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Google ARCore: Android's equivalent to Apple ARKit explained

Google ARCore: Android's equivalent to Apple ARKit explained

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Google just announced something called ARCore.As you might've guessed, ARCore is Android’s version of Apple ARKit. It's a baked-in augmented reality platform that developers can leverage. It's different from Tango, another AR effort by Google that relies... >>

Android 8.0 Oreo: Features, release date and everything you need to know

Android 8.0 Oreo: Features, release date and everything you need to know

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Following its initial announcements of updates to Photos, Home and Assistant, Google finally got around to Android Oreo at its main I/O 2017 keynote. While there's not a whole lot new visually in Android Oreo, there's plenty that will help improve it... >>

The wait is over: Android O is officially called Android Oreo

The wait is over: Android O is officially called Android Oreo

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Google has announced the official name of Android O.During a live-streamed event on 21 August, the company announced Android O will be called Android Oreo. The "event", which was scheduled around the same time as the 2017 solar eclipse, consisted of... >>

Essential Phone: Price, release date, and everything you need to know

Essential Phone: Price, release date, and everything you need to know

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Essential, the company set up by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has unveiled the Essential Phone.This Android-powered smartphone is going after the major flagships. It has a high-end price tag with top-of-the-line specs and features, such as an edge-to-edge... >>

Your Android might soon show battery life for Bluetooth devices

Your Android might soon show battery life for Bluetooth devices

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Ever wish you could check the battery life of a Bluetooth device connected to your phone?Well, if you own an Android, such a feature is likely coming your way. As discovered by XDA Developers, the Android Open Source Project has added support for retrieving... >>

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

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The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods (or Moto Snaps in some territories): clip-on accessories that work with its Z-series of phones and transform their functionality or style.Lenovo launched the Moto... >>

Android O official release is coming soon, as near-final beta rolls out

Android O official release is coming soon, as near-final beta rolls out

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EEEK! Android O is almost ready for an official release.We know this because Google has posted the fourth developer preview beta. It includes “near-final system images” for recent Pixel and Nexus devices. That means an official Android O release... >>

Cameramaker RED just announced a phone with a holographic display

Cameramaker RED just announced a phone with a holographic display

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RED, the high-end camera manufacturer, makes a phone now.Called Hydrogen One, its stand-out feature is a “holographic display", which is described as a 5.7-inch screen that apparently uses nanotechnology to toggle "between traditional 2D content, holographic... >>

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

Google Pixel phones could get Android O in August, earlier than usual

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After detailing the next version of of its mobile operating system, Android O, during its developers conference in May, the next question facing Google was when?Yes, Android O will come with a raft of exciting new features, but when will it actually appear... >>

Android's co-founder might unveil his new Essential phone next week

Android's co-founder might unveil his new Essential phone next week

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Andy Rubin is getting ready to unveil a phone from his new company.Here's the situation: Rubin is a former Google executive who once oversaw the development of Android. He left Google in 2014. In January, he started a new company, called Essential, and... >>

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

What is Android Go and why does it matter?

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Google's I/O developer conference kicked off on 17 May with the company announcing several new features and functions across its range of products from Android O to Google Home.Among the new announcements was Android Go, a new version of Android that... >>

How to get Android O on your phone right now

How to get Android O on your phone right now

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Having just shown it off again at I/O 2017, Google has a public beta of the next version update of Android O available for Pixel and Nexus devices.Google typically announces the Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually... >>

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

Android Go is Google's latest attempt at optimising budget Android phones

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Google has introduced a new type of Android.It's not like the Android OS you'd find on a high-end smartphone such as the Google Pixel. The important thing to realise here is that Android Go is basically a light version of Android O that's meant for budget,... >>

Does this leak prove Motorola is working on a new Android tablet?

Does this leak prove Motorola is working on a new Android tablet?

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Motorola might soon surprise us all with a new Android tablet.According to Android Police, which spoke to unnamed source, Motorola is making a new Android tablet. A leaked screenshot from the tablet reveals it will feature a "productivity mode" that allows... >>

Instagram users on Android can now use the app offline

Instagram users on Android can now use the app offline

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At Facebook's F8 developer's conference, Instagram, the incredibly popular photo sharing and messaging service owned by Facebook, announced offline support for Android devices. Facebook F8 (2017): All the announcements that matter While it doesn't mean... >>

Android Pay opens up to everyone with PayPal integration

Android Pay opens up to everyone with PayPal integration

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Google has just made Android Pay a much viable mobile payment service by announcing you can now connect your PayPal account. By integrating with PayPal, it opens up Android Pay to a lot more UK banks and building societies than are currently available... >>

