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Google Duo uses a new codec for better call quality over poor connections

While U.S. carriers are busy marketing their new 5G networks, the reality is that the vast majority of people won't experience the advertised speeds. There are still many parts of the U.S. — and around the world — where data speeds are slow, so to compensate, services like Google Duo use compression techniques to efficiently...

Google Chrome’s Incognito mode is getting its own native dark theme

Google rolled out native dark mode support in Chrome for Android with version 74 back in 2019. But in its current state, the dark mode doesn't apply to the app menu, context menu, and a couple of other UI elements in the Incognito mode if the system-wide dark theme is turned off. This makes the...

Google confirms the Pixel 5a is still coming this year

Google has reportedly canceled the Pixel 5a (codenamed Barbet), with sources placing the blame on the global chip shortage. The device was rumored to make its debut at Google’s I/O developer conference, which is scheduled to kick off in May. The news was broken by Jon Prosser and later corroborated by Android Central. “‘Barbet’ (Pixel 5A)...

Wear OS smartwatches will soon show a UV index to help protect your skin

Your Wear OS-powered smartwatch will soon help you decide whether it’s safe to be outside on a hot, sunny day without any skin protection. Google has announced that the Weather app on your Wear OS will start showing a complication that displays Ultraviolet (UV) index for your location at a given time, allowing you to...

Google Phone app now lets you always record calls from numbers not in your contacts

After bringing call recording support to the Google Phone app, Google is expanding the feature’s capabilities by allowing users to automatically record calls from unknown numbers. The feature was first spotted in an app teardown back in January, and it appears to be rolling out for some Google Phone app users. Tipster @theyashreddi on Twitter reached...

These are the best 5G phones you can buy right now in April 2021

5G in 2020 may have left a lot to be desired in terms of coverage areas and peak speeds, but 2021 has seen continual improvement in 5G rollouts -- especially now that Apple is helping push 5G adoption. Over here on the Android side, there are no shortages of 5G-ready phones now – in fact,...

Google Play Store’s new UI gets rid of the hamburger menu

It’s been a while since the Google Play Store received a significant UI revamp. The last major UI refresh came in 2019 when the app received a Material Theme redesign. Since then, barring some small tweaks, the app has been stuck with the same design. But Google is now rolling out a new UI that...

How to install the Android 12 Developer Preview on your Google Pixel smartphone

It’s that time of year again! The Android 12 Developer Preview program is now available for supported devices. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4...

How to download Android 12 Developer Preview for Google Pixel devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Developer Preview program. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the Pixel 3 XL, then...

Google releases Android 12 Developer Preview 2.2 with April 2021 security patches and bug fixes

Almost like clockwork, Google releases freshly baked Developer Preview builds for Android 12, the upcoming iteration of Android, every couple of weeks. Each new version fixes bugs, adds new features, and generally improves the performance of the operating system. It was the tail end of March when the company released Developer Preview 2.1 to the...

Google just might have leaked the Pixel Buds A itself

Google’s first foray into the world of Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones came in the Pixel Buds. Launched during the Made By Google event in 2019, the second-gen Pixel Buds not only fixed many flaws of its predecessor but also improved the overall sound quality while getting rid of the wire. Last month, we learned...

Google Play Music’s final update lets you hide the app on your phone

The Google Play Music app on Android is receiving one final update that brings a new option to help you hide the app from your phone's app drawer. The update comes just weeks after Google removed the option to let users download their Play Music library using Google Takeout. As per a recent report from 9to5Google, the...