HTC will shift their focus to premium phones in 2017

If you ask anyone that’s in the mobile industry what HTC’s biggest problem is, you’ll probably find a common theme: lack of focus. HTC makes some incredibly nice smartphones (that may or may not be overpriced) but they release twelve different versions of those phones on top of dozes more budget-friendly and mid-range devices every year. For a company like Samsung that has the cash flow to manage all of that, it’s one thing, but HTC is very clearly not in that situation.

Linc is a Moto Mod that turns your phone into a walkie talkie

Walkie talkies are definitely a little dated compared to a new smartphone, but there’s no denying they had some very useful situations where a smartphone just isn’t as good. When you’re out hiking, for example, you need to be able to just push and talk to someone and not have to worry about dialing a phone number. That’s where Linc comes in. 

Hey Google, this is how you should fix Allo

It’s safe to say that Google’s latest instant messaging app, Allo, isn’t setting the world alight in the popularity stakes. It’s faced with strong, entrenched competition in the form of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Apple’s iMessage, and even finds itself competing with other Google products such as Hangouts. It’s also not exactly clear why Google launched a separate video chat app called Duo instead of just including the function within Allo. To its credit, Google has asked Allo users how they would fix the messaging app a couple of days ago, and our readers were quick to offer the search giant some advice.

New leak suggests the Huawei P10 Plus will feature a curved 5.5-inch QHD display

After the earlier leak that showed off the Huawei P10 in blue, gold, and green, this latest leak brings some relief to the eyes by revealing the alleged P10 Plus in black. With just 10 days to go until Huawei officially takes the wraps off the successor to last year’s P9, these latest images don’t leave much to the imagination. The leak alleges that there are two variants, a flat P10, and then the P10 Plus with a curved display with similar specifications. Join us after the break for more details.

LG points out some of the new features of the G6’s UX interface

With MWC 2017 fast approaching, the steady drip of leaks is threatening to become a full-on deluge. Let’s take the LG G6, for instance, in recent weeks we’ve covered stories about its alleged reliability, various renders showing off its all-metal body, that it could be the first non-Google handset with Assistant onboard, and that the G6 will make do with the Snapdragon 821 as opposed to the Snapdragon 835 that the Galaxy S8 to feature. Today, we have an official video from LG teasing version UX 6.0 of the G6’s user interface. 

Facebook brings auto-playing sound to videos in its News Feed and a new app for the living room

 

Facebook has just announced a slew of changes to the way it presents videos in your News Feed, as well as a wider choice of platforms that you can use to watch videos on. One of the tweaks includes the auto-playing of sound when the video plays in your News Feed, which is sure to cause some consternation among some of us. Facebook has also made a new app for viewing videos on televisions and streaming devices. Join us after the break for more details.

Google wants to know how you would fix Allo

There are a ton of messaging apps to choose from, with heavy hitters such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage (iOS) all vying for your attention. Despite already offering the Hangouts and Messenger app (among others), in 2016 Google saw fit to throw two new apps into the mix in the form of the Allo instant messaging app as well as a new video chat app, Duo. While Allo managed to hit the 10 million downloads mark on the Play Store back in December, do you actually know someone who uses the app? If so, Google is now asking for feedback on the app. Join us after the break to find out how you can contribute your two cents.