Apple HomePod reviews are in, Amazon removes ads from Prime phonesToday's major tech headlines include the arrival of Apple HomePod reviews, Amazon's decision to remove ads from Prime-exclusive phones. Plus: Google's video app now allows for AR stickers.
This is CNet and hear the stories that matter right now. Reviews of Apples first foray into the world of smart spearkers are in. And while there's a wide spread consensious that it sounds great not everyone is happy with the Apple isolation chamber that comes along with it. The home pod only works with Apple audio services. And doesn't seem like a smart buy for those who aren't fully invested in the Apple ecosystem. Amazon is removing lock screen ads from its prime exclusive phones after a February 2018 update rolls out. The line of products includes the Moto X4 and the Nokia 6 Had been offered at lower prices through Amazon, similar to the companies Kindle pricing. While the adds are going away, Amazon says pricing will still be lower for Prime members. And finally, Google's Motion Stills app now has AR's sticker functionality built in, which allows for a number of video effects Not just superimposing items in a previously recorded video. The tech now avoids using [UNKNOWN], which was a more hardware demanding platform. Check out the Google Play store to see if Motion Stills is compatible with your device. [BLANK_AUDIO] You can stay up to date with the latest by downloading the CNET Tech Today app in the Apple or the Google Play Store.