Leaked NVIDIA SHIELD images skimp on telling a tale

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Word recently surfaced indicating NVIDIA was planning to launch a new SHIELD Android TV device at CES 2017. Other than the news that NVIDIA was planning to release a refreshed, updated version of the device, not much else was known about what NVIDIA may have planned. Some new images that surfaced showing the 2017 update to the SHIELD do not do much to help us figure out where NVIDIA might be headed in the Android TV market.

A new Gear VR and an augmented reality device are on the way

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Samsung announced a new Gear VR with the Note 7 that upgraded the microUSB connector to a USB C connector, but since the Note 7 is was the only device in Samsung’s lineup with that connector, the Gear VR was pretty immediately discontinued.

That pretty much guaranteed that Samsung would eventually make another Gear VR, so it shouldn’t be any surprise to hear that they’re said they’re working on a successor. They didn’t divulge any specific details, but hopefully this headset picks up extra features instead of just sporting a slight redesign like we’ve seen before. 

Prepare to buy the Huawei Mate 9 on January 6 in the U.S.

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After introducing the Mate 9 last month, Huawei is getting ready to enter the phone into new markets. The United States, one of the fiercest markets due to its domination by two companies, is among the locations Huawei wants to insert its latest flagship. It’s just not known when the Mate 9 will be available in the U.S. since Huawei is staying quiet.

Now there’s a pretty reputable source revealing when Huawei is going to begin selling the Mate 9 in the U.S. alongside rival devices like the Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7.

Samsung Galaxy S8 might lose the home button and headphone jack

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2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Samsung and their Galaxy S series. It may seem like that’s the story every year, but with Samsung still trying to repair the damage from the Galaxy Note 7, the rumor mill has been churning up some exciting news about where the South Korean company may take things next year. Now an exclusive report from Sammobile points to a considerable design change for the upcoming Galaxy S8 including the possible removal of both the home button and headphone jack.

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Fitbit is eyeing a Pebble acquisition

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Company acquisitions are pretty common, especially in the tech sector, and they can happen for all sorts of reasons. The bigger company wants the talent, like many of Google’s purchases, or they want to bring the platform under their own management, like Facebook’s Instagram and WhatsApp buyout. Sometimes the smaller company’s features and technology simply gets folded into another product, like Songza into Google Play Music.

“Ok Google” hotword finally on its way to Android Auto

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It’s certainly a little strange that Android Auto hasn’t had the “Ok Google” hands-free voice detection available, especially when you consider how dangerous it is to fiddle with your smartphone while driving. But, it looks like that’s all changing now. While no official announcement has been made yet, it seems that Google is rolling out the hands-free voice detection over the coming weeks.

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Amazon may release new Alexa device complete with touchscreen

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Amazon, in addition to being among the world’s most popular online retailers, has made a few efforts to branch off and create its own hardware to varying degrees of success. The smart home speaker system, Amazon Echo, has been a big hit for the company and a new report is coming out that suggests that we may soon see a brand new Alexa-powered speaker complete with a large touchscreen.

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Front-facing camera for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to have autofocus

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When the Galaxy S8 launches in 2017, Samsung will get praise for pushing boundaries and utilizing high-end specifications. There’s just one thing on paper that might not stand out but will make a huge difference to future owners of the phone. It has nothing to do with the display, processor, or battery. Not even the rear camera is involved.

One of the biggest changes for the Galaxy S8 could be in the front-facing camera.

Concept images show off a nearly bezel-free Nubia phone

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One of the most popular desires for smartphones these days, aside from longer lasting batteries, is a device with as little bezel as possible. Despite some usability benefits from having a bezel, a smartphone where the display covers all or most of the front gives off a very sleek and futuristic appearance, as well as allow for larger screens with a smaller physical size. If these new concept images for a nearly bezel-free Nubia phone prove to be true, then these wishes may soon be granted.

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