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Google is Reportedly Rebranding “Google Cast” to “Chromecast Built-in”

In what is said to be the result of the company's newly formed hardware division, it's being reported that Google is currently in the process of phasing out the Google Cast brand. This comes as a surprise since they recently started pushing this name once 3rd-party companies started selling products with the streaming technology built...

Pixel XL Audio Mod Turns Ear Piece into Speaker

A lot of people were disappointed with the lack of front facing speakers on the Pixel XL. In this video, Miles shows us how this simple mod can turn your ear piece into a front facing speaker, on your rooted Pixel XL.Check out this mod from the XDA forums here.

SD Association Announces an App Performance Class for Smartphones

Last year, Google release Android 6.0 Marshmallow a little more than one year ago. This update introduced a new feature that let you virtually add the amount of storage you had on a microSD card with your internal storage capacity. This was a surprising move as Google has generally not been a fan of SD cards. They...

Today Only: $199.99 for UMi Plus E with 6GB RAM

Umi Plus E The Umi Plus E has the fast Mediatek Helio P20 CPU. This processor is built on a 16nm process node and offers 25% better power efficiency. The full HD display is packed into an awesome 5.5-inch screen. With 6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM, you are getting flagship specs for a fraction of the price. The...

What Do You Think of Enhanced Re-Releases of Smartphones?

The launch of the OnePlus 3T has caused an uproar among existing OnePlus 3 users. On one hand (objectively speaking) OnePlus has taken their best product yet and made it even better to stay ahead of the flagship market competition. On the other hand, the timing of the launch undermines the greatness of what the other...

Android 7.1 Dev Preview 2 Images are Live for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Pixel C

Not too long ago we received hints that we'd see a second 7.1 developer preview for Nexus devices, as the rollout process had reportedly begun yesterday. Now, we finally see the system images become available for select Nexus devices! This is the final update to the Android 7.1 Developer preview before the final release, and it...

(Updated w/OTA Files) Google Pixel NPF26J Update Brings Two New Gestures and More!

Updated (both devices included now): We have the link to sideload the OTA onto existing Pixel devices. This can be done by entering the recovery and initializing ADB Sideload. These are the OTA's for both the Pixel (Sailfish)  and the Pixel XL (Marlin). The OTA's were successfully done to the existing V variant update and...

MediaTek’s UltraCast Technology Adds 4K Capabilities to Miracast

Miracast was launched back in 2012, and it allowed for a wireless connection from devices like a smartphone, tablet or laptop to other devices like TVs, monitors and projectors. Many people described this technology as HDMI over WiFi, and we saw a number of products using it as a selling point. As of April this...

Google Publishes November’s Cast SDK Release Notes

Along with the change log for the latest Google Play Services update, Google has also published the changes that went into the new Google Cast SDK update. The new update requires Google Repository revision 39, which is for version 10.0.x of Google Play Services. This brings some improvements to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) scans, adds several improvements...

Google Play Services and Firebase to Drop Support for Gingerbread in Early 2017

This week, Google announced some future plans that they have for both Google Play Services, as well as Firebase for Android. Google Play Services version 10.0.x is what is currently available and this will continue to support Gingerbread devices. Things will be changing with the upcoming 10.2.x release though, and Google says this will be made...

Google Pixel XL XDA Review: A Foundational Release for Google & Post-Nexus Android

Google's newest incursion into the smartphone market is upon us, and the Pixel and Pixel XL aim to offer top-notch hardware and the perfect realization of Google's new vision for Android. Most importantly, perhaps, it is key part of a bigger push for a redefined Google ecosystem.With so many great Android phones around, how clearly can...

Verizon Begins Rolling Out Nougat to the Moto Z Droid & Moto Z Droid Force

Many were wondering how Lenovo would change the way Motorola handles their smartphone business once the acquisition had been completed. Lenovo said they had plants to utilize Motorola connections to enter the US smartphone market, while at the same time introducing Motorola smartphones to countries they have never been sold in. This all sounds great, but...