Anker only recently moved into the competitive Bluetooth headphone space. Last year the company created a very successful Kickstarter for its Liberty+ headphones, and now those of us unlucky enough to miss out on that early bird pricing can get in on the action, too. Both the Liberty+ and Liberty are now discounted on Amazon via coupon codes, for a mere $79 and $119, respectively. Read More
Truly wireless earbuds are fast becoming a crowded space, and it's getting tougher to discern who the big players really are, and who's just the latest to try and cash in on the next trend in personal audio. Enter the Zolo Liberty+.
Zolo is the audio sub-brand of Anker, the company famous for its battery packs, chargers, and mobile accessories. The Liberty+ are its second true wireless earbud, following up on the original Liberty. The Liberty+ feature a charging case with a larger battery (up to 48 hours of additional playback), an uprated wireless radio with support for Bluetooth 5.0 (though Bluetooth 5.0 doesn't really do anything to improve the experience), and "graphene-coated" drivers, which I'm going to take Zolo at its word on being a desirable product feature. Read More
The headphone jack is dead, or so we're told by OEMs, but the selection of wired USB Type-C headphones is still woefully inadequate. If you aren't interested in all the problems associated with Bluetooth audio, you're pretty much forced into the donglelife. But Essential just launched two new pairs of USB Type-C powered headphones, including the Earphones HD. Although the HDs aren't bad, for $100 it's tough to recommend them unless you absolutely can't use a dongle. Read More
It's sad, but the headphone jack is being included on fewer and fewer phones every year. Ever since Apple started the trend of relying on one connector with the iPhone 7, Google, HTC, Motorola, and more companies have all released flagship devices without the 3.5mm jack that all of us knew and loved. Read More
To say it's been a bumpy ride for Essential would be an understatement. After the initial hype surrounding the company's first phone died down, reviews were lukewarm and strong sales failed to materialize. Considerable price drops have followed, and there's also been controversy surrounding founder Andy Rubin and alleged inappropriate behavior. That said, there are some positives for owners of the device, with Essential quick to deliver updates and make improvements.
The world's smallest 360-degree camera made the headlines as a launch accessory for the phone, but the company has just added a few more items to its online store. Read More
Sony has announced a total of eight new Bluetooth connectable audio devices at CES. Of these, three are extra bass portable speakers, three are sports headphones, and two are soundbars. Naturally, the Japanese electronics giant has a few tricks to show off for extra visibility. Simply hearing your music is clearly not enough in 2018. Read More
Active noise cancelling headphones are awesome for work, travel, commutes, and zoning out when you're exercising or simply sitting at home and trying to relax. If you don't want to shell out a lot for the wireless kind or you don't like audio over Bluetooth, you can grab a pair of Bose's older wired ANC headphones for their lowest price ever: the Quiet Comfort 25 for Android devices are down to $169 on Amazon now.
These use an AAA battery for noise cancellation and pump your audio over a wired cable, which is compatible with Android in this version. That means the playback controls, volume buttons and mic should work without an issue on Android phones. Read More
The writing on the wall is larger than ever before for headphone jacks in smartphones, so it's no surprise that web searches for "bluetooth headphones" have hit an all-time high this holiday season. Sure, you could tentatively dip your toe in the water and save yourself some cash by trying out a pair of cheaper Bluetooth earbuds. But if you're feeling in the mood to be generous to yourself or a loved one, maybe it's time to spring for a pair of premium over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones — a pair like the Sennheiser HD1, which retails for $499.95 but is currently being sold for $349.95 on Amazon, the lowest they've gone for there. Read More
Most owners of OG Pixels can attest that Bluetooth on those devices is not the best. We've written a fair few articles about the various issues over the past year, but with the launch of the new Pixels we were hopeful that Google might have improved things somewhat. While Bluetooth performance so far does seem to be more consistent, we've just learned about one particularly annoying bug that Pixel 2 owners have uncovered.
According to the many posters on this Pixel User Community thread, when you connect Bluetooth headphones to a Pixel 2 or 2 XL and activate the Google Assistant, it makes a sound to indicate that it's listening but doesn't detect your voice. Read More