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Report: Google Home & Amazon Echo Getting Voice-Calling Features

Amazon launched their Alexa personal assistant in the Echo back in 2014 and they've been working on it non-stop ever since. We've seen a number of 3rd-party companies integrate Alexa into their products over the years and Amazon is constantly adding support for 3rd-party services as well. Google is working to catch up to Amazon when...

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Get Slower Updates than Carrier Variants

Back when Android was still a fledgling OS trying to compete fiercely against a few other competitors, the issue of Android updates and their delay came up very frequently as an argument against the OS. The basic bone to pick was that Android updates would rarely be rolled out to devices in a timely fashion....

How to Play Music or Podcasts over Bluetooth on your Car Stereo without A2DP Support

One of the more frustrating experiences with purchasing a car is dealing with the "upgrade" packages that may seem unnecessarily expensive. While playing audio over Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, many of the "newer" cars that came out would not offer support for the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is the Bluetooth profile...

HTC Plans to Get Out of Entry Level Market in 2017, Intends to Produce At Most 7 Smartphones

HTC had a brief period where its devices in the mid and budget ranges started catching on in the Indian market. While they were not uber-popular, devices like the HTC Explorer (pico) had their own user base and could be seen frequently in urban areas. But gone are the days of HTC's presence in the budget segment....

Huawei P10 Passes FCC Certification, Will Come In Three Color Options

Huawei is set to launch its next flagship, the Huawei P10, along with a new Huawei Watch 2 on February 26th at MWC. The device has been subject to frequent leaks and rumors for a while now. Just a few days ago, we got to see the device from multiple angles, thanks to some leaked...

Google Play Services Release Notes are Available for the 10.2 Update — Bye Gingerbread!

It was just a few weeks ago when we learned that the Google Play Services 10.2 update would include an Instant Tethering feature. This information came to us from Andreas Proschofsky, who had sideloaded the update and noticed the feature popup. Google likes to take their time when rolling out big updates like this and we're...

LG Talks About How the G6 Will Take Advantage of the 18:9 Display

Last month, we saw reports talking about the upcoming G6 from LG using a display with a unique aspect ratio. We normally see Android devices with displays using a 16:9 aspect ratio, or even a 16:10 in some cases. Some of the more recent tablets have opted for a 4:3 aspect ratio, but smartphones have...

How to Cast ANY Video/Playlist from the YouTube App to your Google Home

One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with any new Google product is the lack of features that one would think would be an obvious inclusion. Those of you who have purchased the Google Home are probably thrilled that the device can act as a Google Cast receiver, enabling you to choose your favorite songs...

Director of Android Security: “Stagefright Had No Confirmed Cases of Infection”

Speaking at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, Director of Android Security Adrian Ludwig claimed that despite the Stagefright vulnerability putting more than 95% Android devices at risk, there were no confirmed cases of this bug being exploited in the wild. A similar story existed for the Masterkey vulnerability of 2013. This vulnerability affected potentially...

HTC Posts Q4 2016 Financial Results with $116.7 Million Operating Loss

HTC has disclosed its financial results for the last quarter of 2016, and its dry run continues for yet another quarter. Revenue stagnated for this quarter compared to the last, and when compared to the last year, revenue streams declined significantly for the Taiwanese company. Quarterly revenue of the company came in at NT$22.2 Billion, or $729 Million....

Snapchat Executives Want Their Application to Run Better on Android

The Snapchat mobile application has come a long way since its inception. What was simply known as an ephemeral messaging application in the past has evolved into a fully-featured social network platform as of late. It has kept a lot of its core features that made it popular in the past, and has built a ton...

Substratum to Work on Custom ROMs without Root Soon

Earlier this week, Nicholas Chum from the Substratum team uploaded a few screenshots that gave us a glimpse at an upcoming feature for the popular theme engine. What we saw are four screenshots that showed the theme engine installed on a custom ROM with its own Customization option within the main Settings application. We saw...