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Amazon Fire HD 8 gains always-on Alexa capabilities

Amazon today announced that its Fire HD 8 tablets will gain the hands-free Alexa experience that previously arrived for the Fire HD 10 model. Indeed, the refreshed model lets users tap into the Alexa smarts without having to first wake up the tablet.

With an always-on Alexa users can ask the digital assistant for help from across  [Read More…]

Google Clock gains Spotify support for alarms

Get ready to start your morning off right with Spotify and the Google Clock app. Beginning today Google will be rolling out the ability to use music from Spotify as your alarm sound.

This is available for Spotify free and premium users as long as you have the latest Spotify and Google Clock app, have the apps connected, and are running Android 5.0 or above.

Like all roll-outs from Google, this will show up at different times for everyone and  [Read More…]

Google Maps gains more personal exploration tools

Google on Tuesday announced an update to its Google Maps app for mobile devices. Available now, it provides more accurate and useful information.

The refreshed Google Maps will provide users with trending lists curated from local experts and by way of Google’s algorithms. Now it’s easier than ever to find the best burger joint in a particular area.

Speaking of which, you can use Google Maps to track your personal progress as you  [Read More…]

Deezer gains support for Amazon Alexa voice controls

Available now across 66 countries.

As if you didn’t have enough music streaming options to choose from on your Alexa-powered speaker, yet another one is joining the mix as Alexa finally offers full support for Deezer.

In addition to basic voice controls for searching through songs, artists, and controlling the volume and playback of tunes, you can also say “Alexa, play Flow” to stream your Flow playlist of songs that Deezer creates based on what you listen  [Read More…]

Google Assistant gains new abilities that let you set music alarms, look up TV schedules

The Google Assistant is keen on taking as big a role in your life as possible, and to that end, Google keeps pouring new features into the app. And the latest ones added are the ability to set alarms to music and look up TV scheduled. Google made the announcement via a blog post in […]

Pandora Android TV app gains Premium support, refreshed UI, and more

A new look and feel for your tunes.

Pandora might not be the first music streaming service to come to your mind, but even as the likes of Spotify and Apple Music continue to grow, there’s no denying its place in the streaming market. Pandora announced earlier this month that it’d (sort of) be expanding on-demand listening to Plus and free members, and now the company’s released a fairly large update to its Android TV app.

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Google Pixel 2 on AT&T gains HD Voice with Oreo 8.1 update

Here’s how to make sure it’s enabled once you get the update.

Android 8.1 Oreo started rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this week, and especially for devices that aren’t the Pixel 2, there’s a lot of new stuff to check out. However, if you’re using a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on AT&T, there’s a new feature included just for you with the latest update.

When updating your Pixel 2 to 8.1 Oreo,  [Read More…]

Allo for web gains support for Firefox, Opera, and iOS app

All for web is ditching its exclusivity to Chrome and Android by expanding to Firefox, Opera, and its iOS app.

After nearly a year of patiently waiting, Google released a web-based desktop client for Allo in August in the form of “Allo for web.” Allo for web was only supported on Google Chrome upon its release, but today, the service can now be used with Firefox and Opera web browsers.

The announcement came from Amit Fulay (Head of Product  [Read More…]

Google Assistant gains a search bar for easier app searching

There are a lot of apps available for the Google Assistant, and a new search bar makes searching for them easier than ever before.

The Google Assistant is easily one of my favorite virtual assistants to date, and while I already call upon it to do a variety of things, finding new services/apps to take advantage of hasn’t always been very easy. That is, until now.

In a new update to the Google Assistant, a search bar has been  [Read More…]

Nougat makes steady gains in August distribution numbers, but so does Marshmallow

Nougat is gaining momentum, but the going is slow.

The latest Android distribution numbers put Nougat adoption — including both 7.0 and 7.1 — at 13.5%, an increase of 2% from a month prior. Android 7.0 Nougat is installed on 12.3% of active Android devices, while 7.1 accounts for 1.2%.

An interesting trend over the last two months has been the rise of Marshmallow devices. After holding steady at 31.2% in both May and June, Marshmallow  [Read More…]