Telus, My New Favorite Company, Claims Nougat is Coming on August 22

According to a software update schedule posted by Telus (very large Canadian telecomm company), Android 7.0, more popularly known as Nougat, will be available starting August 22. Please, excuse me while I furiously check my calendar. Mother of God, that’s next Monday. Have the boys in the lab confirm this!

As listed, the “Android N Update” will be available for the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X. While this is by no means a confirmation directly from Google, and even Telus states that these times could be subject to change, we have a hunch that August 22 is spot on. Telus has a decent track record with these things. (more…)

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again, Q*Bert’s Back, for NVIDIA SHIELD

My hope is that the above headline was read to the melody of Eminem’s hit song “Without Me.” What a classic. You know what else is classic? Q*Bert is classic. To be completely honest, which is something we always strive for, I did not play Q*Bert as a child. I was born later in the 20th century, meaning by the time I was playing video games, I was on the SEGA Genesis. From what I know, there was no Q*Bert, or at least not any popular title utilizing the character of Q*Bert.

Moving right along, a new Q*Bert game called Q*Bert Rebooted is available on Google Play this morning for $6, made specifically for owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV box and SHIELD Tablets. For fans of the original Q*Bert titles, I think you will be quite happy with this release. The game features classic arcade action, in addition to 30+ 3D rebooted levels to play through.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Do You Still Use Your Smartwatch?

Remember Android Wear smartwatches? They used to be pretty cool, but as of late, no manufacturer has produced anything to get the consumer base excited. We expect Huawei and ASUS will be unveiling new watches here pretty soon, but the maker behind arguably the most popular Android Wear devices, Motorola (Moto 360 lineup), may not ever release another. At least, we won’t assume they are until evidence suggests otherwise.

Being an Android Wear user myself, I have not been inspired to strap one on, and I’m basically over the idea of having yet another piece of tech to charge on a nightly basis. This may make me sound lazy, but I assure you, I can’t possibly be the only one.

Our question to you is, do you still rock a smartwatch? If you stopped using yours, let us know the main reason why. Too much hassle? No essential functionality? If you do continue to use a smartwatch, what keeps you coming back?

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Instagram’s New Event Channels Brings Live Events Straight to You

Instagram is rolling out Event Channels via the Explore tab inside of the Android and iOS apps. With this feature, users can watch video clips and view photos from live events taking place across the world. For example, if a super hot Adele concert is taking place or a big sports match, you can expect to see videos for it coming straight to your device. (more…)

Honor 8 is Brand’s First US Flagship, Exciting Package Starting at $399

Honor unveiled its first flagship device for the US market last night at a press event, the Honor 8. Featuring high-end specifications, as well as a double-sided glass design, the device will start at only $399 for a 32GB model. As for these high-end specs I speak of, the Honor 8 comes loaded with a 5.2″ FHD display, Huawei-made HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor, and 4GB of RAM.

Looking to the backside of the device, you should see something rather familiar if you follow Huawei and Honor. Launched on the Honor 8 is a second-gen 12MP dual-camera system, just like on the Huawei P9. Featuring one RGB plus one monochrome sensor and 1.25 μm pixel size, the Honor 8’s dual lenses capture a reported 3x more light than a single lens, leading to increased picture quality. From our experience with the Huawei P9, we enjoyed the dual-camera setup quite a bit.  (more…)

Limited Amount of LG G5 Owners in Korea Get to Beta Test Nougat

For the most part, living in the US has its perks, but not when it comes to beta testing upcoming OS updates. Over the years, we have seen major OS updates hit Poland, South Korea, and other various markets well ahead of any US penetration. Today, that trend continues, as LG has opened up a very limited beta test for Nougat to G5 owners.

According to LG, this beta is limited to just 2,000 people, which is virtually nobody. To get the update, select G5 owners must download the OS Preview application from Google Play, but again, if you are reading this in the US, don’t bother trying to download the app because you won’t find it.  (more…)

Google is Moving Hangouts On Air From Google+, Bringing It to YouTube Live

Google, a company known well for its redundancy, is making a move to eliminate a small portion of its duplicate services. For the past few months at least, those looking to produce their own live podcasts could choose between Hangouts on Air (intertwined with Google+) or YouTube Live (essentially the same as Hangouts on Air, but locked to YouTube). In an announcement made this afternoon, Google will end Hangouts on Air via Google+, and is moving everyone to YouTube Live. (more…)