Top Android news of the week: Huawei Force Touch, gold smartwatch, Samsung tanking

This week in Android we saw that Samsung's financial situation worsened, Huawei announced a phone with Force Touch before Apple, and that a new luxury smartwatch is coming to town.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

Samsung loses $44 billion in market value

Lackluster demand for Samsung's new flagship phones has resulted in a $44 billion drop in its market value, the result of a 8.1 percent share price drop. The company has experienced a decline for five straight months in spite of launching new flagship phones.

There is no sign that the company's financial situation will turn around in the near future.

Source: Bloomberg

Huawei gets Force Touch before Apple

Huawei beats Apple to the punch with Force Touch. At the IFA in Berlin this week Huawei unveiled the Mate S smartphone. The new phone has the feature that is expected in upcoming devices from Apple that uses pressure sensitivity in touch operation to do different activities.

The Mate S will initially be available in select markets starting in September.

Source: ZDNet

Lenovo launches two giant phones

At the IFA this week Lenovo showed off two new phablets, the Phab and Phab Plus. Featuring 6.8 and 6.9-inch displays respectively, the two handsets are crossing the line between phones and tablets. The phones are aimed at the budget-conscious with starting prices of $179 and $299.

These phones look so large that they are approaching the impractical for daily use.

Source: Android and Me

LG Urbane Watch Luxe arrives

The folks at LG have added a luxury model to the Urbane smartwatch line. The Urbane Watch Luxe has a 23-carat gold case and an alligator band. The $1,200 Luxe looks to be simply a luxury version of the regular Urbane.

The expensive smartwatch will be available in November according to LG.

Source: Appleinsider

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