With all of the changes that Google has been rolling out to their Gmail platform in the last few weeks, one is under the hood but likely a welcome addition. One of the more annoying situations one may have to deal with is losing Internet access and if a platform does not offer an offline option, a user can be stuck dead in the water. Google is addressing that with a new offline mode for Gmail so that users can continue working with their messages even when Internet access has been interrupted.
As we get closer to the launch of the new OnePlus 6, retailers who may be offering the device are working to prepare things to be ready to accept orders or pre-orders right away. One of those retailers will apparently be Amazon based on a slip-up that occurred over the weekend. An accidental exposure of preliminary work allowed people to grab some images of the OnePlus 6 in black before the items were removed from public exposure.
We’ve run a bunch of deal posts featuring Anker smartphone accessories in recent weeks, but did you know that the manufacturer is also responsible for the Eufy brand that makes home automation products such as smart scales and light bulbs? No? Well, there’s no time like the present to acquaint yourself with the Eufy smart home brand and save up to 41% in the process.
At a glance, you might mistake iOttie’s new iON Qi wireless charging pad for something coming directly from Google. Of course, you’d probably pretty quickly remember that the Pixel line doesn’t support wireless charging for whatever reason so that wouldn’t make any sense, but that hasn’t stopped iOttie from crafting a device with Google’s fingerprints all over it.
The BlackBerry KeyOne launched at MWC 2017 with the handset sporting the company’s renowned physical keyboard and mid-range specs such as the energy-sipping Snapdragon 625. It’s fair to say that the KeyOne sated most of BlackBerry’s fans, but that was 2017, an age ago in smartphone terms. This year, BlackBerry will launch the KeyOne’s successor, the KEY2, on June 7 in New York.
A few days ago ZTE had to tap out of the smartphone business completely after the US sanctioned the company to prevent them from doing business with American manufacturers. Now President Trump wants to work with China to figure out a way to get ZTE back in the game. Confused? Yeah, me too.
Ask anyone what their biggest gripe with Android is, and one of the most common answers will likely be the updates. Or, rather, the lack of updates. Unless you’re rocking a flagship from a big manufacturer or a Google Pixel device, you’re probably not getting them as frequently as you’d like, and that includes monthly security updates.
The Google Home Max enjoys a rather unique spot in the market in that it incorporates the benefits of a smart speaker with sound qualities – including a big sound – that are close enough to more dedicated devices like Sonos speakers. As good as that sound is, the Home Max has fallen short for people who hope to buy one for double-duty as their sound bar with the TV system. The problem has to do with the high latency that causes sync issues between the audio and video streams. Sources say that problem will be address in an upcoming update.
With some of the changes to expand availability of the Android P Developer Preview 2 that were announced at Google I/O 2018, attention is once again drawn to the state of Android version distribution. Even though Android 8.0 Oreo has been around for several months, adoption is still at just 5% of the market and it appears the general strategy of most phone manufacturers is to provide at most one Android update and then hope users upgrade to a new phone for the second one. Google’s Project Treble is supposed to combat the problems with new version updates for Android and it is getting a boost thanks to new, joint work with Qualcomm.
Maybe it’s a little early to start talking about the Google Pixel 3, but that’s not going to stop the leaks. Evan Blass has dropped a pretty major hint about what Google is planning on announcing at their hardware event later this year, including a new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, plus a newer set of Pixel Buds, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. But they also might drop a Pixel Watch on us, which is very exciting.
A good phone holder or mount for your car can make traveling significantly better, but sometimes it’s tough to find the right choice. Suction cup mounts can leave weird residue on your windshield, and vent mounts can block the AC and can sometimes just be a huge pain to set up. Why not drop a mount in your cup holder instead?