Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)

HTC Designer Posts ‘Ocean’ Hardware and Software Concepts by Accident

On a personal website earlier today, a designer at HTC published what appear to be conceptual video clips of what may or may not be an unannounced HTC smartphone. Apparently codenamed Ocean, as titled in the video, the smartphone features no physical buttons, with specific commands being controlled by various taps and slides on the phone’s edges.

After the page was live and circulating around the web for a bit, the owner placed a passcode on the website, not allowing anyone else to view it. Furthermore, the creator, issued a brief statement following the publishing claiming, “this is just a conceptual piece and does not represent any real product from HTC.” Well, we’ll just see about that.  (more…)

HTC Unveils Desire 10 Pro and Lifestyle, Not Yet Ready for US Market

The Desire 10 from HTC is now official, after what seems like weeks of teasing. There are two models of the Desire 10, just as we suspected, with launch set to take place outside of the US starting later this month. For fans of the Desire series, there is the Desire 10 Pro, as well as the Desire 10 Lifestyle. Each model is quite similar, differing in only a couple of ways.  (more…)

HTC Announcing New Desire Devices on September 20 at 12AM Pacific

HTC has a new device announcement coming, but before you get too excited, I can tell you right now that it’s not Nexus/Pixel or US “flagship” related. On September 20, the company will likely introduce new Desire 10 devices, the same they have been teasing on social media for quite a bit.

According to past rumors, we will be introduced to the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle. While the September 20 date isn’t new, HTC has provided a time for us, as well as where we can watch a livestream.  (more…)

Report: Google’s 2016 Phones Dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL, Coming in October With Google Home and New Chromecast

Just two days ago, a report suggested that Google would abandon the Nexus branding for its upcoming 2016 phones and go with something else, though no one was sure at the time what the new brand would be. That thought lined up with a report from back in June out of the Telegraph that claimed Google would release its own branded phone later in 2016 and was discussing the move with carriers. This evening, additional support has been stacked behind this idea, only now we may have names to replace Nexus.  (more…)

HTC Announces the One A9s, a Phone You Won’t Buy

At IFA early this morning, HTC unveiled the One A9s. Initially reported to be a sequel to last year’s One A9, the One A9s appears to be anything but, featuring low to mid-range specs, while the One A9 was actually sorta nice.

What low to mid-range specs am I referring to? How about the 5-inch 720p LCD display? Or maybe the MediaTek processor? Even if you don’t mind those things, the 2,300mAh battery will surely keep you away, right? (more…)

HTC Teases Phone for September 20 Reveal, Something About Being Edgier

HTC has a new phone (or phones) to announce on September 20, according to a new teaser posted to Twitter. The short video clip is joined by a note about the phone “coming” and that we should all “#BeEdgier.”

The phone that is briefly revealed in the video looks a lot like the Desire 10 that has leaked a couple of times in recent weeks. For those not familiar with HTC’s Desire line, just know that it’ll be some sort of budget phone. There may be two of them, actually, Pro and Lifestyle versions. Either way, Desire phones tend to ship with low prices and non-flagship specs in the prepaid world or as carrier bottom shelfers.  (more…)