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Android Pie opens up recent apps customization for third-party launchers

Until Android 9 Pie, Android's stacked card recent apps interface remained largely unchanged since it was first introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop. With the introduction of gesture navigation in Android Pie, Google revamped the recent apps overview screen. The new interface features large overview cards arranged horizontally, but that isn't the biggest change to the...

Google tests a newer Pixel Launcher version with the Google Assistant icon on the search bar

The Pixel Launcher, the pre-installed launcher app on the Google Pixel and Android One devices, doesn't receive very many updates because it would be annoying for users to have to relearn how to use their launcher app. The launcher has undergone a few notable changes since its initial release, though. The release of the tall,...

How to enable the new, faster Snapchat Alpha [Root]

Snapchat, one of the most widely used social platforms in the world, is preparing to launch a new, faster version of its Android application. In February of last year, the company's executives internally committed to bettering the experience for Android users. In November, the company made its intentions public: Snapchat will be rebuilt from the...

[Hands on] Snapchat Alpha is a faster, cleaner version of Snapchat

Last November, Snap announced that Snapchat for Android was going to be rebuilt with a focus on performance and ease of use. It has been close to a year since they announced this redesign and we have yet to hear anything about it, until now. We have managed to enable the new design to showcase...

[Update: Reverted] Android Messages’ new Material Theme design with Dark Mode rolls out

Google has released the new Material Theme redesign for the Android Messages application in version 3.5.048 to all users. We discovered how to enable it way back in version 3.3 when it was first added as a hidden option, but now it's rolling out to all users. It's not just a completely rejigged UI, but...

Essential Phone’s notch settings may return in future Android Pie update

Following the release of Android Pie for the Essential Phone, there was one specific, highly used setting that was missing: notch settings. The Essential Phone's notch may have been its most controversial design aspect, but it was possible to customize how each app uses the status bar/notch area. The notch settings were present in Android...

[Update: Maybe Not] Motorola may launch a Google Home Mini/Amazon Echo Dot competitor

The virtual assistant devices have become quite popular for those who want more out of their connected devices. These virtual assistants, such as Siri and Google Assistant, originated on iOS and Android respectively. But Amazon created an entire hardware market for these virtual assistant services with the Amazon Echo. The Echo was quite a successful device...

Xiaomi Mi 8 reportedly launching soon in India, priced under Rs. 30,000

Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world and is even bigger in India. As a result, the company will be launching their new brand, Poco, first in the region with the Pocophone F1. It's basically a slightly different Xiaomi Mi 8, which may explain why that particular device didn't launch in...

[Update: Launched] Vivo Y83 Pro reportedly launching in India with 6.22″ notched display

The Vivo Y83 Pro will soon be launching in India with a 6.22-inch notched display, according to a report from 91Mobiles. It will be released as a successor to the Vivo Y81 that launched in the region earlier this year. We don't know a lot about its exact specifications such as the SoC, but we...

Pixel Experience based on Android 9 Pie released for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The codebase of Android 9 Pie has been released to the public and this has resulted in a lot of devices receiving new and updated custom ROMs based on the new update. Yesterday, we saw a slew of ROMs based on Android 9 Pie released for some older OnePlus smartphones and one was released for the...

Moto Camera 6.2 brings Google Lens/YouTube Live to many Motorola phones

Motorola released an update to their Moto Camera application just a couple months ago that redesigned the user interface and even added in Google Photos integration. This update also came with Google Lens, YouTube Live, and some changes to the user experience (such as sliding a single finger up or down to zoom in and out)....

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE forums are now open

Releasing variations of smartphones to the market has become quite the popular OEM technique these days. This comes in different forms with some re-releasing a phone in another country while giving it a different name. Xiaomi, in particular, originally had the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and then ended up re-releasing under the name  Xiaomi Redmi...