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Best Chromebooks (August 2016)

In May of 2011 the Chromebook line was first announced, immediately finding itself a target of mixed reception. Many felt a computer that was “limited to the web” would ultimately struggle to find a following, and yet despite this the Chromebook market has exploded in recent years.

While the Chromebook market might still be a very niche one, there a growing number of people that are looking for an affordable, virus-free computing experience that serves as their gateway to the web. The fact that Chrome OS only has a number of true offline apps simply doesn’t matter to this type of web-centric user.

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In the early days, there were only a limited number of Chromebooks to choose from, but in 2016 there are dozens of models to pick from. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few models that we feel represent the very best of the Chromebook universe right now.

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HP Chromebook 13


Normally when we think of Chromebooks, what we’re imagining is something affordable and basic. Indeed, there aren’t really many options for anyone looking to run a more upscale Chrome OS experience. If budget isn’t your priority, but you’re not quite willing to go all out for the Pixel, then the HP Chromebook 13 might just be the device for you.

This Chromebook sports an Intel Core M Skylake processor powered by 4GB of RAM. For productive members of society on the go, the HP Chromebook 13 boasts a battery that manages to keep its 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 display glowing for 11.5 hours. You’ll naturally find the usual connectivity features like a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot to expand upon its 16GB SSD, and of course Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

The HP Chromebook 13 launched with a $ 499 price tag, placing it in the comfortable middle ground between the standard sub-$ 350 fare of most Chromebooks and the pricier Pixel. The price has since dropped a bit to $ 424.99.


  • 13.3″ Anti-Glare Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Wide Viewing Angle Display
  • Intel Celeron 3215U Dual-Core Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • Battery rated for up to 12 hours use

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Acer Chromebook 11


The Acer Chromebook 11 serves as one of the most affordable options out there. What’s impressive is that it manages to maintain some fairly respectable specifications for its meager price tag. The device is stable and clean, and it makes efficient use of its 2GB of RAM. Stacked up against other devices in its price range, the Acer Chromebook 11 straight up eviscerates the competition.

The build quality is sound, but nothing to write home about. When you’re paying less than $ 200 for a device, plastic pretty much comes standard. However, the Acer Chromebook 11 doesn’t feel cheap. It feels practical. In many ways, this is a Chromebook of Chromebooks, seeing as the platform was originally created for students and professionals on a budget.

It’s worth noting that the Acer Chromebook 11 isn’t particularly rugged. You get a lot for what you’re paying here, but you’re still investing in a product that has a primary selling point of affordability. Excellent for students or people looking for a backup netbook, but this might not be your best pick for your primary interface with technological landscape. Still, in terms of bang-for-buck, the Acer Chromebook 11 is incredibly hard to beat.


  • 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 9 hours of battery life

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Acer Chromebook 14


The Acer Chromebook 14 ticks off all the checkmarks of the Chromebook 11 while bringing a much more premium feel to the table. The device has a brushed aluminum lid, weighs a solid-feeling 3.42 pounds, and boasts a much more impressive display than you would expect from its circa-$ 300 price point.

This is an ideal Chromebook for a writer on the go or a student who needs to get work done while schlepping their entire work station from coffee shop to coffee shop. It runs Docs and the rest of Google’s suite with aplomb, and its nearly-10-hour battery life means you can work all day on a single charge without worry.

Unfortunately, although this device has the specs to run the slew of Android apps being made available on ChromeOS, it doesn’t have touchscreen capabilities. That means that if using Android apps is your primary motivation for picking up a Chromebook, you might want to look elsewhere. If that doesn’t faze you, then the Acer Chromebook 14 is a seriously good pick.


  • 14-inch display, 1920×1080 resolution
  • Intel Celeron N3160
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Extras: HDMI port, Bluetooth, 2 USB 3.0
  • 9.5 hours battery life

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HP Chromebook 11 G5

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Now, if touchscreen capabilities are a priority, look no further than the HP Chromebook 11 G5. This baby offers the best of both worlds and really feels like a Chromebook designed for the current notebook landscape. This recently launched device is currently available through online retailers in the ballpark of $ 200 and is expected to hit brick and mortar locations in September.

Although the screen has a somewhat off-puttingly thick bezel, it seems a reasonable concession for the kind of specs you’re getting for this price tag. It’s an impressively thin and light design that feels a bit more premium than its competition in the price range. Most of all, it has an impressive 12 hour battery life, meaning you rarely even have to think about charging it.

If you’re on the go and on a budget, the HP Chromebook 11 G5 is a solid option. Its specs won’t break any records, but it won’t break your bank account either.


  • 11.6″ LED HD SVA Anti-Glare flat (1366×768)
  • dual-core Intel Celeron N3060
  • 2 or 4GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB storage
  • Extras: 2 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, HDMIport
  • 12 hour battery life

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Acer Chromebook 15


Alongside Samsung, Acer was one of the first manufacturers to jump into the Chromebook fray. Since then, they’ve released numerous models with different screen sizes, processing packages, and more. Our favorite from the company is currently the Acer Chromebook 15.

