The cheapest Chromecast prices and deals in June 2019

With competition from rival devices heating up, it’s a good time to be on the lookout for some of the cheapest Chromecast prices. Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also excellent value for money.

With competition from rival devices heating up, it’s a good time to be on the lookout for some of the cheapest Chromecast prices. Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also excellent value for money. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to ‘throw’ video at your TV over Wi-Fi, whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video. On this page we’ll find you the best prices for the Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 3, Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ. You’ll have to be quick on Chromecast Audio, as Google has announced it will no longer be making new units.

With prices already pretty cheap, there’s no need to hang on for specific Chromecast sales of the other dongles. If you’re in the UK or US and would prefer to stream content from a standalone box, you should take a look at the latest Roku deals. Otherwise, there’s a strong selection of streaming devices over on our Amazon Fire TV prices and deals page.

The cheapest Chromecast 3 prices

The newest version of the standard (non-4K) Chromecast is this 3rd-gen iteration. Generally, you’ll find it for the same prices as the previous model. It’s phasing out stock of the older model, although if you spot the older one for a decent amount less, you’re not missing much at all by skipping the new one. The only real improvement is a modest boost to the speed it’ll load up videos and start running them in full HD. The actual dongle looks a bit different too (see images), but other than the speed boost, that’s all your getting for the Chromecast 3. At least now we know why Google basically launched this without really letting anyone know.

The cheapest Chromecast Ultra prices

The 4K Chromecast Ultra is the newest member of the Chromecast family. If you have a 4K TV or are planning on getting one, it’s certainly worth picking one of these up. Chromecast Ultra deals are usually around £69/US$69/AU$95, so anything cheaper is an added bonus. It’s worth noting though that the 4K-ready Amazon Fire TV Stick prices are cheaper nowadays though and that device also comes with a remote.

The best Chromecast Audio deals

While it doesn’t offer true multi-room streaming, this easy-to-use and affordable device modernizes any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to smart features. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio! You’ll have to be quick though as Google recently announced it is ceasing production of the Chromecast Audio dongle. That means once stock is sold out from stores, don’t expect to see any fresh units. Prices may even end up increasing as stores capitalize on the situation. After that, you might only be able to find used or refurbished models. It’s a shame Google has decided to drop the Chromecast Audio as there aren’t that may similar devices out there. That being said, You could try the new Amazon Echo Input, which comes with voice-controls included too for a similar price.

The cheapest Chromecast 2 prices

The Chromecast 2, is very similar to the now discontinued 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it’s got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But essentially the same product in a different shape – that’s why the prices were basically the same. There’s a newer version out now, although it’s only moderately faster.

The best Amazon Fire TV Stick prices and deals in June 2019

Ready to turn your TV into a smart TV or add those apps you can’t get on your existing set? Then check out our roundup of the cheapest Amazon fire TV prices and deals.

Ready to turn your TV into a smart TV or add those apps you can’t get on your existing set? Then check out our roundup of the cheapest Amazon fire TV prices and deals. You may be surprised by how little these exceptional gadgets cost.

We’ve got you covered for the cheapest entry-level Amazon Fire TV Stick, but if you can spend a little more we’d recommend going with the Fire TV Stick 4K upgrade instead for better sound and visual options.

Amazon has been busy creating even more devices too such as the Fire TV Cube which acts like a combination of an Echo speaker and Fire TV device. We’ll tell you more about that later – it’s only available in the Us though sadly. Another US-exclusive is the Fire TV Recast which allows you to record free over-the-air content – one for all you cord-cutters out there.

The main advantage we’ve seen with the Amazon Fire TV devices over competitors like Roku and Now TV, is now-standard inclusion of Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant thanks to the voice-remote that comes with every Fire TV device. The large number of available apps and games just can’t be matched by competitors either. So if you’re wanting the smartest of smart TV experiences an Amazon Fire TV Stick is the way to go. If nothing takes your fancy today, we’re bound to see amazon fire TV devices get involved with the Amazon Prime Day deals soon.

If you want the most advanced and future-proof streaming device Amazon make without spending a lot of money, the new 4K Fire TV Stick is the one for you. The new streaming media stick packs a wealth of features into a thumb-drive sized stick. For not much more than the older HD-only Fire TV Stick, you get 4K capability, HDR, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and Dolby Atmos Audio—something very few streaming sticks have. Plus, you also get Alexa, Amazon’s smart assistant, and its voice control capabilities. This version is much better than the old hanging dongle Amazon used to make for 4K streaming, and it’s even cheaper.

Looking for a smart tv experience without another black box on your shelf? Check out the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It offers all of the same content that you’d find on the older full-sized boxes, but in a mini, USB stick-esque form factor. You’ll love how quick and snappy the Fire TV Stick’s interface is, and that it’s intuitively laid out, making most content quick and easy to find. The new voice search functionality is quick and accurate when searching for Amazon or Netflix content, and it’s also a speedy way of hopping between apps. Most major streaming services are supported.

Only available in the US. Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is a hybrid between a smart speaker and a streaming media player. Calling itself the “first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa”. Amazon seems to be betting on this combined functionality to sway consumers away from rival Chromecast or Apple TV devices.

Like the Amazon Echo speakers, customers are able to navigate Fire TV and play/pause/fast-forward content without the need for a remote, while still using Alexa for all their weather/shopping/trivia concerns. Don’t worry, you get an actual remote control too.

The Cube comes with its own Ethernet port, 16GB of storage and a built-in speaker. Users are also be able to control other compatible smart home devices, including additional speakers, soundbars, thermostats, and security cameras.

Only available in the US.Amazon has released its own DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to record free over-the-air content and watch it via an Amazon Fire TV device or Echo Show (so you’ll need one of those too). There are no subscription fees here, so it’s a tempting option for all you cord cutters out there and with a 500GB capacity on the cheapest model, you’re looking at around 75 hours of storage, so there’s no need to pick up an external drive to save content, which is an issue with some DVRs. There’s a larger 1TB capacity version if you want to double down. Hook it up to a HD antenna and you’ll be able to watch and record content from the likes of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW. Better yet, just ask Alexa to do it for you if you’ve got a modern Fire TV device with a voice-remote.

