Google launches Android O in beta with Google Play Protect and helpful interface tweaks

Android O has been available as a Developer’s Preview for a while now, but at the Google IO conference, Google took the wraps off some new features designed to make the next-gen version of Android more accessible, secure, and long-lasting. Let’s start with “Fluid Experiences,” or aesthetic design tweaks to …

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Google’s Smart Reply for Gmail may make automated replies sound less canned

Google is making it easier for people to dash off a quick email reply from Gmail on their smartphones. The Smart Reply feature, which offers a handful of contextually-aware, computer-generated responses, is coming to Google’s flagship email app for iOS and Android, the company announced at its I/O developer conference …

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Google Assistant branches out, supporting third-party hardware and smarter features

Google gave its Google Assistant a big promotion on Wednesday, adding the ability to control more devices, make payments, and even run on Apple’s iPhone as well as consumer appliances. Google’s Assistant runs on more than 100 million devices, according to Google executives. The company’s goal is to expand its …

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HTC unveils the U11, a gorgeous 5.5-inch flagship phone with Amazon Alexa support

Gut reaction: You won’t want to hide the HTC U11 in a protective case. HTC’s new flagship phone is just too stunning to conceal behind a chintzy polycarb shell. Imbued with HTC’s new “liquid” design aesthetic, the U11 has an impossibly glossy finish, evoking the T-1000 Terminator for those old …

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Google wants to solve the Android update problem once and for all with Project Treble

If there’s one thing we hate about our non-Pixel Android phones, it’s the lack of regular and speedy updates. Whenever a new version of Android comes out, even just a small one, it takes LG, Samsung, Sony, HTC, and everyone else months to push out an update to their latest …

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Anker’s wireless Qi charger is on sale for a ridiculous $8

We hope you’re ready for a great deal on a wireless Qi charger: Right now, Amazon is selling Anker’s PowerTouch 5 for $8. This model should work with any Qi-compatible device and transmits a 5W charge. How the PowerTouch 5 works is pretty straightforward. Place your phone on it, and a circular …

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Google is reportedly eyeing an iOS Assistant app as it fires new salvo in the AI wars

The battle for AI supremacy is no longer about which device you want to buy. First Microsoft’s Cortana made the leap from Windows to the Android lock screen, and Android followed up by integrating Alexa into its shopping app. But now things are starting to get really interesting as Google reportedly …

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Google readies Duo, Assistant integration as its elevation of Allo continues

With I/O just around the corner, there are signs that Google is preparing Allo to take a central role in its increasingly convoluted messaging strategy. First, we got chat backups and link previews, then the ability to create custom stickers based on our selfies. But there might be some new …

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Nintendo’s beloved Legend of Zelda may be coming to phones

Nintendo is charging ahead with its plans for mobile by bringing yet another iconic gaming series to smartphones. The gaming company is reportedly working on a The Legend of Zelda title for Android and iOS, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required). There’s no word on when the game would …

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