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Google tests a newer Pixel Launcher version with the Google Assistant icon on the search bar

The Pixel Launcher, the pre-installed launcher app on the Google Pixel and Android One devices, doesn't receive very many updates because it would be annoying for users to have to relearn how to use their launcher app. The launcher has undergone a few notable changes since its initial release, though. The release of the tall,...

How to enable the new, faster Snapchat Alpha [Root]

Snapchat, one of the most widely used social platforms in the world, is preparing to launch a new, faster version of its Android application. In February of last year, the company's executives internally committed to bettering the experience for Android users. In November, the company made its intentions public: Snapchat will be rebuilt from the...

[Hands on] Snapchat Alpha is a faster, cleaner version of Snapchat

Last November, Snap announced that Snapchat for Android was going to be rebuilt with a focus on performance and ease of use. It has been close to a year since they announced this redesign and we have yet to hear anything about it, until now. We have managed to enable the new design to showcase...

Does Android’s volume dialog take 20 seconds to dismiss? Here’s why that happens.

Have you noticed that the volume dialog that appears when you press the volume buttons takes a bit too long to disappear on its own? When you first got your Android phone, the volume dialog would automatically dismiss after a few seconds without your intervention. Then, sometime in the past few days, weeks, or months, it...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 could launch with a dedicated NPU

The last time we heard news on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was back in March, when Roland Quandt from WinFuture found that the SoC would be branded the Snapdragon 855 Fusion Platform and would come with the SDX50 5G modem. Previous reports have stated that TSMC would be manufacturing the SoC on its 7nm...

Google Camera vs. OxygenOS Camera: Which is better on the OnePlus 6?

The OnePlus 6 is one of the standout devices of 2018. Like many of its predecessors, it offers a compelling flagship level performance package at a good value, at least when compared to what other offerings are available. Outside of discounted flagships, or older devices at an unexpectedly lower cost - like the Pixel 2...

Firebase adds In-App Messaging, BigQuery exports, Jira Software integration, and more

Whether you're independent or part of a small or large team, you probably rely on tools like Google's Firebase to make your life easier. Rather than set up your own crash reporting system, you just integrate Crashlytics. Rather than implement your own push messaging service, you just use Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM.) For smaller or even...

Motorola Moto P30 launches in China with a 6.2-inch notched display and the Snapdragon 636 SoC

It's fair to say that Lenovo-owned Motorola has fallen behind its competitors this year in a few respects. The company launched the budget Moto E5 series and the lower mid-range Moto G6 series in April, but the phones don't compete particularly well against competitors from the likes of Xiaomi, Asus, Honor, etc. The Motorola Moto...

Testing Fortnite Mobile on Android’s performance: Can your device handle Fortnite?

Just as Epic Games promised would happen, the free-to-play battle royale game 'Fortnite' finally became available last week. For the first 3 days of its release, the game was limited the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Tab S3, and Galaxy Tab S4. We expected a much longer...

What we know about Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1: A Cheap Snapdragon 845 Flagship for India

We've heard about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for a while now and after announcing the launch of the new brand, the company has confirmed the Poco F1 smartphone will launch on August 22. While the phone hasn't officially been announced yet, nearly everything about the device apart from its pricing and availability have already been...

Google is working on a “Face Match” feature for Google Assistant

Google App 8.16 recently rolled out on the Google Play Store, but there aren't any new features for users to care about. Within the app's code, however, are hints that Google may be working on a "Face Match" feature for Google Assistant. While we aren't entirely sure what this new feature will be used for, we're sure...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets Android Pie (Android 9) port with everything working

Xiaomi's smartphones are some of the most popular on our forums and for good reason. They're generally affordable but make compromises that people on a budget can live with. The popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with its 5.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 625, 4,100 mAh battery, 3/4GB RAM was one of the most popular budget devices...