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

Hot Wheels Stunts - Cool Video of the Day

I could totally see my boys strapping a GoPro on their Hot Wheels and pulling off a video like this. Very cool stuff actually.


Pixel Software Makes The Camera Great

Google has put together a pretty interesting device with the Pixel phone. It has a great fit and finish, a fantastic camera, a solid screen and great battery life. The interesting thing about some of the features are that the hardware isn't all that cutting edge. Google has put together a tremendous software package that makes average hardware perform incredibly. The future of the camera is all about the software.

Clearly, this is by far the most competitive Google has ever been in mobile photography. But the Pixel phones, on paper, don't have cutting-edge hardware, relying on an f/2.0 lens without optical image stabilization. Instead, and in typical Google fashion, Google has turned to complex software smarts in order to power the Pixel camera.

Source: TheVerge

Throttling unlimited data plans costs Verizon $48 Million

Verizon has been throttling unlimited data plans that they sold to their cell phone customers for a while and it has now cost them $48 million in fines. This is good news for customers who paid for unlimited data and weren't getting what they paid for, although it will probably also make companies reconsider before offering unlimited anything. The Verge has the full story.

Affected T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers will be eligible for 4GB of additional mobile internet data under the "Simple Choice MINT" plan, as well as a 20 percent discount on in-stock phone accessories. T-Mobile will pay for those benefits through a $35.5 million consumer benefit program, with an additional $7.5 million paid directly to the US Treasury and $5 million in services and equipment provided to American schools.

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