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Libratone put out two "Made for Google" headphones

Libratone has two new headphones sets in its "Made for Google" program for accessories announced yesterday at Google's Pixel 2 event.
First up are the Q Adapt in-ear USB-C earphones, which are specifically designed for smartphones without a 3.5mm jack - like Google's new Pixel 2.
The Q Adapt has sweat-proofing, noise cancellation and playback controls.
The Q Adapt On-ear wireless headphones support the Pixel 2's fast pairing feature through Bluetooth. It works similarly to Apple's AirPods' pairing to iDevices - no setup required, just proximity.
The Q Adapt On-ear supports noise cancelling and has a sensor to stop playback if you remove the headphones from your ears.
The battery life is rated at 20 hours but you can also connect them through a 3.5mm cable - Pixel 2 users need to use a $20 3.5mm to USB-C dongle, which luckily comes in the retail box.
The Libratone Q Adapt On-ear will retail for $249 while the Q Adapt USB-C in-ear will cost you $149. Both will be available in Cloudy White and Stormy Black starting on October 6 in the US and November 1 in Europe.
Libratone has two new headphones sets in its "Made for Google" program for accessories announced yesterday at Google's Pixel 2 event.
First up are the Q Adapt in-ear USB-C earphones, which are specifically designed for smartphones without a 3.5mm jack - like Google's new Pixel 2.
The Q Adapt has sweat-proofing, noise cancellation and playback controls.
The Q Adapt On-ear wireless headphones support the Pixel 2's fast pairing feature through Bluetooth. It works similarly to Apple's AirPods' pairing to iDevices - no setup required, just proximity.
The Q Adapt On-ear supports noise cancelling and has a sensor to stop playback if you remove the headphones from your ears.
The battery life is rated at 20 hours but you can also connect them through a 3.5mm cable - Pixel 2 users need to use a $20 3.5mm to USB-C dongle, which luckily comes in the retail box.
The Libratone Q Adapt On-ear will retail for $249 while the Q Adapt USB-C in-ear will cost you $149. Both will be available in Cloudy White and Stormy Black starting on October 6 in the US and November 1 in Europe.

The new Pixel 2 phones support USB-PD up to 27W

If you’re picky about your USB accessories, you may check if it’s approved by Google software engineer Besnon Leung. He has some good news about the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL – they support up to 27W charging!
For that you will need to buy a compatible USB Power Delivery charger. The phones ship with an 18W charger (same as the original Pixels) that promises 7 hours of mixed usage with just 15 minutes of charge.
Imaging how much more you’ll get out of a 27W charger! If you get the new Pixelbook, it comes with a 45W charger that is compatible (at a lower power level, of course). Google is selling this charger separately for $60, though you can check Leung’s list for other appropriate chargers (off brand chargers could damage your device... your $650/€800 device!).
The new Pixel 2 phones support USB-PD up to 27W PS. Apparently since v8.0 Oreo, Android is using the Type-C Port Manager of the Linux kernel. It seems that this feature will support Alternate Mode, which will be great for docks (i.e. providing video out while charging).
If you’re picky about your USB accessories, you may check if it’s approved by Google software engineer Besnon Leung. He has some good news about the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL – they support up to 27W charging!
For that you will need to buy a compatible USB Power Delivery charger. The phones ship with an 18W charger (same as the original Pixels) that promises 7 hours of mixed usage with just 15 minutes of charge.
Imaging how much more you’ll get out of a 27W charger! If you get the new Pixelbook, it comes with a 45W charger that is compatible (at a lower power level, of course). Google is selling this charger separately for $60, though you can check Leung’s list for other appropriate chargers (off brand chargers could damage your device... your $650/€800 device!).
The new Pixel 2 phones support USB-PD up to 27W PS. Apparently since v8.0 Oreo, Android is using the Type-C Port Manager of the Linux kernel. It seems that this feature will support Alternate Mode, which will be great for docks (i.e. providing video out while charging).

