Google IO 2016 Coverage

Update-shaming may be latest tool from Google to keep Android up to date


The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more

OnePlus 3’s TENAA certification reveals official specs and dimensions


oneplus-3-renderWith a rumored launch date on June 14th, details about the OnePlus 3 are leaking left, right, and center. Yesterday saw OnePlus slash the prices of its current offerings, as well as Evan Blass leaking some of the handset’s confirmed specifications. Today, well, the OnePlus 3 has been exposed to new levels of scrutiny. Today’s leak comes courtesy of China’s TENAA certification body and gives us the phone’s dimensions, images, and even its weight. There really isn’t much left to the imagination.  Read more

New image shows the DROIDs you seek


Lenovo has a press event coming up on June 9th when it is expected they will reveal their new flagship devices. Reports indicate they will be rebranding their line, rooted in the Motorola Moto X series, as the Moto Z. One thing that does not appear to be changing is the relationship with Verizon to produce a dedicated DROID device that is essentially the top of the line phone from their portfolio, but rebadged for the carrier. Read more

HTC confirms it has stopped production of Nexus 9


During Google I/O 2016, one notable subject that the company was silent on was the future of smartphones and tablets in its Nexus line. That was not unexpected despite the Nexus 9 tablet being pulled from the Google Store in late April. With a new report from HTC confirming they have ceased production of the tablet, that means Google currently has no tablet device available for purchase or ostensibly in the pipeline for a future release. Read more