Tag Archive: still


Got an older car without Bluetooth? You can still stream tunes — here’s how

We’re seeing more and more automakers incorporating Android Auto-compatible displays into their vehicles, allowing you to use Google Assistant to mirror popular apps for music, navigation, and communications right onto your dash. It’s a great way to safely use the functionality of your phone when you’re behind the wheel, but you don’t need to buy a brand new car to take advantage of Android Auto. The mobile app is really good and lets you customize your own setup  [Read More…]

I’m no gamer – but I’m still smitten by the ASUS ROG Phone

As smartphone designs creep ever closer to total iPhone-like homogenization, any manufacturer that bucks the trend is one that makes me sit up and take notice. So when ASUS announced its crazy ROG Phone at Computex in June, I knew I’d be falling over myself to cover it come release. And that day has finally come.

It’s not so much the spec upgrades, like the slightly-speedier Snapdragon processor, that have me stoked for the ROG Phone. It’s  [Read More…]

Google Home review: After nearly two years, is it still worth it?

Google Home is the original Google Assistant enabled smart speaker. When it launched competition didn’t exist. If you wanted an Assistant enabled speaker, it was your only choice. Since then, there have been several Assistant smart speakers released. Your choices are no longer as limited as they once were. Now the question is, how does Google Home compare when it is no longer your only choice?

Design

The Google Home has a neutral design that blends seamlessly into most rooms.  [Read More…]

Google still tracks your location even when you turn off Location History

Mother Google is always watching.

Google Maps is filled with all sorts of tools/features to help you navigate the world around you, one of which is something called “Your Timeline.” Your Timeline uses Location History to create a private view of your exact whereabouts on any given day, and while it’s a pretty neat feature, can be a bit much for privacy-conscious users.

You can disable this by turning off Location History for your Google account, but  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX review, 2018 edition: More productive, but still problematic

DeX has come a long way, but there’s still some work to be done.

When Samsung DeX debuted in early 2017 it was… not great. The idea had been tried by Microsoft and Motorola before them, and it sounds good on paper: you already own a phone, so why not expand it into a desktop to be more productive?

Again, that sounds great on paper, but it’s a wildly different experience when the rubber meets the road.  [Read More…]

Galaxy Watch is Official, Still runs on Tizen

Samsung unveiled quite a bit in today’s Unpacked event. Besides the Note 9 and the Galaxy Home, Samsung showed everyone it’s new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch. The Watch comes in two sizes, three colors, and unfortunately still runs on Samsung Tizen OS.

If you’re into Samsung and either your health or general accessibility, the Galaxy Watch was made with you in mind. The Watch has a significant focus on fitness (similar to its biggest competitor) with new features for stress  [Read More…]

Here’s why the NVIDIA Shield TV is still being updated after three years

The best Android TV product is also one of the best-supported Android products ever.

We all love the Shield TV around here. It’s almost universally thought of as the best way to get Android on your TV, isn’t outrageously expensive, and has enough power to stream your 4K HDR content without sputtering or complaining. It’s also a decent gaming console and makes for a heck of a streaming server when you use Plex or Kodi. It’s one  [Read More…]

This Audible offer was one of our favorite Prime Day deals, and it’s still available

There are just a few days left to snag this limited time deal.

Amazon is offering Prime members an exclusive 66% discount on their first three members of Audible this month. Through July 31, you can start an Audible membership (or re-activate one) for just $ 4.95 per month for three months. After that time, the price of the membership will rise to its regular price of $ 14.95 per month. If you’re not yet a Prime member, you  [Read More…]

There are still a few idiots left using the Galaxy Note 7

Please stop.

By now, most of the average phone-buying public has forgotten about the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. That thing where many Note 7s had batteries that failed (sometimes dangerously), leading to a recall and replacement program, which was followed again by the new units failing just as spectacularly.

Samsung, carriers and local regulatory bodies have gone to extensive lengths to make Galaxy Note 7s unusable. It started with a software push that nagged you to  [Read More…]

5 years on, the Chromecast still has frustrating flaws that detract from the magic

We were caught off guard by how great the first Chromecast was — now, we expect more consistency from this streamer.

The original Google Chromecast was announced just over five years ago. Three generations and tens of millions of sales later, it’s hard to believe this idea originally blindsided us, accompanying the launch of the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. The idea was ever-so-simple: use your phone to control a TV-based streaming device, but let the controls happen  [Read More…]