HTC has been going through a tough time since 2016, and news about a possible takeover has been floating around for quite some time. This news might get a lot more traction soon as the company announced some big news. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturer Meizu unveiled the successor to the M5.
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AndroidBeat Daily Brief (Sep 20, 2017): HTC Halts Trading of Stocks Ahead of Potential Takeover, Meizu M6 Announced in China, More
AndroidBeat Daily Brief (Sep 19, 2017): Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Pricing Revealed, Sony Xperia XZ1 Launched in the U.S. with Android 8.0, More
Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL during its October 4 event. Thanks to a new leak, we’re getting a very good look of the two handsets and the color variants they will be sold in. A separate leak also shed some light on the upgraded version of the Google Daydream View VR headset. All this and more on today’s daily brief.
According to an interview given by the Marketing Manager of TCL, Stefan Streit, the company is looking to revive the Palm brand under its name. TCL took a similar step with BlackBerry and co-launched the KEYone earlier this year. We can expect similar things to come out of the Palm revival, it appears.
The Galaxy Note 8 was officially announced last week amidst much hype and speculation. The handset managed to live up to the buzz, being the company’s first official dual-camera smartphone. Today, T-Mobile customers are in for some good news with a handful of users reportedly getting messages that their order is “being packed” and will be shipped “soon”.
According to internal Android 8.0 code discovered in the Android Developers website by the good folks at XDA, Android apps will soon be able to leverage the power of Google Assistant within their apps. This essentially means that you will be able to launch Google Assistant to perform certain tasks without having to leave the app. This also leaves you open to use Google’s built-in features with other voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana.
A developer named Kelvin Nguyen has compiled together a desktop client for Google Allo based on the web version of the app. Previously, the Allo client could only be run on a Chrome browser, which basically meant that the user needed to keep a browser tab open at all times to send or receive messages. But this desktop client can be run without a browser, and can be set to run on startup (on Windows machines).
Google officially announced Android 8.0 Oreo just a few days ago. Naturally, the updates will first make their way to the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Many were wondering as to which OEM will be the first to offer the update. Well, it seems like HTC will be the first, as the company has just announced that the HTC U11, U Ultra, and the HTC 10 will get the update shortly.