News In-Depth

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

Google Play Games hints at adding a friends list for a new “Play Together” feature

Google Play Games might not be one of the company's most popular apps, but Google makes it a point to keep the app up to date with new features. It was one of the earliest apps from the company to receive a dark theme and it Google even rolled out a major design overhaul for...

Many Samsung Galaxy S20 users report GPS lock on issues in Google Maps and Waze

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is undoubtedly among the best Android devices out there right now. Samsung's flagships for 2020 pack in some insane hardware, like the 100x Super Zoom camera on the S20 Ultra, top-of-the-line SoCs, up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and stunning displays. However, despite the flagship hardware, the Galaxy S20 series...

[Update: Pricing] The LG V60 ThinQ is launching with the 5G Snapdragon 865, triple rear cameras, and Dual Screen attachment

We have been hearing about LG's next flagship smartphone, the LG V60 ThinQ, for a while now. LG was scheduled to launch the phone at MWC 2020, but after the cancellation of the event, the company has decided to announce the device via an online press release, skipping on holding an event at a later...

Google Home 2.19.1.18 adds Nest Cam events in Feed, better Lighting shortcuts, and more

Google Home 2.19.1.18 is rolling out right now on the Google Play Store. I received the update an hour ago on my Pixel 4, though the Play Store changelog hasn't been updated for me yet. Here's the changelog from the Apple App Store for the same version:"Improved support for quickly turning your lights on and...

The Google Pixel 4a will offer UFS 2.1 storage for faster app loading speeds than the Pixel 3a

Google launched the first mid-range Pixel smartphones last year at Google I/O 2018. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were widely regarded as excellent smartphones for their prices, especially since they offered Google's stellar camera app, Android software features, and monthly update support. The internal hardware of the Pixel 3a was nothing to write...

Nubia Red Magic 5G is a gaming phone with a 144Hz display, active cooling fan, and more

Gaming smartphones have risen the ranks in recent years, banking upon their overkill specifications to deliver some amazing smartphone performance. While gaming smartphones may not provide the best overall smartphone experience, they do have their own niche set up that they're filling quite nicely. Nubia entered the gaming smartphone genre with the Red Magic and...

[Update: Available in Red] Samsung Galaxy Buds+ announced with 11 hours battery life, better microphones, and more

For a while now, Samsung has been rumored to release a new pair of Galaxy Buds called the Galaxy Buds+. They were supposed to have better sound quality, better battery, better microphones, and the same design. At Samsung Unpacked today, Samsung has confirmed these earbuds, in fact, do exist with the amazing price tag of...

Magisk may no longer be able to hide bootloader unlocking from apps

XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu's "Magisk" project has essentially become synonymous with "root" in the Android community. One of the main reasons it's so popular is because it can hide the fact that the user has modified their device. However, Google may be cracking down on the ability of Magisk to hide the bootloader unlock status...

The EU is set to introduce “right to repair” laws that could also force OEMs to let you update your smartphone

The EU has been taking a hardline stance when it comes to climate change, including plans to vote on legislation that would see standardized charging across the board when it comes to smartphones. The EU has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan today, which includes a number of goals that the EU will, as...

Leaked Google Camera 7.4 APK hints Google is finally working on 4K video recording at 60fps

Google's Pixel smartphones are widely praised by tech reviewers for their picture-taking prowess, though that praise doesn't always extend to the video recording quality. Google is making steady improvements to the video and audio recording capabilities of its Pixel smartphones, though, and there's evidence the company is listening to feedback from video creators: Our earlier...

[Update: Available Now] TicWatch Pro 2020 is Mobvoi’s latest Wear OS smartwatch with 1GB RAM and a dual display

There are a few companies still dedicated to pumping out Wear OS smartwatches. One of those companies is Mobvoi, who has released some of the best devices the platform has to offer. Mobvoi released the TicWatch Pro in 2018 with premium specifications and some clever tricks. Last year, the company released an LTE version of the...

OnePlus Launcher 4.3.3 essentially confirms the Verizon OnePlus 8 with NFC wallpaper customization

OnePlus rolled out OnePlus Launcher 4.3.3 to the Google Play Store today with a few user-facing changes such as the ability to hide icon labels and an AMOLED black theme for the Shelf. However, we analyzed the APK and came across a few interesting discoveries pertaining to the upcoming OnePlus 8 smartphone series.Verizon OnePlus 8...