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Google Releases Web Share API for Website Developers

Android has had an API for sharing content between applications for a while now, but there hasn't been a similar solution for the web. You generally see share buttons for individual applications scattered across the bottom of an article as each website has their own way to share content. This process is easier for Android...

The Google Assistant Developer Platform will be Available in December

At Google I/O earlier this year, the company announced a new service that would be used in a number of its products and services: Google Assistant. Google Assistant is an enhanced version of Google Now, and is currently being featured in Allo, the Pixel, Pixel XL and Google Home. During the Pixel launch event last...

Android Security Update for November 2016 Released for Supported Devices

Google made a promise of providing monthly security updates, and so far, the company has kept its word. If you have a supported device, be it Nexus or Pixel, you will receive the latest in terms of security patches against exploits and vulnerabilities, and it remains in the best interest of the end user to...

Android Auto Now Available for Every Car through Updated App on Smartphones

While there are over 200 car models from more than 50 brands that support Android Auto, chances are you haven't gotten around to trying it yet. More are still launching every day, but to regular middle-class folk a car upgrade is not a frequent occurrence. This is why Google is now announcing Android Auto functionality for smartphones,...

General Mobile GM 5 is the 1st Android One Phone to Ship with Nougat

It's been a while since we've seen a new Android One smartphone announced. Google had actually removed the Android One section from the official Android website (now the old URL simply redirects to the homepage of Android.com), so many were wondering what the future held for Google's experimental Android project. Some thought that it would be...

iFixit Tears Down Google Home, Gives it an 8 Out of 10

Those who pre-ordered Google Home from the Play Store finally started to receive their unit this week. The product has even made its way onto store shelves at Best Buy, Target and Walmart as well, although some stores were having trouble keeping the device in stock this weekend. This morning, we are seeing a complete teardown of...

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to Reportedly Feature an AI Assistant

Similar to how Google Assistant is a selling point for the Pixel and Pixel XL right now, a new report suggests that Samsung will do the same with the Galaxy S8 and its own personal assistant technology. This report comes a month after it was revealed that Samsung would be acquiring Viv Labs, the same company...

Hidden “Partial Screenshots” Demoed on Android 7.1 Nougat

Screenshots have been around in Android ever since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and even back to 2.3 Gingerbread if you were on Touchwiz). However, the functionality that was added back in the day has remained stationary despite the evolved needs in the past 5+ years. Stock Android started off with simple screenshots, and stock Android...

Rovo89 Gives Update on Current Status of Xposed for Android Nougat

It's been a few months since Android 7.0 Nougat, and subsequently Android 7.1 Nougat, were released. While we do love the new feature additions that an Android version brings to our beloved devices, it does bring a lot of changes under the hood that changes things up for developers. Every new Android version usually means that...

Plasma Mobile is a Fully Open-Source Smartphone OS from KDE e.V.

If you've dabbled with Linux distros in the past, then you've likely heard of KDE before. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and it's one of the main desktop environment options (next to GNOME) that can be used on Linux distros. KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE community when in legal...

What Improved the Most in This Year’s Flagships?

The year is just about coming to an end, and we've seen most of what major OEMs have to offer. The flagship battle was hotly contested this year, with many phones offering many choices to suit many needs -- just in the spirit of Android. Smartphones in general got smarter and better, and we are...

PSA: Android 7.1 Circular Icon Support is Determined by the OEM

Design consistency has been one of the major hurdles for Google since Android started becoming massively popular. Initially, Google's philosophy was to let OEMs have full control over their design philosophy. At first, this level of openness enticed OEMs to invest large amounts of resources into making Android smartphones and tablets. However, the wide variety of...