Google app for Android TV 3.0 lets you sideload the Assistant on the Mi Box and arm-based TVs [APK Download]

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Last week, Google announced that the Assistant is coming to Android TV starting with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The firmware update started rolling shortly thereafter and users were able to grab the new Google app that came with it: version 3.0. After probing on Google+, we got limited feedback that v3.0 of the Google app for Android TV can be installed on other Android TV devices and it does indeed activate the Assistant on them. However, before you scream victory, there are several limitations to ...

iHeartRadio releases standalone app for Android Wear 2.0 [APK Download]

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Internet radio app iHeartRadio is pretty popular with Android users and with good reason. It's built up an impressive feature set to go along with its attractive interface and is frequently updated with useful additions, such as Google Home support earlier in the year. The latest version brings with it a dedicated Android Wear 2.0 app, and you don't need your phone for it to work. As long as you have an internet connection on your Wear watch you can now use it to ...

NVIDIA posts SHIELD Experience 6.0 release notes—SmartThings, Assistant, YouTube 360, and more

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A new update is rolling out to NVIDIA SHIELD devices today, and it brings some major improvements. It's not an Oreo update, but that's not exactly vital for Android TV. What you do get is Google Assistant, YouTube 360, and a lot more. Here's what you can expect from SHIELD Experience v6.0. Google Assistant Comes to SHIELD TV Reimagine how you interact with your TV. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s always ready to help. Enjoy the Freedom of Hands-Free Voice Control Say “OK Google” ...

Assistant has finally come to the SHIELD TV and it looks great

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After waiting and waiting (and waiting), Google is finally starting the rollout of Assistant to Android TV. Announced at CES back in January, this functions like a combination of a Google Home and a Chromecast in one thing... and that's awesome. This will be coming first to Nvidia's SHIELD TV starting today.   This addition brings a whole new level of interaction to your SHIELD TV (and Bravia TVs "in the coming months"), since you can issue "Okay, Google" commands to your remote and go from ...

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch and Flyer headphones available October 1st

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), the leading global wearables brand, announced today that its latest products, Fitbit Ionic™ and Fitbit Flyer™, will be available at major retailers worldwide beginning October 1. Following ongoing, extensive testing, Ionic achieves industry-leading battery life of up to 5 days.i Fitbit is also releasing its software development kit (SDK) tomorrow, enabling the 1,000+ developers who have already signed up to support the platform the ability to begin creating apps and clock faces to share with friends and family, and submit for review and availability in the Fitbit ...

Verizon discontinues the Wear24 smartwatch after just 4 months

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Verizon announced its very own Android Wear smartwatch earlier this year, powered by its LTE network. It started selling the Wear24 in May for $300 on contract and $350 without one. That seemed like an interesting proposition when consumers have shown little interest even in cheap smartwatches. Verizon didn't let this product languish too long, though. We've confirmed with the carrier that Wear24 is dead. Verizon didn't actually announce the smartwatch was going away. If you try to visit the former product page, you are ...

Google’s Project Jacquard smart jacket goes on sale this Wednesday for $350

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Google kept Motorola's ATAP (Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group) when it sold the company a few years ago, but some high-profile projects like Ara have failed to materialize. Now, the ATAP division is finally bearing fruit. The Project Jacquard touch-sensitive fabric first demoed more than two years ago is coming to market as a collaboration with Levi's. The new Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket launches this Wednesday for $350. The Commuter jacket looks like one of Levi's standard denim jackets, which I'm told are considered quite fashionable in ...

[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear Fit2 on sale for $89.99 (50% off) at Verizon

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Samsung has launched the Geat Fit2 Pro, so the Gear Fit2 is officially yesterday's news. It's not terribly different from the new version, though, and it's heavily discounted on Verizon today. You can pick up the Gear Fit2 for $89.99, which is half of the MSRP, and a solid $30-50 less than the usual sale price. The Gear Fit2 is Samsung's more fitness oriented wearable. It has a small curved AMOLED panel that fits in the band for a pretty sporty look. It runs ...