News In-Depth

News articles that go more in-depth than the typical news briefing.

Google Messages prepares end-to-end encryption for RCS, Google Fi integration, manual cloud restores

Earlier today, our friends at AndroidPolice got their hands on Google Messages 6.2.031 and uploaded it to APKMirror. Our friend Quinny899 notified us that this APK is actually a dogfood build, meaning it was not supposed to be released to the public. Sometimes, these dogfood builds have a lot of interesting code for features that are...

Here’s how to run a Minecraft Server from your Android phone, because why not

Have you ever wanted to run a Minecraft server from your phone? No? Well, now you can. Thanks to a set of instructions from Reddit user endmymisouri, you can use an unrooted Android device to host a Minecraft server. In all seriousness, this is a good way to make use of an old Android phone...

YouTube leaks the Motorola One Fusion+ with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, 5,000mAh battery, and June 2020 launch date

Back in April, Motorola launched the Edge and Edge+, marking the Lenovo-owned brand's return to flagship smartphones. Both devices have Qualcomm's latest chipsets announced in December, multi-camera arrays, large batteries, and the same 90Hz curved OLED displays. While the Edge+ is rather expensive, the regular Edge should be much more affordable when it launches later...

Sony’s upcoming WH-1000XM4 headphones may support DSEE Extreme, enable Ambient Sound when talking, and connect to multiple devices

In the vast sea of wireless Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, there's one product that has stood among the pack: the Sony WH-1000XM3. People really love these headphones (multiple XDA staffers have them), which means people are really interested in seeing how Sony will follow up on them. Information has started to pop up...

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is coming to Verizon likely with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765

Back in April, Samsung announced that they're bringing the Galaxy A01, A11, A21, A51 5G, and A71 5G to the U.S. The Galaxy A71 5G and A51 5G are essentially the same as their LTE counterparts, the late 2019 Galaxy A71 and A51, but they pack upgraded processors and modems to support 5G connectivity. When...

[Update: May 21 builds] Download the MIUI 12 Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices

The latest version of Xiaomi's custom Android skin - MIUI 12 - is finally here. The company has dropped the curtain yesterday, alongside the Mi 10 Youth Edition launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 11, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12 brings in a slew of...

AT&T and Verizon face heavy scrutiny for misleading 5G claims

The big buzzword for mobile carriers right now is "5G," and there's little chance the marketing and hype will slow down anytime soon. After all, 5G is a great opportunity for carriers to plaster big, impressive-sounding numbers on every billboard and TV commercial. The only problem is that a lot of what they're hyping up...

[Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19

Due to the ongoing threat posed by SARS-CoV-2, Google and Apple have teamed up to announce a new API and Bluetooth Low Energy specification called "Contact Tracing." The idea behind contact tracing is to inform users if they've recently been in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. South Korea and Taiwan...

Digital Wellbeing prepares to track your sleep, let you take Night Notes, and more

Google first unveiled Digital Wellbeing at Google I/O 2018 with a handful of tools to help users reduce their smartphone usage, but the company has steadily improved upon the app in the last 2 years by introducing loads of new features. In the latest beta update to version 1.0.312292882, Google is preparing to introduce major...

Microsoft releases Terminal 1.0 and Windows Package Manager, announces Linux GUI app support and GPU acceleration for WSL 2

Microsoft holds a conference event every year for software engineers and web developers. Called Build, or //build/, the event is a conference for developers that primarily work on Windows, Microsoft Azure, and other technologies. While Microsoft holds an event on the ground every year, as they have in the past years, but because of COVID-19,...

[Update 2: Join extension approved] The PushBullet and Join Chrome extensions are in danger of being removed due to vague privacy violations

In a bid to ensure that the Chrome Web Store doesn't host any malicious Chrome extensions, Google routinely updates the platform's privacy policies. Back in October 2018, the company announced one such update which was aimed at making extensions more secure. As part of the update, Google introduced new user controls for host permissions, made...

Xiaomi Launches MIUI 12 with Focus on Privacy and UI Improvements

Smartphone manufacturers rely on custom Android skins to offer a tailored experience to their users. While there's a variety of Android overlays – thanks to the customizable nature of Android – there are a few that most users can recall off the top of their heads. Xiaomi's MIUI is definitely one of them and is...