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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...

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...

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...

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ may let you Adjust the Depth of Stickers or Images Added to Photos

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be unveiled on February 25—less than a month away. Much of the attention is on their cameras, with the smaller Galaxy S9 model having a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" 12MP sensor with a f1.5/2.4 variable aperture, and the larger Galaxy S9+ model having some sort of...

Google Camera HDR+ port adds support for LG Smartphones’ Wide Angle Lens

The first version of the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ port was released in August. It made available Google Camera's HDR+ technology to non-Nexus and Pixel devices, and has been proven to significantly improve image quality in many cases. Since then, the port has received many updates, including RAW support, support for Motion Photos, support for...

Samsung Galaxy S9 may have an “Intelligent Scan” feature which combines Face Unlock and Iris Scanner

An interesting tip was just sent our way by XDA Senior Member mweinbach. According to an APK teardown of the most recent Settings app from the latest unreleased Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there appears to be a new feature in works for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+....

Chrome OS Tablet made by Acer appeared at Bett 2018

Android tablets have been neglected for years. This is due to various factors, with the most important being a decline in consumer interest in tablets as a whole, as well as the rise of large-screen smartphones termed "phablets." Google's last Android tablet was the Pixel C, which was released back in 2015. While Android tablets...