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Google will require new Android devices to run Android 10 if approved after January 31, 2020

Earlier today, we first reported on Google's new Game Device Certification program and Digital Wellbeing requirements. We obtained information on both thanks to the latest version of Google's GMS Requirements for OEMs/ODMs. This document also outlines the deadlines in which OEMs/ODMs can submit software builds to Google to get approval for GMS distribution. Notably, the...

Exclusive: Google is making Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls an Android requirement

One of the biggest themes of Google I/O 2018 was improving digital wellness. As consumers realized they're spending way too much time online, Google and other tech companies have responded with new wellness tools to minimize our access to smartphones and social media. To help users monitor and control their smartphone use, Google created the...

Exclusive: Google is working on a Game Device Certification program for Android gaming smartphones

With the recent success of mobile games like Call of Duty Mobile, it's easy to see why AAA game publishers, Google/Apple, and smartphone OEMs are pushing mobile gaming so hard. In the smartphone space, we've seen gaming-centric, flagship product launches from brands like ASUS, Black Shark, Razer, Nubia, and others. The competition is only going...

Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 tablet has USB-C charging and costs $149

Amazon's Fire tablets are far and away the most popular non-iPad tablets on the market. They're extremely cheap, have decent specs, and they're an easy gateway to all of your Amazon content. These tablets technically run Android, though it looks nothing like "stock." The latest Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet adds USB Type-C and costs...

WhatsApp beta 2.19.282 continues work on Dark Theme and disappearing messages

Dark Mode has been the talk of the town recently, with several apps falling in line with Android 10's new system-wide setting. While one can choose either a pure black or a dark gray background on an AMOLED display to save similar amounts of battery over a white background, most apps are now offering users...

ASUS ROG Phone II update adds key mapping, squeeze shortcuts and more

Back in July this year, Asus first lifted the covers off the ROG Phone II in China. The device then finally made its way to the US and Indian markets last month, offering top-of-the-line specifications at an unbelievably compelling price. However, it's not just the hardware specifications that make it a great phone. Asus has...

Sony Xperia 8 with 21:9 display and Snapdragon 630 launched in Japan

With the launch of the Xperia 5 early last month, Sony shifted focus to compact smartphones once again. While the Xperia 5 is just a smaller version of its flagship Xperia 1, the all-new Sony Xperia 8 targets a completely different price bracket. The device, which was recently unveiled in Japan, is one of the...

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K can now be bootloader unlocked

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the most popular streaming dongles from Amazon. It not only unlocks 4K video capabilities for connected devices but also brings support for HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Earlier this year, the device even received support for Miracast screen mirroring via an update and now, developers...

The fall and rise of Roboto, Android’s default font

It’s easy to overlook the importance of typefaces in software design, especially when it comes to designing graphical user interfaces. Sadly though, even the best typefaces ever created, including Helvetica (arguably the most popular no-frills typeface ever created), would turn to mush if they were scanned and used on computers as-is, the way they were...

Microsoft rolls out a new Windows 10 Insider Build with Link to Windows support for the Galaxy S10 and Fold

Microsoft's "Your Phone" app has been around for a while now and over time it has picked up a couple of useful features. The app allows you to seamlessly connect your smartphone to your Windows 10 PC and sync notifications, read and reply to SMS, or view photos from your phone right on your PC....

[Update: Launched in India] Samsung launches the Galaxy A20s with an Infinity-V display and triple cameras

Samsung's Galaxy A line of devices was easily one of this year's greatest surprises. While Galaxy A smartphones have existed for years, they used to be more in the "premium" mid-range segment, with other lines such as the Galaxy J filling the budget smartphone market. Now, the Galaxy A line covers all kinds of devices,...