Google IO 2017 Coverage

Google Assistant to land on many more phones

Last year when Google first revealed Google Assistant, followed by its exclusive introduction via Google Pixel phones, there was some concern that Google was starting to create divergent paths for Android features. Google always indicated that going forward they would eventually make at least some Google Assistant features available to other manufacturers and devices. Their latest move though reveals a slight change in strategy as Google has announced Google Assistant will be coming to many (if not all) devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Huawei Watch 2 goes official at MWC 2017

Today at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Huawei officially announced two new smartwatches: the Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic. Coming to the U.S. in April, both smartwatches will bring in a host of features, such as GPS, NFC, LTE (on supported models), a high resolution display, and Android Wear 2.0 all in two sleek new designs.

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App drawer comes with latest update for LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3

Both the Le Pro 3 and Le S3 from LeEco were missing a simple thing at launch: an app drawer. There’s good news today, though. The company is rolling out a software update for its two U.S.-sold phones that includes an app drawer and other enhancements. It’s all part of the UP2U initiative in which LeEco gets customer feedback and adjusts its user interface through software updates.

Bluetooth turning off for some Google Pixel and Pixel XL users in new bug

No smartphone is without its share of bugs and other issues, and Google’s latest and greatest Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been experiencing several recently, causing many users to flood support forums asking for help. The latest bug to pop up causes Bluetooth on some Pixel and Pixel XL devices to randomly shut off without any interaction from the user.

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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. 

Android Distribution February 2017: Nougat finally surpasses 1%

Since it’s February 8, Google feels now is the right time to share the latest Android distribution numbers. And, as always, we’re examining what’s going on and how each version of Android is trending. This month, however, is a little boring as just about nothing has changed from January. All of the trends are exactly the same.

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Android 7.0 Nougat coming to the Huawei Honor 6X in March

Huawei’s “Xtra ordinary” Honor 6X was released in October 2016 and promised powerful performance at an absurdly low price of $249. One important feature, however, that was missing from the spec sheet was the latest and greatest operating system from Google, as the Honor 6X sadly was released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But now things are looking up as Huawei just announced that Android 7.0 Nougat will come to the Honor 6X in March.

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