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Will 5G solve signal issues at stadiums, festivals and venues?

Big events with thousands of people in attendance put a huge stress on mobile networks, meaning you’re often unable to message your friends to meet up, upload videos to social media, or livestream your favorite band playing their final encore.

Big events with thousands of people in attendance put a huge stress on mobile networks, meaning you’re often unable to message your friends to meet up, upload videos to social media, or livestream your favorite band playing their final encore.

That’s largely due to the concentration of people using spectrum in one location over a standard 4G (or perhaps even 2G or 3G) signal, which means the connectivity can crash out and become unusable for the majority of a crowd.

But with 5G just around the corner – it’s set to launch in the US and UK in the coming months – we may see a solution to the problem soon, with the next-gen mobile network offering faster speeds as well as further spectrum, allowing more people to be online at the same time.

Could 5G be the final piece of the puzzle to ensure you’re always connected even in a crowd of thousands? A lot of the big driving forces behind 5G believe so, but most of the focus has so far been on alternative (and headline-grabbing) uses of 5G, like virtual reality and super smart IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

Sports first

Research commissioned by software specialists Amdocs suggests that most people will first experience 5G connectivity at a major sporting event. That makes sense considering Vodafone plans to cover 19 cities by the end of 2019 with its 5G signal, while EE is limited to 16, so most of us won’t be able to get 5G in their hometown right away.

The Amdocs report also found that 63% of network operators plan to offer augmented reality or virtual reality experiences at sporting events using 5G tech – that doesn’t exactly solve the problem of crowded mobile networks that limit your social media use.

Gary Miles, Chief Marketing Officer at Amdocs said: “Operators have identified these events as the springboard for rollout of a whole range of new interactive and immersive services. This will give consumers their first real taste of what 5G can deliver and allow operators to showcase the capabilities of their next-generation networks.”

“Expect to see the first of these new services and applications rolled out in conjunction with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and soccer tournaments in Europe, among other big events in the sports calendar. We will also see operators becoming integral to the growth of esports with 5G opening the door to future investment and revenue opportunities.”

Perhaps the first sign of that is FC Barcelona’s stadium – that’s the Nou Camp – which is set to be the first stadium in the world to get a dedicated 5G network. An exact release date for the technology in the stadium is yet to be unveiled though.

Rather than simply allowing you to use your phone in the big crowds, a lot of the focus from FC Barcelona has been around the new experiences 5G enables. For example, the new tech could allow for 360-degree video and real-time virtual reality experiences at the game itself.

Image credit: EE

Festival fever

The same is true of festivals, which also have a high concentration of people in one area for short amounts of time. Attendees are sure to be using their devices lots, and it’s something the world’s major festivals are looking at improving.

The UK’s first 5G connected festival is set to be Glastonbury 2019 (that’s at the end of June), which is expected to have over 135,000 people attending before you take into account staff and security – most of which will also be using mobile networks.

It has been set up by EE (the UK’s largest phone network) which has always been a technology partner for the festival; and unlike Barcelona FC’s plans, this is much more about offering top speeds on your average device rather than enabling virtual reality experiences.

In a field watching your favorite band play, it’s arguably less useful to have extra experiences like VR or AR, which is perhaps why EE wants to focus on improving mobile signal at Glastonbury.

As such, EE’s marketing around the event has centered on how people at the festival will use an estimated 70 terabytes of data.

“Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we’ve seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival,” said Pete Jeavons, Marketing and Communications Director at BT and EE.

“As the long-standing technology partner to this iconic event, we are committed to building a network powerful enough to cope with this huge demand.”

That huge demand is down to festival-goers downloading maps and timetables to navigate around Glastonbury’s 900-acre site, as well as uploading video to social media, messaging their friends or just looking up artists’ stage times online throughout the entire weekend.

Image credit: EE

No 5G device needed

So will you be able to get the benefits of 5G at this year’s Glastonbury? Yes – and you won’t even need to have a 5G device.

If you have one, that’s great and those on EE should be able to get far better connectivity throughout the entire festival. Those that don’t either of those things will still be able to make the most of the 5G technology as the Wi-Fi at the event will be also using the next-gen tech.

As connectivity improves, some believe the way we interact with our devices at large-scale events is set to change too. We won’t know exactly how attendees will change their behavior until the technology’s readily available, but the possibilities are exciting.

It may mean more livestreaming while in a crowd, or it may just allow those attending these events to meet up with their friends more easily and access important information as and when they need it.

While 5G Wi-Fi will be available at Glastonbury, that’s not necessarily the case for other festivals and stadiums around the world. That means you may need a 5G device to make the most of the new connectivity tech, and those are set to be very expensive for the foreseeable future.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus costs $999 (£899, AU$1499) in the US, but the 5G variant of the phone is $1,299 (about £1,000, AU$1,900), so 5G devices aren;t exactly accessible to everyone yet.

We aren’t likely to see the full change to 5G at live events for a few more years, but connectivity in crowds is only set to get better in the coming months and years with access to 5G Wi-Fi and general 5G signal improving regularly.

In the next five years, expect to be able to use your phone to a fuller extent at live events, and hopefully you’ll easily be able to message your friends and never get lost in the crowd again.

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When will Wi-Fi 6 smart home gadgets get here? Here’s what the industry’s saying – CNET

This year marks the debut of a new version of Wi-Fi called 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6. Key among the improvements: the ability to send information to multiple devices at once with a single transmission, and better energy management for battery-powered devices, too.

This year marks the debut of a new version of Wi-Fi called 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6. Key among the improvements: the ability to send information to multiple devices at once with a single transmission, and better energy management for battery-powered devices, too. That means that consumers with an abundance of smart home gadgets under their roofs competing for bandwidth might be among those with the most to gain.

