Google Play Music Gets a Big Update With New Home Screen, Smarter Recommendations

Google announced a major update to Google Play Music this morning, one that will show you smarter and timelier recommendations with a new home screen layout and always-available offline playback. This is a big one, and it starts arriving today.

Up front, when you open the new app after updating, Google is showing you a new layout that they are calling the “ultimate personal DJ.” That means bigger cards of playlists and stations of “what you like, but also when you like it.” The images above give you a good feel for how this will look, including a “Recents” button, that we’re assuming gets you into recently played tracks. The update isn’t live yet, but my gut tells me that there is more to this new interface than just a fancy new home screen.  (more…)

Google Daydream View Review

It’s November 10 and Google’s Daydream View headset is now available for purchase. I’ve been able to spend most of the past week with one to familiarize myself with the virtual reality headset and take in some content, like games and other experiences. As of today, Daydream View may only work with Pixel and Pixel XL, but it’s off to a great start for the mobile VR category.

Let’s take a deeper look in our Daydream View review.  (more…)

Adobe Lightroom for Android Update Adds Raw File Importing, Editing

Today, Adobe pushed an update to Lightroom on Android, bringing with it raw image support while on mobile. That means importing directly from your camera, editing, sharing, etc. in a way you would from your computer.

In order to get your raw files over to Lightroom, Adobe recommends a on-the-go (OTG) cable or device, like the one we showed you yesterday from Amazon. Once camera and phone have been connected, you can transfer the raw files in PTP mode by selecting each within Lightroom.  (more…)

Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL Getting Updates With Bluetooth Fixes, Daydream View Improvements

According to Verizon, the Pixel and Pixel XL are receiving an update today to build NDE63X. My guess is that this is November’s security patch, but Verizon’s changelog doesn’t necessarily say so. What it does say is to expect a Bluetooth fix, VR improvements, and a WiFi Calling option for New Mexico.

UPDATE: Yep, it’s the November security patch. Details here. (more…)

Google Home Unboxing and Setup!

Google Home is available and we have a couple in-house to start our testing. No, we won’t be doing a 1-day review. Instead, we’ll actually do quite a bit of testing and get back to you with findings on whether or not this is an item your home needs. After all, with Google Assistant involved, these units should only get better the more we use them.

As a recap, Google Home is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. It costs just $129, though, so it’s quite a bit more affordable. But beyond the price, this thing is powered by Google, sports a built-in speaker, and also works with all of your Cast-ready devices, as well as a number of Google services (Play Music, YouTube, Calendar, Keep, etc.). It’s very much the hub that you may have been waiting for.  (more…)