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Gmail for iOS and Android is showing summary cards for purchases and flights

The Gmail app on iOS and Android is getting smarter. According to a recent report from 9to5Google, the app is starting to show summary cards for purchases and travel bookings at the top of emails, a feature that has been available on the web version for quite a while. Now, when you receive an email with...

Realme UI based on Android 10 rolls out for the Realme 3 and 3i

In its early days, Realme shipped a slightly modified version of ColorOS on its smartphones. Many people had strong opinions about this choice as they felt they deserved something better from a company that claimed to be an entity independent from Oppo. To address this, the company introduced a new skin called Realme UI. At...

Google’s new privacy policies are aimed at keeping spam off the Chrome Web Store

In order to ensure that the Chrome Web Store is free from abuse, Google has an abuse system and a review team set in place that constantly monitors new extensions submitted to the platform. However, despite the company's efforts, a few developers still manage to publish malicious extensions to exploit Google Chrome users. To address...

Huami is making an N95 mask that doesn’t interfere with face unlock on smartphones

In many countries around the world, there's a culture of mask-wearing when you're sick to prevent spreading the illness to others. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are now many, many more people wearing face masks, especially in Western countries. Earlier this month, the U.S. CDC started to recommend that all individuals wear cloth face...

Google Home app may soon let you set a separate volume level for the Google Assistant

Google Home and Google Nest devices are more than just smart speakers and displays. They also serve as hubs where you can communicate with the Google Assistant and control your home to have them help you throughout the day. But one longstanding issue with these devices is the fact that the volume for spoken Assistant...

MIUI 12’s beautiful Super Earth and Mars live wallpapers have been ported to other devices

Xiaomi officially announced MIUI 12 just a couple of days ago at the Mi 10 Youth Edition launch event in China. As expected, Xiaomi's latest Android skin included several new features, including a new interface, a host of different animations, privacy and health features, and more. Much like previous iterations of MIUI, Xiaomi also packed...

Fairphone partners with /e/ to ship the Fairphone 3 with a Google-free OS

Electronic waste is a major issue caused in part by the unwillingness of consumer electronics companies to support their devices for more than just a few years. Many Android smartphone makers only provide software support for 3 years, and only a handful of companies make smartphones that are easy to repair. That's why 3 people...

YouTube for Android TV adopts AV1 video codec in certain devices

News about video codecs may not seem particularly exciting to most users, but they can make a huge impact on our media consumption without us even realizing it. That's especially true since we're all stuck at home using the Internet to do online classes, watch TV shows and movies from Netflix, or go down the...

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold receive updates with May 2020 security patches

Remember when Samsung rolled out the January 2020 security patches to a bunch of phones even before Google published the corresponding security bulletin? There was no voodoo involved, though, as Android Partners are usually notified of all Android framework issues and Linux kernel issues at least 30 days before the bulletin is made public. Nevertheless,...

Xiaomi releases a GPU driver update for its Snapdragon 865 devices on its Chinese app store

When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform back in December, one of the most interesting new "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" features they introduced was updateable GPU drivers. Normally, GPU driver updates are contained within OTA updates sent to users, meaning the user has to wait for an OTA update to roll out before they can...

Samsung is dropping support for MirrorLink, Car Mode, and Find My Car services

Pour one out for yet more services being axed by Samsung. As Samsung keeps modernizing their software experience, they've also started to get rid of those services they don't consider useful or popular anymore. The newest victims of this are 3 car-related services: MirrorLink, Car Mode, and Find My Car. All 3 of these features...

Huami’s Amazfit X smartwatch with a wraparound OLED display is now on IndieGogo

Huami's Amazfit brand includes some of the most popular wearable devices in the world. Known for attractive designs and competitive features at affordable prices, the Amazfit family is consistently getting new products. Last year, the company showed off the Amazfit X concept, a smartwatch with a wraparound OLED display. That device is now a reality...