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Report: LG to launch G6 Pro and G6 Plus by the end of this month

LG will reportedly launch Pro and Plus variants of the LG G6 by the end of June. The news arrives via South Korean news site etnews, though the site doesn’t provide a source for the information.

From what we can infer from the translation, the LG G6 Plus would be almost the same device, but would feature wireless charging capabilities and come with 128 GB of internal storage space. The price for this is expected to be 999,000 won (~$ 890), compared to the regular LG G6 price which stands at 899,800 won (~$ 800).

The Pro version, meanwhile, would come with 32 GB of storage with a 790,000 won price tag (~$ 700). etnews notes that most of the functions and specs of the Pro would be the same as the LG G6, but we don’t know where besides the internal storage space it may differ from the original; both the LG G6 Pro and LG G6 Plus are said to arrive with the same display, RAM and Snapdragon 821 processor.

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Though this would be a first for LG in terms of releasing multiple version of its flagship phone under different names, it’s not completely new territory for the manufacturer, as the LG G6 already arrived in different markets with different attributes (you can read more about that here).

The handsets are expected to go on sale at the end of June with the three major South Korean carriers, while global availability is said to follow later.

Finally, etnews also hinted that LG wants to consolidate its budget phones under the X brand and release multiple variants of the V series in the future also.

What are your thoughts on the prospect of two new LG G6 variants? Let us know in the comments.

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017) priced at $229 for May 25 launch, just $49 with Galaxy S8 purchase

During its press event in late March for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung also showed off the upcoming 2017 edition of its Gear 360 camera. Today, the company finally announced that the price of the camera will be $ 229, and that it will go on sale starting tomorrow, May 25.

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If you buy either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus between May 25 and June 19, you can also get the Gear 360 (2017) camera for just $ 49. You can learn more about this promotional offer, and register to get this deal, starting tomorrow at Samsung’s website.

The new version of the 360-degree camera will support video recording at up to 4K resolution, and it will also support live streaming to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks at 2K resolution. In addition, the camera can take still images at up to 15 MP.

As we noted in our brief hands-on look at the Gear 360 (2017) back in March, the camera has been redesigned and is slimmer compared to its predecessor, which should make it easier to hold in one hand. The column below the camera serves as its stand, and it also houses its battery. The camera itself has two 8.4 MP CMOS sensors with fisheye lenses.

Samsung has already launched the companion Gear 360 app in the Google Play Store, which will allow owners to control the camera remotely. The app can also be used to edit and share any videos made with the camera. The app will only work with a select number of Samsung’s smartphones. Besides the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the app supports the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EdgeGalaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).

Will you be getting the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear 360 camera, especially if you plan to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin ahead of launch in the US for $300

After its official reveal in late February during the Mobile World Congress 2017 trade show, Sony will finally begin selling the mid-range Xperia XA1 smartphone in the US starting on Monday, May 1. Pre-orders have already started for the phone, which will be sold unlocked for $ 299.99. It’s also gone on sale in other parts of the world, including India.

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The phone has a 5-inch 720p display and will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Inside, there is a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor running things, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card that can support up to 256 GB of additional storage.

The rear camera is the star feature of the Sony Xperia XA1. It has a 23 MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with excellent low-light performance support, at ISO 6400. It also has a 24 mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. In addition, the phone has an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 2,300 mAh battery, but lacks a fingerprint sensor.

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be sold on a number of retail websites, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Fry’s Electronics, and others, with color choices of white, black, pink, and gold. It will work with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, as well. Sony plans to launch the Xperia XA1 Ultra, with a larger 6-inch 1080p display, later this spring, along with its latest flagship device, the Xperia XZ Premium. Pricing for both of these phones have yet to be revealed.

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Motorola will offer two Moto Mod teams funding to help launch their products

Motorola has been trying to encourage third-party developers to make unique Moto Mods for its lineup of Moto Z phones. This week, the company had 13 of those development teams present their device ideas to a panel of Motorola, Lenovo Capital, and Verizon executives. The final result was that two of those teams may get funding from Lenovo Capital to help launch their products.

