Tag Archive: Hardware


6 months after Pixel 2 launch, Google has nothing to say of its success — but hardware focus is bigger than ever

Other parts of the hardware and operating system business take the spotlight instead.

Alphabet just released its Q1 2018 earnings, and I followed along with the earnings call afterward to pick up further context on the numbers from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The most striking thing from the call, at least as it pertains to us here in the Android world, is that the word “Pixel” was used only once — mentioned as an aside when talking  [Read More…]

The future of Android TV is less hardware, more YouTube TV

Take the Chromecast and make it smarter, maybe with a remote control for those in need.

We’re rapidly approaching that time of year where we hear more about what Google wants the next stage of its platforms to look and feel like. While all eyes are focused on the next flavor of Android on phones and tablets (and maybe even Chromebooks) you can bet Google is going to continue its efforts in the living room. While Google’s  [Read More…]

ZTE banned from using U.S.-based hardware or software in its products

In other words, ZTE’s smartphone business in the United States may be coming to an end.

The United States government has been heavily targeting China-based technology companies throughout all of 2018, and the latest move from the Department of Commerce is a particularly large blow against ZTE. On April 16, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. issued a Denial Order against the company that essentially kills its smartphone business in the U.S.

Per the order –

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Spotify may announce its first hardware product on April 24

The gadget is made for the car, but that’s about all we know right now.

This past February, Spotify created multiple job listings for “hardware production” positions. We initially speculated that the streaming service could be working on a smart speaker to go against the Amazon Echos and Google Homes of the world, but new information suggests that the company will be taking a rather different approach.

On Reddit and Spotify’s own support forums, multiple users have  [Read More…]

Google no longer dev-centric, has become a consumer hardware and mobile brand

Over the last few years we have seen Google transition away from developer-centric devices and experiences into a company that loves general consumers. Much like we’ve seen in the iteration of Android and Chrome, today’s Google has evolved into a polished and refined endeavor.

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Chromecast is still the best hardware product Google has ever made

Google’s best selling product also happens to be a best-in-class product. Costing only $ 35 means we all can use it, too.

Google has had its hands in a lot of different products over the years. Most of Google’s endeavors have been software-based and some have become wildly popular, like Gmail or Android. Others were a bit more low key — does anyone remember Google Lively? It’s a story shared by many Silicon Valley businesses both large  [Read More…]

Nest will stop selling products on Amazon following a ban on its latest hardware

This ongoing feud just keeps getting more annoying.

There’s been a lot happening in the smart home space over the past month. Nest announced at the beginning of February that it was merging with Google’s hardware team, and a few weeks later Amazon purchased Nest-competitor Ring. Now, it’s been reported that Nest is deciding to pull its products from Amazon’s website.

Last year, Nest released the Thermostat E and Secure home security system. Both are commendable smart  [Read More…]

Nest officially merges with Google’s hardware division

Right back where we started.

Following a report from last November, Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz announced on February 7, 2018, that Nest and Google’s hardware team are merging together in an attempt to create even better smart home products.

Nest was first purchased by Google in 2014, and while this allowed the two companies to work closely together, that relationship was distanced following the Alphabet restructuring that took place in 2015. However, with this latest announcement, Nest  [Read More…]

Google reportedly working on ‘Yeti’ gaming hardware and streaming service

The project is called ‘Yeti,’ and it was originally scheduled for a launch in late 2017.

Between smartphones, connected speakers, online advertising, self-driving cars, and more, Google’s involved with just about every industry out there. Following all of its current projects, Google’s next venture could be in the world of video games.

According to a new report from The Information, Google’s been working on a project called “Yeti” for over two years. Mario Queiroz and Majd Bakar are the  [Read More…]

Roku doubles down on cheap 4K HDR streaming with new hardware and updated Roku OS 8

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Roku has announced the Express/Express+, Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick+, Ultra, and all-new Roku OS 8 update.

Roku has been one of the leaders in the media streaming game longer than anyone else, and over the years, we’ve seen a lot of changes and revisions to its hardware offerings. The company announced four new gadgets today as part of its latest hardware refresh, and alongside this, we also have new details on the  [Read More…]