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Android beat Windows Phone, and Bill Gates really regrets it

If you go back a few years and checked out the most dominant operating system on the planet, it was Windows with absolutely no competition. Microsoft steamrolled literally everyone else in the PC space, including Apple. But then the smartphone happened, and Microsoft kinda sorta didn’t really live up to the name that they had […]

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Nokia 4.2 with Android One is now available to purchase in the US and UK

If you are in the market for a mid-range handset at an affordable price with the promise of solid hardware with regular software updates, the Nokia 4.2 could be just what you need. Boasting mid-range specifications, a good-sized battery, a dual-rear camera setup, the Nokia 4.2 comes in at $ 189 in the US, and £149 […]

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Huawei Mate 20 reinstated in Google’s Android Q beta program

In a turnaround on the USA’s ongoing Huawei ban the company has been restored to Google’s Android Q Beta program after the companies’ relationship was severed two weeks ago. Things have been looking pretty grim for Huawei’s global smartphone business after the company’s working relationship with Android’s owner Google broke down a couple weeks ago, […]

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Android Q will heavily limit apps’ ability to scan for WiFi networks

With Android Pie, Google instituted a more heavy-handed approach to how apps can scan for WiFi networks. That irked some developers in some very legitimate use cases, since the limit effectively broke how some apps worked if they relied on multiple WiFi scans. Google isn’t backing down from that, either. Those WiFi scanning limits are […]

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Firefox for Android hits version 67, adds a new search widget but removes guest mode

Say hello to Firefox for Android version 67. Ever since Mozilla changed their version numbers to this new scheme a few years ago we’ve seen that number grow almost faster than the feature list, but the updates still bring some useful new features and fixes from time to time. This version of Firefox, which is […]

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Google is nixing a pretty big Android Auto feature on smartphones

One of the coolest features about Android Auto is that if you have an Android smartphone, you can use it, regardless of whether or not you’re using an Android Auto head unit in your vehicle. Simply open the Android Auto app and let your phone turn into the hub for your vehicle. But like all […]

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Google’s Android Q Beta 3 rolls out with 53 gender-neutral emoji

While much of the fuss about the Android Q Beta 3 has centered around the number of handsets participating in the beta program, the new navigation gestures, and the presence of a system-wide dark mode, there is also 230 new emoji present in Emoji 12.0. This new batch of emoji includes a yawning face, a […]

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Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars lik…
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Google begins showing more browsers and search engines to Android users in Europe

After some legal back-and-forth with the EU, Google got hit with a pretty hefty fine over anticompetitive behavior focused on forcing Google Search and Chrome as the default search engine/browser combo on Android devices. The European Commission didn’t like Google heavy handing their own products into Android devices like that, so Google has had to […]

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Is Snapchat’s new Android app any better?

Snapchat has been working on a redesigned app for Android users for what seems like ages, and they’ve even teased some improved API integrations with high-end Android devices. This new app has finally released after years in development, and Snap says it should be significantly better than their previous apps. There aren’t any new features, […]

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Snapchat’s new Android app is better, but imperfect

Snapchat may soon get better for Android users, but that day is not today. On Monday, Snap teased its long-awaited Android redesign, something that should delight its frustrated users. But while the company is making changes, they're not all quite re…
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Android Auto now works with Google Voice (sort of)

Android Auto is designed to minimize your distractions while driving, and it blocks a good chunk of notifications from your phone, excluding notifications from whitelisted apps. That whitelist is a pretty short list, and usually just covers things like SMS messages, navigation alerts, and other similar notifications relevant to driving. Google Voice was not included […]

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Google adding call screening to Android One phones

In another win for Android One devices, specifically those from Lenovo Moto and Nokia for now, they are now receiving Google‘s Call Screen feature for combating telemarketers. As a selling point Google reserved for their Pixel phones since its release six months ago, the company introduced the imaginatively named ‘Call Screen’ as a Google Assistant […]

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New Android Q beta adds reworked gestures and a foldable emulator

Just a few weeks after Google released the initial beta for Android Q, the company is offering its first update. Android Q beta 2 arrives today, along with an updated SDK for developers. The preview of the upcoming operating system shows off Google's…
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Spark Email launches on Android just in time to replace Google Inbox

Google Inbox is dead, and if you were one of the users to get prematurely forced out of the service, you might still be searching for a replacement. There are a ton of suitable email clients on Android, including Gmail itself, but you might be itching for something a little more powerful than Gmail. Spark […]

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Android TV keeps growing, even without any mainstream boxes you can buy

Android TV has been been doing extremely well for Google, but if you looked at the current landscape of Android TV boxes, you’d never guess it. The NVIDIA Shield is an easy favorite, and Xiaomi offers their own Mi Box S as a cheaper alternative that’s still capable of 4k playback. That’s pretty much it, […]

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Google I/O event hints at dark mode and new navigation features in Android Q

