Samsung is slowly taking steps towards releasing its Gear 360 action camera. Today, the company introduced the Gear 360 Manager app, which can be downloaded from the Play Store so long as you have a compatible Galaxy device.
The Nexus Player is getting the Developer Previews a bit after the rest. Just yesterday, the second version of the Android N Developer Preview became available for the Nexus Player.
For those of you who don’t know, Amazon has built-up a technology called Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This is what provides the functionality of an Amazon Echo speaker. Amazon recently opened AVS to third-parties, letting them to create their own Alex-equipped speakers. Triby is the first one, and it’s now available on Amazon.
If you have the Philips Hue lighting system installed in your house, you’ve probably been left a little dissatisfied with its clunkiness, possibly to the point of having to rely on one of the many serviceable third-party apps. It seems that Philips may have taken notice because it’s just published a new app to the Play Store called Philips Hue Gen 2. The second generation Hue app includes a new, dare we say, even modern UI and some added functionality. Read more
NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box has been out a while now, but it’s still the king of the castle where Android TV is concerned. It’s most recent firmware update saw the SHIELD gain mouse support via the controller’s right stick. Usually, the SHIELD bundle comes with one gaming controller, but for a limited time only, NVIDIA is throwing in a second controller free of charge. Read more
Google surprised us all today with the release of MODE bands for Android Wear watches.
Withings, the French maker of wearables and home automation systems, has been purchased by Nokia for $191 million.
It’s been a long time coming, but the HTC Vive is finally in the hands of consumers, and we all know what that means. Yup, breakage. Regardless of how hardy the HTC Vive is, Joe Public will find a way to break it. Which then means a repair bill, resulting in a lot of angst. Luckily, the guys at iFixit have taken a look inside the HTC Vive to access its repairability, giving it a surprisingly good score. Read more
Updated (4/25/16): Qualcomm supplied Talk Android with the following statement:
“Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.”