We may be solidly into May at this point, but who among us doesn't find themselves constantly playing catch-up? The old April security patch has already reached a whole bunch of Galaxy devices in the US, but Samsung continues to update more and more phones as the weeks go on. Some of the latest April updates to land bring Android 11 to the Tab S6, new video features to the Tab S7, and security patches to everyone involved.
Google launched the Nest Audio last fall, serving as a replacement to both the original Google Home and the oversized Home Max. It's one of the best speakers you can buy for under $100, but it's not perfect. Without a wired input, it's impossible to use the Nest Audio with a turntable or your entertainment system. If you've been dying to add some speakers to your house but you're hesitant to switch to wireless, today's you're lucky day. You can upgrade your audio experience with a Google Home Max for just $150.
It's only been a few weeks since the latest version of Apple Music hit the Play Store, bringing along sharable music lyrics and the ability to search by record label. Apple isn't finished adding new features to the Android version of its streaming app, though. The latest beta release adds some flare to album and playlist artwork, all while hinting at an upcoming boost in sound quality.
Samsung sure knows how to give phone buyers what they want, whether we're talking about high-end foldable phones that capture the imagination of shoppers with money to burn, or well-executed budget models that still offer big screens and premium functionality while costing just a fraction of flagships. Today we're checking our what could be one of the next models to join the company's more wallet-friendly offerings, with new leaks detailing what we can expect from the upcoming Galaxy A22.
Google released the original Nest Hub (née Home Hub) in 2018, and we liked it even at $150. That price came down substantially, giving more people a chance to try out what was arguably the best Assistant smart display. Google says one in five people put that device in their bedrooms, thanks largely to the lack of a camera. The second-gen Hub still doesn't have a camera, but it does watch you. Hiding inside the almost identical chassis is a Soli radar module, which monitors your movement and breathing to track sleep. Any technology product that watches you sleep is bound to come off a little creepy, but there's more to the Hub than sleep tracking.
RedMagic isn't a big name in the US, but it's been busy carving out a niche for budget gaming phones. Gaming phones almost always come with compromises, and a budget option even more so. Still, for $600, the RedMagic 6 is killer on paper with a Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM, and a 165Hz display, but prodigious specs aren't always enough when poor support is on the table. Still, some mobile gamers might make that trade-off for super-smooth gameplay when the RedMagic 6 launches later this month.
As most phones have left the headphone jack behind for good, true wireless earbuds have gone from optional accessories to must-haves for on-the-go listening. While Samsung, Apple, and Jabra fight it out in the premium space, there's still plenty of competition available for low and mid-range options. Amazon is no stranger to providing quality alternatives at lower prices — it's kept the budget Android tablet alive single-handedly with its Fire tablets. Whether it can do the same with earbuds is another question altogether.
Drop down menus have been a part of graphical computer interfaces since the beginning, but they aren't particularly easy to interact with on touchscreens. Google is working on getting rid of them with a few measures on Android, such as moving the password autofill dropdown to a bar on top of Gboard. But it looks like the company also wants to further reduce the number of dropdowns you come across when you surf the web in Chrome.
You may have heard that Sonos and Google are involved in a dispute over patent infringement in the US, with Sonos claiming that the search company used its power to steal intellectual property when they first partnered up. The legal debate isn't limited by borders, though. Sonos also brought Google to court in Germany, where it has managed to enforce a preliminary sales ban of a whole bunch of Google products using the Cast protocol.
It's virtually impossible to bring a notable tech product to market without it getting leaked at least a little, and Google's smartphones are almost famous for the extent to which they're leaked ahead of release. Now it looks like the Pixel 6 may be facing the same fate as a new leak reveals a new camera and a fairly substantial departure from the simple, subdued design language we've come to expect from Google's hardware group.