HTC U gets shown off in the wild

HTC, while once considered one of the top Android smartphone manufacturers, has had a shaky last few years. Despite that, the Taiwanese company hasn’t slowed down and has been working hard to bring the focus back to “U” and courtesy of Evan Blass’ Twitter, we have our first “in the wild” glimpse of the upcoming HTC U (aka Ocean).

Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update going awry once it starts landing on actual user devices. Several reports are coming in from owners of Pixel phones and Nexus phones indicating the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the devices. This leaves Android support staff and developers scrambling to identify the source of the problem and figure out a fix.

Yes, there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

By now you’ve seen and heard a lot about the Galaxy S8 from Samsung. It’s beautiful, right? Now, in 2017, the company is three years into using premium materials. The Galaxy S8 is made of metal and glass, which partly explains why the price tag is so high. But those materials, despite Corning’s Gorilla Glass being used for the glass, aren’t indestructible. There are consumers out there who are clumsy or work in rugged environments. Luckily, Samsung pays attention to the fact that not everyone can have a metal- and glass-made phone.

You’ll once again be able to buy Samsung’s latest flagship in a variant built around durability.

Moto Z2 Force shown off in new leaked image

In 2016, Lenovo-owned Motorola debuted the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones that brought with them some powerful specs and a unique approach to customization and experience with their line of Moto Mods. While the success of modularity in smartphones has been shaky at best, Motorola is still full-steam ahead and we are now getting our first possible glimpse of what might be in store for the next Moto Z. Let’s check it out.

Samsung is launching Bixby without voice commands for some reason

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S8, they touted two major features; the infinity display, and Bixby, the virtual assistant. What makes Bixby stand out in the sea of other virtual assistants is that it can navigate compatible apps for you without you ever having to touch the screen. Anything that you’d be able to do with your finger, Bixby can handle with voice commands.

It’s really cool, except the phone isn’t actually launching like that.

Huawei CEO not sold on smartwatches even as his company wants to sell you one

At a Global Analyst Summit for Huawei held in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday, CEO of the company Eric Xu Zhijun dropped what seems like a bombshell, yet is probably exactly what most people think about smartwatches. In response to a question about whether the wearable devices might impact smartphone sales if features like 4G telephone capabilities are added, Xu stated, “I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones.”