LG and Google's Watch Style isn't the most feature-filled smartwatch on the market by a long shot, but if you're just looking for a simple device to read notifications from and check things like the weather, it's a good choice. And since it's just $99.99 from B&H now, the issue with its $249.99 MSRP has been resolved. Read More
The Pixel 2 line of phones has not been averse to criticism, with most of it attributed to the various issues that Pixel 2 XL P-OLED displays experience. While that only affects the larger model, this latest news of random reboots is a problem on both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL alike. Though Google hasn't commented on this issue yet, one user may have tracked the random reboots down. Read More
If you missed out on the Pixel 2's preorder deal for a free Home Mini, don't despair; the Google Store is now restarting that deal and giving $100 in store credit to new buyers. Depending on your priorities, this might be a better deal than the $50 discount on the Pixel 2 XL via eBay. Plus, the Pixelbook now comes with a complimentary Home, which is pretty nifty. Read More
The Pixelbook was shown off only around two months ago, but the tech industry is constantly evolving. That seems to be the case for this motorized Pixelbook lid that was spotted in a patent. This lid would ensure that you wouldn't have to exert as much physical force to use your laptop. Read More
One of the most important features included in Android 8.0 Oreo is 'Project Treble,' Google's attempt to modularize Android. We covered it in detail here, but in a nutshell, Treble separates all the low-level device drivers (known as the 'vendor implementation') from the rest of Android. This makes updating phones/tablets to the latest version of Android much easier for manufacturers, as long as they already support Treble.
There's another major reason why Project Treble is getting people excited - custom ROMs. It is significantly easier to develop custom ROMs for phones with Treble, as opposed to ones without the feature. Read More
At a post-Thanksgiving potluck yesterday, a friend and I were sharing our enthusiasm for Android with someone who recently switched to the platform. One of the first things I always tout in these conversations is Google Opinion Rewards, the app that gives you free Play Store credit in exchange for answering survey questions. As I was talking through it, I took out my phone and opened the app to show my reward history (a shade under $90 since 2014).
Sadly, it appears that some Opinion Rewards users recently lost the luxury to do that at all, thanks to a glitch that loads HTML code instead of readable, formatted text and images within the app. Read More
The Pixel 2 XL isn't an inexpensive phone by any means, and discounts on Google phones are pretty rare within the first few months of release. That makes this $50 discount (and you could be saving a lot more if you live in one of 46 states that tax isn't charged for) a pretty big deal. Read More
Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL have a lot in common, but they aren't just larger and smaller versions of the same hardware like last year. Thus, fans of JerryRigEverything have been calling for a followup test after the Pixel 2 narrowly averted complete failure in the recent stress test. Well, here it is: the Pixel 2 XL has met the blade, the flame, and the bend. It went better this time. Read More
Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.
Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic. For those on a tighter budget there’s also the Zolo Mojo from Anker. And before that has even gone on sale, Google itself launched the Google Home Mini. Read More
Lately, our dear leader Artem has been preaching the usefulness of Google Docs' dictation feature, which allows you to transform your speech into words. However, to use it, he's had to constantly have a Google Doc open. But according to a code change request, Chrome OS will soon have this functionality built into the system as an accessibility feature. (Too bad Artem doesn't often use a Chromebook.) Read More