Need a new rugged Bluetooth speaker? Try the LifeProof Aquaphonics

LifeProof, maker of high-quality protective cases for many mobile devices (including Samsung’s Galaxy S8), today announced its very first family of Bluetooth speakers. Called LifeProof Aquaphonics, the series includes three portable speakers of different sizes: Aquaphonics AQ9, Aquaphonics AQ10, and Aquaphonics AQ11. 

All three speakers are protected against dust, snow, and water, being able to withstand submersion in up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. The speakers are also drop-proof – up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) – and have built-in microphones for speakerphone …

HTC U to feature Bluetooth 5.0

The other day, serial tipster Evan Blass revealed an image allegedly showing off HTC’s next flagship phone, the HTC U (2PZCxxx). According to another active source by the name of Roland Quandt, the device has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). The tweet disseminated by Quandt (whose Twitter handle is @rquandt) reveals that Bluetooth 5.0 will be aboard the phone.

The rest of the specs include a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.5-inch Super LCD display with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is under the hood with an octa-core 2.45GHz CPU, and the Adreno …

5 best $100-300 Bluetooth speakers to consider in 2017

A quality Bluetooth speaker is omnipresent at almost any casual gathering or social activity nowadays – be it an evening hang in the park, a mountain trek, or a home party – you better not come, unless you brought your music blaster.

From cheapo $15 units to high-end $1000 pieces, we are truly spoiled for choice, when we look to spill some cash on a portable speaker. And choosing a speaker is not exactly easy, as striking the balance between features, sound and price that suit you is like chasing a super-rare Pokèmon – it takes time and gets you mad along the way. That’s why we are giving …

One of the best Bluetooth speakers gets a huge price cut, dropping to the lowest price we have seen

If you are looking for a lightweight and extremely portable Bluetooth player with excellent battery life, the Logitech UE Roll 2 is among the best you can get: the tiny hockey-puck-like speaker features a catchy design, large buttons, battery percentage status read-outs, and most importantly a great sound quality and battery life.
The Logitech UE Roll 2 normally retails for $100, but you can now get it for nearly half its original price.
At just $55, the Purple version of the UE Roll 2 represents the best deal we have …

Despite Google fixing the Bluetooth bug plaguing the Pixel and Pixel XL, some users are still experiencing issues

Ever since Google released the February Android security build for the Pixel and Pixel XL, owners have been experiencing Bluetooth issues left and right. A little over a month ago, Google acknowledged the problem and stated that a solution is being worked on. It was four days ago that the awaited fix came, and it didn’t even require Pixel owners to download a system update, since it was a “server-side” solution, as Google puts it.

However, judging by the myriad of Pixel and Pixel XL owners who are complaining on Google’s product forums from still experiencing …

Google finally fixes Bluetooth connectivity issues on the Pixel and Pixel XL

It’s been more than a month since Google acknowledged an issue with Bluetooth connectivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and the Mountain View company has finally announced that it has addressed the bug.

The problem started to affect the Pixel phones soon after the February security patch was released and persisted throughout the month of March. Today, a Googler confirmed the company fixed the bug that’s been identified last month.

I just got word that Google has just finished putting a fix in place for this issue on our end — no downloads or updates …

Google acknowledges Pixel Bluetooth bug, fix is coming soon

Ever since Google released the February Android security build for the Pixel and Pixel XL, owners have been complaining of sudden drops in Bluetooth connectivity due to the feature being disabled seemingly at random. The security update patched another annoying issue that plagued the Pixel phones for some time, but it seems like it’s caused a bug of its own.

According to numerous user reports submitted to Google’s Pixel User Community, Bluetooth connectivity switches off at random after the update, resulting in a grayed out icon in the notification shade. …

New bug shuts down Bluetooth on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

You might recall the audio issue that affected some Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL units. At high volume settings, the audio sounded distorted. Eventually, Google admitted that the problem was a hardware issue, leaving a warranty replacement as the answer for those with a problem phone. The latest issue affecting the Google designed, HTC built handsets, has to do with a bug that is turning off Bluetooth without any input from the user.

On both Reddit and Google’s Pixel community support site are comments from various Pixel owners complaining how their Bluetooth is toggling off without …

On Android 7.1.1, the Nexus 6P and 5X have an in-car Bluetooth issue unresolved since October

A large number of Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners are reporting that, after updating their phones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, they’ve stumbled upon an issue affecting in-car Bluetooth functionality.

For most users, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X either won’t connect to in-car Bluetooth systems, or they connect, but phone calls can not be made via the car’s audio system. This seems to happen with most car models, regardless of maker.

As mentioned in the lengthy discussions found at the Google Product Forums and the Android Issue Tracker website (see the source …

Bluetooth 5 will bring higher speeds, better range and a focus on IoT

img_0651 The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) gave the green light to Bluetooth 5 this week, a new spec that promises some pretty radicular performance enhancements over its predecessor, according to the organization. The latest version of the ubiquitous wireless technology is said to offer twice the speed, four times the range and eight times the capacity for broadcast messages. All of those… Read More

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