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Amazon add’s “Computer” to Alexa’s list of wake words

If you own an Amazon Echo, Dot, or any other device with Alexa built-in and you’re a Star Trek fan, you’ll be glad to hear that Amazon has added the word “Computer” to the device’s list of ‘wake words’. This means that on top of “Echo”, “Alexa”, and “Amazon”, you can now just say the word “Computer” and to wake Alexa up from its slumber. 

OnePlus plans to tackle shipping delays in 2017 with ‘immediate dispatch’

The OnePlus 3 and its upgraded sibling, the OnePlus 3T, were two of the highest regarded smartphones of 2016. Packing in mostly top-of-the-line specs, generous battery, a solid camera, and most recently upgrades to Android 7.0 Nougat, the OnePlus 3 and 3T were great choices especially with the price tags of only $349 and $439, respectively. However, high demand and low supply led to a host of shipping delays, pre-orders, and waitlists that continued through the start of 2017. With this comes the New Year’s resolution announcement from OnePlus that commits to the goal of “immediate dispatch” for 2017, starting with the OnePlus 3T Gunmetal 64GB.

Join us after the break for more.

LG G6 to make do with the Snapdragon 821 after Samsung gets ‘first dibs’ on Snapdragon 835

While it’s widely believed that Samsung will delay launching the Galaxy S8 thanks to the lingering effects of the abortive Galaxy Note 7, LG has confirmed that it will announce its G6 handset on February 26th at MWC 2017 next month. There is one caveat, though, the LG G6 will use last year’s silicon, the Snapdragon 821, instead of the Snapdragon 835.

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.

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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.

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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.