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Google Completes Acquisition of HTC Engineers Who Helped Build the Google Pixel 2

Just because two companies announce an acquisition doesn't always mean the deal's closing right there and then. Typically, it just means that both sides have agreed to terms -- there's usually paperwork to file and regulatory hurdles to overcome. That was certainly the case with Google's acquisition of smartphone employees and intellectual property from HTC, and on Tuesday, months...

VLC Beta for Android Adds Experimental Chromecast Support

The developers behind popular media player VLC recently pushed out an update to the app's Play Store beta channel, and it's a doozy. The newest Android beta (version 2.9.0) comes with a lot of features and changes, the most significant of which is experimental support for Chromecast. Google struck gold with Chromecast, an HDMI streaming dongle that lets...

[Update: Video] OnePlus 5/5T receive new OxygenOS Betas with iPhone X-Style Navigation Gestures

OnePlus launched the Android Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta programs for the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T in late 2017, shortly after it kicked off the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T Oreo betas. They've generally enhanced or added to features in the stable releases of OxygenOS, and these are no exception. In the latest OxygenOS Open Beta -- Open Beta...

Chinese Nvidia Shield TV with Nintendo games may actually be running a GameCube/Wii Emulator

Nintendo has been stuck in its ways for decades. In recent years, though, it's been more willing to experiment. It released a Mario game for third-party platforms, for example, and teamed up with NVIDIA in China to bring select GameCube and Wii games to the NVIDIA Shield TV. The NVIDIA Shield TV has long been advertised as an...

New Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 Bootloader Prevents Flashing Out of Region Firmware

Samsung is rolling out a new update for the Galaxy Note8. These updates come with the January security update which brings some patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, but it also comes with a new bootloader. An update bringing a new bootloader on Samsung phones means that you can not downgrade your phone after...

Verizon Reportedly Drops Plans to Sell Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei has substantial traction in markets like Europe and China, but hasn't managed to get a foothold in the United States. It's sold smartphones from US retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, B&H, and others for years, but that's no substitute for shelves in wireless carrier stores. To that end, it planned to launch a flagship smartphone, the...

ASUS ZenFone 3 Android Oreo Update Rolling Out with Improved UI and a New Swipe Gesture

When Google announced Android 8.0 Oreo last year, ASUS was one of the first companies to commit updating its older devices. The company said in August 2017 that it planned to bring Oreo to the ZenFone 3, and started to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the ZenFone 4 late last year. This week, ASUS made good on...

ELEPHONE U/U Pro Reservations Now Open

On February 8, in Madrid Spain, Elephone plans to launch their newest phones which include the Elephone U and U Pro. Right now you can reserve one of these phones for yourself, and even claim a free gift to go along with your purchase.Specs Elephone U Elephone U ProCPU Helio P23 Snapdragon 660RAM 4/6GB 4/6GBStorage 64/128GB 64/128GBCamera 13MP+13MP dual camera 13MP+13MP dual cameraDisplay FHD+ AMOLED display FHD+...

Android One Xiaomi Mi A1 Kernel Sources Finally Released

Four months after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone, the company finally released the kernel source code in compliance with the GPLv2 license. It has taken a lot to get to this point, but what makes it worse is these are kernel sources for Android Nougat. The phone is...

Lenovo announces Moto X4 variant with 6GB of RAM for India

Motorola teased the launch of a new India-exclusive Moto X4 variant on its official Twitter account in early January, and on Monday, the Lenovo-owned company revealed the specifications, availability, and pricing of the new model.It's time to experience speed like never before! Just 3 more days till you can get your hands on the All New...

Google App v7.20 beta hints at new Assistant Hotword, Duo Integration for Smart Displays, and more

Google App v7.20 beta is now rolling out to users enrolled in the Google App beta on the Play Store, and while Google hasn't published an official changelog for the update, we did an APK teardown and found some changes related to the Google Assistant, Google Duo support for Smart Displays, and more. We've noted...

[Update: Reverted] Chrome for Android will soon support Chrome’s DNS Prefetching for Faster Web Browsing

Chrome for Android will soon support DNS prefetching, a technology that allows for faster web browsing, according to a merged commit in the Chromium Gerrit. DNS prefetching, which is also known as asynchronous DNS, has existed as a flag in desktop Chrome since 2012, when it was introduced as an experimental feature and disabled by default....