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Report: TikTok Collected Persistent IDs From Android Phones in Apparent Violation of Google Policy

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that Donald Trump’s administration is incoherently threatening to ban from the U.S. and may be gearing up for a court fight in response, quietly collected persistent identifiers from Android devices for 15 months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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Google Just Rolled Out a Slew of New Android Features

Ahead of the upcoming official release of Android 11, Google is pushing out a few updates to all Android phones (running Android 6 and above) and it includes some helpful updates to Android Auto, a new Bedtime mode to help you sleep better, enhanced emergency services, and improved accessibility for people with limited vision. Read More >>

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Millions of Android Phones Are at Risk Due to “Achilles” Flaw in Qualcomm Chips

When you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone, it’s likely that you’re focused on price, design, and features first – and probably not the silicon inside powering it. However, researchers have found that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code that leaves millions of Android users at risk. Read More >>

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Some of the Best Xbox Games Are Coming to Android Via Project X Cloud, and I’m Pretty Hyped

It’s time for Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform to officially move out of preview mode and into the real world. The company announced today that Project xCloud will officially launch on Sept. 15 – though just in beta for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members at the moment. However, anyone can sign up for that service and access the 100+ games Microsoft has made accessible through its cloud gaming platform, including Minecraft DungeonsDestiny 2Tell Me WhyGears 5, and Yakuza Kiwami 2. Read More >>

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Android’s Alternative to Apple’s AirDrop Is Called ‘Nearby Sharing’ and It’s Rolling Out Today

With the launch of Android 10, Google quietly removed Android’s previous local file sharing feature when it dropped support for Android Beam. But starting today, Google is finally ready to release Android Beam’s replacement: Nearby Sharing. Read More >>

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Dark Sky’s Android and WearOS Apps Are Officially Dead

Well, Android friends, it’s time to say a final goodbye to Dark Sky. Read More >>

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Apple Arcade vs Google Play Pass: Which is the Best Netflix for Apps?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head in just about everything now – maps, mobile operating systems, smart speakers, browsers, cloud storage, phones, etc. But here we’ll be taking a look at the all-you-can-eat app subscription services offered by the two tech giants – which one is the better deal? Read More >>

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0 to 50 in 5 Minutes: Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Could Be Wicked Fast

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge platform has sort of become an industry-standard having been used on a wide range of phones, tablets, and more. But now for Quick Charge 5, Qualcomm is giving its charging platform a massive boost in speed. Read More >>

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Chrome OS Could Soon Be Connecting With Your Android Phone in a Welcome Way

While Chrome OS users are able to connect their android phones to their computers to text and use their phone as an automatic wi-fi hotspot, it’s been lacking in certain features. Compared to the Windows 10 Your Phone app, it doesn’t integrate as deeply with your phone with features like managing photos and play music. Some Samsung phones can cross-device copy/paste and allow you to view your device’s screen on your PC. My Samsung Galaxy Note 9 does this seamlessly. Read More >>

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Leaked Pixel 4a Release Date Means it’ll Just Pip Samsung to the Post

We've been expecting the Google Pixel 4a for what feels like ages at this point (although who really knows what time is these days?), and a new leak suggests the wait is almost over. Read More >>

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Android 11 is Red Velvet Cake

Last summer, Google announced it would cease naming versions of Android after delicious desserts, thus ending one of the few remaining un-corporate and still-interesting parts of big tech. Read More >>

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How to Find Out Which Apps and Websites You’re Most Addicted To

Where does all your time go? At least when it comes to the hours you spend on your phone and your computer, this isn’t a rhetorical question. There are plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up your precious minutes. Read More >>

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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G Confirmed – But No XL Model

We've known for a while that new Google Pixel phones were imminent, but we now have new details about what they'll be called, which gives us carte blanche for all kinds of fun speculation. Read More >>

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The Budget OnePlus Nord Has More Cameras than the Flagship OnePlus 8 Pro

We were understandably cynical when OnePlus declared that the camera on its new budget handset, the OnePlus Nord, would be "flagship" level. However, while we haven't changed that view yet, new details released by the company on Instagram show that the Nord genuinely will have more cameras than its own flagship, the OnePlus 8 Pro. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Phone Read Everything On Screen Out Loud

It’s not always convenient or possible to glance at your smartphone’s screen as you normally would, but with a few tweaks to your phone’s settings, you can get the most important information without having to look down at the display. Here’s how to get your phone to read the info you need aloud to you through the speaker or your headphones. Read More >>