Tag Archive: Home


Watch out, Alexa: Hands-free calling is coming to Google Home!

You’ll be able to call any landline or mobile number — for free!

As expected, Google announced some great new features for Google Home during the Google I/O keynote. One of the coolest new features is hands-free calling, which will allow you to call any landline or mobile number in the U.S. or Canada absolutely free.

This is a direct response to Amazon, who announced Alexa Calling for it’s Amazon Echo devices last week. But while Alexa  [Read More…]

You’ll soon be able to make calls from Google Home

Today at Google I/O 2017, Google announced that you’ll soon be able to make calls using Google Home. The feature will roll out over the next few months to existing Google Home owners. Initially, the calls will come from private numbers, but you can link your phone number to the device so your loved ones can […]

Google Home might soon get cloud device casting, reminder controls

Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference is set to kick start tomorrow and naturally we expect to hear some news about the Google Home. While we wait for Google to provide us the scoop, the folks at the xda-developers performed an APK teardown on one of the most recent updates to the Google Home app (2.3) […]

Portal Home Wi-Fi System review: Life in the fast lane is great if you’re ready for it

Portal offers DFS “fast lane” technology, whether we’re ready for it or not.

Portal promises something different when it comes to Wi-Fi. It advertises this difference as being able to bring “fast lanes” to the devices you connect to your router so the connection is, well, faster. It can do this by using wireless channels normally reserved for radar systems in the unlicensed 5Ghz spectrum. Don’t worry if that sounds complicated, we’ll explain it further down the  [Read More…]

Xiaomi kicks off retail push in India with its first Mi Home store

You no longer need to wait for flash sales to buy Xiaomi phones.

After selling its phones online for three years, Xiaomi has set up its first Mi Home in India. With the brand gaining momentum in the country, launching an offline store gives it a new platform to sell its devices.

The manufacturer has ambitious plans for its retail push into the country. Over the next two years, Xiaomi intends to launch over 100 Mi  [Read More…]

Knight your home screen with these Medieval wallpapers

Hail, Lloyd, Knight of Order of Android! HAIL!

I, for one, have no interest in going back to the dark ages, but it’s important to remember its history and lessons so we never repeat them. There’s also a certain romanticism from that age, of knights and dragons and wizards and big, honkin’ swords… and princesses locked in towers wearing amazing silken gowns. Trust me, this princess can rescue herself, but she wouldn’t mind wearing a crown and  [Read More…]

Google Assistant can now control more home connected (i)devices

Maker of home connected devices, iDevices today announced that its products are now compatible with the Google Assistant. Previously Alexa and Siri support was offered, but from now on Devices can be controlled by addressing voice commands directed towards the Google Assistant inside the Pixel or Google Home. iDevices family of products includes switches, wall […]

Amazon Echo may be number one, but Google Home is quickly catching up

Amazon Echo is certainly dominating the market, but that’s because there hasn’t been much competition until now.

Amazon’s line of assistant-enabled Echo devices remain as the punchline of every connected home joke, which is why it’s no surprise it’s the number one line of assistant-enabled connected speaker in U.S. households. According to research firm eMarketer, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices now claim roughy 70% of the marketshare for this particular category of devices.

Google Home ranks in  [Read More…]

Bring wireless music to your home with the Sonos Play:1 for $180

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a Sonos discount you won’t want to miss!

The powerful and compact Sonos Play:1 speaker is currently $ 20 off at Amazon, dropping the price of it down to just $ 179.99. While $ 20 may not seem like a big discount, it isn’t too often that we see any savings on these speakers, so you don’t want to miss when it happens. Whether you have Sonos speakers already  [Read More…]

How to turn the Galaxy S7 fingerprint sensor into a capacitive home button

The Galaxy S7 marked the last generation that would have physical navigation buttons as the Galaxy S8 saw a move to on-screen navigation to accommodate the nearly bezel-less display. This means that the home button only needs to be tapped to be interacted with as opposed to actually needing to be pressed. A user over […]