Our new “Stories We Might Have Missed” segment includes stories that we’ve seen around the week that didn’t quite make it into our main posts this past week. At the end of each bullet there should be a source link for our information where you can go grab more details. Enjoy!


  • Google I/O Registration Starts Today!

Today (March 8) marks the first registration day of Google I/O. If you don’t remember, Google I/O 2016 starts on May 18th and ends on May 20th. Google I/O is where we learn about upcoming projects and software releases. We also learn about Google’s performance in 2015 and look forward through the year.

Google I/O registration goes from today until March 10th. On the 10th Google will choose the applicants randomly. Those chosen will be able to purchase a ticket. Ticket prices are $900 for general admission and $300 for academic admission. For more information on registration check out Google’s official I/O site here.

  • OnePlus Gets Featured in House of Cards

If you’ve been watching the new season of House of Cards you have most likely noticed some cameos from OnePlus in multiple episodes. OnePlus paid $300,000 to have some of the characters in House of Cards use their devices. To learn more about the product placement deal check out this link.

  • A Wild HTC M10 Was Found!

The HTC M10 has reportedly been leaked. The leaks show several pictures from different places that all show the same device. Of course, who knows if this is actually real. The leaked pictures show the front, back, side and bottom of the phone. They also show pictures with the screen on and things like the model number and the fact that HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio will be present. Take a look at the leaks here.

  • Updates, Updates, Updates!

OxygenOS has an update that’s rolling out right now to the OnePlus 2. The update is version of 2.2.1 which includes a security patch update, Bluetooth and Ultra SIM compatibility improvements and RAW support in the camera. Of course there are some more improvements with update 2.2.1. For more information on the rest of the improvements take a look here. The update will be incremental, so you might not see it immediately. Rest assured, you will receive your update eventually.

Speaking of updates, the Sony Xperia Z5 has an update coming out, as well. This update brings your Z5 to Marshmallow. A few of the regions that have been confirmed to receive the update are the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia (among others). For more information on this update, check out this link.


  • Hound evolves from Beta

Hound gives you fast results in a natural spoken manner. It was in beta, but now it has grown up and been officially released. You can get it on the App Store or Google Play Store in the United States. Take a look at Hound’s features here.

  • Google Photos Gets a Little Touchup

This update to Google Photos features an improved design and some enhancements to performance. The “bottom bar” is where you can click between the Assistant, Photos and the new Albums view. Google states that the new update makes Photos faster and easier to use. Check out the announcement here.

  • Sharing Spotify Songs Gets Easier

You can now share songs and playlists directly from Facebook Messenger. You’ll have to tap the “more” option in the Messenger, but once you do that you should see the option to share from Spotify. Now you don’t have to go to Spotify first to share. Check out more information on this here.

  • Play Store Ratings Might Get Updated

Google might be looking into doing away with the current popup that you see when you’re leaving a rating or review on the Google Play Store. Take a look at the possible changes here.

Kevin Nether