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Google’s USB-C Digital to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Goes from $20 to $9

When rumors of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL not having a 3.5mm headphone port surfaced, many people discarded the information and held onto their hopes. As it turns out, Google confirmed that neither of the two new smartphones have this headphone port and it has resurfaced a heated debate within the Android community....

Nokia 6 is Receiving Android 7.1.2 Update Along with October’s Security Patches

Continuing with its promise of delivering timely updates, HMD Global has started rolling out a new software update to the Nokia 6. Multiple users on our forums are reporting that they have received the OTA. This update bumps the software version from Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.1.2 and also brings along the latest security patches from...

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Add Bluetooth Battery Level Reporting

Before the first public release of Android Oreo, we spotted something interesting in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). We discovered that Google was working on implementing Bluetooth battery level reporting so you can see the battery level of your connected Bluetooth devices without having to use a third-party application for each and every Bluetooth device....

Here’s the Google Pixel 2’s latest Pixel Launcher with the Bottom Search Bar

Just last week Google officially unveiled the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Hardware wise, there's not much that would entice existing first generation Google Pixel owners. For anyone looking to upgrade their phones, though, the second generation Pixel phones are shaping up to be compelling purchases (if you can afford it). Though...

Google Assistant on the Phone Can Now Control Chromecast Music and TV Playback

When the Google Assistant was officially announced, many looked at it as a beefed up and more personal version of Google Now. This was a predictive virtual assistant that the company had been working on for quite a while and even released a new feature for it called Google Now on Tap, before replacing the...

Get Certified as an AWS Solution Architect with This Extensive Course Bundle

  If you work in tech, or are even remotely interested in entering the field, having a working knowledge of cloud services platforms is a must. And as the world’s largest and most important cloud services platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) should be your first stop when it comes to mastering this new frontier. It’s a common...

Xiaomi Releases the MIUI Global Stable ROM V8.5 for the Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi made a lot of headlines last year when they released their first concept phone, the Mi Mix with its incredibly slim top and side bezels. It became so popular that they announced a successor to the phone just last month when they revealed the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Note 3. Now, the company...

OnePlus Talks About OxygenOS Analytics, Stops Collecting Certain Information

We recently covered a report on OnePlus allegedly collecting personally identifiable information about its users through the OxygenOS analytics software. How the company handles such information has been questioned in the past so this new report about its analytics software didn't help the case any further. Today though, co-founder of OnePlus Carl Pei published a...

Project Treble in Action: Google Pixel 2’s Graphics Drivers come Pre-Installed as an App

One of the biggest new Android-related features announced this year wasn't even announced at one of Google's traditional hardware or software events. Called Project Treble, it's the biggest change to Android's low-level system architecture to date. It modularizes the operating system so it is kept separate from vendor components, hopefully reducing the time it takes...

Get the New Beach Live Wallpaper from the Pixel 2 on any Android 6.0+ Device

Android 7.0+ support (Android 6.0.x... not officially tested but some wallpapers are found to be working). It will not replace the Live Earth Wallpapers as the package name is different. Select from different live wallpapers. Wallpapers > Live wallpapers > On some devices/ROMs (like Samsung, etc.), please install Google Wallpapers to set live wallpapers. You can...

The Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden, but Disabled, Dark Theme

Did you hear? Verizon opened up their stores yesterday to live demos of the new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. While most people were spending their times getting a feel for the phone (because that's what you're supposed to do with these kinds of promotions), we at XDA have been digging into...

BlackBerry Signs a Patent License Agreement with BLU Products

With BlackBerry no longer designing and selling their own smartphones, the company has been looking to leverage their assets in other ways. The company posted some impressive financial results recently thanks to their new focus on enterprise software and they're still involved in the smartphone market. One such way is with the vast number of...