Google’spop-up stores made it easy for customers to walk in and buy up a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without having to go directly to a Verizon store. They employed a third-party Verizon retailer, Victra, to handle sales and activations for the Pixel.
Google has announced their own Advanced Protection Program, which looks much more like a security monitoring service than a traditional Google product. In the wake of so many credit card breaches and network vulnerabilities, though, this makes a ton of sense.
Google has briefly teased their instant tethering feature for Chrome OS, and it looks like it’ll soon be officially rolling out to everyone’s Chromebook sooner rather than later.
The feature works by instantly turning your Android device into a hotspot for your Chromebook, assuming they were both using the same Google account. This was a quick way to get online with your Chromebook even without a WiFi connection.
Google occasionally does pop-up locations in big cities to show off their products and give people a chance to test them out before buying them. The “stores” don’t really sell anything, but the hands-on experience is unique for Google since they don’t really have a physical retail presence in the US like Apple or Microsoft.
Google has already woven a tight relationship between Chromecast and Google Home, making it incredibly easy to cast your favorite shows and videos up onto your television with just your voice. Of course it worked with regular YouTube, but it also tied in services like Netflix. And today, they’re expanding that even further by adding YouTube TV into the mix.
Have you ever wanted a loud speaker with a full Android tablet baked in? Probably not, because you’ve probably never even thought of something like that up until now. Don’t worry, we haven’t either, but Aivia has.
The Mobvoi TicHome Mini speaker was one of our favorite gadgets shown off at IFA this year. It offers Google Assistant functionality in a portable Bluetooth speaker, beating the Google Home Mini to the punch and giving users the option to carry their device around with them.
ZTE has announced the Axon M in partnership with AT&T, which might just be the weirdest device you’ll see this year. It’s a folding style phone with pretty standard hardware, but it’s also a flagship ZTE phone on a major US carrier, which is a big deal on its own.
Google Photos is one of Google’s most popular new products, and they’ve been steadily adding new features to the service to make it even smarter. The latest addition? It will now recognize your furry friends in addition to your human friends.
Huawei has taken the wraps off the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, unveiling a phone with a deep focus on artificial intelligence and excellent photography. Sure, that seems to be the trend in 2017 anyway, but Huawei went all in on these devices.
Google’s Pixel 2 is bringing many new changes with it, including a different placement for the search bar on the home screen and some nifty camera features. Some changes to Google Assistant are apparently coming, too.
It’s not uncommon for device manufacturers to build out features that eventually make their way back to AOSP, which then get adopted on Google’s Nexus/Pixel line and then to pretty much all other Android phones. That’s happened again, but this time with Bluetooth battery level reporting.
BESTEK is a company that’s incredibly familiar with power products, ranging from power inverters to surge protectors to car chargers. They make a few vacuum cleaners, lamps, and other little gadgets, too.
We don’t have time to show off vacuums and electric toothbrushes, but we can dig into one of BESTEK’s most advanced surge protectors. This particular power strip offers eight regular plugs, six USB ports, and 1500 joules of surge protection in a well-designed tower, but is that worth your hard earned cash? Let’s find out.
Essential has had a rough launch, to say the least. The Essential Phone was intended to launch much earlier than it did, and there were four color variants shown off at its announcement. So far we’ve only been able to get the phone in black, but as of today, you can order the device in Pure White.