This week in Android: Wear OS update, Epic’s Fortnite launch was less than epic, and more

By | 2nd September 2018

Google is finally giving a facelift to Wear OS, with a focus on fitness and getting you the information you need when you need it.

When Fortnite launched for Android last week, it did so with its own launcher rather than the Play Store route. Unfortunately, the launcher has a bug in the form of a rather large security hole. We have all the details. Plus, take a stroll through visions of mobile technology of the future from our own past in TV and film. What did the bright minds of Hollywood think abut tech of the future, and how close are we today?

It’s also IFA 2018 week, and as expected we have a whole pack of devices coming out of Berlin. First, there’s the BlackBerry Key2 LE, the budget-friendly version of the keyboard phone we all know and love. The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is ZTE’s bid to get back into the smartphone game, and the HTC U12 Life is a confusing phone for a variety of reasons.

Here are your top stories for the week

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02:15 – Hands-on with the huge Wear OS redesign

Wear OS got a new name, now it will have a brand new look! Check out the new design for Wear OS before it comes you your watch.


11:10 – Fortnite’s first Android installer had a major security flaw

Epic Games skipped the Google Play store, and Google found a pretty big and bad security flaw in that strategy. Lots of juicy details within!


22:20 – Xiaomi Mi Band 3 review

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker has a screen, a wonderful design, and costs you about the same as it costs a family of four to eat fast food.


28:55 – Honor Play review: Flagship specs on a budget 

Honor introduces the Honor Play, a phone geared toward gamers for a ridiculously low price.


34:35 – How sci-fi movies and TV shows have imagined mobile phones, smartphones and tablets

The brightest minds of Hollywood from the 60’s all the way to today have visions of the future that are almost around now. Take a stroll through the tech of tomorrow as seen on your TV and the silver screen


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Xiaomi Mi A2 home screen

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: An ‘A’ for effort, but still not perfect

Xiaomi’s Mi A2 is its latest Android One smartphone that comes with software western audiences will love.


Skagen Falster 2 is here with a built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, and NFC

Skagen’s refresh of the Falster line is no easier to pronounce, but it resolved pretty much every other problem we had with the first generation.


ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on

ZTE is back after a minor squabble with most governments of the world. The Axon 9 Pro has a screen that is built for performance.


Who wants to win a LG G7 ThinQ?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new LG G7 ThinQEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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