Google IO 2017 Coverage

HTC will shift their focus to premium phones in 2017

If you ask anyone that’s in the mobile industry what HTC’s biggest problem is, you’ll probably find a common theme: lack of focus. HTC makes some incredibly nice smartphones (that may or may not be overpriced) but they release twelve different versions of those phones on top of dozes more budget-friendly and mid-range devices every year. For a company like Samsung that has the cash flow to manage all of that, it’s one thing, but HTC is very clearly not in that situation.

New leak suggests the Huawei P10 Plus will feature a curved 5.5-inch QHD display

After the earlier leak that showed off the Huawei P10 in blue, gold, and green, this latest leak brings some relief to the eyes by revealing the alleged P10 Plus in black. With just 10 days to go until Huawei officially takes the wraps off the successor to last year’s P9, these latest images don’t leave much to the imagination. The leak alleges that there are two variants, a flat P10, and then the P10 Plus with a curved display with similar specifications. Join us after the break for more details.

LG points out some of the new features of the G6’s UX interface

With MWC 2017 fast approaching, the steady drip of leaks is threatening to become a full-on deluge. Let’s take the LG G6, for instance, in recent weeks we’ve covered stories about its alleged reliability, various renders showing off its all-metal body, that it could be the first non-Google handset with Assistant onboard, and that the G6 will make do with the Snapdragon 821 as opposed to the Snapdragon 835 that the Galaxy S8 to feature. Today, we have an official video from LG teasing version UX 6.0 of the G6’s user interface. 

A major Moto G5 leak just occurred, tells us everything to know about what’s coming

Lenovo was doing a pretty good job keeping the upcoming Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus hidden until today. Just about everything there is to know about the unannounced devices leaked from a retailer who, when things are official, will be selling them. The leak does give us an idea of the direction the Moto brand is going in now that basically everything from its Google-owned days are out of the pipeline.

Hit the break for details.

HTC’s next virtual reality headset will be more than an extension of your phone

One of the companies who hasn’t immersed itself in mobile-based virtual reality is HTC. Putting its phones into a virtual reality headset isn’t something you’ve been able to do despite the Vive hardware being around for a couple of years. Competitors, including Samsung and Google, have effectively gone all-in on the technology for mobile devices in the meantime.

HTC, with its bottom line hungry for a catalyst, is now preparing to get involved with virtual reality for mobile devices. It just won’t be in the way you expect.

Samsung to announce Galaxy S8 launch date at MWC 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones for 2017 with rumors coming out almost daily and a very close watch on what the South Korean company will introduce following a difficult 2016. Many were disappointed to learn that Samsung would break tradition and not reveal the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, but a new report is coming out that states Samsung will in fact announce the smartphone’s launch date at that time.

Join us after the break for more.

Google wants to know how you would fix Allo

There are a ton of messaging apps to choose from, with heavy hitters such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage (iOS) all vying for your attention. Despite already offering the Hangouts and Messenger app (among others), in 2016 Google saw fit to throw two new apps into the mix in the form of the Allo instant messaging app as well as a new video chat app, Duo. While Allo managed to hit the 10 million downloads mark on the Play Store back in December, do you actually know someone who uses the app? If so, Google is now asking for feedback on the app. Join us after the break to find out how you can contribute your two cents.

New report says Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to get a stylus

As we get closer to MWC 2017, at least one device we are starting to feel confident will be making an appearance is a new tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S3. The invite for Samsung’s press event at MWC 2017 seems to hint at a tablet being revealed. A couple weeks ago specifications leaked for the alleged Galaxy Tab S3. A new report suggests Samsung is going to give the tablet a stylus albeit one that has to be kept up with manually.