Here is the Chromecast Ultra, Google’s New 4K Stream Machine

October 4 is going to be a big day for both Google and tech enthusiasts. Not only are we expecting Google to show off its first Pixel phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, we won’t be shocked if they unveil pricing and availability for Google Home, and introduce Google WiFi routers and a new Chromecast. That new Chromecast is said to be called the Chromecast Ultra and the folks at VentureBeat have given us pictures of it (above).

Ooooooh. Mmmhmmm. That’s nice.  (more…)

HTC Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart are Reported Codenames for Upcoming Devices

Known HTC info leaker LlabTooFeR is back this week, essentially calling BS on HTC’s denial of last week’s Ocean news. In case you missed it, an HTC designer posted what appeared to be a concept reel of a device codenamed Ocean. The device features pressure sensitive touch controls instead of physical buttons, making it quite the futuristic device. However, HTC denied that it was a real project, with the designer removing the video almost as soon as it went up. Interestingly, the designer’s removal of the video is what gives credence to the idea that it may be real in the first place.

So, with that news fresh in the mind, three codenames are now floating around: Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart. LlabTooFeR gave no other details or context, but did link to the previous Ocean information that was originally posted on Twitter by @evleaks(more…)

DEAL: Chromecast Audio is Just $25 Right Now ($10 Off)

Before Google launches the next version of the Chromecast, thought be called Chromecast Ultra, they are hosting a deal on the Chromecast Audio that has shaved $10 off the retail price (dropping it to $25). That’s easily the best price we have seen to date. Most discounts on Chromecast devices are $5, since they are already reasonably priced at $35.

As a recap, the Chromecast Audio wants no part of your video needs. Instead, Audio wants you to attach it to your old unused speakers to try and bring them back to life. Chromecast Audio works the same way as a regular Chromecast, in that you open apps (like Google Music) on your phone and Cast their content on over, but again, it’s an audio-only experience.

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Roku’s New Device Lineup Includes the Roku Express and 4K-Ready Roku Ultra, Pricing Starts at $29.99

Roku has a new lineup of devices for the holiday shopping season, five in total. Ranging in price and specification, the devices are up for pre-order beginning today, with in-store availability starting early October.

The five devices are as follows – Roku Express, Express+, Roku Premiere, Premiere+, and Roku Ultra. The least expensive model, the Roku Express, features 1080p streaming, a simplistic IR remote control, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, and comes with a HDMI cable for connecting to your TV. Pricing for the Express is $29.99, while the Express+ is $39.99.  (more…)

Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: September 23, 2016

Day 2,504 in the books at Droid Life. This week, Google finally launched Allo after debuting it at Google I/O in May, and we posted our review of the Moto Z Play. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s a video review (not 2,000 words), and we are very proud of it. Let us know what you think.

Other top Android stories include photos of the Pixel and Pixel XL in white surfacing, details on Google WiFi and Chromecast Ultra have leaked, and Google made official the date which they will unveil their latest smartphones. Are you ready? We most definitely are.

Catch this week’s greatest stories below. (more…)