Happy Monday everyone. Did you get some rest this weekend? I know I tried to, but it always seems like this time of year is just that extra little bit busier with all of the holiday activities. There didn’t seem to be any huge, earth-shattering news in the tech world this weekend, but we do have some headlines you may want to keep your eyes on if you own an LG V20, use AndroidPay, are interested in a new Android Wear watch, a new phone from Huawei, or plan on picking up the Samsung Galaxy S8. Let’s get to it…
Video catches a V20 bootloop. LG’s hardware troubles continue
If you follow LG, you may know about the Korean giant’s issue with bootloops. Bootloops are when a device starts to boot up, detects an error or fault and starts the process over again. LG has had pretty consistent issues with its devices developing hardware failures that result in bootloops. In the past, the LG G4, V10, and G5 have all had issues as well as the LG-made Nexus 5X.
This is a worrying trend, especially now with video of the V20 exhibiting the same behavior. Now, here are some things we need to keep in mind about the video below: It’s only 84 seconds of a bootloop and could have been temporary. Also, we don’t know what was done to the device before the video and we don’t know if this is an isolated incident or an example of a bigger problem.
Take a big grain of salt with the video. I do think it’s newsworthy based on LG’s past issues with bootloops, but obviously, we cannot speak to its veracity. I am currently writing up my review for the LG V20 and haven’t run into any issues like that for what it’s worth.
I do think it’s newsworthy based on LG’s past issues with bootloops, but obviously, we cannot speak to its veracity. I am currently writing up my review for the LG V20 and haven’t run into any issues like that for what it’s worth.
The Huawei Mate 9 is coming to the US. And soon!
Huawei is one of the Android OEMS attempting to bring its talents to America’s shores after a strong start overseas. The Chinese brand recently released the Honor 8, a really excellent midrange device we took a look at earlier this year. Now, we’re getting a second official Huawei device launch in the US (not taking into account the Huawei Nexus 6P). Legendary leaker EVLeaks let us know that the Huawei Mate 9 will be released in the US on January 9.
Huawei Mate 9 going on sale in the US on January 6th. pic.twitter.com/V879xArtkP
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 10, 2016
As you can see from the tweet, the Mate 9 shares some similar aesthetics with the Nexus 6P but features a new Leica branded dual-camera setup. The current version of the Mate 9 being sold overseas features those dual 20MP cameras, a 5.9″ 1080P display, 4GB of RAM, a Kirin 960 processor, a 4000mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. No word on pricing yet, but we hope to see it fall in line with other premium $400 devices, but a standard flagship fee may apply.
Save a ton on Uber with AndroidPay
Reddit user Redd17 took to the Android subreddit this weekend to point out that AndroidPay is running an excellent promo in concert with Uber. Currently, when you pay with AndroidPay you’ll receive 50% off your ride up to $15 and you can use the promotion five times. Redd17 pointed out in the comments that this deal was previously available, but the savings only reached $5 per ride instead of the current $15.
If Uber isn’t your thing, Google is also offering other promotions with companies like Delivery.com, Doordash, Foodler, Instacart, Jet.com, Newegg, PayByPhone, PoshMark, and SeatGeek. You can check out all the details on the AndroidPay Promotions Page.
That’s all for today. Like I said, not too much going on over the weekend. If you want to keep up on all the latest news, you can check out our News and Rumors section, add us to your RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter. You should also check out XDA’s review of the ZenWatch 3, ASUS’ latest answer to Android Wear and The Verge’s editorial on Samsung potentially leaving out the headphone jack in the Galaxy S8.