If you've been waiting to "smart" up your home theater's audio, Vizio may have just given you incentive to pull the trigger on a purchase with its new SmartCast sound bar collection, launched today. They start at just a paltry $180 for the basic 38" three-driver sound bar and go all the way up to $500 for fully-equipped 5.1 systems. What makes them smart? Well, they're Google Cast enabled right out of the box, meaning you can cast audio to your Vizio SmartCast speakers just like a Chromecast, and that's pretty damn cool.
At launch, Vizio has nine configurations available, so there's probably a setup that fits in a price:performance:practicality bracket for you. Read More
Lenovo and Motorola announced the G4 and G4 Plus a few weeks ago, and today it appears Moto has published the kernel source for its latest high-end-of-the-low-end (or bottom of the mid-range?) handsets. Read More
Google has updated its platform distribution numbers today, and Marshmallow has taken a nice jump upward. The latest version of Android is now over 10% of active devices. Just in time for Android N to show up, right? Then there's Froyo, which stubbornly hangs on at 0.1% of the market. Read More
Nextbit dropped the price of its first smartphone a few weeks back when it launched on Amazon, but that $100 off promotion was only for a limited time. Now, here we are just a month later and the device is on sale again. You can snag the Robin in mint or midnight colorways for $299. 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
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
The Chromecast and Chromecast audio are already very competitively priced devices at $35 each, but they're even cheaper today through May 8th. Both devices are $5 off at most retailers, bringing the price down to $30. Oh, and Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast at all because reasons. 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