The New Home Phone: Google Home Update

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I’m trying to think back to the last time I owned or used a home phone, and i’m sure it was pre 2000’s. Since the rise of Mobile phones Home phones have become obsolete, in fact the only reason I currently still have a landline is because it’s still mandatory in the UK for a Broadband connection.

Well today Google began the roll out of outgoing calls on there Google Home device (US only) meaning you can now ask the device to “call mum” and it will carry out the task. As an added bonus it can actually use the voice recognition software to distinguish users, so if someone in the same household says the same thing, it will access the right contact list and call the correct person.

The extra feature of being able to access local business numbers and call them too have been added so ringing your favourite pizza joint is made easy.

Incoming calls are not yet supported along with emergency services calls, Im guessing this is because there would be no call back feature.

There is no word on when this will hit the UK but when it does, will it be something you use? Is this a return of the home phone in a digital age? Comments below.

DG

Google Allo Gets a Web Browser

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Google Allo has today landed on web browsers, for android users only. Install is very much the same as WhatsApp Web in which a QR code is utilized and scanned.

The Web version of Allo was originally mentioned back at Google I/O, but not date was given for launch.

The app app is a slight combo of WhatsApp and Viber, with plenty of stickers, Smart replay and of course Google Assistant built in.

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With Google assistant you can do things such as ask for nearest restaurant, ask random questions and even set reminders.

Is this latest update enough to sway people to switch? What’s your primary messenger service? Comments below.

Google Assistant: How much do you use it?

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I’ve been using Google Assistant for the best part of 2017 and my usage has changed quite dramatically over that period of time in tandem with some of the evolution’s of the personal assistant thus far. I first intro in Google Assistant was actually back in October 2016 when I purchased a Google Pixel XL and having previously been familiar with Siri on the iPhone I was blown away with just how contextual a voice assistant could be.

During the Honeymoon period I threw everything at it but that soon dulled down to what I call my ‘Habitual Usage’ which tends to be setting alarms, the odd search question, directions and weather reports. This is also echoed on my Google Home which I have been using since around June ’17 with the added request to play my spotify playlists.

I’m fully aware both the Google Assistant on my phone and on the Home can do so much more, but for me I find value in the little things rather than me telling it to play ‘Power’ on Netflix, I reserve that strictly for when I’m showing off to house guests :-).

The year has so far seen some nice subtle upgrades to the Assistant such as Type input, and explore whats new but one thing I would really love to see is the music identifier which resides in Google now. I feel that Google is winning the battle of the Assistants but there is still room for improvement, and I hope that with the launch of the new Pixel later this year we are introduced to some required updates.

Do you use Google Assistant or any other AI? Drop a comment below.

GD

 

 

Samsung moves first…

The battle of the smartphone will be won and lost in the last few months of this year as the Big three brands look to launch there latest flagship devices.

Samsung, Google and Apple are all due to follow up last year’s key devices, Pixel, Note and iphone but added pressure is on the tech giants following an indifferent 2016.

Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7+ which kept the similar design of the previous 2 years with only the dual camera on the plus variant as the real big change. This year is the 10th anniversary so expectations are huge with serval changes both hardware and software rumoured. Date is still TBC

Google launched there first mobile device last October and it was a huge success despite availability issues, this year a follow up is expected with a more 2017 design much like the galaxy s8 and LG g6. Rumoured Date October.

The Samaung Galaxy Note 8 now has an official announcement date and the world will get to see latest flagship on the 23rd August. I use the S8+ as my daily driver so as a fan of the galaxy range all I would like to see is dual camera, bigger battery, added spen features and the same design as the S8 and I will be sold.

 I’m excited for what’s to come and will be following updates from all three brands to see who delivers the best all round package.

Watch this space.

GD🤓

Still the best Budget Flagship?

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So OnePlus announced there latest and greatest on Tuesday the OP5 and it’s safe to say its the best OnePlus device yet.

OnePlus is a relatively small company when compared to the other OEMs of smartphones but recent years have shown that they can hold there own with the big boys, and that’s largely been down to top spec at an affordable price.

After trawling through reviews, unboxings and forums the feelings are mixed on the OP5, in images it bares resemblance to another key device on the market which is one gripe voiced online, along with the absence of things such as, wireless charging, Ingress Protection,quad HD screen and a price hike. The price is still in the £500 relm  and the other stuff is nice but not essential to making a great phone, I’m much more interested in the user experience as a whole more than anything.

I personally like the look of the device and from what I have read and heard many others do to.

The OnePlus 3/3T were superb phones only really lacking in the camera department, and with OnePlus making the camera there clear focus this time around I’m optimistic for when I get my hands on the device.

One thing I can say is that on paper alone the OP5 still looks the best value for money when compared to the rest…(UK)

What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 5, let me know in the comments below.

GD🤓

Finally DC catch a break.

Finally finally finally DC gets a decent big screen movie👏🏾. Now before the hardcore fans wade in, I am not including the dark Knight trilogy in that statement.

If you follow action movies then you will know that there is an unofficial battle going on between Marvel and DC as they fight for your attention on the big screen.

Score so far……DC is getting beaten….badly and off the back of two huge 2016 flops in Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad, I didn’t hold out much hope for WonderWoman.

Thankfully I was proven wrong, as WonderWoman delivers a strong origin story which helps you understand not only the character but also her power.

The movie is not too long and the action scenes are very good. Overall the movie leaves you with a good taste in you mouth and optimistic for the upcoming Justice League.

I would definitely recommend you check this out as I believe you will thoroughly enjoy it.

If you plan on seeing it or of already seen it, let me know what you think below.

GD🤓

Official trailer 

 

Could the tide be turning?!?

Online reports are indicating the HTC U11 is outperforming the previous HTC 10 and One M9.

After continuous quarters of losing money, could be the flagship that steadies the ship. HTC was once seen as an android frontrunner seeing as they were first to bring a 4g handset and also first to create an complete aluminium uni body design handset but since then they have been more of a laughing stock in the android relm.

I personally thought last year’s HTC was a brilliant phone, although overpriced in the UK I hoped that may be the one to break through but strong years from Samsung and Huawei made HTC a non starter.

I’m yet to personally have a hands on with the HTC U11 but I will be sure to share my thoughts once I do.

GD🤓

4 days and counting…

So it’s not long till the official announcement of the hotly anticipated OnePlus 5 and I for one am excited. OnePlus have all but showcased the design in many teasers which personally I think has been a strange strategy, it’s received mixed reviews seeing as the design is almost a carbon copy of the iPhone 7 plus. Could this be a step backwards from the 3T, or is this a masterstroke from one plus, I guess time will tell.

GD🤓

Android ‘O’ preview….TOP 3….that I’ve noticed:-)

Following  Google I/O last week, there was a swift release of the developer preview 2 google O which was pushed out into the world for all that had eligible devices. Seeing as I have a Pixel XL I thought I would see what all the fuss was about and download it.

Now i’m sure there is a huge list of whats been tweaked, tuned and updated but I thought I would talk and the top 3 things I have noticed when using the device as a regular user.

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NOTIFICATION PANEL

First thing I noticed was the panel colours look inverted from Nougat – O, and a couple things have move around too, time, date, edit and settings have all moved from the top to the bottom of the pull down panel now. Speaking of settings that has also had a revamp in layout and its much more logical in regards to where things are.

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DOTS

Dots is certain my favourite revamp and Iphone users will kind be familiar with this as it resembles badges on IOS. Key differences are that you will get a dot in the top right of the app icon which is also colour coded to the app (nice touch), it does not show a counter like IOS but what you can do is press and hold to activate the shortcuts and you be able to see the standard actions along with actual notification which you can  tap to go into it or swipe across should you have more than one.

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EMOJIs

And last but not least and finally the emojis have been revamped, and along with some new additions the main tweak is the redesign, no longer are you greeted with some ‘blob’ emoji  that looks like its been created by a 5 year old now you have actual round smileys…..woohoo!

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So thats what I have noticed so far, there are tones more and I will link a good source link should you wish to delve deeper but for now I just wanted to highlight real world noticeable differences when using the phone.

 

 

 

 

Guess who’s back, back again…

So I kinda messed up the flow I had on here previously, were I was doing daily blogs. I then decided on a name change….RIP iLoveT3ch and yet another redesign on the blog. I have been doing other things, mainly self teaching myself photoshop and Final cut pro so its been productive and relevant to where I want to  take things.

Anyway I will be blogging again, not daily, going to run with a more fluid system across this and my other platforms which I use. So let me share with you a couple videos done recently, beware I am complete novice and this is all a learning curve for me so forgive me in advance if not quite a masterpiece yet. Let me know your thoughts and feedback good or bad its all welcome. check links below.

 

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