We’re fully expecting some new Android Q news out of Google I/O later this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take an early look at some features ahead of time. A developer event at I/O, for example, seems to strongly hint at a system-wide dark theme for Android Q, even without Google officially saying […]

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Android ad fraud scheme drained users’ batteries and data

BuzzFeed News has confirmed a massive ad fraud scheme, which was originally uncovered by at least two fraud detection firms, that drained users' batteries and data. The scheme begins by hijacking the in-app advertisements of developers using Twitter'…
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Net-wide dark mode being tested in Chrome for Android

A new update to Chrome’s ‘Canary’ channel includes the ability to brute-force a net-wide dark mode which may release to all users eventually, but it’s not ready yet. After transitioning to a whiteout visual language with their ‘Material Design 2.0‘ app design guidelines, Google eventually realised their error and began rolling out atypically-unified dark modes […]

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Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren’t playing well with Android phones

How do you know you're living in the future? When your shoes have technical problems. Owners on Google Play and CNET report that Nike's Android companion app for the self-lacing Adapt BB has some teething troubles, most notably a buggy firmware updat…
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Chrome OS update expands Google Assistant and Android Pie support

Google has moved the latest version of its Chrome OS from beta to release status, and with the arrival of version 72 there are changes you'll notice — if you're using the right kind of device. One of the biggest adjustments is its native integration…
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Google Maps adds custom departure and arrival times to its Android app

By this point you’d think that every possible Google Maps feature would be integrated into the mobile app, but unfortunately there are still a few holdovers from the slightly more advanced desktop version of Google Maps. Google’s been working hard to close that gap, though, and another new feature is making its way to mobile, […]

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Early Android Q build features System-wide Dark Theme, Desktop Mode, and new Accessibility options

Although we are only in January, an early build of Android Q has appeared that shows the presence of a system-wide dark theme, revamped privacy and permissions, new accessibility options, and the hint of a Desktop Mode. Join us after the break for more details. According to the XDA, this early build of Android Q has an option in […]

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Android Q may include a dark theme and desktop mode

Many Android users still don't have Pie yet, but details are already emerging for its follow-up. XDA says it has obtained a very early build of Android Q (Quiche? Queso?) that hints at Google's plans. For one, there's a system-wide dark theme. Th…
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Android Pie beta registrations open up for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+

It isn’t long since Samsung began rolling out the Pie-based firmware for Galaxy Note 8’s One UI beta program, and now it seems that the Korean electronics giant is expanding the rollout to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.  According to SamMobile, the beta firmware is initially rolling to Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in India, intending to expand […]

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Google’s Fuchsia OS will support Android apps, and that’s a big deal.

In a small update to part of their Android Open Source Project repository, Google has quietly confirmed that their up-and-coming Fuchsia operating system will be able to run Android apps, and that’s a big deal. Fuchsia was first incepted over two years ago in August 2016, at least in a public Github repository, and it immediately lit […]

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Android Pie stable update starts to roll out to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9

Just days ago another One UI beta update hit Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, and apparently the company was immediately very happy with the state of the software. Now the finalized, stable version of Android Pie has started to roll out to the Note 9 in a few countries around the world, which should kick open […]

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Moto G6 Plus finally receives its Android Pie 9.0 update

One of the draws of Motorola‘s G-series only a few years ago was its nearly-stock Android system and fast updates – almost like a proto-Android-One setup. However, ever since Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014 and was relegated to merely a brand, the classic phone manufacturer’s devices have disappointingly gone from being amongst the first […]

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OnePlus drops the Android Pie 9.0 update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T

Haven’t been impressed by the notches on the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T? Well, there’s good news for anyone hanging on to the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T; OnePlus is officially rolling out Android Pie to those devices. The update includes OxygenOS 9.0, so you’re also getting some OnePlus goodness on top of everything that […]

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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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Google’s Android file manager now supports USB drives

Files by Google (formerly Files Go) is helpful if you want an official means of managing the files on your Android phone, but there's been an obvious limitation: you couldn't move files to physical storage beyond the phone itself. You won't have tha…
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Epic Games is bringing their own gaming storefront to Android

Epic Games circumvented the Google Play Store with the launch of Fortnite by exclusively releasing the massively popular game through Samsung’s own store for Galaxy devices and Epic’s website for everyone else. This avoided Google’s 30% revenue cut and allowed Epic to release updates more directly to players, if you believe them. They’re taking that […]

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Get ready for Amazon Music on Android TV

Just as we hear that Apple Music is coming to Amazon's Echo platform, Android Police points out that Amazon Music is preparing an app for Android TV. The app recently made its debut on Xbox One also, so it appears Amazon is making an effort to reach…
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Samsung’s free themes will now have time limits with Android Pie

Although Samsung makes some of the best flagship Android devices, its software can be an acquired taste. One of the best remedies for this are the vast amount of themes available in their Theme Store, many of which are free. In a curious and unfortunate move, Samsung will now limit how long you can use […]

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Want to join the Talk Android team? We’re hiring!

