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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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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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The Nokia 5.1 goes on sale in the UK for £189 with Android One in tow

Google’s Android One would appear to be finally taking off worldwide with HTC, Xiaomi, LG, Motorola, Nokia, and others offering supporting handsets. Nokia already has a bunch of handsets running Android One firmware and has just announced that the Nokia 5.1 will launch in the UK on September 12th with a price tag of £189 […]

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LG drops two new devices ahead of IFA, including an Android One smartphone

LG has surprised pretty much everyone with a pretty large phone announcement of ahead of IFA proper. We’re getting two new devices based off of the LG G7 ThinQ, which is actually pretty reminiscent of some of LG’s older mobile strategies. Is that a good idea in 2018? I’m gonna say no, but I’m legitimately […]

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Samsung announces their first Android Go device with the Galaxy J2 Core

Samsung doesn’t always take advantage of all of Google’s Android initiatives, but it looks like Android Go was tempting enough for the smartphone maker to at least test the waters of optimized, low-cost phones. Meet the Galaxy J2 Core, an affordable phone with all of the essential features we expect from a phone. Android Go […]

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New Snapchat update for Android teases better performance and new features

Snapchat’s Android app is pretty universally hated for poor performance and the occasional lack of features next to its iOS counterpart, and it’s been that way since it first launched. Snapchat has teased nebulous “improvements” for a while now, but so far we haven’t actually see anything worth mentioning, besides UI updates that also go […]

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Snapchat’s much-needed Android overhaul is hiding in plain sight

Snap promised a sorely needed redesign for Snapchat's sluggish Android app back in November, and it's now clear what that tune-up will entail. Jane Manchun Wong has discovered (with additional detail from Kieron Quinn) that Snapchat's Android app hi…
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Android Oreo starts a limited rollout on BlackBerry KEYone

Over the past couple days, an update to Android 8.0 Oreo started rolling out to a subset of BlackBerry KEYone devices. That subset of devices is limited to those in the Canadian market. For owners in Canada, one bit of good news is that the update is hitting both unlocked and carrier devices. For everyone […]

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Microsoft’s phone-to-Windows app is available for Android

If you've been waiting to be able to access your Android phone's files and notifications on your Windows desktop, you can relax. The PC app, called "Your Phone," is now available for everyone, not just Insiders.
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HTC confirms Android 9.0 Pie for a slew of their newer phones

Now that Android Pie has been officially announced and is rolling out, we can start pestering manufacturers about when their devices will get the upgrade. HTC has dropped some info already, confirming the Android 9.0 update and which devices will get it. It’s (hopefully) not a comprehensive list of everything in HTC’s portfolio, but if […]

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Plex podcasts comes out of beta, includes Sonos and Android Auto support

Plex recently launched podcast support in beta, adding yet another type of media that’s supported in your Plex experience. Now that we’ve had a chance to test it out and work through some kinks, Plex is officially taking the beta tag off of podcasts and making it official to everyone with a few new features. […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hands-on: The Android tablet for multitaskers

Good Android tablets are increasingly hard to find, maybe because so few people actually buy them anymore. But for those who are looking for one, Samsung's Galaxy Tab line remains one of the best in the category. It's nice to see, then, that the comp…
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Fortnite for Android is reportedly a 30-day exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9

Many of us are waiting patiently for Fortnite to finally launch on Android with the game having become available on Apple’s iOS way back in March. It seems that PUBG‘s arch-rival will finally make its début on Android at the same time as the Galaxy Note 9 launch, that’s right, it’s going to be exclusively available on […]

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Panasonic’s Android Toughbooks can swap batteries on the fly

Panasonic has launched two new handheld Toughbooks for the workplace, and in addition to being rugged, they also have removable batteries. To be precise, the company says their batteries are "warm swappable," which likely means they be replaced witho…
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Hey Google, Android actually does stifle competition

Sundar Pichai knows that the choice of mobile OS nowadays boils down to Android or iOS. He published a blog post yesterday in response to the European Commission's competition decision against Android, which opens saying, "If you buy an Android phone…
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WeTransfer finally lands on Android

It is hard to imagine that there are app developers out there that still limit themselves to the iOS world considering how dominant Android is. Nevertheless, they are out there. However, the group got smaller by one with the announcement this past Friday that WeTransfer is now available for Android through the Google Play Store. […]

