Android Wear gets some hands-free upgrades


The Android developers with Google announced some updates they are getting ready to roll out to devices running the Android Wear platform. The focus of the updates is on improving the hands-free operation of devices like smartwatches to help people for those times when their hands are full. The updates will also bring support for speakers in devices that have them present. Read more

ASUS launches the ZenFone Max in India through Amazon and Flipkart


Following its unveiling back in August 2015, ASUS has today launched the mid-range ZenFone Max in India. The handset is available to purchase through independent online retailers Flipkart and Amazon in both black and white colorways for INR 9,999 ($150). Units are expected to leave the warehouse within 24-hours of orders being placed — so if you purchase one today, you should have it in your hands by Monday, January 18.

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New hardware partners announced for Google’s Project Brillo


At CES 2016, as in years past, there have been a variety of home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) devices on display for the crowds to check out. Despite interest from so many companies hoping to convince you to spend a little extra on appliances and such so they can communicate on the network, consumers still face a dizzying array of fragmented protocols and standards. Google hopes to bring some order to things by getting a version of their Android operating system, called Project Brillo, adopted by these manufacturers. Five new companies have joined the list of manufacturers supporting Project Brillo and the related programming language Weave with their devices. Read more