Huawei Mate 9 Details, Renders Leak Ahead of Probable November 3 Announcement

Details on the Huawei-made Mate 9 smartphone are hitting the web, a whole month before the device’s probable November 3 unveiling. This morning, Huawei has been sending out “save-the-dates” for a press event to be held in Munich, but while this has been taking place, specs and renders of the device have been posted onto Weibo. The internet sure does know how to spoil the fun.  (more…)

Question of the Day: What’s Your Most Underrated App?

Here’s a fun topic for the day. Let’s talk about the apps you absolutely love and probably can’t live without, but that also happen to be quite underrated. What I mean by that is the apps that you don’t necessarily see written up on Android sites all of the time, that don’t get splashy press releases every time they are updated, are a third party solution to something that Google offers, or perhaps, they are an OEM app (like something from Samsung) that is actually pretty good and is an acceptable piece of bloatware.

We’re looking for your most underrated Android apps.  (more…)

Google Shares a Bunch of New Voice Commands for Your Next Google Maps Adventure

Through a new blog post, Google is doing its best to make sure you are always getting the most out of one of its greatest apps, Google Maps. The post talks about using voice commands to get you to that next destination, tweak settings, avoid tolls, and even get out of navigation if you just want to look at a map.

All of this voice magic can happen within both navigation and driving modes because each contains a UI with a little white microphone. So in reality, anywhere you see that microphone within Google Maps will open up voice capabilities. Not familiar with driving mode? Open up Maps, swipe out the side menu, and tap on “Start driving.” I think you’ll like it.  (more…)

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 (UPDATED)

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…)