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    by Published on 08-22-2017 06:45 AM
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    Google has so far released two Pixel-branded Chromebooks—the original in 2013 and a refresh in 2015, pictured directly above. According to Android Police, there will be a new Chromebook Pixel announced alongside the new Pixel phones later this year. Perhaps this one will be available for purchase in Canada? Please...?

    This third iteration of Google's own high-end notebook may or may not be an evolution of Project Bison, an Andromedia-powered notebook/tablet convertible with the following specs:

    12.3 inch screen
    8 or 16 GB of RAM
    32 or 128 GB of storage
    Optional Wacom stylus (sold separately)

    The existence of Project Bison was leaked to Android Police last fall; since then a new name has started popping up in the commits on Google's Chromium code review—this device, referred to as Eve, also seems to be a convertible with a Wacom digitizer. It could be the continuation of Project Bison, or something entirely new.

    For what it's worth, Bison was thought to retail for $799 USD. That's significantly cheaper than the first two Chromebook Pixels, and more in line with 2015's Pixel C tablet.

    Sources: Android Police, Chrome Unboxed

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    by Published on 08-18-2017 07:00 AM
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    ASUS revealed its 4th generation ZenFone lineup yesterday. There's a lot to cover so let's get right to it...



    ZenFone 4
    Processor: Snapdragon 630 or 660
    RAM: 4 or 6 GB
    Storage: 64 GB + microSD (or dual SIM)
    Display: 5.5 inch FHD LCD
    Front Camera: 8 MP
    Rear Cameras: 12 MP OIS + 8 MP wide-angle
    Battery: 3,300 mAh
    Price: $399 USD




    ZenFone 4 Pro
    Processor: Snapdragon 835
    RAM: 6 GB
    Storage: 64 or 128 GB + microSD (or dual SIM)
    Display: 5.5 inch FHD AMOLED
    Front Camera: 8 MP
    Rear Cameras: 16 MP with 2x optical zoom + 12 MP
    Battery: 3,600 mAh
    Price: $599 USD




    ZenFone 4 Selfie
    Processor: Snapdragon 430
    RAM: 4 GB
    Storage: 64 GB + microSD (or dual SIM)
    Display: 5.5 inch 720p LCD
    Front Cameras: 20 MP + 8 MP wide-angle
    Rear Camera: 16 MP
    Battery: 3,000 mAh
    Price: $279 USD




    ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
    Processor: Snapdragon 625
    RAM: 3 or 4 GB
    Storage: 64 GB + microSD (or dual SIM)
    Display: 5.5 inch FHD AMOLED
    Front Cameras: 24 MP + 12 MP wide-angle
    Rear Camera: 8 MP
    Battery: 3,000 mAh
    Price: $399 USD

    Sources: Liliputing, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 08-17-2017 07:00 AM
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    This is the gimmick that Nokia is using to pitch their new flagship model 8, which was finally made official late yesterday. From the camera app you can access both the front and rear-facing camera feeds simultaneously in a 50/50 split window, like you see you above. "Bothies" can be photos, recorded video or even live video streamed to Facebook and/or YouTube.

    If nothing else, it's an apt demonstration that the camera modules on either side of the phone are identical—though there's an additional monochrome sensor on the back. Die-hard Nokia fans will probably be most interested in the ZEISS logo on the rear camera assembly.

    Here are details on the camera and other specs:

    Performance
    CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    RAM: 4 GB

    Storage
    Internal memory: 64 GB
    MicroSD card slot: Up to 256 GB

    Display
    Size and type: 5.3” IPS QHD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1440
    Material: Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D Glass

    Camera and flash
    Primary camera: 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), dual tone flash
    Front-facing camera: 13 MP PDAF, display flash

    Network
    LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
    802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)

    Connectivity
    Connectivity: Type C, USB 3.1 (5Gbps)
    BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+
    SIM slot: 1 nano-SIM slot + 1 nano-SIM or 1 MicroSD card slot

    Audio
    3.5mm headphone jack
    3 mics

    Battery
    3090 mAh

    Other
    Splashproof (IP54)

    Design
    Size: 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
    Colors: Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper

    The Nokia 8 will be available for purchase on September 6th with a price tag of €599 EUR, or about $700 USD. Here's the bad news: Nokia has no immediate plans to bring their flagship to North America. Could be good news for grey market importers, though...!

