Google reportedly working on a standalone VR headset that would not require a phone or PC

In addition to working on a Gear VR-like headset which would require a smartphone, Google is also reportedly working on a standalone virtual reality headset as well. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the headset would not require a smartphone or computer and might be released as soon as this year.

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Nest mistakenly shows what looks to be Google’s upcoming Pixel phone in a commercial

We’re only a couple short weeks away from what we assume will be Google’s announcement of the Pixel and Pixel XL, and the leaks are really heating up. We’ve seen detailed renders, terrifying pricing, and now, we’re getting an unofficial look at what might be the Pixel in an ad from Nest…

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AT&T in talks to begin offering a Cyanogen-powered phone made by ZTE

According to a report this morning out of The Information, AT&T is in talks with Cyanogen to launch a phone running a version of Android made by the company, purportedly on ZTE hardware. This is notably the first time that a US carrier has considered selling a phone running the less-Google-controlled version of Android that powers phones like the Yu Yutopia and the WileyFox Swift…

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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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Review: LG X Venture is AT&T’s new affordable, indestructible phone [Video]

Shiny glass designs are great, but some people want something a little less fragile. The V10 was one of my favorite designs from LG because it ignored the trends of glass and aluminum and instead used a rubberized plastic back with stainless steel rails to achieve a rugged but still premium feel.

The X Venture is LG’s latest midrange offering coming to AT&T, reviving the V10’s sturdy design and adding even more durability with a focus on outdoor living.

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Huawei starts selling its GX8 mid-range phone in the United States

Huawei recently announced the Mate 8 for intenernational markets and brought its low-end Honor 5X to the United States, but the company apparently isn’t stopping there. Today, the Chinese company began selling another smartphone in the United States. As per its Amazon listing the US version of the Huawei GX8 is available for 0…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Moto 360 2nd gen. $150, 64GB Flash Drive $35, Elago Aluminum phone Stand $15, more

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Motorola’s Moto 360 2nd Gen. Smartwatch works with your Android or iOS device: 0 shipped (Orig. 0)

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Elago’s Aluminum Stand for iPhone/Smartphones is a perfect complement to your Mac: Prime shipped (Reg. +)

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9to5Rewards: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild + Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Bundle [Giveaway]

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Review: Audioengine shines once again with its powerful HD3 Wireless Speakers

The Best Console Game Releases for March: Zelda Breath of the Wild, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Mass Effect, The Show 17 and more

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Opinion: HTC’s One M10 needs to be more than a shiny new phone to make up for past mistakes

Back in early 2013, HTC surprised the smartphone world when the original One (codenamed M7) was revealed in all its shiny aluminum unibody glory. It wasn’t just a well-built and incredibly nicely designed phone: it had the invaluable pro of coming at the right time.

Save for Sony, whose Xperia Z lineup was maturing into an interesting — albeit already a tad repetitive — concept, all the major Android manufacturers were struggling to deliver a compelling product that ticked the aesthetics box as well as those regarding functionality.

Samsung, perhaps too focussed on cramming the latest and greatest specs into its devices, was often heavily dispraised for its poor use of plastic, a criticism that would endure for another two years, while LG’s G line of flagship smartphones certainly couldn’t raise a flag of uniqueness either, more or less tumbling in the same mud…

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