India is an increasingly important market for Amazon’s retail business as a whole and its smart speaker line in part. The Echo range commanded close to 60 percent of the local market last year and gained support for the Hindi language this September to reach a broad base of non-English speakers. Maintaining that trajectory, and by popular demand, Amazon today introduced the portable Echo Input — its second battery-powered Alexa smart speaker — in the Indian market. Read More
With recent Android feature additions such as Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, Google has sought to make life easier for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. The next step is making sure those same users get the help they need to get the most out of their Google hardware and software products.
To this end, Google has added American Sign Language specialists to its Disability Support offering, with video chat available Monday to Friday, 8:00-17:00 PT. The service is provided in partnership with Connect Direct and Telus International. Read More
The Moto One Hyper is the newest phone in Moto's rapidly growing lineup of "motorolaone" series smartphones, and unlike the other phones in the family, this one is a little more about specifications than edge case photography (though it does have a 64MP rear camera). The most striking thing about the Hyper is the notch: specifically, that there isn't one. This is Moto's first pop-up front-facing camera, and like the OnePlus 7 Pro, it gives the phone a clean, full-screen look.
I had a chance to check the Hyper out briefly in Maui at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit, and I think it's fair to say this is the strongest showing in the current Moto One portfolio, combining reasonably respectable performance credentials with serious battery, storage, and charging chops. Read More
Samsung surprised quite a few of us with the Galaxy Buds that launched at the same time as the Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup — not only were they affordable but they sounded pretty decent too (as I detailed in my review). Details about a follow up are now starting to emerge, and it sounds like they'll come with in-vogue active noise cancellation tech. Read More
One of the little annoyances of my online life is the inability to quickly launch Google Drive files by just typing their name in the Chrome omnibox. I always start doing that then remember that this is reliant on my browsing history and bookmarks, so I go to Drive instead, find the file, and bookmark it if I think I'll need frequent access to it. Turns out things are a little easier for G Suite users, and they're about to become even better. Color me jealous. Read More
Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us now, there are still some great deals to be found for quality smartphones. Amazon is currently selling the unlocked Galaxy Note9 in Midnight Black with 128GB of storage for just $649, which is $151 off its usual price. There's also a 512GB model going for $839, down from its usual $1,050. Both deals are set to expire at the end of the day today. Read More
Though it had a rocky launch, Google is beginning to gain its footing with Stadia and is now adding some functionality that had been previously promised but missing. The Google Assistant button on the controller had until now been inactive, displaying only a coming soon message on your screen upon being pushed. Today that's finally going to change, as Google activates Stadia's Assistant button. Read More
When Samsung's Good Lock customization app made its debut a few years ago, it was limited to configuring the lock screen, recents menu, and notifications. Over the years, those options have expanded to include customization of the status bar, AOD and lock screen clocks, and even edge lighting colors. For system-wide theming, users could download pre-made themes from Samsung's store, and now they're finally getting a way to quickly and easily create custom themes of their own with the introduction of the new Theme Park Good Lock module. Read More
Motorola has struggled to find its footing in the smartphone era. After early successes like the Droid, it increasingly fell behind the likes of Samsung and OnePlus. After focusing on cheaper phones for the last few years, Moto says it's coming back to the flagship space in 2020. Read More