Posts From Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

Google Assistant-enabled Smart Displays can now play some games

Google Assistant-enabled Smart Displays are great for watching YouTube videos, checking the weather, viewing photos of family and friends, and most recently, watching Netflix. Starting today, these devices also make for a great party distraction thanks to the addition of games. Google announced today on its official blog that devices like the Nest Hub and Nest...

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pre-orders may get you free Galaxy Buds Live in some countries

With Samsung set to hold its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5th, it won’t be long until we see devices like the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra officially unveiled. And speaking of which, a freshly leaked pamphlet has seemingly confirmed some sweet pre-order bonuses in some countries. According to the pamphlet, which was...

This is our best look yet at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable smartphone

Next month, Samsung will host Galaxy Unpacked 2020, where the company is expected to unveil a host of new gadgets. One of those devices will most likely be the Galaxy Z Fold 2 which, according to a new leak courtesy of MySmartPrice, has been unveiled in a set of high resolution renders. One of the most...

Google One app for Android now offers free phone backups

Google One, Google's unified cloud backup service, offers subscribers the ability to automatically back up device data, multimedia messages, photos, and videos from their Android devices. Starting today, that same feature is being extended to all Android users free of charge. The backup feature is a convenient and worry-free way to preserve your texts, contacts, apps,...

Amazon Alexa app gets revamped with focus on personalization and first-party features

Amazon on Monday announced plans to roll out a completely redesigned Alexa app for iOS and Android, which will now offer users a more personalized home screen experience. According to Amazon, the redesign will provide users with a list of personalized suggestions based on the services and features they use most often. So if you often...

Sony Xperia 1 II update adds RAW capture support for all three cameras in Photo Pro mode

When the Sony Xperia 1 II was introduced, its purpose was very clear: To offer the best mobile camera experience on the market. With the rollout of a new July security update (58.0.A.3.88), the experience has gotten even better. Users in the XDA Developers forums claim the update introduces RAW support in Photo Pro mode. This is...

Access Dots now logs when your camera and microphone are accessed

Earlier this month, XDA Recognized Developer jagan2 released Access Dots, an app that alerts users when their phone’s camera or mic is in use. After some feedback, jagan2 has introduced an update that makes Access Dots even better for those who value privacy. The update will now log when your camera and microphone were accessed, and...