In what Microsoft is saying is their biggest deal ever, the tech giant is purchasing LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion and helping Microsoft jump into the social media space. LinkedIn primarily targets professionals for networking purposes and has approximately 433 million users. Read more
While Xbox fans wait to see if Microsoft will announce the rumored Xbox One S at E3 2016 later today, the software giant has rebranded the Xbox One SmartGlass app to just “Xbox” for both Android and iOS platforms. The revamped app comes with a new design and added features, join us after the break for the changelog. Read more
Users looking for the power and capability of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in a package that is extremely durable can now purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active through AT&T. Although it is not the slimmest or sleekest looking device, the military grade case should help it survive a lot of abuse that would destroy most smartphones. Over the weekend PhoneBuff conducted a drop test of the Galaxy S7 Active, pitting it against the Galaxy S7 as well as against their own testing protocol to see just how tough the new device is. Read more
Everyone is ecstatic for Android Wear 2.0, which was announced at Google I/O 2016 last month. Unfortunately, there are some smartwatches that will seemingly be going without the update. The latest one to jump ship is the Moto 360 (2014), according to a tweet from Motorola Support.
It’s a little over halfway through the year, and that means that it’s time for the rumor mill about the next edition of the Galaxy Note series to hit full swing. One of the persistent rumors is that Samsung will avoid calling it the Note 6, and will instead align this year model with the Galaxy S series, giving it the Note 7 moniker instead. Today’s rumor hints that the upcoming handset has a curved screen, which is quite likely considering the popularity of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Read more
Listen to the ninth episode of the Talk Android Podcast. It’ll stream live on YouTube on June 12 at 9:00PM ET.
When it comes to online goods and services, there isn’t much that Amazon doesn’t do. They offer a large video streaming catalog, a digital video storefront, audiobooks and eBooks, and obviously a large selection of physical goods with two-day shipping through Amazon Prime. There are plenty of Amazon-branded services for you to buy into, and it looks like Amazon is going to expand that with an on-demand music streaming subscription, too. Read more
After waiting and waiting for a refreshed Moto X, Lenovo gave us the Moto Z. While the Moto Z doesn’t look like a bad phone (Verizon exclusivity notwithstanding), it’s disappointing to not see a true successor to the Moto X line.
Lenovo dropped some good news, though. The Moto X is still alive and well, as the Moto Z was designed to offer a different experience. That means we should eventually see another Moto X phone! Read more
By now, you are probably well aware that Chinese electronics giant Huawei is making great strides in the global phone market. Thanks to its collaboration with Google to produce the Nexus 6P, the recently released P9, and the success of its budget brand Honor, Huawei is fast becoming a brand to be reckoned with. Huawei also manufactures Android tablets, with its latest model being the MediaPad M2 10.0 featuring four speakers.
Hit the break for our review.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the next version of the wireless standard is coming soon and will represent a major improvement over the current version. Bluetooth 5 will be capable of supporting speeds twice the current standard and a range that is four times what is currently available. Read more