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Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Google has just announced the first developer preview of the next Android version, currently still called Android O. But unless you have a very recent Nexus or Pixel device and are brave enough to flash the images yourself, you’ll have to wait for the final release or, at the very least, an OTA update from the Beta program. In the meantime, however, Google has given enough appetizers to have Android fans salivating for the coming Android release, which is going to be a rather big one based on this list.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Today's news update to Pokemon GO has to do with the way powers are handled for a variety of monsters, including Eevee. Espeon and Umbreon might not be the best evolutions available for this always-catch-friendly Pokemon. Instead, the other three - original evolutions - of Eevee might end up being a whole lot more useful to the everyday player. For those that need to complete the Pokedex, there's still a set of secret methods for nabbing the full set of 5.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

What you're about to see is shocking, to say the least - a Galaxy S8 from Samsung in a color that's perfect for the Easter Bunny. This is the Violet Samsung Galaxy S8 we've heard rumors of - or at least it certainly appears to be said phone. What we've got to go on is very little in the way of final proof, but a set of photos that look rather legitimate.

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SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

Here in the the gadget universe where men's gift ideas and women's gift ideas are equally awesome, SlashGear's latest look at the landscape is key. What we're doing today is running down a few of the most awesome items out in the wild available for grabbing for your favorite boy or girl. Be it your anniversary gift for a geek-like significant other or a birthday gift for a friend, we've got you covered in a radical way. Nobody is going to expect what's coming from you if it comes from this list - and nobody's going to be disappointed by that, either.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Previous reports of a home button under the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 seem to be coming to fruition. Photos we've collected today from a set of microbloggers in China seem to show the home button looking like nothing more than a standard home button. Reports from these microbloggers, however, suggest functionality not entirely unlike the extra press available in the iPhone's 3D touch, or MacBook's Force Touch.

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Android O rumors: picture-in-picture, icon badges, throttling

Android O rumors: picture-in-picture, icon badges, throttling

It may or may not be “Oreo”, but it’s almost too easy to presume as much. Especially considering how much Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer seems to be trolling us with the name. Just as mysterious as the name, however is what the next major Android version will bring to the table, With just two months before Google actually announces its existence, rumors of features for Android O are starting to come in and, suffice to say, it’s going to have some pretty significant changes.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

Today we're going to run down a few of the best temporarily free apps currently up for download on the Google Play app store. A few prerequisites need to be fulfilled before they can appear on this list. These apps need to normally cost 99-cents or more. They also need to be high quality - high quality enough that we've used them ourselves.

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This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

JPEG files are, by their nature, lossy and of lesser quality than things like TIFF. However, even JPEGs can have excellent quality…if you’re not picky about file size. Problems start when you require both a certain level of quality, a certain resolution, and a certain maximum file size. Compressing a photo to reduce its file size is simple, but maintaining its high quality at the same time is tricky. Thusly enters Google’s new Guetzli tool.

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Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google was surprisingly quick at making its smart assistant available to more devices outside of its own product line. Once a defining feature of the Google Pixel and the Google Home, Google Assistant has, starting last month, rolled out slowly to other Android phones, presuming they’re running on Marshmallow or later, even if they’re not a Nexus. Unfortunately, those who have been waiting for word on Assistant’s arrival on Android tablets did just get that word, and it’s not the one they wanted to hear: “no”.

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Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Google has announced what it calls a ‘quality of life improvement’ for Gmail on desktop, one that enables users to view the contents of a video attachment without actually downloading the video itself. This is made possible using the same infrastructure behind Google Drive, YouTube, and some other products, according to Google. The feature is rolling out now.

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