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Next Google Home Mini may have a 3.5mm audio port and wall mount

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home have become wildly popular thanks to their cheap prices and connections with their respective smart home ecosystems. I snagged 4 Google Home Minis thanks to an insane Walmart deal, and I also bought a Google Home Hub (now called the Nest Hub) earlier this year. Google...

Moto G6 Play update adds one-button nav, Digital Wellbeing, and June 2019 patches

The Moto G6 Play received Android Pie in the US last month. That update brought all the Pie goodies as well as the May 2019 security patches. This month, the phone is getting another update with newer security patches, Digital Wellbeing, and Motorola's gesture system. The Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Play lacked some...

Google Chrome adds Password Leak Detection to tell you when your password is compromised

The responsibility of keeping accounts secure is generally something a company puts on the shoulders of the user. However, the way passwords are used by the masses have shown that they aren't as secure as they could be. There are entire industries that have been built around this issue (password managers, U2F keys, etc) and...

Android Pie with One UI rolls out for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Tab A (2017)

While some OEMs have abandoned the Android tablet market, Samsung is keeping it alive with a number of its high-end and mid-range devices. These can be slow to receive updates, but Samsung does eventually pull through and roll out at least one major version update to them. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung...

[Update: Postponed for G Suite] Google will transition “classic” Hangouts users to Chat and Meet later this year

One of the biggest Google stories of 2018 was the downfall of Hangouts. The platform had long been seemingly abandoned, but we finally got some news about its future. In December, we learned that Hangouts users will eventually be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. There was no timeline given at the time, but...

[Update 2: Official] Google Play Store’s Material Theme redesign is rolling out

Slowly and steadily, Google has been refreshing its Android app with the Material Theme design philosophy which includes rounder Google Sans font, whiter background with ample spacing, and use of vibrant colors over flat icons to make content discovery easier. We've come across refurbished versions of Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Keep, Google...

ASUS ZenFone 6 update brings August 2019 patches, Google Lens shortcut in camera, new Smart Key options, and more

In 2019, ASUS has been on a roll when it comes to new smartphone hardware and software updates. The ASUS ZenFone 6 and ROG Phone II are both highly praised devices among smartphone enthusiasts and having used both, I can see why. Since its initial release, the ZenFone 6 has received numerous software updates, a...

Focus Mode arrives in the latest Digital Wellbeing beta

Focus Mode is a new addition to the Digital Wellbeing suite of tools that was announced at Google I/O earlier this Summer. We first saw the feature in show up in Android Q Beta 3, and now it's rolling out in the latest beta version of Digital Wellbeing. Focus Mode is compatible with Android Pie...

[Update 3: Redmi Note 8 Pro powered by MediaTek Helio G90T] Redmi Note 8 series and 70-inch Redmi 4K smart TV to launch on August 29th

Xiaomi's spin-off brand, Redmi, has been pulling off one feat after another. While it was earlier confined to the budget segment, Redmi entered the premium segment with its refined flagship killer i.e. the Redmi K20 Pro besides launching its own lineup of accessories such as wireless earbuds and power banks. Redmi is now planning another...

[Update: YouTube Music] Waze adds 7 new streaming services to in-app player

Many, many people have long commutes to work. This mostly happens around metro cities where people wake up and start their drive 2 or even 3 hours before they need to be at work. Rush hour traffic can be incredibly stressful (both going to and coming from work) so listening to some music can help...

Google is killing Play Music subscription gifting and Messaging in YouTube

It has been well established that Google is not afraid to kill services and features. Most of the time they get rid of things that few people use, but occasionally something really popular will get the cut. This week, Google is killing two features that, thankfully, fall into the former category: Google Play Music gifting...

Another look at Android Q with MIUI: System-wide dark mode, Finally! [VIDEO]

Android Q looks to be arriving very soon, especially as Google just dropped the Android Q-specific security patches yesterday. As a result, companies are ramping up development to have everything ready to go as soon as possible. OEMs like Essential will likely have their update out very soon, but others with more software modifications like...