The week begins with news that Google may release its first smartphone. We also got our first look at what could be the top gift of the holiday season, the Anki Cozmo. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the world of technology.
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An actual Google phone?
It looks like Alphabet is prepping to release its first smartphone that uses the Google brand. A move “that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone,” according to The Telegraph.
Google Android runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world. Despite this, the company has never released a smartphone to call its own. Instead, it has relied on partners such as LG and Huawei to make products under the Google Nexus brand.
The Verge examines Anki’s new Cozmo robot, which looks beyond cool:
“While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover and an animated woodland creature. It’s lifelike enough to evoke sympathy, but still enough of a toy not to teeter too close to the uncanny valley.”
Cozmo launches in October for $179.99. You can pre-order it now for $159.99.
New “iPhone 7” images leak
Over the weekend, new images purportedly of the upcoming “iPhone 7” leaked online over at Nowhereelse.fr (via BGR). The images suggest that Apple is planning a huge camera upgrade on both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. Previous rumors have suggested that only the “iPhone 7 Plus” would receive a massive update in this regard.
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