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Nubia Play may launch internationally as the Red Magic 5G Lite

Shortly after the launch of the flagship Red Magic 5G in March this year, Nubia unveiled a new mid-range gaming smartphone called the Nubia Play 5G in China. Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chip, the Nubia Play 5G featured a 6.65-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with an impressive 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling...

OnePlus Launcher 4.4 announced with a new App Switcher and Quick Search gesture

OnePlus has been working on bringing some big changes to the OnePlus Launcher. As you probably know, the OnePlus Launcher is the company's default launcher that ships on its smartphones running OxygenOS. It's much more integrated into the system than third-party launchers you can install from the Play Store. For example, OnePlus Launcher 4.4 brings...

June 2020 Android security update rolling out for Google Pixel and some Samsung Galaxy phones

Another month is in the books which means it's time for a new Android security patch update. Today being the first Monday of the month, Google is rolling out the June 2020 security patches to the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel...

Google announces new features in Digital Wellbeing, Clock, and Family Link to help you get better sleep

Google just dropped the details on the latest Feature Drop for Pixel phones earlier today. Digital Wellbeing was one of the aspects of the update, which means some of the features should make their way to other Android smartphones as well. "Wind Down" was recently renamed to "Bedtime Mode" and gained new charging-related scheduling options...

Google Pixel Feature Drop #3 brings Adaptive Battery enhancements, Recorder and Docs integration with Assistant, and new Personal Safety features

Today, Google is releasing details on the next "Feature Drop" for Pixel devices. This third Pixel Feature Drop is bringing a considerable number of new features, some of which will be very welcomed by Pixel users. Adaptive Battery is getting smarter, the Google Recorder app is getting new integrations, and the Personal Safety app is...

Samsung rolls out the June 2020 security update to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy Note 10

At the end of April, Samsung rolled out the May 2020 Android security patch update to a bunch of its phones, including its flagship Galaxy S20 lineup. That came shortly before Google published the May 2020 Android Security Bulletin (ASB) and rolled out the patches to the Pixel family of phones. In case you're wondering...

Honor 30 and 30 Pro+ launch in their first global market – Russia

The Honor 30 series made it's debut in China back in April. The series kicked off with the Honor 30S, Honor 30, Honor 30 Pro, and Honor 30 Pro+. We later learned that three of the four devices would be launched outside of China soon, starting with Russia. Now, that information has come to fruition. It's...

7 Training Deals to Build Your Skills in the Tech Industry

If you are stuck at home right now, learning something new is probably the most productive way to spend your free time. For anyone who wants to work in tech, there are several key skills that are worth mastering — from basic IT to project management. These training resources at the XDA Developers Depot can...

Google Chrome for PCs tests less annoying permission prompts

Google has been on a mission as of late to combat annoying notification requests and permission prompts. In Chrome 80, Google made a toggle for enabling "quieter" notification prompts. We saw this go a step further in Chrome 84, where abusive prompts are automatically minimized. Now, Google is testing a feature that makes other requests...

Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch may keep the physical rotating bezel and monitor ECG and blood pressure

Samsung's Galaxy Watch series has arguably become the best smartwatch platform for Android users. While Wear OS still offers the best experience for Google services, Samsung's watches, frankly, just work really well. One of the features that originally made the Galaxy Watch stand out was the rotating bezel, and that feature may be coming back...

Google Play Services for AR now supports the Motorola Edge, Realme 6, Samsung Galaxy A31/41, Sony Xperia 1 II, and more

Google Play Services for AR (formerly Google ARCore) is a software service from the company that enables applications to create augmented reality experienced on devices without any need for dedicated hardware. While the service uses a device's existing cameras and sensors for the AR experience, Google has to work with OEMs to create custom calibration...

NewPipe v0.19.4 brings stream fixes, Restricted Mode setting, and more to the open-source YouTube client

NewPipe, the open-source YouTube client for Android, is a great alternative to the YouTube app for those of you who don't have Google Play Services on your phone or don't want to see ads on the platform without paying for YouTube Premium. The client doesn't use YouTube's APIs and simple parses the YouTube website to...