The Chromebook 15 is far from the most powerful Chromebook around, but it packs plenty of juice for the price. Starting at $ 230 and tapping out around $ 300, this Acer laptop offers an Intel Celeron processor, a large 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, RAM up to 4GB, and storage up to 32GB. The base package includes 2GB RAM and 16 storage.


  • 15.6-inch Active Matrix TFT Color LCD display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core 3205U 1.5 GHz Processor
  • 2 to 4GB of RAM
  • 16 to 32GB of on-board storage, with SD card slot for expansion
  • Extras: Webcam, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI
  • 3220 mAh battery, rated for about 9 hours use
  • 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95/0.97 inches, 4.85 pounds

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Dell Chromebook 13


One thing you’ll find in common for most Chromebooks is that they tend to make plenty of concessions in order to keep pricing down: Celeron or ARM processor, plastic bodies, and other little things that make it clear that you’re using a ‘budget friendly’ device. For those that want something a bit more upscale without going to Chromebook Pixel extremes, the Dell Chromebook 13 could certainly be worth a look.

Ranging from $ 430 to $ 650, the DELL Chromebook 15 is certainly pricier than the many “$ 300 or below” Chromebooks out there, but for that extra money you get a 13.3-inch Full HD display and a more premium looking metallic chassis. The processing package ranges from an Intel Celeron up to a Intel Core i3-5005U, with 4 to 8GB RAM, and 16 to 32GB storage.


  • 13-inch Non-Touch LCD display with 1080p resolution
  • Intel Celeron 3205U or Intel i3-5005U
  • 4 to 8GB of RAM
  • 16 to 32GB of on-board storage, with SD card slot for expansion
  • Extras: Webcam, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI
  • 67Whr 6 Cell Battery
  • 18 x 3 x 11 inches, 5.2 pounds

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Lenovo 100S Chromebook


While Chromebooks have always been pretty affordable when compared to their “regular PC” brethren, the Lenovo 100S Chromebook takes this a step forward by hitting sub-$ 200 pricing.

For just $ 175, the 100S Chromebook gives you an Intel Celeron N2840 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and a battery rated for about 11 hours of life. While these specs won’t wow anyone, there are good enough to provide a fairly decent Chrome experience, though folks who are big into multiple-tab browsing might find it to be a bit underpowered for this kind of use case.

Still, for such a low price, the Lenovo 100S Chromebook brings a lot to the table, and combined with a weight of just 2.2-pounds, it could prove to be the perfect traveling companion for those that want a no-frills machine for browsing and basic work.


  • 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768
  • Intel Celeron N2840
  • 2 RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, with SD card slot for expansion
  • Extras: Webcam, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI
  • Battery life of up to 11 hours
  • 11.81″ x 8.23″ x 0.78″, 2.6-pounds

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ASUS Chromebook Flip

Asus Chromebook Flip

Lastly we have the Asus Chromebook Flip, a unique device aimed at those looking for something that’s one part laptop, one part tablet. The Flip isn’t exactly the most impressive device on this list, and the only one without an Intel processor, actually. But power isn’t the point here.

With a unique hinged design and a much smaller screen size of 10.1-inches, the Chromebook Flip is the perfect device for those looking for a multimedia machine that also can double as a Chromebook for basic productivity and for those situations where having a keyboard makes sense over a touchscreen.

The Flip isn’t perfect, with a weaker Rockchip processor onboard and an OS that isn’t necessarily built with touch in mind, but for less than $ 250 – it’s a unique twist to the Chromebook formula. Sure, it’s not for everyone, but it might be perfect for you.


  • 10.1-inch LCD screen with 1280 x 800 resolutio
  • Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor
  • 2 to 4GB RAM
  • 16GB on-board storage with SD card slot for expansion
  • Extras: Webcam, 2 USB 3.0
  • 31 Wh battery rated for about 9 hours use
  • 7.2 x 10.4 x 0.6 inches, 1.96 lb

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Elephant in the room: Chromebook Pixel


Okay, we couldn’t end this post without addressing the elephant in the room. Technically speaking, the Chromebook Pixel  (2nd gen) is still the very best Chromebook out there, but it’s probably overkill for most users and so unless you’re a power user — you’re probably better off going for one of the other devices we showcased above. That said, even if you are a power user, arguably you’d be better off spending a few hundred more for a Windows (or Mac?) machine that could handle gaming, traditional apps, and the like.

With all that aside, the Chromebook Pixel is a beautiful device, and it also happens to be a powerhouse. The base model, which sets you back $ 1000, is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage, though there’s options to upgrade to an i7, up to 16GB RAM, and 64GB storage. The device also has a high-resolution 12.86-inch touchscreen display, 12 hour battery life, 2 USB-C connectors, 2 USB 3.0 connectors, and a premium metallic design that no other Chromebook can match — though Dell comes the closest.

At the end of the day, the Chromebook Pixel is a niche offering in an already niche product category, but that doesn’t mean it in’t cool or sexy as hell. If you have your heart set on Chrome OS but want to be able to open up countless dozens of tabs and multi-task like a boss, the Pixel could be right up your alley. That said, with devices like the HP Chromebook 14 might make more sense, as they offer higher-than-normal Chromebook performance but still manage to be priced much more affordably.


