Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app
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Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

Google might soon release a data-friendly version of its search app for mobile. That’s because the company is currently piloting such an app in Indonesia, as the eagle-eyed…

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Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’
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Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name…

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Opera shuts down Max
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Opera shuts down Max

Only a few years ago, Opera Max was the rising star in the browser maker’s portfolio. The service offered a system-wide data-saving proxy that funnelled all app data…

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Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited
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Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

Apple continues to be locked out of China’s massive mobile payments space. The latest reminder came this week when Beijing’s transportation system opened up to smartphone payments… via…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR
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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans…

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Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps
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Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a…

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Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts
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Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo…

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Waze finally arrives on Android Auto
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Waze finally arrives on Android Auto

After a beta that kicked off earlier in 2017, crowdsourced navigation app Waze is coming to Android Auto. The Google-owned Waze seemed like a shoe-in for gaining app…

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Google releases the final Android O developer preview
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Google releases the final Android O developer preview

Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in…

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Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android
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Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos – including being able to crop out…

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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week
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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer’s main shopping app. However, that…

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Adobe launches redesigned Lightroom for Android
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Adobe launches redesigned Lightroom for Android

Adobe launched an update for its Lightroom photo management and editing apps on iOS and Android today. The iOS app for iPhone and iPad is getting a few…

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Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data
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Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being…

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Android Pay adds support for American Express in Canada
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Android Pay adds support for American Express in Canada

Android Pay launched at the end of May in Canada, but at the time American Express was listed as “coming later this summer” in terms of support. AmEx…

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Mozilla brings its private web browser Firefox Focus to Android
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Mozilla brings its private web browser Firefox Focus to Android

Late last year, Firefox introduced a new, private web browser for iPhone, called Firefox Focus. The browser by default blocks ad trackers and can erase your browsing history,…

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Chinese trio carve up a quarter of global smartphone sales in Q1: Gartner
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Chinese trio carve up a quarter of global smartphone sales in Q1: Gartner

The global smartphone market grew 9.1 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to Gartner’s latest stats, and growth is being driven by a trio of…

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App developers can now advertise on the Google Play homepage and app listing pages
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App developers can now advertise on the Google Play homepage and app listing pages

Google announced today a change to its Google Play platform that will allow app makers to now place ads on the Google Play home page and app listing…

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Google will now let users pay with any card they have on file, not just those saved in Android Pay
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Google will now let users pay with any card they have on file, not just those saved in Android Pay

Google is today making it easier for users to make payments within third-party apps and mobile website, as well as in Google Assistant, when they’re out and about. No…

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Google brings Smart Replies to Gmail on iOS and Android
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Google brings Smart Replies to Gmail on iOS and Android

When Google launched Inbox, its more experimental next-gen email client for Gmail, one of its flagship features was Smart Reply. With Smart Reply, Google’s machine learning algorithms look at your…

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Android O beta is available today
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Android O beta is available today

It’s already been available for a few months as a developer preview, but now the rest of us can finally get our hands on an upcoming version of…

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Google makes Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android apps
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Google makes Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android apps

Google today announced that it is making Kotlin, a statically typed programming language for the Java Virtual Machine, a first-class language for writing Android apps. Kotlin’s primary sponsor…

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Android Go is a lightweight version of Android for crazy cheap phones
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Android Go is a lightweight version of Android for crazy cheap phones

There are 2 billion Android devices currently in use around the world. Google is now thinking about the next 2 billion devices. In order to do this, Google…

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Google’s TensorFlow Lite brings machine learning to Android devices
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Google’s TensorFlow Lite brings machine learning to Android devices

While discussing the future of Android at Google I/O, Dave Burke, a VP of engineering, announced a new version of TensorFlow optimized for mobile called TensorFlow lite. The…

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Volvo and Audi turn to Android for next-gen connected cars
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Volvo and Audi turn to Android for next-gen connected cars

Volvo and Audi are looking to do more with Android in its forthcoming connected vehicles, the companies announced on Monday ahead of this week’s Google I/O developer conference.…

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Offline content gets a boost in the new version of Chrome for Android
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Offline content gets a boost in the new version of Chrome for Android

