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Pixel C AMA gives hope for split screens but not styluses

Pixel C AMA gives hope for split screens but not styluses

Early reviews of the newly launched Google Pixel C seem to agree on two things. First is that it's an awesome kit as far as hardware goes. The second is that it is somewhat ironically hampered by Android. To many, it felt like Google simply slapped on Android on the tablet hybrid without preparing it or designing it to fit the hardware. Based on the recent Reddit AMA, that almost seems like the case. The good news is that almost all those criticisms will be addressed in future updates. The bad news, it might take a while, even up to Android N, whatever its name might be.

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Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive users on Android, iOS, and desktop-based web browsers have been given a boost in functionality this week as Google kicks search in the bum. Users will be able to search not only terms, not only titles of files, but file types as well. Users on all platforms will be able to search for file types, and all platforms will now have quick-access to Advanced Search straight from the standard search box in-app.

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Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

As of today, December 9th, 2015, Google has begun to rollout Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Depending on which Android phone you have, you should be getting a notification soon, telling you that you can update to the latest OS version. Traditionally, this usually happens to the Nexus line of phones first, though others should fall in line shortly after.

The biggest news for the latest release is the update to the Unicode 8.0 standard, which includes several new emoji. Personally, I think that the burrito emoji has been far too long in the making. According to the original announcement for 6.0.1, the update includes a "new keyboard, new font, new code."

Of course, the emoji and keyboard updates aren't the only thing that you'll find in the latest version. There are also several other security patches, including one for a vulnerability that could let malicious code be executed when Android processes media files from email, web pages, or MMS. You'll also see some changes to the navigation bar on tablets.

If you'd rather just grab the factory image downloads straight from Google, you can do that by heading here.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Over the past week and a half, quite a few Samsung Galaxy S7 details have been begun to fall into place. One of these details suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 won't be released alongside just one "Edge", but two. Another bit of anonymously-shared information suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be more lonesome this year - once again finding itself being released on its own while the Galaxy S7 has two release partners instead of just one.

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Google Play Music introduces family plans

Google Play Music introduces family plans

When you're single, your digital subscriptions are easy. You've got one for yourself, and that's it. But when you've got a family and they all want to stream music on their various devices, suddenly you're paying for 3 or 4 different accounts. And that adds up quick. Thankfully Google has your back, and is introducing a new subscription for their Google Play Music service.

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HTC One M10 details and release dates begin to flow

HTC One M10 details and release dates begin to flow

This morning a key detail in the 2016 release of HTC's next flagship was revealed. The code-name for the product was tipped: HTC Perfume. We're to understand that it'll smell like success. Not literally, of course - it'll probably smell like aluminum. What's possible with this device is a new look at the HTC flagship line, released with another predictable name (HTC One M10) but a whole new body. And Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, of course, and a whole new updated version of HTC Sense.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Cortana released today with Cyanogen for Android and iPhone

Cortana released today with Cyanogen for Android and iPhone

Users with iOS 8 or higher for iPhone and Android 4.1.2 or higher will be able to roll with Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana starting this afternoon. This is the first time the smart assistant will be available for these platforms, and Microsoft has wasted no time gaining partners for a full sweep. One of these partners is the software group Cyanogen. With Cyanogen OS, Microsoft will become one with the most-used so-called "3rd-party mod" for Android devices around the world.

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Google wants to play dress up with OnHub router

Google wants to play dress up with OnHub router

Encasing smartphones, and sometimes even tablets and laptops, aren't exactly new to our ears. They have, in fact, given rise to very artistic expressions as well as innovative extensions. But putting a shell around your router? Now that's something you don't hear every day. But if you are one of the few to get Google's and TP-LINK's new cylindrical OnHub router, then that might soon become a way of life. Google has just announced its similarly new concept to put a case around the router to make it more a part of your home than just some black box in the corner.

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Pixel C released today: final details on the iPad Pro competitor

Pixel C released today: final details on the iPad Pro competitor

Google's Pixel C tablet has been released to the Google Store online this afternoon, bringing with it a keyboard and Android Marshmallow to boot. Microsoft was first in line to this worker-tablet party with their "Surface" tablet suite, bringing "productivity" to the tablet universe with Windows 8. Then came Apple, bringing the ultra-large iPad Pro with its own keyboard and stylus. Google's entry keeps it simple with a silver back, 10.2-inch display, and USB-C connectivity.

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LG G5 release date may be early: details suggest Spring

LG G5 release date may be early: details suggest Spring

Mobile World Congress may well be the place where LG reveals its next hero smartphone: the LG G5. This device, which we're assuming will follow the same naming conventions of the past several years, will play heavily on its new industry-leading camera technology, replaceable AND non-replaceable backsides, and premium feel. Unlike most major smartphone manufacturers, LG hasn't shown any fear of dropping relatively outlandish technologies and features of all sorts on devices it intends distribute widely - as such, we're excited to see what oddities they'll have in store.

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