Google is all set to announce new phones on October 4, Samsung starts exchanging Note 7 units in Australia, and HTC launches new phones in the Desire lineup.
Welcome to a terrific Tuesday! Google has confirmed that it will announce new phones on October 4. Based on the latest leaks of the purported Pixel and Pixel XL, it looks like we'll be treated to great designs (once again) from HTC.
Speaking of HTC, the company has launched the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. The mid-tier phones are still made out of plastic, but now come with a more upmarket design. With HTC unable to make a dent in the high-end segment, the brand is relying on the Desire series to turn things around, especially in emerging markets.
Samsung is all set to roll out replacement units of the Note 7 to Australian customers starting tomorrow. The South Korean company is also testing Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, although we don't know when it'll be available on retail units. Here's what's making the rounds today.
Google Oct. 4 event is official as Pixel phones leaks out
Google late last night confirmed it'll hold a phone-themed event in San Francisco on October 4, as widely rumored. We're expecting to see Android 7.1 and a new Google system UI atop it, running on a pair of HTC-built, Google-branded phones.
And we're already starting to see the rumored Pixel and Pixel XL leak out in places. Pics of both models in silver/white cropped up on Android Police last night, while a Nest commercial in the Netherlands also shows a brief glimpse of the Pixel in the same color combo.
UK bank TSB now supports Android Pay
TSB was the one remaining holdout among the major UK high street banks. To sweeten the deal, the bank is offering customers (with Classic Plus accounts or MasterCard credit cards) the chance to earn 5% cashback on the first £100 of contactless payments with Android Pay each month.
Note 7 replacement units arriving in Australia tomorrow
Samsung is kicking off its Note 7 replacement program in Australia from tomorrow, September 21. The manufacturer will also roll out a software update tomorrow to all Note 7 units in the country that will limit the battery's charge to 60% (much like what it did in Korea). The new units will also receive a software update that will turn the battery icon green, indicating that the phone is safe to use.
HTC Desire 10 is official!
HTC's latest mid-range phones are the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. The handsets offer bold colors encased in a polycarbonate chassis, with gold accents running around the edges. The Desire 10 Lifestyle will retail for £249 in the UK, and the Pro variant will be in the £300-£400 mark. More
WhatsApp lets you tag people in group chats
You can now tag people in WhatsApp group chats. Just use the @ symbol followed by the contact's name. The feature will definitely come in handy when trying to have a productive conversation, and it can also be used to annoy people.
Samsung testing Nougat on S7, S7 edge
PhoneArena came across a Geekbench test score of the S7 and S7 edge running Nougat. It should come as no surprise that Samsung is testing Nougat on this year's flagships, but at this stage there's no indication as to when we'll see the update make its way to consumer devices.
Twitter shuts down engineering office in India
Twitter has shut down its engineering center in Bengaluru, India. The company has laid off its staff of 20, which joined Twitter following ZipDial's acquisition last year. Twitter's Gurgaon and Mumbai offices will continue to serve sales support, media partnerships, marketing, and business development roles.