One of the long-running complaints about the Google Home Mini is the lack of stereo pairing, where one speaker could act as the left audio channel and another could be the right channel. Though Google hasn't widely publicized the feature, the updated Nest Mini apparently supports stereo pairing. Read More
LG is joining the Smart Display game, becoming the fourth company to do so after Lenovo, JBL, and Google itself. The Smart Display, formally dubbed "XBOOM AI ThinQ View WK9" (who comes up with these names?), puts a focus on audio with its dual 20W speakers. LG first announced this all the way back in January at CES, but we hadn't heard anything else until now. It's available now at an introductory price of $199.99, $100 off its MSRP. Read More
Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional. Read More
I wouldn't exactly say it's a secret, but I'm a bit of a closet audiophile. I've reviewed a couple of audio products for Android devices in the past (like portable speakers and headphones), and am always interested in Android-friendly sound solutions.
Today, I'm taking a look at the Philips Fidelio AS851 (yes, that is kind of a lame name), Philips' top-of-the-line Android speaker dock. How can a speaker dock be designed for Android, you ask? Well, Philips realized that their popular line of iPhone docks could pretty easily be converted to be Android friendly by changing the dock connector to a microUSB connection, and releasing the Fidelio app for Android handsets. Read More
Sony Ericsson Indonesia has quietly announced to the world that they will be putting out the first Android-based Walkman device, the W8. This is by no means a power house, though, with a 600MHz processor, 168MB of RAM, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 3" 320x480 screen; clearly, this phone is aimed at the budget market.
This device will run Android 2.1 and the same version of Timescape as the X10 mini, with some tweaks to the Mediascape music interface to give users the Walkman experience. To make sure you enjoy blasting some tunes on the W8, Sony is going to sweeten the deal for anyone picking up this phone with a set of premium earbuds. Read More