Portable Media Players

  • Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March. Annual updates are nothing new for Android, but not only did this announcement come very early, it also offered users the option to easily install the beta with an over-the-air update. Now, half a year later, Nougat is out of beta and available for Google’s own Nexus devices (the Nexus… Read More

  • On painful Apple rumors

    On painful Apple rumors

    Several photos have surfaced showing what is supposed to be the next iPhone and MacBook Pro over the last few days. These leaked photos themselves are not surprising. Apple spy photos are big business and a staple in tech journalism. But if these photos are to be believed, radical changes are about to hit two of Apple’s flagship products. And it’s about damn time. The iPhone shots… Read More

  • Google Starts Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To Nexus Devices

    Google Starts Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To Nexus Devices

    Last week, Google promised it would release Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to Nexus devices sometime this week. As the company announced this morning, the rollout is now in progress, so if you own a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) or a Nexus Player, you can expect to see your update notification in the near future. Read More

  • Gift Guide 2009: Portable Media Players

    [tab:Intro][flagallery gid=1 name=”CrunchGear Gift Guide 2009″] The common portable media player has a tough existence. It’s expected to handle many tasks well, while being rugged enough to withstand daily (ab)use. It’s expected to look nice, it’s expected to provide more-than-decent battery life, and it’s expected to provide a simple enough interface that… Read More

  • Public Service Announcement: The Zune HD is nigh unreadable in direct sunlight. Just sayin'.

    Sometime in the past two weeks I decided, with some thought being put into is, to buy a Zune HD. Why, I don’t know; I thought it looked neat, and I was thoroughly unimpressed with the new iPods Apple showed off at that Rock and Roll event. For the most part the Zune HD is, indeed, neat. Its user interface is miles ahead of the iPod’s, and, with a little forethought, can be used… Read More

  • Portable media players will have a mandatory volume limiter in Europe soon

    It’s expected that the European Commission will pass legislation that will require manufacturers to include a noise limiter on portable media players. This is being done, of course, because listening to said devices at extraordinarily loud volume levels is quite dangerous; up to 10 percent of users are in danger totally destroying their hearing by keeping the players on too loud. Read More

  • The Samsung R1 is a PMP, all right

    The “anybody but iPod” crowd has another portable media player to choose from, and it’s from Samsung. It’s called the R1, and it’s your standard issue touchscreen PMP. It does play Divx-encoded video, which should be a benefit to those of you who haven’t moved into Blu-ray rips, or who enjoy watching standard-def rips of TV shows on the subway. Read More

  • Cube H100D portable media player first to output video in 1080i

    In the interest of helping you kill time at work or school, we present this gadget from the Far East that you’ll never own. It’s the Cube H100HD, a portable media player that does something no other one can do: it outputs video at 1080i. Now, 1080i is about as impressive as an elephant wearing a tutu—it’ll make you say, “Hmm, interesting,” but it… Read More

  • Price of internal components of $79.99 iPod Shuffle adds up to $21.77

    The guys and dolls over at iSuppli have taken apart one of those new iPod Shuffles—you know, the one that talks to you—and have estimated the total cost of components to be $21.77; the iPod Shuffle retails for $79. Setting aside the additional costs of the little music player, such as industrial design and programming, that represents only 28 percent of its retail price. The… Read More