I very nearly put this next article in my Strange, Possibly Humorous News:
Insanely high 2098PPI OLED display from Sony makes your 1080p smartphone weep at night - Android Authority
The proprietary code issues are Qualcomm related.
Android open source maintainer quits over proprietary code issues - Liliputing
This next article talks about tablets replacing much of smartphone usage. I find this is true for me as well. It doesn't mean my phone isn't necessary, but I am starting to question if I always need the latest and greatest.
Why I'm using my smartphone less and less every day | ZDNet
Acer the latest to turn to Google after poor Windows sales | CITEworld
Android And Chrome OS Could Reap Big Windfalls From Slowing Worldwide PC Economy | TechCrunch
Took them long enough, but it's here and it works!
Android Device Manager Goes Live, Finds and Rings Your Device Remotely
Android Device News
Lexibook Laptab is an Android tablet, notebook, kids computer - Liliputing
Moto X to release on August 23 on all four carriers. Moto Maker exclusive to AT&T until early November – sources
A tablet the rough equivalent of last year's Nexus 7 (then $199) about 1 year later costs $129.
Hisense Sero 7 Pro drops down to low price of $129, LT model just $79