Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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Nexus 6P: Want to Know Everything About It? Here You Go.

Yesterday morning, someone leaked a Nexus 6P training/reviewing guide to reddit and it contains just about every single detail you could have asked for. Outside of price and the specific launch day (which we think is October 5), we know it all now. This guide is about as detailed as it gets with specs, marketing speak for the camera and fingerprint sensor, and how this phone takes advantage of Android 6.0 features. It’s pretty intense.

Ready to know all there is to know about the Huawei Nexus 6P?  (more…)

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Show Up in Benchmarks to Further the Specs Conversation

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P should arrive next week at a Google event. As of now, there are still some surprises, even though press renders have leaked and we told you the names. We still don’t know pricing, date of availability, or the full specs list of each, outside of the minimal list for the 5X that Amazon provided. Thanks to benchmarks that surfaced for each phone over at Geekbench, those last few surprises are starting to dwindle.  (more…)

Google’s New Phones Will be Called Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

The new phones from Google that will more than likely be announced at the end of this month, will be called the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, according to a reliable source. The name Nexus 5X has been in rotation around the internet for the past couple of weeks when referring to the name of the LG-made Nexus, but we now know that the Huawei model will be called the Nexus 6P.  (more…)

Yes, It’s Incredibly Easy to Change Bands on the Huawei Watch

For everyone who ordered a Huawei Watch, or were at least thinking about it, you should know that removing and replacing the bands on the watch is incredibly easy. Just as we saw on the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), Huawei has placed little tabs on the pin mechanism that locks into the watch’s lugs. This means you no longer need a tool to remove the preinstalled bands, which may have led a few folks to damaging the back of their smartwatch devices.  (more…)

Video: Huawei Watch Unboxing and Hands-on

The Huawei Watch has arrived, so now it’s time to begin the full review process. First up, of course, is an unboxing video! Before we get right into the video, let’s do a little bit of background on the device itself.

The Huawei Watch features a 1.4″ full-circle AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 300mAh battery. Do note, there is no NFC connectivity for the smartwatch, so that may be a downer for a few potential buyers.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Pick a Smartwatch, Any Smartwatch.

Three round smartwatches stole headlines this week, all of which will be available at some point over the next few weeks. We have the new Moto 360 (2nd gen), Huawei Watch, and Samsung’s Gear S2 and S2 Classic. All look pretty fantastic, but each are different in their own way. Moto wants you to customize the hell out of theirs, while Huawei has given you options, but wants you to think of its watch as a high-end premium device. Samsung, well, it’s positioning itself somewhere in the middle, though it seems to have realized all that was wrong with previous watches and fixed them this time around, making watches that are worth considering.

We spent time with all of them over the last couple of weeks. Tim went hands-on with the Huawei Watch here. I also did my thing with the new Moto 360 here, and the Gear S2s here.

I’d have to say that if I were choosing one today, I’d probably go Huawei Watch. The combination of the premium experience, design, and choice has won me over. But that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited to spend ample time with the new Moto 360 and Gear S2. Decisions will be made here shortly, once our reviews are ready.

What about you? If you were picking a smartwatch today, which way would you go?

Pick a smartwatch, any smartwatch. Which would you buy?

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