The Samsung Galaxy S8’s bezel-less display could be called ‘Infinity Display’

We’re looking forward to the full debut of the Samsung Galaxy S8 later this month, but ahead of that reveal, we’re still getting plenty of new information about the device. As we’ve seen in multiple leaks, and as Samsung has basically confirmed itself, the Galaxy S8 is going to come with a nearly bezel-less display. Apparently, that display will be marketed as “Infinity Display.”

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‘Hey Google’ hotword could be coming to Assistant on smartphones too

Google Assistant has expanded to a lot of devices this year, and that means there’s probably lots of devices you own that are always listening for the “OK Google” hotword. When the Google Home landed, Google added “Hey Google”, which had the side effect of helping avoid setting off other devices. Now, it appears that Google could be bringing that hotword to smartphones.

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Samsung survey suggests its new wearable could be a Gear S3 and Gear Fit 2 mashup

If you take a look at the smartwatch market right now, the current design trend seems to be in favor of large, bulky bodies. That’s fine if you like the look of larger watches and have bigger wrists, but for a lot of folks, this is a trend that’s already overstayed its welcome.

Now, it looks like Samsung is working on a new wearable, but rather than release another meatball of a watch in the form of a Gear S4, the company may be doing something a bit different…

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Opinion: Google’s Project Soli could solve one of the biggest problems with Android Wear

At Google I/O 2016, the Mountain View company decided — although admittedly not an entirely new theme — that it would be a good idea to spread its announcements across three days. The keynote showed off Google’s vision for the future: virtual reality, its new AI and machine learning initiatives, Google Home hardware to take advantage of them, and a few sprinkles of Android Wear 2.0 goodness. The second day saw the announcement of the Play Store coming to Chrome OS.

But the third day was ATAP day, admittedly my favorite day of Google I/O. Last year the Advanced Technologies and Projects group at Google showed off Project Jacquard, Project Soli, some more details on Project Ara, and more. And then the company went silent. For pretty much an entire year.

Maybe that’s a good thing, as Google tends to show its projects and technologies off a little early in general. It’s not exactly out of Google’s character to show a product or service, say that it’s coming in 6 months, it not arrive for 12 months or 18 months, and then the final product share hardly any resemblance to what was originally announced. Admittedly that’s happening with some of ATAP’s projects either way (I’m looking at you, Ara), but at least it’s not a constant barrage of teases and false hope.

Anyway, Google ATAP finally came out of hiding on the third day of I/O yesterday, and with it came updates on Project Jacquard, Project Soli, Project Ara, and Spotlight Stories. Jacquard brought the announcement of the first retail product based on the tech, Ara brought a little update on how progress is coming including the most current prototype device with new module connectors (and promise of a dev kit coming soon), and the Spotlight Stories mention came with some progress in VR storytelling. All cool stuff.

But Soli is what makes my jaw drop.

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The original Huawei Watch has apparently had NFC this whole time, could get Android Pay

Update: Another Huawei rep is now telling Android Central that the watch is not getting Android Pay.

The original Huawei Watch is a work of art to a lot of people, and it’s one of the best looking smartwatches we’ve ever seen. That’s why many were disappointed to see the company drastically change its design language on the Huawei Watch 2. Now, though, it seems that most users won’t have any reason to upgrade, at least if a recent report is true…

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Android Pay UK launch appears imminent, date could be announced at Google I/O

Few things have made the case for an interesting use of the NFC chips inside our phones like contactless payments. Revived by Apple with the introduction of Apple Pay in late 2014, mobile-based transactions have seen an interesting resurgence ever since.

Companies like Samsung and LG have come up with proprietary solutions, but Android users have all found a home under Google‘s very own rooftop with Android Pay. Initially launched in the US alone, the service is now expanding, and after recent promises of a forthcoming launch, it looks like the green light for the UK may be imminent (via Telegraph)…

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OnePlus warns its customers that the effects of Brexit could impact its business in the UK

That the UK-EU referendum’s result has come as a shocker is not news anymore, but while the how and when of Britain leaving the EU may be an unknown, the fall in the value of the pound is a reality today, and it may well fall further as things progress. That’s a possibility that OnePlus is starting to address …

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Feature Request: Four ways that Google Pixel’s fingerprint sensor could be much more useful

Feature Request is a 9to5Google series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.

One feature we’ve seen floating around the Android space for the past year or so ─ most recently on Google’s Pixel smartphones ─ is fingerprint quick actions. Since picking up my Pixel, I’ve been heavily using that feature to access my notifications and quick settings, and it’s great, but I feel it could be more useful if it had a few more tricks. Let me explain…

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Nixon unveils first Android Wear smartwatch, could probably out-survive Bear Grylls in an avalanche

Nixon is the latest traditional fashion watch maker to announce an Android Wear product, joining the likes of Fossil and Casio in hopping onboard the smartwatch train. And if the promotional pre-launch media is anything go by, this will be a beastly device built for those of us who like living on the edge.

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