Google will finally replace the terrible blob emoji with not-so-terrible ones in Android O

There are different styles of emoji, but none look as freaky and weird as Google’s blobs. The Android emoji shaped like strange, thumb-people evoke the opposite of the cheerful feeling one gets when looking at other emoji. Not just that, they are completely misguiding: emojis sent from other platforms convey one feeling, and when you receive them on an Android device and see a completely different melted blob, you may simply fail to understand the message. The Android emoji are simply wrong.
And finally, Google has realized this too: it is …


Finally: typing to your Google Assistant will soon be an option

Raise your hand if you agree with us that this one should have been supported by the Google Assistant since day one. Sure, Google’s idea was to make it a feature founded on natural interaction – or as natural talking to your phone could be – but hey, sometimes you might not want to speak your queries out loud. Like when you’re riding the subway and can’t quite remember the lyrics to Bieber’s “Baby”, for example. 
So yeah, one of the news that came out of Google’s I/O keynote address was that the Google Assistant will soon accept …

The ASUS ZenWatch 3 may finally get compatibility with regular 22m wrist bands and straps

The ASUS ZenWatch 3 is a good-looking smartwatch with an aching pain point. You can’t put a strap you actually love on it, unless it’s made by ASUS. That’s because the company uses a system of its own to secure wrist straps to the smartwatch, which greatly limits the choice of available bands for it.

Well, if ASUS isn’t coming to its senses anytime soon, others will. SteelConect, a company specializing in wrist adapters for smartwatches, is creating one for the ZenWatch 3. Called the AZ3, it fits right onto the smartwatch’s lugs and lets you attach any ol’ 22mm …

Huawei Watch finally getting the Android Wear 2.0 update

Huawei confirmed that its first smartwatch would be getting Android Wear 2.0 soon after the new version of the OS officially introduced by Google. However, due to a last minute issue, the update was delayed for quite a few smartwatches that were scheduled to receive the upgrade.

Early last month, Huawei announced that Google has fixed the said issue and that it will start rolling out the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update very soon. Well, for some reason, “soon” wasn’t that soon at all.

It took Huawei about a month to start delivering on its promise, and …

Honor 6X finally gets its Android Nougat update, EMUI 5.0 included

Honor USA just informed us that, starting today, May 2, it’s rolling out an official Android Nougat update to its 6X smartphone. 

If you own a honor 6X, you probably know that the update was initially supposed to be released in March. But, hey, we’ve seen longer delays.

The new update brings Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 to the honor 6X. This means that the handset is getting software enhancements all across the board, from a refined design, to increased security and superior overall performance. Honor aims to upgrade all 6X units (likely around the world) by mid …

You can finally save and listen to podcasts on your Apple Watch via the Overcast app

While some people prefer to use smartwatches as nothing more than a simple gadget to view and interact with notifications on, there are others that much rather take full advantage of their wrist-mounted computer and use it to its full potential. The Apple Watch is still one of the most feature-rich wearables around, and if you’re someone who tries to do as many things on your watch as possible as opposed to on your smartphone, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest update to the Overcast app is bringing support for downloading and listening to podcasts on the Apple Watch.

This …

LG G6 finally makes its way to the European market

LG has rather a tough time competing in the premium smartphone marketplace, such is the dominance of Apple and Samsung. In an attempt to break the duopoly on higher-priced, feature-laden handsets, LG recently unveiled the new G6. Over the next few days, consumers in Europe will finally be able to get their paws on it. 

As we noted in our initial review of the G6, there’s not much about the device that can be faulted. However, with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 duo breathing down its neck while breaking pre-order records in both firms’ native South Korea, it’s clear that …

Lara Croft Go finally gets the Mirror of Spirits DLC on iOS

In case you’re not familiar with it, Lara Croft Go is Square Enix Montreal’s puzzle twist on the Tomb Raider franchise. It was first released on mobile, before making its way to PC and consoles. Unlike its original release, though, the DLC “Mirror of Spirits” followed a different path. It was released for PlayStation in late 2016, and it made its way to the PC version last month.

And the iOS version finally gets its long-awaited DLC today. The expansion adds some extra gameplay elements, including a mirrored Lara that takes part in the puzzles. The DLC adds 25 levels to the game, designed …

Spotify is finally coming to the Apple Watch as a third-party app named Snowy

Spotify is finally making its way onto Apple’s smartwatch, thanks to a partnership with a third-party company. Although not an official app, per se, the upcoming Snowy app, formerly known as Spotty, will provide Apple Watch owners a means of using Spotify on their smartwatches.

Snowy started out as a project by developer who was frustrated with Spotify’s reluctance to launch an official Apple Watch app. After catching a bit of heat from the company’s legal team, which lead to the app being renamed from Spotty to Snowy, there is a happy end to the story in sight, …

OnePlus co-founder says touch input lag has finally been fixed, alert slider about to get tweaked?

OnePlus sure makes great bang-for-the-buck devices. The original Flagship Killer — the OnePlus One — was a great performer and awesome all-rounder for half the price of its competitors at the time; the OnePlus 2 was a bit of a let-down; but the OnePlus 3 and consecutive OnePlus 3T knocked it out of the park with design materials, camera, and hardware, while maintaining a very accessible price, at $439. Of course, nothing in this world is perfect, and despite being pretty good devices, OnePlus’ phones are still plagued by a few issues, which can annoy the tech heads out there.

One such issue …