The Wi-Fi Alliance won’t start offering official certification for new Wi-Fi 6 devices until this fall, with ratification of the standard forecast for shortly thereafter, but that hasn’t stopped router manufacturers from going ahead and embracing the new standard. In fact, you can already find new Wi-Fi 6 routers from names like Netgear and Asus on the shelf at retailers like Best Buy and on Amazon. Wi-Fi 6 mesh options are on the way, too.

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Those fancy new routers are backward-compatible with older versions of Wi-Fi, so they’ll continue to support your old devices. However, they won’t do much of anything to speed things up until you’ve got Wi-Fi 6 smart home devices that are capable of taking advantage of next-gen Wi-Fi features like OFDMA and Target Wake Time. And, to date, those gadgets don’t exist yet. To my knowledge, none have even even been announced yet.


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That’s not the case in other categories. In the world of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S10 already supports Wi-Fi 6, and other new phones are very likely to follow suit. Beyond that, I’d say that the odds are decent that we’ll see Wi-Fi 6 support in a growing number of new laptops by the end of this year, too, and perhaps also in bandwidth-heavy products like media streamers. If you’ve got the right kind of computer, you can even purchase a Wi-Fi 6 adapter right now for $35 on Amazon.

So when are the Wi-Fi 6 smart home gadgets coming? My guess is that we’ll start seeing brands touting support for the new standard in Las Vegas next January at CES. At that point, it’ll be a flashy new way to grab headlines and stand out from the crowd. For now, though, there’s basically no demand for these devices yet, except among the earliest of adopters and those looking to future proof their smart homes.

“Although the Wi-Fi 6 enabled device shipment is expected to remain small in 2019, once the two critical milestones — Wi-Fi Alliance certification and standard ratification — are reached, we expect a strong market adoption of Wi-Fi 6,” says Yogita Kanesin, a senior research analyst who studies Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the Internet of Things for IHS Markit. “Beginning early 2020, major global device manufacturers will begin to embrace the technology and Wi-Fi 6 will start to establish itself as a standard feature for high-end WLAN enabled products.”

Wi-Fi 6 devices might start to appear a bit sooner if a noteworthy manufacturer decides to get ahead of the curve and embrace the standard sometime this year, perhaps with “Wi-Fi 6-ready” devices that could be built to support the standard and updated once it’s ratified. We aren’t seeing any hints of that yet, though. Earlier this week, for instance, Amazon announced a new Alexa smart display called the Echo Show 5. That device uses Wi-Fi to connect wirelessly with your router — but according to the specs, it’s sticking with Wi-Fi 5.

And, despite the early birds already on the market, some notable names from the world of routers are taking a wait-and-see approach with Wi-Fi 6, too.

“In order for users to benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s higher speeds, all devices in the home would also need to have an 11AX chip and be no more than 15 feet away from the router,” explains Sanjay Noronha, Product Manager for Google Wifi. “A user also needs to have more than 50 connected devices on their home network (the average Google Wifi user currently has 18) to notice a significant difference between a Wi-Fi 5 and a Wi-Fi 6 router.”

“Wi-Fi 6 is also expensive,” he adds, “with Wi-Fi 6 routers currently $150 to $200 more than Wi-Fi 5 routers. We think that Wi-Fi 6 could be impactful further in the future, as costs come down and more devices adopt the 11AX chip.”

Jason Johnson, CEO of the smart lock brand August, suggested that adoption of that level will take time. “I can’t comment on future product plans but I can say that we generally embrace new features of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group as they make their way into silicon. It usually takes a year or two for mainstream chip suppliers to implement the new features,” he tells me.


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Meanwhile, other smart home gadgets might not make that upgrade anytime soon because they don’t rely on Wi-Fi at all, and see little to no benefit in making the change. That includes Philips Hue, a smart lighting system that skips Wi-Fi in favor of a direct, wired connection between your router and the Hue Bridge. From there, the Bridge communicates with Hue lights using Zigbee signals.

“Overall, Wi-Fi 6 is largely moot for Philips Hue,” says George Yianni, the company’s head of technology.

Aside from August and Hue, I reached out to a long list of manufacturers with skin in the smart home space to ask how each was planning for the advent of Wi-Fi 6, whether they ultimately expected the new standard to make a noticeable impact on the way their platform performs, and whether or not any new devices were in the works. No one had anything to share about upcoming products (not a surprise), but they also didn’t have a whole lot to say about Wi-Fi 6, in general.

More than anything, that tells you just how early it still is for the new standard. Official device certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance should help spur adoption, and like I said, I’ll be surprised if Wi-Fi 6 isn’t one of the trends we track at CES next year. But until then — and until new Wi-Fi 6 phones and laptops help gin up demand for those new Wi-Fi 6 routers on the shelf at Best Buy — don’t expect to see much movement towards the new standard in the smart home.

For now, here’s a complete list of everything I’ve heard about Wi-Fi 6 from every smart home manufacturer I reached out to for this piece. All quotes are from unnamed company spokespersons unless I’ve indicated otherwise. I’ll keep it updated if anything changes.

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Abode: “No new hardware at this time supporting the new standard but definitely something for the future.”

Amazon Alexa: “Nothing on this that I can share, sorry!”

Anker Eufy: “I was just checking with the team and as far as I know, all Wi-Fi-connected devices from Eufy are supporting Wi-Fi 4 because it’s still the most common and reliable Wi-Fi standard at the time being. Stability, power consumption, technical maturity, and cost will be our key points when considering a new standard. We will pay sustained attention to the development of Wi-Fi 6.”

Apple: (Did not respond to request for comment.)

Arlo: “While we have no news to share at this time, Arlo is continuously evaluating future technologies in an effort to determine what makes the most sense for our customers. We will be sure to share developments as they arise.”

Eero: “We can’t comment on any future Eero activities but will keep an eye on Wi-Fi Alliance and Wi-Fi 6 to see how it develops.”

Ecobee: (Did not respond to request for comment.)

