Tag Archive: Google


How to change your Google Assistant voice

During its I/O 2018 keynote earlier this year, Google announced that it has been working on newer, more lifelike versions of its AI-infused virtual assistant. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, the goal is for the Google Assistant to to have a more natural voice that is closer to how humans speak.

The refreshed Assistant, which now features both male and female voices, is built on a machine learning technology called Wavenet. This allowed Google to simulate an entire vocabulary using  [Read More…]

Google Home Max vs. Sonos Play:5 — Which should you buy?

I have years of experience with Sonos and other connected speakers — I’ve said Hey Google almost more than my own kids’ names — so I know a thing or two when it comes to in-home audio.

Sonos Play:5

Stellar sound

$ 499 at Amazon

Pros Top-quality sound Stream from over 55 music services Easy multi-room streaming Cons Expensive No Bluetooth No voice control or smart features

The Sonos Play:5 is an amazing speaker with  [Read More…]

Best clear cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL

I know, I know, no one wants to hide their sexy new phone under a case, but it’s okay! Clear cases can keep your Google Pixel 3 XL safe while showing off that two-tone glass back for all the world to gaze upon and weep at its loveliness.

Crystal-clear drop-protection Tech21 Evo Check

$ 40 at Google Store

Do you drop your phones a lot, but still want to show yours off? Grab an Evo Check case,  [Read More…]

Google Pixel USB-C earbuds review

One of the first things we noticed upon opening up our Pixel 3 XL was the inclusion of the Pixel USB-C earbuds. Odd, right? There was no mention of them in the phone announcement and they weren’t brought up in any of the press chatter immediately following the introduction.

Priced $ 30 separately, they’re white, simple, and somewhat basic — perhaps a smidge uninspired. They plug into the USB Type C port, naturally, and give Pixel 3 owners a little  [Read More…]

Best Google Pixel 3 XL cases

The Google Pixel 3 XL is that big, beautiful pure Android experience you’ve been itching for all year. It’s already one of our favorite phones and we’re just getting started with it. The phone represents the best of Google’s hardware and its increasingly smarter operating system. To that end, you don’t want to damage the beloved handset.  So, whether you want something stylish and snazzy or something super strong, there are plenty of cases to choose from. Here are some of  [Read More…]

With these heavy duty cases, your Google Pixel 3 is in good hands

Some people prefer to use a brand new phone without a case — but if you’re on the exact opposite end of the spectrum and know you need the most rugged protection for your Pixel 3, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the best heavy duty cases available for the Pixel 3, from perennial favorites like the Otterbox to more wallet-friendly options from other trusted brands we like. We’re sure you’ll find a case that  [Read More…]

Google tipped to be working on a Play Store subscription service called Play Pass

Google appears to be working on a new subscription service for Google Play. According to evidence gathered by the XDA Developers, the new service might launch under the name “Play Pass”.

The potential new feature is expected to offer users a bundle of apps and games in exchange for a fee. This is quite similar to how streaming services like Netflix work.

References to Play Pass were first spotted back in June, but an XDA affiliate recently received a Google  [Read More…]

Anker brings Google Assistant to a Wi-Fi speaker and pocket projector

Anker has a range of new products ready for the holiday season

Anker is known for its range of excellent mobile charging products, but the company has expanded beyond providing power in recent years with its Nebula, Eufy and SoundCore brands. At a launch event in New York, the company announced new products across its range of brands that it hopes will persuade you to part with your hard earned money this holiday season.

The new products  [Read More…]

Would you pay a subscription to access lots of paid Google Play apps?

Would you rather pay one monthly fee to avoid paying for apps individually?

Enterprising developers tear through every line of code in Google apps looking for hints and hidden treasure maps that lead them to the next great feature on the horizon; it’s a bit like shaking your presents while you wait for Christmas to arrive. Over the last few months, rumors have been growing as more and more references to a mysterious “Play Pass” in Google Play Store  [Read More…]

Ten tips and tricks for Google Photos

Google Photos is far and away one of Google’s best services. It’s easily the top choice for many Android users when it comes to saving and keeping track of all of the pictures they’re snapping with their smartphones.

But there’s more to Google Photos than being a gallery and backup tool. The app features tons of features, some of which are more obvious than others, and you definitely need to give them a try.

In this article, we’ve put together  [Read More…]