Two stories this week shinned brightly. Early in the week, Google Allo was updated with web support and desktop sync. And later in the week, Google Home was updated with Hands-Free Calling functionality. It seems that both Allo and Google Home have had their share of problems since first arriving on the market, and this week, Google has attempted to start a comeback.
The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
Google has begun an update process for the Google Home smart speaker by enabling Hands-Free Calling from the device for American and Canadian customers. The speaker can use your own address book to place unlimited calls to America or Canada for free, starting this week.
Google has updated one of its YouTube support pages with a grown list of places that YouTube TV is available in. Since the platform’s release, the total number of regions has gone from 5 to 29 (as of today). Here’s where you can subscribe.
Earlier this week, Essential confirmed availability and release information in regard to the Essential Phone. After a two month delay, some substantial progress has been made today in order to get this phone in the hands of customers. Sprint, the exclusive carrier that will offer Essential PH-1 here in the US, is now accepting pre-orders for a $699 payment, or using installments. Best Buy is also offering the same.
Smartphone manufacturers have trained buyers to expect a smartphone announcement weeks before its release.
The OnePlus 5 gets all the attention for OnePlus now, seeing that it is the Android OEM’s latest handset, but the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T provide an opportunity for customers to see company commitment to older generation devices.
Famous tipster, Evan Blass, has leaked a high-resolution render of what he believes is the upcoming LG V30 smartphone. The high-end Android device will be announced in all its glory on August 31 in Berlin, just prior to the start of IFA 2017. Only now do we have a better look at what to expect, and boy are we liking it.