Verizon Wear24 review: Time for a carrier-exclusive smartwatch

Among the launches of different devices this spring, one item you may have missed was the release of the Verizon Wear24 in March. While Verizon offers several different smartwatches for consumers, the Wear24 represents a bit of a different path for the carrier as this one is an exclusive. The market for smartwatches seems to be struggling despite the release of Android Wear 2.0, so Verizon’s entry is an interesting move for the carrier.

We recently spent some time with the Wear24 to see whether it offers a compelling case for consumers to add this to their portfolio of tech gadgets.

Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus are official, both priced below $200

Not everyone needs a $700 phone or even a $300 phone, so Lenovo is keeping the Moto E series alive by introducing two new devices meant for budget-conscious consumers. The Moto Z is high-end, the Moto G is mid-range, and the Moto E is low-end. It’s noticeable in the pricing for each. What you pay is what you get, and the Moto E gives you the necessities of a smartphone on the cheap.

The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus cost just $129 and $179, respectively.

Where to buy the HTC U11 in the U.S.

You know you want to squeeze it. First you must buy it.

The HTC U11 has been released in the United States following its announcement last month. It won’t be an easy phone to find, though, for traditional consumers. HTC hasn’t partnered with numerous carriers and retailers to sell the phone. Instead you’re only able to get the U11 from three spots.

Google clarifies tech support deadlines for Nexus and Pixel devices

With the Pixel and more recent iterations of the Nexus line, Google has tried to be a little more transparent about exactly how long users can expect support for their devices. That’s included software and security updates, but now Google has clarified just how long you’ll be able to get tech support online and over the phone for your pure Android devices.

SoftBank reaches agreement with Alphabet to buy Boston Dynamics

SoftBank has announced a definitive agreement has been reached with Alphabet, Inc. to acquire Boston Dynamics, a robotics firm that has a penchant for producing some unique creations like the world’s fastest running robot. News of the agreement comes a little more than a year after it was learned that Boston Dynamics was up for sale and about four years after Google first bought Boston Dynamics. At that time, it was thought Amazon or the Toyota Research Institute may be a potential buyer. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Android O Developer Preview 3, final APIs now available

Google’s developers for Android announced Android O Developer Preview 3 is now available for download and use by developers or those who want to start testing the new version of Android. Although there does not seem to be much on the surface that jumps out for potential consumer users that was not otherwise known, other important milestones have been reached and the new release reveals some other interesting information about Android O like the version number and potential release date.