• 6
    Jan

    Amazon’s Fire TV platform now reaches over 40 million monthly active users, topping Roku

    Amazon’s  Fire TV platform now has over 40 million users, the company announced today. That’s up from the 34 million it claimed in May 2019 and more than the 32.3 million active accounts Roku reported during its Q3 2019 results this past November. Roku’s “active accounts” figure describes those accounts where users have streamed at least once during the past 30 days, but ...
  • 6
    Jan

    Fire TV Edition expands to more soundbars, plus cars, cable boxes and more

    Amazon’s  Fire TV Edition, the version of Fire TV that now powers over 150 Fire TV Edition smart TVs as a competitor to Roku TV, is expanding to more devices besides just the television. Today, Amazon announced a new Fire TV Edition that’s capable of powering soundbars and being integrated into autos, plus versions designed for operators and certified solution providers. ...
  • 3
    Jan

    This new wireless charger from Zens nearly fulfills the promise of Apple’s AirPower

    Apple’s  cancellation of its AirPower wireless charging mat was one of the company’s few big public flubs, but the concept behind the cancelled product remains attractive: A wireless charging pad that supports multiple devices, and that isn’t picky about how you set down your device in order to make a connection. Wireless charging accessory maker Zens has actually created such a ...
  • 3
    Jan

    Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019

    Samsung Electronics announced today that it shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019, surpassing expectations set by the company earlier. In September, Samsung Electronics vice president JuneHee Lee suggested that more than two million Samsung 5G smartphones had already been sold during remarks at IFA, and that the company expected to double that number by the end of the ...
  • 1
    Jan

    Can a $30 pair of wireless earbuds actually be any good?

    2019 was the year wireless earbuds went mainstream. The category has been around much longer, of course, and Apple really broke the whole thing open a full three years ago with the release of the first AirPods, but sales exploded in 2019. The category experienced a 183% YOY increase in shipments last quarter, according to a new study. The space continues ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11

    We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over a month later, comes MWC. ...
  • 21
    Nov

    Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro battery case sports a new camera button

    Apple  just released the iPhone 11 Pro’s battery case and it comes with a surprise: a button for the camera. This is a minor, but welcomed, addition to an otherwise standard battery case. The button is clever. It’s located on the bottom half of the case and is not a soft button that presses something on the phone. This button is exclusive to ...
  • 14
    Nov

    Motorola throws back to the future with a foldable Razr reboot

    The rebirth of the Razr has been rumored for several months now. And honestly, such a product is a bit of a no-brainer. The Lenovo-owned company is embracing the burgeoning (if sputtering) world of foldables with the return of one of its most iconic models. While it’s true that Motorola’s  kept the Razr name alive in some form or another well into the ...
  • 12
    Nov

    Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm

    As Xiaomi  widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday. While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of the local smartphone market share, still dominates the market, the ...
  • 5
    Nov

    Xiaomi launches Mi Watch, its $185 Apple Watch clone

    Xiaomi,  which competes with Apple for the top position in the wearable market, today made the competition a little more interesting. The Chinese electronics giant has launched its first smartwatch called the Mi Watch that looks strikingly similar to the Apple Watch in its home market. The Mi Watch, like the Apple Watch, has a square body with a crown and a button. It ...