Rumor Claims Microsoft Will Be Selling Its Own Android Phones Soon

Rumor Claims Microsoft Will Be Selling Its Own Android Phones Soon


Microsoft tried to improve its fortunes in the smartphone market with the acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division but that didn’t happen. It left the smartphone market and currently has no plans to make smartphones powered by Windows 10 Mobile. However, a new rumor suggests that the company is preparing a new line of smartphones which will be powered by Android.

This according to a Microsoft Store employee who claims that the company’s engineering team is working on a “new line of phones.” They won’t be branded as Lumia handsets, obviously, and it’s unclear whether the company’s Surface hardware development team is behind these devices.

New York City Taxis Will Soon Have Android Tablets

New York City Taxis Will Soon Have Android Tablets


The Android tablet market continues to slide but even though consumers aren’t picking them up, they will soon find Android tablets in New York City taxis. Curb Mobility has confirmed that its fleet of taxis in New York City will soon come with no less than two Android-powered tablets, one for the driver and the other for the passenger.

The first tablet, Dash, will be a digital meter which replaces the bulky legacy taxi systems with a lightweight tablet. It will provide drivers with an easy to navigate user interface and additional features such as multi-language support, live traffic information, GPS navigation, and an emergency panic button. It will even display fare heat maps so that drivers can increase their potential earnings by heading to areas where demand is high.

Chrome Os Will Soon Show Android Files In Files App

Chrome OS Will Soon Show Android Files In Files App


Chrome OS now plays much nicer with Android than it used to and recent commits to the Chromium Gerrit for Chrome OS have suggested that this will only continue to improve in the future. A recent code discovery revealed that the Chrome OS launcher will soon let users search for Android app shortcuts and today’s discovery reveals that Chrome OS will finally start showing Android files in the Files app.

This feature addition will be very useful on Chromebooks that are capable of running Android apps. Users will be able to see all Android files on their Chromebook using the Chrome OS Files app.

Apple's Homepod Could Soon Be Headed To France, Germany, Japan

Apple's HomePod Could Soon Be Headed To France, Germany, Japan

Apple's HomePod was launched not too long ago, but its initial launch was limited to a handful of markets which was an interesting choice given that Apple typically releases its products worldwide usually at the same time. However the good news is that if you live in France, Germany, or Japan, you could be getting the HomePod soon.

This is according to a support document (via 9to5Mac) spotted on Apple's website in which it listed the HomePod's available audio sources. Based on the list, it seems that Japanese, French, and German was part of that list, suggesting that the HomePod could be close to launching in those countries.

Sony Xperia Xz2 And Xz2 Compact Available From Amazon And Best Buy Soon

Sony Xperia XZ2 And XZ2 Compact Available From Amazon And Best Buy Soon


It has not even been a couple of months since Sony unveiled the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona back in February. If you liked what you saw and wanted to pick one up then you will be delighted to find out that Sony’s latest smartphones will soon be available for purchase from Amazon and Best Buy in the United States. Many Sony fans will likely be interested in these handsets given that they come with some substantial design changes that were missing from previous iterations.

Some of the design changes that Sony has made include a curved glass back for the XZ2 and slimmer bezels on both models. They also adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio for the display which is a big trend this year as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

Waymo To Announce Self-driving Car Partnership With Honda Soon

Waymo To Announce Self-Driving Car Partnership With Honda Soon


Waymo, the self-driving concern of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has shown any intentions of slowing down after the fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car. While other companies like NVIDIA and Toyota have suspended tests following the accident as a precautionary move, Waymo is keeping its head down and working toward its goal. According to a new report, the company has yet another self-driving car partnership to announce soon, this time with Japanese auto giant Honda.

Just last week, Waymo announced a premium self-driving electric car with Jaguar called the I-PACE. The sleek SUV has been developed for city-driving, it’s all-electric and fully autonomous. Waymo plans to have up to 20,000 of these SUVs in its self-driving taxi fleet by the next couple of years.

Android 8.0 Oreo Update For Galaxy Note 8 Could Be Released Soon

Android 8.0 Oreo Update For Galaxy Note 8 Could Be Released Soon

With the Android P developer preview already having been released, it is surprising that there are quite a few devices out there that have yet to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. In fact the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of them, although if recent reports are accurate, that could be changing in the near future.

