Archive for August, 2017


Nest’s Thermostat E has an all-new design, cheaper price tag

Nest wants to make smart thermostats more appealing to a broader audience.

Nest unveiled its first smart thermostat in 2011, and rolled out two updated variants with added compatibility for heating and cooling systems and a larger screen. The underlying design has largely remained intact, along with the $ 249 price tag.

Nest is looking to change that with the Thermostat E — a “​simpler,​ ​more​ ​affordable​” thermostat with an all-new design that will retail for $ 169. Whereas  [Read More…]

Learn to develop apps for Android Oreo for just $34!

Have you always dreamt of developing your own apps for Android, but simply don’t have the knowledge or the tools needed to get started? And with every new Android release, you feel like you’re just falling further behind in reaching those dreams. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

You need to take advantage of this great offer by from Android Central Digital Offers. You can get the Complete Android Oreo with Kotlin Bundle for just $  [Read More…]

Google Assistant is making its way to third-party speakers and appliances

Google Assistant is coming to a lot of third-party devices later this year.

Amazon opened up Alexa to third-party developers last year, resulting in a series of products powered by the retailer’s digital assistant. Google followed suit earlier this year by making the Google Assistant SDK available to developers, and we’re now starting to see the first thrid-party products powered by Google Assistant.

At IFA, the company is showcasing three speakers powered by the digital assistant and is announcing  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: Simple improvements to one of the best fitness trackers

Don’t mess with a good thing.

Though it didn’t get as much fanfare as the Gear S2 and S3 in the last two years, the Gear Fit 2 was quietly one of the best all-around fitness trackers available since it was introduced in mid-2016. It wasn’t nearly as big as the smartwatches out there, yet it did many of the core smartwatch functions while also being a fully-featured fitness wearable.

Now for the end of 2017 Samsung  [Read More…]

BLU Vivo 8 debuts with 13MP camera and 4GB of RAM, will be on sale for $199.99

If you’re in the market for a deal on a new Android smartphone, BLU’s got just that for you.

BLU today introduced the Vivo 8, and the new handset is now available on Amazon. Normally it’s priced at $ 299.99, but between August 31st and September 1st at 11:59 pm ET, it’ll be $ 100 off. That’ll leave the final price at $ 199.99.

No matter when you buy the BLU Vivo 8, you’ll get an Android 7.0 smartphone with  [Read More…]

Samsung refreshes fitness-focused wearables with Gear Fit 2 Pro, Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018

It’s a product portfolio that was in need of updating.

Samsung is taking to IFA 2017 in Berlin to refresh its fitness wearable lineup, with an improved version of the Gear Fit 2, refreshed Gear IconX earbuds and an all-new Gear Sport smartwatch. The naming is not subtle: Gear Fit 2 Pro, Gear Sport, and Gear IconX 2018.

The new set of wearables is all about building on what Samsung has already done in this market, with  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear Sport hands-on: The Gear S2 refresh we all wanted

We really needed that ‘in between’ smartwatch again.

When Samsung released the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic, it made the watches substantially larger than the original Gear S2. And in doing so, the Gear S3 lineup kind of lost a lot of its appeal to those who wanted a fitness-oriented smartwatch rather than a general-purpose one. To remedy the situation, Samsung is releasing the Gear Sport: a smartwatch that has its eyes set on fitness and activity,  [Read More…]

Bell Mobility takes a first step in replacing SMS in Canada

Bell has launched its version of the RCS standard for Galaxy S8 users.

Slowly but surely, more carriers are starting to move to RCS to hopefully begin replacing SMS over the long run. All the pieces are in place in Android phones for RCS, since Google has built the standard into the Android Messages app. But users won’t be able to actually use the new standard until their carriers update their piece of the puzzle.

Bell Canada  [Read More…]

This 360-degree camera snaps onto your Android phone, $79.99 (Deal of the Day)

Panoramic photos are really quite awesome, but they’re not always that easy to capture. Sure, some camera apps are helpful and walk you through the process, but it’s not guaranteed to have true 360-degree images. Our Deal of the Day is a camera that plugs into your phone’s USB Type-C or microUSB port and which captures […]