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Google Assistant is now on Android Auto, because apparently it wasn't before

According to an announcement made by Google at CES, the company's Google Assistant is now on Android Auto. If you're a bit confused by this, that's understandable. Apparently, the previous implementation was just a simpler voice search. Now that things have been upgraded to the full Google Assistant experience, you'll have a wider range of functions and tools available behind the wheel. 

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Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

Remember when dreaming about modular electronics was all the rage? Even Google got caught up in the fantasy for a little while. Project Ara's notion of a modular smartphone might be dead for now, but there's still a smartwatch with interchangeable components to capture our attention in 2018. Blocks raised $1.6M in a Kickstarter campaign that ended way back in 2015, and there must have been concerns that the product would never make it into production. Some of its backers are thankfully starting to receive their watches now, as the company announces the official launch at CES.

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Samsung's foldable smartphone could definitely maybe launch in December 2018

We've been hearing about Samsung's smartphone with a foldable screen for what seems like an eternity, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to finally see the thing. Flexible screens have been demoed at trade shows for years, but getting them into a production-ready phone is another matter entirely. Samsung had seemed the most likely to make this dream a reality, but it must be as hard to do as it sounds as the project keeps getting put back.

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Sony introduces new Bluetooth sound bars, speakers, and headphones

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.

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Google Assistant is coming to smart displays

Amazon stumbled upon a good idea when it launched the Echo Show last year. Even though it's just an Echo speaker with a screen (and despite the YouTube functionality being removed), it has enjoyed moderate success and currently sits a 4.5-star average rating on Amazon. Now Google has unveiled its competitor - Google Assistant for smart screens.

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15 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (1/2/18 - 1/8/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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First Alert’s Onelink Safe & Sound will keep you from suffocating with Alexa or Google Assistant

As expected, this year's CES is all about the smart assistant and smart speaker. The latest company to jump onboard isn't quite what you'd expect, though. First Alert, commonly recognized as a manufacturer of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, has just announced its new Onelink Safe & Sound, which combines those previously mentioned alarms with high-end speakers and your choice of Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant.

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Ring announces new security cameras and lights, promises Ring Alarm system will ship soon

Ring is on hand at CES to talk about some new products, as well as offer some updates on previously announced devices. The company has a raft of new cameras and lights, including some products that resulted from its acquisition of smart lighting firm Mr. Beams. There's also news on the delayed security system. Ring Alarm (yes, that's a different name) will ship soon.

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Asus ZenFone Max Plus coming to North America with 4,130mAh battery and 'full-view display'

Asus sure does like its superlatives. Case in point, the 'ZenFone Max' wasn't good enough, so now there's a ZenFone Max Plus. The "Plus" means it's better, but better how? This one pairs a big battery with an 18:9 screen for a more modern look. It's coming to North America soon for a very competitive price.

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Samsung shows off 2018 Family Hub fridge with Bixby and SmartThings, and 146-inch 'The Wall' TV at CES

Samsung unveiled its first Family Hub fridge back in 2016, and the concept of a 'smart refrigerator' hasn't become any less ridiculous since then. Still, the company made a sequel last year, so people must be buying them. The third-generation model was unveiled at CES, along with an insane 146-inch TV that Samsung calls 'The Wall.'

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