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

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Andy Rubin - a former Google executive who once oversaw the development of Android - just teased an unknown device.Here's the situation: Rubin, who left Google in 2014 after nine years, announced in January that he was starting a new company, called Essential,... >>

Turn your Android phone or iPhone into a tablet with the Superscreen

Turn your Android phone or iPhone into a tablet with the Superscreen

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Your iPhone or Android smartphone are essentially small computers with small screens. While screen sizes may be increasing in the smartphone world to just under 6-inches, they're still much smaller than their tablet counterparts.So what if you want to... >>

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

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Every year a major update to Android is released. 2016's update is called Android Nougat, following the theme of dessert-inspired names.Unlike previous updates, Nougat was first released to developers with a public preview beta programme, meaning early... >>

This Google test helps change the look and feel of your Android phone

This Google test helps change the look and feel of your Android phone

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Once you decide to buy a specific smartphone, the hardest part is deciding how to set it up.When it comes to Android phones, there are so many launchers, icon packs, and wallpapers to choose from. We at Pocket-lint play with new Androids on a sometimes... >>

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

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Android likes to bring a little fun to Mobile World Congress and in 2017, as it has done in two previous years Google has peppered the show with Android pin badges, providing show visitors with a distraction, while also hammering home just how far the... >>

Best Android Wear 2.0 apps for your watch: Google Fit, Uber, and more

Best Android Wear 2.0 apps for your watch: Google Fit, Uber, and more

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Android Wear 2.0 is finally here, and that means apps can now be directly installed on your watch and run without your phone.You will longer need your phone nearby to use apps on your Android Wear device, because instead of requiring a tethered connection... >>

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

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While you have Apple Pay for the iPhone, Google's system is called Android Pay. Android Pay launched on 11 September 2015 in the US and has been growing in supported banks State-side since launch. The service launched in the UK on 18 May 2016, but other... >>

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

Google Assistant spreads its wings: Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and other smart devices confirmed

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As the battle of the machines rages on, Google has confirmed that Google Assistant is coming to Android TV, both on compatible televisions as well as set-top boxes. Making the announcement at CES 2017, Google gave the timeline of "the coming months",... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

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Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... >>

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

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If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place.Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,... >>

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

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Unlike previous OS upgrades, Android Nougat was released before Google officially launched its new home-made Pixel phones. But when those Pixels finally came, they shipped with a tweaked version. Android 7.1 came with a fresh design, launcher and features.... >>

Apple iPhone to Google Pixel: How to transfer contacts, messages, calendars and media

Apple iPhone to Google Pixel: How to transfer contacts, messages, calendars and media

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With the Pixel and Pixel XL, the company's first home-made smartphones, Google decided to make part of the usual pains of phone setup disappear.For those switching from an iPhone to a new Pixel phone, it's easier than ever to take all your contacts, messages,... >>

Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion
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Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion

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Google is finally taking the smartphone fight seriously, launching two new handsets with one simple message: Pixel, Phone by Google.That might sound like a slightly gawky message, but it's laced with potency. More than at any other time in the history... >>

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

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Google makes operating systems, and Android Things is the latest example.Google's Android OS powers smartphones and tablets. Google's Android Wear powers wearables like smartwatches. Google's ChromeOS powers laptops and desktops. Google's Android TV powers... >>

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

Android Auto app: Bringing connectivity to all cars

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Until recently, access to Android Auto was at the whim of car manufacturers or else involved switching out your head unit for a system that would support Google's in-car platform.When Google released the Android Auto app for all phones in all cars in... >>

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

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We all owe a lot to Kodak. The imaging company was the forerunner in colour film, but also a largely unsung hero in technological developments: it invented the digital camera and even OLED display technology.That was all before it fell behind the times,... >>

New Nvidia Shield Android TV box and controller expected for CES 2017

New Nvidia Shield Android TV box and controller expected for CES 2017

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Nvidia's Shield Android TV box has been around for more than a year but is still the flagbearer for Android set-top-boxes. It was the first media streamer to offer Netflix in 4K and with HDR, and its Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM ensured that it zipped through... >>

Android Auto now supports 'OK Google' hands-free commands

Android Auto now supports 'OK Google' hands-free commands

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Android Auto now lets you go completely hands-free, thanks to "OK Google".Recently, Google launched Android Auto for your phone - so all you need to enjoy the infotainment experience is the latest version of the app and a phone or tablet mount. With... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?
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BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?

