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Exclusive: Google is working on a Face ID-like feature for Android Q

While the best Android smartphones supported fingerprint scanners long before the Apple iPhone did, Android devices are playing catch up when it comes to secure biometric facial authentication hardware. The Apple iPhone X is the first smartphone from a major device maker to combine a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor, IR illuminator, dot projector, and...

Google may launch a web client for its Duo video chat service

Google Duo was launched alongside Allo back in 2016. While Allo focused on text communication, Duo was the video chat counterpart. Allo's demise has been well documented, but Duo has actually been a sleeper success. The super-simple video chat app is available on several platforms already. Google is now planning to launch it on the...

Chromecast Ultra can’t stream photos from Google Photos at 4K resolution

The Google Chromecast Ultra was launched as an upgrade over the previous Chromecast. Featuring 4K playback with HDR and Dolby Vision, the Chromecast Ultra also came with an Ethernet port to facilitate smoother 4K streaming. Needless to say, the primary selling point of the Chromecast was its 4K capabilities. However, the Ultra does not always stream...

Google Chrome will get protection from drive-by-downloads

Drive-by-downloads are one of the most dangerous things non-tech savvy people can come across on the web. The term is used when the website initiates downloading a file without users consent, or by tricking them. I'm sure almost all of you have seen a random file pop up in your download manager. Apparently, Google Chrome...

Exclusive: This is the LG G8 ThinQ, LG’s First 2019 Flagship Smartphone

In 2018, smartphone manufacturers hopped on the notch bandwagon to trim as much of the top bezel as they could. Towards the end of the year, we saw device makers experiment with slider mechanisms and punch hole displays. While we haven't seen any evidence that the Korean manufacturer LG will do away with the display...

Google I/O 2019 starts May 7th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre

Google loves a good puzzle and they typically use Google I/O as an excuse to get people tinkering. The annual puzzle went out just a couple of hours ago, but the dates have already been discovered by a developer of Lawnchair Launcher. The event will be held May 7-9th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain...

Facebook plans to unify the messaging infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger

Facebook's CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to unify the infrastructure of all three of Facebook's messaging services -- WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. All three services will continue operating as stand-alone apps, but they will operate from the same underlying messaging infrastructure. As reported by the NYTimes, Zuckerberg is asserting his control over the company's...

Possible Pixel Watch code-names may have just appeared

We're far from a Google Pixel 4 release, but already possible codenames are beginning to pop up on the AOSP Gerrit. While the code-names "salmon" and "medeka" are likely to be the long-lost Pixel Watches that Google reportedly held back on last year, there's still hope that they could also refer to the upcoming Google...

Linux kernel 5.0 RC1 is available with ARM big.LITTLE EAS support, F2FS fixes, and much more

While we don't typically cover what happens in the mainline Linux kernel realm, it's important for us to keep track of what's going on with each new kernel release since Google mandates a minimum Linux kernel version requirement with each new release of Android. The recent decision to extend LTS releases from 2 to 6...

SultanXDA releases a custom kernel for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

If you've ever owned a OnePlus device and considered tinkering with it, chances are you might have come across a few custom kernels on our forums. If so, then you may have heard of the work done by XDA Recognized Developer Sultanxda. He is best known for his work on custom ROMs and kernels, such...

Download: PUBG Mobile Beta updated to v0.11.0 with Resident Evil 2’s zombie mode and more

Late last year, we had leaked the patch notes of PUBG Mobile's 0.10.0 update, which had brought over new features like the Vikendi snow map, Snowmobile vehicle, cross-server matchmaking and many more features. Our leak turned out to be completely accurate, even though the snow map did not feature in the beta release of the...

Some Xiaomi Mi A2 users are facing bootloops after the January 2019 update

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is one of the best mid-range devices in the Android One program. I owned the device for a few months and it never let me down. Its more-than-capable hardware specifications with the latest version of Android helped me power through basic day-to-day tasks. Other than some flaws like low display brightness and...