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[Update: Rolling out] Chrome Will Finally Crack Down on Annoying Page Redirects

Chrome has become the most popular web browser in the world, and this paired with their search ranking algorithm has enabled Google to shape the way a lot of websites function. Pop-ups and loud audio from auto-playing videos used to be major annoyances on the web, for instance, but Chrome has blocked much of this...

Xiaomi partners with Smartbox to deliver purchases to digital lockers in Delhi-NCR

2017 had been an eventful year for Xiaomi in India. The smartphone manufacturer managed to tie with Samsung to claim the number 1 spot in the Indian smartphone market. A big reason behind the growth was Xiaomi’s rapid expansion into offline retail in India. Xiaomi partnered up with a lot of large format retailers like...

Every Google Pixel 2 XL owner should try the compact navigation bar from the OnePlus 5T

For several few years now, smartphones have been getting bigger and bigger. With many smartphones featuring a 6" display, it's almost hard to believe that the first commercially available Android phone, the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1, had a measly 3.2" screen. Today, even budget smartphones have large 5.5-inch displays, and last year, taller 18:9 displays have become...

Wine, the compatibility layer for Windows programs, is now available for Android

Ever wish you could run full-blown Windows applications on your Android device? Now you can...sort of. Wine, a Windows compatibility layer for Unix-like operating systems, has been updated to version 3.0—and can now be installed on Android devices. Wine 3.0 implements a full graphics and audio driver for Android, and can be built as an APK...

Audiobooks Come to Google Play for Android and Google Home

Rumor had it Google was working to bring audiobooks to Google Play, and the most recent version of the Google Play Books app contained code with references to settings for audiobooks. So it wasn't surprising when Google announced on Tuesday that audiobooks are now available in the Google Play Store on Android and supported by Google...

Honor now says the Honor 8 will in fact get Android Oreo with EMUI 8

The Honor 8 was Honor's flagship device for 2016. With specifications such as a HiSilicon Kirin 950 system-on-chip and dual cameras, the Honor 8 had great performance for its time. It shipped with EMUI 4 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and was later updated to Android Nougat. Since then, however, there have been a...

Reflection is a Free, Simple, Geometry-based Puzzle Game

Most of the time we spend on our smartphones involves business or socializing, but there's no better way to kill time than with an addictive game. Trouble is, finding a free and straightforward game that hasn't been stuffed full of microtransactions and upcharges has become difficult. But it's not impossible. Reflection, a new game from XDA Senior...

Wake Up to Any Podcast, Audiobook, or Song with PodAlarm

Waking up to an alarm every morning can be difficult for some people. For those who want to keep things simple with songs, podcasts, or audiobooks, there's PodAlarm from XDA Senior Member crazyfool_1. It's a free application that plays audio from an app instead of an alarm, gradually increasing the volume from "0" to your regular alarm volume...

Moto Display APK from Moto Z Play Oreo Update Adds Notification Dots and Landscape Mode

Motorola develops a number of features for its smartphones, but it doesn't include (or update) all of them on every device it sells. For example, we recently highlighted a Moto Display update pulled from a Moto X4 that was newer than the version in the Moto Z's latest firmware. Now, XDA Senior Member abhishekiswithyou was able to get...

Firefox 58 rolling out with Progressive Web App support on Android

Mozilla has released Firefox 58 for Android, Windows, Linux and Mac. The Android variant of Firefox has a lot of changes under the hood with the latest release. The biggest and most notable change is support for Progressive Web Apps. Progressive Web Apps have been quite popular on Android and have been supported by Chrome...

RED Hydrogen One Specs: Snapdragon 835, 4500 mAh Battery, and Headphone Jack Confirmed

Ever since RED shocked the smartphone industry with the announcement of the Hydrogen One smartphone last year, people have been clamoring to get more information about it. RED is a company known for its ultra-premium and very expensive video recording hardware, and until this week, it's been very hush-hush about the phone, only letting select people...

Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Update Now Available for the Nokia 8

When it was revealed that HMD Global would be licensing the Nokia brand for Android smartphones, it sparked some excitement within the community. The first few devices the company released were low-end or mid-range though, so many smartphone enthusiasts waited until the first high-end device would hit the market. That ended up being the Nokia...