In this week’s top stories: We give you our picks for both the best and most affordable Android phones for January, a look at upcoming Android Wear 2.0 devices from Tag Heuer and LG, Google’s Allo Android app gets new features with version 5.0 alongside other Google app updates, and much more.

We kicks things off with our look at the best Android phones you can buy for the new year along with the best affordable options. A first look at new smartwatches coming soon from Tag Heuer and LG as Android Wear 2.0 gets a rumored February 9th release date.

We discuss if ‘OnePlus 4’ be able to stand out in the saturated & evolving smartphone market. And Samsung officially kicks off Nougat rollout for S7 as it confirms updates for Galaxy S6 and Note 5.

Allo 5.0 rolls out with Chrome Custom Tabs and hints at upcoming selfie-generated sticker packs. Google Maps on the web adds notifications for Local Guides users. And Google acquires Twitter’s Fabric mobile app dev tools.

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.