Dieter Bohn

The Verge

@backlon

  • Executive Editor at The Verge
  • Previously worked at Smartphone Experts
  • He was one of those english and philosophy kids, and he kinda looks like Obi-Wan Kenobi from the prequels. This is a compliment.
Android Q may change the back button to a gesture

Feb 18

Android’s back button might be going away entirely. It could be replaced with a quick swipe to the left starting from the home button. XDA has also seen that swiping to the right from the home button could more quickly switch to your previous app — it’s quick…

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Why Amazon buying Eero feels so disappointing

Feb 12

This time, the surprise might be on Amazon. The first reaction from people who know and love Eero wasn’t speculating on any of those possibilities. Instead, the overwhelming reactions were consternation, concern, and exhaustion.

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Google engineer reveals the Pixel 4 will likely have better dual-SIM support

Feb 11

According to comments from a Google engineer on code in the Android Open Source Project, Google is working on a new “2019 Pixel.” Well, duh, of course Google is working on new smartphones for this year.

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Google is hiring a VP of engineering for wearables, but what does that really mean?

Feb 8

Google’s smartwatch strategy is confounding. Are there enough clues to make the case that the company is making a Pixel Watch?

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Mobvoi TicWatch E2 and S2 review: making the best of a bad platform

Feb 8

At least they are inexpensive

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Google probably won’t pull DWI checkpoints from Waze despite NYPD demand

Feb 7

The New York Police Department has sent a letter to Google demanding that it remove DWI checkpoints from Waze. In the letter, the NYPD writes that “the posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired an…

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The Palm phone won’t save you from your phone

Feb 6

The deck is stacked against it.

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Chromebook Instant Tethering expands beyond Google devices and phones

Feb 4

Google is making it easier to get online with Chromebooks, allowing you to turn on your phone’s mobile hot spot directly from the computer. It will work on 30 phones and 15 Chromebook models.

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Google Live Transcribe could be a big help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

Feb 4

Two new features for Android phones could be a big help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Live Transcribe automatically writes out what people are saying, and Sound Amplifier acts as a sort of hearing aid on your phone.

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Samsung begins US rollout of Android 9 Pie and One UI, but slowly

Jan 29

Samsung Galaxy phones are always a little behind on updates, but they’re rolling out now in the US in a limited way. It starts with Xfinity mobile, with other carriers getting it “in the coming days and weeks.”

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Gmail mobile app redesign with ‘Material Theme’ begins rolling out today

Jan 29

Google is rolling out a redesign of the Gmail app for Android and iOS. It’s based on the “Material Theme” that has been available on the web since April of last year. When the update hits your phone, you’ll find an app that no longer has a heavy red bar at th…

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The Orro is yet another smart light switch with grand ambitions

Jan 29

There’s a new smart light switch that’s essentially a tiny Android computer in your wall. Can it succeed in a world where Philips Hue and Alexa are winning in the smart home?

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Serious FaceTime bug allows you to listen remotely before anyone answers

Jan 29

If the recipient dismisses, it will also share video without answering

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The best tablet you can buy right now

Jan 25

It should be good for watching video, playing games, and reading. It should also be thin, light, and have a battery that lasts.

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Alphabet’s health division gets FDA clearance to test EKG smartwatch feature

Jan 19

Google’s parent company has another division, Verily, which uses the Study Watch for research purposes. It’s not available to consumers, but the clearance signals a trend of more health-focused wearables from across the industry.

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DuckDuckGo will use Apple Maps for local searches on the web

Jan 15

DuckDuckGo is claiming that the switch to Apple Maps will help protect users’ location data while also providing a better mapping solutions. It’s a not-so-subtle dig at the king of mapping and search, Google.

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RCS Chat is launching on Google Fi

Jan 14

Alongside faster international LTE data

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Apple’s TV industry embrace was an inevitable surprise

Jan 10

AirPlay 2 is coming to TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Vizio. It’s a remarkable collaboration between competitors, and it’s not usually how the industry works. Dieter Bohn explains why it was so surprising in this video.

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We finally heard Google Assistant work on Sonos speakers

Jan 9

After a long delay, Sonos finally began showing off Google Assistant on its smart speakers at CES. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean there’s a release date.

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Google’s plan to take on Alexa: new features, new devices, and a Trojan horse

Jan 8

Google is announcing a ton of stuff for Google Assistant, including new gadgets, a new auto-translation feature, and it’s getting built into Google Maps. Google is going big, and here’s its strategy for how it will work.

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