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How Apple’s New Lineup and iPhone XR will Influence Android Trends, for Better and Worse

Apple’s annual events are a time and cause of reflection for Android purists. It's a single day, once a year—unless you count Apple's tablet events—which Android has continuously failed to compete against. It's a day when Apple arguably has the most to lose but also has the most excess to throw around, showing the world...

Google tests Driving Mode in Play Services to open Android Auto or start Do Not Disturb mode automatically

One of the key themes of Android 9 Pie is a more intelligent OS. Android has adopted features across that board to automatically detect what the user is doing and adjust settings accordingly. The new Adaptive Battery and Brightness algorithms in Android Pie are just two examples of how Android has evolved to better recognize...

How to pass SafetyNet on beta Android Pie builds for the OnePlus 6

You can get Android Pie on your OnePlus 6 right now if you're willing to switch to the company's latest Open Beta version of OxygenOS. While it comes with all of Android Pie's latest features such as Adaptive Battery and the latest Material Design theme, it's not without its problems. One of the main issues...

Xiaomi’s Anti-Rollback Protection Explained: How to avoid bricking your phone

Back in July, Xiaomi rolled out MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5 for eight Xiaomi devices. When users installed the update on their Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, they unknowingly flashed a build with anti-rollback protection enabled. Users who didn’t like MIUI 10 Global Beta found a nasty surprise when they tried to re-install the latest...

Why your next smartwatch should have the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

With over 200 wearable devices on the market, how do you decide what smartwatch to buy? You can narrow things down based on whether you want a Fashion Watch, a Sports Watch, or a Watch for its utility, but you're still left with an overload of choice. No matter which smartwatch you decide to go...

New Samsung flagship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (likely the W2019) is headed for China

This year, Samsung has released two flagship devices: the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Depending on the market, you'll either get a model with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos 9810. There's little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will launch next year as Samsung's premiere flagship smartphone, but another...

Unofficial LineageOS 16 based on Android Pie is here for the OnePlus 6

LineageOS 16 will be based on Android Pie, and while the custom ROM has yet to officially release for any devices, we're getting an early taste of it on the OnePlus 6 via an unofficial build made by XDA Recognised Developers LuK1337 and luca020400. While it's an early build, it's got all the main features of Android...

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review: A Camera-Focused Contender in a Competitive Segment

For years, using Xiaomi phones meant facing MIUI out of the box. This changed with the Xiaomi Mi A1, which was the first Xiaomi phone to be powered by the Android One platform. The Mi A1 used the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, and its hardware was the same...

Huawei rolled out an update which broke Magisk, but it can be easily fixed

Despite recent troubles in the United States and Australia, Huawei continues to grow their business around the world. The company, which rapidly grew to dominate the Chinese market, now challenges the likes of Apple and Samsung. Their Huawei P20 flagship lineup is a testament to their success, with reviewers largely praising it for its camera,...

The Nokia 6.1 Plus losing its notch hiding feature was NOT because of the Android One program

After the August security update rolled out for the Nokia 6.1 Plus, users noticed that a useful feature was removed: the ability to hide the notch. HMD Global has promised to bring back the feature in an update, but the reason given for the removal of the feature spurred many users on Reddit and several...

Huawei P20, Huawei Nova 3, and Honor Play delisted from 3DMark for benchmark cheating

Benchmarks have always been a popular way to measure the performance of hardware, both in the PC and mobile space. Benchmark cheating occurs when a device maker unfairly tries to game a benchmark by making the results score better than they actually are. Cheating can happen in any benchmark tests including those that measure the...

Android Q will protect your hearing by suppressing an incoming call ringtone when another call is on hold

Every year, Google announces a new version of Android. This year brought us Android Pie with its new gesture navigation, refreshed Material Design theme, Adaptive Battery, and more. But there's more to each Android release than what Google's announcement will tell you. There are hundreds of tiny changes in each Android version that are never...