The Pixel 5 has been a controversial phone for Google, sacrificing some flagship gloss in exchange for a lower price. Starting back with the Pixel 2, Google's phones have had some of the best haptics available, and it looked like the Pixel 5 would continue that tradition. While it does for the most part, there's one minor quirk that's starting to drive us a little crazy.
This year's CES has been a very different one, but one aspect has stayed consistent: there's are a lot of new products with Alexa. Amazon's assistant shows no signs of stopping, as plenty of new smart home devices include support for Alexa, and some of them even have the assistant built-in.
Samsung made the Galaxy S21 lineup official yesterday, including the new S21 Ultra with S Pen support and a less outrageous (but still prohibitively high) price tag. But how does this new phone compare to its direct predecessor, the first Ultra in the S series? There are some notable upgrades paired with a collection of regressions, which makes the case for the S21 Ultra less than clear.
Don't you hate it when something you're looking forward to gets announced without a date and you're left waiting months without so much as a peep as to when it'll come? For the ten-year-old reboot of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game on Stadia — well, maybe it shouldn't have taken this long — but it's finally time to welcome this classic back.
Rovio's Angry Birds series has seen many forms over the years. It all kicked off with a fantastic slingshot game, but in recent years Rovio has been treading water with low-effort bubble poppers and match-3 titles, which is hardly worth writing home about. Surprisingly Rovio has just announced the soft launch of Angry Birds Journey, and to my amazement, it looks like Rovio has finally gone back to its roots with a new entry in the core slingshot series.
Samsung hasn't only announced the S21 series and the Galaxy Buds Pro at Unpacked today, it also took the time to introduce the Galaxy SmartTag. It's a concept that should feel familiar if you've ever heard of Tile. Like the products from the hugely successful competitor, the Galaxy SmartTag will help you find misplaced items via Bluetooth Low Energy. It also has a button that lets you activate a pre-defined smart home routine. It's controlled via the new SmartThings Find service.
Samsung's recent forays into the true wireless earbud market have been surprisingly decent, with the Galaxy Buds and Buds+ among our favorites and even the leguminous Buds Live sounded pretty good despite their strange open fit. The latest iteration marks a return to more traditional earbuds, with a brand-new design and active noise cancelation on board.
After all the usual leaks and rumors leading up to today's livestreamed Unpacked event, Samsung finally officially took the wraps off its Galaxy S21 lineup. There were few surprises left for TM Koh and co to reveal as the three phones were introduced alongside the Korean company's latest attempt at true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro.
After a million leaks and rumors, the Galaxy S21 is about to be officially announced today at Samsung's first Unpacked event of 2021. The annual Galaxy S series affair, which usually takes place in February, has been brought forward a whole month this time around, likely because 2020 felt a lot longer than one single year and people need something to get excited about — or for some boring financial reason. Regardless, Unpacked in happening in less than 90 minutes and we've got the deets on when and how to watch it right here.
Samsung has a new brand sound, introduced at CES 2021, and it's called The Voyage. Brand sounds probably aren't something you've ever thought about, but these sounds are intended to keep sound effects consistent among different products. I haven't owned a Samsung phone in years, but I can still recall the previous brand sound from the default ringtone. Samsung's hoping you'll remember The Voyage just as well.