Google’s next Pixel devices will be announced on October 5.

According to @evleaks, the next Google Pixel phones will be unveiled at an event held on October 5. The first generation phones were announced on October 6, 2016, so the upcoming event will be almost exactly a year later.

@Evleaks also noted the devices will be powered by the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 836. Given that the Snapdragon 821 was a slightly tweaked version of the Snapdragon 820, we can expect the Snapdragon 836 to perform very similarly to the Snapdragon 835 that has been on most flagships this year.

Also rumored to be announced at the event is a new, convertible Chromebook Pixel, possibly with a unique keyboard section. That would make the device Google’s first first-party laptop since the last Chromebook Pixel was released in 2015. We may also see Google release a pair of headphones with Google Assistant built-in.

FCC documentation confirmed that HTC would be returning to manufacture the smaller of the two devices, while LG is rumored to build the larger model. Both models look to feature an 18:9 display, a gigantic camera sensor, and (sadly) no 3.5mm headphone jack.

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With a variety of models on offer, Roku now accounts for 37% of the streaming box market.

As more and more consumers look to cut the cord and get away from their cable companies, consumer electronics companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are more than happy to sell these users on an Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV or Fire TV. However, it seems more users are choosing a Roku streaming player.

Parks Associates reports the breakdown of the streaming box market, and Roku leads the rest with 37% of the market, up from 33% at the beginning of 2016. It’s not hard to see why: the $30 Roku Express is $5 cheaper than a Chromecast, but still features a physical remote and a full user interface. Roku doesn’t try to get users into one ecosystem over the other and has access to every streaming service except for Apple content. For users who have a nicer TV and want to play back 4K content, the $110 Roku Ultra will do just that, and there are plenty of models between those two points for users who need different features. There are even TV sets with Roku built in for those who don’t want to waste an HDMI port.

The rest of the space breaks down with Google (encompassing both Chromecast and Android TV), Amazon and Apple hovering around 20% each, with an “others” category making up the remainder. There was no mention of the Playstation 4 nor the Xbox One. I, myself, use an Xbox One as my smart TV system, but I understand the omission given how much more expensive these consoles are compared to a normal streaming box.

Which streaming box do you prefer? Let us know down below!

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Where can I buy the Galaxy Note 8?

You won’t be short of choices when it comes to buying the Galaxy Note 8, no matter what country you’re in or the carrier you’re on.

The Galaxy Note 8 is expensive, for sure, and that means people are going to be cross-shopping a bit to see what carrier or retailer can give them the best deal. Here are all of the most popular places to buy the Galaxy Note 8 around the world, and how much they’re charging.

Note: This post is being continuously updated with new information as carriers and retailers announce the details of their Note 8 sales.

U.S.

T-Mobile

Pricing for the T-Mobile Note 8 breaks down like this: $210 down, and an additional $30 per month for 24 months. Quick math will tell you that’s a full retail price of $930 if you want to buy it outright. If you’re part of T-Mobile’s Jump! On Demand program, you’ll be able to grab it for $0 down, but also spend $39 per month instead. You can choose between black and orchid grey, just like the other carriers.

T-Mobile is of course participating in Samsung’s promotional giveaway for those who pre-order, offering a free Gear 360 camera (regularly $229) or an SD card and wireless charger ($190) when you pick up your Note 8.

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Verizon

The big red carrier will have the Midnight Black and Orchid Grey available for pre order beginning August 24th. The phone will be available for $960 total, or $40 spread over 24 months. For a limited time, users will be able to get a bundled 128GB SD card and Fast Wireless Charger (a $190 value) or a bundled Samsung Gear 360 camera (valued at $230). Users will also be able to save $100 on the Gear s3 with a purhcase of the Galaxy Note 8 or S8. Users can also save $50 on a wireless charger, portable charger and car charger bundle.

Verizon will also have the new Gear VR headset with controller online and in stores beginning September 15 for $130.

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Xfinity Mobile

Comcast’s mobile arm will have the Note 8 beginning September 15. The carrier has yet to announce a price, preorder details or bundle information. We will update this section when those become available.

Best Buy

Best Buy will carry the AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Unlocked versions of the Note 8 in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. The pricing is in line with what the carriers themselves are charging, and the unlocked version will be available for $930.

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AT&T

AT&T will begin preorders on August 24th, and the Note 8 will be $31.67 per month for 30 months, or $950 total. AT&T is also offering a buy-one, get-one free deal on the Note 8 when it is purchased on AT&T Next with a DIRECTV subscription. Customers with DIRECTV will also qualify for $500 off a Samsung TV when they purchase the Note 8. AT&T will also offer the Gear S2 for 99 cents or Gear S3 for $50 on a 2-year agreement when customers buy a Note 8 on AT&T Next. Finally, AT&T is letting customers trade in existing devices for up to $200 in credits.

AT&T also notes the Note 8 will be one of the first devices compatible with its “5G” network.

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Sprint

Sprint has not yet announced pricing, but will open preorders on August 24.

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UK

Carphone Wireless

Carphone Wireless will have the Note 8 in Midnight Black or Maple Gold for £9.99 down and £64, or £869 up front for the 64GB variant.

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Canada

Telus

Telus has the Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue 64GB Note 8′s for (finish consuming any liquids) $1299 outright, or $550 or $750 down and the rest of the cost spread over a 2 year contract. Canadian customers are still eligible for the 128GB Micro SD card and Fast Wireless Charger bundle for those that order in the first month.

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HTC has officially confirmed that at least three of its phones will be getting the Android Oreo update. These devices include the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and last year’s HTC 10. While there are other devices in HTC’s lineup … Read More




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Google and Nabisco have made limited edition Android Oreos.

You know what tastes better than new software? New software and cookies. To that end, Google and Nabisco have teamed up to make some Oreo cookies with the Android logo inscribed on top. There’s also a green filling inside to match the green of the Bugdroid logo. I haven’t heard anyone mention what flavor the filling is, but I’d guess it would be mint.

According to Ausdroid, this was apparently only for the Oreo launch event. When Android 4.4 KitKat was released, Google and Nestlé printed special wrappers for KitKat bars, though the bars themselves were unchanged. There was also some delicious looking ice cream at the Oreo launch event, and it’s making me hungry for some Sonic.

Found this on my desk this afternoon. Just ate it. Hope it wasn’t limited edition. pic.twitter.com/JjUH26PjeJ

— Dave Burke (@davey_burke) August 21, 2017

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There are big updates, and there are not-so-big updates. Over the years, some Android versions have brought massive technical and visual changes, while others have tightened up the screws and added polish without shaking things up too much.

The new release of for 2017 and beyond — Android 8.0 Oreo — fits somewhere in between those two extremes. Android is pretty stable at this point, so broad, sweeping changes are less necessary with every new version.

As a result, the new version isn’t really about big, obvious new features — instead, it’s the sum of many, many smaller changes which help make it the most mature and powerful version of Android to date. Oreo brings better performance, fewer pain points and added convenience, thanks to features like notification channels, picture-in-picture, background app limits and smarter text input. Android still feels like Android, but in 8.0 it’s more polished than ever.

Check out our video review to see more of what’s coming to your phone with the latest OS update.




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