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Wren V5US Review: A Truly Great Speaker With Bluetooth, AirPlay, And Play-Fi Support, But It Has A Really Steep Price

I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to review the V5PF (Play-Fi) Wireless Speaker from Wren. The sound quality was absolutely immaculate, and everything about the physical product more than justified its fairly high price tag. The one unfortunate dark spot in the nearly perfect experience came from software – an Android app built by DTS to run its proprietary Play-Fi protocol. It was ugly, amateurish, and unreliable. Two years have passed, and Wren has released the V5US, a new model that not only fixes some minor issues from previous products, but it also combines the features of its three existing variants to produce a single speaker with support for Play-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth.

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Apple's Second Ever Android App Is All About The Music (As Long As You Play It On The Beats Pill+ Speaker)

Nope, Apple Music still isn't available on Android (though it's being actively tested). Instead, the second Android app that Cupertino has officially published is in support of the hardware half of its Beats acquisition. It's a companion and pairing app for the Beats Pill+, the latest revision of Beats' portable Bluetooth speaker. That's it. That's all. There isn't any more.

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[Deal Alert] The First Generation JayBird BlueBuds X Headphones Are As Low As $90 On Amazon

If you're looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that are designed specifically for working out and other active pursuits, you couldn't do much better than the BlueBuds X from JayBird. The company has released a second generation of the headphones, but the originals are still quite good, and they're available with respectable discounts. Right now Amazon has them for as low as $89.99, at least if you buy from the right vendor, Amazon's listing (close to the top) on this page. That's the lowest price for the headphones that we've seen yet.

There's a bit of a catch: that particular vendor, which is selling the white version of the Gen 1 BlueBuds X, is out of stock right now.

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[Deal Alert] Get The JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth Headphones For $109.99 From Massdrop

The JayBird BlueBuds X are possibly the best wireless earbuds you can buy without breaking the bank, and you can get a solid deal on a pair from Massdrop right now. They usually sell for $130-160 depending on whether or not you catch them on sale. Be aware, though, Massdrop is a little different than most online retailers.

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A Screen-Accurate Bluetooth Version Of The Star Trek Communicator Goes On Sale In January For $150

Ever since the Motorola StarTAC, the loose association between cell phones and the original Star Trek TV series has been painfully obvious. If you want to show your love for America's most iconic piece of science fiction (back off, Star Wars nerds, don't make me bring up midichlorians), you'll soon be able to buy a screen-accurate and officially licensed version of the cell phone's spiritual progenitor. The Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset, Starfleet standard issue, will go on sale on January first.

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There have been plenty of fan-made Bluetooth versions of the Communicator, mostly based off of toys or one-of-a-kind creations for cosplay.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker $69.99 At Best Buy Today Only ($60 Off)

If you should find yourself in need of a way to jam to some tunes on the go, Best Buy has a good deal on a Sony portable Bluetooth speaker today. I know, I'm as surprised as you, but it's actually a solid sale.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] A Modern Material Bluetooth Icon Makes Its Way To The Share Menu

Stop the presses! We have groundbreaking news for you, fellow Android lovers with a knack for detail and an insatiable thirst for Material. If you remember Lollipop, you'll recall that this archaic OS had an even more archaic icon for Bluetooth when you went to share something. Oh, you've already hard reset your brain and can't recall anything prior to M? Here, let me jog your memory with a screenshot.

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Left: Barfville. Right: Yeah baby yeah! 

See? That's L on the lllleft and M on the mmmmright. It looks earth-shatteringly better, doesn't it? A material icon with the boldest bluest color and the longest shadow'est effect.

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[Deal Alert] Jambox-Looking SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Speaker With Up To 12 Hours Of Battery Just $20 On Amazon After Coupon

You can get a Jambox Bluetooth speaker on Amazon, but that requires Jambox money. Folks who dig the style but want something a bit less expensive can get a different music-pumping rectangular box for nearly a fifth of the price. The SoundBot SB571 wireless Bluetooth speaker is available for just $25, which you can reduce down to $20 if you enter the coupon code Q4NERSFR at checkout.

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The speaker comes with a built-in audio line, so you're able to plug in devices that aren't able to pair over Bluetooth. There's also a built-in mic, so you can use the thing as a speakerphone. A 1000mAh battery powers it all.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Android TV Gains Native Support For External Storage And A2DP Bluetooth Streaming

Hey Android TV fans: have you checked out our review of the NVIDIA SHIELD? You should. We worked really hard on it, and it's kind of being blown away by all this Google I/O news. Two things that the SHIELD Android TV can do that the Nexus Player can't are accessing external storage via USB and broadcasting audio over Bluetooth (with the extra remote). But if you flash the Android M developer preview to your Nexus Player, you can access both of those things! Neat!

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The Android M build of Android TV will support using external drives for app and app data storage (which the SHIELD also does, by the way) with a formatting option.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of Three Travel Bundles From Satechi, ECOXGEAR, Scosche, And Android Police

Brace yourselves...summer is coming. (That's the saying, right? Yeah.) You know what that means: vacations, camping, time outside of the house, and other stuff. And you know what THAT means: your devices are going to need more juice than ever and you're going to need a way to blast some music while doing your thing outside.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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