Cyanogen Inc. is going through a minor restructuring on the executive level. The company’s CEO, Kirt McMaster, is stepping down from his lead role so that the Cyanogen will be able to refocus on its efforts.
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Samsung was reported to have brought worldwide production of the Galaxy Note 7 to a screeching halt after multiple reports of battery fires emerged. Now, in a statement given to Android Central, the company says it will be “adjusting” its production schedule to ensure quality and safety, something that was thought to have been done for the first round of replacement devices.
The popularity of Huawei‘s budget conscious e-brand, Honor, has grown in leaps and bounds in 2016, spurred on by the warm reception the Honor 8 received when it launched back in August, helping it sell more than 1.8 million units. It’s recently been rumored that the company would soon launch a successor to the 5X, a rumor that has today been officially confirmed with Huawei issuing invitations to a launch event in China on October 18th. Read more
HTC has long been rumored to be developing a smartwatch with the codename Halfbeak based on Google’s Android Wear platform, in tandem with Under Armour. It’s been rumored for so long, in fact, that for a while it seemed that we had more chance of seeing unicorns roam freely in the streets than the Halfbeak being announced. Today’s leaked images of the Halfbeak smartwatch at least prove the existence of the device, although it’s still unknown if it will launch anytime soon. Read more
Okay, so “RIP Hangouts” is probably a slight exaggeration, but it’s clear that the focus for Google is going to be on Allo and Duo going forward, not their older messaging platform. We’ve seen it happen with Google+ where the service exists without really being put front and center, and we’re probably going to see it again. Read more
Google’s retail presence has been less than stellar, but they’re primarily a software company so it’s never really been a big deal unless you wanted to see a Nexus in store. They’ve made partnerships with places like Best Buy to try and build out a relatively small physical presence, but for the Pixel launch we might see Google take matters into their own hands. Temporarily, at least. Read more