Archive for August, 2017


New Android 8.0 Oreo feats: launching the Google Assistant from within apps

Released last week, Android 8.0 Oreo brings with it a host of new features and upgrades. One that was recently discovered by the folks of xda-developers in some code on the Android Developers website reveals an interesting possibility – soon users will be able to open Google Assistant from within their apps. Right now you […]

Moto G5S Plus with dual cameras launches in India for just ₹15,999

Moto G5S Plus introduces a better imaging setup while debuting at the same price point as the G5 Plus.

Following the success of the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola is launching a special edition dubbed the Moto G5S Plus. The highlight of the phone is dual 13MP rear cameras — a standard shooter augmented by a monochrome lens — along with an 8MP front shooter with LED flash. The phone will go up for sale exclusively on Amazon India for  [Read More…]

Essential Phone orders are ACTUALLY now shipping out

Essential said that devices were being shipped as of August 25th and some people even received shipping numbers but clicking the link returned an error. It seems that the Essential phone is now actually shipping out according to a number of forums. It does appear that this is only for devices ordered directly through the […]

Essential Phone orders are finally shipping, for real this time

Now we can turn our focus to the actual phone, right?

Facing a few days of shipping delays late list week, Essential said that shipments of its new phone were finally heading out the door on Aug 25 — but now, it seems like that’s actually happening today. Looking at threads both on our own Android Central forums and the popular XDA forums, people are starting to actually receive tracking numbers for their phones — though at first it  [Read More…]

Xiaomi’s $45 Mi Travel Backpack is the perfect gear bag

The Mi Travel Backpack will fit all your gear with ease.

Xiaomi has been aggressively branching out into lifestyle products, with the manufacturer making everything from smart home lighting to robot vacuums, rice cookers, and even a desk light (which looks really cool).

The common theme among all of Xiaomi’s products in this segment is affordability — the brand rose to fame by effectively undercutting entrenched vendors in the handset segment, and it is following the same  [Read More…]

G Suite managers can now control Android Wear devices

G Suite Managers can now administer Android Wear devices for devices using Android Wear 2.0 and later.

As strange as it may sound, a wearable device is a great match in many industries. Being able to see notifications while your hands are full or dirty may sound trivial, but in practice, it makes a smartwatch worth whatever other headaches are involved. Google apparently agrees, because now G Suite managers can manage Android Wear 2.0 devices.

Ausdroid reports  [Read More…]

Android Oreo’s picture-in-picture feature now usable in Google Maps

The latest version of Google Maps makes Oreo’s PiP actually usable and adds other news features.

While Google Maps added support for Android Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture mode a few weeks ago, it wasn’t actually any good. Users reported rendering issues and application crashes, prohibiting the PIP experience. That has been fixed with the latest update to Google Maps.

Android Police reports that Google Maps 9.60 has fixed the previous issues with PIP, meaning all Android Oreo  [Read More…]

Eufy’s Alexa-powered Genie is down to $30 for a limited time

It may not be an Amazon Echo Dot, but our friends at Thrifter are back again with a great deal on a new competitor!

Amazon’s Echo Dot is the company’s most affordable way to add Alexa through your house, but at $ 50 it is still more than some people want to pay. Eufy, a sister brand of Anker, has recently released a competitor which is basically a more affordable Echo Dot and today you can grab one  [Read More…]

This $20 UPS can keep your home network connected when the power goes out

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on APC’s home network UPS!

There’s nothing worse than losing power in the middle of an important project and losing all of your data along with it. Having your devices connected to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a smart choice, and one you’ll thank yourself for making. Right now you can pick up APC’s Back-UPS Connected battery backup for just $ 19.66, a savings  [Read More…]

Check out Temi, an Amazon Echo Show on wheels

A few months ago Amazon unveiled a new Echo product called the Echo Show which unlike previous models, incorporates a tablet which comes in-handy for things like video calling. While the product has seen moderate success so far, we might soon see a similar product arrive on the market. Robot making company Roboteam is currently […]