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Amazon Fire OS 8 adds updates from Android 10 and Android 11

Amazon recently announced its latest tablets, the Amazon Fire 7 and Amazon Fire 7 Kids. The Fire 7 tablet is the best bang for the buck in Amazon's tablet line, with the latest editions offering an updated SoC, more RAM, better battery life, and Fire OS 8. According to Amazon, Fire OS 8 will incorporate...

Windows Subsystem for Android now runs Android 12L and gets lots of improvements

Microsoft is rolling out an update for the Windows Subsystem for Android for Insiders running the latest build of Windows 11 in either the Dev or Beta channels. This update, version 2204.40000.15.0, brings along a ton of improvements, starting with the fact that WSA now runs Android 12.1, which is more commonly known as Android...

Wyze app update supports grouping lighting family products, account deletion, and more

Wyze products are a solid choice for smart home fans. The company sells a wide variety of devices, including security cameras, locks, doorbells, and much more. A wise decision before investing in smart home products, though, would be checking if they're actively supported. After all, security vulnerabilities surface all the time, and you would want...

Netflix wants to hide your kid’s next favorite show in a Mystery Box

Netflix has been losing a lot of subscribers lately -- including original, long-term ones. To spark users' dwindling interest in an app or service, companies resort to a number of strategies to win their loyalty back. These could include offering discounts or releasing sparkly new features that appeal to the indifferent masses. In Netflix's case,...

Google Play Store rolls out a11y tags to make it easier to find accessibility apps

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced several new accessibility features, including alt-text support in Gmail and native support for braille displays in Android. In its push to make Android more accessible, Google is also making it easier to search for accessibility apps in the Google Play Store. Google has started tagging accessible apps in the...

The new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 borrows quite a few premium features from Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 series

Qualcomm today unveiled its latest flagship chipset for smartphones -- the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. The new SoC brings minor improvements over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, including CPU and GPU performance benefits and better power efficiency. Along with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, Qualcomm has launched a highly-anticipated chipset for mid-range devices...

Qualcomm’s Wireless AR Smart Viewer paves the way for next-gen AR glasses

Along with the brand new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipsets for smartphones, Qualcomm today showcased its Wireless AR Smart Viewer. Powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform, the Wireless AR Smart Viewer provides a reference design for next-gen premium, lightweight AR glasses. Qualcomm claims that its new Wireless AR Smart Viewer...

Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays

Over the years, Google has added many features to Android to make the operating system more accessible to people with special needs. For instance, Andriod 10 brought Live Caption and Live Transcribe, while Android 12 added a new feature called Camera Switches, allowing users to control their phones with facial expressions. As part of this continued...

Mozilla shares how it plans to implement Manifest V3 in Firefox

Mozilla has revealed how it plans to adopt Manifest V3 in Firefox. The company says Firefox will fully embrace the next iteration of the web extension platform by the end of 2022, and in the lead-up to that, it's launching a new developer preview program to gather feedback from web developers. What is Manifest V3? Manifest V3...

Some Vivo devices with Qualcomm processors can now be bootloader unlocked, unofficially

What’s the best modding-friendly Android OEM in the market right now? Depending on who you ask this question to, the answer could range from Google to OnePlus to Xiaomi to something else entirely. And that is perfectly alright, as each of those companies have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to aftermarket development,...

Samsung is launching Pokémon-themed Galaxy Buds 2

After the launch of its Pokémon-themed Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung is once again tapping into the Pokémon well. This time, the South Korean firm is focusing on its accessories, theming one of its more recent products, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. While there are few details about the upcoming Pokémon bundle, we get a...

You can now unlock the bootloader of your Realme GT 2 Pro

The Realme GT 2 Pro is a ludicrous device, to say the least. As is with products falling within the flagship genre, Realme has gone overboard with just about everything on the device, giving us one of the most powerful Android smartphones till date. The phone comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1...