Google announced its new "Works with Nest" developer program yesterday (June 23), which, according to the company "makes it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day, both inside and outside of your home."
Yesterday (June 19), Amazon unveiled its new Fire Phone in a big event in Seattle. As Mashable reports, the phone will be available July 25 (preorders have already begun), it will be exclusively offered via AT&T, and will cost $200 (32GB version) and $300 (64GB) on a two-year contract.
"We’re rushing headlong into the era of cheap cell phones," wrote Mat Honan of WIRED on Friday (May 16). Honan argues that phones like the $129 Moto E or the $80 Alcatel OneTouch Evolve (pictured above) offer a wealth of specs and features without the intimidating price tag.
Budget smartphones aren't really budget phones anymore. And on the high end, consumers' expectations of new phones are so high now, it's hard to impress us with new devices and new features.