2016 hasn’t been the smoothest of years for Nest, with rumors that the company isn’t bringing in enough revenue to meet Alphabet’s expectations, to complaints by Nest employees about how the company was being run to the recent news that its CEO, Tony Fadell, left the company because it was in “maintenance mode”. Nest’s new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, has apparently sent a letter to employees hinting at the company’s upcoming product line, as well as confirming that the company is not for sale. Read more
Pebble may be the darling of Kickstarter at the moment with their campaign for a new generation of Pebble devices including the Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, but the team has not forgotten their existing users and devices. A new update has been released that takes Pebble firmware up to version 3.13 and focuses on improvements to Pebble Health, an official Weather app, a new emoji, and a fix for iPhone users. Read more
As Google builds out an ecosystem of Google Cast supported home entertainment devices by giving manufacturers access to the technology to include in their products, much of the focus has been on television manufacturers building Chromecast capability into their devices. Vizio is expanding things a bit with their announcement that their new sound bars will come with support for Google Cast effectively making them Chromecast Audio-type devices. Read more
Google has kicked off a new contest that might help you win a free custom Live Case for your Nexus device, but only if you’re willing to write some reviews for places on Google Maps. If you’ve ever written up a review for somewhere you’ve been to on Maps you’ll know what Google wants, but we’ll go into that a bit for you. Read more
Samsung took the wraps off two new products at an event in New York last night, the Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable and the Gear IconX wireless earbuds. It was quite the high energy affair with both Diplo and Gwen Stefani making appearances. Join us after the break for more information on the two new products. Read more
NaturalRays’ Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker was reviewed on Talk Android last month. It’s a small, versatile accessory that operates without wires. What could you listen to with this speaker? Music is the clear option, but something tells me you should be listening to our podcast instead. We’re partnering with NaturalRays to give away three of these speakers to our loyal readers, so you can listen to music and podcasts or anything else from anywhere you are.
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Do you want to document a trip in full 360-degrees? If so, the Gear 360 could be perfect for you.
Several people who subscribed to Google’s YouTube Red service are getting emails offering a free gift.
At Computex 2016 today, along with new ZenFone 3 smartphones, ASUS revealed their entry into the home assistant space to compete with the likes of Amazon Echo and the forthcoming Google Home and what are sure to be others. Demonstrating some creativity, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the ASUS Zenbo which is a “home robot” capable of providing assistance and more in a form factor that is not limited to sitting on a shelf or counter. Read more
Many have been wondering if Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform could be used on existing Android smartphones. Google has answered suggesting you wait to upgrade.