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Twitter’s Android app is getting a new bottom navigation bar

Twitter has announced (on Twitter, of course) that they’ll be updating the Android version of their app to bring the navigation bar to the bottom, departing from the top navigation bar that we’ve had for years. It also brings the app in line with how Twitter’s iOS version behaves. With phones bigger than ever now, […]

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Microsoft Launcher for Android gets a major update with tons of new features

Microsoft has released a pretty major update for the Microsoft Launcher home screen experience onto the Play Store, bringing a ton of new features centered around Microsoft’s apps and services. The update bumps the app to version 4.11 and includes some interface tweaks on top of the new integrated features. Here’s the changelog: What’s new […]

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Microsoft wants to bring its Movies and TV app to your Android smartphone

Microsoft offers their own movie and television show store on Windows 10, which is really useful for anyone that relies primarily on their PC for entertainment. It’s great for anyone in Microsoft’s ecosystem, but considering just how dead Windows Phone is, that’s a pretty limited platform right now. Microsoft knows that, and Microsoft wants to […]

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Did you want a SNES Classic but couldn’t find any in stock over the holidays? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’re giving away one of Nintendo’s retro consoles through Talk Android Deals, and it’s incredibly simple to enter the contest. This console includes a ton of classic games, including hits like The Legend of […]

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Google updates the TalkBack app and renames it to Android Accessibility Suite

Not everyone has 20/20 sight, those of us with impaired vision might be familiar with the TalkBack app that aids smartphone navigation with its spoken feedback. The app has just received an update, and as it so often does, Google has also decided to rename the TalkBack app to the Android Accessibility Suite in the […]

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Android Messages on the web is now live

Android Messages has been confirmed to pick up Allo’s desktop messaging feature, and Google has finally flipped the switch for everyone to jump in. That’s a pretty big nail in the coffin for Allo since that was one of the only cool defining features in Google’s suite of messaging apps, but great news for normal […]

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Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting

Google added Rich Communication Services (RCS) into its Android OS to help it compete with Apple's popular iMessage. Google has also been exploring texting from your web browser since at least February. Now the feature appears to be officially availa…
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Nokia 7 Plus running Android P bumped back to Android Oreo

Running beta versions of software, even entire operating systems, always comes with some risks that something will get severely messed up. It is rare that problems rise above the level of annoyance, but when it does happen it can be quite maddening. Owner’s of HMD Global‘s Nokia 7 Plus smartphones who decided to take on […]

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Google is integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS

We’ve been waiting for Google to drop an iMessage killer for years now, and Android Messages is shaping up and potentially turning into that app. A new commit for in Chromium’s source code hints at Google integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS, which could mean tons of different things. Unfortunately, the commits don’t really clarify […]

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Android P Developer Preview 3 is rolling out, and factory images are live

Google has released the third Developer Preview of Android P, which means you should be getting an OTA update if you’re in the beta program very soon. If you want to manually get things going, factory images are live, too. The factory images were the first sign of the updated build, although the OTA came […]

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May numbers for Android distributions show Oreo growth

Google has been a bit inconsistent in recent months with timely updates to their Android distribution stats, so it is a bit more challenging to identify shifts in the deployed versions. One of the trends we have seen in more recent months seems to be toward manufacturers relying more on users upgrading phones to something […]

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Steam Link and Steam Video are making their way to Android TV and smartphones this month

If you’re a big PC gamer, you’ve probably heard of or used Valve’s Steam Link for streaming your games to a television. It’s a useful little gadget that saves you the hassle of running long HDMI cables all over your house, especially if you have a decent router. I’ve invested in two of them already, […]

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge could get Android Oreo update in May

New reports out indicate Samsung may be on the verge of rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for their Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones possibly as soon as mid-May. If Samsung and carriers are able to stick to this timeline, then the S7 devices will be getting the update one to […]

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Verizon updated the Galaxy S7 to Android 8.0 Oreo this weekend, except they didn’t

If you’re still using a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge on Verizon, you might have noticed that you were notified about an update to Android 8.0 Oreo this weekend. You might have also noticed that, despite that notification and the changelog with it, you didn’t actually get the Oreo update. What happened? Well, it […]

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