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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google…
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The Apple TV app comes to Sony’s Android TVs

You can add Sony TVs to the growing list of places where you can download and use Apple's redesigned TV app. Sony has begun rolling out the software to its lineup of recent smart TVs, starting with the X900H. It plans to follow with select 2018 sets…
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Android 10 is finally rolling out to the Nokia 3.1 and 5.1

We all know that pie goes stale which means it’s good news for Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 owners because the Android 10 update is finally rolling out to the two affordable handsets after originally being slated to be upgraded back in Q2 of 2020. As announced on Twitter by Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer […]

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[Updated: Now rolling out in the US] Samsung’s Android 11-based One UI 3.0 public beta for the Galaxy S20 Series is live

Galaxy S20 owners in South Korea woke up to a tasty treat this morning in the form of the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 beta program that has just gone live in the region. After a closed beta aimed at helping developers prepare their apps for the new version of Samsung’s One UI, the public […]

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Android 12 will make it easier to install apps from third-party stores

When Google releases Android 12 sometime next year, the company says it will make it easier for Android users to install new software through third-party app stores on their devices. Google said it's making the change in response to developer feedbac…
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Android 11 TV released, along with privacy, performance improvements and new features

Android 11 TV is arriving on the Android TV platform, enabling many features showcased during Google’s #11weeksofsummer virtual event. The update to Android TV closely follows the release of Android 11 for phones and tablets. It includes the same core enhancements to performance and privacy, such as how the platform now supports allowing application permissions […]

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Here’s your new Google Chromecast with Android TV (in white)

We’ve heard rumors about a refreshed Google Chromecast that bakes in Android TV and offers a remote, and now it looks more real than ever. Some pretty official renders showcase the device from a few different angles and give us our best look at the remote yet. New Google Chromecast This new Chromecast tries to […]

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Here’s how to stream games from your own Xbox One to an Android phone

Microsoft has been testing out the ability to stream games from your Xbox to your smartphone, which is slightly different from the newly expanded Game Pass streaming; this relies on hardware you own at home instead of streaming from the cloud. That Console Streaming is expanding today with the newly updated Android app which should […]

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Microsoft’s xCloud has officially launched with over 150 titles for Android gamers

When Microsoft first announced that its Project xCloud would launch on Android phones and tablets on September 15th, I posed the question that debuting with over 100 titles would represent a clear and present danger to Google’s Stadia streaming service. Now that the day has come, and ‘Xbox Cloud Gaming’ has actually got more than […]

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Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast with Google TV’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that…
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Android 11 has 117 new emojis so you don’t have to type out a message

Emojis are something that I never really notice unless I can’t find one that matches what I want to say, and then it’s a case of seeing where I can find a suitable example online. Yes, I know that I could choose to express my sentiment in actual words, but that would be half the […]

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Android 11 is official and these are the features you can look forward to

The stable build of Android 11 has just begun rolling out to Pixel handsets via OTA and as we wait for OEMs to launch public betas of this newest version of Android, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. This is entirely understandable because the world’s most popular mobile OS has reached […]

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Google is bringing Android TV support for Duo video calls on the big screen

If you’ve been thinking that it would be nice to use the big screen in your room for your video calls, Google has heard you. The search giant has announced that its Android TV platform will soon support the Duo video calling app by way of a beta. Google hasn’t revealed much in the way […]

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[Updated 26/08/20] These Android phones and tablets can stream HDR content on Netflix

With more and more flagship smartphones and tablets supporting HDR 10 and higher, the list of smart devices that can stream Netflix in HDR isn’t as vast as you might think. Your device may have a display with QHD or even 4K resolution, but if Netflix hasn’t certified it as compatible with HDR streaming, you […]

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Just received your new Pixel 4a? Sign up to the Android 11 beta here (Factory Image & OTA File available too)

Google’s Pixel 4a launched back on August 3rd with orders in the US already having shipped and being delivered after months of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the delay, the Pixel 4a shipped running Android 10 out of the box, if this is something that perturbs you and you can’t bear to wait […]

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‘Company of Heroes’ set to invade Android and iOS devices from September 10th

It’s a game that I remember fondly when it first stormed the beaches on PC, and now Company of Heroes is set to assault the smartphone gaming segment on September 10th. Feral Interactive is bringing the blockbuster PC game to Android and iOS devices with perhaps the most exciting news being that it will be […]

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Twitter for Android had a big security vulnerability

Twitter has had a rough go on the security front lately, with some serious high-profile accounts getting hacked and now a discovered vulnerability affecting the Twitter for Android app. Yikes. Twitter for Android security Twitter hasn’t disclosed exactly what the vulnerability does, but they did specify what could happen. Essentially, other apps installed on your […]

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Folding@home ARM support lets Android devices crunch COVID-19 research data

Folding@home and Rosetta@home can now run on billions of Android smartphones, Raspberry Pi devices and ARM-based servers. The distributed computing projects, which give citizen scientists a way to contribute their devices’ computing power to the deve…
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Android 11 is known as Red Velvet Cake within Google, but you probably won’t hear it called this

