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Google signs $1.1 Billion Deal to Acquire Part of HTC’s Smartphone Team & Non-Exclusive IP Rights

It's not the full acquisition we were hoping for, but Google has just officially announced that they have signed a deal with HTC Corporation to acquire a part of HTC's smartphone team as well as non-exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights. The deal was expected to come today given that stock trading was halted the day before pending...

[Humor] The Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 Violate Android’s Compatibility Requirements

Over the years, hundreds of Android devices have been released. Among the dozens of manufacturers building Android phones, Samsung is one of the more prolific of the bunch. But Samsung is best known their two flagship smartphone series: the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note line. The latest flagship offerings from Samsung include the...

“Pay with Google” Available in Latest Play Services, on its way to Android’s Chrome Browser

Google has recently begun increasing their efforts to get a foothold in the mobile payments market, with the launch of Tez in India, the expansion of Android Pay into the Central Bank of Australia and now, a more recent addition, "Pay with Google". It was fully added in the September update of Google Play Services...

“Can’t Talk” Lets You Auto-Reply to WhatsApp, Slack and More

There are times in which you simply cannot (or should not) immediately reply to a message. However there are some social and professional messages that need at least something sent back to the other person, for both courtesy and acknowledgment. This is where an application called Can't Talk from XDA Senior Member crazyfool_1 comes in handy as it...

Huawei Mate 10 Lite Specifications, Renders, Launch Date, and Pricing Revealed

Huawei has been teasing the upcoming Mate 10 lineup since the end of last month. Since then, details have slowly been coming in thanks to various rumors and this has given us an idea of what we can expect from the upcoming flagship series from Huawei this year. Today, a new rumor from Evan Blass...

Google Announces a Trade-in Program for Project Fi Customers

When Project Fi was initially announced, some felt the fledgling MVNO would not last very long. However, Project Fi is still kicking, and has even added U.S. Cellular to their list of growing participants. Today, Google has announced that they are partnering with a couple of 3rd-party companies to bring a trade-in program to customers to...

Motorola Moto X4 is the First Android One Device in the U.S., Available on Project Fi

At the tail end of last month Motorola officially announced the latest phone for their Moto X series: the Moto X4. This was big for fans of the Moto X lineup as Motorola didn't release a device last year due to the transition they were having with Lenovo. Early this year the folks over at...

Google is Preparing for Tighter Android/Chrome OS VPN Integration

Google has gone down a number of paths in their goal to get Android applications working on Chrome OS. We first learned about ARC Welder and its Chrome extension that allowed Android applications to simply run on any device that Chrome was installed on. This ran into some complications though, so they backed out and...

OnePlus 3T Receives Leaked Build of HydrogenOS Based on Android 8.0 Oreo

We've seen a number of OEMs such as OnePlus, Nokia, Sony, and others say they're currently working on the Android 8.0 update, so it's somewhat of a race to see which one is able to push out an OTA first. It was recently leaked that OnePlus has started a closed beta test of Android Oreo for...

Amazon Reportedly Making Alexa Smart Glasses

Does anybody remember Google Glass? They were a set of smart glasses which showed information in a hands-free smartphone-type environment. They didn't do all too well. They released in 2014 and nothing really came of it, except for some cool proof of concepts and knowledge that might've trickled down to other products. However, Amazon are looking...

No, Android Oreo’s Rescue Party is not the bootloop fix you were looking for

At XDA, we've been extensively covering the latest release of Google's Android OS: Android 8.0 Oreo. Android Oreo brings a ton of new features, but the ones we've mostly been excited for are the under-the-hood changes. Things like Project Treble and system-wide custom theme support are two examples of Android Oreo-related changes that interest our readers. Another feature...

T-Mobile and Sprint Allegedly in Talks Over Potential Merger

The two American telecoms giants, T-Mobile and Sprint, are allegedly in talks to conduct a merge, following a similar attempt earlier on in the year. It is unknown currently whether the US Department of Justice would allow the third and fourth biggest telecoms companies to merge. This is because of potential rejection by the anti...