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Google Creates a Landing Page for Developers to Help with Android Security

Security within the Android platform has become very important to Google lately. This isn't to say that Google didn't care about vulnerabilities for Android in the past, though. It just became clear that when Google started rolling out monthly security updates to the Nexus devices back in November of 2015, they were getting very serious...

Enable this Chrome Flag to Lock Rotation in Fullscreen Videos

At XDA, when we aren't covering news that we think is important for the day or publishing an in-depth analysis piece, we like to plug the gap with interesting projects, rumors, and tips. Just yesterday, I posted a tip that reminded users of a useful Chrome flag that has undergone improvements. Today, I bring you...

Will Google Tango Catch on in 2017?

In our last discussion, we invited your views on the future of Google Daydream in 2017. Now we move the discussion towards Google Tango, or simply 'Tango' as it is now called. In 2016, the only Tango certified device was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which offered a nice glimpse at Tango functionality but suffered from...

PSA: Moving Chrome’s Address Bar to the Bottom no Longer Causes Visual Bug

Google's Chrome browser has been the most popular web browser in the world for a few years now, and its dominance is even more pronounced in Android. Although Chrome aims to be a one-size-fits all browser, some users prefer using third-party browsers (most of which are based on the Chromium open source project) for added...

Report: ASUS will Launch the ZenFone 4 this May

ASUS first unveiled their ZenFone 3 series of smartphones back in May of last year at Computex. On top of the namesake ZenFone 3 in this series, there was also the ZenFone 3 Max, ZenFone 3 Zoom, ZenFone 3 Laser, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Ultra. Thus it seems likely that ASUS will...

LG Reportedly Wants to Leverage AI for its Products in 2017

LG's smartphone division is currently being propped up by profits the company is making selling other products like TVs and home appliances. LG made a major gamble on its modular concept with the LG G5 but then recently confirmed they would be ditching this design with the upcoming LG G6. A lot is riding on their...

Marclay Displays Landscape Videos Behind Your Notifications on Android TV

Android Experiments is Google's way of highlighting applications that have interesting and unique features. We've seen projects like a VR-style camera using just the hardware in your smartphone, a project to lock people out of their phones so you can enjoy a family meal in peace, and even a tic-tac-toe game that used a 3x3x3 cube...

Report: Samsung’s Virtual Assistant “Bixby” Will Feature Image and Text Recognition Capabilities

Samsung is reportedly all set to launch their next flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, in March. If recent rumors are true, we may already know some of the key hardware specifications of the two devices. For instance, the Galaxy S8 is slated to feature a 5.7" display while the Galaxy S8 Plus might boast...

Samsung Announces Android 7.0 Nougat Rollout Schedule for several Galaxy Models

Samsung has officially stated that the Android Nougat 7.0 rollout has begun for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, confirming earlier reports. The press release states that the rollout began 2 days ago and will be making its way to devices via an OTA update and will be available to owners of the devices...

OnePlus Releases Android Nougat Kernel Sources for the OnePlus 3/3T

On the heels of the OxygenOS 4.0.2 release for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, OnePlus has released kernel sources for Android Nougat for the devices. This move follows the growing requests of users and developers alike on social media and forums, along with our own request to OnePlus to comply with the GPL V2...

Will Google Daydream Catch on in 2017?

Last year, we saw Google announcing the Daydream VR platform to standardize the VR experience on Android. The aim was to ensure a consistent level of VR immersion across devices. OEMs would have to design their phones to meet a list of requirements in order to be Daydream VR certified. At first, the Daydream certification process was...

Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 to Come With Heat Pipes To Prevent Overheating Issues

After the Galaxy Note 7's battery issues, it was expected that consumer safety will be one of the top priorities for smartphone OEMs in 2017. As such, LG has already detailed how it has been imposing tougher safety checks for their smartphones to ensure consumer safety. Now, a new report coming in from Digitimes shows potentially how...