Google IO 2017 Coverage

Amazon expands hardware line with new Echo Look device

Building on the hardware line rooted in their Alexa software, Amazon has released a new Echo product called the Echo Look. The device is a hands-free camera with a companion app that Amazon is positioning as a “style assistant.” Fixing what is basically a selfie camera in a device that is also running Alexa software may not be stretching technology, but some of the features in the companion app appear to make good use of the powerful computers we now call smartphones.

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Android Wear 2.0 coming soon to select Moto, Huawei, and other smartwatches

Google’s smartwatch OS, Android Wear, has come along way with its update to version 2.0, yet numerous delays led to stalled production of new wearable devices as well as increased competition from the likes of Samsung with its own Tizen OS. There are a number of smartwatches already running Android Wear 2.0, and thanks to a post on the Google Support forums we now know which wearables are next in line for the update and, more importantly, when they will get it!

Pebble update disconnects reliance on the cloud

Anyone who uses cloud services extensively probably has experience with some service they like and use shutting down, leaving them scrambling for a new solution. It happens with small companies as they get absorbed or go out of business and it can happen with giant corporations like Google with its propensity to shutdown services. This kind of situation has leaked over to impact hardware users when Fitbit acquired Pebble last year. Pebble, which relies on the cloud for both basic and advanced features, indicated last December they were planning to keep things running through the end of 2017 while they explored methods to prevent their devices from being bricked when the cloud servers shutdown. An update to address the issue is starting to rollout now for the iOS platform and presumably an Android update is on the way.

Samsung DeX takes the smartphone to the desktop

At their Unpacked event today, highlighted by the official announcement of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung also revealed some new technology to extend the usefulness of the smartphone moving from more of a product to a platform for computing. The new Samsung DeX is a dock that enables users to take their smartphone – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the only ones compatible for now – and use it as the hub for a desktop experience complete with monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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