LG V30: First hands-on photo leaks showing a prototype of the upcoming flagship

LG is scheduled to hold a press event on August 31 at IFA in Berlin, where the company’s upcoming V30 flagship is set announced. Device renders have already given us a pretty good idea for what to expect from the V30, but a leaked photo for a prototype of the phone now shows us what it might look like in person…

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9to5Rewards: Huawei Mate 9, the first Huawei flagship Android phone for the US [Giveaway]

Update: The winner of our Huawei Mate 9 giveaway is Jordan Carter from Chicago, Illinois, who tweeted out one of our articles.

We announced 9to5Rewards over at 9to5Mac back in August of last year, and now — after a brief time in what we’d like to call a “beta” — it’s ramping up full time and coming over to 9to5Google! For our first giveaway, we’re giving away the Huawei Mate 9. It’s Huawei’s first flagship Android phone to officially come to the United States, and it could be yours — all you have to do is be an active reader!

We reviewed the international version of the phone when it launched last fall, and called it the first non-Nexus Huawei phone that’s great across the board. Huawei had a hit with the made-with-Google Nexus 6P a couple years ago, but now the company’s diving head-first into the US market with a flagship phone that we believe can rival Google’s own Pixel — which is one of the best phones ever.

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New screenshots provide first glimpse at Android Pay on Android Wear

We’re less than a day away from the rumored launch of Android Wear 2.0, which is expected to release alongside new smartwatches tomorrow. Now, it would appear that the Android Pay listing in the Google Play Store has been updated early as it is now showing screenshots of the app seemingly running on Android Wear…

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Google traffic for WSJ falls after removing ‘first click free’ search trick to bypass paywall

After the Wall Street Journal removed the well-known trick of using Google to access articles behind a paywall, their Search traffic fell by nearly half. While this led to an increase in paying subscribers since February, the publication argues that Google should rank subscription content equally.

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Waymo’s self-driving truck spotted for first time

A report out of BuzzFeed News at the beginning of this month said that Alphabet’s Waymo was in the early stages of exploring self-driving trucks, and now (via Jalopnik) we have our first peek at one of those trucks out on public roads. The truck sports an appropriate light blue color, the Waymo insignia, and of course the self-driving hardware suite.

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