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android-screen-900Android is the mobile operating system from Google. The software was originally built by a company called Android Inc, that was purchased by Google in 2005. From its modest debuts, Android has become a powerhouse that powers not only smartphones and tablet, but a host of other less high-profile devices and gadgets. Although Android is not a community-driven project, Google does release the source code as open-source under the Apache license.

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo Stops By The FCC
Last year, Microsoft made a somewhat surprising announcement when they revealed that they would be making smartphones again. The company would also be coming back in a pretty big way with a dual screen device in the form of the Surface Duo. The handset is expected to launch this year, and we’re now one step closer to launch.

Alexa Will Soon Be Able To Control iOS And Android Apps
Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android devices come with their own digital assistants in the form of Siri and Google Assistant. One of the advantages of having a native digital assistant is that it is deeply integrated into the operating system, allowing them to do things that third-party digital assistants can’t.

The iPhone SE Is Attracting More Android Users Than Before
Every year, it’s probably safe to assume that there are a number of iPhone users who decide that they want to make the switch to Android, and vice versa. There are many reasons for this, but for the iPhone SE, it seems that cost could be one of the main draws because according to Counterpoint Research, it has pulled in more Android users than before.

OnePlus Nord Will Use Google Apps Instead Of Its Own
The thing about Android phones is that a lot of them tend to use the same hardware. To better differentiate themselves, handset makers tend to introduce their own software to their phones. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you use your phone, but for OnePlus, it seems that they’ll be reverting back to Google.

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Facebook Messenger On Mobile Gets Screen Sharing
One of the features that we’re seeing in video calling apps is the ability to share your stream. While screen sharing isn’t new, we’re starting to see it become more popular and incorporated into more apps because of the lockdown, where more people are now working and studying from home.

Microsoft Is Trying To Sneak Bing Into Outlook On Android
It goes without saying that Google is probably the most used search engine on the internet. It is, of course, not the only option out there even though the competition doesn’t quite command the same market share. However, it seems that it won’t stop companies like Microsoft from trying.

Crash Bandicoot Will Be Coming To Mobile As A Runner Game
Endless runners are fun, but after a while, it tends to get stale due to the fact that there is really no “end game”. This means that players essentially keep playing until they’re bored and get a score as high as they possibly can, and this is something that Crash Bandicoot: On The Run is hoping to tackle.

Google Maps Could Soon Come With Traffic Light Indicators
Google Maps is great for showing you which roads to take, which paths to walk on, which trains to catch, and now it looks like it might even show you where the traffic lights are. According to a recent discovery shared on Droid-Life, it appears that Google is testing out including traffic light indicators on Google Maps.

Apple’s App Store Made Some Serious Bank During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Despite Google’s Android platform having a much larger market share, it seems that when it comes to earning money from apps, it’s hard to deny how much more lucrative Apple’s iOS platform is. A new report from Sensor Tower seems to confirm that, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stadia Controller Will Now Work Wirelessly On Android Devices
While wired controllers on home consoles is acceptable, it is a bit strange when it comes to mobile because it means that it makes it less portable and a bit more clunky when setting it up. Oddly enough, wireless support for Google’s Stadia controller for Android devices was not available at launch, but that has changed.

How To Schedule Tweets (Like A Pro)
Twitter recently rolled out a new feature for the web that allows you to schedule your tweets, so here’s how you can take advantage of that feature.

Android 11 Will Come With A Hidden Trash Can So You Can Retrieve Deleted Files
On your computer if you deleted a file, it would end up in your computer’s trash can. This is done to help you potentially retrieve files you might not have intended to delete, but accidentally done so. However, on your phone, there isn’t anything quite like that, and while you can retrieve deleted files, it’s not so straightforward.

Android 11 Will Lift 4GB Cap On Video Recordings
Back in the early days of the smartphone, we would see phones launch with 16GB of storage which is paltry by today’s standards. This is because display resolutions were low, meaning that apps would not require hi-def assets. Our cameras were also pretty low quality back then too, which meant that photos and videos wouldn’t necessarily take up too much space.

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera Is Now Available For Free On iOS And Android
Back in November last year, Adobe announced that they were developing a new app called Photoshop Camera. For those who might have missed the announcement, basically this is a camera app that comes with a variety of lenses and filters that allows users to take all kinds of funky and interesting photos.