Android co-founder Andy Rubin finally revealed the Essential phone at the end of May, after months of rumors and teasers. The main selling point is the near-bezeless display, but it also has all the other features you would expect from a 2017 flagship. There's a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,040mAh battery. It also supports modular accessories (much like Moto Mods), starting with a tiny 360-degree camera.
When the phone was unveiled, Andy Rubin stated that the phone would ship within 30 days. Read More
Well here's a bit of a buzzkill from Google. The much-ballyhooed Daydream View VR headset, set for launch later this month and currently only compatible with the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, appears to be shipping out early to at least some users. Despite the fact that the View isn't supposed to be hitting mailboxes until November 10th, Android Police reader Sean Hunter received his today. But he can't play with it yet, and neither can anyone else who's received their VR headsets early. Read More
The Chromecast Ultra was first revealed to the world at Google's October 4th event. With 4K playback, HDR, Dolby Vision, and Wi-Fi connection improvements, the Ultra is priced at $69. The Xiaomi Mi Box shares the Ultra's price tag, but some users might not want to deal with Android TV. Read More
Google's $129 smart speaker, the Google Home, was first announced back at Google I/O earlier this year. Featuring the shiny new Google Assistant coupled with a great speaker, the Home is part of Google's march into the smart home market. Pre-orders finally started last month, and now they are finally shipping to customers. Read More
If you ordered one of the new Pixel phones, you may want to start checking your order status. Pre-orders have finally begun to ship, as some of the AP staff can confirm. Google did give us a timeframe similar to this at the announcement event, so no one should be surprised. Read More
Amazon's second generation of Alexa-enabled gadgets is ready to go. The Amazon Tap, a smaller, battery-powered version of the Amazon Echo, as well as the Echo Dot, which can use external speakers for its primary function, should both be heading out to those who purchased them after their recent announcement. The latter is only available to Amazon Prime members who order using Amazon's voice service, with a Kindle Fire tablet or Fire TV. The Tap, along with its cover accessories, are both labelled as "in stock" on Amazon's US storefront.
Both devices represent an expansion of Amazon's Alexa voice command platform, which is itself a competitor to services like Google Now, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana. Read More
Google has been offering free basic shipping on the Google Store since it launched as the new home for Google's hardware. Now, it's going a step further for the holidays. For a limited time, you can get free overnight shipping. Read More
While the A9 is indeed a pretty good phone, there's no doubt HTC's bungled the launch of the device a bit. First, the whole promotional pricing thing (and the 2GB/16GB variant abroad being so damn expensive), and now? A pre-order shipment delay for those who did choose to buy one. We're hearing from US readers that HTC has sent out the following email, pushing back shipment of the initially available colors until next Tuesday, November 10th, at the earliest. Some customers, though, will be waiting much longer than that - especially if you ordered a Sprint variant.
In addition, HTC has now delayed Verizon network compatibility for the One A9 indefinitely. Read More
Earlier this week Blackberry's official online store posted a pre-order page for the Priv, a high-end QWERTY slider phone that also happens to be the company's first full Android device. Apparently that was a bit premature - it disappeared after a short time, but not so short that prospective customers didn't balk at the $749 USD starting price. Today the pre-order page is back with a slightly cheaper price: $699. Was the original page an error or did Blackberry see the quick reaction and adjust it down? We couldn't say. The page says the phone will start shipping on November 6th. Read More