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Honor View 10’s Face Unlock Ported to the Honor 8 Pro, Huawei P10 Plus, and Possibly Other EMUI 8 Devices

Smartphone OEMs are constantly developing new features to help their devices stand out from the competition. Sometimes, it's the material in the chassis, or an iconic design, or new software functionality. Android has had primitive face unlock for years, but it wasn't until recently we started to see it feature heavily in devices. Huawei and Honor...

Leanback Launcher is an Android TV Launcher for the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon competes with Google on a number of fronts, from smart speakers to streaming boxes. (It even had its own smartphone once upon a time.) But the operating system at the heart of Amazon's Fire tablets and Fire TV set-top boxes is Fire OS, which is based on Android. It even supports a lot of Android's core...

Google Pay Rolls Out Globally, Replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

In January, Google announced Google Pay, an umbrella brand for its mobile and web payments platforms. It brings all of the search giant's services under one roof, and on Tuesday, Google kicked off the global rollout Before Google Pay, Google's payments platforms ran the gamut. In 2015, Google spun off Google Wallet's tap-to-pay, in-app payments, and online...

Cortana Now Works with IFTTT, Adds Support for LIFX, Honeywell, TP-Link Devices, and More

Virtual assistants are constantly improving -- voice apps such as the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's Siri go toe-to-toe in terms of features. Other assistants, including Microsoft's Cortana, aren't quite as popular, but that doesn't mean they aren't getting better over time. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the addition of support for IFTTT and other services...

OpenSignal State of LTE Report Shows 4G Speeds Stagnant at 45 Mbps, Ranks US 62nd Overall

Wireless carriers advertise baseline numbers for coverage area and bandwidth speed, but they inevitably vary from place to place. You may get great service on one side of town, but see your signal drop as you drive down the street. That's why the folks at OpenSignal crowdsource 50 billion measurements from more than 3.8 million smartphone...

Chrome OS and Android Integration may go beyond SMS according to the latest commits

When the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were released, there was a rather interesting system app that was pre-installed on the two devices. Called "SMS Connect," the app will presumably help you sync your SMS with a Chromebook. While the app is currently non-functional, its setup activity can be accessed which allows us...

A Boon for Privacy: Android P will Prevent Idle Background Apps from Accessing the Camera

Android P, the next major version of Android, could be weeks away from an official unveiling, and although its core user-facing features are still unknown to us, we are discovering many little tidbits thanks to Android's open source nature. We know that it'll let carriers hide signal strength and define how they're displayed in the...

Download: Last Snapchat APK before the Ugly Redesign

With more than 187 million daily active users as of Q4 2017, Snapchat is one of the most popular mobile applications in the world. Unfortunately, it recently received a redesign that many have described as "ugly". Case in point: An online petition urging Snap, Inc. to restore the app's old design exceeded 1 million signatures. The...

Logitech Craft Keyboard Review

The Logitech Craft will probably be the best keyboard you ever own. Don't miss Miles showing off this keyboard in this XDA TV video review. You can get the Logitech Craft for $199 on Amazon using our affiliate link below.

XDA’s First Full PC Build: An All-AMD Linux Desktop Featuring Ryzen and Polaris

With GPU prices increasing exponentially over the past few months, it's been hard to price out a PC. This particular build took us nearly a year to assemble; getting all the parts together was a challenge. (TK, our video producer, delivered the last piece of the puzzle after the Consumer Electronics Show in January.)Our goal...

[Hands On] Google Phone App is Testing a Bottom Bar Redesign

Google isn't letting Google Phone, a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) dialer with a few added features, stagnate. In recent months, it's been updated with real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature that shows top search results for...

The Nokia 8 Pro Might Have Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and “Penta-Lens” Carl Zeiss Camera

The Nokia brand under Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global has made an incredible comeback -- the company managed to outsell HTC, Sony, Google and a host of other smartphone manufacturers during Q4 2017. Building on this past year's momentum, HMD Global plans to launch a flagship device called Nokia 8 Pro, according to Nokia Power User. The Nokia...