    Links: Nokia

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    by Published on 08-16-2017 07:00 AM
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    Hot on the heels of yesterday's story about Snap, Inc.'s Spectacles comes this brand-new streaming camera called Front Row. It's available right now from Amazon.com (and ships to Canada) but will set you back $400 USD.

    Instead of putting a camera on your face you wear this device around your neck—with the included lanyard or a necklace of your own—or by clipping it to a piece of clothing. Apparently the idea for the product came from the CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, who was at an NBA game and wanted to livestream his view without holding up his phone.

    Fair enough, but why is this thing so big...?



    Because on the other side of this Android-powered camera system there's a full touchscreen. And also a selfie cam. The Front Row, it seems, is like an un-ruggedized GoPro made specifically for livestreaming. Interesting idea; not sure if it's worth the high price tag, though.

    Notable specs:

    Dimensions
    Height: 59.8 mm / 2.354"
    Width: 70.3 mm / 2.768"
    Thickness: 12.1 mm / 0.476"
    Weight: 55 g / 1.94 oz

    Display
    Resolution: 640 x 572 @ 327 ppi
    Type: 1.96 inch LTPS Round
    Management: Touchscreen UI

    Main Camera
    Megapixels: (8 MP) / f2.2
    FOV: 148° ±3°
    Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) - up to 2.7k
    Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
    Optical Image Stabilization: Yes

    Reverse Camera
    Megapixels: (5 MP) / f2.0
    FOV: 85°
    Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) - up to 2k
    Max. Frame Rate: 30 fps

    Battery
    Standby: 50 hrs
    Recording: 1 hr 50 min - 2 hr
    Live Streaming: 1 hr 45 min - 1 hr 55 min
    Charging: Fast Charging via USB C

    Memory & Storage
    RAM: 2 GB
    Storage: 32 GB

    Connectivity
    Bluetooth: 4.1 LE
    Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n/ac

    System Architecture
    Front Row OS: Android
    Processor: Quad Core

    Links: Amazon, Android Police, Front Row, Wareable

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    by Published on 08-15-2017 07:15 AM
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    A story published in yesterday's news round-up is worthy of a little more scrutiny... according to TechCrunch, sales of Snap, Inc.'s camera-equipped Spectacles are falling hard, and fast.

    In their first full sales quarter fewer than 64,000 Spectacles were sold. If that doesn't sound like much here's the really bad news: Q2 was even worse, with sales of only 41,500 units—a drop of roughly 35%. Snap recently started selling Spectacles through Amazon.com and Harrod's in the UK, but I don't foresee either of these entities reversing the company's fortunes anytime soon. Amazon, if anything, will just enable easier returns.

    One reason for the failure of this product has to be the obvious privacy issue; I just don't think our society is ready for people wearing cameras on their faces. It's reminiscent of my feelings about Google Glass—I was really excited about it's AR potential until I encountered someone wearing it in New York City; with the realization that I was probably being recorded I suddenly wasn't so interested anymore.

    There's also the fashion angle, or in the case of Spectacles the lack thereof. Imagine if, like Android Wear, Snap put aside their single, in-house design and instead partnered with established eyewear brands like Ray-Ban or Oakley. This way, Snap users could use the technology with their own sunglass style. As an added bonus, there would be a sales channel for Snap already in place.

    Or maybe Spectacles are just a bad idea altogether. What do you think?

    Source: TechCrunch

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    by Published on 08-14-2017 07:00 AM
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    One of the major criticisms of the OnePlus 5 (after the price) was the discovery and subsequent confirmation of its inverted display. OnePlus has never explained why they chose to mount the display panel upside-down in the phone's chassis; I suspect that it was a deliberate engineering choice to make that chassis stronger. Unfortunately for the user, however, this results in a screen that refreshes in an odd way. It's most noticeable when scrolling through long lists like entries in an app drawer or a Twitter feed, and has come to be known as the jelly effect.

