HOA Weekly Wrap: We’re Back!

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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.

The OnePlus 2 invite system has officially ended. Does anyone still care though? You can also pick up the OnePlus X invite-free until December 7. At this point, more people are probably buying the X.

The Nexus devices are getting a big update next week with brand new emoji. Everyone is pretty excited about them, especially the turkey, popcorn, middle finger, taco, and upside down smiley. Here’s a list of the new ones, via Droid Life:

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The Blackberry Priv also received a big update this week that brings several stability improvements and a big boost to the camera. Blackberry claims the update makes the camera much faster, one of the only big complaints I had about the device in my full review. Unfortunately, AT&T still has not rolled out an update and we don’t have an inclination of when we can expect it. In addition to the camera and stability improvements, Blackberry included the December security patch from Google.

Lastly, we’re beginning to hear rumors and leaked specs for the Sony Xperia Z6. This is pretty damn insane considering the Z5 and Z5 Premium just became available in most countries during the past 6 weeks. The rumored specs include the Snapdragon 820 of course, but also a possible 5 total variants, compared to the 3 launched with the Z5 series. We will definitely keep a close eye on this. While it seems unlikely that Sony would announce the Z6 at CES, you never know with their insanely accelerated launch schedule the past 2 years.

That’s about it for this week, be sure to stay tuned to HOA as we bring you the latest CES press conference announcements. Keep it locked to my Youtube channel this week for my full review (finally) of the Nexus 6P and LG V10. Until then, stay HIGH on Android!

Credit to Droid Life for the Emoji images!

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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!"