If you rely on your smartphone for all of your photography, you’ll want to give the RevolCam a look. It’s a nifty little gadget that adds new features and improves the quality of your photos, all with a small accessory.
We’re all expecting discounts on electronics and gadgets over the holidays, and we’ve even got some gift guides to help you get started. But before all the madness kicks off, Amazon is pulling back the curtains on what they’ll be offering in the week leading up to Black Friday.
Having multiple units of the full-size Google Home around the house can be a little expensive, but with Google’s newly launched Home Mini costing just $49, it’s now an affordable way to get the Google Assistant everywhere in your household. Google Assistant has come such a long way since it first launches, you can do so much with the Google Home and its smaller sibling, and now you can even use it as an intercom device.
It seems that the Google Assistant is pretty much everywhere these days, on every Android phone as well as the more obvious Google Home and Home Mini devices, with more functionality being added all the time. Google has just posted 4 videos in its new “Voice Experiments” category showcasing how open-ended, natural conversation can be applied to games, music, and storytelling.
Google’s G Suite team announced a new set of hardware this week that is designed to supplement their Hangouts Meet platform. Hangouts Meet is the companies transformation of Google Hangouts that is oriented toward the enterprise market. Thus far Hangouts Meet has been a software solution for video conferences although Google did start to push into some additional hardware support for dispersed teams with the Jamboard. The new hardware offering includes several pieces of hardware designed to ease the process of setting up an effective video conferencing location with a turnkey solution.
In a recent teardown of the newest version of the Google app for Android devices, some interesting code was discovered that seems to bolster suspicions that Google has a touchscreen equipped Google Home device in the works. Such a device would not be a surprise as it would represent a competitor to the Amazon Echo Show and Google is hard at work chasing Amazon for a share of the home assistant device market. The discovery of this code pointing to a touchscreen device comes after an earlier report that Google has a device codenamed Manhattan in the works.
Google has launched a new site that will help you specifically find accessories approved for Google devices. These aren’t Google-made accessories, either, but instead official accessories by approved partners, which opens up a ton of avenues to find everything from headphones to cases to skins.
Earlier this year Samsung launched their Samsung DeX hardware designed to make it easier for a Galaxy smartphone to double as a desktop. To encourage more users – and more buyers – for this piece of hardware, Samsung is working to expand the ecosystem surrounding DeX. An important piece of that effort was announced this week when Samsung revealed it was working on a solution called Linux on Galaxy to bring the Linux operating system to their mobile Galaxy platforms and the larger format provided by DeX.
Virtual assistants are heading to almost every device we can think of, from refrigerators to headphones, with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa being the main culprits. While Google Assistant is baked into pretty much every Android smartphone today, Amazon’s Alexa has basically made a one-off appearance on Huawei’s Mate 9 and nothing since. That’s about to change, however, with the launch of Motorola’s Smart Speaker Moto Mod that adds Alexa to the Moto Z series of handsets.
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.
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.
Home assistants like Amazon Echo devices or Google Home devices are the hot market segment right now with everyone rolling out new variants of their devices and constantly adding new features. At their October 4th event, Google launched two new Google Home devices, the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max, to join the original Google Home. For some people though, these devices appear to be nothing other than a way to spy on consumer’s every move when they think they are in the privacy of their own home despite claims that they only “listen” when activated via a trigger word. Those suspicious of their devices seemed to have their claims confirmed after it was revealed some Google Home Mini devices were listening 24/7. Google responded to the issue by naming it a hardware issue and they have rolled out a fix for the affected units.