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Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature has been ported to other Android devices

Google debuted the Now Playing feature with the Pixel 2 series back in 2018, and it has remained an integral part of the Pixel lineup ever since. The feature employs a combination of onboard hardware, software, and Google’s machine learning magic to identify songs playing in the background. Now Playing was intended to be a...

The Mi Band 6 is yet another great-value fitness tracker from Xiaomi

Xiaomi's Mi Band series has been one of the best-selling fitness trackers globally for good reason — they offer a solid set of features, long battery life, and an affordable price around the $50 range. The new Mi Band 6 offers more of the same as the excellent Mi Band 5 but with two big...

Google’s Nearby Share will soon support group transfers: Here’s a first look

Last month, we reported that Google is preparing to upgrade Nearby Share, Android's alternative to Apple's AirDrop file transferring service, with the ability to share files to multiple people at once. We also reported that Google is changing the feature's device visibility policy to allow you to share files with anyone nearby rather than only...

Spicetify lets you customize your Spotify desktop app – Here’s how to use it

If you love listening to music all the time, you probably use music streaming applications like Spotify. While I've never had many complaints about Spotify, the most recent update to the desktop and web clients which saw a complete overhaul of its UI has annoyed a lot of people. What if you could customize the...

LineageOS 18.1 Review: Android 11, coming to an old phone near you

LineageOS was created in 2016 as a stock-like Android custom ROM, following the collapse of the corporate-backed CyanogenMod project. It has gone through several major updates since then, but LineageOS has continued to bring a stock-like Android (and optionally Google-free) experience to dozens of phones and tablets. The most recent release — LineageOS 18.1 —...

The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi making foldables more affordable and attainable

Xiaomi's first-ever foldable phone, the Mi Mix Fold, hasn't even gone on sale officially yet, but the crazy-fast Hong Kong phone import scene has already secured early bird retail units. One of these retailers, Trinity Electronics, was kind enough to loan us a unit to test for an afternoon. Of course, I compared it to the...

Exclusive: Here’s a first look at some more upcoming features in Android 12

It's been nearly 2 months since Google released the first Android 12 developer preview, and we're expecting the third developer preview to drop at any moment. Thanks to leaks, extensive hands-ons, and code digging, we've learned a lot about the upcoming version of Google's Android OS. Still, with each new release, we're learning more and more,...

The Huawei Mate X2 made me realize how much I was missing out on

The future of the smartphone is foldable. It's not a matter of if, but when foldables are priced low enough to overtake traditional flagships in popularity. Ask any person who's used a foldable phone, and they'll tell you the same thing: They're the future. Until this week, though, if you asked me about foldables, I...

OnePlus Watch Review: A Promising First Attempt at a Smartwatch

It's been a few years since OnePlus deviated from its roots as a smartphone-only brand, but apart from a limited venture selling TVs in a handful of markets, the company is still primarily a smartphone and smartphone accessory brand. OnePlus' latest accessory for smartphones is a wearable device called the OnePlus Watch. Launching this week,...

DotOS 5.1 will add a new wallpaper-based theming system and QS UI inspired by Android 12

Android theming has come a long way from the early days of the CyanogenMod Theme Engine to Substratum and now the native RRO and OMS APIs. With Android 12, Google might push Android's theming engine to the next level thanks to the new wallpaper-based theming system code-named “monet.” When “monet” is enabled, the user’s wallpaper determines...

The Best Smartphone to buy in April 2021: Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and more!

On the market for a new smartphone and overwhelmed with options? Don't worry -- we here at XDA have tested almost every smartphone that sees a wide release. So here's our expert guide on the best smartphone for you depending on your need or budget. Navigate this article: Best Overall Smartphone: Apple iPhone 12 Best...

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s brand new 50MP camera can produce DSLR-like bokeh

Last year's Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra was my favorite slab phone of 2020, but many consumers in the west were left out because it was a China-only release. That makes this year's Mi 11 Ultra that much more exciting — it's going on sale throughout Europe and Asia and packs some new never-before-seen camera tech. About...