Have an interest in Android and Google news? Want to use that interest and write for a team with other smartphone enthusiasts? Talk Android might just be the destination for you! We’re looking for part time writers to join our site and cover the daily news cycle, review gadgets, and offer your opinion one of the […]

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Expect Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note in January 2019

Samsung’s been on a roll with software lately, so even if you’re not terribly excited about a phone that can bend itself in half, you might still have something to look forward to. In addition to showing off One UI, Samsung made sure to note that the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 […]

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[TA Deals] Get started making apps with the 7-day Android Pie App Bootcamp with Kotlin (93% off)

It’s never too late to learn to develop apps, and Talk Android Deals has a discounted bootcamp bundle to help you get started. These courses will teach you how to create your own Android Pie-compatible app using Android Studio, Java, and Kotlin, even if you don’t have previous Android development experience. This bootcamp bundle includes […]

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Millions of dollars stolen in huge ad scam using Android apps

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen through a fraudulent advertising network comprised of over 125 Android apps and websites. A report from BuzzFeed exposed the scheme in which scammers from “We Purchase Apps” took possession of established apps from developers and transferred them to front and shell companies in Cyprus, Malta, British Virgin Islands, […]

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YouTube app on Android finally gets a beta program

The good thing about Gboard and Chrome on Android is that their beta program handles tests and features prior to them hitting the masses. YouTube has utilized server-side tests that basically use random users as guinea pigs, but it now has an official beta program to (supposedly) stop that practice. I’d much rather have tests […]

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Xiaomi quietly announced the Mi Box S, a 4K Android TV box for $60

During Google’s flurry of announcements, Xiaomi quietly unveiled their newest Mi Box S, a 4K Android TV player at an incredibly aggressive price tag. Preorders are already up for an October release, and it’ll only cost you $ 59.99. It’s Android TV, so you pretty much know what to expect, and it ships with Android TV […]

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Google is finally testing manual backups with Android Pie

One feature that’s pretty much always been sorely missed on Android compared to iOS is the ability to make full, complete data backups on demand to ease transitioning in between devices. Apple offers stellar iCloud/iTunes backups, but the closest thing you’d get with that on Android would be on a rooted device utilizing recovery backups. And […]

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Your Android phone coming to a Windows 10 mirror soon

Microsoft held an annual October hardware event yesterday to reveal some updates to their product portfolio and share where the company is heading in different areas. One item that raised a few eyebrows is a new app mirroring feature that will make it possible for users to display and work with the apps on their […]

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Pie is missing from September’s Android Distribution chart – whichever way you slice it

Almost two months after Google announced that Android P stood for Android Pie, we have yet to see the latest version of Android make an appearance in the Android distribution charts. This is despite OnePlus, Nokia, Essential, Sony, and other brands taking part in Pie’s Beta Program. In a distinctly odd state of events, these […]

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Samsung Experience 10 Launcher is available for Samsung devices on Android Oreo and up

With newer iterations of Android, most manufacturers will typically update their own apps and software based on the newer code with their own unique sets of features. In this case Android Pie is the latest and greatest, so Samsung has been working on an updated Samsung Experience home screen launcher for devices running the newest […]

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Android Messages picks up some improved search functionality

Google has updated the Android Messages platform, making search an all-around better experience. Since Google is a search company you probably would’ve expected this to have been one of the first features of Android Messages, but hey, what can you do. Now you’ll be able to tap the search icon at the top of your […]

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Android at 10: Google’s mobile OS has come a long way

The mobile world is celebrating a momentous anniversary today: Android is ten years old. The T-Mobile G1 (and Android 1.0) made its debut on September 23rd, 2008, launching both a new operating system and a new era. It didn't look like much in those…
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Apple Music on Android Auto is available to everyone

For those who'd rather diversify than remain loyal to one platform or brand, cross-platform support is a godsend. Apple Music, for instance, has finally rolled out an update that adds support for Android Auto, giving non-iPhone users a native in-car…
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How to enable Dark Mode in the Android Messages app and on the web

After running a beta program for a few months, Google finally announced that Android P stood for Android Pie on August 6th with final builds rolling out to Pixels everywhere via OTA. One of the boons of Android Pie is the Material Design refresh that appears to add a whole lot more white to whichever […]

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Google changed a battery setting on Android phones by mistake

Some Android users probably noticed some strange things happening with their phones over the last couple of days. Apps might have stopped updating in the background, location services maybe weren't in use when your screen was locked, and your notific…
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Samsung and Google are teaming up to create a better Android RCS messaging experience

Samsung has shown some fairly tepid interest in RCS messaging on Android, opting to stick with Samsung Messages as the default app on Galaxy devices instead of Android Messages. That’s pretty much removed Samsung phones from the new enhanced messaging features that Google has been rolling out. But RCS messaging is really cool, especially if […]

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