Recent Articles | Android Central

Order Google Pixel: Google Store | Verizon Shop Chromebooks: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13

Headlines

2 weeks ago

LG G6 won't have a modular design as focus shifts to 'aesthetics and usability'

69

No one liked the LG G5's modular design, so LG is ditching it.

*/ /*-->*/

LG's audacious plan to offer a modular design with the LG G5 failed, and with the company's profits taking a turn for the worse, it is going back to the basics. At CES, LG has announced that it will ditch the modular platform for its upcoming LG G6, instead focusing on "aesthetics and usability."

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Huawei Mate 9 arriving in the U.S. Jan 6 for $599, will add Alexa support in a future update

73

Huawei's massive and impressive Mate 9 will be coming to the U.S. this month.

*/ /*-->*/

Huawei's indomitable quest for world domination continues this week as it has announced its latest oversized flagship, the Mate 9, would be coming to the U.S. on January 6 for a very agreeable $599 through various online retailers including Amazon and Newegg.

See at Amazon

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Google Assistant is coming to Android TV

29

Google Assistant is making its way to more devices.

*/ /*-->*/

Right now, Google Assistant is available on the Pixel, Google Home, and messaging app Allo, and Google has now announced that it is bringing Assistant to Android TV devices and set-top boxes "in the coming months." NVIDIA's latest Shield streaming box — which was announced earlier today — will be one of the first devices to include the Assistant.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

NVIDIA Spot peripheral extends the Shield Android TV's Google Assistant throughout the home

26

A simple accessory expands the capabilities of the new Shield Android TV throughout your home.

*/ /*-->*/

To partner with the announcement of the brand-new Shield Android TV, NVIDIA is hoping to leverage its new power and Google Assistant smarts throughout your home with the NVIDIA Spot, a Wi-Fi-connected microphone/speaker peripheral. Rather than holding computing power and software in itself, the NVIDIA Spot is a small — roughly golf ball-sized — peripheral that can be placed anywhere and connect to your Shield Android TV over Wi-Fi.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

New NVIDIA Shield Android TV box includes Google Assistant, 4K HDR streaming

82

NVIDIA's latest set-top streaming box is a must-buy, even at $199.

*/ /*-->*/

NVIDIA has announced an updated Shield streaming box — the one that debuted last year running Android TV — with updates to the hardware design, including the popular controller, and significant improvements to the software.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Focused on being more than just a camera

6
Asus ZenFone Zoom

The second 'Zoom' model isn't quite as impressive optically, but makes more sense practically.

*/ /*-->*/

After some pretty audacious engineering marvels going into the last ZenFone Zoom, ASUS has taken a decidedly simpler approach with the new ZenFone 3 Zoom. Rather than being a majority camera-focused smartphone, this is aimed at being a solid mid-to-high-end device overall that also happens to great photos with top-end camera specs.

ASUS effectively gave up on the huge, cumbersome and trade-off-heavy optical zooming solution of old and instead chose to go with a dual-focal length camera setup not unlike the iPhone 7 Plus. And while the camera setup still seems quite impressive based on the specs — dual 12MP 1.4-micron sensors with f/1.7 lenses — and company's claims, it's also a dramatically smaller package that let the rest of the ZenFone 3 Zoom round out as a "normal" smartphone.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

ZTE's insane, crowdsourced eye-tracking phone is called Hawkeye and is coming in September for $199

14

ZTE is bringing its crowdsourced, crowdfunded Project CSX phone to market this September, and it's called Hawkeye.

*/ /*-->*/

ZTE has announced that its long-awaited (by some) crowdsourced phone will go up for pre-order starting January 4 and will be delivered nine months later, in September, barring any unforeseen delays.

The device, born under ZTE's ambitious Project CSX, which stands for Crowd Source X, gleaned suggestions from people around the world, integration the two most viable into the finished product: eye-tracking navigation, and adhesive properties .

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Samsung's new Chromebook is a convertible with a stylus

48

Ready for a Chromebook built for the Android apps era?

*/ /*-->*/

Samsung made one of the first Chromebooks back in 2011, and has made a few different models over the years, but the new Chromebook Pro and Plus are making a big statement about Samsung's commitment to Chrome OS. Designed in conjunction with Google, these are the first Chromebooks to truly be designed for full hardware support of Android apps on Chrome OS.

The Chromebook Pro and Plus are full 360-degree convertible Chromebook, working in both the traditional notebook form factor or flipping around to work as a touchscreen tablet. Samsung made the device rounded all around, making it comfortable to hold in every orientation.

But convertible Chromebooks aren't a new thing, so what makes these different? Samsung built in the same accelerometers and gyroscopes you'd find in a smartphone, enabling the Chromebook Pro and Plus to interact fully with motion-controlled Android apps and games in a way that's simply not been possible before now. Want to play Asphalt 8 on your Chromebook? The Samsung Chromebook Pro can do it.

As this is Samsung's first Chromebook with touch support, Samsung did exactly what you would expect: they built in stylus support. The Chromebook Pro and Plus have a small silo on the right side in which you'll find what is essentially a Samsung S Pen stylus, just like you'd find on a Galaxy Note phone. Pop out the pen and a quick actions menu pops up from the bottom menu.

The cooperation with Google extends to the pen — Google's used machine learning from a corpus of anonymized handwriting and drawing to predict where your drawn line is going to go and reduce latency. There's no personalized profile of pen use, the handwriting corpus is supposedly "good enough that we don't really need it" and Google's argued that a personalized profile could lead to overcorrection and poorer predicition. This machine learning predictive pen use is supposed to offer a dramatic reduction in latency (faster than a Microsoft Surface Pro with the excellent Surface Pen, they say), but in our time with the Chromebook Pro the lag with the pen in handwriting was almost unbearable. But at least the fidelity of the results was quite fine and accurate.

