+ Thursday August 22nd, 2019

Smart Accessories

Google to release a Pixel Watch, a new Google Home and a Nest Camera alongside the budget Pixel 3 phones

Last year we heard rumours of a Pixel Watch to be released alongside the Pixel 3 phones but that did not eventuate apparently due to delays. Now there is a report that it will be released this year alongside a host of other new Googley hardware. Nikkei Asian Review, which …

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Google ‘refocuses’ Android Things as a platform for developing Smart Speakers and Displays, ends hardware support for IoT devices

Remember Google Brillo and Weave Google’s first foray into an IoT platform, remember how that became Android Things? Today Google has announced that they are “refocusing” Android Things to be a platform for OEMs to make Smart Speakers and Displays, which is awesome for those categories, but what it means …

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Aussies & Kiwis Can Now Protect Phones With ZAGG InvisibleShield on Demand

Select Harvey Norman, Optus, Vodafone (Mo’s Mobiles) and Omni Tech (NZ) outlets have partnered with ZAGG to deploy the innovative InvisibleShield on Demand (ISOD) service in Australia and New Zealand. This is a win for retailers and consumers because ISOD offers retailers the ability to instantly produce a variety of …

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Australian IoT vendor Buddy Platform to acquire smart lighting company LIFX

Australian Internet of Things (IoT) vendor, Buddy Platform, has agreed to acquire smart lighting company LIFX in a US$70 million deal. LIFX, originally established in Victoria and now headquartered in the US, has its products stocked and sold through traditional and online retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, …

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Samsung Bluetooth earphones – likely the rumoured Galaxy Buds – get FCC certification

The rumoured Samsung Galaxy Buds may be getting more real with a pair of Samsung branded Bluetooth earphones heading through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for certification. The bluetooth device which has received certification today are listed in the FCC as a ‘Samsung Bluetooth Headset’ with the model # …

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Jabra launches business-focused Evolve 65t in Australia

Earlier this week, Jabra announced new business-focused smart earbuds for Australia in the form of the Evolve 65t. Importantly for business users, Jabra says these are the first true wireless earbuds to attain Skype for Business certification. The style of earbuds is not new – true wireless earbuds are increasingly …

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Amazon Alexa coming soon to Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Ausdroid team’s current favourite noise cancelling wireless headphones Sony WH-1000XM3 will soon receive Amazon Alexa support. The WH-1000XM3’s were recently reviewed by my colleague Dan who concluded that: It’s clear to anyone who has the happy chance to try on a pair of these headphones that Sony has taken …

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Samsung’s Bixby will soon talk to Google apps on your Android phone

In a world dominated by two voice assistants – Google Assistant and Alexa – Samsung keeps fighting to make their virtual assistant relevant. At CES this week Samsung announced that Bixby will soon be able to ‘talk with’ the Google Apps installed on your device. Exactly what this means is …

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In 2018 Google Assistant grew by 600% and by February will be on 1 billion devices

Last year at CES we saw a lot of Google Assistant devices announced. As you would expect, since then the uptake of Google Assistant devices has grown exponentially Google have announced today. Available on just 500 million devices in May of 2018 Google Assistant saw growth of close to 400% …

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KitchenAid joins the smart display party with a water resistant 10 inch device

We have seen and reviewed all smart displays that are available here in Australia and soon hopefully there will be one more on the way Downunder. At CES well known high-end home appliance manufacturer, KitchenAid, has announced that they will be coming to market with a smart display this year. …

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