Around the world, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don't have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren't for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to. Unfortunately, that workaround is no longer, uhm, working right now and it sounds like the latest Google Play Services is to blame.
If you were relying on your phone's hotspot to take your Chromecast online, you may have noticed that ever since Play Services 11.0.55 rolled out, you can't cast from your phone to the Chromecast anymore. Read More
While Microsoft is undoubtedly better known for its productivity suite, the remit of in-house development studio The Garage is is a little broader and more playful. Not unlike the "20% time" projects at Google, Microsoft Garage is responsible for experiments that may or may not end up becoming fully-fledged products. The latest to see a full release after a few years of testing is Face Swap, an app that will automatically swap your face into any scene. Read More
VR is not everyone's cup of tea yet and that's understandable. Great headsets cost a lot of money and require a powerful computer setup, and affordable headsets have a lot of limitations and don't really provide a good-enough reason to use them once the novelty wears off. But Google's Daydream View is one of the most decent options in the latter category and it's about to get better once Daydream 2.0 rolls around and casting capabilities let you share your experiences with friends and people around you.
If you want to get ready for that and need a little incentive, the Google Store has a nice deal on the Daydream View headset. Read More
It looks like the Google Home isn't the only Google product on sale today. We have yet to see a widespread discount on the Chromecast Ultra since it was released last year, until today. Now you can pick one up for $10 off the normal price at several physical and online retailers. Read More
Most of Samsung's Android apps are only available on its own devices. However, when the company uploaded a Beta version of the browser to the Play Store, it was marked as compatible with Nexus/Pixel devices too. Now the non-beta Samsung Browser is getting the same treatment. Read More
The Google Home was the first (and currently only) smart speaker with Google Assistant, introduced at Google I/O 2016 and released near the end of last year. Since then it has gained support for nearly every major smart home product, and Google added multi-user functionality as well. If you've been waiting for a price drop to buy it, now's your chance - the Home is $109 almost everywhere it's sold. Read More
Now that Android O is on the horizon, it seems like many phone manufacturers have opted to completely ignore Android 7.1. A few devices have been updated, such as the OnePlus 3/3T and Nextbit Robin, but not many. Now it seems the Moto Z Play has become Motorola's first phone (in the US, at least) to get Android 7.1. Read More
Tasker has been around for a long time. It's always been defined as an app that prioritizes function over form (which has often led to a fugly, but highly effective design) — oh, and there's the steep learning curve that often turns away the inexperienced. Tasker has been stuck in the Holo era well into the Material Design age, but the latest beta v5.0b1 brings a fresh new look. Read More