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Google says Chrome OS 80 will bring easier Android app sideloading for developers

Last week at the Android Dev Summit, Google announced a feature that Chrome OS enthusiasts have wanted for years: the ability to sideload Android apps without enabling Developer Mode. We've seen code commits in the past that would have enabled this feature, but none of those implementations ever made their way to the stable channel....

[Update: Mi Note 10] Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro confirmed with 108MP camera and 5X optical zoom, launching on November 5 alongside Mi Watch and Mi TV 5

The smartphone world never sees a slowdown on releases, as we simply move on from one hyped smartphone to the next. The constant pressure to innovate and differentiate leads to shorter product cycles and more frequent releases, which allows consumers to experience newer technologies quicker. Xiaomi has now confirmed that its next smartphone is the...

YouTube Music 3.39 for Android finally adds a widget

Google's music situation has been frustrating for a lot of people. The company essentially has two separate platforms: Google Play Music and YouTube Music. The former has been around for a while and has a lot of loyal users. The latter is new and still lagging behind in features. One feature that has finally been...

[Update 2: Rolling Out] Samsung confirms an Android 10 beta is coming soon to the Galaxy Note 10

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 beta for the Galaxy S10 series. The beta program introduced all Android 10 exclusive features to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10e. Additionally, the update also introduced some subtle UI changes to further streamline Samsung's software. For instance, the caller notification...

[Update: Rolling out for Pie] Samsung follows Apple and adds front facing slow motion ‘slofie’ videos in One UI 2

At the beginning of this month, Samsung announced a beta program for One UI 2 based on Android 10 for the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e for users in South Korea, which was then expanded to unlocked devices in the USA and possibly other regions too. The beta gives us a glimpse...

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3300 may be the Wear OS smartwatch chip we’ve been waiting for

Google's Android OS for smartwatches, Wear OS, isn't nearly as successful as Android for smartphones, tablets, or televisions, and there's a lot of blame to go around for that. We can blame Google for not having enough confidence to launch its own smartwatch hardware or for barely giving Wear OS the time of day at...

ARM now says it’ll continue supplying chip technology to Huawei

The trade war between the United States and China has brought chaos to the technology industry. Even some non-US-based companies decided to stop doing business with Huawei - ARM being one of the first. The Japanese-owned but UK-based chip manufacturer halted the licensing of its technology to Huawei right after Trump prohibited US companies from...

NVIDIA announces the SHIELD TV Pro and SHIELD TV streaming stick

To the surprise of no one who has paid attention, NVIDIA has revealed two new products in their line of Android TV devices. Both of these devices already showed up on Amazon and Best Buy, but now we can put the "Official" stamp on them. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro is an update to the...

Moto G8 Plus First Impressions: Restoring the G-series Glory

The Moto G series was launched back in 2013 and six years in, the series is now entering its 8th generation. The original Moto G was avant-garde in the realm of affordable smartphones, but the last few generations of Moto G phones have failed to live up to that prestige. The newly launched Moto G8...

Google quantifies how much faster Android 10’s new Share menu really is

The Share menu is one of Android's best features, but for years, it's been plagued by a design that's just plain slow. The problem with Android's clunky share menu stemmed from Android 6 Marshmallow when Google introduced Direct Share, a feature that allows users to directly share content to the relevant part of an app....

Skip the wait: Enable RCS right now in Google Messages for any carrier

As we all know, the messaging situation on Android is a bit of a mess...at least in the United States. While most of us in the U.S. still use SMS, the rest of the world has shifted to better messaging services like WhatsApp or Telegram. It's not easy to convince your friends and family to...