Sony reveals it's developing a new launcher to replace Xperia Home

After Sony revealed that no further features would be added to its Xperia Weather app, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that the Xperia Home Launcher was also entering maintenance mode, leading many to assume future Sony smartphones would simply make use of the stock Android launcher. However, it turns out this won’t be the case, with the Japanese company confirming that it’s working on an Xperia Home replacement.

Currently, it’s unclear what kind of changes Sony has planned, but considering it’s decided to scrap the previous launcher altogether and start again, the Japanese …


Google is testing quick access buttons for Maps that will quickly take you home or to work

Google makes it easy to navigate to work or home using Google Maps. After registering both addresses, navigating to your place of employment every morning is as easy as saying to Google, “Navigate to work.” You’ll quickly see how the morning drive time traffic will affect your commute. And at the end of the work day, a simple command of “Navigate to home” will bring you back to your family using the quickest route available.
If telling Google to Navigate to work or home is just too much for you to handle, there is potentially good news coming. Google is testing quick …

Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease

Recently, Sony revealed that its Xperia Weather app would cease to receive feature updates going forward as part of cost-cutting measures within the brand’s mobile unit. Now, in what appears to have been yet another inevitable move, the ax has fallen on Sony’s own custom Android launcher, Xperia Home.

The team behind the launcher has revealed that a business decision at Sony has been taken that will see the launcher put into “maintenance mode.” This means it will no longer be updated with new features or updates, instead, Sony will simply resolve any important bugs or compatibility issues …

Purchase the Pixel 2 XL from the Google Store and get $150 in store credit and a free Home Mini

Starting today and running through June 17th, when you purchase the Google Pixel 2 XL from the Google Store, you will receive $150 in store credit that can be used toward a future purchase. In addition, you will also receive a free Google Home Mini smart speaker. All you have to do is remember to add the Home Mini to the cart when checking out. You must have a Google Store account to receive the store credit; those checking out as guests are not entitled to it.
The 64GB Pixel 2 XL is priced at $849 or $35.38 a month over 24 months. Within 6 to 8 weeks after the …

How to listen to and delete the conversations recorded by Alexa inside your home

The other day we told you about a husband and wife who were stunned to find out that Alexa had recorded a private conversation they had about hardwood flooring, and passed it along in the form of an audio file to one of their contacts. Amazon blamed this on a series of misunderstandings on the part of its virtual personal assistant. The company claimed that Alexa thought it heard certain comments made by the husband and wife in the background that it incorrectly heard as commands to record the conversation, and send it on to a random name from their contacts list.
If …

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 now comes with a free Home Wi-Fi System (a $299 value)

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now a bit over 1 year old, they remain powerful and attractive smartphones. If you’re thinking of purchasing any of these two ex-flagship handsets unlocked, Best Buy has a deal that should interest you. The giant retailer is offering a free Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Mesh Wi-Fi System (3-pack) with both phones.
Normally costing $299, the 3-pack Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Mesh Wi-Fi System is built to optimize Wi-Fi signal in your home, in addition to working as a smart home hub – allowing you connect and manage compatible …

Spend $125 or more pre-tax at Google Express and get a free Google Home Mini in Chalk ($49 value)

How would you like a free Google Home Mini smart speaker, valued at $49? All you need to do is order $125 worth of products (or more) pre-tax from Google’s online Google Express e-commerce site. At checkout, enter the promo code FREEMINI to receive the chalk colored model on the house. And Google already knows your diabolical plan; if you return any item that takes your purchase under the $125 minimum, you will have to return the free smart speaker or you will be charged the $49 that the Home Mini usually costs. Only one free smart speaker will be sent out per person.
There …

Microsoft Launcher update adds new gesture option, home screen improvements

You didn’t think that Microsoft will stop delivering new updates to its Android launcher for a month, did you? Although it doesn’t bring major changes to the mix, the latest Microsoft Launcher update does add a few tweaks that will certainly improve the user experience.

So, if you’re using Microsoft Launcher on a regular basis, you’ll notice there’s a new update available for download via Google Play Store. You can find the most important changes that made it in this version of Microsoft Launcher below:

Improved Home screen import logicSort your apps alphabetically in foldersDisplay …

Deal: Google Home Mini is free on eBay with purchases of $150 or more

If you’re a regular eBay customer, then you might have already seen the offer it offers to those purchasing anything on the website. If not, we’ll break it down for you.

So, for the next week or so, if you spend at least $150 on eBay purchasing anything from the website, you’ll qualify for a free Google Home Mini, which usually sells for $50. Yes, it’s not much, but it’s a great incentive from eBay, as the retailer tries to “trick” customers into spending more on its website.

Anyway, the offer is available until May 30 at 11:59 pm PT. Also, it’s aimed at US customers, so if you don’t …

Xiaomi brings three Google Assistant smart home devices to the US

Xiaomi said it will officially bring its smartphones to the United States by the end of 2018 or in early 2019, but lots of the Chinese company’s products are already available for purchase in the country.

The latest devices to be launched in the US are three smart home products that Xiaomi claims are fully compatible with Google Assistant. These are just the first smart devices featuring Google Assistant support the company plans to release in the US, Xiaomi said in an official statement.

The Mi Bedside Lamp, Mi LED Smart Bulb and Mi Smart Plug will soon be available for purchase …