Tag Archive: Actually


Are the #1 Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon actually good? We review the MPOW M3

When looking for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones, we’re often faced with a few choices. Do we want to spend more money for better audio quality? Does it need water resistance? How much do we care about looks?

While some audio companies are trying to compete on price alone and some are trying to compete on features alone, MPOW is trying to straddle the line of both of those segments to provide a pair of Bluetooth headphones that look great,  [Read More…]

Google’s mystery HDMI dongle is actually the ADT-2 Android TV developer kit

This makes sense.

That mystery Google-branded HDMI dongle we saw pass through the FCC about a month ago looks to be not a consumer device, but instead developer-only hardware called the ADT-2 that Google’s announcing at I/O 2018. So no, that wasn’t an early look at any sort of consumer-level hardware as originally expected, but it is something that will help developers get acquainted with developing for Android TV.

What’s new in Android TV at Google I/O  [Read More…]

Galaxy S9 and 15W Qi wireless chargers: Does it actually charge faster?

Does more wattage mean faster speeds?

This year, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series supports wireless charging. Same as last year, right? Except that there’s new hardware inside the phones to wirelessly charge at up to 15 watts, which is twice the speed of most phones (and more than double that of the Galaxy S8).

Charging speed is the only thing keeping some people away from wireless chargers, assuming their phone supports the feature. Even with advancements in the  [Read More…]

Google’s RCS ‘Chat’ plans are actually kind of brilliant

Improving a standard is way, way better than creating a walled garden. Every time.

Did you hear? Google is releasing yet another unified messaging app at I/O this year, and they’re sunsetting the Allo app they announced last year! How crazy is that?! Does anyone a that company have any clue what they are doing?!?!1!ONE?!!

Lets all take a deep breath for a moment and catch up.

Thanks to some absolutely stellar reporting from The Verge, we  [Read More…]

YouTube’s new music service actually won’t launch this March

There’s currently no word on when we can expect it to come out.

At the beginning of December last year, a report emerged claiming that Google was planning on launching its third music streaming service. Currently referred to as “YouTube Remix”, it was expected that this would be unveiled as early as March of this year. However, just ahead of the SXSW music festival, YouTube’s said otherwise.

SXSW will take place between March 9th and the 13th  [Read More…]

Nest Hello will work with Google Home to announce who’s actually at the door

You’ll just have to teach it a tad.

In hindsight, this one should have been obvious. And maybe Nest spelled it out explicitly and I just missed it. But in any event, let’s codify it here.

Nest Hello — the upcoming video doorbell from the company best known for its thermostats and cameras — will work with Google Home (and Google Home Mini — really, with Google Assistant) to announce who’s at your door. That is, it’ll recognize who’s there thanks  [Read More…]

This slate back is the trim the Nest Thermostat actually deserves

A naked Nest Thermostat installation is easy. But this one little accessory can make it look that much better.

When you’re installing a Nest Thermostat, you’ve got a couple options. One is for it to ride on your wall bareback. Or you can use the plastic trim piece that comes with it. The former may look cleaner, of course — particularly on relatively new (or at least clean) walls.

A little extra texture can go a long  [Read More…]

Actually, the Pixel 2 is the best Android for Windows phone converts

The Pixel 2 (not the OnePlus 5T) is the best Android option for former Windows phone users for a couple of important reasons.

Recently Windows Central Senior Editor Zac Bowden proclaimed the new OnePlus 5T as the best Android phone for Windows folks who were finally moving on to another phone and another platform. I don’t deny the OnePlus 5T is a great phone (I haven’t used one for more than 60 seconds, but still) and that  [Read More…]

The Lenovo Smart Display is the first Google Home I might actually buy

The Lenovo Smart Display is a Google Home with a built-in screen – and that makes it the very first Google Home I might consider buying. While you still control it primarily with your voice, the touchscreen lends much more versatility to the notion of a home assistant: you can check on the Nest Camera monitoring your baby room, start a Duo call with your Pixel-toting friends, or stream the latest video from your favorite YouTuber (ahem). Yes, those  [Read More…]

In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates

File this one under things finally working as described.

If you’ve ever mashed that “Check for update” button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day.

Long-time Android developer and new master of update buttons Elliot Hughes  [Read More…]