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Chrome Adding HDR Support, Starts Off With Windows 10 Devices

We’ve been hearing about Google adding HDR support for Chrome for Android since last year, and things are apparently starting to come together. In a post to Google’s blog, the company announced Chrome will now support HDR video on Windows...Show More Summary

Google is Cleaning Up the Android Beta Program Page

If you cruise over to the Android Beta Program page today, you’ll more than likely have a message awaiting you that says “there are no eligible devices associated with this Google account.” That’s odd, right? You own a Pixel or Pixel...Show More Summary

I Love the Pixel 2’s Squeezy Google Assistant Sides so Much

When we first learned (thanks to the FCC) that Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL would feature a squeezable side that could launch Google Assistant, I don’t know that anyone considered (at the time) it to be a fanboy-creating feature.Show More Summary

DEAL: Save $30 on a Nest Cam Outdoor Through Amazon, Down to $168

Taking place over on Amazon, buyers can pick up a Nest Cam Outdoor for just $168, down from its usual price of $199. These are Nest’s 1st-generation outdoor cameras, capable of surviving the rain and other weather, while sending a video...Show More Summary

DEAL: 4-Pack Etekcity WiFi Smart Plugs are Just $49.99 Right Now

As Tim noted in yesterday’s QotD post, we plan to put a coverage focus on smart home products this year, as they certainly seem to be a growing industry and fun trend to follow. Who doesn’t want to have a cool as hell tech house? SoShow More Summary

Instagram Adds GIF Stickers for Stories, Teases Ability to Change Photo Sizes

For the people who can’t post enough Stories to Instagram, the app is adding GIF stickers for usage on your photos and videos that go directly into Stories. When selecting a photo or video to add to a Story, you’ll see many GIF stickers...Show More Summary

Verizon Kicks Off BOGO Deal (With Trade) for Pixel 2, 2 XL, Galaxy S8, S8+, More

Verizon’s big BOGO (buy one, get one) deal is now live and it’s quite the deal, to be honest. If you take advantage (both current and new customers), you could get a Pixel 2 or 2 XL, Galaxy S8 or S8+, V30, or Moto Z2 Force, along with...Show More Summary

Google Play Audiobooks Section Going Live Right Now

10 hours agoTechnology / Google : Droid Life

Over the weekend, hints of an Audiobooks section launching on Google Play surfaced, leading us to believe that Google would announce details at some point early this week. Well, we just checked this morning and the section is now live for viewing, though we’re still waiting for Google to populate it with content. Show More Summary

More RED Hydrogen One Details Disclosed, Oddly Attempting to Sell Carrier Variants

10 hours agoTechnology / Google : Droid Life

In July of last year, high-end camera maker RED announced Hydrogen One, an Android-powered smartphone with a price tag of $1200+ and a shipping timeline of Q1 in 2018. Pre-orders went up at that same time, so people who had the money...Show More Summary

T-Mobile and Layer3 TV Close Acquisition and are Ready to “Disrupt” the TV World

11 hours agoTechnology / Google : Droid Life

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it had closed its Layer3 TV acquisition, which means they can officially move forward with their plans to “disrupt” the TV industry. No specific plans were announced, in terms of how this TV service...Show More Summary

Google Posts Additional January 8.1 Images for Verizon, Softbank, Telstra Pixel and Nexus Devices

We may be 20 days removed from Google posting the initial batch of files for January’s Nexus/Pixel security patch, but that hasn’t stopped them from adding some new ones. Tonight, Google gave us new files for Pixel/Nexus devices on Verizon, Softbank, and Telstra. Show More Summary

Question of the Day: What Smart Home Tech Do You Use in Your House?

I’m rather late to the smart home game, but I’m getting there. I have an ecobee thermostat, couple Google Home units, Amazon Echo, few Philips Hue lightbulbs, and I think the next purchase for my house will be a Nest Hello doorbell.Show More Summary

DEAL: Switch to Verizon, Get Up to $450 Off Pixel 2 or 2 XL, Note 8 and More

This may be the final day of this deal, but Verizon’s current “up to $450 off” promo isn’t a terrible choice for those looking to switch to Big Red today. I think it might be the last day, because Verizon has told us that a new BOGO deal (plus trade-in) is kicking off tomorrow. Show More Summary

Google Starts Rolling Out WiFi Speed Labels Feature to Android 8.1

With the introduction of Android 8.1, Google tossed in a feature that’ll surely come in handy as you enter a public space and want to jump on an open WiFi network. It’s a speed estimate or speed label that’ll tell you the type of connection you should expect should you connect. Show More Summary

YouTube TV Has Over 300,000 Subscribers a Year After Launch

According to a source of CNBC, YouTube TV is off to an impressive start. Launched last year in February, the service is reported to have over 300,000 subscribers, though, Google has not made these figures public and would not provide a comment on the report. Show More Summary

Audiobooks Apparently Coming to Google Play

According to a banner ad that was spotted inside of Google Play, as well as an APK teardown of an updated Play Books app, audiobooks are coming to Google Play. We don’t have any official details from Google yet, but the teardown provided by Android Police gives us essentially everything we need to know. Show More Summary

Verizon’s LTE Speeds are Back, But T-Mobile Still Dominates Latest OpenSignal Report

Last week, OpenSignal teased its upcoming “State of the Mobile Networks: USA” report by announcing that T-Mobile was still king of US wireless download speeds, but that Verizon and AT&T were on the comeback. Today, they’ve dropped that...Show More Summary

Weekly Recap: Moto’s 2018 Lineup, OnePlus Got Hacked, and No LG G7 at MWC

If you were absent this week, you missed a lot of news. For starters, we posted up what looks to be Motorola’s 2018 lineup of G, Z, and X devices, OnePlus confirmed they had the information of about 40,000 credit cards stolen, and Project Fi launched an $80 unlimited plan that we should all consider. Show More Summary

DEAL: Moto X4 Prime Exclusive Model for $279.99 is a Steal ($50 Off)

I know that I wasn’t incredibly kind in my Moto X4 review, but that was partly because I felt that at $400, the phone sat in this weird mid-pricing tier and wasn’t quite polished enough in the performance department to make it a worthwhile purchase. Show More Summary

Report: No LG G7 at MWC, LG V30 With Added AI Features Coming Instead

MWC is fast approaching, scheduled for the later part of February. Up to this point, we were still very uncertain as to what LG may announce, but thanks to a new report from the Korea Herald, we may have an idea about LG’s 2018 game plan. Show More Summary

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