The OnePlus X is now available to buy without requiring an invite. Nearly 2 years on from the original launch of the OnePlus One, the X goes invite-free quicker than either the One of the Two did. Is this a sign of OnePlus better managing supply and demand, or a waning interest in the product? Who knows, but if you want a X (and it's a great phone), it's good news.
Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 is pretty awesome for fast charging your device in these modern times, where battery life is at something of a premium. What's even better is how devices such as the Galaxy S6 and Honor 7 support the standard too, despite not packing Qualcomm processors. The price of compatible chargers has been falling fast and you can now pick up a single port charger for under £8. Bargain!
Respected font of travel knowledge 'Lonely Planet' has launched a range of new City Guides for Android, downloadable for free from the Play Store. Designed for offline use to save your roaming charges and curated by writers who live and breathe your city destination, the guides cover over 35 cities around the world with more to follow soon.
Asus Zenfone variants seem to be coming thick and fast... and now here's another one - the snappily named, and rather good looking 'ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition'. Featuring 'Drift Silver' or 'Carbon Night' finishes and gorgeous red accents, the new device looks the part and as well as offering 128GB onboard storage plus microSD expansion, it also has a new Intel Z3590 processor. But there's a problem.
Amazon Underground is a great idea. Free paid apps with free IAPs and the developer earning money for the time a user spends on the app. Everyone's a winner, right (except possibly Amazon)? It's a nice theory (although it skews towards games which are most 'sticky'), but in reality the Underground app list is a sea of low quality apps, punctuated only occasionally by what anyone would consider a 'premium' app. 'Facetune' is one such app, which appeared in the store this week.
Are you a Barclaycard user in the UK, with a NFC enabled phone? Congratulations, you can now use your phone to make contactless payments courtesy of the updated Barclaycard app. Android Pay? Who needs it!
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced (on Twitter) a date and venue for Google I/O 2016 - the event will be held from May 18-20th in Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, in the 'neighborhood where it all started 10 years ago'.
Jide have announced the availability of Remix OS (in a 'Developer version'), their Android-X86 based Android operating system for the PC. Usable either from a USB stick or after installation to a hard disk, the OS, which looks like a cross between Android and Windows 10, could be a great way to revitalise elderly computers, as well as enabling the rich functionality that Android offers on different form factors.
Xiaomi have officially announced their new entry level handset, the Redmi 3, priced at RMB 699 (just over $100 at current exchange rates) in China. While the device is cheap, it packs some impressive specs, an all metal body and is a pretty little thing.
After an extended period of silence, the 'March of the Droids' UK Android enthusiasts gathering now has dates (yes, plural!) as well as exciting news of their expansion courtesy of a partnership with IDEAA (International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance), best known as the organisers of the Big Android BBQ.