LG Watch W7 hands on: analog hands on a smart watch?

When smartwatches first hit the mainstream, they were meant to be digital portals – unassuming, bland – like a tiny smartphone on your wrist. It wasn’t long until they adopted buttons like regular watches, then more traditional watch styling and later yet, rotating bezels. Smartwatches, as they were originally conceived, failed to take over. The “dumb watch” is […]

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Facebook hopes to revive its ‘Nearby Friends’ location sharing feature w/ new Snapchat-like interface

Facebook’s efforts to compete head-on with Snapchat have been incredibly clear thanks to features like Stories. Now, the company is planning to revive its unpopular ‘Nearby Friends’ feature with a new Snapchat-like interface. While the Facebook location sharing feature has never been too popular, the company hopes this redesign could spur new interest. Samsung U28E590D […]

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The LG Watch W7 is a neat proof of concept, but who the heck would actually want to buy one?

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/lg-w7-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-519304" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/lg-w7-hero-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>LG has <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/03/v40-lgs-answer-galaxy-note-9-used-week/">just launched</a> its latest smartwatch, and she is a weird one: the LG Watch W7. Unlike the company's <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/02/08/google-and-lg-announce-the-watch-style-and-sport-coming-february-10th-for-249-and-349-respectively/">past models like the Watch Style and Watch Sport</a>, the W7 marries a circular LCD with a pair of mechanical hands — just like you'd find on an ancient dumbwatch. The idea's based around some sensible thoughts, like having the analog system offer battery life that extends into the months-long range, but between absent mainstream smartwatch features, a steep price tag, and those dang physical hands...

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It took a while, but Sprint is finally rolling out VoLTE

Sprint announced its VoLTE rollout in 15 U.S. markets, which include New York City and Washington, D.C. The gradual rollout will take place over the next few weeks, during which certain Samsung smartphone owners will see an update. By comparison, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile started their VoLTE rollouts in 2014. Usually behind the other major […]

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LG V40 or Samsung Galaxy Note 9? (Poll of the Week)

Last week’s poll summary: Last week, we asked you about your favorite smartphone color. Out of over 40,000 total votes across the website and YouTube, black garnered the majority of the votes, while blue came in second with just under 400 votes. Also, despite being on only one device, the Huawei P20 Pro’s twilight color managed […]

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Microsoft Launcher v5.0 beta adds Timeline support for syncing between mobile and PC

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/microsoft-launcher.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-519291 size-full" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/microsoft-launcher.png" width="1500" height="803" /></a></p> <p>Windows Phone might be a thing of the past, but for those who still love Microsoft's operating system, you can get a rough approximation with Microsoft Launcher. The launcher employs a distinctive Windows aesthetic and provides access to features that are particularly handy to users deep in the Microsoft ecosystem. Case in point, the new beta — v5.0 — adds Timeline, a feature that syncs your recent activity between mobile and Windows desktop. <span id="more-519270"></span></p> <p>Timeline is most valuable if you browse on Edge, since your browsing activity will show up there,...

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The LG V40 is official: Where to buy it and when it’s available

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DSC00345.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-519261" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DSC00345-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>LG has just taken the wraps off the <a href="https://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/v40-thinq">V40 <em>ThinQ</em></a>, its follow-up to the almost continual V30/V30S ThinQ/V35 ThinQ refreshes. The latest iteration in the V series brings real change in design, though, with a new notched and significantly improved OLED display, triple rear camera configuration, and a $900-1000 price tag to go with it.</p> <p><span id="more-519260"></span></p> <p>For the full skinny, check out David's <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/03/v40-lgs-answer-galaxy-note-9-used-week/">hands-on for the phone</a>. He's spent the better part of the last week playing with it.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/03/lg-v40-official-buy-available/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/03/lg-v40-official-buy-available/'>The LG...

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Hands-on: iOS 12.1 beta 2 changes and features [Video]

Yesterday Apple released its second developer beta for iOS 12.1, and it includes over 70 new emoji. Watch our video walkthrough for a hands-on look at new changes and features in iOS 12.1 beta 2. Synology RT2600ac: The AirPort Extreme replacement. What’s new in iOS 12.1 beta 2? Although there are couple of new user-facing changes […]

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150: Pixel 3 pre-orders, ‘mini Pixel’, Assistant redesign, LG stuff | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got confirmation of the Pixel 3 pre-order date, a funny “mini Pixel” teaser, Wear OS 2.1, Google Assistant gets a redesign, Assistant monetization, LG announcements, and more. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/10/9to5google-daily-150.mp3 Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% […]

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LG V40 ThinQ: Where to buy, when, and for how much

Today, LG officially announced the V40 ThinQ. The phone is the latest flagship to fall under LG’s revised mobile strategy that looks to turn around the company’s fortunes. The V40 ThinQ is the direct sequel to last year’s V30, though it also succeeds the V35 ThinQ that launched in June and the V30S ThinQ that […]

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Google Translate v5.24 prepares to shut down SMS translation and may be enhancing support for spoken regional dialects [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/translate.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-519272" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/translate.png" alt="" width="728" height="410" /></a></p> <p>Translate remains one of Google's true workhorse apps – it's not flashy or exciting, but many of us would be lost without it. The latest update is setting the stage to remove a longstanding feature, but suggests a pretty good alternative to take its place. Also buried in the strings is a line suggesting new support for regional translations, but it may or may not actually represent anything new.</p> <p><span id="more-519228"></span></p> <h2>What's New</h2> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <p>Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)</p> <ul><li>SMS translation is going away.</li></ul></div><div class="clear"></div> <a...

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