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How to immediately get OxygenOS updates for the OnePlus 6/5T/5/3T/3

One of the most annoying parts of over-the-air (OTA) updates is waiting for the update to be delivered on your device. This varies wildly from device to device, and many factors take part while checking if you're eligible: your carrier, your OEM, your current Android version, and your actual geographical location/IP, just to name a...

Google Pay prepares integrating Google Pay Send features into the main app

In the world of mobile payment systems, Google had a bit of an identity crisis until earlier this year. Their services once included Android Pay, Google Wallet, and Pay with Google. The Android Pay app was a digital wallet that used NFC to make payments. Google Wallet was a peer-to-peer payment service for people to...

How EAS helps make the Google Pixel the fastest Android phone

Far back in the past when Linux was just an idea in the mind of Linus Torvalds, CPUs were single-core entities which required an immense amount of energy for little power. The first ever commercially available processor, the Intel 4004, ran at a clock-rate of 740kHz on a single core. Back then, there was no need...

How to fix the missing OEM Unlock button on the Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/Note 8

On any smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, you may find an option called 'OEM unlocking' in developer options. By toggling this option, you'll get the ability to unlock the bootloader on your device. Unlocking the bootloader lets you install a custom recovery such as TWRP, root your device to access system files, flash custom...

Samsung DeX may get dual monitor support for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung DeX was released alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. DeX enabled users to use the phone as a desktop computer if they had a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Now, a report by SamMobile states that DeX will soon be getting dual monitor support, possibly when the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is released. The Galaxy Tab...

WhatsApp now lets group admins restrict messages in groups

WhatsApp is the most popular IP-based messaging app worldwide. Since 2017, the app has added live location sharing, the ability to export user data to follow GDPR requirements, and an option to switch from voice calls to video calls. New group features have also been added in the form of the "Restrict Group Permissions" feature,...

Gboard testing smart replies for WhatsApp, Facebook, Allo, Snapchat, and more

Google's stock keyboard app for Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Gboard, is my go-to keyboard ever since Swype for Android was discontinued. The popular keyboard app for Android devices recently received the ability to create GIFs but the last update that added a feature I would call "smart" was back in February with the addition of email...

LTE flaw lets attackers hijack your browsing session and spy on the websites you visit

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) was introduced in order to improve upon current mobile data network protocols. LTE combines performance goals with security and is used by both the general consumer and enterprise alike. As such, it requires a high level of resilience against attacks due to the potentially private nature of the data being transmitted. aLTEr...

Microsoft’s pocketable Surface device is a bold gamble after the failure of Windows Phone

Microsoft was once a popular figure when it came to smartphone OS, but this popularity has long been forgotten. Thanks to tough competition from Google's Android and Apple's iOS, Microsoft took a few risks with its popular Windows Mobile platform and deprecated it in favor of Windows Phone, which also did not find as many...

RCS Universal Profile rolling out on T-Mobile devices starting with the Samsung Galaxy S7

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is the next big communication protocol on your smartphone. Invented to supersede SMS, this isn't your typical messaging service like WhatsApp or Facebook. No, this is going to be carrier supported with Google spearheading the change. As usual, carriers are slow on the uptake and only Sprint currently supports it via...

How to enable YouTube Dark Mode on Android right now (Root)

Google recently added a Dark Mode to the YouTube mobile app (following Dark Mode for the desktop website), but there's just one problem: iOS users get it first. Dark Mode is still "coming soon" to Android and we're not exactly sure how long it will take. The good news is the Android developer community has once...

Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages

Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chrome OS devices that support Linux apps. The forthcoming feature will bring a new flow for installing Linux applications through .deb packages. A string of commits shows that support isn't simply being turned on, but that all the finicky elements like interacting...