Versace Plans to Bring the Bling with a New Phone
Today the Wall Street Journal reports that Italian designer Gianni Versace will introduce a new luxury phone later this year. The handset, designed in concert with ModeLabs, will feature high-end materials such as leather, and can be customized depending on customer wishes. It will go on sale in May at Versace outlets. ModeLabs will supply the operating system and provide support. It will likely have a price point exceeding $5,000.
Samsung's Gold and Platinum Smartwatches Go On Sale Feb. 12
Samsung said the Rose Gold and Platinum variants of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch go on sale February 12. The Rose Gold version comes with a white leather band, while the Platinum comes with a black leather band.
Google May Combine Android and Chrome By 2017
Google plans to merge its Chrome operating system with Android as soon as 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with Google's plans. Google has already been working to bridge the Chrome-Android gap for two years and has recently made progress.
LG Says G4 and V10 To Receive Nougat Eventually
LG today said it plans to provide the Android 7 Nougat system update to its mid-2015 flagship phone, the G4, and its late-2015 high-end camera handset, the V10. The company said in a blog post that these phones were designed with Android 5 and Android 6 in mind, but customer feedback has forced LG to rethink its position on the phones' software.
LG to Drop Modular Design for G6 Flagship
LG's 2017 flagship handset will move away from the modular design the company debuted with last year's G5 and will instead focus on aesthetics and usability, reports the Wall Street Journal. The G5 featured a removable bottom piece that could be replaced with snap-in modules.