LG working with Qualcomm on Snapdragon 845 for LG G7

With almost all flagships phones coming out in 2017 being equipped with the Snapdragon 835 processor, at least in the U.S. and other non-Asian markets, it is no surprise that Qualcomm is already working on the successor which appears to be the Snapdragon 845 for 2018 flagships. One company that wants to make sure they do not miss out, like they did this year, is LG according to a new report.

Latest OnePlus 5 teaser asks you to decide which picture is from the 2017 flagship

OnePlus decided to engage in a little more hyping of the upcoming OnePlus 5 today via a tweet regarding the new device’s camera capabilities. This follows a bit of a pattern by the company of trying to create some buzz and control their message by being the source of “leaks” regarding the new flagship smartphone slated for release later this summer.

T-Mobile portfolio now includes Kyocera DuraForce Pro and Alcatel Go Flip

While many  consumers are able to find a satisfactory standard smartphone from many of the big name manufacturers, that does not mean some niche markets are still looking for options. Today T-Mobile announced they are adding a pair of devices to their on-line and retail sales channels for buyers with some unique needs. Both the Kyocera DuraForce Pro and Alcatel Go Flip are now available on the magenta network.

Essential teases a unique, mysterious image of upcoming smartphone

Next week newcomer to the smartphone market Essential will announce their first smartphone. Although the company is new, it has some serious history in the form of none other than Andy Rubin, one of Android’s co-founders. That connection is generating a lot of buzz for Essential and the company decided to try to amp it up just a bit today by tweeting out a mysterious image of the upcoming device.

Google details Android TV facelift, but does it matter?

Almost one year ago, Talk Android‘s Justin Herrick made a bold prediction that by the end of 2017, Android TV would be dead. At Google I/O 2017, Google mentioned a facelift for the platform and today they released more details about the redesigned user interface and how it will help open up the platform for developers. Will it be enough to save the platform from the dustbin of failed Google experiments or just a last gasp at life?

Samsung Gear 360 goes on sale on Thursday, May 25th

When Samsung held their big launch event for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, most of the attention was on those smartphones. However, they were not the only hardware announced by Samsung that day. The company also revealed their second generation Gear 360 camera. At the time, pricing and a release date were not announced and news about the device has been non-existent since then. Today Samsung announced the camera will go on sale on Thursday, May 25th, through the Samsung store, major retailers and wireless carriers. Pricing has been set at $229 for the camera, though a special offer exists to grab it for only $49.

T-Mobile bumps up deprioritization limit to 32GB

Back in March, T-Mobile updated their deprioritization limit from 28GB to 30GB. Now, only a couple months later, T-Mobile is making another adjustment to the limit by raising it to 32GB. If you are not familiar with deprioritization, this means T-Mobile may throttle your connection speeds if you have used over 32GB of data in a month and you happen to be connected to a congested tower. Once a tower is no longer congested or you move and connect to a different tower, speeds will return to normal 4G LTE speeds.

OnePlus confirms Snapdragon 835 for OnePlus 5

One of the next highly anticipated flagship devices poised to hit the market this summer is the OnePlus 5. Early rumors suggest OnePlus has decided to try to go toe-to-toe with industry heavyweights like LG and Samsung by giving the new device all the best components. We are still waiting for the big reveal on just what will be included, but the company has confirmed the OnePlus 5 will come equipped with the Snapdragon 835 processor.

Russia added to list of countries where Android Pay is available

Today Google announced Russia has become the 11th country where Android Pay is available for use. In their announcement, Google goes over all of the basics about Android Pay including things like how to use it with your device via NFC at a physical retailer or using the Android Pay button with online retailers. Like other countries, Android Pay also requires a participating bank for the source of funds and merchants need a participating payment processor. Like other countries, users can also add their loyalty cards to the app for easy access.

Xfinity Mobile offering unlimited data for $45 per month to Comcast customers

During the past week set against the hoopla of Google I/O 2017, Comcast went live with their new Xfinity Mobile wireless service. Xfinity Mobile is the company’s entrance into the wireless market made possible by a deal they struck with Verizon to operate as an MVNO. To celebrate the launch of the new service, users can get a line of unlimited data service for only $45 per month with no access fees. Although we have some doubts about some customer service issues, the price is a really good deal and brings possibly the strongest U.S. wireless network with it. In order to get this special price though, you do have to be a Comcast Internet service customer.

More Motorola images leak, this time of the Moto G5S

With Google I/O 2017 wrapped up, it is time for Internet sleuths to get back to work finding images of forthcoming devices and they have not disappointed. New images surfaced today that allege to show the Motorola Moto G5S courtesy of a “trusted source familiar with Lenovo’s plans.” Based on the images and some other information provided, the Moto G5S will continue to target the same mid-range part of the market, although likely at the higher end of that spectrum.

Fuchsia remains a mystery despite mention at Fireside Chat

In the week prior to Google I/O 2017, new images and information leaked out about a new, third operating system and accompanying user interface that Google appears to have in the works somewhere deep in the inner workings of the company. The operating system is called Fuchsia and the leak triggered lots of social media chatter – enough that it came up on Google’s radar as a topic for a Fireside Chat session at Google I/O. Dave Burke with Google was given the task of responding and managed to do so without really giving a response.

G Suite gets more customization tools including new App Maker

As Google I/O 2017 starts to wind down and fans plot their new developments or their next big purchase based on Google tech, the enterprise market got some welcome news about some tools Google will roll out for G Suite. G Suite is Google’s platform mainly intended for the enterprise that gives companies access to their own cloud version of many of Google’s consumer tools. G Suite makes apps like Gmail, Drive and others available to an enterprise as their own private version of the tools. The new tools and features Google is rolling out will help enterprises leverage G Suite to be much more useful and productive and continues their efforts to match some other offerings in the enterprise market.

NOISE on Android from ROLI revealed at Google I/O 2017

To many of the attendees at Google I/O 2017, some of the music that played after the keynote address was completed may have seemed like your typical filler. However, it was much more than that as it represented an unveiling of NOISE on Android from ROLI. NOISE is a modular music app that enables the creation of music by anyone who can learn the simple concepts included in the NOISE app itself or via other tools from ROLI like BLOCKS or Seaboard RISE (yes, they like all caps). For the Google I/O event music was provided by PARISI using a Google Pixel, although the app will also run on a Samsung Galaxy S8.

Google hoping new features from Google Payment API make purchases even easier

Despite what seems like a lot of upstream swimming over the last few years, Google has managed to turn Android Pay into one of the more popular and used mobile payment options available for users. In addition to continuing to add more cards and banks to the program, Google is also hoping to expand usage by making it easier to deploy in more situations. To that end, at Google I/O the company announced a new Google Payment API that will streamline checkout for customers and give retailers and sellers a new path to collect payments.