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How to bring back the Google Photos Backup while Charging Option

Google Photos is Google's ambitious free photo backup solution. It's one of the best Google services out there, and since Google I/O it has been getting even better. But not every feature change has been met with applause. Back in late June, Google suddenly removed the ability for photos to be backed up only while the...

Lenovo Ships 11 Million Smartphones in Q2 2017, 3 Million Moto Z Sales in 12 Months

We're starting to see a number of estimates when it comes to smartphone shipments for Q2 2017. These are typically based on market research firms who have partnerships with retail outlets around the world and it allows them to estimate how the market is doing at any given time. Lenovo however has come out and...

Google Launches Eclipse-themed Countdown for Android O Official Reveal on August 21

Android O is the next big thing for Android, and Google is hard at work making sure that things are polished enough for the first public release. After a series of Developer Previews, Google is now aiming to bring the newest Android dessert to the public with an official unveiling event scheduled for August 21st. Curiously,...

HTC U11 Camera Mod Disables Forced Max Brightness

There are a number of camera applications in the Play Store with a feature that cranks up the brightness of the display when you go to take a photo. This can be useful if you generally have your device set to a low brightness, but these apps almost always have a toggle to turn it...

The OnePlus App Locker Feature Can Be Easily Bypassed

The software flavor found on OnePlus phones is known as OxygenOS. It adds a couple of nifty feature on top of stock Android without deviating too far from what you would expect on a Google device. I recently started using the OnePlus 5 as a daily driver myself, and despite the controversies I think it's...

Project Treble Coming to Some Existing Flagships as Google Works With OEMs on Android O

For those who are unaware, a number of Google employees who work on Android related projects actually hold a podcast called Android Developers Backstage. This podcast consists of Iliyan Malchev, Tor Norbye, Chet Haase and Romain Guy. The frequency of these podcasts is random (some months have 1 while others have 5) but there's usually at least some nugget...

ZTE Makes Progress in the U.S., Shipments Up 36% During Q2 2017

Breaking into the smartphone market in the United States is no easy task. Xiaomi has struggled with a way to approach this in the past, and Huawei is working with AT&T to get their devices in their stores as well. LeEco tried it recently and, among other issues they've faced, have not come out successful...

Prizes Announced for July Community Incentive Program with Honor

We're making strides with our partnership with Honor, including the release of a handful of custom ROMs for the Honor 8 Pro thanks to enterprising devs in the community that are using the kernel source for the 8 Pro. We're still waiting for kernel source for the Honor 9, which Honor assures us is coming...

Here’s How to Force Enable Google Home Bluetooth Streaming

During Google I/O 2017, Google promised many new features would come to its smart home assistant device - the Google Home. The phone call feature was officially announced just the other day, but the Bluetooth audio support has only been showing up for a small handful of users since it was announced. Google is known to...

How to Force Daydream VR Compatibility on Unsupported Android Devices

Google Daydream VR is Google's virtual reality solution for mobile devices. Devices need to be officially cleared by Google to be labeled as Daydream compatible, and some of the requirements are fairly stringent. Most of the requirements simply guarantee good VR performance on the devices that are officially supported, but there are some devices, such...

ASUS ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 Series Confirmed to be Updated to Android O

ASUS made headlines earlier today with the official announcement of the ZenFone 4 Selfie and the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. These devices will be included in the rest of the ZenFone 4 series that we have previously talked about. However, with the upcoming update to Android 8.0, many have wondered what the company's plans are....

Hearing a Loud Beep at the End of Phone Calls? It might be related to Snapchat.

Snapchat has been known over the years to have problems on Android devices. Such issues have mostly included performance problems and high data usage. Recently the app crashed on Android devices at launch as well, but another really annoying issue has appeared. According to users on Reddit, if you are experiencing a loud beep at...