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Android Community Weekly Wrap-Up for April 5, 2014

Another Saturday has arrived, which ultimately means another week has come to a close. This week did bring some interesting news and announcements, however as exciting as it was -- it seems it was going to be a hard follow-up to the previous week when we saw HTC announce the One (M8).

HTC One (M7) drops to $1 with Best Buy

The shiny new gadget may be the HTC One (M8), but that isn't to say the previous model shouldn't be considered. The 2013 model year HTC One is still a rather capable handset, and thanks to a limited time offer with Best Buy -- it is currently selling with an attractive price point.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom specs surface in benchmark report

We've yet to see anything official from Samsung regarding the Galaxy S5 Zoom, however a good picture of the device is beginning to surface. We saw the actual (leaked) image yesterday, and some specs have leaked in the past. Today we are getting another look at the specs, which come courtesy of an AuTuTu benchmark report.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805-powered developer tablet detailed

It was back in November of 2013 when we learned the Snapdragon 805 "Ultra UD" processor would be heading to devices in 2014. Well, it looks like the first of these devices will be arriving in April. But before anyone gets super excited here -- this first device is going to be one aimed at developers. We've seen similar reference tablets from Qualcomm in the past, and this time around we are seeing the Snapdragon 805 Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T).

Fire TV iFixit teardown reveals massive heatsink

The Amazon Fire TV was announced earlier this week and the folks at iFixit have returned with another teardown. They gave the set-top box a score of 6 out of 10 in terms of repairability, however we suspect there will not be many attempting to fix this $99 media and game player by themselves. Instead these teardowns offer a look that most will likely never see otherwise. They sometimes also reveal some interesting little details.

Automatic driving assistant arrives for Android

The Automatic Link is touted as a "Smart Driving Assistant" but given support had been limited to iOS, it may not have been on the radar of many Android users. The good news is that has changed as of today. The Automatic app has landed in the Google Play Store ready for Android users looking to connect a little closer with their car.

Verizon Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order

Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders have arrived with Verizon Wireless. The carrier opened the pre-orders this morning, and perhaps more important for some -- this means the pricing and availability date has been confirmed. The handset will begin shipping on April 11th, and it sits priced at $199.99 on a new two-year agreement.

White House takes issue with David Ortiz’s presidential selfie

David Ortiz of the Red Sox recently snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama. The initial moment seemed spontaneous enough, however judging from the quick retweets and follow-up statements from Samsung -- it seems this may not have been nearly as spontaneous as originally thought. Basically, there appear to be some similarities to the selfie Ellen DeGeneres took with other celebrities during the Oscars. Something reminiscent of a staged event.