Nougat had its fair share of Bluetooth issues, particularly on Google's Pixel devices, but you'd be forgiven for hoping that Oreo would avoid similar problems. Sadly, it seems that Pixel and Nexus owners are experiencing a number of different issues after installing the final version of Android 8.0, and Google is trying to gather user feedback in order to address the matter.
Bluetooth speakers have become a commodity in the last few years. You can get a cheap one for next to nothing on Amazon, but you still have to spend some cash to get a nice one. The Mini Jambox from Jawbone came out a few years ago, but it has solid reviews, and it's on sale at Best Buy today. You can pick one up for just $39.99, down from the retail price of $129.99.
You can spend a lot of money on a Bluetooth speaker if you want, or you can just wait for a sweet deal like this. The Aukey MUSE (SK-M2) Bluetooth speaker is available on Amazon for just $20 with a coupon code. That's down from $35.99 without the code.
Altec Lansing has announced a meaningful update to last year's Life Jacket speaker, which was pretty cool in its own right. This year's version is called the BoomJacket, which boasts double the battery life of its predecessor along with increased connectivity range. It can also be used as a portable charger for your other devices, though we don't have any specs on that just yet.
Take a look at some of the stuff Altec Lansing did to the Life Jacket, which is now the older model. Explosives, trucks, water, sand, dirt, etc. are no match for it.
The BoomJacket, which is 7.5" x 3.125" x 2.825" in size, has two 2" neodymium drivers and passive radiators (downsized from the Life Jacket's 2.5" drivers) while supporting aptX audio output.
What's better than one deal? Several deals. If you approve, you should check out Amazon's Gold Box offers today for discounts on a plethora of Bluetooth speakers. You could save anywhere from $12 to $152 or more, depending on which speaker(s) you pick.
The biggest savings are on the TDK Life on Record TREK Max A34, a rugged, weatherproof speaker with an IP64 rating, additional Aux-In input, and a microphone (to serve as a speakerphone). It's discounted from $249.95 to $97.49. Another interesting option is the green Eton Rugged Rukus All-Terrain, which is also a rugged speaker with an IPX-4 rating, but has a solar panel on top that should keep the tunes playing indefinitely if you're out in the sun.
Most of the Bluetooth speakers that we review here at AP fall into the portable category (with the exception of this one). Since portability isn't a requisite on everyone's "I need this in a Bluetooth speaker" list and some users may just want a standard set of wireless speakers for the desk, we decided to venture out and take a look at Logitech's sexy new Z600 desktop Bluetooth speakers ($150, Logitech). What makes this set unique is that it can pair with and connect to three device simultaneously, making it extremely easy to pull audio from multiple devices – simply pause one and hit play on the next.