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Does Android’s volume dialog take 20 seconds to dismiss? Here’s why that happens.

Have you noticed that the volume dialog that appears when you press the volume buttons takes a bit too long to disappear on its own? When you first got your Android phone, the volume dialog would automatically dismiss after a few seconds without your intervention. Then, sometime in the past few days, weeks, or months, it...

Google’s updated Chromecast with Bluetooth also has better 5GHz Wi-Fi

The Chromecast has undoubtedly been Google's biggest hardware success. For $35-70 you get a cute little dongle that plugs into the back of your TV and turns it into a Smart TV. The only remote you need is a smartphone. It's a simple concept executed very well, and now almost every home has one. A...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 could launch with a dedicated NPU

The last time we heard news on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was back in March, when Roland Quandt from WinFuture found that the SoC would be branded the Snapdragon 855 Fusion Platform and would come with the SDX50 5G modem. Previous reports have stated that TSMC would be manufacturing the SoC on its 7nm...

Android Pie ported to the Honor View 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and more

Android Pie is the hottest topic in the Android community right now. After releasing on the Google Pixel and Pixel 2, Essential PH-1, independent developers on our forums have been hard at work porting the latest Android release from AOSP to their devices. We've already seen the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Mi 3, Mi 4,...

China’s first homegrown web browser is allegedly repackaged Google Chrome

Google Chrome is now the world's most popular web browser, with some websites seeing 80% of their visitors using the software. Chrome is based on the open source project that Google calls Chromium, which means anyone is able to build a web browser from its codebase and release it to the world. Interestingly enough, that's...

The OnePlus 6T may launch on T-Mobile in October

OnePlus phones are popular among the Android enthusiast community, but most "normal" people don't know much about the company. That has slowly changed over the years, but OnePlus remains to be fairly unknown in the mass market. According to a new report, that is about to change as the OnePlus 6T will be launching on T-Mobile...

[Update: Pichai responds] Google plans to relaunch Search in China with censored results

Google and China haven't always been on the best of terms. China is very protective of the information they let into their country and will do whatever they can to block what they don't want in. On the other hand, Google feels that information should be free and that everyone should have access to as...

Google allegedly making a smart home display to take on the Amazon Echo Show

The smart speaker market is dominated by Amazon and Google. Amazon is currently in first place with the company's Echo line of smart speakers, with the Google Assistant-enabled Google Home lineup a close second. Earlier this year at CES 2018, the first display-equipped smart speakers were announced. Now, a Nikkei Asian Review report states that Google is...

Google Camera vs. OxygenOS Camera: Which is better on the OnePlus 6?

The OnePlus 6 is one of the standout devices of 2018. Like many of its predecessors, it offers a compelling flagship level performance package at a good value, at least when compared to what other offerings are available. Outside of discounted flagships, or older devices at an unexpectedly lower cost - like the Pixel 2...

Motorola Moto Z Play & Moto G 2015 get unofficial Android Pie ports

It didn't take long for the development community to start porting Android 9 Pie to older devices. Android Pie's source code was uploaded on August 6 after the roll-out of official updates for the Google Pixel/Xl and the Google Pixel 2/XL. For Xiaomi devices, the development community ported Android Pie to older devices particularly quickly....

OnePlus X, OnePlus 2, & OnePlus 3/3T get AOSP Android Pie ports

There was a void left behind when Google shifted away from the Nexus program to focus on the Pixel brand. Many would agree that OnePlus has been able to fill that void with their high-end hardware, premium design, and respectable update speed while keeping the price from getting too inflated. With Google releasing the source...

Gmail’s confidential mode to send emails that auto-expire is rolling out for mobile devices

In April, a brand new design of Gmail was leaked with new features such as snoozing, Smart Reply, and offline support. A report stated that Google was working on a new "confidential mode" feature in Gmail that would enable users to send emails that automatically expire. Gmail's new redesign started rolling out in late April,...