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Here are the winners of Google’s Best of Play awards for 2020

Google may not be doing a YouTube Rewind, which is understandable considering the year that we just had. But that doesn’t mean Google is completely forgoing its end-of-year customs, with the company announcing the winners of its Google Play Best of Awards. The awards celebrate the year’s most loved and trending apps, games, movies, and books....

Organize your exported Google Photos collection with this Python script

It was news we knew would eventually come. After offering free unlimited high-quality backups since 2015, Google Photos will begin counting storage for high-quality uploads against your Google Account beginning June 2, 2021. Naturally, people have started to consider what they’ll do with their photo and video collection when the time comes. One option is to...

Group conversations from Hangouts will soon appear in Google Chat

If you use Hangouts for group conversations, some important changes will be implemented in the coming weeks. The changes come on the heels of a much larger initiative, which will see Google eventually replace Hangouts with Chat by the first half of 2021. Google on Monday said group conversations in Hangouts will begin to appear in...

The Google Pixel 4a 5G gets its first custom ROM and kernel

Last year, Google announced the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones to bring their flagship camera experience to mid-range smartphones. This year, they diversified the range a bit by announcing a 4G and a 5G model of the Pixel 3a successors instead of two different sizes of the same phone. Calling the Pixel...

Project Latte by Microsoft aims to bring Android apps to Windows and the Microsoft Store

Just the other day, we reported Microsoft was considering adding Android apps to Windows in 2021. Today, more details about the initiative have come to light, giving us a better idea of how everything will work. Internally referred to as Latte, the project will allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with...

8K video playback is now available on YouTube for some Android TV models

While many creators offer 8K content on YouTube today, most viewers on the platform don't have access to a supported device to stream content at that resolution. And the few who do have an 8K TV lying around can't stream videos at that resolution because the YouTube app for Android TV doesn't support 8K streaming....

Chrome for Android might soon bring back screenshot support in incognito mode

Google had removed the ability to take screenshots in incognito mode with Chrome v65 on Android back in 2018. The feature was restricted as a measure to protect users’ privacy. However, it seems that this might change soon and the feature could be re-introduced. While there are complexities at hand, the Chrome team has added...

OnePlus 8T, Moto G 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, and 12 others now support AR apps on Android

Google Play Services for AR (formerly Google ARCore) is a software service that enables applications to create augmented reality experiences on devices without any dedicated AR 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 profiles for each device....

Here are the shortcuts you can type into Google Chrome’s address bar

When Google introduced Chrome 87, one of the exciting new features was called Chrome Actions. The feature makes it super easy to perform certain actions right from the browser’s address bar, rather than forcing users to clumsily dig through the browser’s settings menu. To help you utilize Chrome Actions, we’ve made a simple guide that highlights...

Google is working to speed up installing important apps on a new Android phone

Migrating from one Android phone to another, especially when switching to a new brand, is...not very easy, to put it bluntly. The situation has improved in recent years, with more and more apps and settings supporting seamless migration, but the whole process still needs a fair few steps and quite some time out of your...

Google Hangouts kills Group Video calling – pushes users to Google Meet

Google has started the company's traditional ‘death by a thousand cuts’ for outgoing products with the removal of group video calling from Hangouts. The messenger app, once known as Google Talk and soon to be replaced by Google Chat and Google Meet, has been updated to version 36.0.340725045, bringing in the first loss of functionality...

Android 11 Custom ROM List – Unofficially Update Your Android Phone!

As you may be well aware by now, the stable version of Android 11 has now been released to the masses. Google's Pixel series of phones and a handful of Xiaomi devices have joined the update train so far, while official beta builds are available for the OnePlus 8 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series,...