If you've ever come across the comments section of a YouTube video, you know that being first at something is usually a very coveted position. However, being first isn't also without its downsides, and Google's recent support of Unicode 9 emoji in Android N might be a good example of that.
On Monday, the Unicode Technical Committee officially approved 72 new emoji to be added to the Unicode Standard, thereby finalizing the process for Unicode 9. Some of our more observant readers will have noticed that this figure is slightly lower than the 74 emoji that were proposed as candidates for Unicode 9: two of the initial proposals were scrapped last month and won't be recommended for implementation by vendors. Read More
Twitter's much-awaited redesign for Android is finally here. Or, it will be, at some point today, and for everybody - at least that's what a post on Twitter's official blog says. The newly-designed app features a brand-new hamburger menu (minus hamburger icon), tabbed layout, and a compose tweet FAB. It is also responsive, hiding the header and search button area as you scroll through your feed. Read More
If you've seen photos from any technology trade show in the last decade, you've probably seen someone showing off a flexible screen. It makes for a nice demo, but a real product? According to Bloomberg, Samsung is planning to launch not one but two phones in 2017 with foldable screens. Read More
This is the JBL Boost TV ($200), one of the newer speakers in JBL's ever-expanding audio portfolio. As you might surmise by the name, the Boost is a compact TV sound bar. It's also a capable Bluetooth speaker compatible with JBL's Android app and boasting some pretty cool features. I spent the last month using one as the primary speaker in my bedroom; spoiler alert – I really liked it. Let's take a look.
Design & Build Quality
The JBL Boost TV has a smaller footprint than most TV sound bars. It's 15 inches long, five inches wide, and three inches tall and shaped like an elongated football that's been slightly deflated (just the way Tom Brady likes it) that's had its ends cut off. Read More
Samsung's Gear Fit 2 is due to launch on June 10, and right on cue, Amazon and other retailers have the wearable up for pre-order, priced at $179.99 and available in three different colors - black, blue, and pink. Samsung previously announced the sequel to the original Gear Fit on June 3, alongside the wireless Gear IconX Earbuds.
The Gear Fit 2 uses a curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display for showing fitness information, such as step count or heart rate. It also allows checking and responding to text message notifications, and a GPS sensor is built in, as you might expect with a high-end fitness wearable. Read More
Google's Goggles is all but abandoned now. We've seen Google resurrect apps from the dead and update them after years of neglect, but it's hard to imagine the company putting a fresh coat of paint on Goggles at this point. If only because the app has been superseded by others from Google, with its functionality cut off into little pieces and moved to various places inside the ecosystem.
But that doesn't take away from the fascination and respect that Goggles deserves. It could recognize landmarks before Google Photos, read and translate text before Google Translate, use OCR on images before Now on Tap, and even solve sudoku puzzles, scan and add contacts from a business card, and find and suggest similar products — all options that have yet to be transplanted into any other Google app. Read More
You may not have heard of Lumigon before - I hadn't. A quick Wikipedia visit informs me that it is a Danish technology company, specializing in high-end and premium smartphones. Its previous phone, the T2, launched in 2010, with the T2 HD released in 2014.
The latest creation to come out of the Copenhagen-based company is the T3. Lumigon describes it as a premium smartphone with unique features in Scandinavian design. Looking at the press shots of the phone, it certainly is different from other devices on the market - it has a curved top and bottom but straight edges, and a screen that at least appears to blend into the frame surrounding it. Read More
Bose's QuietComfort 25 headphones headphones are one of the most popular and best rated noise canceling pair of headphones available on the market. Just a quick look at their Amazon rating of 4.4 stars with more than 2800 reviews should give you an idea of their perception among users. But the QC25 have had one little caveat for anyone who's interested in using them: they're wired. If you're like us, then you know that everything is better with Bluetooth and you've been anxiously waiting for Bose to make a wireless version of the QC25.
And here it is. The Bose QuietComfort 35 is a Bluetooth pair of headphones from Bose that mixes the noise canceling features everyone has grown to love with the freedom of wireless. Read More
Google's commitment to Android in the form of monthly updates for its own branded hardware is pretty great... until it's not. That's the case with the May security and stability update for the top-of-the-line Pixel C tablet, which has created some serious headaches for owners. Some (but by no means all) owners of the Pixel C are reporting more or less random reboots of the tablet, usually occurring every five to thirty minutes when the Pixel C is off its charger. Read More
A little earlier today Google posted the Android 6.0.1 security updates for June to the AOSP changelog. Being the responsible Android citizen that it is (well, most of the time), Samsung has immediately followed suit with its own list of code updates. These are the issues that are problems for specific Samsung devices and their related software builds, or at least, the ones that have been addressed since the same security bulletin last month. As usual, they're limited to "major flagship models." Read More