It’s been a busy week in the world of Android, and much of the buzz was generated by an unlikely player – BlackBerry. Check out our BlackBerry Venice close-up and the other news of the week: Qualcomm announced details about Snapdragon 820 and Quick Charge 3; more rumors about the HTC One A9 surfaced; Google announced the date of its Nexus event; Google Now on Tap became available; Amazon introduced its newest Android tablets; and details about the next Chromecast leaked out.
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Can we still be excited for new smartphones? In a world where leaks are the norm and truly new features and designs are increasingly rare, is there room left for genuine surprises? Matt wrote a very interesting piece on how the “leak culture” makes it increasingly hard to experience the joyful wonderment that used to accompany new product announcements “back in the day.” But while genuine surprises are harder to come by, we just can’t quit our addiction. “It is this lust for more that paradoxically encourages further leaks, and yet in the process, only further traps us into the vicious cycle of information excess,” as Matt puts it.
It’s definitely ironic that just a couple of days after Matt published his post, we brought you an exciting (and exclusive) leak. Perhaps even more ironic, the device that’s got all of us excited is a slider-phone with a mechanical keyboard from BlackBerry. And it runs Android. Those are words I never thought I would ever type. Check out hands-on images and video tour of the BlackBerry Venice, and thanks again to the fine folks at Baka Mobile for sending the media our way.
Sunday Giveaway: A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the OnePlus 2 giveaway: Sergiy G. from Ukraine. This week we are giving away a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, enter here.
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Top news of the week
Qualcomm’s next big things
- Qualcomm introduces Quick Charge 3.0 – powering up devices 4x faster!
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to feature super fast LTE, powerful WiFi and smarter connectivity
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 and 430 processors – performance meets affordability
One A9 rumors
- HTC One A9 rumored to launch in November with modest specs
- HTC A9 Aero flagship reportedly will feature Marshmallow out of the box
Nexus 5x is coming
- Here are the front and back of the Nexus 5X in mint
- Google announces an event to be held on September 29th
BlackBerry Venice: up close
- Exclusive: New leaked images of the BlackBerry Venice
- Blackberry Venice shown off in quick look video
Google Now on Tap is here
Amazon sells a tablet six-pack
- Amazon announces latest Fire tablets, priced as low as $50
- Amazon announces revised Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
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