GE Lighting: “Team tells me Wi-Fi 6, like other evolutions in tech, is something they are researching to understand more, but nothing in the works as of today.”

Google Nest/Google Home: (Did not respond to request for comment.)

iRobot: “We do not currently have plans.”

Kwikset: “Kwikset does not have immediate plans to introduce products that support Wi-Fi Certified 6. The brand is familiar with the new standard and exploring how it could benefit Kwikset smart lock users in the future.”

Lenovo: (Did not respond to request for comment.)

Lifx: “We’re not in a place to share our thinking about how Wi-Fi 6 will work into our product road map outside internal discussions right now, but will be sure to get back to you when we can.”

Lutron: “Since Lutron products operate via our proprietary Clear Connect wireless technology, wired protocols, and interfaces to Wi-Fi networks (e.g. routers to Apps), the rollout of Wi-Fi 6 will not impact our users.”

Neato: “We are continually looking at ways to improve the connectivity experience as well as maintain more reliable connections in the home. We cannot comment on future products.”

Philips Hue (George Yianni, head of technology): “We made the choice with Philips Hue to focus on Ethernet setup since placement of the bridge is not important, thanks to ZigBee mesh, and it offers the easiest onboarding experience. Even if we did support Wi-Fi, the data bandwidth needs of Hue are so low that bandwidth benefits are not relevant. Overall, Wi-Fi 6 is largely moot for Philips Hue. I’d be interested to see how having a large number of Wi-Fi IoT devices on a normal lower end router affects performance and how that compares to Wi-Fi 6 but it doesn’t pertain to Hue.”

Ring: “I can’t comment on the roadmap at this time, but I can tell you that Ring will make product decisions based on what will best empower neighbors with an affordable, effective way to monitor and secure their homes.”

Samsung SmartThings: “We are not able to speculate on future products.”

Schlage: “We don’t have a comment on Wi-Fi 6 at the moment.”

SimpliSafe: “We’re watching Wi-Fi 6 closely. We understand it will improve speed and congestion. At the same time, it’s new and untested.

“We’re always evaluating ways for our devices to work better for our customers. But we’ll have to test it thoroughly before making any decision. We’ll monitor the rollout of Wi-Fi 6 among devices and routers (access points), and will take advantage if we find it will provide enough value to our customers.”

TP Link Kasa: “Nothing Wi-Fi 6 from Kasa planned right now, at least that we’re aware of.”

Yale: “Yale has no comment at this time, but thanks for asking.”

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Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone has the right idea, but is totally wrong – CNET

The first thing you notice about the Nubia Alpha is its long narrow curved screen that wraps around your wrist when you wear it. I had several curious strangers ask me about it, some who thought it was a house arrest bracelet and others who said it looked like a watch Batman would wear.

The first thing you notice about the Nubia Alpha is its long narrow curved screen that wraps around your wrist when you wear it. I had several curious strangers ask me about it, some who thought it was a house arrest bracelet and others who said it looked like a watch Batman would wear. The Nubia Alpha has a ridiculous facade and that is honestly part of its appeal.

But the bigger existential question is what is the Nubia Alpha? You wear it on your wrist like a watch, but it has a bigger display than most smartwatches and can make phone calls — kind of. But whether the Nubia Alpha is a watch or a smartphone really depends on your definition of what a phone is.

In China, the Nubia Alpha can make calls via an eSIM, but so can some Apple Watch models and I definitely don’t think of those as phones. Nubia models in the US piggyback to your phone via Bluetooth.

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Nubia calls it a “wearable smartphone”. After spending a few weeks with it, I can definitely say it is not a phone — at least in they way we’re used to phones. There’s no Instagram, Google Maps, Uber or Lyft. There’s not even an internet browser.

It would be easy to dismiss the Nubia Alpha as an ambitious, but useless gadget. But I actually like some of the approaches to its design and features, even if Nubia misses on the overall execution. The Nubia Alpha represents a new form-factor for wearables that could redefine what we expect from phones and watches. But Nubia needs to fix a bunch of things to get there.

If the software is improved and changes are made to the ergonomics of the display and camera, the Nubia Alpha would be worth every penny of its $449 price. But until then, that price gets you a watch that’s mostly a conversation starter.

Flexible 4-inch display on your wrist

A 4-inch bendable OLED display is the defining feature here. It’s mounted on a steel watch band that fit snug and secure on my wrist. Imagine lining up three Apple Watch screens end-to-end in a row — yeah that’s a lot of display. It’s fantastic having so much screen real estate, especially handy for reading a long string of text messages which literally wrap around my wrist. It’s a shame Nubia couldn’t figure out a way to let you view email messages on that screen. It’s just crying to be used that way.

One problem is that there’s always a quarter of the display that you can’t see without impossibly twisting your wrist. If Nubia moved the display so more of it was inside your wrist, instead of on the outside, you’d be able to get the maximum use out of it. It would be asymmetrical but far more ergonomic.

It’s worth noting, that I haven’t had a single durability issue with the Nubia Alpha’s flexible display. When Samsung sent out review samples of its Galaxy Fold phone, many reviewers had trouble with the folding display.

Not a slap bracelet

I should dispel one myth about the Nubia. This isn’t a slap bracelet. The Nubia sports a metal link bracelet with a double clasp which is one of the most impressive aspects about the watch. You can easily add or remove links to resize the watch to your wrist.

The Nubia Alpha is unapologetically chunky and hefty. It felt solid and secure wearing it daily unlike the silicone band of my Apple Watch.

Inside the Nubia Alpha’s girth is a battery that lasted me 48 hours and 44 minutes on a single charge.

The Nubia Alpha is rated IP65 for dust and water resistance. It survived water splashes, dustings of blue matcha powder and an exploding can of beer during an 8 hour barista shift I worked at a cafe.

iPhone 4 camera specs, iPhone 3GS photo quality

There’s a 5-megapixel camera that sits on top of your wrist. But because of the angle I got the worst selfies. If I want great views up my nose, the Nubia Alpha is the way to go. Sometimes I could stretch my arm and twist my wrist to get my entire head in the frame, but this small act of contortion rarely yielded a good shot. Image quality is pretty bad by today’s standards. The quality of the photos is like iPhone 3GS good.

