Xfinity Mobile added a new device to their portfolio of smartphones available for consumers signing up for the wireless service. The LG X Charge is aimed at users who really do not like to hook up their phone to a charger thanks to the massive 4,500mAh battery. According to LG’s Chang Ma, President of LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., “the LG X Charge was designed to meet the demands of users who want maximum usage from their smartphones between charges, paired with the advanced flagship features they care about most, like a large HD screen.”
There could be good news for Project Fi users that are a little frustrated with the lack of choice when it comes to the number of supported handsets. Until now, Project Fi has only been officially supported on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, but thanks to a tweet from Project Fi’s official account, we could see a new mid-tier Fi-compatible handset from a partner later this year.
Having been announced by Lenovo just a few short weeks ago, you can now pre-order the Moto Z2 Play from Verizon and take delivery of the handset by July 7th. As you might expect, Lenovo has continued with the Moto Z design language, and the Moto Z2 Play is naturally compatible with a range of Moto Mods.
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Huawei launched its first Android Wear smartwatch back in 2015, imaginatively named Huawei Watch which was widely praised for its smart appearance boasting a stainless steel, fine leather, and sapphire crystal design. It is safe to say it was the most beautiful Android Wear you could buy at the time. Fast-forward to MWC 2017, and Huawei went in a totally different direction with its follow-up, the Watch 2, going for a chunkier, sporty approach with a rubber strap and sporting Android Wear 2.o.
Since launching at Google I/O in 2016 as an integral function of Google Home, Google Assistant next appeared on the search giant’s Pixel handsets. A few months later at MWC 2017, the LG G6 became the first non-Google device to sport the virtual assistant before Google announced that it would roll out to every Android handset (running Android 6.0 and up). Google Assistant made the jump to iOS last month, and unsurprisingly, it would appear that we’ll soon see Chromebooks sporting Google Assistant.
Two new features for Google Photos that were announced in May are rolling out now.
At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 event currently underway, Qualcomm announced the newest generation in processors targeting the budget and lower mid-tier market. The Snapdragon 450 is the successor to the Snapdragon 435 and brings some nice improvements that will enable budget device manufacturers to step things up in those market tiers. The improvements are partly thanks due to Qualcomm implementing a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and fall into four main areas.
European Union regulators hit Google with a $2.7 Billion fine yesterday claiming the search giant violated antitrust regulations in the way it was displaying search results for shopping related searches. The EU is giving Google 90 days to change how they display results or they may face an additional daily fine equal to 5% of average daily global revenue for Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Google indicates they disagree with the EU’s conclusions and they are reviewing the decision and options related to appeals.
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The rumor mill continues to heat up for this fall’s flagship smartphone releases with the latest one concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. We are already feeling confident Samsung will continue the critically acclaimed design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for the next version of their stylus-equipped smartphone. The back of the device has remained a mystery though thanks to a couple hardware related decisions. A newly acquired 3D CAD drawing supposedly obtained from the factory producing the new device reveals what the back of the device will look like.
With accusations of fake news flying around like mosquitos on a hot, humid southeast U.S. evening and social media platforms constantly rolling out pronouncements on how they are going to address the issue, Google has decided to update their Google News platform to try to help users sort through everything rolling their way. A new update for the desktop website gets a fresh new look that leans heavily on some Material Design cues like the use of cards and incorporates some changes to content and features to give users a “renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control.”
Next year you might be touching your phone’s fingerprint scanner and display at the same time, especially if Qualcomm gets the support it expects.