Android Community Weekly Digest: July 19, 2015

It's not even September yet and our week was already filled with smartphone goodies, both of the real kind and the theoretical ones as well. From ZTE's surprise high-end Axon, to HTC's fleet of Desire budget smartphones, to Samsung's almost high-end Galaxy A8 in China, we have lots of new smartphones to fill our minds. And let us not forget the whispers of smartphones yet to come. This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from July 13 to 19, 2015.

Google shares Q2 2015 financial results, mobile sector going strong

Google recently released its financial report for the 2nd quarter of the year. Highlights include an 11% revenue growth year over year, $17.7 billion revenue, and cash flow of $7.0 billion during the past quarter. The search giant saw a constant currency revenue growth of 18% year over year, thanks to the strong performance of programmatic advertising and Youtube.

Fairphone 2 is one sturdy phone yet easy to repair

Fairphone is not exactly a popular name in the Android market but the startup has just introduced what could be an Ara killer. The latter is not yet available in the market but the Fairphone 2 is another modular phone that can be availed in Europe even before the Ara. The Project ARA is promising but it might be a while before it's released in the market.

Marshall releases music-centric London smartphone

Smartphones have become more than just devices that we use to call and text. Most of us probably also use it as a music player, among other things. But didn’t you ever wish that the sound quality when playing your favorite jams would be so much better? Marshall, one of the world leaders in headphones and amplifiers, most likely heard your wish, as they are releasing their first ever smartphone which will focus more on the device’s sound capabilities.

OnePlus 2 enhances invite-only system, physical cards to be given away

In less than two weeks, the whole world will see a glimpse of the new OnePlus 2 in a virtual reality event. Well, at least, those people who are getting the OnePlus Cardboard and are willing to sit and wear a pair of VR device for a few minutes. We've been anticipating for the next-gen OnePlus and we're curious to know if this will indeed be that awesome smartphone the OnePlus team has been boasting about. Ever since their reaction about the early criticisms, we can't wait to find out if this will really live up to our expectations and as hyped up.

Top 10 smartphones of the first half of 2015 from AnTuTu

Looking back to Q1 of 2015 and AnTuTu’s revelation of which smartphones reigned their benchmarking databases for the early part of the year, we see Samsung’s dynamic duo – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge – dominating those rankings, with HTC’s One M9 not so far back at third spot. The China-based benchmarking outfit has now released its data for the first half of the year, crowning 10 smartphones as top of the pile – at least, the ones that have been benchmarked by their app.

Latest version of Snapdragon 810 used in HTC One M9

There's so much to say about the issues the HTC One M9 is facing. HTC's latest flagship has been under fire for a charging issue which we thought was Google Photos fault at first but it's not. When it first came out, there was also a camera issue which was quickly resolved after an update. And because of that, HTC believes that it can beat the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 as the company recently proven in a series of tests.
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