    It was XDA who proved that the OP5's display was upside-down, and now they're reporting that Motorola's new Z2 Force has the same issue. ...
    by Published on 08-11-2017 07:30 AM
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    If you say so...

    Wareable scored a nice little scoop with some exclusive renders of Project Higgs—aka the Fitbit smartwatch—which they insist is the final design for the product. I use the term "design" loosely here, because I think this thing is as ugly as hell, only slightly less hideous than Fitbit's existing Blaze.

    Note that the Fitbit logo takes up a full fifth of the front face.



    The back of the watch has a deliberate protrusion to better lock on to your heart rate. Wareable is speculating that the blue light at the bottom is a pulse oximeter for measuring blood oxygen levels. Whatever the case, it looks super-uncomfortable.

    The strap looks like it has a proprietary connection but can at least be swapped out. That's a good thing, as Fitbit's straps have a tendency to break. A lot.



    There will apparently be three available colour combinations, none of which will do anything for its looks. You'll only ever want to wear this for a night out if that night out is at the gym.

    Mind you, this derision and disdain is coming from a self-professed smartwatch design snob; what do you think of Fitbit's smartwatch?

    Source: Wareable

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    by Published on 08-08-2017 06:30 AM
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    Yesterday this photo of a developer unit was leaked to GSM Arena. It's believed to be the Pixel 2—the smaller, HTC-made device (codename: "walleye") with the 4.95 inch screen, rather than the LG-made Pixel 2 XL ("taimen") with the 5.99 inch display.

    With all the stickers and tape the back of the unit honestly doesn't look like much; fortunately, the anonymous leaker also supplied a photo of the front of the phone.



    Sorry, make that two phones... The bad news: the massive chin and forehead of the original Pixels have been carried over, but this time around they are at least partly justified by front-facing stereo speakers, a feature last seen two generations ago on the Huawei Nexus 6P.

    And now the really bad news: multiple sources, including Evan Blass, are reporting that there will be no headphone jack on either of this year's Pixel phones. Because #courage...?

    Sources: GSM Arena, Venture Beat

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    by Published on 08-04-2017 07:00 AM
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    ... But only on Verizon, at least for the moment—an unlocked version is coming soon to Amazon. In Canada it's already available unlocked from Canada Computers and Memory Express.

    If you didn't know, "AR" stands for augmented reality; the ZenFone AR is the world's second-ever production handset to support Google's Project Tango, preceded only by the gargantuan (and also underpowered) Lenovo Phab Pro 2. Apps that support Project Tango are few and far between. Current showpieces include Lowe's Vision, which lets you preview Lowe's appliances and furniture in your own home, and Hot Wheels Track Builder, where you can lay out orange tracks to your heart's content in an entirely virtual space. The ZenFone AR also supports Daydream (Google's VR), and there are many more available titles which you can use with that.

    The phone's notable specs are as follows:

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
    5.7 inch Super AMOLED QHD display
    23 megapixel rear camera
    Four-axis OIS and three-axis video stabilization
    4K video recording
    8 megapixel selfie cam
    6 or 8 GB of RAM
    64 or 128 GB of storage
    3,300 mAh battery
    Android 7.0 Nougat

    There are actually three variants of the ZenFone AR: one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $599 USD ($899 CAD), another with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $699 USD and also a Verizon-exclusive version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $649 USD.

    CNET has an in-depth preview of the phone with video and a gallery of photos; for links to that along with current buying options see directly below.

    Links: Canada Computers, CNET, Memory Express, Verizon

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    by Published on 08-02-2017 08:30 AM
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    Three years ago this month I road-tested my first smartwatch, the first Android Wear wearable from LG. I bought it on a whim, sight unseen, immediately after watching the webcast of the live keynote for the launch of Android Wear. On a similar whim some six months later I bought an original Pebble on clearance at my local Best Buy. I stuck with that through the launch of the Pebble Time in mid-2015, gave up for a while, came back to the superior Pebble Time Steel and remained a loyal Pebbler until the sale of assets to Fitbit last December. Then I returned to Android Wear, but only devices made by traditional watchmakers. And now, thanks to Gadgetbridge, I find myself reunited with my collection of Pebbles.

