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How to get Google Assistant on your Windows, Mac, or Linux Machine

Google Assistant is Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant. Initially only available with limited functionality in the Google Allo application, Google Assistant later rolled out with the Google Home and Pixel smartphones to bring the full power of Google's assistant to consumers. After a few months of waiting, smartphones running Android 6.0+ also received Google...

Today Weather – The Best Weather App for S8, S8+ and AMOLED Displays

With everyone getting their new Galaxy S8 phones, we wanted to focus on a weather app that works great on AMOLED displays. Today Weather is a newer weather app that we reviewed a while back. This app is free on the Play store and features a dark theme that is perfect for the Galaxy S8's...

F-Droid’s Android App Finally Gets a UI Makeover

While Android is based off of open source code, the same cannot be said of most of the apps that make the OS worthwhile to use. Most modern day smart functionality of Android is accomplished through closed source, proprietary apps. Considering the amount of data we store in our phones and the permissions we grant to...

Announcing New Perks for Recognized Developers – Excel and Become One!

XDA was founded by developers for developers. To give our valuable contributors some form of recognition, we had decided to create a special title: those who work on custom ROMs, kernels, mods or applications can become Recognized Developers or Senior Recognized Developers. It’s a huge group of users, as right now over 700 of them...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 2]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

Pay What You Want: The Ultimate Android Development Bundle

This fantastic bundle of courses contains everything you'll need to learn how to build Android apps. Explore 88 hours of content from 6 different courses valued at $861. Right now this is a pay-what-you-want deal for this hands-on deep dive into building and monetizing Android apps. Here are the courses included in this bundle: The...

Pixel and Pixel XL to Receive Guaranteed Software Updates From Google Until October 2018

One of the key reasons to buy a Google-branded device is the expectation of frequent software updates for your device. Google is rather transparent about how long they will support their devices, and has a support page that lists the end of life period for each of its devices so users aren't blind-sided when an...

BlackBerry is Bringing the KEYone to Canada Next Month, Priced at $200 on Contract

We had heard a lot about the KEYone from BlackBerry even before the company officially unveiled it. Alongside the typical leaks, even TCL executives were teasing the device on Twitter before the big announcement. Not everyone liked how the BlackBerry Priv tucked its keyboard behind the screen and some die hard BlackBerry fans scoffed at...

Google Launches the Google Assistant SDK for 3rd-Party Companies

Google continues to improve the Google Assistant with additional integrations in an effort to stay competitive with Amazon's Alexa home assistant. Google Home just received the ability to detect who is talking to the device and it can also read you step by step instructions for recipes, for instance. We're even seeing signs of it being able to...

Report: Amazon Wants to Add a Screen Onto a New Echo Device

The Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot have been quite popular for the company. It showed what a stationary personal assistant device could be and it has induced other companies to create their own implementations. This was also a way for Amazon to show off how unique and useful their Alexa personal assistant is, as...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 1]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

Four Cool Mods for the Galaxy S8

This video is for new Galaxy S8 users looking for some cool mods for their device. Miles put together four mods that you can check out in this XDA TV video. bxActions - Remap Bixby button This app lets you remap the Bixby button so that it can be used to trigger different actions. DPI Adjusting Go to the...