Android 11 is known as Red Velvet Cake within Google, but you probably won’t hear it called by this engineering code name – at least, away from tech websites! The All About Android podcast interviewed Google’s Android VP of Engineering, Dave Burke, and during the conversation, he alluded to the up-and-coming Android’s engineering codename – […]

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[Opinion] Despite recent progress, Android OEMs still lag behind Apple’s commitment to software updates

There are two major smartphone platforms in 2020: Apple iOS and Android OS, and they borrow features from one another in a never-ending arms race. As an Android user, I roll my eyes when Apple invents a feature Android users have enjoyed for years, and most of the tech world goes crazy for it. I […]

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Nokia 1 Users Can Expect Android 10 to Arrive Soon

If you’re a Nokia 1 user, we have some great news for you: Android 10 is coming your way sometime soon.  If you haven’t received the update yet, not to worry. Android 10 is rolling out to the Nokia 1 in waves, and they’re just getting started. Wave one, which includes many countries in South […]

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Android 11 for Android TV preview hints at Sabrina, a friendly new Google dongle

Google very recently released an unexpected developer preview of Android 11 for Android TV, only available for the ADT-3 developer Android TV device. The 9to5Google team have been busy pouring over the preview software system to find the changes and look for clues about the leaked Sabrina Android TV device. If you didn’t catch Jared’s […]

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Google rolls out Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix issues caused by Beta 1

As with anything in life, the first attempt doesn’t always succeed which means you need to try, try, and try again. After kicking off the Android 11 Beta Program last week with the Beta 1 build available for Pixel handsets to download, Google has produced an intermediate build called Beta 1.5 to fix some of […]

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Android 10 is finally rolling out to the Moto G7 Play*

Having been marooned on Android 9 Pie since the handset launched in early 2019, it looks like the day has finally come* where Moto G7 Play owners will see their phones get the Android 10 update. The use of an asterisk should warn you of the caveat to come, namely that Motorola is currently only […]

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NVIDIA GeForce Now expands its support to more Android TV models

NVIDIA GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s pretty fully-featured game streaming competitor to Google Stadia. It’s been in beta for a very long time, and launched to a ton of positive media reception. But that launch high didn’t last long, as tons of games and publishers pulled from the service and have taken the wind out of […]

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Here’s Google’s upcoming Android TV dongle with an overhauled interface

We’ve been hearing some rumors about an overhauled Android TV experience coming from Google, including an Android TV dongle that’s kind of a Chromecast, but kind of not. Now we’re getting our first look at the device, codenamed Sabrina. There’s a lot to unpack here, but cord-cutters should be excited. New Android TV The device […]

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The Benefits of Android in Mobile Business Apps

In the modern business world, an online presence is absolutely essential. If you’re not visible online, you may as well not exist at all. Not long ago, enterprises of all kinds invested a great deal of time and effort into developing their websites and making sure they were reaching as many people as possible via […]

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Be careful: this wallpaper can cause your Android phones to lock up

It’s pretty rare for anyone’s phone to become completely bricked outside of hardware failures. Tinkering around with ROMs and third-party hacks can certainly do the trick, but besides those things it’s just not something that you’d have to worry about. But apparently something’s happened with a particular wallpaper floating around the internet that can cause […]

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The Android 11 beta launch event has been postponed

The launch of the Android 11 beta had already been delayed after Google I/O was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it’s getting pushed back again. A virtual launch event for the start of the beta release was scheduled for Wednesday, bu…
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Nokia announces a slate of Android 10 phones for Cricket Wireless

Nokia is rounding out its portfolio of affordable US devices with three new phones slated for Cricket Wireless over the next couple months. Best of all, these are running Android 10 out of the box. We’ll talk about the Nokia C5 Endi, Nokia C2 Tava, and Nokia C2 Tennen. The C5 is the highest-end of […]

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Android Studio 4.0 available now on stable channel

Android Studio 4.0, the tool behind the design and coding of Android apps, is now here and available on the stable channel. The latest update is out now and the Android Developers Blog have announced that Android Sudio 4.0 brings a new Motion Editor, a Build Analyser and more options with Java 8 language APIs. […]

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Citra officially becomes the first 3DS emulator for Android

Android is no stranger to emulators, and there are more of them on the Play Store than you can shake a stick at. It’s a great platform for it, too, considering how powerful some phones are these days and how flexible Android is with other peripherals. So of course it’s a no-brainer that we’re finally […]

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Latest update brings HDR support to CBS All Access on Android TV

Having previously limited HDR support to limited titles and platforms such as Apple TV, the feature has finally been added to the CBC All Access app on Android TV (soon to be Google TV, again). The update also brings some bug fixes and badging for premium video features. The addition of HDR support means that […]

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The Motorola RAZR finally gets its Android 10 update; here’s what’s new

The Motorola RAZR had quite a bumpy launch. Between broken screens and middling reviews, it just didn’t manage to hang on to the spotlight before the newest Galaxy Z Flip hit and made its own set of waves. It also didn’t help that the phone shipped with Android 9.0 Pie. Motorola RAZR Android 10 update […]

