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Anker Zolo Liberty completely wireless earbuds are available today for $99.99

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Anker is best known for making portable battery packs and other charging accessories, but it's been increasingly dabbling in personal audio. The company ran a Kickstarter for some fancy earbuds a few months ago, but those ones aren't for sale yet. You can, however, get the slightly less fancy version right now. The Zolo Liberty Bluetooth earbuds are on sale today for $99.99.

These are "completely wireless" earbuds, which means there's no cable connecting the two earbuds.

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Anker Zolo Liberty completely wireless earbuds are available today for $99.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition) is $149.99 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

The first-generation of Samsung's fully wireless Gear IconX earbuds were good, with one glaring flaw: horrible battery life. When connected to a phone, these could scarcely reach 1.5 hours of playing time. Thankfully, with the second-gen model, Samsung has upped the battery life to a noticeably-better 5 hours. And for Black Friday, you can pick up a set for $149.99, a not-insignificant $50 off MSRP.

The '2018 Edition' of the Gear IconX (it's not 2018 yet, though!) doesn't make huge changes over the first-gen model aside from the non-terrible battery life.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition) is $149.99 ($50 off) at multiple retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Pick up the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker for $90 ($60 off)

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

JBL is one of the better-known names in the Bluetooth speaker market, sporting not only a wide range of products, but also a large and mostly loyal following. Up for sale today is the Charge 3 for $89.95 (or $89.99 at Best Buy), a savings of $60.

The Charge 3 is a water-resistant (IPX7), portable, and cylindrical speaker with a frequency range of 65Hz to 20KHz, a 6,000mAh LiPo battery (which is touted to last 20 hours), a microphone for taking calls, and support for JBL Connect.

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[Deal Alert] Pick up the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker for $90 ($60 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is able to troubleshoot problems on your phone (Pixel 2 only, for now)

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Google Assistant on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL is more powerful than ever before, and it can help you do a bunch of things with your phone like change settings or initiate a conversation with support. Thanks to a whimsical request from a reader, we now know about one more ability the Assistant has.

On a Pixel 2 XL running the Android Oreo 8.1 dev preview, our tipster asked the Google Assistant why his phone wasn't charging fully, and to his/our surprise, a troubleshooting process was initiated.

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Google Assistant is able to troubleshoot problems on your phone (Pixel 2 only, for now) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.

The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first.

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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Legato Arc is a new lightweight Bluetooth headphone by Spigen [Sponsored Post]

Monday, November 13th, 2017

With every new flagship, the headphone jack's future becomes more uncertain. And whether or not that's a good thing, Bluetooth headphones do have their conveniences. The lack of an awkward, tangling tether attached to your phone is useful whether you're hitting the gym or the city streets. And with Spigen's new Legato Arc, you get an uncompromising Bluetooth headphone experience. 

On the sounds side of things, you get a 3 step EQ and support for Qualcomm's aptX for high-quality Bluetooth v4.1 (HSP/HFP/A2DP/AVRCP) audio.

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The Legato Arc is a new lightweight Bluetooth headphone by Spigen [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The ‘phantom call’ Bluetooth bug in Oreo is probably caused by Skype Lite

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Google's history with Bluetooth is a bit rocky, but it looks like at least one Bluetooth bug in Oreo isn't entirely Google's fault. The so-called "phantom call" issue appears to be the result of a third-party app. Namely, Skype Lite. Uninstall that, and you should be all good.

The phantom call bug is an annoying one, so you'd probably know if it's been happening on your phone. After the Oreo update, some users reported their phones would spontaneously switch to a phone call when connecting to Bluetooth.

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The 'phantom call' Bluetooth bug in Oreo is probably caused by Skype Lite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Buds pre-orders are now shipping from the Google Store

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Google announced a lot of things at its October 4th event including the new Pixels and the Pixelbook. However, the Pixel Buds sort of stole the show with that rad universal translator demo. These babies don't come cheap, but those who dropped the requisite $159 will be happy to know orders have started going out.

Unlike a lot of other companies, Google opted to make its new Bluetooth headphones a single unit—the buds are connected via a cable.

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Pixel Buds pre-orders are now shipping from the Google Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant on Pixel 2 is not detecting voice input through Bluetooth headphones

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Most owners of OG Pixels can attest that Bluetooth on those devices is not the best. We've written a fair few articles about the various issues over the past year, but with the launch of the new Pixels we were hopeful that Google might have improved things somewhat. While Bluetooth performance so far does seem to be more consistent, we've just learned about one particularly annoying bug that Pixel 2 owners have uncovered.

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Google Assistant on Pixel 2 is not detecting voice input through Bluetooth headphones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

B&O introduces the compact Beoplay M3 speaker with Chromecast and Airplay, at $299

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Bang and Olufsen (B&O) makes some high-end audio products. Some would say overpriced, some would argue that the design, materials, and audio quality justify the premium price tag. B&O's latest venture into streaming speakers is reminiscent of Sonos, but the company is being more open about its connectivity standards. As an example, the newly announced Beoplay M3 speaker supports Chromecast (thus Google Assistant/Home), Airplay, Bluetooth, and Beolink Multiroom, so you can choose whichever protocol works best for you.

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B&O introduces the compact Beoplay M3 speaker with Chromecast and Airplay, at $299 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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