Big partners are pumping the brakes on Android Wear

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Google earned itself high expectations in 2014 when Android Wear launched because people finally felt serious smartwatches were inbound; however, consumers didn’t exactly get what they expected. The initial smartwatches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, let people down with their angular displays and cheap build quality. Motorola’s Moto 360 was able to resuscitate interest, but that only lasted briefly as Android Wear was still limited. Fast forward two years and we’re still not in a place where Android Wear is all that great. And it appears Google’s partners are prepared to wait quite a bit for the platform to improve before lending any further support.

While not leaving the smartwatch business entirely, many companies are halting production of new devices until next year. LG, Huawei, and Lenovo have all confirmed they’re not going to release any smartwatches for the rest of 2016.

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Samsung may accelerate launch of Galaxy S8

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As Samsung deals with the fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle, reports are starting to surface suggesting the electronics giant may look at moving up the launch date for their next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Making this move should not be a surprise as Samsung needs to take steps to minimize the damage to their company from such a high profile problem. Moving up the launch date would mean Samsung would have to jump off their normal cycle and it may mean abandoning some planned features. Read more

Codenames and likely model numbers leak for Samsung’s Galaxy S8

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With Samsung in the middle of one doozy of a global recall for its recently released, much vaunted but potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7, we have some news about the Korean handset maker’s Next Big Thing. That’s right, it may only be mid-September but the scuttlebutt regarding the Galaxy S8 has already begun leaking. Today’s leak reveals the various code names for the Galaxy S8 and the story behind its model numbers.   Read more

Yet another Galaxy Note 7 explodes in public [Update: It was a Galaxy Core!]

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Update: Days later, it looks like this wasn’t a Galaxy Note 7 explosion, as originally suspected. NBC New York was able to identify the phone as a Samsung Galaxy Core. It’s certainly still not good news for the company and will still start an investigation, but there’s likely more factors at play here than just a faulty manufacturing process as we’re seeing on the Galaxy Note 7.

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[Video] Unboxing the LG V20

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With all the hoopla going on about the explosive Galaxy Note 7, it’s easy to forget that LG launched its latest flagship, the V20, just over a week ago. The successor to last year’s V10 has moved away from the V10’s textured exterior and instead appears to have taken a great deal of inspiration from the design of the modular-ish G5 that launched earlier this year. It isn’t necessarily a good move on LG’s part, as TalkAndroid’s very own Justin Herrick will mention while he unboxes the V20 and shows off its secondary ticker display in the video embedded below.  Read more

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro delayed to sometime this fall

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Earlier this year Lenovo took the wraps off the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which they touted as the world’s first Tango enabled smartphone. Tango, formerly Project Tango, is Google technology that enables a smartphone, through the use of an increased number of sensors, to orient its position in 3D space and to accurately map the environment around it. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was supposed to be available during the summer months, but Lenovo has quietly changed the release date to be in the fall. Read more

Galaxy Note 7 update limits battery life to 60% as a safety measure

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Not long after the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, reports of the phone exploding have been increasing worldwide. Most recently, the Galaxy Note 7 was believed to be the cause of a house fire in South Carolina. In a separate incident, the handset exploded in a child’s hands.

It goes without saying, the phone is dangerous and continuing to use it only puts yourself at risk. It’s wise to turn it in and get a replacement until Samsung can get you a fixed Galaxy Note 7. In the meantime, Samsung thinks it can begin to mitigate explosions through an over-the-air update that would limit the battery’s capacity to just 60%.

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Again the Desire 10 is teased by HTC, this time highlights fingerprint scanner

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Ready for HTC’s next phone? We’ve seen what is likely the Desire 10 teased in recent weeks for a reveal on September 20. First the company released a teaser video last month and then rolled out another earlier this month. Now it’s time for our third opportunity to think about the device that will be announced next week.

The focus for today’s teaser video is on the fingerprint scanner.

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