AT&T cancels deal with Huawei due to "political pressure"

By Nicholas Montegriffo

Many Android enthusiasts in the US have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of up-and-coming Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei to their market. We were expecting an announcement of the company’s American arrival at CES 2018, but it looks like AT&T backed out due to government pressure.

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Sony introduces new Bluetooth sound bars, speakers, and headphones

By James Sanders

Sony has announced a total of eight new Bluetooth connectable audio devices at CES. Of these, three are extra bass portable speakers, three are sports headphones, and two are soundbars. Naturally, the Japanese electronics giant has a few tricks to show off for extra visibility. Simply hearing your music is clearly not enough in 2018.

First off, the portable extra bass speakers:SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31, and SRS-XB21. The trio have the ability to be connected to a group of speakers, up to 100 at a time.

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Netflix bringing HDR10 and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support to Razer Phone

By James Sanders

Netflix has announced a partnership with Razer to bring support for HDR10 and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 to the Razer Phone, marking the first time that a mobile device supports both premium formats. As the Razer Phone has only two front-facing speakers, the audio will be downmixed from the 5.1 stream, though the phone—at least on paper—has one of the most powerful speakers available.

The Netflix / Razer partnership also brings a special widget which allows subscribers to watch videos from their home screen.

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Samsung's foldable smartphone could definitely maybe launch in December 2018

By Scott Scrivens

We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s smartphone with a foldable screen for what seems like an eternity, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to finally see the thing. Flexible screens have been demoed at trade shows for years, but getting them into a production-ready phone is another matter entirely. Samsung had seemed the most likely to make this dream a reality, but it must be as hard to do as it sounds as the project keeps getting put back.

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Sony adding Google Assistant support to headphones and earphones via software update

By James Sanders

While Sony just announced a bunch of new headphones and speakers, some older Sony products are getting Google Assistant added via a forthcoming firmware update. As these headphones do not have independent Wi-Fi connections, Assistant availability depends on pairing the headphones with a phone.

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Plex reportedly planning to support podcasts

By Ryan Whitwam

Plex has been adding new features on a regular basis lately, like live TV and news. That’s only the start of the company’s expansion plans, though. According to a report from TechCrunch, Plex plans to add podcasts to the platform, and that could eventuallylead to Plex becoming a one-stop-shop for your digital media needs.

The service, when it launches, would include both audio and video podcasts. Plex would also tie the podcast feature into the other content you watch (like live TV) and suggest podcasts based on that.

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Google is finally fixing URLs on AMP pages

By Martim Lobao

Even if you’ve never heard of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), you’ve probably already come across them several times online without realizing it — and you might have even been put off by one of its minor annoyances. The AMP project was created by Google in 2016 as yet another initiative to make online browsing faster and more responsive. Put simply, it works by making an educated guess on which pages a user is likely to visit next and begin preloading them before they do — for example, by preloading the first Google Search links in the background.

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Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

By Scott Scrivens

Remember when dreaming about modular electronics was all the rage? Even Google got caught up in the fantasy for a little while. Project Ara’s notion of a modular smartphone might be dead for now, but there’s still a smartwatch with interchangeable components to capture our attention in 2018. Blocks raised $1.6 in a Kickstarter campaign that ended way back in 2015, and there must have been concerns that the product would never make it into production.

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Qualcomm and Rockchip announce new SoCs for Android Things OS

By Corbin Davenport

Android Things is the name of Google’s edition of Android specifically designed for Internet-of-Things devices (IoT). The first version was made available at the end of 2016, and the first long-term support version is expected to be released sometime this year. Back in May, MediaTek announced that it was making a chipset specifically for Android Things, and now two other companies are following suit.

Firstly, Qualcomm announced two ‘Home Hub Platforms.’ These are all-in-one chipsets that are pre-certified for Google Cast and Assistant, so manufacturers can make Assistant smart screens and other similar products with little effort.

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Google Assistant is now on Android Auto, because apparently it wasn't before

By Ryne Hager

According to an announcement made by Google at CES, the company’s Google Assistant is now on Android Auto. If you’re a bit confused by this, that’s understandable. Apparently, the previous implementation was just a simpler voice search. Now that things have been upgraded to the full Google Assistant experience, you’ll have a wider range of functions and tools available behind the wheel.

At first, this announcement didn’t make a lot of sense, as you’ve been able to “OK Google” your way about Android Auto for quite some time.

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