As virtual reality headsets continue to hit the market, one of the challenges for manufacturers is how to entice buyers to invest in their particular platform and hardware. This is a notably acute issue for some of the earlier devices hitting the market, like the Oculus Rift, which saw considerable resources spent on research and development. One way to get buyers interested is through exclusive titles for the hardware, a path Oculus is heading down. However, some recent work by the LibreVR project may be undoing some of Oculus’ efforts after it was revealed they have already ported a couple Oculus Rift “exclusive” games to run on the HTC Vive. Read more
At MWC 2016, Samsung and LG launched their 2016 flagships. The Galaxy S7 and G5 are both available right now, so consumers have a tough choice to make even if the HTC 10 isn’t an appealing option. These giants from South Korea are annually the go-to for many, and we’ve put together a rundown between the Galaxy S7 and G5 to make the comparison clear.
Hit the break for the rundown.
Less than a week after HTC announced its new flagship, the HTC 10, we got our grubby little paws on one. And here, for your delight and edification, is video of Talk Android’s fearless leader, Justin Herrick, unboxing the latest from HTC.
If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, you might want to give the Pebble Time a look, especially considering you can get it for 20% off with this deal. $120 for a fantastic smartwatch that launched at $199? Not bad at all. Read more
Among the companies putting their own touches on Android, HTC has always provided the most favorable experience. It’s not like stock Android but it’s way better than TouchWiz from Samsung and LG UX 5.0. The HTC 10 ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow sitting behind Sense 8.0, and this time HTC’s software overlay is lighter than ever before. While the visuals are still in place, the company pulled back on the number of self-made apps in favor of allowing Google’s to work.
Hit the break to see what HTC has pre-installed on the unlocked edition of the HTC 10.
The Gear Manager app for iOS has leaked on an online forum, indicating that Gear S2 support for iOS could be available in just a few weeks.
Nest has had a rough time in the news recently, especially considering all of the allegations that the company isn’t making enough money for Alphabet. However, Nest CEO Tony Fadell doesn’t think things are so bad, and he even went to a Google weekly staff meeting to defend his company. Read more
It’s just a couple of days ago that the HTC 10 launched to a positive reception, boasting a 5.2-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and a stunning metal unibody. While there appears to be some confusion as to whether India will receive a full-power HTC 10, or the lesser-specced HTC 10 Lifestyle, the Taiwanese handset maker has chosen to take the wraps off its updated Desire 828 handset. Read more
Huawei has certainly raised its profile in recent times with the Nexus 6P that it developed in partnership with Google, and its latest flagships, the P9 and P9 Plus that launched in London last week. And let’s not forget about its budget friendly sub-brand, Honor, that launched the 5X to great acclaim earlier in the year. It seems that there may be another device being launched in the coming weeks, with the Honor 5C going through the certification process in China (TENAA). Read more
Missing from LG UX 5.0 on the LG G5 is an app drawer. Mhm, you read that right. The 2016 flagship from LG doesn’t come with something that Android has included since its inception, meaning the G5 has a home screen setup similar to that of Apple’s iPhone. Fortunately for the people who want it on the G5, LG is allowing the app drawer to be reactivated. It’s just going to take a bunch of small steps because a special launcher from LG’s own app store is required.
Hit the break for instructions.