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One of the Pixel 3 XL’s front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional.

It's hard to call that stereo.

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One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Google Assistant-equipped speakers have already been able to give recaps about the news, and Smart Displays took that a step further by also showing relevant videos. However, you were out of luck if you wanted to hear specific topics read out to you. Google is now fixing that, so long as you're in the US.

Asking an Assistant speaker a specific news question such as "What's the latest on NASA?" will cause excerpts of relevant news articles to be read aloud to you.

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Google's Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Bluetooth speakers may not be as exciting as the futuristic, digital assistant-enabled hardware that's making the rounds these days, but they're still useful. When you're throwing a party on the deck or out at the beach, it isn't a Google Home that you reach for when packing. You need more volume, fewer wires, and battery-powered convenience, all of which the Beats Pill+ provides. And now you can pick one up for about half of MSRP ($114) at Best Buy and Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos’ new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

Sonos products might be eclipsed by a discrete system, but you're unlikely to find something else with the same quality at Sonos' size, especially considering the level of software support and features the company regularly provides.

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[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $47.99] Deal alert: Nyne Adventure Bluetooth Speaker is $55.99 at Best Buy ($94 off)

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Tiny Bluetooth speakers are almost literally a dime a dozen these days, but high-quality larger units can be harder to track down. Nyne, in addition to having a 3/4 of a pretty rad name, makes a wide selection of contemporary Bluetooth boombox replacements. And today the "splash-proof" 40W Nyne Adventure is just $55.99 at Best Buy, in stark contrast to the $149 price at the OEM's site

The Adventure has a built-in mic for phone calls, NFC for quick and easy Bluetooth pairing, 3.5mm AUX input, and up to 100 foot Bluetooth range.

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[Update: Now $47.99] Deal alert: Nyne Adventure Bluetooth Speaker is $55.99 at Best Buy ($94 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Beam is Sonos’ new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

Sonos products might be eclipsed by a discrete system, but you're unlikely to find something else with the same quality at Sonos' size, especially considering the level of software support and features the company regularly provides.

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Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth speaker with colorful light show is $130 ($70 off) at Best Buy

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

JBL is a trusted name in the Bluetooth speaker game, and its Pulse 3 speaker is one of the more visually pleasing ones available today. While it's not the only Bluetooth speaker touting a colorful light show, it's certainly the best-looking of the bunch. Now you can get a JBL Pulse 3 for $129.99 at Best Buy, which is $70 off the normal price and the lowest we've seen this product go for.

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[Deal Alert] JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth speaker with colorful light show is $130 ($70 off) at Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Google Home Mini 3-pack only $80 at Costco ($20 off)

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

The Google Home Mini is probably the best value smart speaker you can buy. Not only do you get a fully-fledged Assistant experience, but you get okay sound out of it, too. Last Christmas, they went on sale for $30 each, which basically made them an impulse buy. Costco has had a 3-pack for a while now, which dipped down to $100 not too long ago (which was already a great deal).

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[Deal Alert] Google Home Mini 3-pack only $80 at Costco ($20 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker’s 360-degree Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker is available now

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Anker's latest addition to its Soundcore line of audio products, the Flare, is available now. The Flare is a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker that pumps out sound in all directions. It's water resistant and has a customizable light strip around the base, if you're into that sort of thing. Anker purports the Flare can manage up to 12 hours of continuous use on a charge.

The speaker is IPX7 certified, so it can survive rain or a short dip in the pool.

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Anker's 360-degree Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker is available now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $190 and $230] Deal Alert: Pick up a UE Megablast speaker for $207 ($93 off), with charging dock for $247 (also $93 off)

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Right now on Amazon, you can get a great deal on an Ultimate Ears Megablast WiFi and Bluetooth speaker. On its own, the Megablast costs just $207, which is $93 less than the MSRP of $299.

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[Update: Now $190 and $230] Deal Alert: Pick up a UE Megablast speaker for $207 ($93 off), with charging dock for $247 (also $93 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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