Two new (but very old) references to Andromeda surface in AOSP

Last fall, rumors surfaced that Google was working on an Android and Chrome OS “merger” or sorts that would launch on a convertible laptop in late 2017. However, with a pronouncement last month that Google has ‘no plans’ to manufacture laptops, it has been widely assumed that “Andromeda” might never materialize.

Despite this, we have just come across some older references to Andromeda in the AOSP that we don’t think anyone has noticed up to this point. Dated from 2015 and 2016, these entries were for some reason not visible in any of our previous (and ongoing) searches of AOSP for Andromeda terms. Either that or we just missed them somehow.

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First actual photos of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 surface, rumored specs corroborated

Oh, the Galaxy S8. After the news avalanche two days ago we figured it would take a while for more to pour in, but obviously we were wrong. And so here you go: thanks to the evergreen Evan Blass (via VentureBeat) you can now lay your eyes on what is an almost certainly genuine picture of Samsung‘s upcoming flagship…

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Pixel and Pixel XL leak (again) on Verizon’s site confirming blue color, trademarks surface via Europe IP office [Update: New renders of blue model]

We’re less than a day away from Google’s October 4th event, and it has been Pixel leaks galore. Over the weekend we saw Canadian carrier Bell leak renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL in black and white followed by Carphone Warehouse leaking promotional material. Now, a little over 12 hours away from the start of the event, Verizon has the Pixel and Pixel XL listed on its website. The best part? Verizon has also unofficially confirmed the highly-anticipated blue model.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 wallpapers surface before launch, download them here [Gallery]

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is set to be announced later this month, but it looks like by the time that happens there won’t be anything new to learn about the phone. We just saw actual photos of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge yesterday, and thanks to several previous leaks, we know a lot about the phones’ specs. Now, via a forum poster over at SamMobile, we have our hands on the official set of wallpapers for the unannounced phone…

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New details on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 surface alongside a possible Note 7 successor

That Samsung has had a rough 2016 H2 is no mystery. Between the Galaxy Note 7 disaster and other unfortunate events related to subsidiaries outside the Mobile division, the following twelve months will not just be challenging, but also absolutely crucial for the brand’s identity.

And arguably two key devices will be represented by the S7‘s successors: two Galaxy S8-labeled smartphones and — it seems — a potential Note 7 follow-up…

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New rumors corroborate Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 launch in August as image renders surface [Video]

The rumor mill for Samsung‘s next flagship seems to be unstoppable. Be it for its size, specs or configurations, it is undoubted that the Galaxy Note 6 — or Note 7, as we have now come to expect it — is polarizing a lot of interest.

Today, thanks to two of the most famous leakers in the tech space, we may have new information regarding its launch date as well as a detailed look at the device itself…

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First Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X unboxing videos surface online

Google announced the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X at an official press unveiling just a few weeks ago, right before opening up pre-orders for the two newest stock Android devices. It marks the first year that two different Nexus phones have been released at the same time, and it seems the first lot of devices are already landing in the hands of the early adopters.

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As Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Note 2 pictures surface, its rumored flexible display makes an appearance [Video]

With the seemingly unavoidable “end” of the first-generation of smartphone looming on an increasingly saturated market, OEMs are buckling down to figure out what’s next. And while modularity seems to have — at least partially — failed, more flexible and bezel-free devices may represent an answer…

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Comment: A few months later, and my Google Home is indispensable – and I’ve only scratched the surface

Plenty of new and exciting Google products launched over the last few years have left me underwhelmed. About anyone can tell you that I was high on the Google Glass train for a while (even though I didn’t actually own a pair until it was basically dead), and I’ve written countless times about how I just can’t find any use for Android Wear (or frankly, most wearables). And other more-recent new Google products, like Daydream View, have simply sat in my drawer for months on end.

I don’t know if, until now, any single tech product has entered my life since the smartphone that has ended up being just completely indispensable and necessary. Something like (forgive my rough estimates) 75% percent of my interactions with consumer tech over the last few years have been with either my phone or my laptop. That other 25 percent has been filled with things like traditional television, tapping around on a smartwatch, playing video games, or using some kind of tablet.

With the Google Home now a part of my daily routine, though, these numbers are changing. It’s a minor shift to be sure, but I’m starting to be able to assign a noticeable percentage of my tech interactions to this new product and I’ve found myself feeling somewhat more free from my phone lately…

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Likely codenames surface for Google’s next-generation Pixel 2 phones

Over the past few months, we’ve come across various tidbits — including ditching the headphone jack — about Google’s next-generation Pixel devices for 2017. Now, possible codenames (via Android Police) for these two phones have likely been revealed.

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