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This week in Chrome OS: Chrome OS 92 hits stable

It's been quite a busy week for Chrome OS and Google in general. Google kicked off the week by officially previewing the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. While that's not Chrome OS news directly, the Google-made Tensor chip could have future implications for Chromebooks. In the middle of the week, Chrome OS...

XDA Basics: How to enable Always On Display on any Android smartphone

The "Always On Display" feature has been a staple of Android devices for years. It was first introduced by Samsung and took advantage of their phones' AMOLED display. The concept behind it is pretty simple -- it keeps a part of your screen constantly turned on with a clock or useful widgets, while keeping the...

Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature has been ported to other Android devices

Google debuted the Now Playing feature with the Pixel 2 series back in 2018, and it has remained an integral part of the Pixel lineup ever since. The feature employs a combination of onboard hardware, software, and Google’s machine learning magic to identify songs playing in the background. Now Playing was intended to be a...

Google Pixel 4a leaked renders show off punch hole display and headphone jack

At Google I/O 2019, Google announced the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL, the first non-flagship device in the Pixel lineup. Despite being a mid-range device at best, the Pixel 3a carried forth a lot of the camera magic from the flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, making it one of the...

How to enable Android 10’s Rules feature on any Pixel smartphone

A new Android version is released every year, and Google takes the stage at I/O to highlight some of the most prominent changes to the OS. But there are always many features that are not covered on stage due to paucity of time, and these end up being discovered later on. "Rules" is one such...

New Google Pixel Buds are truly wireless earbuds with Google Assistant support

It's that time of the year again and Made by Google is stepping into the limelight. We're barely finished recovering from I/O back in May, which ultimately gave us Android 10. Now, after all the software madness, it's time for the hardware to shine. The focus of the event is obviously the Pixel 4, but...

[Update: Confirmed] Codenames for the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL surface online

We are still some time away from officially meeting the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 XL, but leak season is already underway. The Pixel 4 was recently name-dropped in the AOSP source code, indicating that the phone is in existence and possibly already in the hands of a few developers. Now, codenames...

Google Pixel 4 XL renders show notch-less design, dual front cameras, & possibly triple rear cameras

Pre-release leaks of last year's Google flagship, the Google Pixel 3, brutally savaged all excitement we would usually have from a premium smartphone. To avoid this from happening this year, Google willingly shared a peek at the Pixel 4's rear camera module. The rear camera module, which carries the legacy for emoji resemblance in their...

Android Pie’s Recent App Smart Selection feature could come to Android One smartphones

One of the lesser known features introduced in Android Pie is Smart Selection through the Recent App overview. The reason for its obscurity could be attributed to the fact that this feature is exclusive to the Google Pixel lineup, and even within them, is available on the Pixel 2 and newer. With Smart Selection, you...

Here we go again: the Google Pixel 4 gets name-dropped in AOSP

We're barely into Q2 2019 and it's already Pixel season. The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL were one of the most leaked smartphones in recent times, with practically all information regarding these flagship devices being leaked well before their release. Now, the Google Pixel 4 has begun its leak season with a...

January 2019 security update is out for all Google Pixel devices

New year, new updates. Google just released the first security update of 2019. As always, it fixes a bunch of vulnerabilities on the kernel and system level. Unfortunately, the January security update hasn't been released for any of the Nexus devices. We will keep an eye out for those devices. Along with the Pixel 3, Pixel...

After a delay, November 2018 security patches are live for the Pixel/Pixel XL

The November Android security update was released for Pixel/Nexus devices two weeks ago. Well, most Pixel/Nexus devices that is. The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL were not included in the initial rollout. Thankfully, the update is finally being sent out to devices now and we have the files for you. There were no functional updates...