Oh, you can record video, but just 10 seconds long. But I have no idea why you wouldn’t use a phone where you’ll get better image quality and the ability to record videos that are longer than 10 second clips. Where’s that Tik Tok integration when you need it?

Like the display, if Nubia moved the camera to the inside of the wrist, it would actually yield decent selfies and videos. I realize moving both the display and camera would mean the need for a left-handed and right-handed version, but that would make it far more useful.

Also, I wish I could use one of the two physical buttons on the watch to trigger the camera shutter. It’s odd taking a photo with the onscreen shutter button because my finger sometimes blocks the camera while pressing it.

Software is a series of unfortunate events

It’s interesting that Nubia decided to tackle the software on the Alpha. I really like the company’s Red Magic Marsgaming phone which runs a close to stock version of Android 9 Pie. But Nubia basically started from scratch here.

The software on the Nubia Alpha is clunky and confounding to use. Trying to get a song onto it is insanely unintuitive. There are a lot of tiny apps from weather and fitness to one called Hi Marquee which lets you type words or phrase and have it scroll across the Nubia Alpha’s display.

Navigating the apps is easy enough with finger scrolls and swipes just like you’d use on a phone. But there is also a sensor that can detect hand motions kind of like those on the LG G8. It’s called Alpha Gestures. I can move my hand above the phone in a wiping motion either up-and-down or side-to-side to navigate app screens. It’s a neat idea, but in use it worked intermittently. Even if it was perfect, I’m not sure how often I’d use Alpha Gestures. It seems easier to just use the screen.

There are some bugs and inconsistencies with the software. Since notifications on the watch mirror what I get on my phone, a new email alert shows up twice: Once from Gmail and once as an Android notification.

System dialog boxes don’t read “OK” and “cancel”. For example, when the weather app couldn’t connect to the phone or via WiFi, a dialog box popped up that read, “Unable to get the location and weather information, please check the network.” To dismiss it I have to press a button labeled “I know”. This is infuriating because obviously I didn’t know — that’s why I tried opening the weather app in the first place. Had I known about the connection issue, I wouldn’t have tried to check the weather.

If someone on an iPhone messages me using iMessage, I get notified that it’s a “multimedia message and needs to be read on my phone.” You can reply to text messages using a ridiculously small telephone keypad direct from the early 2000’s, but sadly there’s no predictive text.


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The Nubia Alpha has a bunch of fitness features including the ability to track steps, measure heart rate, record workouts and even sleep tracking. But sometimes the numbers seemed off. For example, it said I took 32,000 steps when I had been seated for most of the day. My colleague at CNET en Español who’s testing another Nubia Alpha somehow recorded -17,000 steps. Did he walk backwards?

At the end of the day I can see so much potential for a large screen wearable like this especially if it could actually be a standalone phone. But at this time, the Nubia Alpha just isn’t there yet.

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Verizon lab’s 5G robots, medical tools show speed is just the start – CNET

When 5G arrives in force, it won’t just be for you. It’ll be for the robots, too.

Or maybe more precisely, for you and the robots working together.

When 5G arrives in force, it won’t just be for you. It’ll be for the robots, too.

Or maybe more precisely, for you and the robots working together. That was the point of one of the demonstrations Thursday at Verizon’s 5G lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a knee-high humanoid robot trundled up and down several steps and along the length of a wooden platform. It’s a scale model of a person-size robot intended to help rescue people trapped in life-threatening situations.

You may’ve heard that 5G networks are fast, but there’s more to it than that. They’re also all about low latency — getting rid of the lag time that can make 4G and older networks stutter or just not be up to high-intensity tasks.

“With 5G, the robot and the operator can communicate instantly,” said Yan Gu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

But 5G, like that little robot, still has a lot of growing to do.

The next-generation wireless technology is only now just starting to find its way into the real world. In the US, Verizon and AT&T, the nation’s two biggest wireless carriers, have switched on mobile 5G networks in only a small handful of locations. Sprint just turned on its network in four cities this week, right about the same time that wireless carrier EE became the UK’s first 5G provider.

Verizon customers looking to experience the zippiness of 5G right now will have to head to Chicago or Minneapolis, and then find the right street corners — plus buy one of the very few 5G-capable phones out there at the moment. By the end of this year, you won’t have to look quite so hard. Verizon plans to double the coverage area in those two cities, and also drop 5G into 30 additional cities. (In addition, the company has a 5G home service in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California.)

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CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt tested the performance of the Chicago network with a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and found it “insanely fast.” She downloaded Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — 10 hours of 4K footage — in less than 5 minutes, and the nearly 2-hour movie Wine Country in just over 8 seconds, blowing away a 4G phone working on the same tasks.

More than speed

There’s a lot more to 5G than giving you instant gratification on your phone.

“If the only thing we could do with 5G is faster downloads, we’ve missed the boat,” Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s head of product and technology development, said at the demo Thursday. “5G needs to be different.”

The bigger goal, Palmer said, is to enable whole new experiences — in education, for instance, transporting someone who’s studying glaciers to an actual glacier via virtual reality or a holographic experience that’s not possible today.

Which brings us back to low latency, a key part of the whole package that is 5G. When the next generation matures eventually, a whole array of technologies will be able to blossom in ways that today’s 4G networks don’t allow — cars communicating with each other and with sensors on a highway or city streets at speed, for instance. The internet of things becomes a lot more than just you checking in with your Nest thermostat or an August smart doorbell. Soldiers and first responders get better, faster situational awareness.

Or your doctor could do surgery on you while a specialist thousands of miles away looks on and provides expertise in real time.

Platforms from remote surgery to mixed reality and autonomous cars are expected to thrive. “They just get better with 5G,” said Christian Guirnalda, director of Verizon’s 5G Labs.

