Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home. Users will need to add each smart home product to Home via the smartphone app manual. Once added, people can utter requests such as, "Ok Google, turn the temperature up downstairs" to adjust the thermostat. Home already works with Nest, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings. Google says it plans to bring these Google Home control features to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones soon. The Pixel and Home both rely on Google Assistant for their voice-activated features.
OtterBox's Commuter case for the Pixel XL is a rugged, rubber-and-plastic shell that provides plenty of protection for your pricey smartphone slab. The Commuter delivers more safeguarding against drops than many other options for the Pixel XL.
Unlocked smartphones let you use your device on the carrier of your choice, whether at home or travelling overseas. Though unlocked phones tend to be pricey, you can't really put a price on the freedom they offer.
Google this week released the first public beta of Android O, the next version of its core mobile platform. Android O has a handful of interesting new features, including picture-in-picture, notification dots, autofill for app logins, easy text selection, and much more.
Google's own Clear Case for the Pixel XL lets users focus on the phone rather than a busy design, but it falls short in covering some basics. It's an inexpensive option, to be sure, and yet you can probably find better ways to spend your money.
Feb 9, 2017
Google today made it possible to view web-based virtual reality content through its Chrome browser. The latest version of Chrome for Android devices supports VR, and Google says a number of its partners have begun to add VR content to their web sites.
5" display 1080 x 1920 pixels
Snapdragon 821 processor 4 GB RAM
2,770 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), NFC, Fingerprint Reader, VR-ready