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Verizon is reportedly planning to launch a Palm-branded Android phone

It's interesting to see old phone brands that died down in popularity years ago have a revival, with BlackBerry and Nokia being two of the most famous examples here. These two smartphone brands are owned by different companies, TCL and HMD Global respectively. They are also experiencing contrasting reception in the smartphone market as sales...

How to Fix the “Device is not Certified by Google” Error

A few days ago, we reported that Google is starting to block uncertified Android devices from accessing Google Play apps and services. That means that any device that isn't certified by Google will no longer be able to download and use apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Photos, and more. There's a...

AT&T LG V30 now receiving Android Oreo with LG V30S ThinQ’s AI features

LG's flagship smartphone is the V30 series, and despite poor financial showings causing a shift in the company's business strategy, LG is still chugging along with new smartphone releases and software upgrades for its existing devices. The LG V30S ThinQ is the company's latest offering which brings LG's Vision AI and Voice AI features to a slightly...

Wear OS Developer Preview brings Android P platform features, now available for Huawei Watch 2

Google's wearable operating system hasn't been a huge success so far. When it launched in 2014, there was a lot of hype around wearables, and we saw plenty of manufacturers release Android Wear-powered smartwatches. In the years since, however, we have seen a decline in interest by vendors in building new smartwatches for Google's wearable...

Chrome OS prepares to support ARCore for augmented reality apps

ARCore, Google's augmented reality development platform for Android, is software-based. Unlike the Mountain View company's ill-fated Project Tango, it doesn't require special hardware or sensors in order to map the depth of surroundings and project digital objects onto real-world surfaces. As a result, it's compatible with a growing range of devices. (ARCore for All, an...

Google is finally fixing an issue that bricked some Pixel 2 devices with Android 8.1 Oreo update

Every month, Google releases a new security patch update for support Nexus and Pixel devices. You have the option to either wait for the OTA update or to manually flash the update via fastboot. Shortly after the release of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google released the first Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview....

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Android 8.1 Oreo stable update rolling out in select markets

The Nokia brand made a comeback in smartphones last year as HMD Global acquired the rights. The company released the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 3 as its first ever Android smartphones. The phones were followed by the flagship Nokia 8 and the low-end Nokia 2. At Mobile World Congress this year, HMD...

Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max can now pair with Bluetooth speakers

Google Home devices have a feature that allows them to connect with each other and play audio in sync. This is great if you have a few Home devices spread out through your house. It's an easy way to get whole-home surround sound. Today, Google has announced a feature that expands upon this functionality with...

Latest OnePlus 5 & OnePlus 5T OxygenOS Open Beta adds network boost in Gaming Mode

All eyes are on the upcoming OnePlus 6, but we're still a few months away from launch. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are still the company's premiere devices, and today both are receiving an OxygenOS beta update. The OnePlus 5 is receiving an update to OxygenOS Open Beta 7 whereas the OnePlus 5T...

Google Chrome will finally support casting local files

One of the handy features in Google Chrome is the ability to cast just about anything. The browser is great for casting videos, music, a specific tab, or the entire desktop. However, there's one thing you can't cast from within Chrome: local files. François Beaufort has once again shared a new feature of Chrome on...

Magisk 16.3 fixes issues with Pokémon GO; topjohnwu discusses “uncertified devices” controversy

If you've rooted a device in the last year or so, you've probably heard of Magisk—the systemless root solution. Magisk has quickly risen in popularity as one of the preferred solutions to rooting modern Android devices, mainly because it offers the ability to have root access while still passing SafetyNet so you can use apps...

Yes, the OnePlus 6 will have a display notch

Depending on who you ask, the display notch is either an exciting advancement in smartphones or an annoying trend. We've seen it pop up now on devices from Xiaomi, Huawei, ASUS, and LG. The OnePlus 6 has been rumored to have a display notch, but it hasn't officially been confirmed yet. If you were still...