Google rolled out a “Downloads” feature in its mobile web browser Chrome for Android in December that allows you to save web pages, music and videos for offline…

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Google adds phishing protection to Gmail on Android
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Google adds phishing protection to Gmail on Android

Following the widespread phishing scam that affected Google Docs and Gmail users this week, Google says it’s now rolling out a new security feature in its Gmail application…

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Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets
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Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

Amazon’s FreeTime service, which includes access to curated kid-friendly content and various parental controls, is now arriving on Android devices with the launch of a new FreeTime Android app.…

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App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017
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App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

Mobile applications saw a record number of downloads and revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from app store analytics firm App…

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Spotify brings “Behind the Lyrics” to Android
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Spotify brings “Behind the Lyrics” to Android

Over a year ago, Spotify inked a deal with music annotation startup Genius to provide the backstory to the songs you’re streaming through a feature called Behind the…

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Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots
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Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared and…

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Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia
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Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

Google has reached a settlement with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex had originally filed, claiming Google had violated…

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Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS
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Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity…

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Report: Android overtakes Windows as the internet’s most used operating system
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Report: Android overtakes Windows as the internet’s most used operating system

Mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the internet and apps. A clear reminder of that comes with news of a…

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App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year
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App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year

Apple will lose its lead over Android in terms of revenue generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new report from App Annie, out today. However,…

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Crunch Report | Creator of Android Teases Bezel-less Smartphone
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Crunch Report | Creator of Android Teases Bezel-less Smartphone

Hi! You are about to activate our Facebook Messenger news bot. Once subscribed, the bot will send you a digest of trending stories once a day. You can…

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Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech
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Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech

If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may already be familiar with Drivemode: Available on Google Play, it’s one of the most popular apps…

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Android plans to improve security update speed this year
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Android plans to improve security update speed this year

Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough…

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Super Mario Run’s Android release date is March 23
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Super Mario Run’s Android release date is March 23

Super Mario Run is officially making its way to Android, as Nintendo promised what seems like so long ago. The company has now revealed an exact date for…

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Uber’s new in-app navigation is designed specifically for Uber drivers
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Uber’s new in-app navigation is designed specifically for Uber drivers

Uber’s driver-facing app is getting big changes to its navigation experience, something Uber is doing to try to help make it easier for drivers to do their job…

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Google introduces Family Link, its own parental control software for Android
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Google introduces Family Link, its own parental control software for Android

Google has just one-upped Apple on mobile in a significant way: today the company today announced the launch of Family Link, an application for parents that lets them establish…

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See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup
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See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup

In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 8…

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Apple says most vulnerabilities in Wikileaks docs are already patched
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Apple says most vulnerabilities in Wikileaks docs are already patched

Wikileaks today published a trove of documents, allegedly taken from the CIA, that detail the government’s efforts to hack popular devices like iPhones, Android phones, and Samsung smart TVs.…

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Google Assistant hits more Android devices today
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Google Assistant hits more Android devices today

Your Android phone is about to get an upgrade. Google today is making good on its promise to bring its Siri alternative known as Google Assistant to more Android devices,…

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Google Play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games
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Google Play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games

Google is making a significant change to how its app store, Google Play, will work in terms of making the best games more easily discoverable by end users. At the…

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Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator
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Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator

The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor…

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California congressman proposes an investigation into Trump’s unsecured Android phone
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California congressman proposes an investigation into Trump’s unsecured Android phone

Remember the unsecured Android handset that newly minted President Trump gave up, but then apparently didn’t actually give up? Things had seemingly gone silent on that front as the…

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Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play
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Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play

Another mobile carrier, Telenor, has partnered with Google to roll out a next-gen SMS tech — this time targeting Android users in Europe and Asia. The aim with…

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Jaguar launches in-car payments at Shell gas stations
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Jaguar launches in-car payments at Shell gas stations

In a first for in-car convenience features, Jaguar is teaming up with Shell to launch a new payment feature that lets you use Apple Pay or PayPal (with…

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Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data
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Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data

At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google introduced a new Awareness API that would allow for smarter applications that could understand where you were, what you were doing,…

