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Android Pie ported to the Honor View 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and more

Android Pie is the hottest topic in the Android community right now. After releasing on the Google Pixel and Pixel 2, Essential PH-1, independent developers on our forums have been hard at work porting the latest Android release from AOSP to their devices. We've already seen the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Mi 3, Mi 4,...

Motorola may launch a Google Home Mini/Amazon Echo Dot competitor

The virtual assistant devices have become quite popular for those who want more out of their connected devices. These virtual assistants, such as Siri and Google Assistant, originated on iOS and Android respectively. But Amazon created an entire hardware market for these virtual assistant services with the Amazon Echo. The Echo was quite a successful device...

China’s first homegrown web browser is allegedly repackaged Google Chrome

Google Chrome is now the world's most popular web browser, with some websites seeing 80% of their visitors using the software. Chrome is based on the open source project that Google calls Chromium, which means anyone is able to build a web browser from its codebase and release it to the world. Interestingly enough, that's...

The OnePlus 6T may launch on T-Mobile in October

OnePlus phones are popular among the Android enthusiast community, but most "normal" people don't know much about the company. That has slowly changed over the years, but OnePlus remains to be fairly unknown in the mass market. According to a new report, that is about to change as the OnePlus 6T will be launching on T-Mobile...

[Update: Pichai responds] Google plans to relaunch Search in China with censored results

Google and China haven't always been on the best of terms. China is very protective of the information they let into their country and will do whatever they can to block what they don't want in. On the other hand, Google feels that information should be free and that everyone should have access to as...

Google allegedly making a smart home display to take on the Amazon Echo Show

The smart speaker market is dominated by Amazon and Google. Amazon is currently in first place with the company's Echo line of smart speakers, with the Google Assistant-enabled Google Home lineup a close second. Earlier this year at CES 2018, the first display-equipped smart speakers were announced. Now, a Nikkei Asian Review report states that Google is...

Google Camera vs. OxygenOS Camera: Which is better on the OnePlus 6?

The OnePlus 6 is one of the standout devices of 2018. Like many of its predecessors, it offers a compelling flagship level performance package at a good value, at least when compared to what other offerings are available. Outside of discounted flagships, or older devices at an unexpectedly lower cost - like the Pixel 2...

Motorola Moto Z Play & Moto G 2015 get unofficial Android Pie ports

It didn't take long for the development community to start porting Android 9 Pie to older devices. Android Pie's source code was uploaded on August 6 after the roll-out of official updates for the Google Pixel/Xl and the Google Pixel 2/XL. For Xiaomi devices, the development community ported Android Pie to older devices particularly quickly....

OnePlus X, OnePlus 2, & OnePlus 3/3T get AOSP Android Pie ports

There was a void left behind when Google shifted away from the Nexus program to focus on the Pixel brand. Many would agree that OnePlus has been able to fill that void with their high-end hardware, premium design, and respectable update speed while keeping the price from getting too inflated. With Google releasing the source...

Gmail’s confidential mode to send emails that auto-expire is rolling out for mobile devices

In April, a brand new design of Gmail was leaked with new features such as snoozing, Smart Reply, and offline support. A report stated that Google was working on a new "confidential mode" feature in Gmail that would enable users to send emails that automatically expire. Gmail's new redesign started rolling out in late April,...

Future Android release will bring manual Google Drive backup support

According to a correspondent for the Android development team on the Google Issue Tracker, a future Android release will allow users to start a manual app data backup to Google Drive. This includes backing up your application data, call history, device settings, and text messages. As it stands, your backups go to Google Drive automatically...

Google plans to add hearing aid streaming support in future versions of Android

Hearing aids and Bluetooth headsets have a lot in common, and other mobile operating systems such as iOS already support them. We discovered that hearing aid support was on the way alongside the G.722 codec towards the end of last year. It would allow users to stream audio to their Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. It...