Ultimate Ears BLAST app now supports grouping with up to eight speakers, 11 months after it was promised

Back in April of last year, Ultimate Ears announced that its BLAST and MEGABLAST Bluetooth speakers would be receiving a number of features that they really should have come with out of the box. Nearly a year later, one of those features — grouping — has finally been added with an update to the BLAST companion app.

WHAT’S NEW
Pair up to 8 BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers for louder, more immersive sound! Read MoreUltimate Ears BLAST app now supports grouping with up to eight speakers, 11 months after it was promised was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: 42mm for $206] Open-box Galaxy Watch 46mm with extra charging dock is $215 ($135 off) on eBay

Update 1: 2019/03/07 5:45pm PST

If you have smaller wrists, and you like rose gold, the 42mm version of the Galaxy Watch is now $206 on eBay. Same deal as before: open-box, packaging may

Samsung was one of the pioneers in the smartwatch game. Unlike many competitors, it’s stuck around, though its watches now run Tizen instead of the oft-maligned Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch is Samsung’s most recent smartwatch, and you can currently pick an open-box 46mm model up with a second charging dock for $214.99, which is $135 off MSRP. Read More[Update: 42mm for $206] Open-box Galaxy Watch 46mm with extra charging dock is $215 ($135 off) on eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Nokia 3.1 is now $120 ($40 off) from B&H Photo

It’s rare to see a good budget phone sold in the United States, especially under the $200 mark. Last year’s Nokia 3.1 was a great value at $160, but now it’s even cheaper, at just $119.99 from B&H Photo.
If you’re not familiar with it, the US variant of the Nokia 3.1 has a MediaTek 6750 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card expansion), a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 2,990mAh battery. Read MoreThe Nokia 3.1 is now $120 ($40 off) from B&H Photo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Future LG smartwatches could have a sound-on display

Ahead of MWC 2019, LG revealed that they would be bringing sound-on display tech to its smartphones like the LG G8 ThinQ. Now in a recently discovered patent filed by LG in the EU, it seems that the company could be considering expanding its technology where it could eventually find its way to its smartwatches as well.
According to the patent filing, it is for a “Display Speaker” and amongst the devices that are covered by the patent, there is a mention for wristwatches. This means that in theory, future LG smartwatches could share a similar sound-on display to the LG G8. It could also potentially make the smartwatches less bulky and also lighter.
Of course, whether LG does go through with this idea and create a smartwatch with a sound-on display remains to be seen. For all we know, LG could simply be covering all their bases with this patent and might never have any intention of creating such a device, but one can always hope.
In case you’re not familiar with the technology, basically, with the LG G8, the company transformed the display of the smartphone into a speaker diaphragm, giving it the ability to produce sound without needing your typical speaker components. This could be especially useful for smartwatches where it could eliminate the need for speaker grills.
This means that in terms of water-resistance, there will be fewer points of ingress which should help improve the overall durability of the device. That being said, it is unclear if LG is capable of shrinking the tech small enough to fit into a smartwatch display, so maybe don’t expect to see it anytime soon, if at all.
Source: LetsGoDigital

Atari re-publishes Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic after accidentally making it free

Atari hasn’t been a great keeper of the Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise over the past decade. That’s why 2016’s Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic, a faithful remake of RCT2 for iOS and Android, was something of a great surprise. The game was pulled from the Play Store earlier this year, but it has returned — under a new listing, anyway.
We’ve reached out to Atari to get an official explanation, but in January, the app briefly became free on the Play Store. Read MoreAtari re-publishes Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic after accidentally making it free was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile wants to fix rural America's lack of ISP competition with 5G-backed wireless broadband

Today T-Mobile has announced plans to “un-carrier” the home broadband market, launching its own service that aims to provide speeds over 100Mbps to 90% of the US population. T-Mobile’s wireless home ISP will eventually be powered by the company’s upcoming 5G network, but in the meantime it’s revealing a 4G pilot program to test the idea out.

