2. Lastly, HTC is hosting an event this upcoming Tuesday, October 20, to unveil the new HTC One A9. In addition to the upcoming events, Blackberry posted a pre-registration page and official teaser video for their new Priv Android slider phone. Hopefully we will hear about an official launch event from Blackberry in the near future, as CarPhone Warehouse already put the phone up for preorder.

We also received a few important software updates this week. Google pushed Hangouts 5.0 to the Play Store, with pretty noticeable speed improvements. I have been running Hangouts 5.0 on my phones since early this week and have noticed a huge difference in the amount of lag and ease of navigation. Verizon is beginning to push an update to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 which enables Samsung Pay and provides a Stagefright patch. It is nice to see Verizon finally issue the Samsung Pay compatibility update, but it is a shame they didn’t do it sooner for their users to get in on Samsung’s free accessory deal.

Rumors weren’t the only thing we covered this week. Max and I both had new phones in the house, with the LG V10 and Sony Xperia Z5 both arriving. Shane also put together an incredibly nice guide to rooting on Android 6.0 for Nexus devices. Check out some of our in depth video coverage below!. I’ll be back with more thoughts after the break:

Definitely check out Shane’s video on iPhone 6S live photos on Android, pretty damn cool if I say so myself. I’m enjoying the Xperia Z5 quite a bit so far, though I haven’t had a chance to put it through all the paces as my fiancee has been visiting the past week. That’s also why I only had two videos up this past week, I try to do 3-4 a week but with the lady in town it usually doesn’t work out that way. I will be back in full time on videos this week, reviews coming for Note 5/Edge+, Huawei Watch, Tab S2, among other things. I also plan to put out another episode of Case Wars for the Moto X Pure, people seem to be interested in cases for that phone as they are a bit scarce.

Nexus 5X orders started arriving at the end of last week, so hopefully most people will have them in their hands before I write next week’s summary. My 5X and 6P order lists October 28-29 as my approximate date, but I assume this is leaning more toward the 6P than 5X.

I’ve watched quite a few LG V10 videos in the last 5 days and this phone has me damn excited. The past few years I’ve repeatedly hoped for LG to make a true phablet device with tons of features. Hopefully LG announces availability soon, the price will definitely be premium, but I’m ready to get one of these in-house to give it a try. It will be interesting to see if the V10 can surplant the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ as my go-to phone in the rotation.

Lots of great stuff coming up this week including the HTC A9 event, keep it locked here to HOA for great Android news, and hit me up on Twitter to talk tech all week long!

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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!"