Spotify was fairly recently aiming to purchase SoundCloud, but it looks like those talks have fallen through and Spotify has backed out of the deal. There aren’t any concrete details about what derailed the plans, but it might have something to do with Spotify’s plans to go public next year. Read more
Let’s face it, smartwatches and wearables in general aren’t doing well. That in mind, Google is teaming up with “makers, doers, and dreamers” to launch the Magic Minute Project, an initiative that should give Android Wear some more exposure.
Pebble is officially gone, so you might be in the market for a new smartwatch. If that’s the case, you might be interested in one of the highest rated smartwatches available at a steep discount. Read more
Bluetooth 5.0 was announced way back in June, but now Bluetooth SIG has officially adopted the latest Bluetooth specification (version 5.0). In other words, we should start seeing devices launch with Bluetooth 5, probably sometime next year.
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Samsung’s iconic home button on their devices has been a point of contention for years. Some customers love it and won’t use anything else, while other Android purists hate the idea of physical buttons instead of Google’s vision of on-screen keys. 2017 might be the year that Samsung puts the physical home button on the chopping block, if the latest batch of rumors ends up being true. Read more
It doesn’t matter what kind of platform you’re talking about, pretty much any developer ecosystem is DOA without third-party support. Android needs developers on the Play Store to thrive, just as much as Microsoft needs developers making games for the Xbox brand to survive. The next platform for Android is in the form of Google Assistant, and just like all its competitors, Assistant will only succeed if other developers board the ship. Read more
The name isn’t known to many, but his now-former role is very important.
Stop worrying about the future of HTC. New products including phones and virtual reality headsets are in development, at least that’s what one employee wants everyone to know amid rumors of a sale.
After the Note 7 made an explosive exit from the market, Samsung has been bolstering its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones with more marketing and more color variants. We’ve seen both devices get post-launch support with a pink gold version and a slick Coral Blue that was originally exclusive to the Note 7, and now Samsung is dropping a glossy Black Pearl variant of the S7 Edge right before the holidays. Read more
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