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[Update: 27,333 saplings planted] OnePlus is celebrating 1500 days of OxygenOS by planting a tree for every #OxygenOS tweet

OnePlus is known for its stellar flagships. Every year, at least one of OnePlus's smartphones turns up as a contender for the best performing flagship. While fair credit goes to the flagship SoC and other flagship-grade components inside the smartphone, due credit also needs to go to OnePlus's OxygenOS UX skin. To commemorate 1500 days...

[Update: Full Rollout] Twitter now lets users limit who can reply to tweets

CES 2020 is well underway and Twitter’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, has unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform later this year. These changes all primarily focus on conversations that you can have on the platform and aim to prevent bullying and harassment. The biggest change relates to "conversation participants."...

[Update: Coming to Chrome 86] Going back and forward in Google Chrome will get a lot faster with bfcache

Google Chrome is the world's most popular web browser, both on mobile and on the desktop. Over the years, it has faced its fair share of criticism for being more memory-intensive than it needs to be and getting bloated in terms of size and features, but it has also received praise for its real-world speed...

[Update 6: Groups of 32 on Android] Group video calling in Google Duo goes live globally

Google was at the disadvantage of being late when it launched Allo and Duo to compete against the much older existing heavyweights. As a result, Google Allo, the online messaging service collapsed under the pressure of giants like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram, but Google Duo has sustained the pressure for delivering video calling as...

[Update 2: Coming Back] The Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps

Late last month we came across an issue with the Google Play Store which prevented some newly published apps from showing up in search. The bug only brought up related search results when searching for new apps, even though they were definitely live on the platform. Google addressed this issue shortly thereafter and users were...

[Update: Google Countersues] Sonos is suing Google for allegedly stealing patented speaker technology

The smart speaker space is one of the hottest battlegrounds in the tech world right now. These devices have slowly made their way into millions of homes across the globe, giving the companies behind them ecosystem lock-in power and access to tons of information. Google has become a major player in this market, but Sonos...

[Update: Possibly this month] Brave Browser Android dev says the team would like to add extension support in 2020

When it comes to web browsers, Android offers users a variety of different options. Along with Google Chrome, Android users have access to a plethora of great third-party browsers like Kiwi, Vivaldi, and Brave. These browsers offer some amazing features like native ad-blocking, Chrome extension support, cryptojacking protection, and more. But what helps Brave stand...

[Update: Unity Plugin] Google open sources Cardboard so developers can build educative VR experiences in their apps

Last month, Google announced a handful of new products at the annual "Made by Google" event. However, one product was quietly discontinued: Daydream VR. The VR platform was not mentioned on the Pixel 4's specification sheet and Google later confirmed the absence. Today, the company is making moves in VR to open source the once-popular...

[Update 11: San Diego, 5G Uploads] Verizon 5G is Rolling Out to More Cities

While many people are still skeptical about 5G, Verizon continues its rollout plans. Today, the company flipped the switch for four new cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington DC. Verizon is already selling a couple of 5G devices, but the list of available cities is still relatively small. So the continued expansion is good news. Verizon's...

[Update: Fully Rolling Out] Dark theme rolling out for the Google App and Google Assistant once again

With the first stable release of Android 10 for the Pixel devices last week, the dark theme graduated as an easily accessible feature. Even before that, while showcasing developer previews, Google rolled out individual dark theme toggles for many of its apps such as Google Keep, Files, Photos, Fit, and many more Google apps. Back...

[Update: Launched in India] FreeBuds 3 are Huawei’s newest wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and wireless charging

Huawei is taking the stage at IFA 2019 to announce some important devices in its portfolio. First up was the Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G flagship SoCs, one of which comes with an integrated modem, and which will find their way inside the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series smartphones. Next up was the Huawei...

[Update: Rolling Out] Spotify tests social listening to let you and your friends control music together

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services on the planet right now. They continue to add features to the platform and apps. The Android app recently got a sleep timer and now it appears a new "Social Listening" feature is in the works. Discovered by app scooper Jane Manchun Wong, Spotify is in...