Android

PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

When Google formally divorced Photos from Google+, some thought it was the best thing to do. Others, however, thought nothing of it. It was, after all, just another way to give Google access to your digital life. While Google Photos offers a lot of conveniences and fun features, it does naturally require you to store your photos on Google's turf. Easy enough to disable right? Just uninstall Google Photos and you're safe. Not quite, because apparently, Photos doesn't exactly clean up after itself once you've decided to show it the door.

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Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

As a platform, Android is quite flexible and part of that characteristic trickles down to Android Wear. The smartwatch-oriented OS has a few hidden quirks that developers are able to take advantage of to provide functionality otherwise unavailable officially. Sadly, that can sometimes lead to unpredictable behavior, sometimes even broken functionality. Good thing, then, that Google has chosen to officially adopt one such "hack". According to insider sources, an upcoming major Android Wear update will finally bring official support to interactive watches faces. Plus, it could also introduce Android Wear to Android Wear communication.

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You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

Google has two independent yet related worlds, one of Android and one of the browser, and connecting the two deeply hasn't always been on the top of Google's list until recently. Things are changing of course, even if rather slowly, and the tech giant is trying to bridge the two worlds without actually merging them, from apps that can somewhat run on one or the other, to being able to seamless send data from one platform to another, like being able to send directions from desktop to Android's Google Maps.

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There might be other motives involved in a Huawei Nexus

There might be other motives involved in a Huawei Nexus

Google said that Android M is still on track for a fall release, which means that we are likely to see a new Nexus device as well by then. So far, there have been two rumors about which manufacturer will get the chance to make the device. On the one hand, there is LG, already a proven Nexus maker. On the other hand, Huawei's name also came up, which would make it the first Chinese OEM to be given the distinction. And apparently, there might be other reasons for this rather novel team-up.

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You can now get ASUS’ 2K display ZenPad S from Best Buy

You can now get ASUS’ 2K display ZenPad S from Best Buy

ASUS is truly trying to make inroads into the US market. Just after launching its ZenFone 2 flagship smartphone in New York, one of which has a pioneering 4 GB of RAM, it is now making available its latest generation of Android tablets in the country as well. Announced in June, ASUS' new ZenPad line embraces the two ends of the device tier. The most notable perhaps is the ZenPad S 8.0 which boats of a 2K display but with the usual ASUS budget price.

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BlackBerry nabs two Android domain names

BlackBerry nabs two Android domain names

Following leaks and rumors, BlackBerry made its Android ambitions public yesterday, saying it has teamed up with Google to bring a more secure version of Android to the market. We’ve seen at least one device leak already reportedly showing a BlackBerry handset running Android. Whether that is legit is yet to be seen, but two more pieces of BlackBerry’s Android puzzle have surfaced. The company has nabbed two domain names, both of which revolve around the Android operating system.

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Xiaomi Mi5 to be announced July 16 – Rumor

Xiaomi Mi5 to be announced July 16 – Rumor

Anticipation has been building for several weeks now about a possible announcement from manufacturer Xiaomi on their next Mi smartphone. We've recently seen leaks and rumors about the device's camera and possible specs, but now it seems like the Chinese smartphone maker is ready to unveil the expected Mi5. Xiaomi took its official account on the Weibo social network to post an image teasing the date July 16th, which is just next week!

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