    I've never owned an Apple Watch or a Fitbit, but thanks to Howard I did get to spend a weekend with an original Galaxy Gear way back in the winter of 2013. All this is only to say that I know a thing or two about the device category. So here's what I think of it, three years on. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2017 07:00 AM
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    Looks like that Thai dude was legit after all...

    Photos of Samsung's Galaxy Note8 that surfaced on Facebook in mid-July have been corroborated by Evan Blass, the most trusted leaker out there. He tweeted the photo above at 3:30am Eastern Time last night, confirming that this year's iteration of Samsung's famous phablet will be its first phone with a dual camera setup. And unfortunately, like the S8 and S8 Plus, the fingerprint reader will be almost directly beside it.



    After tweeting a press shot of the front of the phone yesterday afternoon, a Twitter follower whipped up this handy side-by-side comparison with the Galaxy S8. It might not be 100% accurate in terms of scale, but at least shows the differences in design.

    The Galaxy Note8 is expected to be made official on Wednesday, August 23rd at an event in New York City.

    Sources: @evleaks (1) (2), via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-31-2017 07:00 AM
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    Samsung's Galaxy Active line seems to be quite popular with Android users, enough so that unlocked versions of the exclusive-to-AT&T devices are readily available on Amazon and eBay. And it's pretty easy to see why: who wouldn't want a flagship smartphone with a bigger battery and more durable casing?

    A ruggedized version of this year's Galaxy S8 was inevitable, and we now have an early look via a leaked training manual to Android Police. The specs:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    5.8" Super AMOLED QHD display, Gorilla Glass 5
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage plus microSD
    12 MP F1.7 rear camera / 8 MP F1.7 selfie cam
    4,000 mAh battery
    IP68 + MIL-STD-810G durability
    Android 7.0 Nougat

    The older version of Android may disappoint some, and here's something likely to annoy everyone: the formerly-reprogrammable "active" button will now only launch Bixby.

    The Galaxy S8 Active is expected to be available in two colors, Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold (American spelling deliberate for our friends on AT&T). The price has yet to be confirmed, but the phone's launch is imminent, possibly as early as August 1st.

    Source: Android Police

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    by Published on 07-28-2017 07:30 AM
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    Evidence of Nokia's comeback as an Android OEM continues, with a new report of some 500 design patents transferred back to the company from the former owner of its smartphone business. The most recognizable of the bunch would have to be the user interface from the Lumia camera app, seen above.

    The trademarks associated with the app—PureView, PureMotion, etc.—remain the intellectual property of Microsoft Mobile Oy; the patents, however, were apparently triggered by the sale of some other assets by Microsoft to a third party last year. This leaves Microsoft's mobile business with about 200 design patents remaining. Sure would be a shame for those to go to waste.

    With the Lumia camera UI back under the Nokia banner and the renewed partnership with Carl Zeiss, Inc., the Nokia 8 that's due next month might give this year's Pixel some stiff competition in the camera department!

    Source: Nokiamob

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    by Published on 07-25-2017 07:30 AM
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    It's not the first Xiaomi phone to support American and Canadian LTE bands (that honour would, I think, go to the Mi 5S Plus) but the Mi Note 2 is Xiaomi's first global phone to get an extensive review by the western tech press—XDA, to be exact. Unfortunately the phone is not officially sold here; the review unit was provided by GearBest, a grey market importer based in Hong Kong.

    I'll provide a few highlights here, but if you're interested in this device or in Xiaomi products in general you should definitely check out the source.

    Specs

    5.7 inch FHD screen
    Snapdragon 821 processor
    6 GB of RAM / 128 GB of storage
    22.56 MP rear camera / 8 MP selfie cam
    4,070 mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0
    Dual nano SIM support

    ROM

    The Mi Note 2 runs MIUI 8, based on Android Marshmallow. This will likely be the most polarizing feature of the phone. Unfortunately Xiaomi doesn't have the best track record at releasing kernel sources, so if you wanted a device for custom ROMs you'd be better of with the Mi 5S Plus—which at least is supported by Lineage OS.