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Google will soon integrate Progressive Web Apps deeper into Android
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Google will soon integrate Progressive Web Apps deeper into Android

Progressive Web Apps, which are basically sophisticated web apps that are able to use features like push notifications and a local cache to give users a native-like experience,…

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Fender’s guitar-tuning app arrives on Android
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Fender’s guitar-tuning app arrives on Android

In August, Fender’s slow expansion into non-guitar products continued with Fender Tune, a guitar-tuning app for iOS. It wasn’t anything exceptional as far as guitar-tuning apps go, but it was pretty…

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Facebook brings its Slideshow movie-maker to Android
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Facebook brings its Slideshow movie-maker to Android

This past summer, Facebook introduced a new photo-sharing sharing tool called Slideshow that’s able to turn your photos and videos into mini-movies that also include themed music and transitions.…

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Trump is apparently still using his unsecured Android phone
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Trump is apparently still using his unsecured Android phone

Last week, we reported that Trump had somewhat begrudgingly trading his beloved Android phone in for something more secure. An unnamed encrypted device with a phone number that…

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All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps
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All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps

All Chromebooks new in 2017 will support Android apps out of the box. An update will not be required. Owners will be able to take the Chromebook home,…

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Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number
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Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number

Trump’s an unorthodox sort with, by most accounts, a fairly tenuous grasp on modern technologies. Until relatively recently, there was a seemingly open question regarding whether the soon-to-be…

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Microsoft is beta testing a feature that brings Cortana to Android’s lock screen
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Microsoft is beta testing a feature that brings Cortana to Android’s lock screen

If you’re enrolled in the beta version of the Cortana app for Android, you’ve already got access to one of its more interesting updates in recent memory. As…

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Nintendo’s next mobile game ‘Fire Emblem: Heroes’ will arrive first on Android on February 2
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Nintendo’s next mobile game ‘Fire Emblem: Heroes’ will arrive first on Android on February 2

Hot off its Switch unveiling late last week, Nintendo is dropping some key details about its next mobile title. Due out on February 2, Fire Emblem: Heroes is…

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Super Mario Run will come to Android in March
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Super Mario Run will come to Android in March

As we’ve known for a while, Super Mario Run is coming to Android after an exclusive stint on iOS. It’s… going to be a while, though. According to…

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Google for Android gets new feature to deal with inconsistent internet connections
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Google for Android gets new feature to deal with inconsistent internet connections

As more of the world’s population comes online for the first time, Google is focusing on making its services more accessible. That means smaller sized apps for budget devices…

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What if the iPhone had never arrived?
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What if the iPhone had never arrived?

Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled…

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The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware
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The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

Barnes Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows…

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Google Drive can now assistance we pierce to Android from iOS
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Google Drive can now assistance we pierce to Android from iOS

Getting people to leave behind their iPhones and pierce to Android is something Google has focused on some-more heavily in new months. For example, its new Pixel smartphones boat…

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Google brings RCS, a next-gen ascent to SMS, to Rogers business in Canada
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Google brings RCS, a next-gen ascent to SMS, to Rogers business in Canada

In November, Google announced skeleton to move RCS, a next-generation ascent to SMS, and something of an iMessage choice for Android users, to business with Android phones on Sprint.…

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Google launches initial developer preview of Android Things, the new IoT platform
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Google launches initial developer preview of Android Things, the new IoT platform

Google currently announced Android Things, a new extensive IoT height for building intelligent inclination on tip of Android APIs and Google’s possess services. Android Things is now accessible…

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Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0
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Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0

Google initial announced Android Wear 2.0 during a I/O developer conference in May, with a guarantee to hurl it out to all users after this year. It has now…

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Astronomer connects your SaaS with other SaaS for a true in-saas-ception
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Astronomer connects your SaaS with other SaaS for a true in-saas-ception

Your SaaS is just out of control! You’re spending thousands or millions on products – a CRM system, a field operations app, a system to keep your life-like…

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InkHunter’s AR tattoo app exits beta on Android as startup looks to wider, B2B play
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InkHunter’s AR tattoo app exits beta on Android as startup looks to wider, B2B play