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Microsoft launches Bing Wallpapers on Android for you daily dose of home screen customization

Microsoft really likes Android as a platform, and they’ve been consistently releasing new apps and features for phones over the last few years. This ranges from Microsoft Office apps to full home screen launchers, math solvers, and more. The latest addition to their mobile portfolio is a Bing Wallpapers app, which gives everyone access to […]

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Google is working on 4K/HDR streaming to Android TV for Stadia

So what’s next for Stadia after rolling out 4K streaming on the web, and 5.1 surround sound for players using a browser? According to code 9to5Google dug up in the app, Google is preparing to add the option for 4K and HDR-quality streaming on Android…
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Android 11 DP3 will let you dismiss persistent notifications (finally)

If you’re like me, persistent notifications are probably one of the few faults you have with Android’s notification shade. I understand Google’s reasoning behind them (you want to be aware of an app constantly running in the background) but come on, I want a clean notification shade. Android 11 looks like it’s going to fix […]

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Spotify revamps its Android TV app, looks better than ever

Android TV doesn’t always get priority on updates and new app features, but it’s still always nice to see. Spotify has dropped a pretty big overhaul of their Android TV application on the Play Store, delivering a much more polished UX while you jam out on your TV. Spotify on Android TV The new app […]

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The iPhone SE isn’t the threat to Android everyone thinks it is

Apple recently announced their refreshed iPhone SE. It’s basically a modernized iPhone 8; you’re getting the same design and screen size, but with the improved A13 Bionic CPU that you currently get in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro series. It’s also $ 399. That’s an incredibly deal for the best mobile processor on the market […]

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Google launches braille software keyboard for visually impaired Android users

Google has created a new type of braille keyboard in Android with software only, potentially greatly improving the typing experience for millions of visually impaired Android users. Unfortunately, for the last ten years the default typing experience for blind or otherwise visually impaired Android users has typically involved the use of external braille keyboards which […]

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Add Digital Wellbeing to Android TV with this simple app

Digital Wellbeing controls on smartphones is a good thing. It helps you control how much time you’re spending looking down at your favorite screen and can keep you aware of just how much time you’re wasting on social media or playing games. But Android TV feels like it should have this feature, too. After all, […]

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Galaxy Tab S6 updated to Android 10, One UI 2.1

Samsung has rolled up the Android 10 update to its Galaxy Tab S6, bringing one of the nicest Android tablets on the market up to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. This update also upgrades the Galaxy Tab S6 to One UI 2.1 and everything that entails. Galaxy Tab S6 updated to Android 10 […]

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2.1 arrives with minor bug fixes

The Android 11 DP2 went live last month, fixing a few things and adding some others. It’s a slow buildup to Android 11’s official release, which should be later this year. Now Google has pushed out Android 11 DP 2.1, which is an incremental update to fix some of the things wrong with the original […]

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Camera Go is a better camera app for Android Go smartphones

Google has announced a new camera app specifically for Android Go smartphones. This continues Google’s trend of pushing more lightweight, simpler versions of their apps to lower-cost devices, making Android even better on smaller budgets. Camera Go With Android Go officially crossing the 100 million device threshold, it’s a big part of Google’s mobile ecosystem. […]

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These Nokia phones are getting an Android 10 update soon, despite coronavirus delays

Nokia has tried to be as transparent as possible about software updates in their lineup of phones, and for the most part, they’ve succeeded. We’ve been well aware of what Nokia devices are getting which updates, and HMD Global has rolled things out on time almost every time. The latest refresh update from both companies […]

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite gets Android 10, but you might want to hold off for now

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is one of the Android One devices that Xiaomi seems the most proud of. It packs in a dual-camera module and two-day battery life at a low cost, and it’s running Google’s trimmed down version of Android One for better performance. Well, it finally got its update to Android 10, […]

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Moment abandons Android app development because there are ‘too many flavors’ to support

In the past, Android fans became used to developers refusing to develop apps or games for the world’s most popular mobile operating system because of Android fragmentation. In recent years, thanks in no small part to Google’s Project Treble project, we haven’t had to deal with this excuse much at all. Enter Moment with its […]

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Could you live with this budget Android for four years?

Five years ago, Sharad Mittal had a dilemma. He and his wife had just watched Noah, a movie starring Russell Crowe with a heavy environmental message underneath its retelling of the classic Biblical tale. The movie moved him deeply, giving him a new…
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Pixel 5 could feature an exclusive double-tap gesture with Android 11

The Android 11 developer preview has officially kicked off, and we’ve seen a few cool new features for our phones already. But some of the exciting part about these early releases is seeing what might be hinted at in future builds, or even phones. The latest rumor suggested by the Android 11 developer preview build […]

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Android 11 features: here’s what new in Google’s latest OS

Interested in setting up the early Android 11 developer preview, but want to see if it’s worth going through the hassle first? We’ve got you covered. We’ll go over some of the new Android 11 features and what Google’s added to our favorite operating system so far, at least until Google I/O kicks off. New […]

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