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Android Community Weekly Digest: Jan. 25, 2015

It's been quite a start to the year, with CES kicking off 2015. Things are relatively more quiet now in the mobile world, the calm before the storm that will be MWC 2015. For this week, we turn our attention to some existing and upcoming accessories for your mobile devices, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few juicy tidbits about devices and businesses. Welcome to this year's first Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from January 19 to January 25, 2015.

HTC One M9 leaked photos that looks like it could be legit

As we sit anxiously and count the days till March 1st for Mobile World Congress, we are surprised to see leaked photos of what HTC could be calling the new One M9. From the looks of it, it appears the new One M9 still retains the smooth metal chassis from the current model One M8. We can see that there are noticeable differences with the supposedly prototype M9 - trimmer all around, bezels are slimmer, the physical body seems to have lost weight and a square camera versus a circular camera on the current One M8.

New Sony Xperia smartphone lands at the FCC

A new Sony Xperia smartphone has crossed the FCC seeking certifications to come to market. There are no actual images of the device to be seen at this time, but there is line art and an image of the tags that will be featured on the smartphone.

OnePlus 2 specifications tipped for next China-based flagship

Rumors are brewing on the hardware specifications of the new OnePlus 2 and what it what it may have to offer potential users. It’s predecessor, the OnePlus One, has thus far been the only mobile device the company has yet released. This original One was announced back in June of 2014 - the next device is expected to be revealed some time this year. This next device has high expectations - the first One found significant success following a relatively large viral campaign involving invites to buy. Following up on the previous robust machine - the successor device has high expectations to meet as there may be a potential market anticipating the release.

HTC event March 1st to show newest phone: HTC Hima incoming?

HTC has been promising a blockbuster 2015, and the first opportunity for the company to wow us is Mobile World Congress in early March. Sure enough, HTC has fired out invites for a March 1st event, dubbed "Utopia in Progress", at which we're expecting to see the firm's new flagship smartphone. Scheduled roughly a year after the HTC One M8 debuted, according to the rumor machine the Barcelona launch is more than likely for the phone we've known as the "HTC Hima" from various benchmarking leaks.

New leak gives more details about upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to be unveiled in March during the MWC in Madrid, but that hasn't stopped people from trying to find out as much as they can about the upcoming new flagship from the Korean OEM. A Dutch site says that a user agent profile on the Samsung website has more or less confirmed what we know so far about the smartphone, while adding a few more tidbits to whet our appetite.

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors: reduced TouchWiz, production by February

The MWC in Barcelona is still a few months away, but rumors are already swirling about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6. The latest whisperings are saying that the soon-to-be-flagship will have a "toned down" interface of the memory hog proprietorial TouchWiz. Meanwhile, some say that as early as February, the Korean OEM will start mass production on their newest smartphone.

More rumored specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 leaked

Late last year, we were talking about rumors of Sony crazily launching its next flagship phone, the Sony Xperia Z4, in January at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Fortunately for us, CES has come and gone, and the world is still a bit sane as we know it – no launch from Sony in January. But more and more rumors point to an unveiling in March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – as more info about the specs of the Xperia Z4 continue to leak out.

Samsung to discontinue Galaxy Alpha, focus on mid-range

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone found more than a few buyers who liked the design of the device despite the high-end price tag. A report has surfaced out of Korean that claims Samsung is discontinuing the Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Rather than selling high-end devices like the Alpha, the report claims Samsung will focus on mid-range devices.
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