LG will focus on “aesthetics and usability” for the G6 instead of modules

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It goes without saying, LG’s modular design efforts with the LG G5 failed big time. Consumers didn’t seem to be a huge fan of the modular design, and promises for making more modules available after the LG G5’s launch fell flat. Now, at CES 2017, LG announced for the G6 it’ll be moving away from modules and focusing their efforts on “aesthetics and usability.”

ASUS ZenFone AR specifications

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Augmented reality on mobile devices is rising, but Google’s platform could use help getting approachable hardware into the hands of consumers. Lenovo’s PHAB2 Pro didn’t quite end up being a hit; however, a new phone from ASUS could change the outlook for Tango. The ZenFone AR is a compact, AR-ready device. The design is attractive, the specifications are high-end, and the technology within is innovative. That’s a good recipe for success.

Hit the break for the spec sheet.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom specifications

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If you’re searching for a phone that masters photography and never gets tired, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom might just be the perfect choice. It’s dual-camera setup and massive battery are a combination that keeps you taking pictures and shooting videos for hours before needing more power. Throw in mid-range specifications that are nearing high-end classification and ASUS is putting forth a solid unlocked phone.

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Nothing Xiaomi launched at CES 2017 will be sold in the U.S.

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Let’s all collectively sigh.

Not a single product showcased by Xiaomi at its CES 2017 presentation will leave China, at least for now. It’s a decision that leaves you, me, and many other people frustrated that the company isn’t yet offering major products and services in the United States and elsewhere. Xiaomi feels its existing markets are most important to focus on for the time being.

Hit the break to see what most of us can’t buy.

Samsung to report on causes of Galaxy Note 7 meltdown this month

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One of the big stories of 2016 was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The product generated a lot of heat for Samsung, but not in a good way after batteries in the device started to explode or catch on fire. Eventually Samsung ended up halting production and trying to recall all of the units that had shipped around the world, going so far as to issue an update that would brick units not returned. According to a Korean newspaper and comments made by Samsung at CES 2017, the company is expected to release a report this month explaining what the source of the problem was.

Google Assistant is coming soon to Android TV

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Android TV may not be the most popular method to view all of your movies and TV shows, but the Google streaming platform can be an easy and powerful addition to your home entertainment setup. During CES 2017 this week, the Mountain View company has announced that the Google Assistant AI will soon be coming to all supported set-top boxes and TVs running the Android TV OS.

Join us after the break for the details.

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV looks a bit different, but it’s a lot smarter

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The future didn’t seem very bright for Android TV last year; however, NVIDIA is doing its part to maintain the public’s interest in the platform for 2017. A new SHIELD TV was introduced this evening at CES 2017 with a tweaked design, support for more high-end apps and games, and artificial intelligence. It’s more of a refresh, rather than an entirely new set-top box or even an upgrade, that allows NVIDIA to simply replace old hardware without confusing anyone.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro offers solid mid-tier choice for buyers

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ZTE is bringing the latest version of their Blade series of phones to the U.S. market and it should prove to be a capable mid-tier device. The ZTE Blade V8 Pro will hit the market priced at a mere $230 suggested retail price. Although some of the internal specs may not turn on power users, ZTE did pack in an impressive set of features and hardware, especially in the camera department.

ZTE’s Hawkeye, live on Kickstarter now, tracks your eyes for hands-free use

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No one would question that ZTE has more than enough money to develop a new device at-will, but the company is taking a different approach in bringing the unique Hawkeye to consumers. It’s a crowdsourced theme that started with the world telling ZTE what crazy features are wanted in a phone. Now it’s time for the world to put its money where its mouth is.

A Kickstarter campaign launched by ZTE is aiming to raise $500,000 for the Hawkeye to be released later this year.

ASUS ZenFone AR brings Tango and Daydream to the smartphone platform

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Two of Google’s more cutting edge technologies find themselves loaded up on a device from an unlikely source. ASUS announced the ZenFone AR today, the first smartphone that comes with both Tango and Daydream technology on-board. We have seen other devices hit the market with one of these platforms from Google, but this is the first device that includes both of them. As a reminder, Tango is the technology that enables a device to “sense” the world around it to help build or play in an augmented reality space. Daydream may be more familiar as it is the technology used for virtual reality in the new Google ecosystem.