With all of the challenges related to Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 7 this year many people were concerned that it could have a severe impact on the company’s performance now and moving forward. We have even covered rumors of Samsung possibly moving up the Galaxy S8 release to offset the financial impact. However, according to information released by Samsung today, consumers do not seem to be dissuaded from sticking with Samsung and demand appears to still be high for the Galaxy Note 7. Read more
Google plans to release two of its own phones this year, but the differences between them will be minimal. The Pixel and Pixel XL will appear the same on the outside with slight changes made on the inside; however, your eyes will only pick up on the difference in size as the displays will be 5 and 5.5 inches.
Before the Chromecast Ultra launches on October 4, Google is changing the packaging for the Chromecast (2015) that will continue to be sold alongside the new model.
Remember that BlackBerry DTEK60 that leaked about a week ago? We’ve got a little more info on it hinting at how BB will be branding it once it’s released. Spoiler: it’s not particularly exciting. Read more
Google has announced a completely revamped YouTube application called YouTube Go that’s been designed from the ground up for customers that don’t have access to high-speed, high bandwidth networks. It won’t replace the default YouTube app, don’t worry, but it will certainly make life easier for people in countries like India where mobile data is either expensive or just not fast enough for videos. Read more
Xiaomi took the lid off of the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus this morning, and they’re easily the nicest phones we’ve ever seen from the company. They’ll also be some of the first phones to use Qualcomm’s improved Snapdragon 821 CPU. Read more
Lenovo has laid off another few hundred employees at Motorola as “part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business.” This latest round would make it the third time Lenovo has had mass layoffs at Motorola since acquiring the company.
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Next week, this is the device you’ll see Google announce.
With a little over a week to go until Google’s October 4th event, where several new pieces of hardware including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, are expected to be revealed, software is getting a bit of a bump as well. The frenzy started when word surfaced that a new project called Andromeda may be announced, representing the effective merger of Android and ChromeOS into a new operating system. Now sources are trying to connect dots and think the new Andromeda could land on a rumored “Nexus” tablet believed to be incoming from Huawei. Read more