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Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

The Google Calendar Android app has been updated with a new feature that first arrived in Calendar for Work and Education -- it can pinpoint times when you're free, making it easier to set up appointments. The feature can be used with specific dates, as well, so you can quickly find the right open time slot for your needs. Google announced the new feature this week, and you can get it now in version 5.5.7 via the Google Play Store.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

This week we've been answering your questions on social media about the OnePlus 3 in our extended review series. Today we're publishing a number of questions - especially the ones that've come up more than once - in an effort to make our answers more easily accessibly for everyone. This is part 4 of our ongoing review series with the OnePlus 3, the third generation device from the folks at OnePlus, a group of people obsessed with delivering a smartphone that's both inexpensive (sort of) and able to compete with the top-tier smartphones on the market today.

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ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

The excess of settings available with ADW Launcher 2.0 is absolutely insane. It's as if the creators of this app decided to take everything Google recommends about keeping in line with their Material Design language and threw it directly out the window. You can do basically anything you want with this launcher, up to and including making your Android smartphone or tablet look like a masterpiece - or an absolute mess. That's on you.

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Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Just before WWDC 2016 kicked off this week, one of the rumors that popped up was that Apple would announced iMessage for Android, allowing the free, encrypted messaging service to co-exist on both platforms. However, the WWDC keynote passed with the only focus on iMessage being new texting effects, stickers, and more. Now, as The Verge's Walt Mossberg explains, an Apple executive has revealed why iMessage is unlikely to come to Android anytime in the near future.

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The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

Half of the year is almost over and save for some that release two smartphone flagships a year, most Android OEMs have already revealed their hands. That means it's the perfect time to take stock of some of the crème de la crème that manufacturers have to offer for 2016. Or at least what they consider to be the best. Who gets in and who is left out of the party? Of course, many of them share some similar specs and features, but each does bring something unique to the table, or promise to do so. Without further ado, there are 2016's stars, in order of appearance (a.k.a. reveal date).

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Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 in speed test beatdown

Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 in speed test beatdown

We've done a bit of comparing when it comes to the newly released OnePlus 3 smartphone and some of the other more popular devices on the market today. One comparison that a lot of people want to see is just how well the Galaxy S7 and the OnePlus 3 match up when it comes to performance. You can check out our comparison of the OnePlus 3 to several other devices in part two of our OnePlus 3 review.

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LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

There are dozens of Chinese brands in the smartphone market, but most of them don't even make it to the headlines. And even those that do, like Xiaomi for example, aren't exactly rushing to get their wares into the US. LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, is daring to be different. According to the company's PR Director, Todd Witkemper, LeEco is in the midst of a hiring spree in the US to prepare for the company's arrival in the country sometime in Fall.

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Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

It seems that the promised day for Chome OS users has finally arrived. At least for those users who happen to own an ASUS Chromebook Flip and are running the experimental dev version of the OS. Reports are coming in that the latest version 53 of the dev channel is greeting them with a surprise welcome message announcing the arrival of Google Play Store on their Chromebook. There are still some rough edges and unanswered questions, but for some lucky users, it's the start of a renewed friendship with their Chromebooks.

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Google paid $550,000 in Android bug bounties since last year

Google paid $550,000 in Android bug bounties since last year

How much is the security of your Android device worth? Well, Google spent around $550,000 in bug rewards since it launched the program for Android a year ago. Depending on how you view the platform, that might be more than enough or, in fact, too little. Regardless, Google is even increasing the bounty for "high quality" reports to ensure that Android's security doesn't descend into becoming a joke in the mobile industry. Though some might argue that is already the case anyway.

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OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus execs seem to like living on the edge just to prove a point. Company CEO Pete Lau has taken to Weibo to show off the OnePlus 3's fast charging DASH tech and how it fares against other flagships using Qualcomm's Quick Charge feature. And he does so not through rigorous lab stress test but with a somewhat controversial behavior among smartphone users. That is, playing games on the OnePlus 3 while charging it at the same time. Fortunately for the OnePlus, it was victorious and remained unscathed.

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Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

The back side of the smartphone is one of the barest part of the device. It usually only had the rear camera, until some manufacturers started putting fingerprint scanners and sometimes even buttons there. It's a bit understandable, considering how the back is the one seen most by other people and therefore has to be the most presentable. That is why Samsung's leaked upcoming Smart Glow feature adds some new functionality on that rear side while, at the same time, actually adding some prettiness in the process.

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Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

This week the newest version of Android N has arrived for Android Beta users, and with it, a relatively small change. Or a big change, depending on how often you use Quick Settings. Pulled down from the top of your Android device's screen, just above notifications, there's a grid of Quick Settings. Before, for items like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you were able to tap once to toggle between settings state. Now, not so much.

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