It’s not hard for us to get excited about the hot new trend of the moment, smart home speaker assistants. Unlike Android or iOS, which are both beyond mature at this point, this category of products is growing by the day and could soon lead to a world controlled by voice. Whether its the Friday Amazon Alexa email with a list of new features or Google quietly pushing new goodness into the Google Home app without as much as a peep, there is always something fresh to talk about.
But I don’t know that we’ve ever asked if any of you own Amazon or Google smart home assistants. I’m talking about Amazon Echo devices and Google Home, of course. Through all of the deals over the holidays and in partnership with phone launches (like the G6), picking up one of these products should have been an affordable thing on numerous occasions.
So let us know – do you own an Amazon Echo devices or Google Home?
You might not remember T-Mobile announcing a new feature called DIGITS back in December because, well, December was forever ago. You should care about it now, though. DIGITS has left beta and arrives May 31 to upgrade your T-Mobile phone number.
Whoa! Upgrade your phone number? Yep, that’s sounds scary, but it probably won’t be a big deal. Let’s talk about DIGITS. (more…)
You know you’ve been around a while when a colleague writes up a profile about your time in the business and starts it out by saying, “Gather ’round, kiddos, ’cause it’s time to travel back to the Good Ol’ Days of Android.” Then again, I kind of have been doing this for a really long time – over 7 years! – so if the boot fits…
Anyways, the piece I’m referring to was written by JR Raphael, the brilliant brain behind the Android Intelligence column over at Computerworld. He runs a regular series called “How I Use Android” that features various personalities in the Android realm. You’ll find profiles on developers that make many of your favorite apps, Googlers, podcasters, and the occasional media loud mouth (like me)! (more…)
According to Motorola’s official support account on Twitter, the Android Wear 2.0 update is finally ready for the Moto 360 (2nd Gen). In fact, it’s so ready that some owners of the device could see the update as soon as today. (more…)
Ready for Andy Rubin’s first phone from his new company, Essential? We’ll likely see it on May 30 at Recode’s Code Conference.
The company Twitter account Tweeted for the first time today, announcing that they are “here to let you know something big is coming May 30th!” Since Rubin is speaking at the Code Conference that day, it only makes sense that he use the opportunity with all of tech watching to show off his new phone. (more…)
AccuWeather released an Android TV app this morning, an app that aims to provide you with “the most accurate, personalized weather experience available in the world,” according to the company’s president of digital media.
The app is available right now through Google Play and is free to install. You’ll get breaking weather videos on it, along with in-studio reports and minute-by-minute forecasts that include precipitation type and intensity for a couple of hours. You can add multiple locations, adjust all sorts of settings, and even change the theme from dark to light or have it do so automatically depending on time of day. (more…)
If you own a top tier smartphone from Verizon that was released within the past two years, there is a good chance you will see an update this week. We’re seeing new software for at least 11 devices, though that number could increase before the end of tomorrow. Most appear to be security patches, rather than big upgrades to Nougat. (more…)
At long last, Galaxy S8 owners can ditch Samsung’s on-screen button look, if they so desire. The developers over on XDA have released an APK file that will change the on-screen button look, providing the same button aesthetic you’d find on a Pixel device. Super sweet! (more…)