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Make Android 10’s Hidden Desktop Mode more useful on the OnePlus 7/7T and Essential Phone

One of the most talked-about features prior to the release of Android 10 was desktop mode. When we first heard that Google's next major Android OS would natively support desktop mode, we were hoping it would be something akin to Samsung DeX or Huawei Easy Projection. Sadly, it was anything but. Google built a barebones...

[Update: In The Wild] Here’s your first look at the new foldable Motorola Razr

Motorola (and Lenovo) have been working on a foldable Razr phone for a while now. We've been tracking the device since last year and it has slowly become more of a reality. Back in May, the company used a fan-made render to show off the concept, but we've yet to see any images of the...

URL Radio lets you listen to your favorite online radio stream on Android Auto

Poweramp's latest update brought over the Powerstream feature, a feature that allowed HTTP streaming for online radios on Android smartphones. But Android smartphones as a whole tend to have a much better app ecosystem and a wider variety of options and alternatives. Radio services are also more popularly accessed during car rides, so having the...

All updates to existing Play Store apps must now target Android 9 Pie

Back in late 2017, Google made a bold decision: force Android app developers to target newer API levels by adding new Play Store requirements. Google's goals are to improve ecosystem security (by making sure apps abide by all privacy and permission-related platform changes) and encourage the adoption of new APIs (so users can enjoy new...

Chrome 79 Beta brings over VR to the web, Adaptive Icons for installed PWAs, and more

Chrome is the world's most popular browser, enjoying a market share of about 65% as of September 2019. The second position goes to Safari with a 16% market share, so one can see how wide the disparity really is in terms of user preference and choice. Google Chrome gets updated regularly, with features like Site...

Realme 3 Pro and Realme X get updates for Dark Mode and October 2019 security patches

Over the last year, Realme has launched a vast array of phones in different price brackets. Phones from the company have found tremendous popularity in the Indian market and for good reason. The devices offer great hardware specifications at a very competitive price, making them an absolute no-brainer for anyone looking to buy a decent...

LG V20 Android 9 update rolling out in Korea with LG G8 Android 10 update planned for this year

Just a couple of weeks ago, Korean smartphone manufacturer LG launched an Android 10 preview for its flagship LG G8 ThinQ. As part of the preview, the company shipped Android 10 exclusive features to the device, along with a couple of its own UI changes. However, LG's flagships from just a couple of years ago...

Download an Android 10 custom ROM for the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, Nokia 6.1/6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, Moto G5 Plus, and HTC One M9

Back in September, Google released the Android 10 source code and that kickstarted the custom ROM development here on XDA. Since then, we've seen several devices receive Android 10 based custom ROMs, including the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Moto G2015, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, HTC 10, HTC One M8, etc. Most recently, the OnePlus 3/3T, Xiaomi...

Q3 2019 Earnings Report: See how major smartphone OEMs are performing

Smartphones are essential drivers of innovation in today's world. But at the end of the day, smartphones are still business, and OEMs innovate in this field to make money. Smartphone OEMs like Google, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony have posted their Earnings Reports for Q3 2019, giving us insight on how profitably and comfortably the...