To help drive that point home, Verizon’s demo before a group of journalists showcased a small array of projects experimenting with 5G in health care, manufacturing and public safety, tapping into the company’s Ultra Wideband service. It was a showcase of winners of the company’s 5G Robotics Challenge and other partners working in the Cambridge facility.

The Cambridge lab, set in a colonial-style brick building on a leafy side street nestled next to the Harvard University campus, is one of three that the company’s currently operating. The others are in New York and Washington, DC.

With a Verizon 5G small cell lurking overhead, software maker Proximie, based in Bedford, Massachusetts, demonstrated its cloud-based, augmented reality-capable telemedicine platform on a high-resolution screen with multiple livestreams — as many as three upload and six download streams running at about 10 to 12 megabits per second each.

A Proximie product manager moved her hand across a blank tabletop in front of a camera, and the screens showed the hand overlaid on a cutaway model of a mock patient’s midsection. It illustrated how a doctor in LA could provide AR input to a surgeon performing an operation in New York without lag or dropped signal. The system could also allow, say, radiology images to be matched up with the view of the patient.

“Once it’s rolled out, it’s gonna change the game,” said Auri Vizgaitis, Proximie’s lead software architect.

Patience needed

And there’s the rub. It’s likely to be well into 2020 before 5G offers anything approaching widespread coverage. Carriers are still in the early days of building out their networks, starting with metropolitan areas. Even there, many of the deployments feel like souped-up Wi-Fi hotspots.

Never mind how long it might take 5G to get out into the suburbs and rural areas.

And then there’s the question of what type of 5G signals are available. Verizon, like AT&T, has focused on what’s known as millimeter wave spectrum, which is fast but has a limited range and can have trouble with walls and even foliage. Carriers in Europe and Asia, along with Sprint and T-Mobile in the US, have been using sub-6GHz airwaves for slower but more reliable coverage.

Over time, Palmer said, Verizon will incorporate other 5G spectrum into its service.

Here’s another thing that the teams at Thursday’s demo are looking forward to with 5G: Devices in the field — like UMass Lowell’s rescue robot — won’t have to pack a lot of computing power themselves, meaning they can be lighter and enjoy longer battery life. They’ll be relying on “edge computing,” servers elsewhere that can do heavy-duty work, like handling HD video and sensor processing.

“5G lets us get more computing off the device,” said Rahul Chipalkatty, CEO of Boston-based robotics software maker Southie Autonomy.

The advances these companies are envisioning — highly capable autonomous cars, far-flung surgeons collaborating in real time, the internet of things working in high gear — are the future that 5G’s been dangling in front of us for a while now, and probably will for some time still to come.

“It will exist at some point in the future,” said Palmer. “This lab is about how do you innovate on top of that network.”


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Don’t let your smartphone track you – CNET

Dear Maggie,

I’m freaked out by reports about how my smartphone can be used to track my every move. Is there anything I can do to maintain my privacy?

Dear Maggie,

I’m freaked out by reports about how my smartphone can be used to track my every move. Is there anything I can do to maintain my privacy?

Thanks,

Paranoid

Dear Paranoid,

Unfortunately, your concerns are rooted in reality. Smartphones have become a human “electronic tag” that we constantly carry with us. Precise locations, dates, times, durations and what you did before and after opening an app or website are all tracked by your phone carrier and the companies that provide your favorite services.

Some of this can’t be avoided. By design, wireless carriers always know where you are because your phone checks every few seconds for the strongest signal from nearby cell towers. They’re also tracking you to ensure you can be found in an emergency.

But thousands of apps are also keeping tabs on where you go, often for advertising purposes.

So what can you do to preserve your privacy?

Audit your apps’ privacy and location services

Check the privacy settings of the apps running on your phone. Remove apps you no longer use. Disable location services for apps and services that don’t need to know where you are.

Tweak location settings by app

Some apps do need to collect your location data to function, but others don’t. iPhone users can tweak the settings of their apps by going to Settings, Privacy and then Location Services, then select Always, While Using or Never for each app on your phone.

Android users don’t have this option, but they can limit the degree of tracking accuracy from their phones. The High Accuracy setting uses GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile networks to determine where you are. Battery Saving mode uses only Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile networks. And the Device Only setting uses only GPS and device sensors to determine location.

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Turn off location history setting

Apple and Android devices keep a list of “Frequent Locations” you visit and how long you stay there. If this gives you the heebie-jeebies, clear history in settings.

Use a VPN

A virtual private network encrypts your online activity and allows you to route your traffic to different servers to mask your location.

Opt out of targeted ads

Advertisers are hungry for information about where you physically go and how long you spend there. Whenever possible, opt out of targeted ads.

Turn off all your device’s location services

As a last resort, you might consider disabling location services on your device. Be warned, though: This is an extreme solution. Without location services, you won’t be able to use a mapping service or locate your device if it gets lost or stolen.

The bottom line: By default, using a smartphone means giving up some privacy. Taking a few precautionary steps can limit your exposure.

Marguerite Reardon (@maggie_reardon) answers readers’ phone, wireless and broadband questions. Email yours to maggie.reardon@cbsinteractive.com. Please put “Ask Maggie” in the subject header.

This story appears in the summer 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. Click here for more magazine stories.


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Denon AVR-S750H review: Warm home theater sound pairs well with future-ready features – CNET

Last year, not one but two receivers unseated CNET’s long term favorite, the Sony STR-DN1080 ($448 at Amazon), and one of them was Denon’s AVR-S740H ($349 at Walmart).

Last year, not one but two receivers unseated CNET’s long term favorite, the Sony STR-DN1080 ($448 at Amazon), and one of them was Denon’s AVR-S740H ($349 at Walmart). The Denon offered a warmer, punchier sound than the Sony which made it better for music in particular.

Denon has follows up that winner with 2019’s AVR-S750H. While it looks virtually identical there are a couple of tweaks here and there — but the best news is the sound is just as warm and satisfying as before.

