WhatsApp group audio and video calls features go live for some Android users

Facebook announced in early May during the annual F8 developer conference that it will bring new features to WhatsApp in the not so distant future. Audio and video calls, as well as stickers, were among the new improvements Facebook promised to WhatsApp users, but the social network company didn’t provide a time frame.

Well, it looks like it didn’t need to since at least two of the previously announced features are now making their way to Android users. AndroidPolice reports that many WhatsApp users are now seeing the group calls option on their Android devices.

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OnePlus Bullets wireless earbuds are official: $69, fast-charging, and decreased audio distortion

OnePlus just announced its wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Bullets.

Priced at $69/EUR69/GBP69, the earbuds are magnetic and water- and sweat-resistant, making the the perfect companion for your workout. Snap them together, and they’re off; unsnap them, and they turn on, as simple as that. The earbuds also have the necessary smarts – just like many others, the OnePlus Bullets support the Google Assistant. 
What’s more important, however, is the fact that OnePlus has thrown in fast Dash charging. Charging the earbuds for merely 10 minutes will give you …

LG puts the focus on audio with the G7 ThinQ

In a time where manufacturers are abandoning the headphone jack, LG has just announced several new features to appear in the upcoming G7 ThinQ. LG has been known for including quad-DACs in its phones. Those who love high-end headphones and audiophiles are always very appreciative of this feature. It is clear that a majority of music today comes from the smartphone. We power Bluetooth speakers with them at parties, we connect headphones to them at the gym and we connect to our vehicle’s sound system when driving. LG recognizes this and is placing the focus on one of the things that move us, …

Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker launch date is fast approaching next week, yet we are just now learning that you won’t be able to play audio on it vi… you guessed it… Bluetooth, despite that the HomePod is equipped with the latest high-range, low-power 5.0 version of the wireless connectivity standard. So, what are my options to run tunes on the HomePod, you ask? Well, straight from the newly updated audio sources list that Apple just posted:

While lock-up to the Apple ecosystem could pretty much be expected with ease, a full-bore such effort comes …

Huawei MediaPad M5 leaked renders reveal lack of audio jack, high-end specs

It appears that Huawei will be one of the few companies to release new Android tablets in the first half of the year. The Chinese giant is ready to unveil one or more slates, but that probably won’t happen until late next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

We reported last month on an Android tablet that Huawei might launch at some point, the MediaPad M5. It looks like the device made it to FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means it will be introduced pretty soon.

Along with some information about the MediaPad M5’s specs, FCC also listed several pictures of the …

Audio Technica's new Bluetooth headphones look great for sports

Audio Technica has a brand new pair of sporty Bluetooth neck-bud headphones – the ATH-SPORT70BT model – and we got to spend some time with them at CES 2018, so here are our first impressions.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT headphones are super lightweight and the wire can be adjustable so nothing is flapping. This means that the actual experience of wearing them is very comfortable and fitting for an intense workout. On the flipside of things, they are pretty conservative in terms of looks and styling, so they might not be everyone’s cup of tea if you value …

Google looking into Pixel 2 XL bug that affects volume of audio clips sent via a messaging app

The latest problem affecting the Google Pixel 2 XL is one that Google is already looking into. Complaints have been posted on the Pixel User Community of the Google Product Forum. According to these posts, voice clips sent through a messaging app by a Pixel 2 XL carrying this bug, are arriving on a recipient’s phone with very low volume. This is occurring with messages sent through WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Allo, Telegram and other platforms.
The low volume occurs regardless whether the recipient is wearing earphones or using the receiving phone’s speakers. …

Nokia 6 2nd Generation announced with better CPU, OZO Audio and Bothie mode

As expected, HMD Global has just taken the wraps off another Android smartphone, a small Nokia 6 upgrade. Dubbed Nokia 6 2nd Generation, the handset will be exclusively available for purchase in China for $230.

Unlike the previous Nokia 6 model that packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, the 2nd Generation comes with an upgraded 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 CPU.

The new Nokia 6 2nd Gen comes in two variations: 32GB and 64GB. Both versions include 4GB RAM though. The former costs $230, whereas the latter will sell for around $245 …

Razer Phone gets new update with camera, audio, and other improvements, see what's new

About a month ago, Razer announced that it will improve the camera of the Razer Phone through a series of software upgrades. The gaming is indeed delivering on that promise, as a new update is now making its way to owners around the globe. 

With a size of 97MB, the patch introduces a number of camera and audio improvements in addition to various other tweaks and fixes. Here are the highlighted changes in this build:
Camera improvements:
Improved shutter speed in low light and when using HDRReduced noise and clearer shadowsImproved …

Alleged Galaxy S9 clear case restates the fingerprint scanner move and the audio jack

A newly leaked clear case, allegedly destined for the Galaxy S9, is making the rounds, and it looks to be fitting like a glove around the CAD-based renders that appeared yesterday. Unfortunately, it also means that Samsung may indeed reserve the dual camera set as a Galaxy S9+ exclusive, as this case here shows too short of an opening on the back for it to house two lenses and a finger scanner. Speaking of, the case hints at a different, under-camera fingerprint reader placement, compared to the S8, just as most leaks so far have iterated, which is a welcome change. 

Another …