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Reviewing Intel’s Consumer Strategy As Coffee Lake Announced

Back near the start of summer we covered the news from Computex and how Intel was shifting gears on its high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup. What we got was a lineup that didn't seem to make sense at the time - a Core X-Series (which even I have, for some time, erroneously referred to as the...

Google Pixelbook Reseller Listing Reveals Specifications, New “Google Clips” Product

We've seen a number of leaks surrounding the new hardware that Google is scheduled to unveil at tomorrow's launch event. For months, we've seen both hardware and software details leaked about the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but recently we learned about some other products. Specifically, there have been rumors about a...

Google Home Update Brings “Night Mode” with Lower Volume and LED Brightness

I pre-ordered my Google Home device as soon as I could and was eager to start transitioning basic Google searches to voice commands. However, one of the annoying parts of using the Google Home at night is the brightness of the LED lights and the volume level of the voice response. Thankfully, a new update...

Google Launches Cloud Firestore: App Focused NoSQL Database

The Firebase platform is one of the key tools in Google's Android ecosystem, and today Google is continuing their expansion of it with the launch of Google Cloud Firestore, a NoSQL document database for smartphones. Cloud Firestore allows you to synchronize your database in near-realtime, enabling reactive apps, cross-device syncing, and cross-device collaboration. But of course,...

Facebook Messenger Lite Launches in More Countries – US, Canada, Ireland, UK and More

Originally launched as an alternative to the Facebook Messenger application, Facebook Messenger Lite's goal was to provide a good Messenger experience to those with cheaper phones or poorer quality internet. It originally launched in five countries, Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, in October 2016. It has now expanded to over one hundred countries.Messenger...

Google Contacts 2.2 Redesigns the Contact View, Vastly Improves Suggestions, and More

Google Contacts, Google's own fork of the AOSP Contacts app with added features, has been the default contacts app in Nexus and Pixel devices for quite some time now. Aside from syncing your contacts to the cloud, it allows for things like contact suggestions, duplicate erasing, and a lot more. These extra features have been...

Unboxing the Sony Xperia XZ1

This XDA video shows our unboxing of the Sony Xperia XZ1. Stay tuned to see our full review of this new phone from Sony. 

Android Oreo Shows Up at 0.2% in Android’s October Distribution Statistic

The Android version distribution statistics tell us what Android versions are in use in terms of overall percentage of users. This can be helpful for application developers looking to see if supporting a certain API level is worthwhile for them. Said distribution numbers are updated monthly. After releasing their monthly security bulletin, Google has now also...

Google Announces Android Wear Beta Based on Android Oreo, Starting with the LG Watch Sport

Google has announced a new Android Wear beta based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it launches today starting with the LG Watch Sport. The new update brings the device to API level 26—the API level for Android 8.0— and introduces features such as the new background restrictions and notification channels. With the mess that was the...

Google Pixel 2 Software Tidbits: Camera has “Face Retouching” and “Motion Photo” Mode

We're just 2 days away from the official announcement of the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. As we near the announcement, we are hearing and seeing more information about the upcoming devices. New renders today show off the design of the Pixel 2 XL, confirming the presence of dual stereo speakers as...

VLC Media Player v2.5 Adds Picture-in-Picture Mode, 360° Video, Android Auto Integration, and more

VLC Media Player, the popular free and open source media player, has just released version 2.5 of its Android application. As always there are no advertisements, no in-app purchases, and no restrictions. The last official, stable update was released back in August 2016. Over a year later, the update adds a plethora of new features but...

Google Pixel 2 XL Renders Show Stereo Speakers, Redesigned Pixel Launcher, and Slim Bezels

The second generation Google Pixel phones, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, is set to be announced 2 days from now in a big Google event that will also allegedly see the reveal of a new Google Chromebook called the Pixelbook and a 2017 refresh of the Daydream View headset. Google has done a...