The Denon is only the first receiver we’ve tested so far this year so it’s too early to say how it will fare against the 2019 competition, but it sets a high bar. Features such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, six HDMI inputs with eARC and support for Apple AirPlay 2 demonstrate the AVR-S750H is ready for the future of AV entertainment, wherever it may lead.

Creature features

Like most AV receivers the Denon is basically a chunky black box, but I did appreciate its large display and handy source shortcut buttons underneath. One small but lovely upgrade is to the feel of the volume and source selector knobs — the volume has a more decisive click while the selector is now smoother.

Sadly the user interface is just as ugly as ever, and rivals Onkyo and Sony with their full-color displays not only make setting up the receiver easier but more fun as well.

Here’s some specs:

75W per channel @ 8 ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% distortion, 2ch drivenSix 4K/HDR-compatible HDMI inputs, one output, HDMI eARC supportBluetooth and Bluetooth headphone supportEthernet/Wi-FiUSB (charging/mobile playback)Three digital inputs — two optical, one coaxialAudyssey Room Correction24-bit/192kHz playback plus DSD
Denon AVR Remote app compatibility (iOS, Android and Kindle)Phono input

Last year Denon’s receivers were compatible with voice control from AmazonAlexa speakers, but they missed out on Google Assistant. For 2019 the company has not only bumped up the Alexa integration — you can ask for songs and change inputs now via voice now — but it also works with Google Assistant speakers, such as the Google Home.

Right now Google Assistant support is limited to volume changes and transport controls, so to initiate playback of songs you’ll need to use Denon’s Heos app. But Denon is expending the Assistant functionality to enable additional features, including asking a Google speaker to play particular music. No date has been set for this yet.

Why does the new iPod touch have a headphone jack?

Apple recently took the tech world by surprise with the announcement of a brand new iPod touch – but even more surprising was the revelation that the updated music player features a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple recently took the tech world by surprise with the announcement of a brand new iPod touch – but even more surprising was the revelation that the updated music player features a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Why was this so surprising? Well, Apple stopped including headphone jacks on its smartphones a long time ago in favor of its own multi-purpose Lightning port, with the last jack-friendly models, the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE, being discontinued in 2018.

Despite uproar from consumers at the time, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the firm had been motivated by “courage” to get rid of the headphone jack.

Schiller explained at the 2016 unveiling of the iPhone 7 : “Some people have asked us why we would remove the analogue headphone jack. It’s been with us a really long time and it comes down to one word: courage. Our team has tremendous courage.”

We speculated at the time that the removal of the headphone jack likely freed up space for extra technologies such as the A10 Fusion processor – the same processor used in the new iPod touch (7th generation).

More recently the lack of a headphone jack, on newer iPhone models like the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, has potentially contributed to the rise of wireless headphones, including Apple’s own AirPods (2019).

We asked Apple for comment but the brand declined. So, having spoken to experts and analysts across the industry, we’ve come up with a few reasons for Apple sticking to the jack in the new iPod touch.

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Apple wants to appeal to audiophiles

Audiophiles have a reputation for eschewing any headphones without a wire, and Apple’s inclusion of the headphone jack on the iPod touch could be part of a wider plan to appeal to music lovers.

After all, the new iPod touch supports Hi-Res Audio codecs like FLAC and Apple Lossless, which are capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD quality music sources, a sound that closely replicates the quality that the musicians and engineers were working with in the studio at the time of recording.

Joe Cox, Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi? Thinks that the inclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPod touch could be very appealing to audiophiles, partly because wired headphones tend to sound better than their wireless counterparts.

He explains: “Bluetooth would traditionally compress your music files to transmit them wirelessly, reducing the audio quality before it has even reached your headphones.”

While advances in Bluetooth technology, such as aptX HD means that this no longer needs to be the case, Cox explains that, “with all the parts of the audio chain needing to be compatible, and with more processing happening generally, wired headphones do tend to still deliver better sound”.

“That said, you may need to be listening to CD-quality or better audio, such as via Tidal Masters or Deezer HiFi, and with good headphones, to hear the difference,” he adds.

So, by keeping the headphone jack, Apple could tempt those who would normally opt for a Hi-Res portable music player like the Onkyo DP-X1A Digital Audio Player to try out an iPod touch.

Most audiophile headphones like the Focal Stellias (pictured) only have wired connections (Image credit: TechRadar)

But what about headphones that plug into the Lightning port? Apple sells such versions of its classic EarPods, so why wouldn’t they appeal to audiophiles?

According to Cox, these headphones could even provide higher quality audio than traditional models with a 3.5mm jack – but they just aren’t common enough to have truly taken off in the audiophile world.

“The trusty 3.5mm headphone jack takes an analogue signal, which means your digital music has to be turned into analogue by a DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) inside your phone or portable music player.”

“Lightning can feed out analogue or digital audio, with the potential for that digital-to-analogue conversion to be done by a dongle, your headphones or a dedicated DAC. Ultimately, this could mean better sound quality.”

Even so, the likelihood is that most audiophiles will have a pair of 3.5mm headphones at home already. Cox acknowledges as such:“it’s more than a little confusing for consumers, as not every device or dongle will work with every phone or music player.”

So, by including the 3.5mm headphone jack, Apple may well appeal to audiophiles who prefer a wired connection, and don’t already have USB-C compatible headphones. Not only that, but the headphone jack will likely appeal to more casual music listeners as well:

“I think we’re still at the stage where not having a 3.5mm headphone jack is just a bit annoying” says Cox. “Not everyone has wireless headphones and even if they do, there are times when you want a wired connection – maybe you have older, more expensive wired headphones or your phone or Bluetooth headphones could be low on battery – and dongles are annoying.”

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Apple wants to save money on machinery

There’s one rather more obvious reason for Apple to keep the headphone jack in the iPod touch – to save money.

Design-wise, the new iPod touch looks nearly identical to its predecessor – meaning Apple can use the same machinery it used when making the previous iPod touch model.