According to John Legere — T-Mobile’s exuberant and often hyperbolic CEO, who made the announcement earlier today — 28.9% of US households and 61.1% of “rural” households have access to one or fewer broadband providers. Read MoreT-Mobile wants to fix rural America’s lack of ISP competition with 5G-backed wireless broadband was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter tweaks tattling tools to tag and terminate terrible tweets

Twitter has become the de-facto mouthpiece of everyone from the head-of-state to the neighborhood headcase, and the level of discourse often falls to that of a middle school playground. Unlike your ‘permanent record’ though, tweets can have real-life consequences — whether it be getting arrested, becoming universally hated, or harm falling your way by someone leaked your private information online (also called doxing). Twitter’s spam reporting mechanism is often overwhelmed, leading to long lead times in removing sensitive data, so today the company added a step which it hopes will help prioritize such cases. Read MoreTwitter tweaks tattling tools to tag and terminate terrible tweets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 confirmed for March 18 launch

Thanks to confirmation earlier this year by Xiaomi, we know that the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone is in the works, but the main question is when will the device be officially announced? Turns out we won’t have to wait much longer because Xiaomi has confirmed that the handset will be unveiled on the 18th of March.

The invite to the event sent out by Xiaomi doesn’t really tell us much in terms of what to expect from the phone, but we think we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Benchmarks from earlier have revealed that the phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and could come in configurations offering either 8GB or a whopping 12GB of RAM.
A recently-leaked photo has also shown that the phone could continue to pack a dual camera setup on its back, albeit in a different orientation from its predecessor. We can also most likely look forward to the use of an internal liquid cooling system that was used in the previous model which was one of the features.
According to Xiaomi, this liquid cooling system allows the phone to run 8 degrees Celsius cooler than other phones, but it is unclear if the company will continue to use the same cooling system or introduce an improved one. On the display front, so far Razer is the only smartphone maker to use a 120Hz display on a smartphone so we aren’t very optimistic about the Black Shark 2 sporting similar tech.
Either way all of this should be made official in the next week or so, so remember to check back with us then for more updates.
Source: PhoneArena

Motorola’s foldable smartphone software features rumored

Motorola has more or less confirmed that they are developing a foldable smartphone of their own, with some reports claiming that it might actually come in the form of the legendary Razr. That speculation was later fueled by patents that were discovered that depicted such a device.
That’s the hardware side of it, but what about the software features that would make Motorola’s foldable device truly unique? The good folks at over XDA Developers have managed to get some details about the upcoming phone from their source and assuming it’s accurate, it sounds like Motorola’s foldable phone will have some pretty cool software features.
For starters, one of the rumored features is how when the device is unfolded, the “closed” part of the display can function as a trackpad which can be used to scroll through websites on Google Chrome, as well as scrolling the app’s timeline. The closed section of the display can also display six Quick Settings tiles that will provide shortcuts to certain settings on your device, but it is unclear if users can scroll to see more or customize these shortcuts further.
Users are also expected to be able to choose different wallpapers from the closed display and the primary display, with additional information such as a clock, pulsing notifications, and also the ability to control media via the external display.
It might seem a little strange that Motorola could be adopting a clamshell design, but then again it’s still too early to tell what the “perfect” design is when it comes to foldable smartphones. Motorola also might not be alone in creating such a device as last we heard, Samsung could have new foldable devices in the works, one of which is rumored to sport a similar clamshell design.
Source: XDA Developers

Gmail’s Smart Compose rolling out to non-Pixel devices

Smart Compose is a feature in Gmail that uses machine learning to figure out what you want to say before you write it. Basically it’s just a word prediction feature, and on a computer it allows you to hit “Tab” to fill in sentences as you’re writing them. It’s a great feature and relatively accurate, though it can be quite a bit off sometimes. Thankfully it’s purely optional and even when enabled is entirely unobtrusive.
The feature also resided on mobile, but it was exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. You would use a swipe gesture to fill in sentences much like the web version of Gmail. However, Google is now rolling this feature out to other devices outside of Google’s own.
I’ve already received the feature on my Huawei Mate 20 Pro and though it’s a bit slow, it works just as well as it does on a computer. The swipe gesture is easy and if you don’t want to use it, it doesn’t get in the way. This is likely a server side roll out so you may need to give it a few days before your devices get this feature. You’ll need to be running Gmail version 9.2.3 and wait for the prompt telling you to give it a try. And if you want to disable it, head to Settings > your account > Smart Compose.
Source: XDA-Developers