Top 10 Android News Stories last week : Sep 12-18

It would be a lie if I said lots has happened in the world of Android this past week.  While this was a pretty slow week for Android news, there were at least a few interesting things going down. As usual, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 drama continued with an official apology, which I’m sure most of us are tired of hearing. We got some new details and renders on Google’s upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel Launcher was made available for download this past week, and it was discovered that there are no new Android Wear smartwatches from LG, Huawei, or Moto coming in 2016. If you happened to miss any of this past week’s top stories, you can find them in the links below.

  1. Samsung America president and COO Tim Baxter apologized and admitted that “we did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve”. Why did Samsung miss the mark? Apparently it was a ‘boring’ iPhone 7 that launched Samsung on a path to destruction
  2. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL front panels leaked in new renders by a german blogger.
  3. The Pixel phones passed GCF certification in the US revealing the supported network bands and the two variants for both the phones that will be released. I compiled everything we know about the Pixels including some geeky details about dual partitions and how updates will work with the newer Android Nougat running devices.
  4. Nexus Launcher turned into Pixel Launcher and gained dynamic calendar icons which you can download if you want to and haven’t already. Nova Launcher added the Pixel Launcher goodies in a beta update which you can download as well.
  5. We heard a rumour that Samsung might be developing it’s own proprietary port that it plans to make available to other Android OEMs for a minimal price or even for free to block Apple’s lightning port out of competition.
  6. IDC revealed that Smartwatches didn’t really hit it with the consumers and might already be reaching maturity.
  7. I shared my views on the “Death of the flagship” and tried explaining why flagships are far from dead.
  8. Google’s Project Zero team announced a total prize of $350,000 to those who can hack a Nexus 6P or 5X, but of course, terms and conditions apply.
  9. Lenovo started a #skipthesevens campaign against the iPhone 7 and the Note 7 and trolled Apple in a video.
  10. A Huawei P8 Lite died protecting it’s owner. The smartphone took a bullet but the man’s alive and fine. Huawei has offered the man a brand new P9 Lite.

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