Verizon's Google Pixel 2 is already $100 off at Best Buy if you use monthly installments

As you may know, Google only made the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL official yesterday. Yet here we are 24 hours later bringing you the first ever deal on the company's new smartphone duo. Best Buy already lets you save up to $100 when you purchase a Pixel 2, but there are some noteworthy caveats.
First off, only the Pixel 2 is $100 off. The Pixel 2 XL is discounted too, but just by a mere $25. Next up, you need to know that these are Verizon Pixels we're talking about, and to take advantage of the price reduction you're going to have to pay for them using the carrier's installment plan.
Google Pixel 2 If you're okay with all of that, then your monthly installments for the Pixel 2 will be $22.91 (for the 64GB version) or $27.08 (for the 128GB model). Over the course of two years, you'll pay a grand total of $549.84 or $649.92, respectively - in each case, a few cents over $100 less than normal.
If you're interested in the Pixel 2 XL, the installments will be $34.36 per month (64GB) or $38.53 per month (128GB). In total that means either $824.64 or $924.72, depending on which model you pick. Just a hair over $25 in savings, as mentioned.
You still get the free Google Home Mini if you go this route. The Pixel 2 should ship by October 19, while the Pixel 2 XL doesn't even have a release date to speak of yet. So be prepared to play the waiting game.
As you may know, Google only made the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL official yesterday. Yet here we are 24 hours later bringing you the first ever deal on the company's new smartphone duo. Best Buy already lets you save up to $100 when you purchase a Pixel 2, but there are some noteworthy caveats.
First off, only the Pixel 2 is $100 off. The Pixel 2 XL is discounted too, but just by a mere $25. Next up, you need to know that these are Verizon Pixels we're talking about, and to take advantage of the price reduction you're going to have to pay for them using the carrier's installment plan.
Google Pixel 2 If you're okay with all of that, then your monthly installments for the Pixel 2 will be $22.91 (for the 64GB version) or $27.08 (for the 128GB model). Over the course of two years, you'll pay a grand total of $549.84 or $649.92, respectively - in each case, a few cents over $100 less than normal.
If you're interested in the Pixel 2 XL, the installments will be $34.36 per month (64GB) or $38.53 per month (128GB). In total that means either $824.64 or $924.72, depending on which model you pick. Just a hair over $25 in savings, as mentioned.
You still get the free Google Home Mini if you go this route. The Pixel 2 should ship by October 19, while the Pixel 2 XL doesn't even have a release date to speak of yet. So be prepared to play the waiting game.

LG V30 is now available at Verizon and AT&T, pre-orders start at T-Mobile

Following quite a long wait since its official introduction at the end of August, LG's V30 is now available in the US at two of the big four carriers. We're talking about Verizon and AT&T. At the same time, T-Mobile has started taking pre-orders for the handset, ahead of its launch that will happen on October 13.
At Verizon, you can snatch an LG V30 for $840 all-in, or 24 monthly installments of $35. If you buy before November 6, you can score a $200 Visa prepaid card, and you will receive a free new Google Daydream View VR headset.
AT&T is asking for $809.99 of you hard earned cash for the V30 if you want to pay it all at once. Alternatively, you can go the installment route, shelling out $27 per month for 30 months. The same Daydream View offer applies as for Verizon.
Finally, T-Mobile will charge you $800 for the handset, which you can pay all at once or divided between $80 down and $30 monthly for two years. Interestingly, if you pre-order at the magenta carrier you can expect your unit to ship immediately, so you will probably have it in your hands way before the V30 officially becomes available in TMo stores on October 13.
Following quite a long wait since its official introduction at the end of August, LG's V30 is now available in the US at two of the big four carriers. We're talking about Verizon and AT&T. At the same time, T-Mobile has started taking pre-orders for the handset, ahead of its launch that will happen on October 13.
At Verizon, you can snatch an LG V30 for $840 all-in, or 24 monthly installments of $35. If you buy before November 6, you can score a $200 Visa prepaid card, and you will receive a free new Google Daydream View VR headset.
AT&T is asking for $809.99 of you hard earned cash for the V30 if you want to pay it all at once. Alternatively, you can go the installment route, shelling out $27 per month for 30 months. The same Daydream View offer applies as for Verizon.
Finally, T-Mobile will charge you $800 for the handset, which you can pay all at once or divided between $80 down and $30 monthly for two years. Interestingly, if you pre-order at the magenta carrier you can expect your unit to ship immediately, so you will probably have it in your hands way before the V30 officially becomes available in TMo stores on October 13.

