You can view device controls in a centralized dashboard as well
Many of us have smart home devices that make life simpler through automation. That being said, these devices can add up over time, and it can become a hassle to manage them all. Even products by the same manufacturer can be challenging to synchronize, schedule, and automate, depending on the tasks. Home Assistant, an open source home automation platform, is making it easier for some homeowners by consolidating multiple devices. Now, it’s supporting Android's built-in smart home device controls, too.
Samsung earbuds have etched out a solid presence in the market, but which pair is the best for you?
Samsung has been in the earbuds market for some time now, providing plenty of competition for the best wireless earbuds. The company has been steadily releasing earbuds for the last couple of years, each version better than the previous and bringing something new every time. Although they are mostly targeted towards Samsung device owners, other Android users (and even Apple users) will want to pick up some since they are so darn good.
Flawless vacuuming coupled with excellent navigation and obstacle detection
During their early days, robot vacuum cleaners had fairly limited navigational and mapping capabilities, resulting in them happily bumping into your furniture and walls to find their way around your house. Things have greatly improved since then, with almost all modern models featuring LiDAR technology, allowing them to map their surroundings and navigate effectively and precisely.
There's plenty to be curious about Bose’s QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, including whether they sport their predecessors' water-resistance
Bose disrupted the sound waves recently with the reveal of its super sleek QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds. The premium buds are the latest in the QuietComfort line, following the highly-regarded QuietComfort Earbuds 2. Designed to take noise cancelation to the next level, the QC Ultra buds are focusing on user immersion and a tailored audio experience.
Are base stations needed with Arlo Essential gear?
Reliable and high-quality performance, simple user interfaces, and a dynamic product line ranging from affordable starter cameras to powerful surveillance are all reasons many choose Arlo for their home security needs. For anyone just dipping their toes into residential surveillance or anyone looking for an uncomplicated line of security products that won't break the bank, there's the Arlo Essential line.
The choice depends almost entirely on the phone you have
Every major device manufacturer offers their take on wireless earbuds to complement the smartphones they offer. Giants in the industry don't get much bigger than Samsung and Apple; both make an array of earbuds to complement their bigger-ticket devices, and each provides a Pro model for the most discerning listeners.
Stream and cast to your heart's content with these amazing Google TVs
When it comes to smart TVs, there are plenty of different brands to choose from, but only a few web-connected platforms to stream your Netflix. While titans like Samsung and LG use their own operating systems for running apps, Google TV takes care of streaming, menus, and other UI elements for brands like Sony, TCL, and Hisense. And Google TV is one of the best smart platforms on the market, and a major upgrade on the older Android TV software.
Nest Hub Max owners can already queue Assistant without a prompt
One of the best parts of a tablet is its versatility. In addition to supporting mobile apps, these devices can be used for video streaming, making calls, and more — all with a display that is conveniently larger than your phone. However, not every tablet has the same range of functionality. The Pixel Tablet is one of the newer models on the market, but it notably lacks some of the features found on existing tablets. Now, a Google app update indicates the company might bring a helpful Nest Hub Max feature to the Pixel Tablet.
Convenient, durable wallet cases from the most reputable brands
The Google Pixel 8 Pro sets an impressive standard when it comes to features, design, and processing power. While the phone itself is actually quite durable, it's also pretty expensive, so you'll want to do everything in your power to keep it safe from damage. Among the host of great Pixel 8 Pro cases are a handful of dependable wallet cases from trusted manufacturers. Whether you want a premium leather folio, heavy-duty hard-sided case, or detachable wallet compartment, one our selections is sure to meet your needs.
Protect your home's newest Pixel device
The Google Pixel Tablet may not collect the same attention as the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup or even the iPad, but if you’re looking for a great Android-powered alternative for browsing the web, watching Netflix, taking Zoom calls, and other common touchscreen tasks, the Pixel Tablet has got you covered.
Turn it up with early Black Friday deals on JBL, Samsung, and more
With just a month to go before Black Friday arrives, early sales and offers will start to arrive in the coming weeks to give shoppers a chance at scoring a good deal before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Yes, Black Friday is technically at the end of November, but the holiday shopping season isn't what it used to be, and no longer do you need to wait until the third Friday of the month to find top Black Friday deals.
MagSafe is cool, drop ratings are nice, but grip is absolutely essential
In an ideal phone, a phone case would be optional, just something to customize a phone rather than a necessity to protect your investment. But we live in an era of glass-backed, metal-framed prestigious Android phones that are slippery and shatter-prone, so the first thing we do after unboxing a phone is slap it in a case before we can drop it and break it.
A tale of two platforms
Google's Pixel Buds Pro are perhaps one of the most interesting challengers to Apple's popular AirPods Pro. It took Google a few years to hit its stride in the true wireless earbuds market, but the Pixel Buds Pro were a pleasant surprise last year — a premium set of earphones that earned their place among the best wireless earbuds.
Google's newest tablet is on sale now
The Google Pixel Tablet is Google's first new tablet hardware since 2018. First teased at Google I/O 2022 and released nearly a year later in June 2023, the tablet is bundled with a charging dock that helps it act as a smart display while keeping its battery topped up. There's a lot to wrap your head around with this hybrid device, and we're here to help. Here's what you need to know about the Pixel Tablet.
The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is durable but not invincible
If you are looking for something different and more durable than the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, then the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro may be what you are looking for. This phone is strong enough to pass the rigorous MIL-STD-810H testing and can withstand whatever you throw at it. The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is hands down one of the best rugged Android phones on the market.
Convenience just got even more, well, convenient
Even if you have a phone that’s as large as the Samsung Galaxy S23, holding onto it can be made infinitely easier with a magnetic phone grip and kickstand. The small accessory can make a big difference when it comes to positioning your phone for easy hands-free viewing or holding onto your phone securely at all times.
It might not work with Android, but Apple continues to place its claim on my wrist
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Despite the fact that my position as the Phones Editor of an Android-focused website means I'm almost always carrying an Android phone (or two, or three) in my pockets, my wrist is usually adorned with an Apple Watch. After more than half a decade across three different Android wearables — dating back to the first-gen Moto 360 — I first picked up the Apple Watch Series 5 in 2020, finally giving in after Google seem bored with its own platform.
It's important to protect your Pixel 8 and add a little convenience while you're at it - that's where wallet cases come in!
There's enough praise out there about the curvy outlines of the Google Pixel 8. The phone is the perfect size, with a stylish profile and soft edges. It feels sculpted somehow so that it fits naturally into the palm of your hand.
Keep that Pixel 8 pixel-perfect with one of these top cases to save your phone from knocks and bumps
While iteration may be the name of the game for 2023's flagship phones, the Google Pixel 8 is a wonderful upgrade from its predecessors. It features a 120Hz refresh rate screen with a whopping max brightness of 2,000 nits, rounded corners for a more comfortable in-hand feel, and an upgraded ultrawide that supports macrofocus and autofocus. The Pixel 8 earns its $100 price increase and then some.
It's very sad it took 9 years for Android smartwatches to finally get backups
If you're like most people, setting up new gadgets isn't a fun experience. Many even dread buying a new phone, tablet, or other bits of tech, because even with the different methods of moving from an old device to a new one, there will inevitably be some information, apps, or files that don't make the switch. It's been nearly a decade since Google brought Wear OS/Android Wear to the world with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, but it didn't take off until the original Moto 360 (R.I.P.) was released a few months later. The platform has only just now added support for watch transfers.