Top Android news of the week: HTC rebounds, Android Auto, Microsoft Office

In the Android space this week came word of HTC stopping its slide, VW shows its car system, and Microsoft Office is getting closer.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

LG launches G Flex 2 with curved display

At the CES in Las Vegas, LG showed off the updated model of its smartphone with a curved screen. The G Flex 2 is a well equipped phone with a high-resolution display that is gently bent.

The hardware includes a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with eight cores, 5.5-inch display, and 13MP rear camera. It will ship with Lollipop.

Source: ZDNet

VW shows off Android Auto system

MirrorLink is VW's in-car system that was demonstrated at the CES. It will work with Android and iOS and has three displays in the car. On the Android side it integrates Google's Android Auto technology.

The system has the ability to integrate apps into the in-dash system. VW has approved apps from Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony.

VW says the system will include cameras in the car allowing control by hand gestures. This is designed to keep driver's eyes on the road while interacting with the system.

Source: Android Community

HTC posts first growth in three years

HTC has posted its first quarterly revenue growth in three years. The company formerly at the top of the Android space has been sliding for several years. While a significant change in the company's performance, it's important to remember that this is just a quarterly report.

Analysts believe the higher level of sales were a result of HTC concentrating on the mid-range market in developing markets.

Source: Bloomberg

Microsoft Office for Android preview gets a bump

The official version of Microsoft Office is obviously getting closer as the company updated its preview, allowing anyone to download it. This should give Office for Android a good test with more users trying it.

Since its release late last year, Microsoft was rolling out the preview on a staggered basis. Those wanting to try it had to request access which would be granted later.

Source: ZDNet

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