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April 28

Sony pulled a profit on its Xperia smartphones for the first time since 2017

The smartphone world keeps consolidating into just a handful of major brands, and frankly, Sony is not one of the brands we thought we’d still be talking about in 2021. Unexpectedly, though, Sony just managed to squeeze out a profit on Xperia phones for the first time in a few years recently.

April 26

Sony Bravia TVs are now getting Android TV’s ‘Discover’ homescreen

After making its debut earlier this week, the latest version of the Android TV homescreen is expanding to a major part. The Android TV “Discover” homescreen is now rolling out to Sony Bravia TVs.

May 6

Google Assistant Family Broadcasts from Smart Displays can now appear on phones

Using Smart Displays and speakers as an intercom system is one of Google Assistant’s most popular capabilities. Google is now updating Assistant Broadcasts so that they appear on both Android and iOS phones. 

April 14

Sony Xperia 1 III goes official w/ 120Hz 4K display, variable telephoto lens, more

Sony has just unveiled the firm’s 2021 flagship, the Xperia 1 III, with some pretty notable hardware, including what is the first 120Hz 4K display on an Android smartphone.

May 5

Several Google Stadia staff members join Jade Raymond’s Sony-backed ‘Haven’ studio

After news broke earlier this week that Google Stadia’s product lead John Justice left the company, it’s been revealed that more names are on their way out. Several more staff members from Google Stadia, and specifically Stadia Games & Entertainment, have left the company to join “Haven,” a Sony-backed studio by their former boss, Jade Raymond.


Google may be blocked from selling smart speakers, YouTube Music in Germany

The tech behind Chromecast, once known as Google Cast, is available in everything from TVs to soundbars and speakers from variety of different brands. As a result of an ongoing lawsuit with Sonos, though, Google may soon need to stop selling smart speakers and other cast devices in Germany.

April 20

Deals: TicWatch 40% off smartwatch sale, Sony XM3 ANC Earbuds $178, more

All of today’s best deals are headlined by the up to 40% off Mobvoi TicWatch sale. You’ll also be able to save on Sony’s popular XM3 ANC Earbuds at $178, and Samsung’s new Smart Monitors from $200. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

April 14

Xperia 5 and 10 III complete Sony’s 2021 smartphone lineup

Alongside the Xperia 1 III, Sony also officially launched the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III to complete the Japanese firm’s smartphone lineup for 2021.

April 27

Google Home Essentials: Sonos Roam falls just short of the perfect portable Assistant

Google Assistant is available on devices of all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority of useful smart speakers that support it are designed to be used in one place, indoors. I’ve been wanting a solution to bring Assistant and, in turn, Chromecast audio around my home wire-free. As it turns out, the Sonos Roam […]

May 6

YouTube tests ‘Listening controls’ that bring a dedicated music player UI to the main app

When listening to songs in the YouTube mobile client, Google will occasionally prompt users to open the YouTube Music app for a better experience. The main YouTube app is now testing a dedicated “Listening controls” experience for music.

April 19

Google Doodle celebrates 70th birthday of Luther Vandross, ‘The Velvet Voice’ [Video]

Google is honoring soul singer Luther Vandross, on what would be his 70th birthday, with a video Google Doodle.

April 13

YouTube Music search now distinguishes between ‘Featured’ and ‘Community’ playlists

In February, Google said its streaming service would add “even more” playlist creation features and increase discoverability of those user-generated collections. That has so far been the only app roadmap provided by the company this year. YouTube Music is now implementing those plans in search by distinguishing between Featured and Community playlists.

May 6

YouTube TV is now available on PS5, if you can get hold of one

Six months after going on sale, Sony’s PS5 now fully supports YouTube TV live streaming with a dedicated app from the PlayStation Store.

May 10

Google launches ‘True Pixel Story’ video series highlighting Car Crash Detection, Live Caption

First introduced with the Pixel 4 in 2019, Car Crash Detection can automatically call 911 if you’re in a vehicle accident. Google is now highlighting that safety feature, along with Live Caption, in a new True Pixel Story video series. 

Best Android app deals of the day: Kensho, Reminder Pro, SiNKR, Eyes of Ara, more

It is now time to kick off another week with all of today’s best Android game and app deals. Swing by our Android and Google deal hubs for all of today’s most notable hardware offers and then come right back here for all of this afternoon’s best game and app deals courtesy of Google Play. Highlights of today’s collection include titles like Kensho, Reminder Pro, SiNKR, The Quest – Islands of Ice and Fire, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Eyes of Ara, and more. Hit the jump for a complete look at all of today’s best Android game and app deals. 

April 21

Spotify Connect is currently broken when using Google Assistant, Chromecast devices

Spotify has a lot of great features, but one of its best and most unique is Connect, a method of keeping the same listening session synced across all of your devices. Unfortunately, what seems like a bug is breaking Spotify Connect in multiple ways when using Google Assistant or Chromecast devices.

May 6

Alphabet Scoop 121: Roku vs Google/YouTube TV, Pixel Buds A-Series, and more

This week 9to5Google’s Abner Li, Ben Schoon, and Kyle Bradshaw discuss Google and Roku’s negotiations on YouTube TV deteriorate, new Pixel Buds A-Series, and Stadia loses more top employees. Sponsored by NVIDIA GeForce NOW: Real-time gameplay straight from the cloud to any device you own. Check back every GFN Thursday for the latest games, added every week. Try […]

Android TV launcher has dropped to a 1-star rating over homescreen ads

It’s been just a few months since Google started rolling out homescreen ads to Android TV, and in that time, users haven’t exactly let up in showing their displeasure over the change. As it turns out, things have gotten so bad in the Play Store that the Android TV home app has dropped to an average rating of just 1 star.

May 3

Deals: Pixel 4 XL $500, Google Nest sale from $30, Pixelbook Go $150 off, more

All of today’s best deals are headlined by Google Pixel 4 XL falling to the best price of the year at $500. That’s on top of the Google Nest Mother’s Day sale from $30 and Pixelbook Go at up to $150 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

May 10

Deals: Google Pixel 5 Fabric Case $33, ASUS Chromebook Flip $120 off, more

All of today’s best deals are headlined by a rare discount on Google’s official Pixel 5 Fabric Case at $33. That’s on top of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 at $120 off and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 for $180. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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