A look back at 2016: QTR 2 (Spring)

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    We continue with our top stories of 2016 by discussing the stories that got us out of the cold into the Spring.

    We started the month of April expecting to see a mid-ranged android device by Nokia (Nokia A1 Android Mid-Range Device Image and Some Details Leaked [Rumor])

    We also got a look at the Zenfone 3 thanks to some leaks (Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Deluxe Images Leaked)

    April Fool's day was also the day people could finally get their hands on a G5 (LG G5 is Now Available Across the US) and people was waiting for a way to get back the app drawer that LG felt people did not need (LG'S New Home 4.0 Launcher Adds Back The App Drawer On The LG G5).

    The nexus 6p gave Huawei the confidence it needed to launch more US flagship devices (Huawei Officially Unveils P9 & P9 Plus; Plans to Sell Flagship Devices in US this Year (not the P9)).

    BYOD meant more money for the big 2 as VZW and ATT hiked up fees for customers who wanted to bring their own phone(s) to the carriers (AT&T Joins Verizon in Fee-Jolly Land with Increased Activation Fees for BYOD & NEXT).

    We got our first rumor about the Note 6 (later termed 7) and it having an iris scanner and being ip68 rated (Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Rumor: IP68 Water Resistance & Iris Scanner).

    Early polls (Early Android Super Poll: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G5 or HTC 10) predicted the S7 edge would be the best smartphone over the HTC 10, G5, and S7 and it appears you guys ended up being right.

    Huawei files a trademark for the Nexus 7P and the debate begins on who will be the maker of the next nexus device (Huawei Files Trademark for a Nexus 7P - What do you folks think it will be?).

    Leaked specs surfaced for the Note 6....hmmm were they right? (Note 6 Specs Leaked In Early BenchMark Tests!)

    Amazon Prime Video was finally made a monthly service to try and compete with Netflix (Amazon Prime Video Is Now Available As A Stand-alone Monthly Service).

    Sony becomes the manufacturer of the tinkerer as they released the android n dev preview for users to try (Sony Releases Android N Developer Preview for Specific Xperia Z3 Models).

    T-Mobile Note 5 and S6 edge gets marshmallow and yet still no word from ATT and I made that known (Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Finally Receive Marshmallow On T-Mobile).

    Motorola/Lenovo catches heat for how they responded to warranty claims (Motorola Admits To Warranty Delay Problems; Apologizes and Vows to Find a Solution).

    Well at least ATT updated the V10 to marshmallow (LG V10 on AT&T is Now Getting Marshmallow).

    HTC believes VR will be the future and bets big on it (HTC Bets Big on Virtual Reality; Believes VR will Outpace Smartphones in 4 Years).

    More bendable prototype displays (Bendable Graphene Display Prototype Smartphone Shows Off in China).

    Back in late April we got a leak of two HTC nexus phones (marlin & sailfish) and we could not wait for more info (HTC Building Two Nexus Smartphones: M1 & S1; Codenamed Marlin & Sailfish [Rumor]).

    Nexus 9 is officially done (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/rip-nexus-9.288777/) or is it considering it just got 7.1.1.

    HTC 10 has been made official (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ecs-release-date-pricing-details-here.288500/) and yet some carriers refuse to carry the device.

    With May flowers and rain brings a profit for Sprint, its first in 9 years (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/sprint-posts-first-annual-profit-in-9-years.288858/).

    Capitalizing on the HTC 10 hype we get rumors of a HTC smart watch (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/htc-smartwatch-coming-early-june-rumor.288862/).

    We get rumors that Motorola's next phone will be of the magnetic modular design (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...sign-and-6-magnetic-attachments-rumor.288962/). We also got a look at the next Droid which looked similar to the modular device rumored by Motorola (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...moto-x-devices-show-up-in-leaked-pics.288954/).

    Another leak made its way to our attention in the OnePlus 3 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ike-an-htc-10-or-htc-one-m9-knock-off.289098/) looking like the HTC 10.

    There were also rumors that Lenovo would kill off the Moto X line (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...e-moto-x-line-this-year-rumor.289099/)...hmmm did we get a Moto X this year?

    Google I/O announced Allo, Duo, Assistant, Home, Daydream, N, and more (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/google-i-o-2016s-biggest-announcements-list.289124/). And with it Google is looking to take VR serious (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...s-like-line-to-inspire-3rd-party-oems.289138/).

    We are still awaiting the Samsung Galaxy X 4K foldable display that was rumored in the Spring (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...le-display-and-arrive-next-year-rumor.289023/).

    The talks about how Allo, Duo, and Hangouts will co-exist begins (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...google-allo-being-a-competing-product.289135/). Hmmm I wonder how many people are still using allo and duo vs hangouts?

    Moto Z gets trademarked as we were getting closer to things to come (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/motorola-registered-a-moto-z-trademark.289190/).

    LG wanted to get in the game of trademarking letters as the trademarked the X5 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/lg-x5-trademark-suggests-new-device-coming.289202/).

    The first news that Samsung would skip a number and name the next note the Note 7, a name that will live in infamy (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...-galaxy-note-6-name-for-galaxy-note-7.289230/).