  • 12.8-inch LCD touchscreen with 2560 x 1700 resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • 8 to 16GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB storage
  • Extras: 720P HD Wide Angle camera with Blue Glass, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB C, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, 4K video output
  • Battery rated for up to 12 hours use
  • 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches, 3.3 lbs

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That’s that! While there are many more models out there, these are the Chromebooks we felt deserved a little extra highlight. Agree with our picks? Have another you feel deserves a place among the best? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Google I/O 2016 app is now available

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One of the most difficult parts of attending a conference is managing your time. There’s so much going on that unless you have a handy navigator or detailed plans ahead of time then you’re probably going to miss something you wish you would have seen. That’s why every year for Google I/O the search giant launches an updated version of the official I/O app, and this year’s version is now available.

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This app has everything you would expect from a conference navigation app. It brings you all the tools you need to stay connected to the subjects you’re interested in whether you’re participating digitally or physically attending in Mountain View, California. With this app, you can create personalized schedules to ensure that you hit every event that you want, maps so you never get lost, and social media trackers so you can keep up with public I/O-related conversations. Stream keynotes and sessions live if you can’t make them in person, and get reminders before they start. If you’re itching for content ahead of time, you can even use the app to revisit videos from previous years’ conferences. For those attending the event, the app will also help you get plugged into the conference’s wifi network.

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Google I/O will take place from May 18 to May 20, and you can be sure that Android Authority have boots on the ground to bring you direct coverage of everything that’s happening. Click the button below to grab this app from the Google Play Store, and let us know what you’re expecting from the conference in the comments below.

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Best cheap Android tablets (April 2016)

While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve their game in the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

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If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best affordable Android tablets. Let’s get started!

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Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
Update, April 2016: This month we added the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 8.0-inch to our list and moved the Nexus 7 (2013) down a few notches. We also removed the Acer Iconia Tab 8, LG G Pad 2 8.0, Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and the Xiaomi Mi Pad.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

Did you love the original NVIDIA Shield Tablet? Well, you’ll probably feel just the same about the Shield Tablet K1, its direct successor. The specifications and design are pretty much the same with both tablets, aside from the addition of a rubberized surface next to the speakers and brushed metal lettering on the back of the K1.

NVIDIA also removed the stylus holder on the K1, which brings us to our next point – the stylus is gone! So are the charging cable and wall adaptor. The big news here is that NVIDIA is trying to cut costs, and they did just that by not including a stylus or charger. With that said, this tablet is now only $ 200, which makes it not only one of the best Android tablets out there, but also one of the most affordable.


  • 8.0-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 283 ppi
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 19.75 WHr battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm, 390 g

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ASUS ZenPad S 8.0

While Asus refreshed their affordable MeMo Pad Android tablet line earlier this year, they have more recently launched an even newer and more powerful tablet in this price range. In this new ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 you’ll find an 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor running at 1.8 GHz with 2GB of RAM. There are actually a few different versions of this tablet floating around, we’ll link below to one that has a slightly slower processor but 32GB of internal storage for the same $ 179 price.


  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, 320 ppi
  • 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3580 processor
  • 2/4 GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 15.2 WHr battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 203.2 x 134.5 x 6.6 mm, 298 g

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Amazon Fire line


Following in the footsteps of the previous Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Amazon has launched not one, but 5 new tablets in recent months. While this sounds like a lot, rest assured, these are all just updates to previous models. And to be fair, two of them are pretty much the same device. What stands out in this new line are the prices, setting a precedent that we’ll talk about later.

The main tablet we’ll be focusing on here is the Fire 7, which comes with a 7.0-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 600 x 1024, a quad-core processor, expandable storage and a battery that allows up to 7 hours of use on a single charge. There’s only 8GB of on-board storage and the display might seem a little fuzzy, but the minimal approach to Amazon’s Fire OS 5 promises smooth performance out of the device. The best part of this deal is the price, by far. You can pick one of these tablets up for just $ 50, brand new, straight from Amazon. The company is also selling them in 6-packs for $ 250.

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From there, you can find the Fire HD 6, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, all of which sport slightly better specs than the Fire 7, with optional larger internal storage capacities and features, priced at $ 100, $ 150 and $ 200 respectively.


  • 7.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 171 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • 2 MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life
  • 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm, 313 g

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch

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The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch checks a lot of the right boxes many folks are looking for. It has a great design and build quality, exceptional battery life, a near-stock Android software experience, and to top it all off, a very affordable price tag. It does stumble a bit when it comes to the lower resolution display and less capable processor, but for most tasks it will be just fine.

One of the most unique features of this device is its built-in kickstand. It’s extremely convenient for watching movies or YouTube videos. While it does make the whole tablet a bit wonky to hold at times, it’s still a very useful feature we wish more manufacturers would bring to their tablets.


  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 800 x 1280 resolution, 189 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP rotating camera
  • Non-removable 6200 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 209.8 x 145.8 x 7 mm, 467 g

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Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being more than two years old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best budget tablets you can buy.