According to the specifications available on the Apple website, the new iPod touch sports exactly the same dimensions as the older 6th generation model; it’s the same height, width, depth, and weight, sports a 4-inch display, and crucially, boasts a 3.5mm headphone jack – just like its older sibling.

Building new factory machines costs money, and if Apple is looking to lower costs, it makes sense that it would stick to a tried and tested design – and it wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has employed this tactic.

Wayne Lam, Director and Principal Analyst of Technology, Media, and Telecoms at IHS Markit explained: “This is a similar tactic [to what] Apple used for the new iPad mini: basically updating the platform with more recent application processors since that product has been on the market longer than the life of the key components. “

“Having said that, we haven’t evaluated the cost differences but it would be unlikely that Apple is losing money by replacing old parts with new-ish ones.”

Saving on manufacturing costs could be a compelling reason for the tech giant to keep the headphone jack – and sticking with older designs certainly gives Apple that opportunity.

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The iPod touch could be great for kids

Apple says that the new iPod touch provides “fun and productive AR experiences across gaming, education and web browsing”, with experiences made even more immersive with the “new capabilities of shared AR, persistent AR, which is tied to a specific location, and image detection”, which makes it possible for the new iPod touch to “magically bring to life 3D objects like toys and sculptures.”

The emphasis on education suggests that the new iPod touch is meant to be kid-friendly. After all, for parents weighing up the benefits of introducing their kids to the digital world to the potential risks, the iPod touch could represent an attractive middle ground between regular ‘dumb’ phones and a fully connected iPhone.

Without the capacity for mobile data, parents don’t have to worry about kids downloading games over a mobile network and gobbling up expensive data plans with a few swipes, and limiting Wi-Fi access is much easier.

The new iPod’s small size also makes it ideal for watching downloaded content on the go, while support for FaceTime means kids can keep in touch with family members and friends over a Wi-Fi network – for parents who want to keep young minds entertained without giving their children a smartphone, the iPod touch could be an ideal solution.

The inclusion of a headphone jack makes the iPod touch even more appealing to parents, who don’t want to spend money on Lightning headphones, which are often more expensive than their 3.5mm counterparts, or worry about their children losing true wireless models.

Plus, wireless headphones can be tricky to pair, even for adults. Keeping the headphone jack makes the iPod touch as simple to use as possible, and potentially ideal for younger users.

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Why would Apple want to appeal to kids with this latest iPod touch? Aside from wanting to compete with kid-friendly devices like the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, the brand’s motivation would give access to a new tranche of subscribers to its upcoming game streaming platform, Apple Arcade.

In fact, Apple’s press release for the new portable music player hardly mentioned music at all, instead focussing on the gaming capabilities of the 7th generation iPod touch.

The inclusion of Apple’s A10 Fusion chip means that the new iPod touch is optimized for gaming, including what Apple calls, “immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences” – experiences that are likely to come as part of Apple Arcade.

Apple says that the Arcade service will come with “over 100 new and exclusive games with no ads or additional purchases, and the ability to download games for offline play” – and it seems that the company is setting up the new iPod touch as a (relatively inexpensive) way to get access to it.

So, by making the iPod touch accessible for children with the inclusion of a headphone jack, Apple may be hoping to get more tiny hands on its tech – potentially resulting in more parents reaching into their wallets to subscribe to Apple Arcade as children want access to quality titles.

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Apple’s changed its mind about Lightning… well, maybe

The least likely reason for Apple keeping the headphone jack is that the company listened to feedback from customers who loathe the now ubiquitous Lightning port and has decided to bring back the jack – starting with the iPod touch.

While extremely unlikely, it could be a popular move; according to a 2017 survey by Yahoo Finance, 71% of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users wished Apple would bring the headphone jack back to its range of smartphones.

Since then, we’ve seen the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XR – all of which feature a Lightning port, but no option to plug in 3.5mm headphones..

And, with no indication that Apple will be reintroducing the headphone jack to its iPhones and iPads, we wouldn’t count on the jack making a return to any other Apple devices.

After all, we’ve seen how Apple tends to stick to its rigid aesthetic in the upgraded Apple AirPods (2019), which didn’t change in terms of design, despite criticism of their long, protruding stems, and inflexible earbuds.

It’s far more likely that Apple’s decision to keep the headphone jack in the new iPod touch was down to a desire to keep manufacturing costs down, while also appealing to kids who are unlikely to get on with wireless headphone models – after all, children will probably make up a large number of Apple Arcade users when it launches, and providing them with an accessible device like the iPod touch could be a good way of ensuring plenty of subscribers from the outset.

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Google has a mysterious new “media device” on the way

Google has an as-yet-unidentified “media device” on the way, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US – but what exactly it is or what it’ll do remains something of a mystery.

Google has an as-yet-unidentified “media device” on the way, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US – but what exactly it is or what it’ll do remains something of a mystery.

What we do know is it’s been given the model number H2B, and as Droid Life points out, that suggests it’s going to be another entry in the Google Home (or perhaps Nest Hub) speaker series.

According to a diagram showing the “bottom side”, it has a thin, pill-shaped profile. There is some speculation that we could be looking at a portable speaker with Google Assistant on board, though for now there are no real clues to go off.

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The FCC filing also confirms the device has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus a rechargeable 3.8V lithium ion battery – lending credence to the idea that it’s a speaker you can use away from a power source.

Assistant for the people

Google is of course keen to get its Google Assistant software into as many devices as possible. Most recently we saw the larger Nest Hub Max announced, though the smart display has yet to go on sale.

Amazon isn’t slowing down with the production of Alexa-enabled devices either – this week the Echo Show 5 appeared on the scene, giving the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max more competition.

The as-yet-unannounced media device coming down the line from Google sounds like it’s going to give buyers yet another option for a smart assistant device – perhaps one they can take everywhere with them.

With no Google media events on the horizon, it’s possible that the hardware is going to be announced without much of a fanfare, but as yet there’s no indication of when an unveiling might happen.

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