Mike Lewis

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Google's Wallpapers brings beautiful backgrounds to your Android device

Wallpaper collections are a dime a dozen on Google Play, but the big G thinks it can do better with its new Android app.<p>Wallpapers brings a ton of backgrounds to pretty up your device, sorted into categories like Landscapes, Cityscapes, Life, Textures and Earth. The app pulls in imagery from Google …

Instagram is testing Live videos

A Russian publication has spotted an experimental Instagram feature it obviously got its from parent corporation's repertoire: live videos. One of <i>T Journal's</i> readers sent in screenshots and a video of a curious icon lined up with Instagram Stories on top that's clearly marked "Live." It led to a …

Google Pixel XL's modular components can be easily replaced

iFixit gave Google's Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View's new flagship open. They also noted that HTC acted as the …

Swappa's Android App Now Available on Google Play Store!

Swappa’s Android App Now Available on Google Play Store!<p>One of the choices involved in landing a good deal on a smartphone purchase is buying a used …

The Company-Wide Effort That Brought Google’s New VR Platform Daydream To Life

The tech giant’s OS, apps, and hardware divisions joined forces on the ambitious project that Google hopes will dominate virtual reality.<p>Clay Bavor is really prone to motion sickness.<p>That wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that as head of all of Google’s virtual reality efforts, he spends a …

Virtual Reality

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Prisma, Pandora

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found …

Apps

How to transfer your iCloud calendar to Android

If you're making the switch from iPhone to Android, you'll want to take all the things that matter in your life with you, i.e. your calendar, …

Google might launch its first Android Wear 2.0 watches early next year

If you’re keen on getting a new smartwatch, you might want to hold off on buying one just now. According to tech tip king Evan Blass, Google is slated to release its own smartwatches in the first quarter of 2017.<p>The company is expected to launch two watches with Android Wear 2.0 in tow. We heard …

This Swiss knife of search widgets is a must-have for Android users

One of my few gripes with the Xiaomi Mi 5 that I’m currently using is that it used to be slow to load Google Now when I long-pressed the home button. That’s since been fixed with the latest software update, but I did dig around for a better way to quickly search the Web.<p>Luckily, I stumbled upon …

Google confirms: you will be able to root your Pixel phone

Google is making a lot of, let’s say <i>interesting</i> changes in the Pixel smartphone lineup, and that’s caused many in the Android community to raise questions about the device. We already knew the Pixel had an unlocked bootloader, except on Verizon, but many have still questioned if they would be able …

The Galaxy Note 7 will be banned on all airline flights in the US, effective tomorrow

At this point, we can’t urge you enough to return your Galaxy Note 7 and get another device, but not everyone is going to listen. Many people, some with louder voices than others, are planning to stick with the phone, and that’s a bad, bad idea. As the days go by, more reasons are accumulating for …

Samsung has ported the Note 7's Always-On Display software to the S7 and S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is long-dead, but part of it lives on in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Owners have reported that a recent update has brought many of the software features of the Note 7 to the two surviving Samsung flagships.<p>The update brings the Note’s always-on-display, as well as the …

Galaxy Note

Google’s WiFi Assistant Lands On Nexus Smnartphones

Google is bringing its WiFi assistant feature to its range of Nexus smartphones, the feature was previously only available on the company’s Project …

Bing search app for iOS & Android gets new music, video & map features

Bing's making it easier to find song titles, as well as add Netflix and Amazon movie titles to your watchlist on mobile.

Android Nougat: Here's where to get the upgrade for your Nexus

Google has released files that some Nexus owners can use to flash their devices with Android Nougat 7.0.<p>If you want to upgrade your Nexus handset to …

Android News

Google Duo has amassed 5 million downloads on Android just a week after launch

After being announced at Google I/O, Duo made its official debut just last week, and it has already jumped up to the top of the free apps chart of Google Play and has amassed an impressive 5 million downloads on Android.<p>Duo made its debut on Google Play on August 16th, and within a couple of days …

Navbar Tuner Unlocks a Hidden Nav Bar Customizer In Android Nougat for Some Nexuses

Android Nougat: Google likes to play around with experimental features in Android betas. One such nixed feature is a powerful tool that lets you …

Android News

Android 7.0 and the Snapdragon 800 — a conundrum

Many of us are sad that the Nexus 5 isn't getting any official update to Android 7.0. Especially when we watched and saw Google continue to build …

Maru OS is now open source (Turns Android phones into Linux desktops)

Simple free app enables Android 7.0’s hidden Night Mode

Truth be told, no one really knows whether or not features like “Night Mode” actually help you sleep better at night. Although the jury is still out, …

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Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your …

FinTech

Huawei is making another Nexus phone

Android fans are eagerly waiting for Android N to come out, as that means new Nexus hardware is due. Multiple reports said this year that HTC will …

Top 5 Gmail/Inbox Features on Android

Hey kids, do you like emails? Gmail is something we all use whether we like it or not. For those of you that are Gmail power users, you’ll want to …

Microsoft Band 2 gets Cortana support for Android users

Microsoft Band 2 pairs up just fine with Android phones. But if you want to be able to issue voice commands through the wearable, check out the latest update for Microsoft Health. The app's newest version comes with Cortana integration for Android users -- something that only used to be available …

Android News

Google shows how Android apps will run on your Chromebook

Google was quick to tout Chrome OS' upcoming support for Android apps during its I/O 2016 keynote, but how does it actually work in practice? You won't have to travel to Mountain View to find out: the search firm has posted the video of a developer presentation that shows how the Play Store and …

Hands-on: Android Wear 2.0 has a lot more new features than you probably realize

Back at Google I/O 2016, Google took the wraps off of Android Wear 2.0. The Mountain View company has added a lot of new features in this version, but one thing we’ve noticed is that — despite many hands-on articles and videos floating around — most publications haven’t really shown everything that …

OnePlus teases new X smartphone launch for October 29th

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is teasing a London event for a new handset. The teaser comes just days after a new OnePlus smartphone was spotted in filings with the Federal Communications Commission. OnePlus simply teases an event for October 29th with a giant X sign, but the recent FCC filings …

LINE Messenger adds 'Letter Sealing' feature to make your messages even more secure

LINE Messenger, a popular cross-platform messaging app has added a new security-focused feature, Letter Sealing. The idea behind the new feature is …

SwiftKey releases first keyboard with neural network word predictions

SwiftKey pioneered predictive keyboards (and still does it best, in my opinion), but the company won’t stop there. It has released experimental …