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October 14

Apple TV app arrives on Sony’s Android TVs starting today

Apple TV+ has been around for nearly a year at this point and, back at the service’s launch, the Apple TV app was confirmed to be coming to Sony’s Android TV models. Following a false start earlier this year, that app is finally available starting today.

September 14

Verizon will acquire Tracfone, the largest MVNO in the US, for over $6 billion

Just a few months after T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint closed, Verizon has a big announcement of its own. Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, today announced that it would acquire the largest MVNO in the US, Tracfone, in a deal worth over $6 billion.

August 25

Fitbit Sense debuts w/ ECG, advanced health tracking, Google Assistant for $329

While Google’s acquisition of Fitbit sits in limbo, Fitbit is today launching three new pieces of hardware. The Fitbit Sense is the company’s latest flagship smartwatch and it packs some seriously impressive health hardware to rival the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

August 6

Google’s Stadia platform has helped start a new form of gaming, streaming from the cloud. In the past year, Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now have made a big splash, but they still aren’t available on iOS. Why? Apple has confirmed it won’t allow services like Google Stadia on its platform.

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May 15

NextVR Android app pulled from Google Play hours after Apple confirms acquisition

About a month after our colleagues at 9to5Mac reported that Apple had acquired NextVR, Apple confirmed the news just yesterday. Within hours of that public confirmation, NextVR’s Android app was quickly pulled from the Google Play Store.

February 12

Mobile World Congress 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns

After several of the largest companies exhibiting at the show pulled out over the last week due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic, GSMA has now announced that Mobile World Congress 2020 is officially cancelled…

November 26, 2019

Disney+ update adds ‘Continue Watching’ section, rolling out now

Disney+ just launched earlier this month with tons of great content, but the platform has been missing a basic feature since launch day. Unlike Netflix, Hulu, and basically all of its competitors, Disney+ had no “Continue Watching” section. Now, that’s being added.

November 25, 2019

Huawei’s latest tablet is an iPad Pro clone w/ Android 10, no Google apps

Huawei is still in a sticky situation with the US, but that’s not stopping the company from debuting new products. Today, Huawei has launched its new MatePad Pro flagship tablet which is basically an iPad Pro clone.

November 1, 2019

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion with ‘opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS’

After reports last week, Google has confirmed this morning that it will acquire Fitbit for the sum of $2.1 billion…

June 4, 2019

Spotify Stations app w/ personalized radios arrives on Android and iOS

Last year Spotify was experimenting with a new app called Stations for streaming music with personalized radios. Now, after being exclusive to Australia for quite some time, the Spotify Stations app has launched in the United States on both Android and iOS.

April 22, 2019

[Update: Official statement] Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch until ‘at least next month’

According to the Wall Street Journal today, Samsung is officially delaying the Galaxy Fold launch in the US until further notice following some major display issues that popped up last week. Yikes.

April 17, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge just 48 hours after first outing

On Monday, Samsung officially let the press handle the Galaxy Fold after it was shown off in a tightly controlled demo in February. Just two days later, the first review units are encountering multiple issues all focused on the foldable display.

February 7, 2019

Google Chrome dark mode on Windows 10 and macOS respects system-wide setting w/ latest Canary release

Dark mode has slowly been making its way to various Google services and will be a big highlight of the upcoming Android Q release. Over the past couple months, though, we’ve been tracking a dark mode in Google Chrome on both macOS and Windows 10. Now, that feature respects the system-wide dark mode on both platforms.

January 14, 2019

YouTube adds new swipe gestures to navigate through video history, rolling out to iOS this week

As more YouTube viewers hit mobile devices, the platform is testing new features to improve the experience on smartphones and tablets. This week, YouTube is launching a new set of swipe gestures for its mobile app to better navigate video history.

November 13, 2018

Moment Tele 58mm lens adds up to 4x optical zoom, increased bokeh, optimized for Pixel, Galaxy, iPhone

Smartphone cameras are getting insanely good, especially in the case of Google’s Pixel lineup and Apple’s latest iPhones. Moment has made some excellent lenses to produce even better shots out of your phone, and today the company is launching the new Moment Tele 58mm lens.

November 1, 2018

Hands-on: Apple’s new USB-C headphone adapter is your cheapest option for analog audio on Pixel

Earlier this week, Apple made a move that many expected wouldn’t happen — the iPad adopted USB-C. That aligns it with much of the industry, including most Android makers, but at the same time, the tablet also dropped its 3.5mm headphone jack. That led to an Apple USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, and it’s currently the best one you can get for an Android device.

October 4, 2018

How to add Apple Music, Spotify, to Google Maps on iPhone

Google Maps revealed a handy new Commute tab earlier this month, and alongside it, the app also debuted native music controls for a handful of popular services. Here’s how to add Apple Music to Google Maps along with Spotify.

Google Maps now rolling out ‘Commute’ tab and music playback controls

Earlier this week Google announced that one of its most popular services, Google Maps, was going to get some big new features. Today, those features are starting to roll out to users. The Google Maps Commute tab and native music integration are starting to go live. 

October 1, 2018

Google Maps adds ‘Commute’ tab w/ live traffic info, Spotify, Apple Music integration

Google Maps is probably one of the company’s most-used and more-adored products, and it’s always getting updated to try and improve things for the better. Today, Google is announcing a slew of new features for Maps users including a new “Commute” tab.

September 13, 2018

Spotify raises download limit to 10,000 songs on up to five devices at a time

Apple Music has been in a battle with Spotify for months now with both companies trying to one-up each other. Today, Spotify is adjusting its annoying download limit to let users store a lot more music for offline listening.

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