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Here’s what Google’s first smartwatches look like

The next logical step for Google is releasing smartwatches. There are phones, virtual reality headsets, and home-based digital assistants stamped with the company’s logo. Millions of people have purchased these products. They trust Google to produce hardware and software made for each other. Still, despite Android Wear being around since 2014, Google has stayed far away from directing a partner to design smartwatches.

Everything is going to change next month. Google is working with LG to offer two smartwatches in 2017 — the Watch Sport and Watch Style. Today, we’re getting our first look at both of them.

Hit the break for details.

Samsung pens in Galaxy Note 8 as successor in stylus-equipped line

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As the dust continues to settle from last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, one question that lurked in the background was whether Samsung would have to rebrand their line of stylus-equipped large screen smartphones and abandon the Galaxy Note name. In comments made earlier today as part of their explanation for the Galaxy Note 7 problems, Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh stated “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8”. Koh cited a couple major factors that played into the decision to try to retain the Note branding.

We’re hiring a video editor to help grow our YouTube channel!

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So there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never seen our YouTube channel in the years Talk Android has been serving news, reviews, guides, and opinions. Or, if you have, you’re underwhelmed by what we upload. We are, too. That’s why we’re getting serious and launching a project to change our ways when it comes to video.

We’re seeking to add an up-and-coming video editor to our team.

In rare move, Google updates Google Voice apps

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Google has provided a lot of attention to a variety of apps in the realm of communication and last year even came out with new apps Allo and Duo to help people keep in touch. One app that always seemed to be forgotten though was Google Voice, which Google acknowledges has not had an update in quite a while. That will change this week as Google announced an update to the Google Voice app on several platforms that will start rolling out today.

[Video] Unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3

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With Samsung having delayed the launch of the Tab S3, Google giving the segment a miss last year, and Sony seemingly abandoning the market altogether, there’s a dearth of premium tablets to be found.

One company that is attempting to grab a bigger share of the tablet market is Huawei, whose latest offering, the MediaPad M3, boasts an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, the Kirin 950 Octa-core processor (the same processor found in the Honor 8), 4GB of RAM, a premium build, and stereo speakers designed in partnership with the audio experts, Harman Kardon.

The MediaPad M3 was announced at IFA 2016, and its premium build quality impressed us at the time during our brief hands on. Join us after the break to see our Justin Herrick unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet.

[TA Deals] Know everything about Python with this bundle (92% off)

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On Talk Android Deals, the Machine Learning with Python Bundle is available for less than $60. The discount, live only for a limited time, is exclusive to you through our digital store. So shop with us and you’ll save hundreds of dollars on a bundle that teaches you everything there is to know about the general-purpose programming language known as Python.

Best voice recorder apps

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Ever hear something so fantastic, and later you go to tell a friend about it, but you’ve forgotten the exact way it was put? Or maybe you just don’t have a lot of time or patience for writing yourself notes, and you wish there was something easier? Well there is, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 voice recorder app suggestions for Android users. Whether you’re wanting to record/monitor something for an extended length of time, or you just need to record something about 10 seconds long, there’s some awesome apps here that will fit just about any need.

‘Hot Wheels: Race Off’ review

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Racing games are a dime a dozen, but Mattel and Hutch Games are making something a little more unique — Hot Wheels: Race Off. It’s still racing at its core, but it veers off from the traditional Need for Speed style and instead pits you against a single opponent in a race against the clock. At first, Hot Wheels: Race Off may not seem like much, but with its addictive playstyle and hours of content, it’ll keep you coming back for more.