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Xiaomi Mi A1 is getting the Android 8.1 Oreo update with June security patches

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the Chinese company's first and so-far only device in the Android One program. It's no surprise to see why the device is so popular in the West. It has near stock Android and Xiaomi's signature mix of decent specifications at a low price. The device launched with Android 7.1 Nougat...

Become a DevOps Engineer with This Course Bundle

In an age dominated by software development and coding, knowing just one or two programming languages is no longer sufficient if you want to land a career in tech. Instead, you have to be familiar with a series of development tools and tactics. The practice of DevOps (Development and Operations) unifies the essential elements of software...

Google Home app testing a redesign with Google’s Material Theme

Originally built with only the Google Chromecast in mind, the Google Home app (formerly known as the Chromecast app and Google Cast app) has seen many updates since its last rebranding to improve functionality for Google's suite of smart home devices. The Home app can now be used to set up and control the Google...

Every Android device is susceptible to a hardware vulnerability called RAMpage

We have consistently seen various vectors of attack rear their head when it comes to Android smartphones. We've seen Shattered Trust, Cloak and Dagger, and Rowhammer, just to name a few. RAMpage is the latest one on the block, and while it is a hardware vulnerability, it doesn't necessarily need physical access to your device...

Custom themes now possible on rooted Android P devices with Substratum

Android P's user interface changes were initially met with some controversy (mostly due to perceived similarities with iOS and obvious accommodations for devices with notched displays), but it seems that the criticisms have died down some as people have gotten used to the changes. There's one missing feature that Android enthusiasts have begging for over...

Google Maps is starting to get Waze’s incident reporting

For those who aren't familiar with it, Waze is a live traffic reporting application that can notify other users of road events in the near vicinity. It can help re-route traffic in major cities such as Toronto. It's just, in general, a better alternative to Google Maps for some. Funnily enough, Google also owns Waze...

Google Pay supports 63 new banks and PayPal Mastercard

Google was late to the game when they decided to launch what was then known as Android Pay. This meant they didn't support as many banks and services as other mobile payment platforms available at that time. However, since then the company has been busy partnering with major credit cards and banks around the world....

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many older Chromebooks may not get Android P

Google may not roll out Android P to the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many Chromebooks running kernel 3.14 and older, according to comments on a Chromium Code review. Based on Chromium code reviews over the past several months, testing of Android P on Chrome OS is well underway, and the necessary features and functionality needed...

Google’s GeForce Now-like cloud gaming platform could have heavy YouTube integration

There's been a whole lot of chatter about gaming recently. Snap Inc, the company behind Snapchat is looking into launching its own gaming platform later this year, but they aren't alone. According to a report from Kotaku, Google is also planning to get in on the games industry too - in a much bigger way....

Xiaomi reveals rollout schedule for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM

Shortly on the heels of the MIUI 10 China Alpha release for a few devices, Xiaomi has shared its rollout schedule for the upcoming MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM. This is an update to MIUI, and not necessarily to the base Android version (as can be seen with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro that...

Get the Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/Note 8 Edge Screen feature on any Android phone

Samsung introduced curved edge displays to their phone lineup starting with the Galaxy Note Edge, a phone that was sold in limited quantities. The Edge display became mainstream with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in 2015. With the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy S9, every Samsung flagship...

Huawei Mate 10 Lite & Huawei P10 Lite receiving Android Oreo (8.0) update

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite and the Huawei P10 Lite are both receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, according to a report from HuaweiBlog.de. Both devices will also receive the latest version of EMUI, EMUI 8.0 which comes with its own set of additional features over stock Android, too. We first saw EMUI 8.0...