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Android Messages Is Getting Some of the Best Features From Google’s Abandoned Chat App Android Messages Is Getting Some of the Best Features From Google’s Abandoned Chat App

A couple months ago, Google announced that it would be suspending development of yet another messaging app to focus on Android Messages and to help carriers adopt Chat, a new messaging protocol based on RCS that should make texting a whole lot better.

Essential May Be Doomed, But This New Mod Could Make Its Phone Sound Pretty Essential May Be Doomed, But This New Mod Could Make Its Phone Sound Pretty

You’ve got to appreciate a company that doesn’t give up even when things are looking down. Despite a rocky launch plagued by delayed shipments, unfinished software, and a laggy camera app, Essential has done an admirable job of turning an over-hyped (and expensive) phone into something you might actually want to buy.

Google Could Face Up to $11 Billion Fine From EU for Android Antitrust Violations Google Could Face Up to $11 Billion Fine From EU for Android Antitrust Violations

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of government scrutiny in recent months, but it looks like Google’s turn is coming soon. According to a report from Politico, the European Commission is preparing to hand down its decision on an antitrust investigation into the search giant’s Android mobile operating…

BlackBerry Doesn't Care About the Mainstream Anymore, and That's For the Best  BlackBerry Doesn't Care About the Mainstream Anymore, and That's For the Best 

After sales peaked in 2009 with just over 20 percent market share, BlackBerry phones quickly became irrelevant. Then TCL swooped in, bought the rights to make new BlackBerry handsets, and gave the once mighty brand a second chance. And with that rebirth came the realization that BlackBerry was now on the outside…

Motorola Won't Give Up on Modular Smartphones No Matter How Silly They Are Motorola Won't Give Up on Modular Smartphones No Matter How Silly They Are

It feels like the window of opportunity for modular smartphones has come and gone. Google’s Project Ara is dead, and LG gave up almost immediately after the release of the G5. But then, off in its own little corner and now three generations deep, Motorola and the new Moto Z3 Play haven’t given up yet.

Asus' ROG Phone Looks Like the Wildest Gaming Phone Yet Asus' ROG Phone Looks Like the Wildest Gaming Phone Yet

What started as an experiment to bring gaming features to the mobile world has now become a full-on trend. Last year, Razer introduced a phone with flagship specs and a high refresh rate display. Then, Nubia upped the ante by adding RGB lighting to its Red Magic handset. And now Asus has topped them all with the…

Type 'the1975..com' Into Your Google App to See a Weird Bug in Action Type 'the1975..com' Into Your Google App to See a Weird Bug in Action

If you’re an Android user, grab your phone, pull up Google’s Search app or Google Assistant, and type “the1975..com” into the search bar to see a bizarre and recently discovered bug that will show your most recent text messages.

Is This Really What the Google Pixel 3 Will Look Like? Is This Really What the Google Pixel 3 Will Look Like?

After an image that allegedly shows screen protectors for Google’s third-gen Pixels popped up on Weibo earlier this week, smartphone fans immediately started imagining how the shape of the screen protector might reflect the phone’s final design. And of course, some of the fans took the available evidence and spun up…

LG Is Stealing Its Own Thunder With the V35 LG Is Stealing Its Own Thunder With the V35

The LG G7 isn’t even available yet (it officially goes on sale June 1st), but that hasn’t stopped LG from pushing out another big, expensive phone in the V35.

Essential Never Lived Up to Its Name, and Now It's Reportedly for Sale Essential Never Lived Up to Its Name, and Now It's Reportedly for Sale

Just over one year into its endeavor to “inject passion back into smartphones,” Essential appears to be on its last legs. Bloomberg reported the smartphone manufacturer founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is exploring a sale and has scrapped plans to develop a second smartphone.

How to Message All Your Friends Without Resorting to a Bad Group Chat How to Message All Your Friends Without Resorting to a Bad Group Chat

You know the scenario. You need to get a message out to a lot of people—the baby’s here, bring your own beer, that sort of thing—but you don’t want to drag dozens of contacts into a spammy, reply-all messaging nightmare at the same time. No matter what your preferred communication app of choice, here’s how it’s done.

HTC's U12+ Continues to Set Itself Apart With a Squeeze HTC's U12+ Continues to Set Itself Apart With a Squeeze

While other phone makers are busy trying to incorporate notches onto their latest devices, HTC is doubling down on some smartphone innovation that you can actually feel.

OnePlus 6 Review: The Best Android Phone That Won't Destroy Your Finances OnePlus 6 Review: The Best Android Phone That Won't Destroy Your Finances

The OnePlus 6 might be the most boring phone the company has ever made. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not meant as an insult, but more as a reflection on how far the company has come since the original OnePlus One. Because even though OnePlus’ latest device might not carry with it the same excitement as some of the…

North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware

Escaping the isolated and oppressive regime of Kim Jong Un’s North Korea requires a harrowing effort, but even getting out of the country may not be enough to escape its reach. New research from McAfee suggests hackers in North Korea are targeting defectors with malware-infected Android apps.

9 App Hacks to Help Declutter and Save Time in Your Day 9 App Hacks to Help Declutter and Save Time in Your Day

We could all use a little more time in the day, and your smartphone apps are here to help you. Plenty of the apps you use every day include handy timesavers that you might not have noticed yet, but fear not—we’re here to point them out for you. Use these tricks to claw back some minutes or even some hours out of every…

The OnePlus 6 Looks Like the Beautiful Budget Baby of the S9 and iPhone X The OnePlus 6 Looks Like the Beautiful Budget Baby of the S9 and iPhone X

In its early days, OnePlus was often accused of copying big name phone makers. Insinuations peaked following the launch of the OP3—which some feeling the company was just cribbing from the iPhone. But fast-forward two years later, and now it seems OnePlus has a new design inspiration because the new OnePlus 6 is…

Google Photos' Slick Object-Removal Feature Never Arrived Because Other Stuff Got in the Way Google Photos' Slick Object-Removal Feature Never Arrived Because Other Stuff Got in the Way

Remember when Google showed off a cool trick that would automatically remove things like fences or window panes from the foreground of your photos? Originally demoed at Google I/O 2017, the object-removal feature was supposed to be incorporated into Google Photos. But after waiting a year for the feature to go live,…

How to Charge Any Phone Wirelessly

More and more phones are adding wireless charging capabilities, but if you’re using an older handset or one that still needs a cable to juice up—hello, Google Pixel 2—you don’t have to be left out of the party. Here’s a straightforward guide to the kit you need to charge up any phone by just placing it down on a…

The Best New Features We've Found in the Android P Beta The Best New Features We've Found in the Android P Beta

Android P is here, for those who want it, with a compatible device and the patience to put up with a few extra bugs and crashes. We’ve been playing around with the beta OS on a Pixel 2, and these are the most promising features we’ve come across so far—including a few hidden goodies Google hasn’t mentioned yet.

How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead

Computer, tablet, or phone not starting, or seemingly frozen in time? Before you take it down to the local repair shop, or send it off to the professionals, here are the cheat codes to use to try and get your device back on its feet—it might be you can save yourself a hefty repair bill by fixing the issue yourself.

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