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Samsung is still sending advertisements to users via push notifications

Samsung phones have a reputation for having a lot of bloatware pre-installed. At one point, there used to be a Samsung equivalent application for every Google app pre-installed. Nowadays, the software situation is a bit better with a lot less bloatware preinstalled on the latest Galaxy flagship devices. One area where Samsung hasn't improved on...

Sony Xperia XZ2’s full theme engine ported to older Xperia devices

The Sony Xperia XZ2's theme engine was one of the best available on Android phones. As part of stock on Marshmallow or Nougat on older Xperia devices, you could theme nearly everything. When the Android Oreo update came, though, many of these older devices lost their theming abilities. Only the wallpapers, accent, and home launcher...

Android Oreo’s Smart Text Selection is coming to Chromebooks

Android Oreo brought a number of changes to Android smartphones, including a huge amount of brand new features. We got Picture in Picture mode and the Autofill API, for example. Another exciting feature we got was Smart Text Selection, which offers up a number of actions based on the text you highlight. Highlighting things such...

Google Now cards make a spiritual return in Google Assistant

The evolution of Google Assistant can be traced back to 2012 when Google Now was all the rage. Google Now was an interface of cards that tried to predict when you would need certain information. It changed a lot over the years and eventually disappeared completely in favor of the redesigned "Feed." Google Now is...

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There’s never been a better time to work in technology—especially IT. Thanks to virtually every major company relying on extensive and complex networking infrastructures, demand for talented engineers who can reliably install, maintain, and troubleshoot a variety of server networks has skyrocketed. For those looking to capitalize on the demand and get their feet in the door, the Ultimate...

Spotify tests stripped-down “Safety Mode” UI when connected to Bluetooth devices

There is no shortage of music streaming services available today, but Spotify might be the most popular. It has been around for a while and boasts one of the largest music libraries. Spotify has apps for just about every platform you can imagine, including Android, of course. A recent update to the Android app is...

Blob emojis are back as sticker packs in Gboard & Android Messages

One of the biggest casualties with the Android Oreo update was Google's infamous blob emoji (a.k.a. "blobmoji"). The update introduced a redesigned emoji pack with more traditional round faces. Many of the fan-favorite critters were updated as well. Some people were happy to see the blobs get the ax, but a lot of Android users are...

[Update: Merged] Chrome OS bug causing websites to show mobile layouts in tablet mode to be fixed

Google's tablet plans started back in 2011 with Android Honeycomb, which brought a new UI designed specifically for large screen devices. However, with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google moved back to a unified layout. With the slow demise of tablets in general, Google simply abandoned all efforts on the Android end. On a different...

Dolby Atmos from the Samsung Galaxy S9 ported to the Galaxy S8 [Root]

Dolby Atmos on the Samsung Galaxy S9 promises better sound quality on both headphones and the speaker. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the first Samsung device to get it, but XDA Senior Member ImbaWind has ported it to the Samsung Galaxy S8 as well. All it does is modify the build.prop and the floating-feature.xml file...

How to use a wired Android Auto head unit as a wireless Android Auto unit

Android Auto has a lot of shortcomings, but it's currently one of the best car head unit systems available today. XDA Recognised Developer Emil Borconi set out to fix one of its shortcomings - make an Android Auto head unit wireless. They're going to be wireless in the future, but for now, the only way...

[Update: Live in Dev] Google Chrome’s new tab page may support Google Photos for custom backgrounds

The standard web browser has evolved over the years and tabbed browsing has become a staple feature that many people use every day. The new tab page can be incredibly useful for some and the desktop version of Chrome has a number of popular extensions that make it even more functional. Google has experimented with...

Google Assistant fast forward & rewind voice controls now work on all devices

Google has released a number of exclusive features for the Google Home's virtual assistant. With the ability to chain together commands and access more in-depth music controls, it's better than the Assistant on phones. Google hasn't forgotten about us regular people though, and you're now able to fast forward and rewind music with just your...