Tag: Android

Snap returns to growth with 190 million daily users in Q1 2019

In its Q1 2019 earnings report today, Snap had lots of good news for investors, from increased users to significant revenue growth. The camera company has not only halted the quarters-long trend of losing daily active users (DAUs), it’s increased that number 2% since its Q4 2018 report, to 190 million DAUs. That’s still shy […]

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Google kills Chrome’s Data Saver extension

Data Saver, a Chrome browser feature that automatically improves page loading times using “built-in optimizations” and dedicated servers, is no more — at least in name. Google this afternoon announced that it’ll kill off the desktop Data Saver extension and relaunch Data Saver on Android as Lite mode. Data Saver made its debut in March […]

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Last week in tech: Fancy cars, folded smartphones, and robot dogs pulling a truck

Folding smartphones, you were supposed to be the next big thing. You came along and promised a pocket-friendly design with a screen big enough to make watching Quentin Tarantino movies on a flight really awkward for everyone sitting around you. The Galaxy Fold was your leader but already has fallen from grace. This week’s tech […]

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Stumbles Under the Pressure, But May Still be a Sign of the Future

Finding a way to turn a trend into a longstanding feature is tough. Some things, like modular smartphones, don’t pick up steam like some companies thought they might. But if there is one thing to say about Samsung, it’s that the company does have a keen eye on picking out winners. The biggest, of course, […]

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Brown Dust tactical-RPG hits 2 million mobile downloads in first month

South Korean developer Neowiz announced that its original IP Brown Dust surpassed 2 million downloads since debuting on iOS and Android in March. It’s a free-to-play tactical role-playing game in which you assemble a team of mercenaries to fight against monsters in turn-based battles. Like a lot of other mobile RPGs (such as Fire Emblem: […]

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Google to suggest 10 browser and search engine alternatives for Android users in Europe

Google announced that it will begin rolling out new browser and search engine options to Android users in the European Economic Area (EEA). The move comes nine months after the Alphabet subsidiary was hit with a $5 billion fine by EU antitrust regulators for the way it reportedly forced manufacturers to preinstall certain Google apps […]

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold’s Foldable Display is Already Failing for Some

Samsung is launching its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, later this month. Initial hands-on impressions of the handset were pretty positive. But now, one day later, and the plastic display on the inside is already seeing some major issues. As was reported by AndroidBeat today: It has not been long since the first impressions […]

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Google launches Android Studio 3.4 with Android Q Beta emulator, and R8 replaces Proguard

Google today launched Android Studio 3.4, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with “a small but focused set of new features that address core developer workflows for app building & resource management.” That includes an updated Project Structure Dialog (PSD), R8 replacing Proguard as the default code shrinker and obfuscator, a new […]

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Microsoft Launches Free-To-Play Forza Street For iOS And Android

Console makers typically create games that are exclusive to their platforms. This is done so that it will entice gamers to choose their platform when trying to decide between consoles. For example, Sony has God of War, Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda, and Microsoft has its Forza racing franchise. Advertising The Forza series has […]

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Jack Daniel’s AR app turns whiskey bottles into pop-out storybooks

Augmented reality is proving to be a potent marketing tool in the hands of the right brands, and world-famous spirits maker Jack Daniel’s is today unveiling one of the strongest uses yet of the technology. Developed by Tactic, the company’s AR Experience app turns the classic black-and-white front label of any Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey […]

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Huawei P30 Pro Zoom Test & Details

The Huawei P30 Pro introduces the first commercially available 135mm Periscope telephoto lens, a record-breaking mobile focal length, when compared to the previous champions: the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro phones (80mm). As we’re finalizing our Uber-G Camera IQ score for the P30 Pro, we wanted to add extra details as reference content […]

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You can now use your Android phone as a 2FA security key for Google accounts

At Google Cloud Next 2019 today, Google announced phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and higher can now double as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key. You can thus use your Android phone to protect your personal Google account, and your G Suite, Cloud Identity, and Google Cloud Platform work accounts. (Android tablets aren’t supported […]

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Study Shows Google’s Pixel Smartphone Isn’t Poaching a lot of iPhone Customers

Google has been launching new Pixel smartphones for quite some time on a yearly basis, and while the third-generation arrived late last year, it doesn’t look like a lot of iPhone customers are being swayed by what Google’s hardware division is releasing. According to data put together by Counterpoint, Google’s Pixel smartphones, at least in […]

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