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Meizu Announces the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus With Secondary AMOLED Display and Dual Rear Cameras

The Western world sees little of the technological 'experiments' that Asian markets witness. OEMs from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan attempt to carve out niches for themselves by trying out unconventional combinations of existing technology. The results can be considered by gimmicks most of the time, but often, we get smartphones that possess real...

Commits show Google Assistant is on its way to Chrome OS

Earlier this week there was a commit discovered in the Chromium Gerrit page (by ChromeUnboxed) that said the OK Google hotword was being deprecated from Chrome OS. Some have speculated that it just isn't that popular on a Chromebook so Google has decided to work on removing it. This could be because the feature was buried in...

Waze is Now Available on Android Auto, In-Car Units Only

Over a year ago at Google I/O 2016 we learned that Google was working to integrate Waze into the Android Auto experience. Waze, which was previously acquired by Google, offers features and a UI that some people just prefer over the traditional Google Maps solution. So this news made a lot of people happy but...

Google Releases Android Testing Support Library 1.0 Ahead of Android O

To kick off the week, Google announced what is likely the final developer preview update for Android O. We say likely because there aren't any additional updates planned, but Google could end up rolling out another if they need to test something before the final build. While not much has changed from DP3 (other than removal...

Xiaomi Launches MIUI 9: Image Search, Smart Assistant, Smart App Launcher, and Performance Enhancements

At an event in China today, Xiaomi launched the highly anticipated latest version of their ROM, MIUI 9. Xiaomi has been teasing MIUI 9 for a couple weeks now with hints and previews, so it is nice to finally get a look at the release version. MIUI 9 brings a new Android version to some devices,...

CAD Renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Align with Previous Leaks and Rumors

There has been quite a lot of leaks in regards to the Google Pixel 2 XL, although we haven't heard much about the smaller successor to the Google Pixel. Our sources indicated that there wouldn't be that much of a difference between the original Pixel and the Pixel 2, suggesting the Pixel 2 XL is actually...

USB 3.2 Doubles Data Speeds: 20 Gbps Using Multi-Lane Operation

The USB-IF and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group have announced USB 3.2, which will be fully unveiled at USB Developer Days 2017 in September. USB 3.2 brings support for multi-lane USB operation, in order to provide USB data transfer speeds of up to 20 Gbps (2.5 GB/s) over a USB Type-C cable. It comes as no...

Latest Lenovo Folio Concept Shown Off at Lenovo Tech World 2017

We're currently seeing a trend toward smartphone OEMs reducing the bezels of our devices. This design brings a new level of aesthetics to our phones that is becoming more and more popular. It's something that OEMs have been working on for a while now but they also have some other unique concepts being worked on as well....

Nova Launcher Partners with Sesame Shortcuts for a New Search Feature

Nova Launcher is one of the most popular custom launchers available on Android right now. The application has a ton of customization features so you can tweak the look and feel of your launcher to how you like it. It may take some time to go through the plethora of options included, but it's generally...

Gratus is a New App By Francisco Franco That’s Designed to Bring a Little Happiness To Your Day

Francisco Franco, the XDA Recognized Developer behind projects such as Franco Kernel, has launched a new app aimed at encouraging users to create notes of both everyday events and the special things that we are grateful for, in order to help promote positive feelings. The free app comes with bright and cheerful Material Design inspired UI and...

Adobe to Finally Kill Flash in 2020 by Stopping Updates and Distribution of the Flash Player

This week seems to be bringing bad news for once-popular applications. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the deprecation of Paint after 32 years of service (though it'll be offered on their application store), and today, Adobe is ringing death bells for Flash. Adobe is planning to End-of-Life Flash by the end of 2020, as the company has now...

Fairphone Explains Why They Had to Stop Supporting the Fairphone 1

As a smartphone customer who spends hundreds of dollars on a new device, it always sucks to hear when the device I want to keep using is no longer receiving support. This is most commonly an issue when someone wants to keep receiving software updates as they bring in both new features as well as...