The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 1/30 – 2/3
High-Resolution render appears showcasing LG’s upcoming Watch Style
Google and LG have partnered up to create a pair of Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, Watch Style and Watch Sport. While much remains to be confirmed on Watch Sport, Watch Style on the other hand appeared in a high-res render this week showcasing its full design. Pricing is expected to go for $249 when the watch launches on February the 9th. [Read More]
Google adds HTC’s former lead designer for Vive to work on Daydream VR
The lead designer behind HTC Vive, Claude Zellweger, is now part of Google’s staff. Zellweger will work to improve Google’s new Daydream VR platform. Hopefully only good things are to come. [Read More]
Google announces Android 7.1.2 (MR2) Nougat Developer Preview
Google has announced the Android 7.1.2 update, a second maintenance release of Nougat in the form of any early developer preview. The software is in its early stages, but doesn’t contain too may bugs. It’s currently available for testing on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel X, and Nexus 5X. Nexus 6P will also be supported very “soon.” Expect there to be at least one additional preview before the software releases publicly. Compatible device owners can flash system images or enroll in the Android Beta Program for access. Learn more about what’s new and where to download here -> [Read More]
Razer acquires Nextbit
In a surprising move this week, Razer bought out Nextbit. Each are expected to benefit from each other’s resources allowing the work on larger and more expensive projects. With the buy out, Nextbit informed Robin smartphone owners that the device will continue to receive updates until February 2018. Warranties will remain active for 6 months with now being the starting point before expiring. We expect only bigger and better things to come. [Read More]
Jason Mackenzie exits his office at HTC after 12 years
Jason Mackenzie has long been a part of the hard working group at HTC. Over the last 12 years, he jocked around several leadership positions, with his latest being Global VP of the company. His efforts at HTC will be missed, as he has now exited office. Others will soon have to fill his role. [Read More]
LG Watch Sport could be priced at $349 initially
Google and LG have partnered up to create a pair of Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, Watch Style and Watch Sport. We’ve already learned about Watch Style, and recently gained info on Watch Sport. Pricing is expected to go for $349 when the watch launches on February the 9th, which is a whole $100 more than the rumored price tag for Watch Style. Learn more about the features and specs it’s expect to board here -> [Read More]
Samsung announces ‘Samsung Pay Mini’ in Korea
Samsung announced ‘Samsung Pay Mini’ this week. The software will work on not just Samsung phones, but also just about Android phone running ‘Lollipop’ or higher that has an HD display. The problem for right now is that the service is limited to only Korea. We do, however, expect more countries to support it at some point in the future. Users with a Samsung card will be able to download a trial version of Samsung Pay Mini from the Play Store to get a first look at the app and test out its features. [Read More]