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HTC is still making phones and will launch a 5G smartphone this year

Do you remember HTC? Yes, it was the world's largest Android smartphone vendor at one time. HTC has many firsts to its name, the most significant being that it was the first to launch an Android phone in the form of the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1. In recent years, however, it became a sorry spectacle. Its...

Samsung says the Galaxy Buds+ multi-device feature only supports Galaxy phones with SmartThings installed

Last year's Samsung Galaxy Buds were Samsung's attempt to enter the truly wireless earbuds market, a market that had been popularized by the Apple AirPods. By most accounts, the Galaxy Buds were a success as they made Samsung one of the major players in this expensive and profitable market. The Galaxy Buds launched alongside the...

Google Assistant’s redesigned “Today” view has started rolling out

Google Assistant is the digital assistant that most people use on Android. It was released during Google I/O 2016, alongside some smart devices that can take advantage of it. So far, the Assistant has proven to be a worthy successor of Google Now. Despite the obvious superiority, there are some things that it can learn...

Smartphone skin maker “Slickwraps” got hacked and its customer data has been exposed

If you have ever purchased a skin from Slickwraps you may have received an alarming email today (be sure to check your spam folder). The email, titled "ATTN: ALL SLICKWRAPS CUSTOMERS," explains that the company was hacked and thousands of users' information is at risk. If that sounds bad (it is), it gets worse. That email...

[Update: Rolling Out] Google support page hints at YouTube Music song uploading launching soon

It's been close to two years since Google announced its revamped YouTube Music service. Immediately after that announcement, Google confirmed YouTube Music would get the ability to upload music to your collection. We've been waiting a long time for this feature, and according to a new support document, it may finally be coming soon. Last month,...

[Update 4: Checks Sent] Google and Huawei may pay up to $400 to owners of bootlooping Nexus 6P

Some of you may remember an unfortunate page in the history of Android back in 2015-2016. Faulty chipsets caused a few devices to experience never-ending bootloops, or as we call it in the community, a "hard brick." To this day, we still don't know all the details on the exact issue with the devices. One...

The new Google Assistant is starting to show up for G Suite users on the Pixel 4

The original Google Assistant was a Google Pixel-exclusive for many months from its launch in October 2016, until Google rolled it out for hundreds of millions of Android phones in 2017. Similarly, the new Google Assistant, which launched in October 2019 alongside the Google Pixel 4, remains a Pixel 4-only exclusive. It comes with new...

Take Your Business From Startup to IPO With Insight from This Seasoned VC

There is no doubt that going to business school gives you an advantage when it comes to launching a startup. However, paying the exorbitant costs associated with attending business school isn't feasible for everyone. Delivered by seasoned venture capitalist Chris Haroun, An Entire MBA in 1 Course gives you similar insight into the nuances of...

New Gboard beta improves start-up speed, reduces keyboard latency, and more

Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards on Android, thanks to its predictive text suggestions and swipe-typing capabilities, as well as feature integration with other Google services. The app has steadily gained features over the months and years, with some noteworthy additions being Emoji Kitchen, direct copy-pasting images into social media apps, GIF suggestion...

Sony Xperia L4 is Sony’s latest attempt at the entry-level smartphone market

Sony has vacated large regions of the worldwide smartphone market, but it hasn't given up on releasing phones. The company's flagship Sony Xperia 1 and Sony Xperia 5 phones are due for a refresh. The rumored Xperia 1.1 and the Xperia 5 Plus will be launched via an online event after the cancellation of MWC...

New Google Chrome test adds a share button to the top toolbar

Towards the end of last year, Google rolled out a bunch of new changes for Chrome on Android and we spotted a few more features that are currently a work in progress. These include a new UI for Chrome's new tab page, a screenshot editor, a custom share sheet, a duet-friendly UI for tab groups,...

Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to corporate Android devices

Antivirus applications on Android aren't really a necessity for the average user. On top of that, a vast majority of antivirus apps on the Play Store aren't all that helpful. This is due to the fact that these apps can't get enough information about the apps running on your devices, the network traffic, etc. because...