OnePlus 3 units running HydrogenOS get enhanced Bluetooth audio via aptX support

OnePlus has been delivering lots of update for its OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones, but we’ve mostly reported about those powered by OxygenOS. However, some units are running the Chinese version of the OxygenOS, which is called HydrogenOS.

HydrogenOS is getting updates as well, even though not as frequent as the OxygenOS. Nevertheless, the important thing is OnePlus is keeping its high-end smartphones up to date with new features and improvements meant to enhance user experience.

The latest HydrogenOS update adds support for aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. …


Entry-level Moto C receives its Bluetooth certification


Earlier this month, we told you about the Moto C and Moto C Plus. This will apparently be a new budget line for the Moto handsets, designed for the first-time smartphone user. With that in mind, it isn’t terribly surprising that these will be the cheapest smartphones ever offered by Motorola, and that covers a lot of territory. Despite several leaks and word that the phone has been certified in Russia, there apparently is some time left before the handsets are unveiled.

For example, today we can tell you that the the Moto C (XT1750) has been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest …

Deal: Samsung Level U Pro Bluetooth earphones get a huge 65% discount on Amazon

The Level U Pro Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphones made their debut in the United States last year in June. Ten months after their release on the market, Samsung’s earphones have been hugely discounted on Amazon.

Although they usually sell for $99.99, Amazon is now offering the Level U Pro wireless earphones for just $34.00. That’s a massive 65% discount off the retail price. However, you’ll have to pay for shipping since Amazon only offers this incentive on orders of over $35.

It’s also worth mentioning that while Samsung’s Level U Pro Bluetooth wireless …

Is Google going to launch a pair of Bluetooth headphones? FCC seems to say so

Google may be at it again, as the search giant is readying an exciting product for its fans, pair of Bluetooth headphones. The audio accessory has been recently spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), along with several pictures, which is a bit unusual for an unannounced device.

More importantly, the technical specifications of the Bluetooth headphones are listed at FCC as well. However, we’ve been able to learn some of the most interesting details from the pictures in the gallery.

For starters, the headphones feature ANC (Active Noise Canceling) …

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 …