Perhaps the biggest draw to buying a Nexus tablet is that it will, at least for a few years, will receive the latest versions of Android as Google releases them. Currently, the 2013 Nexus 7 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which actually runs very well. Thanks to the tablet’s 2GB of RAM and Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, navigating around the device’s interface is still a breeze. There are a few signs of age when playing more graphic-intensive games, but all in all, this tablet can handle most everyday tasks that are thrown at it.

It’s compact, light, and running the latest version of Android. What more could you want out of a budget tablet?! Nowadays you can find this device for around $ 100, though the current rate on Amazon is hovering just around $ 140.


  • 7.0-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 323 ppi
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3950 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 g

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There you have it – our picks from the best affordable tablets Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

For more tablet information, head on over to the TabTimes blog for more tablet news, reviews and information.

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(Update: Lottery winners announced) Google I/O 2016: our early predictions for Google’s big event

Update: The Google I/O 2016 lottery results are going out, informing the lucky winners that they have been selected to attend. See below for details on the lottery and all the latest on the Android N developer preview.

Google’s annual developer conference is one of the most exclusive must-attend events on the Android calendar. It’s not always easy to get in, but if you can, it’s definitely worth it. I was lucky enough to go last year and got to meet Sundar Pichai and Larry Page for the effort. Rubbing shoulders with CEOs, engineers, developers and enthusiasts aside, though, what else can you expect from Google I/O 2016?

Google I/O 2016 dates and location

Back on January 12, freshly minted Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted the dates and location for Google I/O 2016: May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. For those unfamiliar with the location, it’s a long way away from any hotels and doesn’t exactly feature great public transport options, sparking widespread speculation that it might have been chosen to provide Google the opportunity to show off its self-driving cars…

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How to get a Google I/O ticket

Once the Google I/O 2016 site went live you had a small window in which you could register your interest in attending. Registration ran from 9 AM PST on Tuesday, March 8 until 5 PM PST on Thursday, March 10. All you needed to do was hit the official Google I/O 2016 website, sign in with a Google account and complete the registration process. Once that was done you got a registration confirmation email, but that didn’t mean you had a ticket. No, you then had to wait for the results of the infamous Google I/O lottery to go out…

Google I/O lottery results

The Google I/O 2016 lottery results have been released, with the lucky winners being notified that they have been selected to attend. Winners will be contacted via email and given a link with which to complete the registration process within 24 hours. “Winners” of the lottery still have to pay $ 900 for a regular ticket or $ 300 for an academic ticket, but considering how difficult it is to get into I/O this is a small price to pay. Plus, you’ll get the infamous goodie bag to offset any feelings of buyer’s remorse. You’ll have until April 29 to refund your ticket if necessary, but why would you? If you go you’ll be able to hang out with myself, Josh Vergara, Lanh Nguyen and maybe even Sundar and Larry.

Google I/O 2016 app

The official Google I/O 2016 app isn’t in Google Play yet, but each year the old app gets replaced with the new one, so when the new one goes live you can grab it via the button below. The Google I/O app includes live streams for the keynote and major sessions, schedules, maps, reminders and some fun stuff.

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What to expect from Google I/O 2016


More Android N

This one is a given, because Google announced a while back that annual developer previews of the next major Android release will be presented at each year’s I/O conference. However, 2016 is a little bit different, with the Android N developer preview making its first appearance more than two months ahead of Google I/O. The preview will receive monthly updates until July, when the finishing touches will be put on it for release in Q3, 2016 (that means by the end of September). This also means that the 2016 Nexuses will also arrive sometime in September. For a full breakdown of Android N features, hit the link below.

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Self-driving cars

Google announced at Google I/O 2015 that the first self-driving cars would be released on the streets of Mountain View in 2016. So what better time to demo what Google Auto is capable of than at Google I/O 2016? It may be a little far-fetched to expect Google to arrange transport for thousands of I/O attendees via its tiny autonomous vehicles, but the event will definitely give everyone the chance to take a ride in one. However, Google has recently advertised 36 jobs in the self-driving car project, so things are definitely gathering steam.

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The Google division in charge of self-driving cars formerly known as Google[x] – and now simply known as X – has recently received a new CEO who is, incidentally, a former Ford and Hyundai exec. We can expect to see John Krafcik take the stage with all the latest on Google’s autonomous vehicles and their expected commercial release in 2020. Considering the first official self-driving car accident has just occurred, you can expect that to come up as well… (and now there’s another self-driving car accident to discuss.)

Android Wear

A massive shake up of Android Wear is long overdue. The mobile platform came out early, moved sluggishly, and has now been surpassed by both Apple’s wearable platform and even Samsung’s Tizen OS. With multiple OEMs grumbling last year that if Google didn’t start pushing the wearable platform more aggressively they would consider developing their own, it’s now crunch time for Android Wear. I can’t tell you what will be announced, but I sure hope something significant is.

Project Ara

I was at the ATAP session last year and witnessed a fully functional Project Ara prototype get assembled on stage in seconds. The camera module was left out until the device had booted up, then it was inserted, runtime detected and working within seconds. Pretty impressive stuff. With the official trial of Project Ara being delayed until 2016 you know there will be some stage time dedicated to it. Unfortunately, we’ve seen no evidence that project Ara will be making an appearance at MWC 2016, although a bizarre 13.8-inch Project Ara tablet recently appeared on GFXBench.

