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Google Play Services v11 Adds New LocationServices APIs

Earlier this month, Google released version 11 of Google Play Services and it came with a lot of changes to the platform. This update touched on ads, app invites, awareness, identity, casting and so much more. Be sure to check out the full release notes if you are interested in all of the changes that...

Samsung Rumored To Be Developing In-House GPU for Mobile Devices

Back in 2015, Samsung was reportedly expected to develop and release its own GPU for its mobile devices. However, the company continued using ARM's Mali GPUs in its Exynos chipsets, and also kept using Qualcomm SoCs for key markets. Sammobile and Gizchina report that Samsung is finalizing the development of its first in-house GPU, allegedly named "S-GPU". The info...

Nova Launcher Finally Gets Google Now Integration Without Needing Root or Gestures

It's finally here! Nova Launcher has finally received Google Now integration, allowing users to simply swipe left to access Google Now, just like they would on the Google Now Launcher. You also do not need root or a paid app to enable this functionality. Back when Google added an API to allow device manufacturers to include...

Samsung Launches Samsung Pay Mini in India with UPI and E-Wallet Support

Today, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max in India. This is the first device from Samsung that comes preloaded with the Mini-variant of Samsung Pay in India as Samsung looks to add more value addition to differentiate its devices from its competitors in the entry level and mid range price segments. Samsung Pay Mini looks...

Magisk Developer Assures Next Magisk Beta will Pass SafetyNet Again

Earlier today, reports started coming in of Google updating their Play Services and causing current "safe" root methods like Magisk to fail SafetyNet checks again. This meant that devices with root and other modifications once again got detected by SafetyNet, and subsequently, got blocked when attempting to use SafetyNet-reliant applications such as Android Pay. XDA Recognized...

Google Announces the New Android Excellence Program To Feature The Best Apps And Games

There are close to three million applications in the Google Play Store, giving all kinds of services and experiences. Unfortunately, not all of them are as good as we would like them to be. To showcase some of the best Android has to offer, Google announced the new Android Excellence program which revamps the current...

Qualcomm Announces New Audio Platforms for Smart Speakers, Wireless Speakers, and Headphones

We've been witnessing the rise of virtual assistants for a few years now, and this has slowly transitioned into a new market trend. Amazon has been doing their thing with the Echo products for a bit, but lately we're seeing an increase in competition thanks to Google, Samsung and even Andy Rubin's Essential. These companies...

Latest VLC Beta Update Adds Support for Android O’s Picture-in-Picture

Google first brought picture-in-picture mode to Android TV with it's 7.0 Nougat update, and it didn't take long after before they began work on it for the smartphone and tablet versions. We first heard a rumor about this making its way into the core Android OS back in March of this year and then we were able...

Mojang Announces the Better Together Update for Minecraft with Cross-Platform Support

E3 is happening this week and this means there have been a ton of new game announcements. Most of these have been about console and PC games, but there are some that involve the mobile market too (such as the upcoming South Park game). Microsoft and Mojang also announced a new update for Minecraft that...

Sony Announced PlayLink for Local Multiplayer Gaming On Mobile

Sony has announced PlayLink at E3 2017. In a nutshell, it's a series of PlayStation 4 games that you can play with your friends using smartphones only. Players can use their devices to play local multiplayer games in the same room. It almost sounds like a blast from the past, reminding us of the era...

Google Maps Updates its Local Guides Program With A New Points System And More Levels

Google's Local Guides program has over 30 million contributors. They upload numerous photos of shops or restaurants to earn points. You can find some of the shots and reviews in Google Maps, for example. Google is now updating the program with new levels and is now offering new ways to earn points so you can...

Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect to Build Custom Chips for Future Pixel Devices

Google is serious about its Pixel flagships, and what better way to let everyone know than hiring the key chip architect away from one of your biggest competitors? Google is doing exactly that with the recent hiring of now ex-Apple employee, Manu Gulati, as reported by Variety.com. Mr. Manu Gulati is known for spearheading Apple's own...