    The Axon 7 makes its debut as a flagship device under $500 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...werful-chinese-flagship-for-under-500.289246/).

    We would finally get to see what Google had been working on with Project Ara (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...with-developer-units-coming-this-fall.289153/), ahhh if only that pesky Alphabet company didn't get in the way.

    My favorite article was the fact that Google would namedrop those slackers that did a poor job of updating their phones (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...-for-slow-to-update-android-vendors.289250/); sadly it looks as if Google caved on that idea.

    Got another look at what Lenovo had cooking up and we got excited (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...the-lenovo-droids-you-are-looking-for.289263/) and it turned out it ended up being something to get excited about.

    It's official, we finally got a look at the Zenfone 3 and my it was a welcomed edition (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/zenfone-3-announced-and-looks-like-a-winner.289284/).

    The LG X(men) phone (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...modeled-from-x-men-characters.289352/)....hmm whatever happened to that?

    N may be named after an Indian dessert (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ter-the-east-indian-dessert-neyyappam.289265/), and the naming continues. Oh how I really believed with conviction it would get named nutella.

    It's still not too late for the Huawei Nexus 7P to debut (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...-from-huawei-this-year-probably-rumor.289372/).

    Concept pictures of the Note 6/7 surfaces (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...t-render-images-and-video-hit-the-web.289374/) hmm and they were pretty close.

    "Can you here me now", only if you go to Sprint because VZW was not cutting the checks anymore (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...now-spokesperson-works-for-sprint-now.289399/).

    A look at the new nexus player (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/a-new-nexus-player-hits-the-fcc.289418/) that never seen the light of day.

    The S7 Active is official (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...coming-june-10-with-4-000-mah-battery.289404/) and now people can own the best rugged phone on the market.

    Bloomberg confirmed the Note 7 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...7-confirmed-bendable-phones-next-year.289430/) rumors and we just had to wait to see if they were right.

    Lenovo Project Tango phone is here (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ed-the-phab2-pro-project-tango-device.289472/).

    Google changes their policy to encourage more app development (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...opers-85-of-app-subscription-payments.289470/).

    Lenovo and Motorola officially announces the Moto Z and Droid Force (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...-and-moto-z-force-with-droid-editions.289476/).

    We get a teaser of the Note 7 having a curved display (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/samsung-galaxy-note-7-teaser-reveals-curved-edge-screen.289518/) posted by @Preach2k.

    Jun 14th the OnePlus 3 was official (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...unced-with-specs-pricing-release-date.289531/).

    We also got a first look at those MotoMods and how much they would set you back (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/verizon-leaks-motomods-prices.289522/).

    DxOMARK scores the cameras on the S7, G5, and HTC 10 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...cameras-all-score-the-same-on-dxomark.289544/) they would later score the Pixel/XL as one of the best cameras on the market.

    T-Mobile's freebies ran into a snag when Domino's ran out of pizza (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ll-the-t-mobile-tuesday-freebie-deals.289549/) and Domino's decided it was done with T-Mobile (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...l-with-t-mobile-for-the-freebie-promo.289566/).

    We got our X(men) phones and it was about as exciting and memorable as the movie (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...w-phones-x-power-x-mach-x-max-x-style.289565/).

    You remember that time when Samsung was floating on cloud 9 and rumors surfaced about them abandoning android (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/rumor-samsung-to-drop-android-in-favor-of-tizen-os.289555/)?

    Middle of June and we wanted to root Potus' android phone (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/pres-obama-wont-be-rooting-his-new-phone-any-time-soon.289563/).

    Mass production announced for the Note 7 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...ith-5-million-built-by-august-release.289592/).

    As we near the end of June we get rumors on the next nexus looking like the HTC 10 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...16-could-be-based-on-the-htc-10-rumor.289634/) and @Mustang02 vows to keep his nexus 6p.

    Note 7 to use same tech as what was used on the S7 (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/...rom-galaxy-s7-for-its-new-galaxy-note.289691/).

    Jim Wicks leaves Motorola/Lenovo as the mass exodus continued (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/motorola-exec-jim-wicks-leaves.289661/).

    Sailfish's specs (aka Pixel) leaked (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/htc-nexus-sailfish-specs-leaked-rumor.289721/) ahh I love seeing which rumors were right and which weren't.

    Google outs its end of life schedule for its nexus phones (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/when-will-google-stop-supporting-your-nexus-device.289718/).

    Jun 27 and we get reports that Google will be launching a phone that wasn't a nexus (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/google-could-be-launching-a-non-nexus-google-phone-rumor.289750/).

    The debate over front or rear fingerprint scanners begin (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/do-you-prefer-front-or-rear-fingerprint-scanners.289692/).

    Specs for the HTC Nexus Marlin revealed (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/htc-nexus-marlin-specs-revealed.289813/) later to be known as the Pixel XL.

    And what better way to end this segment then to announce that at the end of Jun we got the official name of android N (http://www.droidforums.net/threads/android-n-officially-revealed-to-be-nougat.289809/), which we all know to be nougat.

    So what was your favorite article for Spring of 2016?
     
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