Both versions of Samsung's new Chromebook are equipped with a 12.3-inch 2400x1600 LED touch display at a comfortable-as-a-tablet 3:2 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of e.MMC SSD storage. They both are going fully all-in on USB-C, sporting a pair of the reversible USB connectors and a MicroSD card slot.

So what's different between the two? It's in the processors.

  • Samsung Chromebook Plus: hexa-core OP1 ARM processor (2x Cortex-A72 cores + 4x Cortex-A53 cores)
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro: dual-core 2.2GHz Intel Core M3 6Y30

The Chromebook Plus will be priced at $449 when it lands in February, while the Chromebook Pro will come later in Spring 2017 for an undisclosed but likely higher price.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Amazon is building the next important OS, and Google can't keep up

122

Alexa is an operating system, and that could mean trouble for Google.

Google made a fundamental mistake by launching Google Home two years after Amazon Echo, says Ben Thompson of Stratechery. Amazon's Echo and its growing lineup of first-party hardware, including the Tap and Dot, are less significant to the company's future than Alexa itself, the voice-enabled operating system that seems to be growing in reach and intelligence more quickly than any other.

The Echo created its own market: a voice-based personal assistant in the home. Crucially, the home was the one place in the entire world where smartphones were not necessarily the most convenient device, or touch the easiest input method: more often than not your smartphone is charging, and talking to a device doesn't carry the social baggage it might elsewhere.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom joins the dual-camera train, adds a 5000 mAh battery for good measure

35

ASUS heard cameras and batteries are a big deal right now.

*/ /*-->*/

It's no surprise that two of the biggest things many people look for in a smartphone right now are camera quality and battery life. Photo quality has dramatically improved over the las two years, and manufacturers are trying new things to see what the most important next step is going to be.

In the process, many of these phones wind up in the 5-inch range with just enough battery to get you through a busy day. Sacrificing camera quality for battery life isn't fun, though, but if you look back at 2016 that's largely what happened.

ASUS seems to think they have the camera-focused phone with the least amount of compromise, and a big part of that experience is the 5000 mAh battery stuffed inside. Check out the new ZenFone 3 Zoom.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Tango and Daydream finally coexist in a single phone thanks to the ASUS ZenFone AR

7

Finally, Google's AR and VR vision in a single phone.

*/ /*-->*/

Google's vision for augmented reality and virtual reality are built by separate teams with different goals, but the things they have in common are significant. First, despite not having massive user bases right now, Tango and Daydream have healthy lists of apps with high profile software exclusives.

Second, there are plenty of would be fans wondering if their next phone will support either of these platforms. The obvious answer for those eager to dive headfirst into VR and AR would be a single phone with both experiences onboard, but the first phone with Tango onboard was only built with AR in mind and would struggle to offer a quality Daydream experience.

Fortunately for those eager to be a part of Google's reality platforms, ASUS has stepped in with a single phone that handles both Daydream and Tango. Meet the ZenFone AR!

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

The Ricoh R spherical camera is designed for 360-degree live streaming

0

The Ricoh R offers 24-hours of 2K 360-degree streaming.

*/ /*-->*/

Building on the success of the Theta, one of last year's best 360-degree cameras, Ricoh has announced the Ricoh R — a camera designed for long spherical live-streams.

Under the new "ruggedized" chassis are internals that mark an improvement on the predecessor in almost every way. The output stream is at 2K and 30 frames per second. The video can be stitched from the two fisheye lenses in real-time and use the EPF (Equirectangular Projection Format) standard for spherical streams. You can output the stream through HDMI or USB as well as stream directly to an SD card for offline use. For live-streaming, Ricoh says you'll be able to run a stream for a full 24-hours as long as you supply power.

While still not quite photo-realistic VR, it gets close. The Ricoh R should make for a great way to stream 360 videos without spending thousands of dollars.

Developer kits are expected to ship later in 2017.

See at Ricoh

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Grab a speedy charge in the car with this $4 charger!

14

Update: This popular deal is back with a new coupon code. Use code YFZDDW52 for the savings!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's Quick Charge 2.0 car charger for just $4 at Amazon with coupon code YFZDDW52, a savings of $6. This Quick Charge 2.0 charger will ensure that whether you have a 10 minute or two hour commute you get as much of a charge on your phone as possible so you don't run out of battery during the day. The built-in safeguards will prevent any damage to your phone or tablet while charging it up to 75% faster than a standard charger.

At this price you may want to buy a couple of them to have around or to give as gifts. You'll want to ensure you have one in each car in your household so that everyone can stay powered up while on the go. Remember, you need coupon code YFZDDW52 for the full savings here.

See at Amazon

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Honor Magic hands-on: Huawei puts its design prowess on display

20
Honor Magic

This hardware is exciting, and you aren't going to see it outside of China.

*/ /*-->*/

Honor launched the sleek new Honor Magic in China just a few weeks ago, and though there are no plans for it to arrive in North America we had an opportunity to look at this really interesting phone at CES 2017.

The Magic is a completely separate device than the rest of the range of recent Honor releases, and that's immediately clear when you see it. The super-thin sculpted metal body with curved glass on both sides seems decidedly futuristic compared to its other designs. It initially gives the impression of a Galaxy S7 edge, but it's even more impressively thin and compact.

Read more and comment

 
2 weeks ago

Be resolute with these wallpapers!

2

Happy New Year!

It's the beginning of the year, and that means millions upon millions of resolutions have been made — and probably broken — this week. In an effort to help you better yourself and your home screen, we have a selection of wallpapers to help remind you to remain resolute.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages