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[Update: Official Teaser] Here’s our first look at the Nest successor to the original Google Home speaker

The Nest Mini (formerly known as "Google Home Mini") has become an incredibly popular little smart speaker. However, Google's ambitions with Assistant-enabled speakers started with the original Google Home 4 years ago. That device is long overdue for a successor and it appears one is on the way. A new Google device recently passed through the...

The LG Velvet’s new UI is coming to 6 other LG smartphones

The LG Velvet is one of the company's most exciting devices in a while, and that largely revolves around the brand new design. While the hardware shows the most drastic change, LG has also refreshed its software for the Velvet. The company has now announced that 6 older smartphones will be getting the updated UI...

OnePlus 7T series gets a new OxygenOS beta with new Clock and Game Space features

It's time for another OxygenOS Open Beta update for the OnePlus 7T series. The last beta update rolled out in early June with some nice additions. This latest update has a pretty nice list of quality of life improvements. The headliners are an optimized adaptive brightness curve, new Clock features, and some Game Space additions....

Google Chrome may get audio controls similar to Android 11

One of the most noticeable features in Android 11 is the new Media Controls. With the release of Android 11 Beta 2, the new controls became enabled by default. Besides looking nice and having their own dedicated spot in the Quick Controls panel, they have a button to switch media output between connected devices. Google...

Google and The Linux Foundation want to help open source projects manage their trademarks

Google and The Linux Foundation have been two major players in the open-source software community. Now, the two are independently committing to help open source projects manage their trademarks effectively and judiciously. Google has announced a new foundation called Open Usage Commons along with academicians and industry partners, while The Linux Foundation has reiterated its...

NVIDIA GeForce NOW adds Black Desert Online and 14 other games, brings Highlights support to Apex Legends

NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service enjoys its share in the now-crowded game streaming market on the fact that it was one of the first to appear for end consumers. The service started beta testing for Android last year and opened up for everyone in February. NVIDIA had pledged to announce new games for GeForce NOW...

The Amazon Alexa app now offers a hands-free experience, but with multiple caveats

Back in May last year, Amazon released an update for the Alexa app on Windows 10 which enabled hands-free support for the digital assistant. The update brought the app's functionality at par with Alexa-enabled smart speakers, as it allowed users to summon the digital assistant simply by saying the wake word. Amazon is now bringing...

Leaked OnePlus Nord renders confirm quad-camera setup, dual hole-punch display

OnePlus is scheduled to launch its first mid-range device in years later this month through an AR launch event. In traditional OnePlus fashion, the company has jumpstarted its hype machine in the days leading up to the launch and has revealed quite a few interesting tidbits about the upcoming device. Up until now, we've learned...

Google may release the stable Android 11 update on September 8th

The first Android 11 Beta was released about a month ago, which means the next update should be coming very soon. Google shared its release timeline with the first Developer Preview, noting that the first two beta releases would come out in June and July. Subsequent releases, however, are scheduled vaguely for "Q3." Google may...

Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick Android TV dongle appears in Europe for €40

Android TV has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent months. Thanks in large part to rumors of Google working on its own Android TV dongle, people are excited about the platform again. Unreleased hardware aside, there are some other new products on the horizon. One such product is the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. The...

Hands-on video reveals the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in full detail

Samsung officially announced that Galaxy Unpacked 2020 will be held (virtually) on August 5th. The invites tease the previously leaked bronze renders of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. As the event gets closer, we're seeing more and more leaks. Earlier this week, we saw the device in the flesh for the first time, and now we're...

Google Maps starts showing traffic lights on Android

Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps in Google's portfolio, and the company often releases updates to make the service even better. Since its 15th birthday earlier this year in February, the app has received a ton of new features like Live View AR navigation, integrated menu scanning, a new real-time location...