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One of the winning Moto Mod proposals was Digiframe, which is supposed to add a second e-paper screen to the back of a Moto Z phone to quickly show information like the weather, a person’s schedule, and more. Users can even stick the Digiframe to a refrigerator with its magnetic back to post notes to other people in the house.

Both of these concepts could receive a share of $ 1 million in investment funding from Lenovo Capital.

The other winning Moto Mod idea was the MACAY TrueSound HiFi accessory, which came out of one of Motorola’s hackathon events in New York City. It will allow Moto Z phones to add higher end audio ports that are usually found in more expensive speakers so owners of those phones can have a much better listening experience on their headphones.

Both of these concepts could receive a share of $ 1 million in investment funding from Lenovo Capital, but that decision is not yet final as the group will still have to perform its due diligence before a final investment proposal is made to those teams.

The teams behind Digiframe and MACAY TrueSound HiFi have also been accepted into the new Moto Mods Accelerator Program. It will provide those teams with hands-on assistance from experienced engineering and design partners that might help them launch their Moto Mod ideas into real products that would eventually be sold by Verizon. Four other Moto Mod design teams have also been enrolled in the program. They include the previously announced Keyboard mod, which will add a physical keyboard to the Moto Z phones, and the Edge mod, which will add multi-LED notification lights around the phone.

The other two concepts that were accepted in the accelerator program are a wireless charging Moto Mod, and one that places a solar energy charging mod on the back of the Moto Z phones. It will be very interesting to see if one or more of these concepts will finally come to life as real products that can be purchased by current Moto Z owners.

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A new version of Google Voice might launch soon

It’s been a long time since there’s been a major revamp of Google Voice, but that might change sometime soon. Many Google Voice users are currently able to see a banner at the top of their web account asking them to try “the new Google Voice”.

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At the moment, clicking on that tempting “TRY NOW” link only results in a refresh of the current page.  In a statement sent to The Verge, the company admitted it is working on some kind of update:

Sorry, it looks like we must have dialed the wrong number! But don’t worry, this wasn’t a prank call. We’re working on some updates to Google Voice right now. We have you on speed dial and we’ll be sure to share what we’ve been up to just as soon as we can.

In case you are unfamiliar with Google Voice, it first launched in 2009 and gives anyone in the US with a Google account a free phone number, and calls sent from the service to anyone in the US and Canada are also free, with cheap international calls for everyone else. It also supports features like free PC-to-PC calls worldwide, voicemail and more. In 2014, Google started integrating Voice features into its Hangouts service. With Hangouts now transitioning into a service targeting business users, it will be interesting to see how Voice will work as well with these update plans.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated if we hear anything on the new Google Voice.

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Huawei plans to launch its own Tango-based AR smartphone

The number of smartphones that come equipped with augmented reality cameras based on Google’s Tango technology can be counted on one hand so far; the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the upcoming ASUS ZenFone AR. Today, we can confirm that Huawei will join that small group and will launch a Tango-based smartphone of its own.

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There’s nothing else we know at this point about Huawei’s Tango phone, other than it is due for release in the near future, not even a code-name. Although we imagine that it will be packing in similarly power hardware to existing Tango handsets. We do know that competitor Lenovo plans to launch a Moto Mod for its Moto Z lineup of phones that will allow them to gain access to Tango’s AR tech, along with another stand alone Tango phone sometime later in 2017.

So far, most app developers have decided not to make AR apps that work with Tango. Indeed, there’s only about 36 Tango-capable apps in the Google Play Store at the moment. Today in a blog post, Google said that more of these apps are in the works, including one from the clothing retailer Gap called DressingRoom that will allow Tango phone owners to place clothes on virtual mannequins, which should allow owners to see how they look in a real world environment.

For more information on what Huawei has planned for the future, be sure to check out our exclusive video interview with the company’s CEO Richard Yu at CES 2017.

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HTC One M10 could launch as just the HTC 10

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HTC has gradually been building up the hype for its next flagship smartphone, with a few teasers here and there, and a launch anticipated for some time in early April. In a bid to change things up a little, it also looks like HTC is preparing to drop the “One M” name from its new phone. Perhaps this is a sign of bigger changes heading our way.