According to what appears to be a post by Samsung on their support site, it seems that the Note 8 will be receiving its Oreo update in the next couple of weeks. The support document appears to be about the Oreo update for Samsung devices, in which it notes that the Oreo update will begin rolling out to Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in Canada starting 19th of March.

Cortana May Soon Arrive In Outlook For Ios And Android

Cortana May Soon Arrive In Outlook For iOS And Android


Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it wants to integrate its digital assistant Cortana with as many of its products and services as it possibly can. Perhaps that’s why it’s not surprising to hear that the company has been testing Cortana integration within the Outlook app for iOS and Android. If Microsoft is satisfied with the results that it gets from this test then it may not be long before this functionality rolls out to all users across the globe.

The Verge reports that Microsoft is testing Cortana within Outlook for Android and iOS. It will enable users to listen to and respond to emails using their voice. This is going to be very useful for listening to emails while driving as Microsoft is said to be testing Cortana integration within Outlook that will work over Bluetooth and read out email messages aloud.

First Android P Developer Preview Download May Be Available Soon

First Android P Developer Preview Download May Be Available Soon


Google’s OEM partners are still in the process of gradually rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to their compatible handsets while the company is gearing up to introduce the next major platform update for Android. It’s expected that Google will offer the first Android P Developer Preview download in the near future as the first Android O developer previews were also rolled out in March last year.

Prolific Twitter leakster @evleaks has tweeted that the first Android P Developer Preview download is being targeted for a “mid-month release,” which suggests that the first preview of the next major Android platform update could be out in a couple of weeks from now.

Hearthstone For Nintendo Switch Not Coming Anytime Soon

Hearthstone For Nintendo Switch Not Coming Anytime Soon


Nintendo Switch has proven to be a massive hit for Nintendo so it’s not surprising to see that many game developers are flocking to the console. However, you can count Blizzard out as far as Hearthstone is concerned. The company has revealed that it’s not working on Hearthstone for Nintendo Switch which means that those who have been keeping their fingers crossed for it can now let go of the idea.

It was first rumored last year that Blizzard was working on a Hearthstone for Nintendo Switch port. It didn’t seem impossible given the nature of this game and the portable nature of the Switch platform. It felt like the two would have been a perfect fit.

Android Messages Could Soon Be Accessible From The Web

Android Messages Could Soon Be Accessible From The Web

One of the trends we're seeing these days is how messenger apps on our mobile devices also have a desktop counterpart. Take for example apps like WhatsApp, Viber, LINE, KakaoTalk, Facebook Messenger, and Allo, all of whom have either a web version or desktop version of their app available.

This means that users who work on their computers can continue chatting with their friends or colleagues on mobile without having to constantly check their phone. The good news is that if you're someone who relies on Android Messages quite a bit, you'll be pleased to learn that the folks at Android Police have found hints that a web version of Android Messages could be in the works.

Nintendo Gold Points Can Soon Be Used For Nintendo Switch Game Discounts

Nintendo Gold Points Can Soon Be Used For Nintendo Switch Game Discounts


Nintendo today announced that it’s going to release an update for the My Nintendo service in the near future. It launched My Nintendo back in 2016 to provide users with in-app items, rewards, discounts, and more. The upcoming change is going to reward Nintendo Switch owners in a new way by allowing them to use their Nintendo Gold Points for discounts on Switch games in the Nintendo eShop.

Starting early next month, users will be able to spend any Gold Points that they have collected in My Nintendo when purchasing new software for Nintendo Switch from the eShop on their device or via the company’s website.

Xperia Xz2 "coming Soon" Says Mobile Operator [update]

Xperia XZ2 It looks like we will definitely see new flagship(s) at MWC 2018 later this month. Mobile phone operator Three Ireland says that the Xperia XZ2 will be "coming soon" in a tweet to a customer. The news is hardly surprising, but it 1) confirms at least one new flagship device will be announced at MWC, and 2) makes it extremely likely that the ‘XZ2' will be the new name for Sony's 2018 premium range.