Amazon probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think of innovative gadgets. Not anymore, anyway. Hearing a company is producing a ho-hum smartphone based on Android isn't nearly as exciting as hearing about the Kindle for the first time. But with the Echo, the online retailer does have a cool piece of tech on its hands.
The Echo, which recently became available for general purchase in the US, is essentially what you get when you stick Google Now or Siri into a plastic tube. Read More
Google is doing its darnedest to make developers happy. To a certain extent, anyway - it still makes some major mistakes on a pretty regular basis, but at least it's trying to expand availability for paid apps to more users and, crucially, more developers. Today developers in Azerbaijan, Iceland, Peru, And Yemen can submit paid apps to the Google Play Store, as well as offer in-app purchases. Previously Android users in all four nations could buy apps, but not sell them. Read More
The Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM speaker is currently marked down to $50 as a Best Buy deal of the day. That's a 50% discount on what I would personally say is an awesome little portable Bluetooth speaker. Our very own Camerson Summerson would say the same, albeit in more detail.
This deal undercuts the last Best Buy sale, which was just over a week ago, by $10. This time around, you can get the speaker in all black or with a red front grille, and you can pick up the green-on-purple Barney the Dinosaur edition at the same price. Read More
How much storage do you really need in a smartphone? 32GB? 64GB? More? If you've got a microSD card slot and some extra cash, you can add a whopping 200GB to your device now that SanDisk's newest SD cards are on sale. The 200GB microSD card has an MSRP of $250, but it's a little cheaper in some places.
It seems like the only thing anybody can talk about is Android M, but we should remember that we've got about 4 more months with Lollipop v5.1.1 as the current version until Mango Mojito (probably not) is officially released in October. This is no more apparent than when an update appears on AOSP and brings with it thousands of changes. In fact, this update is large enough it probably deserved more than a barely noticeable revision bump. Read More
In its previous update, Pocket Casts added an Android Wear companion app that allowed you to browse your Up Next list of podcasts and pick an episode to play. It worked even when Pocket Casts wasn't launched on your phone and without requiring the notification first, which was awesome if you needed to start playback from your watch without having to dig your phone out of your pocket/purse. The whole idea though relied on you having already populated your playback queue because you couldn't browse your entire library from the watch. Read More
The family-oriented section of the Play Store is now offering up another free app of the week. When Google first started the giveaways, Daniel Tiger Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings was the debut app. Toca Hair Salon 2 came next. This week we're looking at Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse.
As we now know, Google hands out these free apps using coupon codes. So if you head directly to the app's Play Store page , you will still see its regular price listed. Read More
FLIR has announced its second generation thermal camera smartphone add-on will be coming to Android in July. The FLIR ONE plugs into the microUSB port on your phone to provide thermal imaging at four times the resolution of the first generation version. That kind of technology doesn't come cheap, though. It'll run $249.99 when it ships next month.
Today T-Mobile has announced Un-carrier Amped, which is basically this: you take an existing Un-carrier announcement, and you amp it up. Simple.
Un-carrier 2.0 will be the first to receive such amptituding. For those that don't remember, T-Mobile's second carrier-busting announcement introduced its JUMP! Read More
Monument Valley remains one of the finest puzzle experiences on a mobile device, but it's unfortunately somewhat short. There's a little more to love today with the release of Ida's Dream, a chapter that was originally created for a charity promotion on iOS. You can get it for free if you've already purchased Monument Valley—no extra IAP required.