Android Community Weekly Wrap-Up for March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014
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Another week has come to a close, and what a week it was. This past week brought a nice mix of rumors and leaks as well as actual news. We saw plenty of talk in regards to wearables and lots on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8). Pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 are getting underway with availability set for early to mid April.

We are also looking closely at the HTC One (M8), which will get an official unveil next week. The announcement, which will be live streamed, will take place on March 25th. HTC has been doing a bit of teasing. We have seen some official teaser videos from HTC, as well as some leaked videos -- notably the one about Sense 6.0.

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AT&T and US Cellular have begun accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S5. Sprint will have the handset available in April, and T-Mobile will begin accepting pre-orders next week, on March 24th. Best Buy is offering an early in-store look at the Galaxy S5 at select locations, and Radio Shack is tempting buyers with a special promo offer. Sadly, no Galaxy S5 news from Verizon Wireless just yet.

On the flip side, we are expecting Verizon Wireless to have the One (M8) available shortly after the announcement. That bit came by way of a leaked image, so we'll have to wait for an official nod before we get super excited. Either way, with two flagships coming available rather shortly -- Android users looking to upgrade will have a difficult decision ahead of them.

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On the wearable side. We learned Pebble has sold 400,000 units since January 2013. AT&T also offered some pricing details for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Those will be $299, $199 and $199 respectively. The Samsung wearables will be coming available alongside the Galaxy S5, and as we've already seen, AT&T is accepting pre-orders and even giving a discount for those who purchase either the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo with a Galaxy S5.

Naturally, the bigger wearable news this week came from Google. They announced Android Wear, which can basically be summed up as Google Now on your wrist. Following up that was news of various partners including Fossil, Broadcom, HTC, Intel, MediaTek, MIPS, Qualcomm, and Samsung. There was also LG and Motorola, both of who announced a watch. Neither are available just yet, however we are looking forward to seeing the LG G Watch and the circular Moto 360.

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What week could pass without mention of that other wearable -- the one for your face -- Google Glass. Once again we are hearing talk about how Google Glass is doomed. There was also a bit direct from Google regarding some myths. Otherwise, this week we took a brief look at the 13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 and the Acer Android AIO TA272HUL. Nate also had a nice piece on the Chromecast.


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