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Google discontinues the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor but is making new Nest security cameras

Google will release a new line of security cameras this year, the company has confirmed. The company confirmed the news after selling out of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor on the Google Store. The Nest Cam lineup currently consists of 4 different models. The IQ Outdoor was the most expensive of the 4 at a price...

Google Play Services 20.50.14 prepares to add support for Wearable Exposure Notifications

Back in August of last year, we learned that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) was working on a new BLE specification that would make contact tracing possible on wearables like smartwatches. To develop this new specification, over 130 Bluetooth member companies came together to form the Bluetooth SIG Exposure Notification Working Group (ENWG). At...

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now officially supported by TWRP

Depending on who you ask, you might hear different opinions on what the best Android smartphone currently is. But one thing that's clear is that many still consider the Google Pixel lineup as the "gold standard" for what Android devices should be. And it's easy to see why: Pixel phones feature near-stock Android software with...

Tell Google Assistant to “Eat a 5 Star” and watch it do… nothing

Ever since its debut in 2016, the Google Assistant has helped millions of people around the world complete a myriad of tasks using simple voice commands. Over the years, the number of supported voice commands has grown to an extent that the Assistant can now help you with everything from setting the alarm to tracking...

Google may be working on a new Nest Hub with a Soli radar for gestures

So, remember Soli? Yeah, I'm talking about those radar sensors that came with the Pixel 4 to let you sort-of control your phone using hand gestures. The Soli motion gestures on the Pixel 4 were very different from what we expected as they mostly just let you wave at your phone to skip a song,...

The first security update of 2021 is rolling out for Google Pixel and some Samsung Galaxy phones

Google is kicking off the first week of 2021 with a new set of monthly Android security patches. This month is notable because it marks the beginning of monthly updates without the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (RIP!). We've still got patches for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4,...

XDA Awards – The Best Tech of 2020

Despite all the notable events this year, 2020 has been incredible for consumer tech, and more specifically, smartphones. A lot of companies went all out with their devices, flooding the market with great options catering to a wide variety of needs and wants. We at XDA have used a lot of these gadgets throughout the...

These are the best phones for AT&T available right now!

There's no getting around this: carrier compatibility can make your choice of a phone harder if you're in the U.S. Often, you're forced to buy your phone directly through a carrier or jump through hoops to activate it on your carrier, which can introduce several complicated variants. If you import a phone from overseas, it...

How to enable the Pixel 5’s Adaptive Sound feature on older Pixel phones

Google rolled out the fifth Pixel Feature Drop earlier this month, which brought a host of new features to both old and new Pixel phones. Some older Pixel phones gained features like Hold for Me and Extreme Battery Saver, while only Google's latest Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 got support for the new Adaptive...

Google’s Adaptive Charging feature only works during certain hours

Google’s most recent Pixel Feature Drop included a number of new features, from contextual translation to improved home screen customization. It also included a new Adaptive Charging feature, which sounds like it could potentially be more restrictive than we first thought. Available for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel...

Google Store adds new section to highlight its many subscriptions

On Google’s online store, you’ll find everything from smartphones to routers to smart home devices. Now, it’s also your one-stop shop to get information about the search giant’s many different subscriptions. The navigation bar on the Google Store now features a Subscriptions landing page, which includes information about its many different services. There you’ll find information...

Download: Developers release modded Google Camera 8.1 based on Pixel 5’s camera app

The Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G launched with a new version of the Google Camera app (v8.0) that included a new UI and a couple of new features. The new UI and features then made their way to older Pixel devices last month with Google Camera 8.1. The update also included a new...