Like it or not, TV-based operating systems aren't going away. Google TV, Samsung Smart TV, and others have all done their part to beef up your TV's IQ, and while each has found varying levels of success, none has quite gotten the situation right. One immediate problem with most options is the tool you're provided with out-of-the-box for controlling things. Typing in movie titles with anything that looks like a traditional remote is nothing short of a complete pain.
Amazon wants to keep you spending money, and as a commerce company, it has the benefit of having no reason to hide this fact. Its recently announced FireTV set-top box marks a play for the television, but that's potentially small change compared to the money to be gained from locking in most of a person's grocery shopping.
The AmazonFresh grocery service is still only offered in parts of California and Seattle, but yesterday the company added support into the Amazon Android tablet app, and now it's rolling out a new product that goes even further to reduce the amount of time it takes to get an item into your virtual cart.
Pressy tore it up on Kickstarter last year, eventually raising $695,138 of its original $40,000 goal. While backers have been eagerly awaiting delivery of the almighty Android button, Chinese OEM Xiaomi is trying to sneak its own version onto the market first. Xiaomi's Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) posted an image of the gadget on Google+, and the Pressy folks are not pleased.
Okay, people really, really hate wires. This is the only conclusion that can be drawn by the incredible performance of the Dash on Kickstarter. After asking for a mere $260,000 earlier this year, the internet just funded these completely wireless earphones to the tune of $3,390,551. Wow.
The Dash wants to be all the things in a simple ear-shaped package. It consists of two independent Bluetooth buds that have a speaker, bone-conduction mic, heart rate monitor, step counter, and 4GB of built in storage for music (if you don't want to pair with a device).
One of the many, many wearables we saw at Mobile World Congress is now available for purchase, even if it is a little hard to find. Sony's Smartband SWR10, the company's answer to the Fitbit and similar devices, is now shipping from an Amazon reseller. We're not sure why one Amazon vendor seems to have it before everyone else, even before Sony's own store, but it's there if you want it.
HTC has apparently dived head-first into a decentralized software support model. Translation: they're throwing everything they possibly can onto the Play Store, presumably so they don't have to wait for a full carrier update to tweak or improve their various Sense apps. The latest one to land in the Play Store is HTC Dot View, the support app for the interesting Dot View case, a cover that puts a perforated design to use.
The original Galaxy Gear wasn't for everyone (particularly people who don't own a Samsung phone). It also suffered from limited app compatibility and a quirky interface. Its biggest drawback, though, was the price: $299. That's a lot to ask for a smartwatch that only does a handful of things. But what about $99? That's how much Best Buy is currently selling refurbished models of the device for as part of today's deal of the day.
The Rufus Cuff isn't some dinky little bracelet with a tiny processor and a fuzzy LCD watch face, claiming that it's somehow "smart." This Android-powered accessory has higher ambitions. The mere act of strapping it on will take wearers one step closer to becoming a Power Ranger or the pilot of their own Enterprise class starship. Owning one won't make you cool, it will make you powerful.
This cuff still pairs up with your Android device like those other smartwatches out there, but it comes with an LCD screen large enough to handle plenty of tasks on its own.
The Dot View case is HTC's answer to the various windowed cases from Samsung and LG, and you have to give them points for creativity. The front cover is punched with holes - just big enough to see through, not enough to expose the screen to damage. (We hope.) It will cost $49.99, and it's already on the HTC store in five different colors, though you can't buy one yet.
The Lite-Brite style case allows the phone to show a dot matrix-style display for different functions like the time, weather, and phone calls.
We all love new Nexus accessories right? After all, Google doesn't have a spotless track record with providing accessories for their own line of phones and tablets. Today, Google added one item to the lineup - a Nexus Charging Accessory. The don't-call-it-a-travel-adaptor accessory is a basic micro USB cable with a block, just as you'd expect.
For reference, the accessory is listed as a 1.8A adapter. The Nexus 5's stock adapter is 1.2A, the new Nexus 7's charger is 1.35A, and Samsung has been shipping 2A adapters of late.