Category: Android News


The Galaxy Note 8 Alcantara case is like a soft blanket for your phone

Remember Snuggie? This is not that. This is a case.

I’ve been meaning to put my thoughts on the Note 8 down for a few weeks now, but they’re basically the same as Andrew’s: it’s a great, huge phone that has many redeeming qualities, including a beautiful screen, admirable performance, and an S Pen that I love and want to use, but don’t. Oh, and battery life is fine. Not sure what everyone’s on about in that  [Read More…]

Amazon announces second-gen Echo with better audio, new design, and lower price

Amazon just revealed its second-generation Amazon Echo with newer, better sound and a whole new design.

At a surprise press event on Wednesday Amazon revealed a new and improved Amazon Echo smart speaker. The device features an upgraded audio system and an updated design.

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The second-generation Echo touts immersive sound thanks to an all-new speaker architecture that packs in Dolby processing, a dedicated tweeter, and a 2.5-inch down-firing woofer. It also has Amazon’s second-generation  [Read More…]

Amazon’s new Echo speakers come in all shapes and sizes

It hasn’t been long since Amazon launched the Echo Show (back in May), but this week the tech giant introduced a new lineup of Alexa-powered devices including three new Echo models. The first one is a re-designed Echo which is a shorter, rounder version of the original Echo speaker which will go on sale for […]

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: All grown up

The first-generation Mi Mix was awe-inspiring, and with its successor, Xiaomi is looking to retain that ‘wow’ factor while making the device accessible to a wider audience.

Xiaomi made the rest of the smartphone industry stand up and take notice with the Mi Mix. The phone’s all-screen front with a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio and ceramic construction made it stand out, but with Xiaomi opting to sell the device primarily in China, most consumers had to resort to  [Read More…]

Amazon’s new Echo Connect brings landline phone calls to your Echo

A device that plugs into your standard phone jack (given that you still have one of those) and turns your Echo into a landline speakerphone.

At Amazon’s surprise press event on Wednesday, the company revealed a new addition to the Echo family: a call-centric device dubbed the Echo Connect.

On one side, the Connect plugs directly into your landline phone jack. On the other, it connects to your Echo device. This will allow you to  [Read More…]

Amazon announces $20 Echo Buttons for gaming with Echo

Amazon just revealed a new Echo accessory: a pair of buttons that can be used for gaming with the Amazon Echo.

At a surprise press event on Wednesday Amazon revealed the Echo Button, a light-up, bluetooth-connected accessory that pairs with the company’s Amazon Echo smart speaker.

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You can think of them as buzzers used in a game show — whether you’re playing a trivia game, Jeopardy!, or another game that requires you  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Show expanding to the UK and Germany, pre-orders open now

This hasn’t always been one of Amazon’s strong suits.

Amazon’s only Echo product with a screen, the Echo Show, is expanding to the UK and Germany, the company announced at a hardware event today alongside several other Echo-related announcements. Pre-orders are kicking off now, and pricing is set at £199 in the UK and €219 in Germany.

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Amazon is known for being rather slow to bring its products outside  [Read More…]

Amazon’s new Fire TV 4K supports Alexa, starts at $70

Amazon’s new Fire TV undercuts everyone on the market — by a lot.

Earlier this week, NVIDIA announced that its Shield TV got a price drop — from $ 200 to $ 180, as long as you don’t need the included controller. Apple’s new 4K TV also costs $ 180. Roku’s Premiere+ set-top box starts at $ 80, and supports 4K and HDR; Google’s Chromecast Ultra dongle is a reasonable $ 69.

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You can now preorder Sony’s Xperia XZ1 Compact for $599

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has a 4.6-inch screen, Snapdragon 835 processor, Android Oreo, and costs $ 600.

When you think of 2017 flagships, devices like the LG V30, Galaxy Note 8, and iPhone X are likely the first to come to mind. These big, bezel-less beasts are quite intriguing, and are the future. But for those of us that just want to be able to use a phone with one hand again, Sony has the answer in the  [Read More…]

This is our first look at the ZTE Axon M foldable smartphone

ZTE will be releasing a dual-display phone in the coming months.

Since the launch of the first iPhone, smartphones have looked mostly the same. Sure, we have smaller bezels and modular attachments, but phones themselves still use the same touchscreen slate form factor. It looks like ZTE will be trying to mix that up soon.

Android Authority shared images of the upcoming phone, which will use a foldable form factor not seen since the days of  [Read More…]