LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 likely to work on T-Mobile’s 600MHz network

Normally gains in smartphone technology are realized through improvements in components like the processors or better screens or beefed up cameras. One area poised to see gains in the not too distant future is in connection speed, but it is going to take the work of both smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers to make this happen. T-Mobile is working on it and has made significant investments in 600MHz spectrum which will provide the framework for the eventual deployment of 5G technology and speeds. In anticipation of that, the carrier revealed today that at least a couple devices will be able to tap into the new spectrum this year. The devices appear to be the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Essential loses two top executives amidst Phone delay

At the end of May, Andy Rubin of Android fame grabbed headlines with the official announcement of the Essential Phone, a new smartphone from his start-up Essential company. Although the Essential Phone is equipped with flagship level hardware, barely any bezels, and a unique titanium and ceramic body, there were still some questions about how Essential would set themselves apart from competitors. Some skepticism continued to ramp when the company missed their shipping date at the end of June and has not provided any updates since then. The rumors and conjecture should really get heated up now with two recent departures of some senior executives with the company.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone coming to the UK, Europe, and Japan

Back at the end of May, Andy Rubin said the Essential Phone would begin shipping around late June or early July. We are just a smidge past the middle of the month and the company is tight-lipped about the release date, but its début is imminent, according to Essential’s CEO, Niccolo de Masi. Besides launching in the US, Essential is also planning on releasing its début phone to other regions than North America.

HTC is working on removing the ads that mistakenly appeared on its default keyboard

These days it seems that we are bombarded by adverts everywhere we look, and while the experience can be irksome, it’s the price you pay for using a free service or viewing content on a website. The one place that you wouldn’t expect to see ads appearing would be on your smartphone’s stock keyboard, but it seems that taboo was accidentally breached over the weekend with some HTC users experiencing ads showing on the TouchPal keyboard that is pre-installed on some HTC 10 handsets.

Sony adds Amazon Alexa support to its 4K HDR TVs running Android TV

If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Sony 4K television (2017) with Android TV, you can now control your television by voicing your commands to Alexa. Thanks to a new firmware update for your Sony 4K TV, Alexa can control the power, volume, switch inputs, and change channels. You can even ask Alexa to play, pause, stop, or even fast forward your favorite show. 

Galaxy Note 8 possibly leaked by Samsung, shipping date projected in September

With a little over a month to go until the expected official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, the possibility exists that Samsung’s own Exynos processor division may have leaked out an image of the upcoming device. Meanwhile, sources in Korea are projecting the new device will start shipping during September.

LG will announce the V30 at IFA on August 31st

It’s no secret that LG is prepping to launch a successor to last year’s V20 flagship carrying the predictable V30 moniker. In previous months we’ve seen older mock-ups for the V30 turn-up, and most recently there’s been a CAD-based render revealed showing how the V30 might appear in its final form. As another confirmation that we are getting close to the real thing, LG is sending out invites to the press for an event on August 31st at IFA 2017 in Berlin.

Google Home update lets you play purchased or uploaded songs on Google Play Music

Streaming music via Google’s Play Music service to the Google Home is a great way to listen to your favorite songs, but if you aren’t a paid subscriber you’re restricted to music sourced from the free radio stations. Thanks to the latest update, though, you can now stream both the music you’ve previously purchased and uploaded to your Google Home unit.