Project Ara smartphone

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Android Auto

Yet again we’re expecting Android Auto to be front and center at I/O 2016. Android Auto is really starting to enter the mainstream and the first sub-$ 20,000 vehicle was just announced last week: the Hyundai Elantra. 2016 may well be the year that Android Auto stops being something only geeks talk about and starts being something everyone talks about. Considering Android Auto didn’t rate a mention at I/O 2015, it should definitely get some stage time this year. Let’s hope there’s lots more third-party apps coming.

Project Aura

Project Aura is Google Glass 2.0. At least it would be if the original Glass had ever gone anywhere other than the Explorer Edition. Aura is supposedly the Enterprise Edition that recently showed up in FCC documents, showing a slightly revised design with a hinge and larger prism. The consumer version of Glass may well be dead and buried now, but what final form Project Aura will take and when it will be available is anyone’s guess.

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Project Tango

The recently announced Project Tango smartphone from Google and Lenovo was shown off privately at MWC 2016, but we’re pretty sure it will also get some more advanced air time at I/O in advance of its summer shipping date. Depending on how far along the device is, it may even make its way into the 2016 I/O goodie bag for attendees. The official announcement of the Google/Lenovo partnership said the device would be available in “summer of 2016”.

Virtual reality

Following Google’s creation of a new virtual reality division called, creatively enough, Virtual Reality, a recent story from the Financial Times has Google baking Android VR into stock Android and producing a slightly higher-end Cardboard viewer made out of plastic that will work will all smartphones. Yet another report, this time from The Wall Street Journal, has Google making a new standalone VR headset that doesn’t require any smartphone, PC or games console to operate, with a chip sourced from a Dublin-based chip maker by the name of Movidius.

With all these stories appearing in major outlets, big things are clearly afoot at Google VR. Keep an eye out at I/O 2016 for the possibility of two new VR products, an Android VR announcement, more on 360 video, YouTube quality, Cardboard partnerships and Expeditions. Google may have been a little late to the VR game, but at this rate, Facebook and Oculus are about to get some pretty serious competition in 2016.

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Chrome OS

I actually don’t think there will be any major Chrome OS announcement at I/O 2016, unless they are related to the arrival of Material Design. Despite the recent rumor that Chrome OS would be folded into Android, Google officially denied the claim. Furthermore, Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, Hiroshi Lockheimer, has assured everyone that there will be a range of new Chromebooks in 2016, but we probably won’t see them until Nexus time. However, we will probably see some kind of Chrome OS integration demoed in Android N.

Project Fi

Considering Google’s excellent carrier-switching Project Fi is still only available for Nexus users, Google I/O 2016 would be a great time to announce the service is available for more smartphone owners. We can’t say we’ve seen any evidence of this ourselves, but there are a few rumors pointing to this possibility. If you know something we don’t feel free to share your evidence in the comments below.

There’s also sure to be more on Nest, GoogleOn and smart home integration, the Internet of Things generally and project Brillo specifically, and maybe even something about a commercial application for Project Soli’s radar sensor for wearables.

What do you expect to see at Google I/O 2016? Will you be there?

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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.

*Event kicks off at 1PM EST and 7PM CET*

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Best Sprint Android phones (February 2016)

Are you a Sprint customer looking for your next smartphone? We understand it can be frustrating to look through the gigantic list of phones, so we’re here to help. Sprint has a wide selection of top-tier, mid-range and budget-friendly Android phone options, so we’ll help you decide which one is best suited for your lifestyle.

It should be noted that Sprint does sell phones without contracts, though for some reason, they’re really expensive if you buy through the carrier. If you want to buy your smartphone off-contract and bring it to Sprint, we’ll be happy to let you know where you can buy your phone at a cheaper price. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Update, February 2016: There were no changes made to our list this month.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

It’s hard denying that Samsung has always been the king of large-screened smartphones, and that still holds true today. With its crystal clear 5.7-inch display, powerful Exynos 7420 CPU and killer 16MP rear-facing camera, the Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best Android phones available on the market right now.

It’s an all-around solid device, boasting an all-glass chassis that’s similar to that of the Galaxy S6. It comes with an improved S Pen and some great multitasking features that will make it easy to get work done. The software is much more clean and simple than we’ve seen from the company in the past, too.

With all of that said, though, this device doesn’t come without its caveats. Samsung’s decision to omit the microSD card slot and removable battery has been a controversial one over the past few weeks, especially among Samsung die-hards. Even with these notable omissions, the Note 5 can still be considered one of the best out there.

