Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable display and two rear cameras

Motorola’s 2017 flagship arrived today, and it’s succeeding not one but two devices from last year. We saw the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play in 2016. Those phones were all solid; however, consumers didn’t quite know how to differentiate them. Now Motorola is tweaking the Moto Z family to give each phone a unique identity. The Moto Z2 Force, which was just announced, gives a premium vibe inside and out.

Google’s Sundar Pichai becomes the thirteenth member of Alphabet’s board

While the number 13 is considered unlucky by some, it’s proving to be a lucky number for Sundar Pichai at least, because Alphabet has announced that Google‘s CEO is set to become its thirteenth board member. Pichai will become the second Google executive on Alphabet’s board with Diane Green, the head of Google’s cloud division, being the first. 

Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 joining the unlocked Samsung Portfolio

Samsung continues to expand the unlocked devices they make available with the latest additions to their portfolio being the Galaxy J7 and the Galaxy J3. Both of these devices fall into the budget category although Samsung claims they offer “high performance” for their price point. The new unlocked variants will be available starting later this week on July 28th through Samsung.com, major retailers and “enterprise distributors.”

Moto Z2 Force to make it to all four major U.S. carriers

Way back in April word first got out that Motorola was planning to expand the availability of the Moto Z2 Force and some other phones by not making them Verizon exclusive devices. That direction seems to have panned out on the eve of the official announcement of the device according to Evan Blass who tweeted out over the weekend that all four major U.S. carriers will offer the Moto Z2 Force.

Report says Samsung is working on AirPod-esque earphones with Bixby built-in

While Samsung’s incomplete Bixby virtual assistant may have its very own dedicated button of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets, many owners would rather remap the button as a camera button instead. The alleged Bixby smart speaker has apparently been shelved, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung is giving up on its attempt to push its virtual assistant on its customers, with the latest rumor saying that the company is developing a set of Bixby-powered wireless earphones, ala Apple’s AirPods. 

Midnight Black OnePlus 5 with 8GB RAM is now available with immediate shipping

Not so long ago, ordering a handset from OnePlus was one of the most frustrating things you could experience, thanks to the invite system that you had to endure with the launch of its début smartphone, the OnePlus One. Thankfully, OnePlus has learned lessons with each new handset it has produced, so much so, that customers have been able to buy the 6GB/64GB OnePlus 5 and expect it to ship within hours of the order being confirmed. Starting today, the Midnight Black 8GB/128GB variant is also available with immediate shipping in the US.