    Note that because this version of the phone originates from Hong Kong it will ship with both Google Play and Mi Services on board.

    Why You Should Care

    It's inevitable that Xiaomi will one day sell unlocked phones in North America; there's already a trickle of devices and accessories from third-party sellers on Amazon. The company's growing portfolio of products will hopefully spur other smartphone OEMs to up their game. The North American market doesn't need another $1,000 phone, but it could certainly use some competition at the $500 price point.

    Source: XDA

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    by Published on 07-21-2017 09:00 AM
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    XDA has posted a nice essay on how various Android OEMs have let down their customers so far this year. We'll start with the story described above.

    Ads in HTC's Keyboard

    XDA actually doesn't have the entire story here; for that we can thank Android Police. What happened is that HTC licensed a third-party keyboard called TouchPal for some of their devices. TouchPal makes money by charging their users an annual subscription fee, without which you'd probably end up seeing ads on your keyboard at some point. I'm fairly certain that neither HTC nor TouchPal ever intended these ads to appear on licensed-to-HTC keyboards; it's likely just a matter of a software update being pushed out to the wrong channel.

    Motorola's Shrinking Battery

    It's not just Motorola that's guilty of this, but XDA rightly points an accusing finger at them for replacing the 3,510 mAh battery on the Z Play with a significantly smaller 3,000 mAh battery on the Z2 Play—entirely missing the point of what made the old model so successful. Is there seriously anyone reading this who would rather have an impossibly-thin phone than one with a decent-sized battery?

    OnePlus 5's Upside-Down Display

    Apparently other OEMs are also guilty of this, but XDA didn't explicitly mention which ones. Suffice to say that the Shenzhen startup's 2017 flagship killer will forever be known as the one with the upside-down screen. And in case you were wondering, it was indeed a deliberate design choice!

    Samsung's Bixby Button

    I suppose you can't fault Samsung for pushing its own "AI" assistant, but you most certainly can fault them for dedicating a hardware button to it on their Galaxy S8 models, and actively blocking the remapping of said button to another function. The Verge goes so far as to call it hardware bloat; haven't heard that one before!

    Sources: Android Police, The Verge, XDA

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    by Published on 07-20-2017 07:45 AM
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    Yup, my Pebble's connected... but not for long.

    Shortly after grabbing this screen from my phone I uninstalled the Pebble app for Android and powered down my Pebble Time Steel. Again. Just to explain what's going on here, it's the notification panel of my phone, with a frame from an excellent Android utility called OS Monitor, showing that the Pebble companion app is using almost 30% of my CPU. That translates to a battery drain of about 10% per hour. Where I often go to bed before midnight with a half-full battery, since firing up my Pebble again my phone has never even made it to dinner on a full charge.

    So what's going on here? According to a user on the Pebble Forums the app is hammering the Pebble servers for some unknown reason. And the only reliable fix for afflicted devices is to force them into offline mode—that is, sever any connection beyond the Bluetooth link between phone and watch. Unfortunately this kills much of the functionality that made Pebble so great: weather data, speech-to-text, Pebble Health... The watch faces I depended on when I was a full-time Pebbler all had weather complications; without them a big part of Pebble's appeal is lost.

    But wait, there's more!



    Pebblers have also reported that thumbnails for their watch faces and apps are disappearing from the phone app, like you can see above (it happened to me as well). This one can at least be fixed. The problem, as described on r/pebble, is a faulty certificate—the thumbnails actually aren't local to your phone, but live instead on Pebble servers for some reason. Running an Android app called Packet Capture can fix the connection and restore your thumbnails, at least temporarily.

    Of course that still may leave you with a watch that murders your phone battery. What I thought would be a fun couple of days getting re-acquainted with my Pebble turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. Maybe Fitbit should just shut down their Pebble servers altogether and be done with it.