The startup behind a fun, augmented reality tattoo app called InkHunter, covered by TC back in April, is launching its Android app out of beta today — after racking up…

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The mobile wars are over
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The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific…

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Pixel’s best features aren’t coming to the new version of Android
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Pixel’s best features aren’t coming to the new version of Android

At Google’s hardware event this week, the new version of the Android operating system, Android 7.1 (Nougat 7.1), was barely mentioned. As it turns out, there was a…

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Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview will launch later this month
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Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview will launch later this month

Google today announced that it will continue its Android Beta program with Android Nougat 7.1, the next minor update to the latest version of its mobile operating system.…

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Google’s new Sprayscape app is purposely imperfect
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Google’s new Sprayscape app is purposely imperfect

With Android Experiments, Google is giving itself the freedom to experiment with quirky little apps that show off some interesting technologies but don’t really have any other real…

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Add Google Assistant to your phone by tweaking two lines of code
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Add Google Assistant to your phone by tweaking two lines of code

Want Google Assistant, but don’t want to spend your allowance on a Pixel? I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is you can get it…

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Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers
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Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers

No major surprises here: Earlier this month, Google announced that the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview and its SDK tools would roll out to developers sometime later this month — and…

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Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts
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Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts

Google today announced it’s rolling out a new detection and filtering system on the Play Store to crack down on those developers who use illegitimate means to boost…

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Google formally rebuts EU antitrust charges against Shopping, AdSense
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Google formally rebuts EU antitrust charges against Shopping, AdSense

Google has now formally responded to two antitrust charges brought against it by Europe’s Competition Commission, rebutting charges of exploiting the popularity of its search engine to boost its…

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Indus, the startup building an Android OS for India, targets deals with Chinese OEMs
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Indus, the startup building an Android OS for India, targets deals with Chinese OEMs

Indus OS, the startup developing a localized version of Android for India, is now going after international OEMs after it clinched a deal that will local giant Intex sell smartphones…

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Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint
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Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

As promised earlier this year, Google is bringing RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Android devices. Its first carrier partner on the…

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Opera Max update adds privacy tools but annoys some users
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Opera Max update adds privacy tools but annoys some users

Opera has rolled out a set of privacy features to its data-saving proxy for Android, Opera Max. It’s now billing it as a “data management and privacy app”. The company previewed the new privacy mode last…

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Signal app-maker rebuts criticism of dev direction by calling for more community help
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Signal app-maker rebuts criticism of dev direction by calling for more community help

Moxie Marlinspike, founder of Open Whisper Systems (OWS), the not-for-profit software group behind the respected Signal Protocol crypto (and the eponymous Signal secure messaging app) has responded to criticism of…

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Google brings Android Auto to the phone
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Google brings Android Auto to the phone

Earlier this year, Google announced its plans to bring Android Auto, its phone-centric in-car infotainment platform, “to every car” by launching it as a stand-alone Android app, too.…

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Meditation startup Simple Habit adds Android, web app
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Meditation startup Simple Habit adds Android, web app

Mindfulness app Simple Habit has expanded its reach, launching an Android version and also adding a web app to widen the touchpoints for what the team is hoping to build into a platform for guided…

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Google ‘strongly’ recommends against third-party fast charging technology on Android
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Google ‘strongly’ recommends against third-party fast charging technology on Android

Everyone, it seems, is going the fast charging route these days. Thanks to the nearing ubiquity of USB-C on flagship devices, the feature is quickly becoming a standard…

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Google responds to EU antitrust charges against Android
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Google responds to EU antitrust charges against Android

Google has now filed its official response to the EU’s antitrust charges against its Android mobile OS. The company had previously been granted a deadline extension by the…

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More Android devices are running Gingerbread than Nougat 7.0
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More Android devices are running Gingerbread than Nougat 7.0

Slowly but surely, the news of Nougat updates are starting to roll in. The OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be getting beta versions…

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Facebook Messenger now works in Android Auto
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Facebook Messenger now works in Android Auto

On the heels of Google’s announcement that its in-car infotainment platform Android Auto can now function as a standalone mobile app, Facebook today announced that it’s now rolling out…

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Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China
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Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to…

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