Google IO 2017 Coverage

Moto Z2 Play leaks, confirms designs for the Moto Z2 family

The Moto Z Play was an excellent midrange phone from Lenovo last year that actually ended up being my pick for 2016 phone of the year. For anyone else that really enjoyed the modular entry into the Moto Z line, you’ll be very pleased to know it’s definitely getting a second generation with just a few small tweaks. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?

Moto Z2 Force video and renders reveal small details and bigger changes

A few days ago a low quality render surfaced that appeared to show the forthcoming Motorola Moto Z2 Force and earlier today news surfaced that the device may not be a Verizon exclusive. New renders and a video reveal much more detail about the device and although the overall device is similar to last year’s version, small details point to some rather significant changes.

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).

Yes, there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

By now you’ve seen and heard a lot about the Galaxy S8 from Samsung. It’s beautiful, right? Now, in 2017, the company is three years into using premium materials. The Galaxy S8 is made of metal and glass, which partly explains why the price tag is so high. But those materials, despite Corning’s Gorilla Glass being used for the glass, aren’t indestructible. There are consumers out there who are clumsy or work in rugged environments. Luckily, Samsung pays attention to the fact that not everyone can have a metal- and glass-made phone.

You’ll once again be able to buy Samsung’s latest flagship in a variant built around durability.

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.

First set of OnePlus 5 rumors pop up, confirm the obvious

The rumor mill has been pretty quiet about the inevitable OnePlus 3T successor , but now that the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are out of the way, OnePlus is next up to bat.

A pretty solid rumor has cropped up that suggests that OnePlus will be going all out for the OP5, including a higher resolution screen, top notch processor, and other specs to match. Big surprise, right? And no, that’s not a typo. It’ll likely be the OnePlus 5, not the 4, as the Chinese word for four sounds similar to death. You’ll notice several Chinese companies try to avoid it because of that.