    Sources: Pebble Forums, reddit

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    by Published on 07-19-2017 07:30 AM
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    Yesterday brought news of some OnePlus 5 phones rebooting when their owners attempted to dial 911. Today it seems that the issue is not limited to OnePlus. A redditor on r/Android is compiling a list of devices experiencing the same problem, with links to their respective comments and/or threads:

    Asus ZenFone 3 (all variants)
    OnePlus 5
    Samsung Galaxy S5
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
    Sony Xperia Z3

    So far users in both the US and UK have reported the problem; there have been no reports from Canada as of yet, but apparently Best Buy recalled a large number of ASUS phones here. The source of the issue has yet to be confirmed, but it's suspected to be something to do with the AOSP dialer; all background processes are supposed to be halted when a 911 call is initiated, but some faulty code might be interfering with this.

    Installing the Google Dialer from the Play Store may or may not address the problem. Concerned users can try contacting their local police force and see if they'll arrange a test call to their 911 service.

    Sources: reddit (1) (2)

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    by Published on 07-18-2017 07:00 AM
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    Okay, so forget the previous leak that will appear above or below this post... this is the Nokia 8, confirmed by none other than Evan Blass himself. Notice the Zeiss logo on the camera lens assembly—happy days for Nokia fans! I'm also liking the navy blue trim; according to the source, Nokia's first proper Android flagship will also be available in a blue/gold or copper/gold combination, and also "steel".

    With all the conflicting information the specs sheet isn't yet 100% clear; all we know for certain is that the 8 will have a Snapdragon processor and QHD display. Its European variant will likely have dual-SIM support, though there may be single-SIM versions as well. The phone has already made an appearance at the FCC as model number TA-1012.

    As for the Nokia 9, Blass doesn't believe that it exists.

    The Nokia 8 could launch as early as July 31st, and a Scandinavian site has indicated a retail price of €589, or about $675 USD. Taxes are notoriously high in Europe, though, and VAT means that all taxes are included in the sticker price. In other words, it may sell for a little cheaper than that.

    Who's ready to rock a Nokia again?

    Source: WinFuture via VentureBeat

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    by Published on 07-14-2017 06:30 AM
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    One final leak to close out the week, and it's a fairly big one: according to Android Police this is an accurate render of the device that has been given the codename taimen, otherwise known as the 2017 Pixel XL. Or possibly Pixel 2 XL? AP doesn't yet know what the actual product name will be.

    Key aspects of the new phone's design include much smaller bezels all around (as is the style of the time), a 2:1 screen aspect ratio, a larger camera lens assembly and a squeezable frame. This HTC gimmick might seem odd on an LG-made device, but there is evidence that Google has been working on this idea for years; for all we know they could have licensed their patent to HTC.

    A separate but equally reliable source has supposedly leaked the specs to XDA:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    5.99 inch 1440p OLED display
    4 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    Single rear camera with dual LED flash

    Expect the price to be almost prohibitively expensive, as is also the style of the time...

    Sources: Android Police, Mobile Syrup, XDA

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    by Published on 07-13-2017 07:00 AM
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    If the very existence of the $1,800 USD TAG Heuer Connected makes you angry then you should probably stop reading here.

    This week another luxury watchmaker announced a product running Android Wear. What we're looking at above is the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon which, despite the snarky title of this post, I actually don't have a problem with; I honestly think it's great that there's now a female-friendly smartwatch alternative to the TAG. LV is pitching their smartwatch at rich men as well as women, but I'm not really buying it—someone who wants to wear connected jewellery on their hairy wrist is going to want more manly-man styling, I think.

    Specs? Really? Ok...

    42 mm 390 x 390 pixel AMOLED Sapphire glass touch screen
    Snapdragon 2100 Processor
    512 MB RAM / 4 GB storage
    Black, brushed or stainless steel case
    Interchangeable straps with Louis Vuitton patented system
    Water resistant up to 30 meters
    Battery life up to 22 hours
    Android Wear 2.0

    Three tricks that this LV will put up your sleeve come with the companion app for the phone. It promises to be your concierge for that shopping spree in Paris or Milan, keep you updated on flight info and automagically switch from Google to Weibo services when you enter mainland China. Could that last feature be a hint of the target market for this watch? Not for me to say.

    Sources: Louis Vuitton via Android Police

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