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BlackBerry has officially stopped building and designing its own phones. When that news broke, it was almost as dramatic as when it announced its first Android phone, the keyboard-equipped Priv.For a company known for building its devices, operating system... >>

Google Android Auto update brings car mode to all Android smartphones

Google Android Auto update brings car mode to all Android smartphones

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Android Auto is Google's answer to Apple CarPlay. It lets you view compatible apps from your smartphone on the car's main head unit display, leaving you to keep your eyes on the road and ultimately be a safer driver.Google is all too aware that some people... >>

Google Pixel review: Android at its best
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Google Pixel review: Android at its best

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For years, Google chose to partner with manufacturers to create handsets showing off the purest form of Android, with the latest innovations highlighted by the best hardware. This was what the Nexus range was all about. But this lead to at least a few... >>

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update
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Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update

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Android 7.1 Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It makes its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the company’s first home-made phones, and will soon make its way to other devices.While the pre-Pixel version of Nougat... >>

Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Huawei has just launched the next version of its Mate-series flagships, and despite the prevalence of leaks and details having been published online before hand, Huawei managed to throw in at least one big surprise.The Mate family has been popular with those... >>

What is Google Tango?

What is Google Tango?

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Google is well-known for working on highly exploratory products and services. From internet-carrying balloons to cars that drive themselves, and everything in between. One such innovation is Project Tango - now rebranded to just Tango - which is part... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60:  Release date, price and everything you need to know

BlackBerry DTEK60: Release date, price and everything you need to know

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Blackberry finally launched its third Android phone last week, without as much as an official announcement. The DTEK60 - formerly referred to as the Argon - is, by the sounds of it, the company's 2016 flagship phone. It's a big, all touchscreen device... >>

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

How to show battery percentage on your Android 7 Nougat device

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One of the big criticisms of stock Android has always been that the some of the basic niceties are missing. One of the most prominent of these is simple: battery percentage.It's a common tweak from the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony, meaning you can see... >>

Google Pixel XL vs Pixel: Which should you choose?

Google Pixel XL vs Pixel: Which should you choose?

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Google has two new champion smartphones. These "Made by Google" smartphones bring a premium design, coupled with flagships specs and they will be hitting the shelves from 20 October.But how do the Google Pixel XL and the Google Pixel compare. If you're... >>

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

Nexus owners: Android 7.1 Nougat coming in late October

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Google has confirmed that it will be running a beta programme for Android 7.1 Nougat starting later in October.That will come as welcome news for Nexus owners, with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P joining the Pixel C as the first devices to get access to the... >>

Win a Probox2 Android Home Entertainment system

Win a Probox2 Android Home Entertainment system

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with Probox2 to give one lucky reader the chance to win a Probox2 Air Android TV box.The PROBOX2 Air is perfect for home entertainment. It is a revolutionary new way to enjoy all of your favourite movies, music, TV series and... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

Google Pixel exclusive features laid bare: What your regular Android phone won't get

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Google announced its new devices this week, ditching the Nexus branding and taking things in-house with new the Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike previous Nexus device launches, however, the Pixels aren't presented as a shining showcase of Android, they're... >>

Six reasons to have the Probox2 Air Android TV box in your home

Six reasons to have the Probox2 Air Android TV box in your home

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When it comes to home entertainment, especially the new wave of 4K-enabled products, it gets pretty expensive to kit out your home with equipment. And if you’re in a home with multiple screens, it’s even more so.The Probox2 is the latest Android-based... >>

Your Android phone isn't safe, it could soon lose the headphone jack too

Your Android phone isn't safe, it could soon lose the headphone jack too

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Android users may have laughed in the face of Apple when Cupertino announced it was removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but those sniggles may be short-lived. Apple iPhone 7 review Apple iPhone 7 Plus review The USB... >>

Google Andromeda OS: What's the story so far?

Google Andromeda OS: What's the story so far?

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Android and Chrome OS are about to majorly change, according to new reports.Google is rumoured to be developing a new laptop that might fall under the "Pixel" brand name - just like the company's upcoming Pixel flagship phones, but the most remarkable... >>

Google ‘Pixel 3’ laptop running Andromeda OS planned for 2017

Google ‘Pixel 3’ laptop running Andromeda OS planned for 2017

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Google could launch its first ever laptop towards the end of 2017, at least that’s according to sources speaking to Android Police. The laptop will also be the first device to come running Google’s new Andromeda operating system.The project is known... >>