According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), the next flagship smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer will simply be known as the HTC 10. This isn’t the first time that a rumor about a possible name change has popped up either. Furthermore, @OnLeaks has seemingly confirmed the latest rumor, after uploading a screen shot presumably captured from the HTC 10.

If true, the company would be abandoning the naming scheme that it has used for its past three generations of flagship smartphones, as well as moving away from its general One branding that it used for the more mid-tier A9 later last year.

It seems unanimous that HTC needs to switch up its mobile hardware to claw back some of the manufacturer’s previous glory, especially after the One M9 failed to lift the company’s languishing handset sales. With rumors pointing to a redesigned look, top of the line specifications, and a “very, very compelling camera” setup, we are certainly hoping that the HTC 10 can deliver. But what do you think about the new name?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 launch live blog and live stream – MWC 2016

While MWC 2016 doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, all the big guns are busy preparing for announcements today. LG already unveiled the LG G5, giving the G series a massive overhaul both in software and design. While we don’t expect quite as big of a change from Samsung, we’re still plenty excited to see what Samsung has in store for us with their upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Thanks to a number of leaks, we know that the design won’t be changing a whole lot, but the rumor mill strongly suggests microSD and water resistance will be make their way back to the Galaxy S family after being dropped with the Galaxy S6’s debut last year. It’s certainly possible there could be at least a few other surprises up Samsung’s sleeves as well.

Android Authority will bring you hands-on coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as soon as we’re allowed to, so make sure to stick around for that. In the meantime, if you want to follow along with the event from home (or work?), we have your back. The Samsung launch event stream is embedded above, and we also have a realtime live blog with all the details as they unfold.

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Keep it tuned to AA and feel free to give us a shout-out! And tell us what you think about the new LG G5!

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Youtube preparing to launch a subscription option that removes ads



Youtube fans are certainly accustomed at this point to the 5-10 second ads that pop up for the majority of videos on the network. While some users are just fine with dealing with the ads in order to see the content behind them, others probably wish there was a way to remove the video ads for good. If you fall into that second group, you might be happy to learn that YouTube is in fact planning a new monthly ad-free subscription service.

In the past we’ve heard whispers on the web about how Youtube might be planning such a service, but this time the word comes from a more official source — Youtube itself. Active channel operators, including Android Authority, have received emails about how Google is planning a subscription-based option and that it intends to share a portion of the revenue from this service with content providers.

Your fans want choices. Not only do they want to watch what they want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose, they want YouTube features built specifically with their needs in mind. Over the past several months, we’ve taken bold new steps to bring these experiences to life. Since inviting hundreds of thousands of fans into our YouTube Music Key Beta, we’ve seen tremendous engagement. And we’ve seen an equally enthusiastic response for our new YouTube Kids app, designed to give families a simpler and safer video-viewing experience— it’s already crossed 2 million installations in less than one month.

We’re excited to build on this momentum by taking another big step in favor of choice: offering fans an ads-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee. By creating a new paid offering, we’ll generate a new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue.

Here’s the portion of the email that describes how subscription revenue will be divided exactly, for those interested:

Subscription Revenues. YouTube will pay you 55% of the total net revenues recognized by YouTube from subscription fees that are attributable to the monthly views or watchtime of your Content as a percentage of the monthly views or watchtime of all or a subset of participating content in the relevant subscription offering (as determined by YouTube). If your Content is included in and viewed by a user in multiple subscription offerings, YouTube will pay you based on the subscription offering with the highest amount of net revenues recognized by YouTube, as calculated by YouTube.

Bottom-line, the Youtube ad-free option wouldn’t get in the way of revenue generation for your favorite channels, so you could sign up to remove ads while still knowing that you are supporting content creators. Aside from the removal of ads, what else can we expect from this subscription option? It’s hard to say for sure. The wording of the email that Youtube sent suggests that this is a separate option from Music Key, but it’s possible this could still be bundled into that service.

The email makes it pretty clear this ad-free subscription option is rolling out sooner rather than later, so it shouldn’t be too long before more details hit. Would you be willing to pay a subscription fee to ditch the ads on Youtube? If so, how much would you pay?

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