Android Community Weekly Wrap-Up for April 12, 2014

We've had some slow weeks in terms of Android news lately, but things appear to be picking up. And naturally, as we move closer to Google I/O we expect this to continue. Samsung and HTC have both released their latest flagship devices, plus there are some others we are still waiting to see. There was also quite a bit of talk about Heartbleed this past week.

The Android Community Team: mixed opinions on utility apps

For this latest 'Android Community Team' post we are talking about apps that help you manage your device. This can include everything from tools that help you track battery life or manage your storage space. There are also the tools for remote tracking. But putting the examples aside for a moment; as you are about to see -- we actually have a pretty mixed opinion on using these tools. One of us avoids them, one of us regularly uses them, and one of us is sort of in the middle and may be headed to using them on a regular basic.

OnePlus One camera samples leak

Photo samples of the potentially disruptive OnePlus One have been leaked, and they show what cold be a world class camera. The shots, which you can see below, were allegedly taken with a 13MP camera. If accurate, OnePlus may have cracked the mobile photography code.

Portal for SHIELD live gameplay shown in video

Today at an NVIDIA event, Portal for Android was shown in live gameplay on the SHIELD. From the video (which we’ve included below, of course) we see smooth play, free of any stuttering or hiccups. From the looks of things, the Portal port to Android is just as smooth as it ever was on an Xbox.

Report: Amazon phone to launch in September

CNBC is reporting that Amazon does indeed have a smartphone lined up for launch, and will be announcing it this Summer. Via Twitter, they note the device will be announced in June, well ahead of a September release. Further details suggest 3D aspirations, which is something we’ve heard before from Amazon.

Facebook report highlights censorship

Faacebook is saying which countries are censoring their news feed in a global transparency report, which covers the second half of 2013. According to them, India is the top offender with 4,765 content restrictions. The main reason for the blocks has to do with “criticism of a religion or the state”. Second on the list was Turkey with just over 2,014 blocks.

Analyst: T-Mobile and Sprint must merge, or one will fail

The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is an interesting Catch 22, according to analysts from New Street Research. Both carriers acknowledge they can’t compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T separately, as their buying power for spectrum is just overwhelming. Together, T-Mobile and Sprint would still represent the number three carrier in the US, but the FCC is likely reluctant to let it happen.