I, for one, welcome our new Roomba overlords.
It's time for another round of the best new releases in the world of Android accessories. We keep tabs on Bluetooth audio, connected home, wearables, and anything else that can talk to your phone or tablet. The latest Roomba has added more intelligence for cleaning your home's floor independently, while the newly-updated Amazon Fire TV supports 4K streaming without cranking up the pricetag. There are plenty more new Android-friendly gadgets this week, so take a look!
1. Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition
Livescribe has released a bundle that includes their latest digital pen alongside an extra-classy Moleskine notebook. The special pages inside allow the pen to transmit what you write and draw directly to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth. One particularly neat feature of the Livescribe+ Android app is the ability to record audio alongside the history of your drawing to create a "pencast". The bundle includes a year of Evernote Premium, so your handwritten notes can live on in the cloud. The Livescribe Moleskine Edition starts shipping September 22.
2. 4K Amazon Fire TV
Amazon's newest set-top box has made the upgrade to 4K streaming. That means content from Prime Video and Netflix can be enjoyed in their extra-crispy high resolution on your big screen TV. For good measure, the 2015 Fire TV includes in micro SD storage, improved Wi-Fi performance with an AC MIMO antenna, and an improved 64-bit quad-core processor. The cherry on top is Alexa, the voice-activated assistant made popular by the Amazon Echo. For those looking for something a little more lightweight, Amazon has also updated their Fire TV Stick. The new Amazon Fire TV starts shipping October 5, with pre-orders available now.
3. UE Boom 2
Ultimate Ears has updated their series of rugged Bluetooth speakers. The UE Boom 2 remains drop-proof up to five feet and waterproof, but it's also 25% louder than its previous model and bumps the range up to 100 feet. Battery life is 15 hours, which is good enough for just about any expedition. New hardware controls mean you can deal with playback without having to touch your phone. Six vibrant color options are available, depending on how loud or subdued you want to be.
4. Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones
The new Bose SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones are a step apart from most of their earbuds in this category by offering passive noise cancellation. They feature a new type of tip to ensure a proper seal, and a redesigned joint helps keep the cable away from your body. Of course, there's also an in-line mic for taking calls and controlling media playback. I use an older pair of Bose headphones day-in and day-out, and they are insanely comfortable, plus the audio quality is certainly good enough for me.
5. iRobot Roomba 980
Why clean your floors when a new generation of robot slaves can do it for you? The Roomba 980 mixes in together environmental scanning so it can build a layout map of your home and learn to clean smarter, Wi-Fi connectivity with a dedicated remote app for your Android device, and smart differentiation between hardwood and carpet cleaning. The app also lets you set a schedule for cleaning, and tweak settings, like telling it to make two passes instead of just one. The Roomba 980 can putter around your home for two hours before automatically heading home to its charging dock.
Your favorite Android gadgets of the week?
That's all we've been able to dig up this go-around. Drop a link in the comments with the best new launches you've spotted!