Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Verizon’s Palm “Pepito” smartphone leaks, and it’s a tiny Android oddity

Verizon’s Palm “Pepito” smartphone leaks, and it’s a tiny Android oddity

We knew Verizon was bringing back the Palm brand this year, but nobody guessed the phone itself would be so unusual. Latest in TCL's efforts to resurrect older smartphone brands and return them to store shelves, the Palm revival follows a surprisingly good BlackBerry reboot.

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Sonos update brings Alexa Announcements to One and Beam

Sonos update brings Alexa Announcements to One and Beam

Sonos' Alexa-powered smart speakers are catching up with one of the more useful features of Amazon's Echo range, turning them into a useful home announcement system. Amazon Announcements was launched back in early April, as a way to broadcast messages across every speaker in the home.

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Alexa Auto SDK sees Amazon hitch a ride in car infotainment

Alexa Auto SDK sees Amazon hitch a ride in car infotainment

Alexa's attempts to be your copilot in the car continue, with Amazon releasing a new toolkit for automakers to more readily bake the smart assistant into the dashboard. The Alexa Auto SDK follows a handful of car companies that have already announced - or launched - Alexa integration, allowing drivers to ask questions, play media, and remotely control their smart home, all by voice.

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Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung has a new wireless charger, and it's designed to recharge two devices simultaneously. Announced alongside the new Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch, the Samsung Wireless Charging Duo looks set to beat Apple's long-announced but still unavailable AirPower wireless mat to market.

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Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify are partnering up, pushing the streaming music service across phones like the new Note 9, smart speakers like Galaxy Home, and other devices like TVs. Announced at Samsung's Unpacked 2018 event in New York City alongside the new Note 9, the deal will see Spotify integrated into Samsung devices out of the box.

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Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Six big changes you should know about

Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Six big changes you should know about

There's a new Galaxy Note in town, and existing phablet fans are inevitably going to wonder: what does the Note 9 offer that my Note 8 does not? Never fear, we've cut through Samsung's marketing-speak to pick out the details you need to know to make an upgrade decision. Read on for the six big differences between the Note 9 and the Note 8.

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Note 9 S Pen: What you should know about the big stylus upgrade

Note 9 S Pen: What you should know about the big stylus upgrade

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not look too different from its predecessor, but the new S Pen packs a big upgrade. A Bluetooth connection between the stylus and the phone means the revamped S Pen now doubles as a remote control, and Samsung is hoping it'll give the Note 9 even more of an edge in the flagship phone segment.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a price

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a price

Bigger screen, better S Pen, and bolder colors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not come as a great surprise, after the usual cavalcade of pre-announcement leaks, but today's big Unpacked news is rich pickings for stylus fans nonetheless. The big question was just how much would Samsung differentiate the Note 9, not only from its predecessor, but from the Galaxy S9+ launched earlier this year.

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Galaxy Note 9 release date and price: The fine print

Galaxy Note 9 release date and price: The fine print

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is official, and now you need to know pricing, availability, and carrier details. The Android flagship was announced this morning in New York City, at Samsung's latest Unpacked 2018 event, and the company is wasting no time in getting it to stores, either. After all, with the new 2018 iPhone X line-up just around the corner, time is of the essence.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye first drive: 797hp bragging rights

2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye first drive: 797hp bragging rights

As answers to unasked requests go, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye's 797 horsepower ranks fairly high on the "nobody needed this, but it's fun to have anyway" scale. For the past four years, the Hellcat has represented the cutting-edge of potent excess in Dodge's line-up, eschewing subtlety in favor of performance, bombast, and oddly-affordable brute force.

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The Essential Phone gets served Android 9 Pie today

The Essential Phone gets served Android 9 Pie today

Android 9 Pie for the Essential Phone is rolling out today, an impressively timely release of the new OS that puts other smartphone-makers to shame. Google released its next big Android update today, with its own Pixel smartphones first in line to get the upgrade.

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Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta is open to Pixel now

Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta is open to Pixel now

Android 9 Pie isn't the only launch from Google today: it's also opening up its beta preview of Digital Wellbeing for Pixel users. Intended to help identify how you use your smartphone, and potentially flag up any addiction issues that might affect the device overall or specific apps, it's part of an industry-wide push to make gadget use more healthy.

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