Wednesday Poll: What are You Most Excited for From Google’s Oct. 4 Event?

October 4, which is next week, is a big major day for Android fans. Not only will Google be unveiling its new lineup of Pixel smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), but we suspect Google will also make available the following products: Google Home (powered by Google Assistant), Google WiFi, its Daydream headset for VR fans, as well as a 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra dongle.

While you may think that the Pixel devices are easily the most significant announcements coming, I would argue that Google Home and a 4K-ready Chromecast device might give them a run. The Pixel phones will be exciting for a bit, but the idea of Google bringing Google Assistant into everyone’s home via Google Home is a bit more tantalizing, especially when we’ve heard rumors about its $129 price.

Also, we know for a fact that Chromecast has been one of Google’s most successful products, and with the dongle getting a boost up to 4K capability, that could be very exciting for anyone using a 4K panel in their living room.

Let’s hear what has you the most excited for next week.

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B&H Photo Will Let You Pre-Order the Unlocked LG V20 on October 2

LG and its carrier partners in the US don’t seem to want to tell us when the V20 will be available for you and I to buy, but we are starting to get the feeling that October 2 may be the opening pre-order date. We say that because B&H Photo has a new listing for the unlocked LG V20 that will go live as a pre-order on that date.

The listing doesn’t include a price or shipping date, but does mention the expected 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM. It also talks about this being GSM and CDMA equipped as the “North American Variant.” Assuming that’s true, that could mean a fully unlocked phone that works on all major carriers.

We’ll let you know if more information pops up.  (more…)

T-Mobile Extends Offer of Free High-Speed Data in South America and Europe Until 2017

T-Mobile announced this morning it will extend its current offering of free high-speed “unlimited” data to all users who are traveling throughout South America and Europe. Specifically, customers on a post-paid account receive this benefit at no extra cost, while also not having to activate or deactivate the feature. It’s simply built right into the plan.  (more…)

Amazon’s New Fire TV Stick is $40 and Comes With an Alexa-Equipped Remote

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, a Chromecast-like device that isn’t just a dongle you Cast things to, is available for pre-order starting today as an “all-new” version that is not only 30% faster than the original, it also comes with an Alexa-equipped voice remote. That means you get the Fire TV experience in dongle form, hidden out of sight, and controlled by your voice.  (more…)

Blackberry Will No Longer Make Its Own Phones

Back in July, Blackberry announced a new Android phones called the DTEK50, a $300 unlocked device with a focus on what the company has always done best – security. Moments after the phone was announced, the internet was quick to point out that this was nothing more than a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4. In other words, Blackberry didn’t make the DTEK50, they let someone else do it, slapped their name on it, and flooded it full of their security features.

If you thought the DTEK50 was a one-off, you would be wrong.  (more…)

Report: Huawei to Ditch Android Wear in Favor of Samsung’s Tizen for Next Smartwatch

In a previous report, it was detailed that Huawei was not intending to launch an Android Wear smartwatch anytime too soon, which likely would have been a Huawei Watch followup. Adding insult to injury for Android fans, the most recent intel out of South Korea claims that the company may be ditching Android Wear for Samsung’s Tizen OS, at least for the time being.  (more…)

LG’s V20 Goes on Sale This Week in Korea, Still Not Sure About the US

When is the LG V20 going to arrive? According to LG, this week…in Korea. A press release sent out by the company last night says that once it hits the homeland of the electronics manufacturer, it will make its way to other “key countries” in North America, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East over the “next several weeks.”

That probably means October for the US. But does it mean next week or much later? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  (more…)

Samsung Pay Turns One, Adds Support for Coupons

Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile and desktop payments platform, is now officially one year old. According to Samsung, the platform supports over 500 banks, representing over 80% of the US debit and credit card market.

To celebrate this joyous occasion, Samsung is adding in support for coupons. To break it down, Samsung Pay will feature a coupon service to search, store, as well as redeem coupons. Basically, if you frequently shop at a supported outlet, coupons will be posted inside of the app which you can claim and store, then redeem while you are doing your shopping.  (more…)