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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....

Progressive Web Apps can be enabled on Desktop Chrome right now—here’s how

Apps on Chrome generally offer a good user experience, but they can be nightmares for developers who have to navigate the browser's proprietary APIs. Luckily, Google's moving to adopt a platform -- Progressive Web Apps -- that does away with many of the complexities, and it's supported in the latest stable version of Chrome. Enabling Progressive...

Razer Phone Update Adds HDR in Netflix, Dolby 5.1 Audio, and Meltdown/Spectre Patches

The Razer Phone has been praised for its 120Hz refresh rate, which delivers an incredibly smooth user experience when the software supports it. Now, Razer's rolling out an over-the-air update that adds support for Netflix HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio, and includes patches for both Meltdown and Spectre. The list of smartphones that can show HDR...

First Intel Cannon Lake Chromebook may be a Detachable

It's been pretty quiet on the Chromebook front lately, but that doesn't mean developments aren't happening behind the scenes. Recently, an Acer Chrome OS tablet was discovered at Bett 2018; Chromebooks powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and Intel's Apollo Lake platform might be on the way; Samsung's detachable "Nautilus" Chromebook is rumored to get a Sony IMX258 camera...

Nokia 3 to Get Android Oreo Beta Soon, while Nokia 2 will Jump to Android 8.1 Oreo

It's been less than a year since HMD Global entered the Android smartphone market with the launch of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3. The company later released the Nokia 8 as its flagship smartphone in 2017, and the entry-level Nokia 2 soon after. Notably, all of HMD Global's smartphones last year shipped with...

Trump Administration Officials Reportedly Proposed a Nationalized 5G Network

The US government's suspicion of Chinese telecom and smartphone companies appears to grow with each passing day. In early January, US lawmakers pressured AT&T to renege on deals with Huawei to launch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and collaborate on upcoming 5G networking standards. It isn't exactly surprising, then, that it's reportedly entertained the idea of building...

This SEO Tool Helps Optimize Your Website’s Ranking

In the wake of the tech boom, online search engine rankings are everything when it comes to directing traffic to websites. Higher rankings translate into more clicks, which in turn translate into more conversions and higher revenue streams. SE Ranking is an all-in-one SEO (search engine optimization) platform that helps keep user sites competitive and even...

OnePlus Alert Slider Customization now possible with an Xposed Module

It's a common complaint of OnePlus phones that the alert slider, while a major time saver, is configured in a way that isn't terribly useful for most users. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that there isn't an easy way to customize it in Oxygen OS -- putting the phones...

Vote for the Next Honor AI Camera Recognition Scene

The Honor View 10 features the Kirin 970 NPU which powers the AI that is responsible for many of the camera features. This AI enables the phone to recognize 13 different scenes and adjust the camera settings accordingly. Here are the scenes that are currently supported.Blue Sky Flower Plant Beach Sunset/Sunrise Performace Food Text ...

Step Notify Adds Fitbit-esque Step Notifications to the Amazfit

Fitbit sells some of the most popular fitness wearables on the market right now. Software is a big reason why people choose its devices over others, and one of the most popular features is a step notification that alerts you when you fall short of your daily goal. The Xiaomi Huami Amazfit activity tracker doesn't offer...

Xiaomi Firmware Updater is a Tool that Creates Flashable ZIPs of MIUI ROMs

Despite the fact that Xiaomi releases a lot of devices every year, the company is really consistent about pushing out new versions of MIUI, its custom Android skin, to older smartphones. It shows how committed it is to its ROM, but it's had the unintended side effect of discouraging some developers in the community from...