Twitter has recently been testing a Twitter Lite mobile app as a way to get more users involved in the platform, especially those in parts of the world without consistently high-speed data connections. The results? Actually pretty good.
Merger or no merger, T-Mobile is still heavily investing in their own network, and it’s paying off. They’ve recently crossed a milestone of over 920 locations around the US that support LTE-Advanced, and 430 of them support the trifecta of carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM.
Nest has been riding the struggle bus for the past few years, turning pretty much no profit and putting Alphabet in a difficult decision about what to do with the hardware company. Well, it looks like Alphabet’s plan might be to just squish Nest back into Google’s hardware division, ending the smart home manufacturer’s autonomous stint.
Cricket is well known for their aggressive pricing and promotions to undercut other prepaid carriers, but their newest plan is really something to take a look at. It’s a fully unlimited plan, including talk, text, and data, and it works with four lines for just $100. $25 per line for totally unlimited usage isn’t bad at all.
The ability to track Santa may exist in a place where Moore’s Law applies when one looks at how Google continues to expand their Santa Tracker platform each year. What started out as an online replication of the local TV news “tracking” Santa with the help of NORAD each year has blossomed into a month long online event full of games and activities. Google launched this year’s version today and promises fun, interesting reasons for users to visit every day between now and Christmas.
Amazon has just announced that you can now use voice commands to control third-party apps on its Fire TV and Fire Stick devices. Previously, you could only use voice commands on Amazon Video but now you can use Alexa to control the Hulu app and more.
We’ve somehow made it to the last month of the year without the world ending, which means it’s time for Google to reveal its Best of 2017 list for the years’ most popular apps, games, movies, books, and TV Shows. It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones held off all comers to retain the most popular TV Show title, but what about the other categories?
The Google Home Max should be available to purchase from Best Buy from December 11, in the meantime, the regular Google Home and Home Mini devices have been learning new tricks. Thanks to the latest update, you can now issue dual commands to Google Home instead of asking each request separately.
We’ve known for weeks that the Google Home Max would be available in December and it’s looking like December 11th is the actual date. Google has fortunately stuck to the plan with the Max, unlike Apple that recently delayed their HomePod speaker until sometime in 2018. So if you’re looking for the ultimate smart speaker for the holidays, Google is probably your best source.
Since the Pixel 2 and 2 XL launched back in October, we’ve known that both phones sported a dormant processor named the Pixel Visual Core. While it is still dormant on Pixel 2 phones running on the stable Android 8.0 channel, for those of us whose phones have recently updated to Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2, the Pixel Visual Core can be manually enabled. Join us after the break to find out how to enable the Pixel Visual Core processor on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone.
Although many may be wondering what the future holds and how rocky it may be for Essential after Andy Rubin announced a leave of absence from the company, several members of the development team are putting on a brave face indicating development is continuing as planned. This includes lots of new updates, including camera app and operating system updates of note along with work on the second generation Essential Phone.