Honor 6C Pro leaks via manual

Huawei's Honor brand has been announcing phones at a feverish rate lately and while the Huawei Mate 10 is the one we are most looking forward to, we may also see a new Honor 6C Pro soon.
Up until now there has been an Honor 6C, otherwise known as the Huawei Enjoy 6s or Nova Smart, but a leaked user manual has revealed the existence of the Honor 6C Pro.
The user manuals for the Honor 6C Pro have surfaced on Honor's Italian and German websites pointing to a release in those respective markets.
The manuals themselves divulge very little about the Honor 6C Pro outside of it having a fingerprint reader on the back. Judging by the specs of its non-Pro namesake the Honor 6C Pro should have a bigger than 5.0-inch screen, perhaps more than 3GB of RAM and maybe a higher than 13MP camera.
Huawei's Honor brand has been announcing phones at a feverish rate lately and while the Huawei Mate 10 is the one we are most looking forward to, we may also see a new Honor 6C Pro soon.
Up until now there has been an Honor 6C, otherwise known as the Huawei Enjoy 6s or Nova Smart, but a leaked user manual has revealed the existence of the Honor 6C Pro.
The user manuals for the Honor 6C Pro have surfaced on Honor's Italian and German websites pointing to a release in those respective markets.
The manuals themselves divulge very little about the Honor 6C Pro outside of it having a fingerprint reader on the back. Judging by the specs of its non-Pro namesake the Honor 6C Pro should have a bigger than 5.0-inch screen, perhaps more than 3GB of RAM and maybe a higher than 13MP camera.

BlackBerry Motion image leaks

Superman can relax, the Krypton has been renamed “BlackBerry Motion”. We had only seen the phone’s back, dressed up in BB’s favorite material – carbon fiber. Now we get a peek at the front as well thanks to a leaked official render of the device.
The Motion doesn’t actually move – there’s no slider here. No QWERTY keyboard either. In fact, this appears to be a keyboard-less version of the Keyone.
BlackBerry Krypton's retail name will be Motion Unfortunately, this includes the less-than-stellar Snapdragon 625 chipset (or a 626, same thing). The rumored specs also include 4GB of RAM for the chipset and a 4,000mAh battery (this phone will go all day and all night). The screen is said to have 1080p resolution and this time it doesn’t have to leave room for a keyboard, so it’s bigger.
Superman can relax, the Krypton has been renamed “BlackBerry Motion”. We had only seen the phone’s back, dressed up in BB’s favorite material – carbon fiber. Now we get a peek at the front as well thanks to a leaked official render of the device.
The Motion doesn’t actually move – there’s no slider here. No QWERTY keyboard either. In fact, this appears to be a keyboard-less version of the Keyone.
BlackBerry Krypton's retail name will be Motion Unfortunately, this includes the less-than-stellar Snapdragon 625 chipset (or a 626, same thing). The rumored specs also include 4GB of RAM for the chipset and a 4,000mAh battery (this phone will go all day and all night). The screen is said to have 1080p resolution and this time it doesn’t have to leave room for a keyboard, so it’s bigger.

Galaxy S8 voted Phone of the Year in Britain, Apple Watch 2 is Best smartwatch

The Mobile Choice Consumer Awards are held once a year and they allow Brits to vote for the favorite tech.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 took home the Phone of the Year award as well as Best Camera Phone. Samsung also won Manufacturer of the Year.
In the more affordable segments, the Huawei Honor 9 won Best Midmarket Phone while the Moto E4 was awarded Best Value Phone (under £150).
Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Honor 9 Motorola Moto E4 Apple Watch Series 2 42mm
Samsung Galaxy S8 • Huawei Honor 9 • Motorola Moto E4 • Apple Watch Series 2 42mm
The Apple Watch Series 2 got the Best Smartwatch award, but the the Best Fitness Wearable award went to Fitbit Charge 2.
You can find the full list of winners by following the Source link.
The Mobile Choice Consumer Awards are held once a year and they allow Brits to vote for the favorite tech.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 took home the Phone of the Year award as well as Best Camera Phone. Samsung also won Manufacturer of the Year.
In the more affordable segments, the Huawei Honor 9 won Best Midmarket Phone while the Moto E4 was awarded Best Value Phone (under £150).
Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Honor 9 Motorola Moto E4 Apple Watch Series 2 42mm
Samsung Galaxy S8 • Huawei Honor 9 • Motorola Moto E4 • Apple Watch Series 2 42mm
The Apple Watch Series 2 got the Best Smartwatch award, but the the Best Fitness Wearable award went to Fitbit Charge 2.
You can find the full list of winners by following the Source link.

