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Despite the fact that Apple’s AirPods only work as simple Bluetooth headphones while paired to Android devices, it hasn’t stopped a third-party developer from making an app that shows you the two earbuds’ battery life similarly to how it appears on iOS devices. Here’s how it all works…
Truly wireless earbuds are growing in popularity quickly, but they’re far from perfect. While some have proven great, like Apple’s AirPods, others just aren’t. Now, Samsung is taking a second shot with these types of earbuds in the 2018 edition of the Gear IconX, and, well, they’ve still got some work to do.
December 5, 2017
Leading up to Google’s October 4 event, we knew that Google was planning to introduce a pair of wireless earbuds that would compete with the likes of Apple’s AirPods. The key differentiator for Pixel Buds — besides Android optimizations — is the Google Assistant. They seemed more sophisticated and feature packed than the competition even with the wire connecting the buds.
As we wrote in the Pixel Buds’ review, these are the smartest earbuds you can buy, but with some clear flaws. Unfortunately, though, those flaws were enough for me to return my personal set and switch back to using AirPods with my Pixel 2…
October 10, 2017
Truly wireless headphones are the latest craze in the “wearable” industry, and the top player right now, for good reason, is Apple’s AirPods. The $159 wireless earbuds are perfect for iPhone users, but they also work pretty well with Android. Now an Android developer has taken that to the next level by giving AirPods the ability to summon Google Assistant.
October 4, 2017
Google’s Pixel Buds use Assistant to auto-pair to your phone, just like Apple’s AirPods [Update]
Google’s new Bluetooth headphones, the Pixel Buds, use Google Assistant to do some pretty incredible things such as translating languages on the fly. However, there’s one thing (aside the from the cable) that we thought would set them back from Apple’s AirPods, and that was pairing. Thankfully, Google has worked out a solution.
July 24, 2017
Since the announcement of Bixby at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 event in February, critics and consumers alike have had mixed feelings about the company’s new AI. There are some things that Bixby is good at, and then there are other areas where the assistant falls completely flat.
Bixby is made up of many different layers, but one of its most important is its voice component. Samsung just recently rolled out Bixby Voice features on the Galaxy S8/S8+ in the US following a delay, and according to a new report from ET News, Samsung is now supposedly working on Bixby-powered Bluetooth earbuds that won’t be all that different from Apple’s AirPods.
December 29, 2016
There have been a lot of rumors and reports flying around the release of Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S8. We’ve heard it’ll ditch hardware navigation keys, pack a massive display on one variant, and sadly, drop the headphone jack. Along with that omission, Samsung is reportedly looking to push wireless audio further with the release of a new pair of truly wireless earbuds.
The latest beta version (7.23) of the Google app is rolling out this afternoon and it reveals a number of upcoming features for Pixel Buds. Namely, users will be able to customize controls like Double Tap, while a new Triple Tap gesture addresses a common complaint of these Google Assistant headphones.
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Samsung including a pair of Gear IconX (2018) earbuds w/ Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchases
Truly wireless earbuds are becoming very popular thanks to Apple’s AirPods, and competitors are getting better and better. Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earbuds are pretty fantastic, and now the $200 earbuds come free with the S8 or Note 8 for a limited time.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The best presents for your Android-loving techie
We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day, so now is the perfect time to pick up a gift for that special somebody. Below are a handful of great options for your tech-loving significant other…
Today we’ve got YouTube Music 2.19, which reveals logo for a possible ‘YouTube Premiere’ service, a new app called ‘AirBattery’ tracks the battery life of AirPods when connected to an Android phone, and Google Chrome is set to mark all HTTP pages as ‘Not secure’ later this year.
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