Android Wear 2.0 coming soon to select Moto, Huawei, and other smartwatches

Google’s smartwatch OS, Android Wear, has come along way with its update to version 2.0, yet numerous delays led to stalled production of new wearable devices as well as increased competition from the likes of Samsung with its own Tizen OS. There are a number of smartwatches already running Android Wear 2.0, and thanks to a post on the Google Support forums we now know which wearables are next in line for the update and, more importantly, when they will get it!

HTC U gets shown off in the wild

HTC, while once considered one of the top Android smartphone manufacturers, has had a shaky last few years. Despite that, the Taiwanese company hasn’t slowed down and has been working hard to bring the focus back to “U” and courtesy of Evan Blass’ Twitter, we have our first “in the wild” glimpse of the upcoming HTC U (aka Ocean).

Moto Z2 Force shown off in new leaked image

In 2016, Lenovo-owned Motorola debuted the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones that brought with them some powerful specs and a unique approach to customization and experience with their line of Moto Mods. While the success of modularity in smartphones has been shaky at best, Motorola is still full-steam ahead and we are now getting our first possible glimpse of what might be in store for the next Moto Z. Let’s check it out.

Nokia planning Nexus-style experience with fast updates

Nokia was once known as the ruler of all cellphones, but since the rise of Android and iOS it got lost in the dust and struggled to stay relevant. Through various buyouts and attempts with Microsoft Windows Phone, Nokia continued to produce great devices, although it could never regain the popularity or success it once had. Now that HMD-owned Nokia has stepped into the Android ring, it’s promising an experience that very well could attract consumers in this very competitive market. Could Nokia unofficially become the new Nexus?

Twitter Lite arrives to help you save on data

Twitter is a massive platform with smartphone adoption reaching 3.8 billion at the end of 2016. With millions of active users daily, and the ever increasing amount of multimedia being shared across the web and app versions, Twitter can easily consume more data than you may want. Just announced to save the day comes Twitter Lite, which is a version of the mobile web experience that promises to reduce data usage by up to 70%. Let’s see what’s new.

Galaxy S8+ battery life put to the test

As our smartphones get more and more powerful each year, we are able to do more things on them and with that comes the need for them to always be ready when needed. This is where battery life comes in and remains one of the biggest buying factors for consumers. Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ is one of the most, if not the most, powerful smartphone currently on the market and its battery life was just put to the test. Let’s see how it performed.

Say hello to the Movado Connect with Android Wear, available this Fall

There are a lot of companies building Android Wear smartwatches, but it is often a phone manufacturer creating a watch that goes a long with their device lineup. Recently, more traditional watch brands are stepping into the ring with their own versions and Movado has just took the wraps off their upcoming Android Wear smartwatch: the Movado Connect.

New Samsung Gear S3 Classic model coming with LTE support

The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is a feature-packed and stylish Tizen OS smartwatch that combines a beautiful display with the best of Samsung’s ecosystem. One very noticeable omission, however, was LTE support forcing the user to always have their smartphone nearby in order to have the full software experience. That will soon change as Samsung has just announced a new model of the Gear S3 Classic coming soon with LTE built right in.

For a limited time get a free Google Home with your LG G6

The upcoming LG G6 is the South Korean company’s return to simplicity after last year’s not-so-successful attempt at modularity with the G5. With a focus on just making a great phone, paired with a larger 18:9 display that covers almost the entire face of the device, the G6 looks to be one of the phones to beat for 2017. Now for a limited time, early adopters of the LG G6 will also score a Google Home smart speaker free with their order.

Join us after the break for the details.

“Taimen” codename suggests Google may release a larger, third phone

We have started hearing some quiet rumblings about what may be in store for Google’s sequels to the Pixel phones. Nothing is really known except that Google plans to keep the Pixel 2 (or whatever it will be called) in the premium tier and all signs indicate they will continue with two models of different screen sizes. However, an interesting bit of information is just coming out that indicates a third and even larger phone could come from the Mountain View company this year as well.

Join us after the break for the details.