In this week’s top stories: We review the Samsung Gear S3 and ASUS ZenWatch 3 smartwatches. Details on upcoming phones from LG, Samsung and others. We give you some tips and tricks for Google Home as Amazon Echo plays catch-up, and much more

We kicks things off the latest Android device news including more details on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 as the company confirms Android 7.1.1 Nougat is set to arrive for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in January. LG is reportedly planning an early launch for the LG G6 as the first diagram leaks. We review the Samsung Gear S3 and ASUS ZenWatch 3. And some Google Pixel devices start encountering early battery shutdowns and freezing problems.

We offer up our top app picks for your new Android smartphone as Google Play gets big holiday discounts. And we also show you five interesting features to try with your new Google Home as Amazon Echo plays catch-up with its latest update.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

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Jordan Kahn

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.