Pixel Buds pre-orders now heading out Google's doors

Did you pre-order a pair of Pixel Buds for $159? The good news is that orders have started shipping. Unlike the wireless Apple AirPods or the Samsung IconX, both ear pieces are connected by a cable. The right earbud not only awakens Google Assistant, it also activates the  cool real time Google Translate feature. With the latter, one person wearing the Pixel Buds can speak in Spanish to someone with a Pixel phone who speaks English. Thanks to Translate, both parties will be able to hear in their own language exactly what the other person said. Right now, about 40 different languages are supported.

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Huawei's next flagship could be heading to AT&T during the first half of 2018

According to a report that was published earlier today, AT&T has agreed to carry Huawei’s next flagship phone starting in the first half of 2018. Doing this is a must for Huawei if it wants to fulfill a promise it made last year to top Samsung and Apple and become the top smartphone manufacturer in the world by 2021. To achieve that goal, Huawei is going to have to cultivate a strong relationship with one of the stateside carriers, which in this case appears to be AT&T.

The flagship rumored to be heading to AT&T is the Huawei Mate 10. As we told you earlier today, this device …

The Xiaomi Mi MIX is heading to South Korea very soon

Xiaomi’s “concept phone” Mi MIX, which essentially kickstarted the recent shift to nearly bezelless smartphones, is one of the better examples of a good marketing decision being a bad one in a market sense. The device’s production is intentionally limited, so as to promote a sense of it being a rare luxury and also avoid the negative publicity surrounding some of its more questionable design choices (like the ceramic body, for example). And the tactic worked, but at the expense of the many tech enthusiasts who fell in love with the phone’s curious looks.

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Honor V9 is likely heading to Europe next month as the Honor 8 Pro

Honor – Huawei’s sub-brand of premium, affordable smartphones – has just sent out press invitations for a smartphone launch that’s set to take place on April 7. As awesome as it would be to have another brand new smartphone launch, Honor will likely take the stage this time to announce a global/European release for the V9 – the company’s latest flagship that was announced in China in late February.

The press invite doesn’t exactly mention which phone Honor will be announcing, but previous rumors have suggested that the company would soon be taking the V9 out of its home turf …

Sweden is the 13th country that Samsung Pay is heading to

Samsung has been hard at work with expanding its support for the Samsung Pay mobile payment platform, and today we have word of yet another country that will soon be added to the list of areas that the service supports – Sweden. 

Va Finans reported this bit of information on its website, but an exact timeframe as to when Samsung Pay would be launching was unfortunately not detailed. Samsung is expected to hold a press conference in Sweden later this week on Thursday, March 9, so it’s likely that we’ll get that information sooner rather than later.
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Modular smartphones: How it started and where is it all heading?

Most contemporary smartphones largely look the same – slabs of plastic, metal and glass, with large touchscreen displays, front and back cameras, and physical buttons thrown here and there for good measure. They generally last a few years, and since they can’t be opened or improved with new hardware, users are usually forced to buy a new one after the advance of technology renders their handset obsolete. This design standard has barely changed over the last ten years, and its popularity can be mainly attributed to the huge success of the original iPhone that premiered …

Flagship spec'd LG phone appears on Geekbench, heading to U.S. Cellular

A new flagship LG handset was discovered on Geekbench this morning. Based on the model number (LGE LGUS997), this is a device that is headed to the 5th largest carrier in the states, U.S. Cellular. The Snapdragon 820 chipset is under the hood. U.S. Cellular does offer two different handsets made by LG that feature the Snapdragon 820 SoC. One is the LG V20 and the other is the LG G5. So the question is whether we are looking at one of those two models, or a new handset altogether.

The device that was tested features Android 7.0 and is powered by a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.19GHz. 4GB of …

Cortana Heading to iOS and Android Formats

First, she left Master Chief in Halo 4 and went to Windows. Now, Cortana is headed to iOS and Android smartphones.

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Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore has announced that his company’s formerly Windows 10 and Windows Phone exclusive companion app, Cortana, will be available soon for iOS and Android smartphones. The app will be able to integrate with the version of Cortana on Windows 10 to help bridge the gap between your smartphone and PC. Cortana originally debuted for Windows Phone devices in April 2014, which unfortunately haven’t been selling as well as the Big M had hoped. Earlier this year, Microsoft decided to move Master Chief’s AI partner over to Windows 10. Finally, Microsoft has opened the gates for iOS and Android users to gain Cortana as a companion as well.

“Today, we’re announcing a Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which works as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC,” Belfiore said. “The Phone Companion app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go.”

Cortana is a digital assistant that uses the cloud tech of Microsoft’s OneDrive to keep track of all your documents and files, including songs, movies, spreadsheets and documents. The app is comparable to Apple’s Siri companion for iOS devices.

The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone. You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss anything. Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices. The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone.

Cortana will launch for Android phones by the end of June and iPhones by the end of the year.