You can purchase the Galaxy Note 5 from Sprint starting at $ 30.80 per month with a 24-month installment plan. We’ve also attached an Amazon link below if you’re interested in buying off-contract.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g

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Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge

Depending on who you ask, one might tell you that the last truly impressive member of the Galaxy S family was the widely popular GS3. While the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 were not bad handsets, their highly derivative nature came under fire, bolstered further by the fact that many of its rivals have since taken to pushing more premium builds made of metal, glass and other similar materials.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Korean giant has finally delivered a truly premium Galaxy S experience, melding a glass front and back with a metal frame. Most tech journalists and even everyday tech enthusiasts agree that the redesign is a welcome one. Of course, Samsung’s new look isn’t without sacrifice, ditching Samsung staples like a removable back and battery. The microSD slot is also absent on the Galaxy S6. Another major change for the Galaxy S6 is the processing package, with Samsung electing to leave behind Qualcomm, solely offering up its Exynos 7420 processor, paired with 3GB RAM. And finally, the software has also been scaled back a bit with the latest iteration of the Galaxy S.

Like the idea of the Galaxy S6, but hoping for something that stands out even further? The Galaxy S6 Edge offers the same specs, but adds dual edges and a few special features that take advantage of the phone’s unique design.

The Galaxy S6 is available from Sprint for $ 24.34 per month with a 24-month installment, while the S6 Edge is available for $ 29.96 with a 24-month installment.


  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage options, no microSD expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2550 mAh battery (S6), 2600mAh battery (S6 Edge)
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Launched alongside the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA 2015, Samsung announced a new phablet for the Android space called the Galaxy S6 Edge+. If you’re a fan of the Galaxy S6 Edge (listed above) but would like a larger screen, this is the device for you.

If features all of the same specs as the Note 5 – an Exynos 7420 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, a big 3000mAh battery and a massive 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. This device doesn’t come with an S Pen, though. Instead, the S6 Edge+ features a display that curves on the left and right sides, leaving room for a few edge-based software features for quick access to contacts, favorite apps and more.

Don’t get us wrong, this is a great device. It might be a tad pricey for some users, though, which is why it’s achieved the number three spot on our list. Check out the review below to get a better look at what this device can do.

You can purchase the Galaxy S6 Edge+ from Sprint starting at $ 30.00 per month with an installment plan. We realize this might be a bit too expensive for some, so we’d recommend purchasing it off-contract and bringing it to the carrier instead. We’ve attached an Amazon link below if you’re interested.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm, 153g

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The LG G4 enters the market promising pristine performance, a design that will have any crowd turning heads, insane battery life and customization like we no longer see in modern smartphones. In an industry where most manufacturers sacrifice battery life for thinness, LG manages to stand out from the crowd by offering a massive 3000mAh battery. It also happens to be removable, so you can easily swap batteries at will. Furthermore, it supports expandable memory, which also happens to be a feature under risk of extinction.

Oh, and this phone looks good! You can switch your back plates, but I am sure you won’t want to once you put that genuine leather back in there. Add in the fact that the phone comes with one of the best smartphone cameras in the market and you have a true winner. It does have some slight issues that need fixing, though, which is really why it didn’t make it higher up the list. Of course, you can read our LG G4 review to see what this phone is all about before you fork out your hard-earned cash.

You can purchase the LG G4 from Sprint starting at $ 19.00 per month with an installment plan. You can also find it on Amazon for a little over $ 400 without a contract.


  • 5.5-inch LCD Quantum Dot display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 538
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.8 x 76.2 x 6.3-9.8 mm, 155g

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HTC One A9

HTC is doing something different, yet oddly familiar with the One A9. Straying away from the all-too-familiar design of the One M series, the HTC One A9 more closely resembles Apple’s latest iPhones rather than past HTC flagships. Still, the design is beautiful – it has an all-metal build that feels great in the hand and looks superb.

Under the hood, the One A9 sports a Snapdragon 617 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 200 additional gigabytes. It also has one of the best cameras HTC has ever produced, and comes with a surprisingly long lasting 2150mAh battery. HTC is also committed to quick software updates with this phone. The Taiwanese company is actually promising software updates for the unlocked model within 15 days of Google’s first push to Nexus devices. Not bad, right?

The HTC One A9 is available from Sprint for $ 29.00 per month with an installment plan. You can also purchase the unlocked One A9 from HTC directly for $ 499.99.


  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 4MP UltraPixel front camera
  • Non-removable 2150mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 145.8 x 70.8 x 7.3mm, 143g

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HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 is a really good phone. It’s one of the most beautifully-crafted Android devices out there, and boasts some killer audio and software features as well. It doesn’t stray too far away from the One M7 or One M8, but that’s perfectly fine for most people. It features a very nice 5.0-inch Full HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 810 processor and plenty of storage space for all of your games, photos and videos. It may not have the best camera around, but it’s certainly good enough for the average user.

The HTC One M9 is available now from Sprint for $ 29.50 per month with an installment plan. Amazon also sells unlocked models for just around $ 300 if you’re interested in going off-contract.


  • 5.0-inch Super LCD3 display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 20MP rear camera, 4MP UltraPixel front camera
  • Non-removable 2840mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6mm, 157g

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Going off-contract?

If you’re not keen on spending $ 600+ on one of the off-contract smartphones listed above, there are certainly some other smartphones out there that are worth your hard-earned money. The top two off-contract smartphones that we’d recommend can’t be purchased from any carrier, which is why they didn’t make our initial list. So if you’re looking for a great off-contract smartphone, you can go wrong with the Nexus 6P or Motorola Moto X Pure Edition.

Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $ 499!

This is really one of the best Android handsets we’ve ever seen. If you have a few hundred dollars to spend and aren’t keen on the best from Samsung or LG, get the Nexus 6P.


  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset.

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers. You can purchase the Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola or Amazon for only $ 399.99.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440p resolution, 520ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179g

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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CES 2016: what to expect

CES logo

Every January the massive CES tradeshow kicks off in Las Vegas, showcasing a wide variety of technology from televisions to washing machines, headphones to smartphones, wireless charging, smart homes, and so much more. For fans of mobile technology, the show might not be nearly as exciting as MWC, but it is still significant in a number of ways.

First, CES represents where we are heading in tech for the years to come. Second, CES often has a few mobile-related surprises from cool new wearables to even flagship-level devices like last year’s LG G Flex 2 and the ill-fated Saygus V2.

CES represents where we are heading in tech for the years to come.

Next week Android Authority will be at CES 2016 in full force, and while mobile tech will be our primary focus, we’ll also be checking out cool developments in the world of automotive, smarthomes, virtual reality, and more.

Although CES doesn’t officially begin until January 6th and ends on January 9th, there are often press announcements days before the official event begins. Due to just how much goes on at CES, and how much is kept under wraps until the show kicks off, it’s hard to give our readers a full breakdown of what to expect. That said, we’ll do our best to highlight some of what we might expect to see at CES this year:

Editor’s Note: this post was originally released on the 29th of December, but has been updated to reflect new info on Google and Lenovo’s Tango event, as well as a bit more details about Android Authority’s big presence at CES this year.

A massive amount of coverage from Team AA

This year Android Authority will arrive with a massive team including many of your favorite YouTubers such as Josh, Lanh, Ash, and Nirave. We will also have plenty of talented editors, writers, and photographers on scene. The end result? It should be a year to remember. Aside from the obvious mobile coverage, we’ll cover several extended topics, and we’ll do our best to bring you plenty of “Behind the scenes” sneak peaks in the days and week to come.

Huawei at CES 2016

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Huawei has been really taking things up a notch over the last year or two, but 2015 has seen the company rise to new heights with the creation of the very first Chinese-made Nexus, the Huawei-built Nexus 6p. Towards the tail end of 2015, we also the company’s new flagship Huawei Mate 8 debut in China.

At CES we expect the company to show off the Mate 8 to the western world.

At CES we expect the company to show off the Mate 8 to the western world. There are even rumors that Huawei may be planning to bring its flagship Mate 8 to the United States, while its predecessors only saw launches in Europe and Asia. In addition to its plans for the Mate 8, Huawei’s Honor brand will also be making a US debut at CES. Some of the products expected include the Honor 5x, Honor 6 Plus, and Honor 7.

Finally, a Huawei smartwatch is also expected at CES, though not necessarily a full-fledged sequel to the Huawei Watch. It’s unclear whether this rumored watch will arrive under the Huawei or Honor brand.

Samsung at CES 2016

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With the Note 5 behind us now, the next big thing from Samsung will be the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Rumors of these devices are already starting to trickle in. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, as it is pretty much guaranteed that we won’t see this one at CES, though it’s certainly possible the phone could be shown off to select industry partners behind closed doors.

So what can we expect from Sammy at CES? Last year, Samsung’s CES show was almost entirely revolved around smart appliances, the Internet of Things, and television sets. In fact, there were hardly any mobile-related announcements at all. This year, we’d expect more of the same, but it is certainly possible we could also see some new tablets, some mid-range Galaxy A-series phones, and other lower-tier mobile products.

Samsung will also be showing off camera tech, including its new BRITECELL camera technology.

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Sony at CES 2016


You can pretty much safely bet Sony will primarily focus on TV sets, Playstation-related announcements, and other general consumer tech products. As for mobile, CES 2015 saw the Xperia M4 Aqua and the Z4 Tablet. This year could see similar mid-tier products.

It’s also conceivable that Sony could use CES as a launching ground for the Xperia Z5 in select western markets such as the US and Canada, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for that.

LG at CES 2016

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Last year LG brought the world’s first Snapdragon 810-powered handset, the LG G Flex 2. Initially the handset looked quite impressive, though its actual performance left some to be desired. At this year’s CES, we are led to believe that the G Flex series will not being seeing a third iteration, with LG instead focusing on creating a followup to the reasonably successful LG V10. Unfortunately, we don’t expect to see this follow-up either, at least not until sometime around MWC.

Instead, we’d say it is more likely LG will focus on entry-level and mid-range offerings. Last year at CES, LG gave us several new phones in this category, after all. Beyond this, expect LG to show off audio equipment, accessories, TVs, smart appliances, and other general consumer technology.

Asus at CES 2016

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser-9

CES has been the launching ground of the ZenFone series since the debut of the ZenFone 4, 5, and 6. While the first three phones never saw a true US launch, the ZenFone 2 debuted in early 2015 and has had a ton of success in the western world, resulting in a variety of spin-off products under the ZenFone 2 banner.