Essential Phone gets a camera-boosting update

The Essential Phone has been generally well received with the major exclusion of the camera performance. Users and reviewers have reported bad processing, slow response and underwhelming low light performance and Essential had vowed to fix it with an update.
Now an update has been released to address camera performance. You'd need to update both the phone itself with the firmware number NMI81C and the Essential Camera app on the Google Play store.
The changelog cites reduced shutter lag, improved low light image quality, improved consistency of image quality and even improvements to the performance of the optional 360-degree snap-on camera.
Essential says it's working to further tune HDR, add live 360 streaming to Facebook and Periscope, a new Portrait Mode as well as Pro Mode.
The Essential Phone has been generally well received with the major exclusion of the camera performance. Users and reviewers have reported bad processing, slow response and underwhelming low light performance and Essential had vowed to fix it with an update.
Now an update has been released to address camera performance. You'd need to update both the phone itself with the firmware number NMI81C and the Essential Camera app on the Google Play store.
The changelog cites reduced shutter lag, improved low light image quality, improved consistency of image quality and even improvements to the performance of the optional 360-degree snap-on camera.
Essential says it's working to further tune HDR, add live 360 streaming to Facebook and Periscope, a new Portrait Mode as well as Pro Mode.

Xiaomi Mi A1 goes on sale in Europe

Want a pure Android phone that doesn’t cost as much as a Pixel 2? Android One is seeing a resurgence as Xiaomi joined in with the Mi A1. The phone is perfect for those that like Xiaomi’s value for money hardware but have objections to MIUI.
And now the phone has started appearing in Europe. It’s already on sale in the Netherlands for €260 (shipping 2-4 workdays). It’s available in Greece as well, though it costs €284. Units are available in Poland too for PLN 1,300 (€300).
Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Black Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Gold Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Rose Gold
Xiaomi Mi A1 in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
In Spain, the phones are cheaper - €228 – but they will arrive next week (the 9th or the 10th). In the same time frame, the phone will launch in Hungary for HUF 75,000 (€240) and Russia for RUB 19,000 (€280).
In Bulgaria it will be available on the 12th, for BGN 550 (€280). It’s much cheaper still in Italy - €220 – but will ship on October 15. Then there’s the Czech Republic where shipments start on October 19 for a price of CZK 6,700 (€260).
Want a pure Android phone that doesn’t cost as much as a Pixel 2? Android One is seeing a resurgence as Xiaomi joined in with the Mi A1. The phone is perfect for those that like Xiaomi’s value for money hardware but have objections to MIUI.
And now the phone has started appearing in Europe. It’s already on sale in the Netherlands for €260 (shipping 2-4 workdays). It’s available in Greece as well, though it costs €284. Units are available in Poland too for PLN 1,300 (€300).
Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Black Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Gold Xiaomi Mi A1 in: Rose Gold
Xiaomi Mi A1 in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
In Spain, the phones are cheaper - €228 – but they will arrive next week (the 9th or the 10th). In the same time frame, the phone will launch in Hungary for HUF 75,000 (€240) and Russia for RUB 19,000 (€280).
In Bulgaria it will be available on the 12th, for BGN 550 (€280). It’s much cheaper still in Italy - €220 – but will ship on October 15. Then there’s the Czech Republic where shipments start on October 19 for a price of CZK 6,700 (€260).

iOS 11.1 will bring hundreds of new emoji to an iPhone or iPad near you

Apple's iOS 11.1, which is currently in testing, obviously won't be a release as big as iOS 11, which launched last month. But it will still manage to pack some niceties, at least for emoji fans.
Today, the company has officially revealed that iOS 11.1 will pack hundreds of new emoji, including such amazingness as woman with headscarf, bearded person, breastfeeding, zombie, person in lotus position, but also new food items such as sandwich and coconut.
When using iOS 11.1, you'll be able to say "I love you" with an emoji designed after the eponymous hand sign in American Sign Language. Apple says you'll get "more emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, clothing options, food types, animals", and even "mythical creatures" with the update.
All of these new emoji are part of Unicode 10. Here's more of what you can expect to see in iOS 11.1: crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, person in steamy room, mage, fairy, merperson, elf, genie, and person climbing.
The new emoji will first appear in new iOS 11.1 developer and public beta previews next week.
Apple's iOS 11.1, which is currently in testing, obviously won't be a release as big as iOS 11, which launched last month. But it will still manage to pack some niceties, at least for emoji fans.
Today, the company has officially revealed that iOS 11.1 will pack hundreds of new emoji, including such amazingness as woman with headscarf, bearded person, breastfeeding, zombie, person in lotus position, but also new food items such as sandwich and coconut.
When using iOS 11.1, you'll be able to say "I love you" with an emoji designed after the eponymous hand sign in American Sign Language. Apple says you'll get "more emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, clothing options, food types, animals", and even "mythical creatures" with the update.
All of these new emoji are part of Unicode 10. Here's more of what you can expect to see in iOS 11.1: crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, person in steamy room, mage, fairy, merperson, elf, genie, and person climbing.
The new emoji will first appear in new iOS 11.1 developer and public beta previews next week.