Samsung is one of few companies still making premium Android tablets, and it’s getting pretty good at it. The company announced the new Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ at its Unpacked event yesterday and based simply off the specs, these are very impressive devices. The Tab S7 is smaller and uses an LCD screen, while the 12-inch S7+ is clearly the higher end model.
Samsung hasn’t unveiled a new Galaxy Watch in years, choosing instead to release the Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active 2 since it debuted the original Galaxy Watch in 2018. Naming standards aside, the Galaxy Watch 3 will be available in 41mm and 45mm options from August 6th from $400 and $430 respectively.
Among the five products that Samsung unveiled today at its Unpacked event are the new Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. The company is one of very few Android tablet makers left, and the S7 and S7+ are the latest in its premium slate lineup. In fact, Samsung itself said the Tab S7 and S7+ “combine the power of a PC, the flexibility of a tablet and the connectivity of a smartphone.”
Samsung hasn’t been shy about the fact that it has a ton of devices to show us at its upcoming Unpacked event, and that day is finally here. You can get excited with senior mobile editor Chris Velazco and myself right here as we head over to YouTube for a real-time reaction stream with a post-show to share our thoughts (and insider info) after. Based on the sneaky silhouette that Samsung has shared, we can tell there will be at least a foldable, a Note phone, a watch and what looks like wireless earbuds.
After months of leaks and rumors, Google is finally officially unveiling its tool called Nearby Share that’s basically Android’s version of Apple’s AirDrop sharing feature. It’s rolling out today to select Pixel and Samsung phones, with Google saying it’s continuing to “work with our partners to bring Nearby Share to more smartphones in the Android ecosystem over the next few weeks.”
If you’re a parent who’s missed being able to give your kids a semblance of school-like schedule while they’ve been holed up at home, Google’s latest features may be able to help. The company today announced a new tool called Family Bell that can bring a familiar school bell experience to your home. Google also unveiled features like a daily “Animal of the day” activity, Broadcast Targeting and a new command that kicks off a routine to start the school day.
Now that Google has launched the Pixel 4a (at last) for just $350, I might actually be convinced: the time for midrange phones to reign is nigh. When I picked up the Pixel 4a, my first thought was “Wait, does this thing have a case on?” The soft-touch coating on the back felt foreign, since I’m used to phones with glossier finishes. In fact, the Pixel 4a is as sturdy and well-made as the Pixel 4.
Google’s Live Caption tool is not only an important accessibility feature, but it’s also useful in noisy environments like a bar or a subway station. It’s available on Pixel phones and computers through the Chrome browser, and will provide onscreen subtitles for any media that plays audio on your device. With today’s launch of the Pixel 4a, though, Google is unveiling Live Caption for Calls and it’ll be available on the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4 and 4a.
Google launched the Pixel 4a today and unlike previous years, there is only one version available. No Pixel 4a XL, no “Clearly White” or “Purple-ish” option — we can only get it in “Just Black.” There will also be a 5G-ready version for the upcoming Pixel 5, which Google hadn’t officially announced until today.
Oppo officially unveiled its second smartwatch, simply called the Oppo Watch. Just like the original version which launched in China in March, this thing is an almost exact replica of the Apple Watch. Three models will be available -- a 41mm WiFi only version, a 46mm size with WiFi and a 46mm one with LTE via eSIM.
YouTube users will have to say goodbye to Community Contributions soon. Google announced that it will be shutting down the feature on September 28th this year, citing a lack of use and reports of “spam and abuse.” The tool was predominantly used to let anyone contribute translations for video titles or submit descriptions, closed captions or subtitles.
It hasn’t been a good quarter for most people and Google parent company Alphabet is no exception. After sitting through a grueling five-hour grilling yesterday, CEO Sundar Pichai said today in the company’s earnings release, “We’re working to help people, businesses and communities in these uncertain times.” Alphabet saw its revenue for the second quarter of 2020 fall 2 percent compared to the same period last year.
It’s been three years since Qualcomm last announced a new generation of its Quick Charge technology, and the company has updates today that might make juicing up your phones even breezier than before. Quick Charge 5 promises to charge devices to 50 percent in just 5 minutes, and supports more than 100W of charging power in a smartphone, which the company says is the first time for a “commercially viable fast charging platform.” While Qualcomm didn’t specify a battery size in its claim, footnotes in the company’s press release state that it ran tests on a 4,500mAh cell.
Samsung seems to be pretty bad at keeping its own secrets. The company appears to have uploaded new screenshots to the Galaxy Buds iOS app page in Apple's store, and the images completely give away the name and some features of the unannounced Galaxy Buds Live. The pictures in the listing show a step by step process of connecting the device to your phone via Bluetooth Low Energy, and the first two screenshots in the process only show the existing Galaxy Buds+.
If you could upload your consciousness before dying and live on forever in a posh, cushy digital afterlife, would you do it? In addition to finding out which of the team would “upload” if they could, we also discussed the many gadgets and apps that enrich the world of Upload, as well as whether such an upload is a true transference of consciousness. The notion has been explored in more recent shows like Altered Carbon and Black Mirror, and Upload is one of the latest to envision digital immortality.
Cherlynn and UK Bureau Chief Mat Smith talk all about the OnePlus Nord, ASUS ROG Phone 3 and a bunch of devices recently launched outside the US.
Last year, Google committed $1 billion towards addressing the lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area, acknowledging that as one of the largest employers in the region it has a responsibility to help. In its announcement today, Google also shared more on what it calls its “housing first” approach to the homelessness crisis. Google said its housing first approach prioritizes giving people safe and stable shelter before they can get other support like “mental health care, drug rehab, food assistance, or job training programs.”
You may not remember that Chinese phone-maker Oppo released its first Android-based smartwatch earlier this year, especially since it was only available in China. Unlike the original Oppo Watch, which ran very basic software, this upcoming device will use Google’s Wear OS.
Google’s Arts and Culture vertical has been known to release fun apps and tools to help people engage with art and history. Now, the company is launching a web-based AI tool to let users interact with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and also help researchers decode the symbols with machine learning. It’s called Fabricius, named after the “father of epigraphy, the study of ancient inscriptions,” according to Google, and will let you send roughly translated messages in hieroglyphs to your friends.