Here’s what Google’s first smartwatches look like

The next logical step for Google is releasing smartwatches. There are phones, virtual reality headsets, and home-based digital assistants stamped with the company’s logo. Millions of people have purchased these products. They trust Google to produce hardware and software made for each other. Still, despite Android Wear being around since 2014, Google has stayed far away from directing a partner to design smartwatches.

Everything is going to change next month. Google is working with LG to offer two smartwatches in 2017 — the Watch Sport and Watch Style. Today, we’re getting our first look at both of them.

Hit the break for details.

Samsung pens in Galaxy Note 8 as successor in stylus-equipped line

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As the dust continues to settle from last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, one question that lurked in the background was whether Samsung would have to rebrand their line of stylus-equipped large screen smartphones and abandon the Galaxy Note name. In comments made earlier today as part of their explanation for the Galaxy Note 7 problems, Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh stated “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8”. Koh cited a couple major factors that played into the decision to try to retain the Note branding.

[Video] Unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3

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With Samsung having delayed the launch of the Tab S3, Google giving the segment a miss last year, and Sony seemingly abandoning the market altogether, there’s a dearth of premium tablets to be found.

One company that is attempting to grab a bigger share of the tablet market is Huawei, whose latest offering, the MediaPad M3, boasts an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, the Kirin 950 Octa-core processor (the same processor found in the Honor 8), 4GB of RAM, a premium build, and stereo speakers designed in partnership with the audio experts, Harman Kardon.

The MediaPad M3 was announced at IFA 2016, and its premium build quality impressed us at the time during our brief hands on. Join us after the break to see our Justin Herrick unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet.

ZTE agrees to pre-install APUS Booster+ on new smartphones

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ZTE may not be a brand name you hear referred to often amongst U.S. consumers, but they definitely found their spot in the U.S. market by target low- and mid-tier buyers and becoming a big supplier for pre-paid cellular service providers. These moves have ZTE positioned as the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. With their devices in the hands of so many users, the company decided to take action to try to keep those buyers happy with their decision by taking steps to ensure smartphones continue to run in a snappy manner. To accomplish that goal, ZTE has partnered with APUS to install APUS Booster+ on new devices starting with the recently announced ZTE Blade V8 Pro.

Possible screen protectors for Samsung Galaxy S8 leaked in new image

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is easily one of the most anticipated smartphones for 2017 and the rumors and leaks keep flooding in. The latest comes courtesy of the Twitter user @dfordesign and shows what could very well be tempered glass screen protectors for the Galaxy S8, giving us our best glimpse yet of the possible design.

Join us after the break for the details.

Nokia 6 sells out in one minute during its first flash sale

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After varied success with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, Nokia is hoping to start 2017 strong with a new line of Android smartphones including the upcoming Nokia 6. During an initial flash sale on the Chinese e-commerce site JD.com, the Nokia 6 was completely sold out roughly one minute after orders opened. Could this indicate a return of the once leader of mobile phones to its former glory?

Join us after the break for more.

Samsung reveals which phones and tablets will be updated to Nougat in the first half of 2017

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Unless you own a Pixel or one of the last Nexus devices, a question that runs through your head when Google announces a new version of Android is if your device will receive a firmware update, never mind when. Owners of selected Samsung smartphones and tablets can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to the Korean manufacturer having revealed which of its devices will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat during the first half of 2017.

Your unlocked Moto Z, Moto Z Play will get Android 7.0 Nougat over the next two months

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The wait for unlocked devices from the Moto Z family to get Android 7.0 Nougat is almost over, but it won’t be happening in January.

Lenovo is telling owners of the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play when to expect the software update but not when it’ll actually be released. It’s a glimpse of transparency, though, since details surrounding the Moto brand have been light ever since Lenovo bought Motorola in 2014.

Hit the break to see when Nougat is rolling out.