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Android Circuit: Galaxy S6 Edge Is Best Smartphone, Moto X Play Review, A $10,000 Android Smartphone

Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest leaks of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the Samsung Galaxy S6 winning ‘Smartphone Of The Year’, a review of the Moto X Play, details on Samsung’s payment plan for Galaxy handsets, the world’s most expensive Android smartphone, the launch of the Pebble Time Round, Google’s updates to the Clock and Gmail apps, and how Starbucks is changing how you order coffee.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

The New Nexus Names Leak Out

Ahead of Google’s expected announcement on Monday, leaks around the packaging and devices have revealed the names of the 2015 versions of the five-inch and six-inch screened devices. Android Police looks at the new details.

Oddly, one of the last things we knew about the new LG and Huawei Nexus phones were their actual names. A rumor last week suggested that LG’s 5.2-inch follow-up to the 2013 Nexus 5 would be called the Nexus 5X, and that Huawei’s 5.7-inch flagship would go by Nexus 6P. Android Police can now confirm the rumors with these exclusive images of the retail packaging for both phones.

Forbes Tech will keep you up to date with the details from the event next week.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (image: Ewan Spence)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Named Best Smartphone Of 2015

UK technology magazine T3 hosted its prestigious gadget awards for 2015 this week, and the flagship award of ‘Best Smartphone of The Year’ has been won by Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge:

Samsung came back with a bang back in March and showed us the Galaxy S6 Edge. Almost the same phone as the Galaxy S6 – one that features a cracking processor and some amazing other features – but with curved screens on both the edges.

Before then we’d not seen anything like it and it truly blew us out of the water. That screen is something else and it’s still one of the best handsets on the market when it comes to camera and pure power.

Personally I think the curved edge hasn’t been used to create enough of a new experience, it’s just a nice gimmick. That’s not stopped the Edge becoming the hot handset of the summer. You can read my in-depth review of the Galaxy Edge here on Forbes.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Adrienne Hayes, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, introduces the new Moto X Play and Moto X Style (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Motorola Mobility)

Moto X Play Software Stands Out

Nirave Gondhia has spent the last two weeks with Motorola’s Moto X Play, the mid-range variant of Moto family’s 2015 handsets. There are some compromises in the hardware, but Motorola’s implementation of Android one of his high points:

While design certainly isn’t Motorola’s strongest suit, the company can point to its software as a crowning example of how you should make a smartphone. As we’ve seen from Motorola in previous years, the Moto X Play adopts the mantra that “less is more”.

The handset has an almost stock-like interface with a few key additions that make the handset a Motorola. Like other devices in the range, it comes with the Moto App, which acts as a central home from which to control...


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