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Magic gallery with every new device wallpaper shows Google Photos’ weakness

Magic gallery with every new device wallpaper shows Google Photos’ weakness

Today we were graced with the gift of a gallery that magically updates whenever a new smart device is released. This gallery seemed to be giving us every wallpaper from every major smartphone over the past several years. It was made by a stick figure man by the name of Umeda Ishan, and at first it seemed pretty great, in a web browser, on a desktop machine. But once we get to the mobile app, everything went wrong.

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Polestar reveals the Android-powered car’s next big leap

Polestar reveals the Android-powered car’s next big leap

Electric vehicle startup Polestar is teasing the next iteration of its Android-powered dashboard, complete with deep personalization to each driver and attention-based instruments. The new concepts look beyond the Android Automotive-based Polestar 2, which is expected to be the first to use Google's dashboard-specific version of the OS.

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Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

MWC 2020 may no longer be taking place but for the companies who already hedged their bets on the annual event, the show must go on. In their own way and own venue, of course. Honor, who suffers the same fate as parent company Huawei, will be live streaming from Barcelona next week and it may be one to watch if rumors are true that the Honor V30 and V30 Pro it will announce will also be the first time we'll see Huawei's Google Play replacement out in the wild.

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Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

I started to write an article about the latest update for Telegram, when I realized I might only be speaking to a select few in-the-know users. Far fewer than I think should be interested, anyway. Telegram is a private chat system with end-to-end encryption support and cross-platform functionality. It's privately funded by a guy named Pavel Durov, whose only goal seems to be "fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free."

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Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 was revealed - for the first time, in text, by a Google developer - in AOSP. AOSP stands for Android Open Source Project, and it represents part of the larger Google/Android equation. Android is currently called an "open source" operating system, and development can be seen in part on the internet with code commits with the Android Open Source Project - that's where the Google Pixel 5 was name-checked today for the first time.

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Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google has announced that it will begin sunsetting Google Station, which offered free public Wi-Fi in a number of countries around the world. The area where Google Station was most prevalent in was in India, where the company outfitted 400 rail stations with these free Wi-Fi hotspots. The good news, however, is that one of Google's partners in that endeavor - India's RailTel - will continuing operating these Wi-Fi stations after Google winds down its program.

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Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Today a leak of a TCL smartphone prototype shows a bit of what was apparently going to appear at MWC 2020. That's the tech conference that generally happens every year around this time, but was cancelled this year due to concerns over nCoV-2019 / COVID-19 (AKA novel coronavirus). The device you see here was leaked from what CNET's Jessica Dolcourt describes as a "trusted source" - aka this isn't just some fan-made device based on a concept, it's quite likely from a source within TCL (or a TCL-adjacent group).

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Stadia Pro subscribers to land on free tier after trial period expires

Stadia Pro subscribers to land on free tier after trial period expires

It's hard to believe that it has almost been three months since Google made the rather gutsy move to take on the gaming console giants and to some extent even Steam but that's exactly how long since Stadia has been running. It has been a rough first few weeks and, to date, there are still some doubts about its long-term viability. Its true test, however, will come when the trial period for Stadia Pro subscribers end but it will apparently make sure that these "Founders" won't have to move out completely when that date arrives.

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Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Google has always been accused of trying to copy Apple but there are cases when that can actually be a good thing. For a time, it seemed that the tech giant has finally come across its own confident aesthetic identity, one that fans of both software and hardware products can be proud of. Then along came the Pixel 4, which seemed to throw a wrench in that theory. And just when you thought the worst is over, here comes a first glance at what could be the Pixel 5.

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Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view your local weather. Users started noticing the new feature over the last week, reporting that they show up as two small icons in the platform's status bar. Don't expect to get a full weather forecast, but it's not like you're missing much -- you could easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you're not driving a vehicle.

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Gmail for iOS adds attachment support for Apple’s Files app

Gmail for iOS adds attachment support for Apple’s Files app

Google is making it easier for Apple mobile device owners to attach files to emails using their iPhone or iPad. In an announcement this week, Google said that it has added support for Apple's Files app to Gmail on iOS; this means you'll be able to directly attach files from this app using the Gmail app. The change is rolling out now to all Gmail users on iOS.

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Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Web browsers today are a far cry from the early days of the Internet. It is possible, though not really advisable, to even run operating systems in them, if not be an operating system itself. Web technologies have opened up worlds of new experiences and almost literally. No longer confined to powerful devices or even smartphones, mixed reality has come to the no longer modest web browser and the upcoming Chrome 81 release will drive the browser further down that road, this time with augmented reality technologies.

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