Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto this week

2018 is shaping up as a strong year for smart home speakers and AI-driven experiences as a whole. Alongside the big announcement that companies such as LG, Lenovo, JBL, and Sony, among others, will start producing Google Assistant-powered smart speakers with touchscreens, Google also revealed that its AI assistant will finally be making its way to Android Auto, starting this week in the U.S.

But wait, you can already use voice commands with Android Auto, how is Google Assistant any different? Well, that’s a good question, and the answer is …


Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …

Tweet from HTC teases new Vive model to be unveiled this coming Monday at CES


A tweet from HTC that was disseminated on Friday, hints that a new version of the HTC Vive VR headset is due to be unveiled this coming Monday. The tweet says “New Year’s Resolution” on top. The manufacturer cleverly had “New Year’s” out of focus with the word Resolution printed as sharp as a tack. This indicates that the new Vive will have a higher resolution display than the original model. Very smart, HTC.

Considering that Monday is the opening day of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we’d say that everything is coming together, pointing toward the unveiling of a new …

Amazon announces Alexa is coming to headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers

One of the best voice-activated assistants, Alexa will be implemented in devices other than smart speakers, Amazon confirmed recently. The US giant announced it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will allow developers to bring Alexa to portable devices like headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers.

According to Amazon, the new kit enables developers to integrate Alexa in portable devices without having to perform serious coding. Apparently, Bluetooth-enabled devices built with the new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa …

Final Android 8 Oreo is coming to multiple Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices

For a while now, Samsung has been running a Beta program for early adopters that wish to test out Android 8 Oreo on their devices before it hits the public in an official update. Last we heard, enlisted Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices were receiving their fifth Oreo beta patch, fixing both major and minor bugs. It now seems that Samsung is prepping to roll out the update to a number of its S8 and S8+ phones worldwide.

Watchers have spotted multiple versions of the flagship duo getting certifications over at the Wi-Fi Alliance — a non-profit that certifies Wi-Fi products. The models that …

Android Oreo support and a few new features are coming to Samsung Music

Samsung’s own music app has just been updated with support for Android Oreo and a host of other improvements as well, making the stock music player on the Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, and other Galaxies that much better.
Version 16.2.08.22 of the app weighs in at 26MB and aside from supporting the latest Android flavor, the music app now has an alphabetic scroll index present that allows for sorting by name, making finding different tracks and artists a much easier ordeal; it also now has shuffle playback, an edge light off option for devices that sport an edge display, …

Is a Sandstone OnePlus 5T coming on January 5?

A few days ago we mentioned that OnePlus could be prepping a snazzy Sandstone finish version of its recent OnePlus 5T flagship and it could be due out January 5.

This got revealed a while ago thanks to a Weibo post which features a promotional poster stating that “The classic returns”, followed by a stylized schematic of Shi, one of the Chinese hieroglyphs for the ilk of “stone”. 
Furthermore, the dirty white color of the teaser itself could be a dead giveaway for the color of this intriguing finish, though that’s a bit of a stretch.
As …

Is the LG G6+ coming to AT&T and other US carriers next year?

The LG G6 is already available in the United States and customers can buy one from all major carriers, but the slightly improved version, the LG G6+ isn’t officially available for purchase in the country.

Of course, you could go ahead and buy the international version on Amazon, but that will not come with a warranty and it’s not even working with all US carriers, as you’ll only be able to use it on AT&T and T-Mobile.

However, it appears that an AT&T version of the LG G6+ that goes by model number H871U has just been spotted on LG’s open source website. The bad news is we …

10 most exciting new technologies coming in 2018

As 2017 is winding down it’s time for a recap and… a look at what lies ahead in 2018.
A lot of things happened with phones in 2017, but probably the biggest advances were in the actual design of the phones with a lot of devices now featuring a very minimal bezel and a screen that dominates the whole front of the phone. In 2018, we will probably look at devices with big bezels like a thing from the very distant past as technology marches forward in leaps and bounds.
So among the rumors and leaks, what are the important new …

OnePlus reveals why and how Face Unlock is coming to the OnePlus 5

A few days ago, OnePlus confirmed that its facial recognition feature Face Unlock, is coming to the OnePlus 5. This morning, OnePlus announced the ‘why and how’ this is being done. The why is pretty simple to see. The feature, which OnePlus devised as a alternative to the fingerprint scanner, received plenty of positive feedback from OnePlus 5T users. The company pointed out that requests to bring Face Unlock to older OnePlus models show how popular Face Unlock is among the OnePlus community.

Now, the how. OnePlus will disseminate an open beta build of Face Unlock to the OnePlus 5. This …