LG Beats Nexus to Market with Android Nougat Device

Traditionally, Google's Nexus devices have been the ones that launched their new OS, but it seems that LG is chomping at the bit and wants to beat Google at their own game - with Google's own software. That's right, instead of a Nexus device being the first one to market with Android 7 (Nougat), it will be LG. The dual-screen V20 will debut September 6th. If being the first one with a new OS is important, you may be in the market for a new LG device.

Although LG has yet to share many details about the new phone's features, we do know it will be once again sporting dual displays: a main 5.7-inch display, plus a second, always-on ribbon display at the top for notifications and quick app access. In practice, Engadget found the V10's second screen to be one of the best implementations to date, with easy access to audio controls or a quick glance at an email subject line.

Source: Engadget

Pokemon GO Now Favors Casual Players

In an effort to keep casual players playing Pokemon GO, Niantic has released an update that nerfs the original game dynamic and replaces things geared toward casual players. The problem with Pokemon GO, is that in order to really succeed, you had to play it lots, and that took commitment and newer players weren't interested in competing. This helps level the playing field, but doesn't really reward players for all their previous time spent.

If you’re a dedicated Pokémon GO player, you might be able to tell that these changes favor those who only casually pick up the game. Making it easier and lowering the barrier to entry for the game was an important part of what made the title go so big overnight. In other words, these changes are designed to keep even casual users engaged.

Source: Neowin

BMW 5 Series Short

BMW has put together a rather lengthy "short" that showcases their new 5 Series car. It's interesting that they grabbed the likes of Dakota Fanning and Clive Owen to tease us. Honestly, I'm more curious about the plot and story of the movie...


Nintendo Switch Not Backwards Compatible

Nintendo's Switch is making a lot of headlines and they are not all bad. The latest information shows that the new console will not be backwards compatible with any other previous Nintendo physical media. There are no discs or cartridges supported on this device, but there could still be a ray of light regarding digital downloads. If you've purchased something from the Nintendo e-Shop, it just might work - but Nintendo still won't comment on that - but they didn't say "no". Here's hoping.

As far as whether or not screen on the console can be used as a secondary display, akin to how the Wii U GamePad can display a map while the game is running on the television, the rep confirmed that "Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience." As such, players will only be able to play on either the television or console screen at any given time, not both simultaneously.

Source: IGN

What to Expect from Surface Event

Microsoft's Surface event is just around the corner and there are a few things that could be coming down the pipe - and are in fact quite expected. One of the more interesting things is the Surface All-In-One PC. It looks like a pretty fancy iMac. Also expected are some new VR tech, an Amazon Echo competitor and more. Overall, it may prove to be a pretty good fall for Microsoft.

Microsoft is returning to New York City this week to host a special press event on October 26th. While Microsoft held a similar event last year in October, this year's show is expected to include less hardware, with more of a theme around 3D and creativity. That theme will extend directly to an expected Surface all-in-one device, and details on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 software updates.

Source: TheVerge

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