Google kicked off I/O 2016 on Thursday with some new details about VR, and one of the coolest new gadgets they announced was Jump. While Jump is technically several things (different cameras and software for filmmakers) it offers a quick and easy way to make tons of VR content. Read more
Qualcomm has announced that they’ll be partnering up with Google to embed Android directly into cars, specifically using automative-specific versions of some of their flagship processors. The goal is to create a platform for vehicle apps and services, which seems to be a step forward from Android Auto. Read more
Update (5/15/16): Evan Blass has clarified that this is actually the Moto G4 we’re looking at here.
Republic Wireless is an innovative phone service, but one of the biggest pain points for the carrier has been its lack of high-end phones. Currently your only options on phones are the Moto E and Moto G, and while those aren’t bad phones by any stretch, you’re extremely limited in your options. If you want to plop down the cash for a high-end device, you’re simply out of luck. Read more
Remember the Galaxy View? Samsung announced the behemoth of a tablet late last year, then pretty much forgot about it and stopped reminding anyone that it existed. It was definitely a niche product, considering it had an 18.4-inch 1080p display that was too big to comfortably use as a tablet but still kind of small to use as a replacement TV.
Despite the relative lack of success of the Galaxy View, Lenovo is ready to throw their hat in the ring with their own massive tablet. According to a benchmark for a PB2-690N, it looks like Lenovo’s implementation will be better in some ways, but worse in others. Read more
It’s about that time of year when Asus takes the wraps off of new ZenFone phones, and the latest report suggests the ZenFone 3 family of devices is set for a June unveiling. These phones are targeting the mid-range segment, so don’t expect anything crazy and high-end just yet. Read more
Ever since Pebble added native health tracking to their Time series of watches, they’ve been slowing improving and adding to it every few months. The latest update for the Pebble Time enhances the health features, primarily by adding an easy-to-view graph right on the front screen of the Pebble app. Read more
The US Senate Commerce Committee has publicly opened up an inquiry into Facebook and it’s potential manipulation of political posts in the social media site’s Trending Topics. Senate chairman John Thune is leading the questioning, asking Facebook to clarify reports that the teams of people managing Trending Topics were actively suppressing certain stories. In this case, the Senate believes those suppressed stories had a conservative slant.
Thune claims that Facebook’s political manipulation was a strike against an open and fair internet, which is interesting coming from a guy that publicly decried the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Read more
Google has teamed up with renowned artist Jeff Koons to create Live Cases for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The cases will be made as a limited edition item and come in three designs (Diana, Mailbox, and Bust) which you can see above. Read more
The Honor V8 has officially been announced, and it’s packing some serious punch. That rumored dual-camera setup is here, too, which makes for a very interesting package. Read more