5 great things in tech today: new phones, smart spectacles and more

Snapchat Spectacles

Every day we like to bring you the best of the tech news doing the rounds, courtesy of our friends at TechRadar, and today is no different. We've got news about upcoming kit from Google, LG and Snapchat (!), as well as phone accessories and upgrades coming to Spotify.

1. Google might have another 4K TV streamer in the works

Google 4K streamer

Another 4K streamer from Google?

Google looks ready to take on the Apple TV (again) after a mysterious 4K streaming device was given Federal Communications commission (FCC) approval in the US. Unfortunately all we have on the device at the moment is the picture above and a few basic details: HDMI 2.0, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of local storage. If it is an official Google device – and it's not certain yet – it could end up bridging  the gap between the Chromecast and Android TV.

2. Here's a lot more on that LG G7 ThinQ


Last year's LG G6

We now know for sure that the LG G7 ThinQ is getting launched on 2 May, which is a Wednesday, but what exactly will it bring with it? The latest leak to hit the web might provide us with some clues – insider sources say the phone will come with two 16MP lenses for its rear camera, and feature a variety of shooting modes and tricks. As expected, the phone will pack in plenty of AI tech to help you take photos that are better than ever.

3. We are getting new Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat Spectacles v1.0

Speaking of FCC approval (see above), other devices to have recently sneaked through the filing process include a new pair of Snapchat Spectacles, those smart glasses you wear on your face to upload videos to Snapchat. We don't get many details from these documents, but previous reports had suggested that version 2.0 of the hardware would come with two cameras rather than one, and a built-in GPS module for tracking your current location.

4. Spotify might be planning more for its free members



In a bid to try and grow its user base (it's a public company now, remember), Spotify is said to be planning improvements to the free tier of its service. Non-paying members are in line to get easier access to playlists and more control over what they hear, according to reports, though of course all the best stuff will still be saved for those who cough up £10/$10 a month. This is unconfirmed as yet, but keep your eyes on your phone's Spotify app.

5. Pump out the tunes with this Moto Z mod

Moto Z Stereo Speaker

The Moto Z Stereo Speaker

The Moto series of phones from Lenovo are known for the mod attachments that you can fix on to them, and the latest to hit the market is going to appeal to music lovers. The Moto Z Stereo Speaker seriously ramps up the speaker capabilities of your smartphone, meaning you can pump out the tunes without having to connect a Bluetooth speaker or attach a cable. The attachment is on sale now in the US for $59 (which is about £42).