LG’s V10 Event is Happening Now, Watch It Live (Updated: It’s Over)

LG already announced the V10 last night, but they are still doing their on-stage song and dance today at an event in New York City. The folks at CNET have a live stream of it going right now, in case you wanted to watch along and hear the sales pitch for a phone with dual everything.

Apologies for us not being there, but we are a 2-man show and had to choose Google’s Nexus event or this LG event and obviously, went Nexus. We’ll still get the phone in hand shortly and share our thoughts with you. For now, watch LG talk about it and their new LTE-equipped Watch Urbane (2nd edition).

The stream is below. (more…)

LG Announces the V10, a Smartphone With Lots of…Things

This evening, LG announced a brand new flagship called the V10. As you know from the couple of leaks we have seen of the device, this phone sports a secondary display, dual front camera setup, and an interesting textured backside. That’s not all, though. LG worked in all sorts of random things – seriously, this phone is full of stuff upon stuff upon stuff – to help try and differentiate this phone from the pack. Because this phone comes off on paper much like a G4, it needed all of these new things and stuff to do that.  (more…)

Video: Google Now on Tap Tour!

Google Now on Tap is finally live and available to use for those running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview. It will also be live when your new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P arrives, or if your older Nexus is due for next week’s update to 6.0.

To recap, Google Now on Tap “anticipates what you need in the moment.” By long-pressing on your phone’s home button, “you can get cards with useful information and apps that feed your need to know.” Think getting quick information about a movie you are having a conversation about through email or being able to book a restaurant a friend just mentioned in Hangouts. It could even be a need for more information about an athlete you are reading about or artist you are listening to.

To get a better feel for the power of Google Now on Tap, check out the video below.  (more…)

Nexus 5X and 6P reddit AMA Highlights: Name Meaning, USB 2.0, No Qi Charging, and More (Updated)

Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer, David Burke, Krishna Kumar and Sandeep Waraich are currently live for a reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) to discuss the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The conversation has only just begun, but we wanted to start putting together the highlights of the event for those who can’t keep up with each answer and for those who miss it completely.

AMAs like these always offer up extra information about naming, specs, and specific choices in design or features that you may not see/hear during a presentation or in a press release. For example, we already found out the reason for the “X” and “P” in the names of each phone and know that they are working with T-Mobile to get band 12 LTE ready for launch.

Below, we’ve done our best to put together the answers the team has provided. (We’ll continue to update as well.)  (more…)

We Now Know What the “X” and “P” in Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Stand For

Why Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P? What could the “X” and “P” stand for in each name? We’ve all been asking those questions over the last few weeks, since we confirmed the final names. During yesterday’s event, Google didn’t mention anything specifically about the meaning behind the names, but did so today in an AMA going on over at reddit.  (more…)

Here are a Bunch of Nexus 6P Camera Samples From Google’s Romain Guy

Google spent a really long time yesterday talking about the 12.3MP cameras that it put in the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. They are excited about their potential, even without optical image stabilization (OIS), thanks to the Sony sensor used that captures large 1.55 micron pixels. Google mentioned that the Sony sensor here was originally intended for use in a traditional point-and-shoot scenario, but they managed to cram it into a phone (well, two phones). That’s something to brag about, for sure.  (more…)