HTC U gets shown off in the wild

HTC, while once considered one of the top Android smartphone manufacturers, has had a shaky last few years. Despite that, the Taiwanese company hasn’t slowed down and has been working hard to bring the focus back to “U” and courtesy of Evan Blass’ Twitter, we have our first “in the wild” glimpse of the upcoming HTC U (aka Ocean).

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Verily, the Alphabet health company, announces the Study Watch

If you happen to own an activity tracker, you probably know that the companies producing them are careful to disclaim the accuracy of the devices. Despite this, companies producing the devices have been hit with the occasional lawsuit because the data the devices provide are not “medical” grade or quality. For a company like Verily, Alphabet’s health-oriented division, that presents a problem that was solved by production of their own wearable device, the newly announced Study Watch.

Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update going awry once it starts landing on actual user devices. Several reports are coming in from owners of Pixel phones and Nexus phones indicating the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the devices. This leaves Android support staff and developers scrambling to identify the source of the problem and figure out a fix.

Yes, there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

By now you’ve seen and heard a lot about the Galaxy S8 from Samsung. It’s beautiful, right? Now, in 2017, the company is three years into using premium materials. The Galaxy S8 is made of metal and glass, which partly explains why the price tag is so high. But those materials, despite Corning’s Gorilla Glass being used for the glass, aren’t indestructible. There are consumers out there who are clumsy or work in rugged environments. Luckily, Samsung pays attention to the fact that not everyone can have a metal- and glass-made phone.

You’ll once again be able to buy Samsung’s latest flagship in a variant built around durability.