Will we see a ZenFone 3? It’s hard to say. While history tends to suggest the answer is “yes”, rumors have been few and far between and so it’s possible Asus could wait off, considering products like the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser are still fairly new and so the need for a next-gen successor is arguable at this stage. If we do see a ZenFone 3 at CES, we can expect an Intel processor to likely be at the helm again and options with up to 4GB RAM (or higher?), though Qualcomm variants of the ZenFone 2 did exist later in its life, so anything is possible.

Asus also has a history of producing great laptops, tablets, and other similar tech products, and so we’d expect to see some of this at CES. It’s also possible we could see some lower-end smartphone entries too.

ZTE at CES 2016


There have been some whispers about ZTE’s CES plans, which have been said to include the launch of the Nubia Z11, which reportedly will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. Whether this is true or not remains anyone’s guess, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up. While it’s possible that they could debut a flagship-level product as CES, it’s just as likely that they will focus on their entry and mid-level products.

It’s also possible we could see some more in the way of smart projectors, given what we saw at CES 2015.

HTC at CES 2016


HTC tends to use CES as a launching ground for its entry and mid-level products, and we expect to see a similar presentation this year. There haven’t been many rumors on what to expect from the company exactly, at least not on the mobile front.

Instead, it’s likely that HTC will focus on the Vive VR headset, with its commercial launch just around the corner. After all, the company has already teased that it will be making the Vive a central part of the show. That means hopefully more details on the launch date, pricing, and PC requirements needed for the Vive to work.

Other mobile players at CES 2016


Above we listed some of the bigger players in the mobile space, but you can also expect to see Alcatel release a number of lower end smartphones, LeTV may have a presence (possibly even an 820 powered phone), and players like Vivo and Acer are also expected to show off new products.

Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Intel, and other processor makers at CES 2016


CES was the launching ground of the NVIDIA Tegra X1, and so it’s certainly possible we could see yet another new high-end processor from NVIDIA. It’s also possible that we could see more tablets and devices using the X1, in addition to the recently launched Pixel C. As for Intel, we imagine they will have a few new chips up their sleeves, though whether or not any of them will be mobile focused, remains unseen.

Qualcomm can be expected to show off the first smartphones and tablets running on the Snapdragon 820. As to who will make these first 820-powered phones? That’s less clear, though Chinese players like LeTV, Vivo, ZTE, and others are some of the most rumored candidates.

Smartwatches at CES 2016

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Will any company use CES as a launching ground for new smartwatches? Absolutely, though it’s less clear if there will be any new watches running the Android Wear platform, aside from whatever Huawei is allegedly planning.

2015 has not only seen a number of new watches from Motorola, LG, Asus, and Huawei, but even from traditional watch makers like Tag and Fossil, this means CES could see one of these companies create a new entry, or even introduce a new manufacturer or watch maker to the Android Wear game.

VR at CES 2016

HTC Vive hands on

As already mentioned, we can expect the Vive to likely show up at CES. Additionally, we will see the Oculus Rift, and hopefully even learn more solid details about when the commercial version will launch and maybe even how much it will set us back. It’s also possible we’ll even see Sony’s Playstation VR. And of course there will be plenty of smaller players attempting to stir the pot, with companies like IonVR and CastAR both confirmed to be present at CES 2016.

Bottom-line, expect VR to make a pretty big splash this year.

Auto tech at CES 2016

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From self-driving cars to better mobile integration, we expect a lot of cool mobile tech at CES 2016. There’s even rumors that Blackberry’s QNX will be showing off its own concept car, and Ford is allegedly preparing to announce a partnership with Google for self-driving cars and perhaps better Android Auto integration.

Lenovo and Tango

Earlier Project Tango demo unit

Earlier Project Tango demo unit

We’ll we can’t divulge much at this stage, Lenovo and Google have officially made public the news that they will be holding a special event next week revolving around Project Tango. It remains unseen whether this is a full-fledged commercial launch, just an extension of the developer program, or something else entirely. Regardless, we look forward to bringing you all the breaking details from the event later next week.

Whatever it is, odds are we are either looking at a new Tango tablet, or even a new Tango smartphone. Could Motorola also be involved? Hard to say at this point, but I know I’m excited at least.



Wrap up

That’s just a brief look at some of the big stuff we’ll be looking at during CES, and admittedly much of this is speculation. CES-related leaks tend to be fewer and further between when compared to shows like MWC and IFA, which can be seen as a good or bad thing, depending on whether or not you like surprises.

Judging by the sheer presence of vendors related to VR, auto tech, and smarthomes, we can tell you that this will likely be the biggest focus at CES 2016

Aside from mobile tech, there will also be plenty of out-of-the-box gadgets, wireless charging innovations, headphones and audio equipment, and the list goes on. Judging by the sheer presence of vendors related to VR, auto tech, and smarthomes, we can tell you that this will likely be the biggest focus at CES 2016 for most general tech publications. That said, mobile tech and wearables will continue to play a crucial role as well, and will be an obvious primary focus for Android Authority – alongside a little bit of everything else that’s hot in tech.

What do you hope to see at CES 2016 this year, both in regards to mobile and when it comes to general tech? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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