HTC’s Jeff Gattis picked up by Google-backed Magic Leap


The name Jeffrey Gattis may not sound familiar to you, but the products overseen by him definitely are. RE Camera? Grip? Vive? All projects that Gattis was involved in as HTC’s Executive Director of Global Marketing for Connected Products. Anything involving imaging, wearables, virtual reality, and home automation at HTC received Gattis’ attention. He joined the company in in July 2014 after spending more than three years at TiVo, but now Gattis has left for another virtual reality-focused company backed by Google.

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Rose Gold color option added to the Huawei Watch


Arguably the best Android Wear device ever released now has yet another new color option to offer to prospective buyers. On Thursday, Huawei introduced a Rose Gold variant of its smartwatch that has both real sapphire crystal and gold. This Huawei Watch variant comes with a case made of 22K rose gold and an alligator-pressed brown leather strap.

Through Huawei directly, you can get this variant for $699. The company also offers it for $41.87 per month through Affirm Financing. Huawei says that quantities of the Huawei Watch in Rose Gold are limited. So it probably won’t make reach the company’s upcoming Black Friday sale. If you miss out, there is the Nexus 6P-related promotion that’s ongoing.

Source: Huawei [GetHuawei]

Obi Worldphone SF1 coming to India this month


Obi Worldphone has confirmed that the Obi Worldphone SF1 smartphone will be launched in India before the end of November. In a bit of an odd turn, the company also revealed that it had actually launched both the Obi Worldphone SF1 and the Obi Worldphone SJ1.5 in Vietnam and Dubai already. The SF1 retails at a starting price of $199 USD while the SJ1.5 is less expensive at only $129 USD. Read more

Samsung launches the W2016 with clamshell design, Exynos 7420 and 3GB RAM in China


It might come as a surprise for many but flip phones have a fan following, and Samsung has launched a high-end handset for those who are still hung upon this outdated form-factor. We have been hearing leaks and rumors about the Samsung W2016 for sometime time now, and most of them highlighted the similarities between the specifications of the upcoming clamshell phone and the Galaxy S6.

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The Moto G 2014 begins receiving Marshmallow update as part of Motorola’s Soak Test


Motorola often releases builds of the latest version of Android for their devices via its ‘Soak Testing’ program, which allows device owners to enjoy the latest software features while finding and reporting any bugs with the firmware. There’s some good news if you’ve previously registered your Moto G 2014 (reviewed here) for a Soak Test as it seems that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is headed your way.  Read more