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How to Completely Customize Your Phone's Sounds How to Completely Customize Your Phone's Sounds

You might occasionally swap around the wallpaper on your smartphone, but do you give much thought to the bleeps and buzzing sounds that your handset makes—they’re just as customizable as any other part of your handset, and can help you make your phone your own or just reduce the stress brought on by an incessant…

The Tor Web Browser Officially Lands on Android in Alpha The Tor Web Browser Officially Lands on Android in Alpha

At long last, the Tor Project is releasing an official web browser for Android users. The new Android app is available now as an alpha release in Google’s Play Store and on the experimental releases section of the Project’s download page.

Phones Are So Boring, I Want to Believe This Wild Pixel 3 Theory Phones Are So Boring, I Want to Believe This Wild Pixel 3 Theory

Yesterday, Google finally sent out invites for its annual fall product event set for October 9, and even with the preponderance of leaks showing the alleged Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the announcement instantly reinvigorated speculation about what else Google might have planned for the day.

Google Day Finally Gets an Official Date: October 9 Google Day Finally Gets an Official Date: October 9

With all the Pixel 3 leaks making their way around the net, we’ve been wondering when Google would finally get around to announcing a date for its annual fall launch event. Well, now we know: It’s going to be on October 9 in New York City.

EU Officially OKs Apple's Shazam Acquisition EU Officially OKs Apple's Shazam Acquisition

After Apple announced plans to acquire Shazam at the end of 2017, the deal was put on hold when the EU launched an antitrust investigation to determine if it would decrease competition between streaming music providers.

Google Finally Added a Dark Mode to YouTube on Android  Google Finally Added a Dark Mode to YouTube on Android 

Android 9 Pie has been out for a month, and while the addition of things like digital wellness controls and handy app actions have made Google’s mobile OS friendlier to use, I can’t help but think one of Android 9's most glaring omissions is the lack of an OS-wide dark mode.

9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day 9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: They can educate, inform, and inspire. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps that can teach you something new every day, in small, easily…

How Location Tracking Actually Works on Your Smartphone How Location Tracking Actually Works on Your Smartphone

As the recent revelation over Google’s background tracking of your location shows, it’s not as easy as it should be to work out when apps, giant tech companies and pocket devices are tracking your location and when they’re not. Here’s what you need to know about how location tracking works on a phone—and how to…

Google’s Notchless Pixel 3 Seemingly Revealed In Yet Another Big Leak Google’s Notchless Pixel 3 Seemingly Revealed In Yet Another Big Leak

After the entire Russian blogosphere seemed to get its hands on Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL, we weren’t expecting any more surprises from the Pixel camp. But now, some alleged pictures of the smaller Pixel 3 have made their way onto the net and brought back some hope for people unhappy with what we’ve heard so far…

HTC's U12+ Looks Like an Awkward, Budget Hybrid of an iPhone X and a Pixel 2 HTC's U12+ Looks Like an Awkward, Budget Hybrid of an iPhone X and a Pixel 2

Earlier this summer when I took a look at HTC’s most recent flagship phone, I was terribly conflicted. On one hand, I was a big fan of the U12+’s clear glass back (haven’t you heard, translucent gadgets are cool again), while its dual cameras on the back are probably the most underappreciated cameras in the…

Google's Wear OS Finally Gets the Refresh it Needs, Hints at More to Come Google's Wear OS Finally Gets the Refresh it Needs, Hints at More to Come

Earlier this year, I got a little annoyed when Google renamed Android Wear to Wear OS because even though Google’s intention to make its smartwatch OS less platform specific was good, it kind of felt meaningless without any new software or hardware features to improve how Wear OS actually works

YouTube Will Now Tell You How Much Time You've Spent on YouTube YouTube Will Now Tell You How Much Time You've Spent on YouTube

Even though the digital wellbeing features in Android 9 Pie are still in beta (and only currently available on Pixel phones), today, Google is expanding its online health and wellness endeavors to YouTube, ostensibly to help you prevent yourself from watching too many bad videos.

Gigantic Leak Seemingly Blows the Lid Off Google's Pixel 3 XL, RIP Surprises

New flagship smartphones are some of the most closely guarded secrets in tech, and while leaks often occur a month or two before an official release, there’s typically enough mystery to keep things interesting until then.

Use the New Tools in iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie to Fight Your Phone Addiction Use the New Tools in iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie to Fight Your Phone Addiction

Apple and Google are falling over themselves to offer new native tools for tracking how long we spend staring at screens, unlocking our phones, and wasting time on social media. We’ve been testing the new ‘digital wellbeing’ tools in iOS 12 (which is currently in public beta) and Android 9 Pie (currently only…

Google's Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking into a Game Google's Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking into a Game

There’s a whole host of Google apps that people use on a daily basis, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and so on. But Google Fit hasn’t really caught on like that. In an effort to improve its Android heath and fitness app, Google has basically redesigned Fit to better support people’s activity and wellness goals.

How Much Would You Actually Pay For an Essential Phone? How Much Would You Actually Pay For an Essential Phone?

When the Essential Phone first came out, I didn’t like it very much. But my main objection wasn’t its build or features—no, it was basically that for $700, its camera simply wasn’t in the same league as the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7, or any other expensive flagship.

Google May Finally Make Its Own Smart Speaker With a Screen Google May Finally Make Its Own Smart Speaker With a Screen

People often ask me, “What’s the point of a smart speaker?” Because as nice as it is to check the weather or set timers using your voice, those tasks can be performed just as easily on a smartphone.

Please Don't Download Fortnite for Android From Sketchy Places Please Don't Download Fortnite for Android From Sketchy Places

When Fornite developer Epic Games decided to skip the Google Play Store and asked players to install the newly released Android app from its website instead, the decision made a lot of sense financially. By cutting out Google, Epic could retain 100 percent of the game’s profits on Android, rather than let Google take…

Report: Google Finally Has a Plan to Make a Good Smartwatch Report: Google Finally Has a Plan to Make a Good Smartwatch

Currently, when it comes to smartwatches, it’s the Apple Watch and then everything else. However, if a report from Android Police is any indication, Google might have a plan to wrest some sales away from Tim Cook and co.

You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag

Since the beginning, the big honking screens on Galaxy Note phones have been their most memorable characteristic. But as the rest of the smartphone world caught onto the jumbo display trend and screen sizes from various makers started to converge around six-inch displays, the throne on which Samsung’s Note phones…

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