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[Update: Rolling out widely] Android 10 “Rules” automation feature rolls out to some Pixel devices

Back in May, we discovered the first signs of a new feature in Android Q Beta 3, code-named "Routines". Strings in the SettingsIntelligence APK showed that the feature would be presented to users as "Rules", but it wasn't live for any Pixel user. Rules are Google's take on Bixby Routines, and much of the same...

[Update 3: 512GB S10 Lite for India] Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite

We've been tracking the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite for a while now. The first rumors of Samsung working on "Lite" versions of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 popped up back in October. Since then, information and leaked renders have slowly trickled in, but today Samsung made both devices official...

[Update: Deprecating on April 21] Google Play will let developers earn more money by having users watch ads in exchange for rewards

The games category in the Google Play Store is by far the most popular app section on Android. This isn't to say that there aren't many decent regular apps to use; we highlight multiple new releases from our community members each week. However, mobile games just get more attention from developers because of how much...

[Update: Delayed due to COVID-19] Xiaomi Mi A3 will receive Android 10 in mid-February

The Xiaomi Mi A3 was launched in July 2019 with Android 9 Pie, and the good-looking smartphone made its way to India a month later. Being an Android One device, users expected that the Google-flavored Android UX would receive fairly quick updates to the latest version of Android. But that hasn't really been the case, as the...

Skagen’s Falster 3 smartwatch sports a trendy design, the Snapdragon Wear 3100, and 1GB RAM

Wear OS may not be a super popular smartwatch platform, but it does have some big names behind it. One of the brands that is most responsible for pumping out solid Wear OS smartwatches is Fossil. Skagen is a subsidiary of Fossil, and the Skagen brand has also been behind some very nice looking smartwatches....

[Update 4: Checks Sent] Google and Huawei may pay up to $400 to owners of bootlooping Nexus 6P

Some of you may remember an unfortunate page in the history of Android back in 2015-2016. Faulty chipsets caused a few devices to experience never-ending bootloops, or as we call it in the community, a "hard brick." To this day, we still don't know all the details on the exact issue with the devices. One...

[Update: Registration Open] Google I/O 2020 will take place from May 12-14

Google is known for using cryptic puzzles as a way to announce the date of its annual Google I/O developer conference. Back in 2017, the search giant published an online brain teaser containing the dates of Google I/O 2017. The next year, the company shared a puzzle through the Google Developers Twitter account, which redirected...

[Update 2: Settlement Checks Sent] Google will pay up to $500 to Pixel owners with defective microphones

The Google Pixel and the Pixel XL were, for the most part, exceptional devices when they launched back in 2016. They were the first devices to mark the death of the Nexus legacy, and also signified a big change of direction for Google in several aspects. Nowadays, they're still receiving love---they even have Android Q!...

[Update: Launched in India] Samsung Galaxy A71 launches with punch hole display and 64MP quad rear camera

It was only a couple of weeks ago when we got our first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy A71 in leaked renders. Today, the company officially, but quietly, unveiled the device alongside the Galaxy A51. This is one of the most attractive devices we've seen so far in Samsung's popular A-series. The Galaxy A71 offers...

[Update 3: Oracle’s response] Oracle’s lawsuit over Google’s use of Java in Android has been revived

The Google-Oracle feud has been ongoing since 2010. Java was created by Sun Microsystems back in the 1990s and Oracle acquired the company in 2010. A few months later, Oracle accused Google of using its copyrighted APIs and patents to develop Android and filed a lawsuit. Since then, we have seen the two companies wage...

[Update: New Charges] Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada over alleged Iran sanction violations

Depending on who you ask, Huawei is either the world's second or third largest smartphone brand in the world, surpassing even Apple during some previous fiscal quarters. Their impressive growth was achieved even without releasing a smartphone on a major mobile carrier in the U.S., though not for lack of trying. While it's clear that the...

Xiaomi launches Redmi 8A Dual with dual rear cameras and a new design alongside new Redmi power banks in India

Xiaomi has been leading the smartphone market in India with its budget-friendly and feature-rich offerings under the Redmi brand. The company recently announced that it became the leading brand in the feature phone category in Q4 2019 while retaining its grip on the smartphone segment for 10 consecutive quarters. Xiaomi's entry-level Redmi A series is...