Welcome to our first edition of Top Android News, our daily running feed of the most important news from the world of Android. Throughout the day, we’ll be updating this post with the latest coverage from your favorite sources — so be sure to keep checking back.
08:00 (EDT) | Android creator Android Rubin’s smartphone startup Essential has today announced the Essential Phone. The handset carries a price tag of $699 and comes with a whole host of top-of-the-line specifications and features, including an edge-to-edge display, a Qualcomm 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, reports The Verge.
The Essential Phone also ships with a dual-camera system, which is capable of recording 360-degree video using an attachment included in the box. The first sensor is a traditional 13MP lens, while the second is a wide-angle CIS that’s been configured to take in more light than a traditional color camera, so it should perform well in low-light environments.
09:45 (EDT) | A series of renders have surfaced on SlashLeaks reportedly showcasing the design of the long-rumored Moto Z2, although there’s some added bulk as the unit is enclosed in a protective case. This latest batch of images matches up to what we’ve seen in the past, and appears to confirm that Motorola has no intentions of bringing back the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.
10:00 (EDT) | The folks over at PriceRaja have allegedly obtained a couple of hands-on images of Samsung’s successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Dubbed the Galaxy Note 8, the handset reportedly features a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 835 CPU and 6GB of RAM. Take the snaps with a pinch of salt though as the S Pen is missing, so there’s a chance it could be an old Galaxy S8 prototype.
11:13 (EDT) | An internal email has appeared on Weibo, purportedly highlighting correspondence between OnePlus employees making arrangements for the unveiling of the much-anticipated OnePlus 5 on June 15. The date is far from confirmed, but it does seem likely, especially when you consider the OnePlus 3 was unveiled around the same time last year.
13:49 (EDT) | Google’s challenged developers to create unique new Actions for Google Assistant. In return, it’s awarding the developer of the Action that scores the highest in terms of “creativity, relevance, quality and usage” $10,000 and a trip to Google I/O. There are also 19 smaller rewards up for grabs for a slew of other categories, including “best voice-only interaction” and “best life hack.”
Developers have up until August 31 to submit their entries.
14:39 (EDT) | Nokia has taken to Twitter to confirm that the much-anticipated Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 will be “released worldwide before the end of Q2 2017.” However, it’s unlikely that every country will get the same release dates. After all, the Nokia 6 has already gone on sale in China, where it sold out in just one minute on launch day. TechRadar has all the details.
16:21 (EDT) | According to PhoneArena, Samsung’s started distributing the Android 7.0 update for the few models of the Galaxy Note 5 floating around in Europe. The firmware itself weighs in at around 1.3GB and bundles all of the features you’d expect to find baked into Nougat, in addition to the security patches included in the March release.