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Bose QC35 II Headphones Launch with Google Assistant

Bose launched a successor to their well received noise cancelling QuietComfort 35 (QC35) headphones yesterday with Google Assistant integration, dubbed the QC35 II. They work via Bluetooth with both Android (Marshmallow and above) and iOS, and feature a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left ear cup. Voice activated commands can now play music, messages, news and of course place calls, although overall functionality might not be quite as comprehensive as Google Home.

Breakthrough in T-Mobile, Sprint deal as companies are close to agreement

According to sources that spoke to Reuters today, “T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing (on) tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp.” A merger of the two wireless carriers has been an on-again, off-again deal for several years with the two never quite able to get the time and business environment just right to make it happen. Sources now believe that “the U.S. antitrust enforcement environment has become more favorable since the companies abandoned their previous effort to combine in 2014.”

Motorola now taking pre-orders for Moto G5S Plus with discount for early adopters

Earlier this summer Motorola announced an addition to their G series of devices, the Moto G5S Plus. The new device was described as a “special edition” of the Moto G5 Plus, but in reality is an upgrade to the former device. That should make it a smartphone worthy of consideration by mid-tier buyers as we rated the Moto G5 Plus highly, so the Moto G5S Plus should be a more compelling option.

Trade-in program through Google Store going live

When Google launched the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi earlier this week, one of their selling points was the potential for Nexus device owners to trade-in their old phone for a credit against their new purchase. The ability to trade-in a phone as part of a device purchase is expanding to now be available through the Google Store for select devices. This new option for consumers comes just in time for the launch of the new Pixel 2 devices in only a couple weeks.

Facebook testing new Explore Feed tab on Android

For many people, Facebook has become a prime point of contact for their time spent online. That is not stopping the company from continuing to explore ways to keep users on the site even more and trying to find ways to entice new users to get on-board. For example, they have launched a dedicated section for videos and the intention appears to be for that to become a source for original content only available through Facebook. Now the company is working on a way to get news junkies to stick around via a new Explore Feed.

Android One comes to U.S. on the Moto X4 through Project Fi

Throughout 2017 we have been monitoring several initiatives the Google has been working on to expand their U.S. smartphone offerings outside of their own Pixel devices. Two of the moves we have been watching involve the addition of non-Google devices to the Project Fi catalog and the launch of Android One in the U.S. Those efforts came together today with the official launch of the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi.

Nokia 9 renders and info leaks for latest HMD Global flagship

At one time Nokia was the force to be reckoned with in the cell phone market. After missing the smartphone juggernaut, Nokia has floated along with different owners and tested the smartphone market with both Windows and Android powered devices. Since being purchased by HMD Global though, it seems the company is going full-on with Android and their latest device in development, the Nokia 9, appears to be on track to compete at the flagship level based on some new renders and other leaks.