If you're still not sure about Google's new Home intelligent voice interface, then you may want to stick with something that works, and Amazon's Echo family of devices has proven that it does indeed work. One member of this family and a super cheap way to get into home assistants is the Echo Dot, a tiny puck-like gadget that you can spread around the house to listen to your commands and execute them. The second generation Dot was just released for $49.99, putting it almost in impulse-buy territory.
However, there's one lacking option with the Dot: portability. Sure, there's the larger Echo Tap which is battery-operated, but it requires you to tap the microphone each time you want to issue a command, negating the convenience factor of using Echo and Alexa's skills and commands. Read More
As part of Samsung's continued efforts to make amends with disappointed customers, the company is offering a big incentive to South Korean Note7 owners to stick with the brand. Those who exchange a defective Note7 for a Galaxy S7 will be able to trade the S7 in and get a Note8 or S8 when those phones come out; the total price paid by the customers will be half of the price of the S7 model they choose, with no charge for upgrading. Read More
Google Photos is great (speaking personally, it's one of my favorite Google products), but there's always been one thing wrong with it: albums were not included in search results. Say I search for "cats" (I have a lot of photos of my cats). The photos in the albums would be included, as well as items found by object recognition, but the album with my cat photos would not be included. Google has now fixed this anomaly, causing the album itself to be included.
After force closing the Photos app and clearing data, this comes up on my Nexus 6P. It's pretty much that - if you search, Google will bring up relevant albums as well as relevant photos. Read More
There's a race to the bottom in the home entertainment world, created by the lower pricing for set-top boxes, the near ubiquity of built-in "smart" features for new televisions, and not least, Google's own low-priced efforts with the Chromecast. Compared to the rock-bottom pricing of gadgets like the Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, and the market-dominating Roku boxes, Android TV is in a pickle. Stand-alone ATV units start at around $100, which is more expensive than the Roku you might buy (or the apps that come free with your TV), and less expensive than the home game console you might already have. Read More
TWRP is the recovery of choice for most custom ROM users. You can flash ROMs, manage your files in a pinch, install custom themes, and backup/restore your whole device. TWRP is also incredibly portable, meaning it is easily ported to more devices. Five more phones and tablets are now receiving official TWRP builds, and three devices now have a unified build.
First off, the GSM (t6ul), Sprint (t6spr), and Verizon (t6vzw) models of the HTC One Max now have a unified TWRP build. This means there is one recovery that works on all three devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE (2016) with S-Pen and Tab A 10.1 WiFi (2016) with S-Pen are newly supported. Read More
Android Wear deals are pretty abundant nowadays, and the fact that many major OEMs won't be releasing any new AW-powered smartwatches this year makes them even more appealing. Now, you can pick up a leather strap-equipped Huawei Watch refurb from Newegg's eBay store for just $159.99 - that's $40 less than Newegg's usual price for the refurbished Huawei Watch, and a whopping $190 less than the Watch's MSRP.
Android Nougat is still relatively new, and very few phones have officially been upgraded to it thus far. However, in the past few hours, we've been seeing reports by multiple tech sites that the mid-range Moto G4 and G4 Plus are now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat in various countries; this is completely false. While the G4 Plus has received a Nougat soak test, the software has not officially been released in any region yet. Read More
On the outside, Google's Pixel phones look an awful lot like Apple's flagship. But what about on the inside? iFixit has a hallowed tradition of taking apart every new major smartphone (and other tech products), and determining how repairable it is. iFixit has posted their teardown of the Google Pixel XL, and there are some small surprises.
In their attempt to free the display from the phone's assembly, the OLED panel separated from the glass "a little too easily for our liking." This resulted in a broken OLED panel, and no doubt is a sign the Pixel is a bit hard to dig into. Read More
Let's face it, not everyone's first thought when they have a technical problem is to Google it. You might be the designated 'tech person' for your family or friends, making sure granny doesn't get malware on her dusty Windows XP desktop. Some people need an actual person to help them, and that's completely okay - that's where Google Support Services comes in.
One of the Pixel's exclusive features is 24/7 support straight from the Settings app, which even allows support agents to control your device (if you allow them) if needed. Now Google has published the Google Support Services application to the Play Store, to allow updates without new system updates. Read More