Almost a year ago, I reviewed the Soundfreaq Sound Spot, a speaker that's mid-century modern design is eye-catching to some (like myself) and not so appealing to others. As polarizing as the design may be, though, there's no denying that it's a killer little speaker for the money. For this year, Soundfreaq doubled up on the speakers, added a couple of new tricks, kept the same sexy design, and called it the Double Spot.
As a dedicated gamer and a former cash-starved teenager, please listen to me: don't shop at GameStop. The ubiquitous American video game retailer is almost certain to overcharge for software and hardware, underpay you for trade-ins, and try to squeeze three preorders and a Game Informer subscription out of you before you leave. But for those misguided souls who insist on giving them custom (or who live in a city with no retail alternatives), the official GameStop app has been notably updated today.
For its first foray into the nascent Android Wear platform, ASUS created the ZenWatch. It aims to be the more fashionable and appealing alternative to the other square watches from LG and Samsung, and I think it largely accomplishes that.
Whether you prefer a square smart watch to a round one is a matter of personal opinion, but there's little denying that ASUS has made probably the most compelling square smart watch of the current Android Wear generation.
Google has talked briefly about Android Wear updates and planned features, but now there's a blog post laying out the smart watch landscape. According to the official Android blog, there are a pair of updates on the way, and all Android Wear watches will be getting them.
First, an update will be pushed that enables GPS (with supported hardware) and offline music playback. The Bluetooth headphone pairing is also part of this update.
Update: Best Buy and Google Play are both now showing the Moto 360 as sold out. Best Buy has announced that all of its brick and mortar stores should have the watch on display in person on Sunday, September 14th.
Just slightly behind schedule, Moto 360 links have now appeared at Best Buy, Google Play, and Motorola.com. At Best Buy and Google Play, the watch is available in silver with a gray leather band or black with a matching black band.
Motorola's new devices are slowly becoming available, and if you're a Moto G kind of person, you can get the second generation handset directly from Moto for $180 sans-contract now. If you haven't already heard (I'm sure you have), the second gen G is packing a 5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear shooter, and 2,070mAh battery powering it all. The show is run by Android 4.4, and Motorola has already promised the update to L.
You may remember Google's launch of the Glass explorer program in the UK, which saw the device listed in the Play Store just before I/O. This seemed a little odd at the time, given that the Glass shopping experience in the US has always had its own dedicated checkout process and interface, separate from the Play Store, but bringing the hardware to Google's main store makes sense in the long-run, as the eyeball computer tiptoes toward an inevitable final launch.
The new Moto X makes a good first impression, but that's as much to do with the software as with the hardware. Luckily, owners of last year's Motorola devices won't be left in the dust. Motorola's Punit Soni has confirmed that all the new software features will be ported to the last generation devices, provided there is hardware support.
We've seen some ridiculous product trailers before, but this one takes things to another level. In this video, LG isn't trying to sell the G Watch R to the busy student, tired mom, stressed business man, or hip vague twenty-something in transit through someplace crowded. Instead, it sets its sights square on those among us who still dream of being a secret agent. It's an interesting demographic to go after, considering the people who dream of living such a life tend to stop by the time they're old enough to actually afford a smartwatch.
Motorola's apps are exclusively available to its devices, but some of the more affordable handsets take a while to get some of the provided features. In this case, the Motorola Assist and Contextual Services apps have recently been updated to bring Driving and Home mode support for the Moto G and the Moto E. To understand what this means, we must first take a look at what both of these apps actually do.