With Android O allegedly being officially announced on August 21, another much-anticipated Google product has taken another step in its march towards its eventual launch; the smaller Pixel 2 (Walleye) has made its way to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As previously rumored, it does indeed appear that HTC is manufacturing the smaller of the two Pixel 2 handsets, with the Taiwanese handset maker filing most of the documents for the phone with the FCC.
It’s taken a while, but after announcing that an announcement would be made this week on when its début handset would finally be ready, it seems that the Essential Phone should start shipping out to customers in the next 7 days, at least that’s according to emails that the company has sent out. After its launch on May 30 where Andy Rubin initially claimed that the Essential Phone would be ready to ship in about 30 days, there has been an unexplained delay of around a month and a half.
Qualcomm has announced an expansion to its Spectra Module Program, which is a really fancy way of talking about the part of their Snapdragon processors that handles image processing. It’s one thing for a phone to have a high resolution camera and good sensors, but it needs a capable processing platform to back up what it’s trying to do.
Google’s web version of their calendar app has lagged behind its mobile counterpart for a few years, and it’s really showing its age in 2017. The good news is that Google is finally working on bringing Calendar into the modern with a slick new look, and it’s currently in testing.
It’s that time again where a newly released smartphone undergoes a bend and scratch test. This time, it’s the turn of the durable Moto Z2 Force, Motorola’s newest flagship that sports a plastic shatterproof display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and Moto Mod compatibility. Join us after the break to find out how it fares.
LG rolled out several new interface features with UX 6.0 on the G6 earlier this year, and the V30 aims to make some key refinements with UX 6.0+. The newer software will also take advantage of the unique hardware of the V30, including that fancy new screen.
Android O was originally announced at Google I/O this year, and it was immediately followed by several developer previews so Google could speed things up for developers and hammer out last minute issues. It’s been a few months, and now it’s time for the latest Android OS to release to the general public.
Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch has leaked a few times before, but this is probably the best look we’ve gotten of the wearable yet. It’s still definitely a Fitbit smartwatch, and there are only so many form factors you can use for a watch, but the device still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
LG is launching its latest flagship, the V30, at IFA in Berlin on August 31, and as usual, the Korean company is providing us a steady drip-feed of the handset’s features. This latest tidbit of news concerns the V30’s rear dual camera that will boast a f/1.6 aperture as well as a Crystal Clear Lens.
Motorola’s newest flagship smartphone, the Moto Z2 Force, is the company’s latest handset to boast compatibility with its line up of Moto Mods that add extra functionality. One such Moto Mod is the GamePad which will be available to order for $79.99 exclusively from Verizon on August 25.
The announcement and release of the Essential Phone has been weird, and honestly, not great. It was supposed to be available within 30 days from May, but that’s come and gone thanks to a few speed bumps for the company. Then the listing for the device went up on Best Buy’s site, which made it sound like it should be available very soon.
HTC is running a new promotion for customers in the US that might be eyeing the brand new U11. Simply buy the phone on Amazon.com or HTC’s online store, and you’ll get a full free three month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited, the shopping giant’s answer to Spotify and Google Play Music.
Bixby got off to a rough start. When Samsung announced the virtual assistant, it seemed like a pretty intuitive, powerful feature of the Galaxy S8 that could integrate with third-party services better than other AI assistants. Then the phones launched with a half-baked Bixby, and Samsung has been fighting with developers trying to remap the Bixby button.