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.
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.
Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6
Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi.
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 To Target Kids with YouTube App
Google is prepared to release a version of YouTube designed specifically for kids, according to the Wall Street Journal. The app will stand apart from the main YouTube app and will be free.
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.