Tag Archive: Hardware


Here’s the lab where Google’s hardware products are made

Google recently opened the lab up to a journalist for the very first time.

What you need to know Google recently opened the doors of its design lab to a journalist for the first time. The lab is only accessible to select employees. It’s where the design of Google’s hardware products are initially created.

Google’s been making a big push with its hardware efforts over the last few years, and one thing that’s stuck out about its  [Read More…]

Google will use recycled materials in all ‘Made by Google’ hardware by 2022

Google wants to integrate sustainability into its designs right from the start

What you need to know Google has announced that 100% of all Made by Google hardware will use recycled materials by 2022. By next year, 100% of all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral. Several Nest products are already made using post-consumer recycled plastic.

As part of its efforts to integrate sustainability into its products, Google has pledged to include recycled  [Read More…]

Asus ROG Phone II gaming handset dials up the hardware in big ways

Asus today announced its second generation gaming phone, the ROG Phone II. The “Republic of Gamers” device builds on its predecessor by offering up a bigger screen, bigger battery, and other improvements.

Don’t mistake this for a top of the line flagship phone; it’s even better than that. Designed with gaming in mind it’s everything you can get in a phone in terms of hardware, plus so much more.This one is an all-out monster that bests anything that crosses its  [Read More…]

Tips for buying games and gaming hardware on Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day boot camp for the uninitiated.

Amazon Prime Day promises 48 uninterrupted hours of the best deals around the internet. It’s so big that Amazon even threw a ridiculous Prime Day concert with Taylor Swift. Seriously. With nearly unbeatable deals on games and gaming hardware, and we have a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind while shopping.

Keep in mind which console the game is for

If you’re a parent wanting to  [Read More…]

Google to stop producing some of its hardware in China

Google is moving some of its manufacturing to avoid higher tariffs on imports.

What you need to know Tariffs from the trade war would have put a 25% tax on motherboards imported to the U.S. from China. Google has shifted production for most of its U.S.-bound motherboards to Taiwan. Production for American-bound Nest products is also being moved to Taiwan and Malaysia.

The most recent trade spat between the U.S. and China has been ramping up lately  [Read More…]

Android Q features you’ll love: Games will be better on weaker hardware

By borrowing a tool from Chrome, Android Q will run OpenGL ES features on your phone’s GPU no matter the version.

One of the coolest under the hood changes of Android Q is the implementation of ANGLE, the Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine. It’s one of those things that you’ll never see or know is there if it’s working properly, but will let your phone run games using it’s native GPU hardware APIs even if it was  [Read More…]

ASUS launches ZenFone 6 with top-tier hardware and flip-up camera

In an age of lookalike phones and steep competition, hardware makers need to be creative. And, while last year was all about squeezing in extra display around a cutout display, the trend in mid-2019 is to work around that concept.

ASUS today joined the ranks of phone makers offering up an interesting design choice for its latest device, the ZenFone 6. Moreover, the new handset also packs incredibly compelling hardware with a competitive price.

The flagship-worthy phone follows on the  [Read More…]

Android TV hits 5000 apps milestone, new hardware expected this year

A Play Store redesign for the platform is also in the works.

Android TV has struggled over the years to break into the mainstream with Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV dominating the TV set-top box market. While Android TV may not be the leader right now, new statistics show that it is on the rise.

Shalini Govil-Pai recently stated in an interview that Android TV now has a total of 5,000 apps and games  [Read More…]

Meizu 16s launches as high-end hardware with mid-range price tag

Meizu, the Chinese hardware manufacturer who sits just outside of the top ten global smartphone makers, has just announced its newest device, the 16s. Arriving on the 16th anniversary of the brand, the phone delivers upper-tier hardware with a wallet-friendly price.

The new flagship phone has all the markings of a flagship experience, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.2-inch HD+ AMOLED display, and 6GB/8GB memory options. With 128GB and 256GB (China only) storage capacities, it’s right in line  [Read More…]

Android phones can now be used as hardware keys

Google this week took its focus on security to another level, making it possible for Android users more effectively secure services.

Available immediately in beta, people with Android phones running 7 Nougat or later can use their device as a hardware key. Similar to Google’s Titan Key, it’s a way of protecting Google accounts with a second layer of security. This new tool is available in both personal and business accounts.

This makes it easier and more convenient for you  [Read More…]