HTC U with touch-sensitive frame reportedly set for April debut


Weeks after HTC shipped the U Ultra, details on another noteworthy handset from HTC have leaked.

This HTC U is codenamed “Ocean,” according to a new report from VentureBeatand it will feature a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display. Other key features will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and HTC’s proprietary Sense 9 user interface.

The HTC U will also feature 64GB and 128GB variants, with a microSD card slot in either model for expandable storage. Its rear camera will reportedly be a 12-megapixel shooter with a Sony IMX362 sensor, and the front-facing camera will be a 16-megapixel IMX351 camera.

The biggest feature of the upcoming HTC U will reportedly be a metal frame that includes touch-sensitive features. Called Edge Sense, it will reportedly feature customizable actions, like letting you squeeze the phone and swipe the right or left side to choose apps.

To get a feel of what that looks like, here’s a video from Evan Blass (@evleaks):

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— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017

The report indicates that HTC may be planning on showcasing the U before the end of April and that it could see a global launch sometime in May.

With today’s report and the video showing off how the Edge Sense technology might work, do you think you might consider the HTC U as your next phone?

Google adds new smart device support to Assistant


Google has announced that Google Assistant now supports a few more home automation devices alongside all the products it already supports. Those devices are the Best Buy Insignia WiFi plug, LIFX bulbs, Wink, and TP-Link devices.

On top of that, there are a bunch more brand and devices now supported. The list includes Anova, August (though Assistant won’t be able to unlock the smart locks yet), First Alert, Frigidaire, Geenie, Logitech Harmony, Rachi, and Vivint come August.

With more and more support for smart home devices, especially ones that already support Alexa, there is more and more reason to pick up a Google Home. And now that it’s coming to the UK, more people can enjoy the future.

Sources: Google, CNET

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black now available for $479


OnePlus has been teasing the Midnight Black variant of its flagship OnePlus 3T for a little while now, and last week it made a limited amount of the handsets available to buy.If you missed out on your chance to buy the blacked-out handset then, you’ve got another chance now.

OnePlus is selling the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T, which features 128GB of built-in storage and 6GB of RAM, for $479. It should be noted that at the time of publication, new orders are set to start shipping in eight days.

OnePlus doesn’t say on its website how long the Midnight Black version will be in stock, so if you’ve been wanting one, acting quickly might be in your best interest.

Are you planning on picking one up?

Moto X Pure Edition getting Nougat soak test soon

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The Moto X Pure Edition and its international brother the Moto X Style are still stuck on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Marshmallow was launched late 2015, Nougat has been out for over seven months and Android O developer previews have already been released.

Motorola was quick with updates before, but the Moto X has fallen far behind. It’s a shame, as it was a great device. But it has not been forgotten, as Motorola has sent messages to some users indicating that a Nougat soak test will be released soon.

If the soak test is coming soon, then the full update should not be too far behind. The Moto X is still a great device and with stock Android it should keep chugging along with renewed vigor (as long as you keep it charged, damn that battery life). Let us know when you get the soak test or the full update!

Samsung won’t sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in the U.S.


There has been a lot of back-and-forth going on when it comes to refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units, but it turns out Samsung does indeed have a plan.

According to Reuters, Samsung does not plan to sell or rent any refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in the United States. Samsung “will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the U.S.”, the company said

Samsung will sell refurbished units in some other regions around the globe, but exactly where the phones will be available isn’t known at this point.

The Galaxy Note 7 lineup faced recalls before Samsung was forced to pull the flagship phablet from the market altogether. Samsung later confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7 was plagued by two separate battery issues.

Verizon HTC 10′s Nougat update will begin rolling out on March 30


A few months after the unlocked version of the HTC 10 began receiving its Android Nougat update, it’s the Verizon model’s turn to update.

The Verizon HTC 10 will begin receiving its Nougat update this Thursday, March 30. That’s according to HTC’s Mo Versi, who said today that the update has received technical approval and is ready for public consumption.

HTC 10 Verizon owners! Greatly appreciate all your patience and support. N OS is here! We have TA and OTA to start on Thur 3/30. Thank you!

— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 28, 2017

It’s definitely taken some time for the Verizon HTC 10 to get its Android Nougat update, but sometimes that happens with carrier-branded smartphones that require extra testing when compared to unlocked models. The good news is that the Verizon HTC 10’s Nougat update is finally almost here. If you’ve got an HTC 10 on Verizon, keep an eye out for your Nougat update later this week.

Google Home and Google WiFi coming to the UK on April 6


The UK has been missing out on two awesome Google products for a while now. Thankfully, that’s coming to an end. Google has announced that the Google Home and Google WiFi routers are coming to the UK on April 6.

The Google Home will bring Google Assistant to your home, controlling your smart home, planning your day, and streaming your music. It will launch for £129 on the Google Store and will also be available at local stores.

The Google WiFi aims to bring a simple, manageable router to your home as well as offer the option of building a wireless mesh network from multiple units. You’ll be able to pick one up for £129 or two for £229.

Let us know if you plan to buy one!

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus appears in even more images

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There is no shortage of Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks lately. Every day we see new photos and get new info on the device and its bigger partner, the Galaxy S8 Plus.

The latest is a bunch of photos showing off the larger devices front with its rounded corners and minimal bezels. It also shows off some camera options like double tapping the power button to launch the camera. And lastly, there is a comparison between the Galaxy S8 Plus and the LG V20.

The device is definitely looking pretty, we’ll just have to wait and see how it performs. With the rumored Snapdragon 835, it should be great. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Andy Rubin teases first smartphone from Essential Products


Though most of us know Andy Rubin as the father of Android, Rubin has since moved from the Android team to create his own company, Essential Products. Essential has remained relatively quiet, showing off prototypes and experimenting with new technologies. Today, however, Andy Rubin teased the first glimpse of Essential’s upcoming flagship smartphone. While only the top corner of the device is exposed, we can still glean a bit of info.

Most prominent are the bezels, or rather, the lack thereof. Essential’s first smartphone looks like it’ll be rocking an edge-to-edge display on at least three sides, though we’ll have to wait for a full picture to see if the bottom of the phone will feature a larger bezel. Other than that, the time, battery icon, and signal indicator are exposed, and they definitely look to be from stock Android. On the edge, there also looks to be a power button and possibly a volume rocker underneath of it.

Essential’s first phone has been rumored to be a flagship device, and though features are unknown, it’s been rumored to have a ceramic back. Whatever the case, the device is being crating by a team of former google, Apple, and HTC employees, so it has a strong pedigree.

Essential is expected to launch its flagship smartphone in mid-2017. Stay tuned for more information.

I’m really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people’s hands…

— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) March 27, 2017

Samsung to sell refurbished Note 7s


Samsung has announced that it will be recycling recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices, including selling or renting select refurbished models. The possibility of selling refurbished Note 7 devices has been bandied around, but the company has now confirmed it as part of a three-pronged plan to deal with the large amount of Note 7 devices that were recalled.

While some devices (with new batteries) will be sold or rented as refurbished devices, Samsung will also be recycling devices that can’t be resold. Any salvageable components will be detached for reuse, and processes such as metals extraction will be performed using environmentally-friendly methods.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed release dates or markets for refurbished Galaxy Note 7s. The company will be consulting with local regulatory authorities and performing market analysis to estimate demand for the refurbished devices. More details will be announced in the near future.