Dear hyper-connected gadget lover who happens to own both a SmartThings Hub (or some of the company's many other products) and an Amazon Echo, these devices can now talk to one another.
This is pretty cool, and here's why. If you have your hub controlling a bunch of other devices, you can now use Amazon's device to boss them around. Alexa, turn on the television. Alexa, turn off the lamp. Alexa, have your way with whatever else is plugged into my SmartThings Power Outlet (okay, maybe this command won't work exactly as written).
Maybe you're seeing this and you're thinking: Gee, maybe I'd like one of these Echo things after all. Read More
Android TV is a thing these days, but Google TV is dead as a door nail. Taking this into account, Amazon has decided to stop supporting Instant Video streaming to Google TV devices. The service will stop working on September 14th, at which point any remaining users of Google TV will have an excuse to stop using it. Read More
Looking for a starter tablet? You know, something to give a kid or someone not so into tech that they would scoff at something not running regular Android? Then consider the Fire HD 6. Amazon is currently offering it for $30 off, bringing the price to a compelling $70. Sure, the 1280 by 800 6-inch display won't turn heads, but the build quality is solid enough where it won't feel like a comparatively priced off-brand knock off.
Maybe you're looking to stick a tablet in the hands of a really little person, someone not ready for a big kid tablet. Read More
Now that you've heard the new name for Android M, you're probably all excited to hear about how Amazon plans to deliver a customized version of Android Lollipop to its Fire devices later this year. Yeah, around the time regular Android will be making the leap to Marshmallow. The company released a developer preview of Fire OS 5 back in June for the Fire HD 6 and 7. Now it's releasing a version for Fire TV as well.
With Fire OS 5, Fire TV is making the substantial jump up from OS 3. The upcoming version will bring Android 5.1 along with support for Android TV and the v17 leanback library. Read More
At this point in history, 200GB microSD cards are a luxury few people are ready to jump on. But if you absolutely must have everything saved on your phone and accessible at all times, the option is there. It's just going to cost an arm, a leg, and over a couple hundred bucks. Fortunately, Amazon's price has dropped a tad. You can now get one for $220.
Yeah, that hardly qualifies as cheap, but it's less than the $240 Amazon originally sold the card for and the $250 it still costs at Best Buy. Though, honestly, why not just get a handful of 128GB microSD cards for $60 each? Read More
Amazon is pulling out all the stops to entice you to use its Appstore for Android. True, Google Play is more convenient, but rarely does Google just give away $90 in premium apps and games as Amazon is doing right now. It's a good selection too with titles like Goat Simulator and Elements of Photography.
Have you heard about the new MicroSD card functionality coming in Android M? It's pretty awesome, and it gives you a new reason to invest in external storage (and pester your manufacturer of choice to include a card slot in its next flagship). Android M won't be available in non-developer form for a few months, but if you want to get a head start on cheap storage, Amazon's Gold Box deal portal is the place to be today. The retailer is offering some impressive deals on PNY brand MicroSD cards, from 16GB all the way up to a massive 128GB. Read More
You can never have too much battery power. Actually that's not true - strapping a Duralast to your back via some kind of shoulder rig so that you can play Crossy Road for 200 hours straight might be considered overkill. But any external battery that you can shove in your pocket for a long day of travel is a good one. If you're in the market, an Amazon vendor is offering a 16000mAh model (big enough for 4-5 charges of a current flagship) for just $23.99.
You'll need to use a coupon to get this discount (which also means that it's probably limited to the US version of Amazon). Read More
Amazon has the market cornered when it comes to some services, but general consumer cloud storage is not one of them. The retailer is trying, though. The Cloud Drive app arrived in June and it's getting a big update today with some essential file management options.
If you're a regular person, you might have a single phone that you can easily charge through the USB port on the side of your laptop. Maybe you have a tablet that just so happened to die at around the same time. You don't feel like getting up, so you plug it into your other USB port, and that is that.
But if Android devices mean a bit more to you. You read the blogs. You write for blogs. You develop apps. Read More