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Finally, a camera that can capture toddlers at their natural speed
Google loves to show off fancy new AI-powered features whenever it releases the latest generation of Pixel phones. From a bokeh blur that only needs one lens to a camera that can capture shots in near darkness, the company has always been all-in on AI. Now it's about to take another step forward with the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — and it might be time to say goodbye to blurry-faced photos.
You could just not accidentally delete files in the first place, but this is an acceptable alternative
The imaginatively named Files by Google app has come a long way since its debut as Files Go in 2017. Google has steadily added additional features and functionality, and the app became the default file manager in Android 11 earlier this year. Now it's starting to pick up another new feature — one that will save you from losing important files if you accidentally hit the delete button.
Samsung wants you to know the Galaxy S21 Ultra takes better pictures of grilled cheese sandwiches than the iPhone
So much camera-size shaming going on here :(
Apple has been having a bit of a rough time over the past couple weeks. First it was dealing with the legal challenge brought by Epic Games, and now the company is getting attacked by Samsung, too. In a new series of videos, Samsung compares its own Galaxy 21 Ultra to Apple's latest device in order to see which phone takes better pictures of —checks notes— grilled cheese sandwiches?
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden
Samsung is responsible for some of the most popular Android phones in the world, but the company has plenty of other ventures up its corporate sleeves as well. Samsung brought its TV Plus service to select Galaxy phones a few months back, and it's announcing expanded availability that includes two new countries now with more on the way next year.
128GB of storage, a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and 8GB of RAM for just $350
The release of the OnePlus 9 series might be on the horizon, but older OnePlus phones still have specs that allow them to compete with today's flagships. The OnePlus 7T debuted back in 2019 with 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and a hefty 3800mAh battery, and right now it's on sale for just $349.99 at B&H — a price that's $50 cheaper than OnePlus's own current clearance deal.
You don't even have to open a new line
The Pixel 4a 5G has always been one of the most affordable 5G options around since it debuted last year, but the phone has received a number of discounts recently. Its price fell to $449.99 at most retailers at the start of this week, and now T-Mobile is dropping the price a full hundred bucks lower, making it available to subscribers new and old for just $349.99.
Using AirPods on Android? It's more likely than you think
The AirPods Pro might be made by Apple, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth a look from Android enthusiasts. Apple's flagship earbuds offer a comfortable in-ear fit, a wireless charging case, and top-of-the-line active noise cancellation that's among the best you'll find in earbuds this small. And right now, Woot is selling them for just $189.99, a savings of $60 off the MSRP.
Auto-scheduling, voice control, and more
Vacuuming can be annoying, time-consuming, and very noisy. Luckily, all these attributes can be avoided with a robotic vacuum from Roomba. The Roomba 980 offers powerful cleaning capabilities, advanced auto-scheduling features, and a price tag that comes in at just $299 for certified refurbished units right now on Amazon.These refurbished iRobot Roomba 980s utilize the company's patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System to rid your carpet and hard floors of dirt and debris. This vacuum should be great for keepers of little critters, too, as the dual multi-surface brushes promise to handle pet hair with ease. And thanks to its smart battery monitoring, it will run for up to two hours before automatically returning to its charging base to juice up and resume cleaning if needed.
You could save $60 every year
Google’s YouTube TV offers over 85 live television channels in its basic $65/month subscription tier, but the company has been experimenting with specialized add-ons to offer consumers more choices. The Sports Plus add-on was introduced last year, and now Google is debuting Entertainment Plus — a bundle of three popular networks that could save you up to $60 a year.
It's easy if you have the right trade-in device lying around
Samsung released its latest Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch late last year. We think it's a pretty solid smartwatch as long as you don't pay full retail price for it. Luckily, Samsung is offering some nifty discounts on its latest wearable right now — and if you trade in the right device, a Galaxy Watch3 can be yours starting at just $139.99.
Over 450 publications are now on board in over a dozen countries
Late last year Google introduced News Showcase, an initiative aiming to highlight insightful feature stories and bring them to the attention of more readers. Google even announced subsidizing access to select paywalled pieces through the program. Following an initial rollout in Germany and Brazil, Google brought News Showcase to Australia last week — and now the company has announced it's coming to even more countries.
All part of a plan to pull users away from the service?
What if you could give your janky old laptop PC a fresh-faced Chrome OS-inspired makeover? That's the promise of CloudReady, a free operating system based on the open-source Chromium OS that essentially converts legacy Windows, Macs, and even older Chrome OS devices into brand-new Chromebooks. Now Neverware, the company behind the endeavor, has announced that it's officially joining up with Google — but there may be some unwanted consequences for consumers.
But it's still limited to officially sanctioned extensions
When Firefox launched its next-gen Android browser last year, many were dismayed to see it lacked support for most extensions. Since then, the situation has improved a bit, and recently the browser has picked up compatibility with a number of officially sanctioned extensions. And now Mozilla has released Firefox 85, making the mobile extension installation process even easier.
The latest version of Android is beginning to show up now in select regions
Sony's latest compact flagship may not be a phone we'd recommend to most people, but current owners of the Xperia 5 II are already in for a major upgrade. Last year, the company shared its estimated Android 11 update timeline and now Sony is rolling out Google's newest OS to the Xperia 5 II right on schedule.
Nearby Share will make the process easier than ever
Asking for the Wi-Fi password always feels a little awkward, but Google has been working on ways to make the process easier. Android 10 allowed users to share network details via QR codes, and now it looks like Nearby Share could simplify things even further in an upcoming version of Android — possibly even this year's Android 12 release.
The update takes Call Screening to the next level
Tasker is one of the best ways to get advanced functionality out of your devices, and now it's getting even better in the latest update. Version 5.11.13 adds a number of improvements to the de facto app for tinkerers, including Call Screening, easier imports, new variables, and more — but it's not all positive.
Whoopie, another streaming service
We've already seen one new streaming service launch this year, but now we're already hearing about another "new" one. Last year saw the announcement that ViacomCBS was preparing to re-brand and expand All Access as Paramount+, and now we know more about when to expect the streaming service to show up in different areas around the world.
Customizable sizing choices are always appreciated
Gmail is one of Google's most widely used products, which means the company likes to cram a lot of integrations with its other tools into it. Last year, a redesigned interface showed up for G Suite customers with support for Chat and Rooms sections in the sidebar. Now Google is rolling out an update that lets users resize these sections to suit their needs.
And there's an easy way to instantly save $30 on the new buds
Samsung announced its newest pair of wireless earbuds last week. They're sounding pretty solid so far, but it looks like the company is already pushing out an update for the buds with new features and tweaks in tow, making the Galaxy Buds Pro an even more attractive option for potential buyers.
Health tracking is easier than ever at a price that's lower than ever
Keeping track of your health without having precise and accurate data is difficult to do. Eufy's Smart Scale P1 promises to make the job easier by taking 14 different measurements of your health for a holistic view. And right now, the Bluetooth enabled scale is on sale at Amazon for just $25.49 — a savings of $19.50 andthe lowest price we've seen.The Smart Scale P1 calculates a total of 14 essential body measurements including BMI, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. It works with the EufyLife app to track your measurements over time, but it also supports integration with third-party apps such as Google Fit and Fitbit. And since it can automatically support up to 16 users on a single account, it's great for monitoring the whole family's health.