Nintendo is considering accessories for phones and tablets


When you’re a struggling company, you start thinking of almost anything to survive. Nintendo, once the leader in gaming worldwide, is expanding its sights to become the profitable beast it once was. That’s why the company finally decided in 2015 developing mobile games is in its future. But it’s not appearing that Nintendo will stop at mobile games. Now we’re seeing there’s an interest to develop accessories for mobile devices.

Hit the break to see Nintendo’s plans.

[TA Deals] Get three disposable battery packs for $16!


Every now and then, you’re in a situation where you really need to charge your phone. The problem, though, is that external batteries can be bulky and take too long to charge themselves. So that’s why we’re offering disposable battery packs on Talk Android Deals. This product from ResQBattery, which we’re bundling in a 3-pack, is set to give you connect-and-go power in case of an emergency.

Hit the break for details.

HTC spins off Vive business into separate entity


Like several recent years, 2016 has been an up and down, rollercoaster ride for HTC from a financial perspective. Earlier this year HTC saw their stock price take a nice jump thanks to the warm reception for the Vive VR headset and their partnership with Under Armour. That was tempered by first quarter financial results that showed the company was hammered to open 2016. That latest news may have been the proverbial straw that broke the  camel’s back and triggered HTC chairwoman Cher Wang to move ahead with creating a new subsidiary for HTC to back their efforts in the virtual reality market.

Giveaway: Win a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 case from Mobile Fun!

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When I reviewed it last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was declared the best phone in the world. That almost holds true today because of its premium build and specifications that stand strong against current flagships. There are millions of people around the world who purchased the Galaxy Note 5 and have no regrets about doing so. It’s just a beast of a phone any way you look at it, and maybe you want to protect that pricey investment.

We’re partnering with Mobile Fun to give five of our readers their own case made by Incipio for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Verizon slips up and reveals Moto Mods pricing


Lenovo went public with the Moto Z as its first global flagship least week. Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force come with a very special feature called Moto Mods, a platform for Lenovo and the company’s partners to give their phones new capabilities through simple modules that attach to sixteen magnetic dots. Since their capabilities are pretty robust, it wouldn’t be surprising to see big price tags on a single Moto Mod. That definitely seems like it’ll be true as someone discovered Verizon’s pricing for select Moto Mods.

Hit the break to see Verizon’s pricing on Moto Mods.

Leak points to Nest developing an outdoor version of Nest Cam


2016 hasn’t been the smoothest of years for Nest, with rumors that the company isn’t bringing in enough revenue to meet Alphabet’s expectations, to complaints by Nest employees about how the company was being run to the recent news that its CEO, Tony Fadell, left the company because it was in “maintenance mode”. Nest’s new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, has apparently sent a letter to employees hinting at the company’s upcoming product line, as well as confirming that the company is not for sale.

Pebble rolls out software update for existing devices


Pebble may be the darling of Kickstarter at the moment with their campaign for a new generation of Pebble devices including the Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, but the team has not forgotten their existing users and devices. A new update has been released that takes Pebble firmware up to version 3.13 and focuses on improvements to Pebble Health, an official Weather app, a new emoji, and a fix for iPhone users.

Vizio launches new Google Cast enabled sound bars


As Google builds out an ecosystem of Google Cast supported home entertainment devices by giving manufacturers access to the technology to include in their products, much of the focus has been on television manufacturers building Chromecast capability into their devices. Vizio is expanding things a bit with their announcement that their new sound bars will come with support for Google Cast effectively making them Chromecast Audio-type devices.

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable and Gear IconX wireless earbuds are now official


Samsung took the wraps off two new products at an event in New York last night, the Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable and the Gear IconX wireless earbuds. It was quite the high energy affair with both Diplo and Gwen Stefani making appearances. Join us after the break for more information on the two new products. 

Giveaway: Win a NaturalRays Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker!



NaturalRays’ Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker was reviewed on Talk Android last month. It’s a small, versatile accessory that operates without wires. What could you listen to with this speaker? Music is the clear option, but something tells me you should be listening to our podcast instead. We’re partnering with NaturalRays to give away three of these speakers to our loyal readers, so you can listen to music and podcasts or anything else from anywhere you are.

Hit the break to enter the giveaway.