About the Author

Justin Duino

@jaduino

I’m a writer for 9to5Google with a background in IT and Android development. While I have a soft spot for stock Android, I’m typically juggling two to three devices at once running both Android and iOS. My previous work can be seen on Phandroid, Android Central, and AndroidMeter. Email me at justin@jaduino.com. Tips are always welcome.

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Tango is Google’s first step into augmented reality which uses highly sensitive cameras and sensors to scan its surroundings. The latest Tango-enabled device is the Asus ZenFone AR which is meant to get the AR platform into more consumer hands. Unfortunately, our review of the handset finds that it likely has more flaws than anything else for most people, especially with a $600+ price tag.

Does the ZenFone AR offer enough to get you to use Tango or are you more interested in using other mobile AR technologies?

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August 21

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Before all of the excitement surrounding the announcement of Android Oreo, we tore down the latest Google application and found strings in the code that hinted that the mysterious “Bisto” device might actually be a pair of Assistant-powered headphones.

Would you purchase headphones from Google if they featured Assistant built-in?

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

LastPass launches public beta, introduces support for Android O’s autofill APIs

With the official release of Android 8.0 Oreo, we are going to start seeing application updates to support the platform’s new APIs. The latest to do just that is LastPass, opening a new public beta that makes full use of the OS’s new autofill APIs…

With the official unveiling of the Android Oreo statue, Google has begun pushing out OTA updates to some of its Pixel and Nexus devices. Initial reports show the updates either failing or taking hours to install, but thankfully Google has released Android 8.0 system images. Here’s how to manually install Android Oreo…

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Today, in conjunction with the solar eclipse, Google unveiled that Android 8.0 would be called Oreo at an event in New York City. On the other side of the U.S., Google also unveiled the official Oreo superhero bugdroid statue that will live at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California…

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August 20

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For the last couple versions of Android, the mobile operating system has been offering a “Night Light” mode which tints the display red. Google has been working on this exact same feature for some time now for Chrome OS, and it’s now live for those on the Dev channel…

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How to switch between Chrome OS stable, beta, and development channels

Chrome OS is constantly being updated with new features, but it can take weeks if not months for these to reach the stable channel. The below instructions will walk you through changing the build being used on your Chromebook…

August 19

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The Galaxy Note 8 has been leaked so many times already that it appears as though Samsung wanted to join in on the fun. Although the page was taken down shortly after it was spotted, the unlocked 64GB Galaxy Note 8 was available for all to see on the company’s website…

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August 18

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LG V30: Behind the scenes on the creation of the handset’s wallpapers [Video]

At this point, LG is no longer trying to keep the V30 a secret. Between leaked photos and video of the phone and the company already talking about the handset’s new software, all there’s left to do is build hype for the new phone before its announcement at IFA.

LG’s latest attempt at doing just that is a behind the scenes look at the creation of the handset’s wallpapers…

August 17

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While many in the Android and Google-fan communities used and loved (well, sometimes loved) Hangouts for messaging others from mobile and desktop, Google is now shifting the app’s focus to enterprise. In its place is Allo, which only started working on the web this week. Although we can’t help you get Hangouts back, we can help you make Allo look similar to the Hangouts web client…

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In the age of the internet, the number of cable subscribers is at an all time low, while there’s a growing number of people choosing to watch content online using services like Netflix. Services that offer people live TV over the internet are also starting to grow in popularity as an alternative to huge cable bills.

How do you consume video on the web?

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How to use your Google Voice or Project Fi number for outgoing Google Home calls

First announced at I/O 2017, Google Home is now capable of placing outgoing phone calls. The best part about it is that if you use either Google Voice or Project Fi, you can have Home show your actual number on outgoing calls instead of the default unlisted option. Here’s how to do it…

How to connect to Google Home over Bluetooth

When Google launched its smart assistant-powered speaker, many were surprised by how great the device’s speaker actually sounds. This made Home perfect for listening to music, but there was no way to connect to it over Bluetooth for those who wanted to play audio stored locally on a device. Thankfully, Google has now added that functionality…

August 16

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4.74

As we quickly approach the end of summer, we’re expecting some of the biggest names in the smartphone world to release its latest and greatest. This includes handsets from LG, Samsung, Google, Essential, and Motorola.

Which of this fall’s new Android smartphones are you most interested in buying?

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We’re about two weeks away from the official announcement of the V30, but that hasn’t stopped leaked images of the handset from emerging. The latest to surface is a press render of the device that shows off the phone from almost every angle…

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When someone buys a car from Genesis, they’re given three complimentary years of the company’s “Connected Services.” These services include the ability to remotely lock, unlock, start the vehicle, and much more. Announced today, users will now be able to control their Genesis cars through Google Assistant on smartphones and Google Home

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Latest leaks show off the phone in ‘Deep Sea Blue’

Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Note 8 next week, but there’s not much more to learn since we’ve already seen the handset in leaked hands-on photos as well as renders showing off the device in black and gold. The latest render of the phone to leak shows off the Note 8 in the previously reported “Deep Sea Blue” color…

August 15

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Since its launch, Google Allo has been highly criticized for its lack of features and for the fact that it could only be used on a smartphone. Since then, Google has been slowly rolling out updates to improve the service, but it wasn’t until today when Allo for web launched that the instant messenger might have finally become a viable means of communication.

Are you likely to give Google Allo a second chance?

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How to properly clean and remove fingerprints from your smartphone and tablet displays

Any smartphone or tablet owner knows the difficulty of cleaning away fingerprints and smudges. While simply wiping it down with your shirt works to an extent, it isn’t the best tool for the job. Below is a list of items that should help remove fingerprints and clean away any nasty germs…

August 14

GOOG: 922.67

8.28

Peter Dinklage’s ‘Rememory’ is coming to Google Play Movies before hitting theaters

Starring Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, and the late Anton Yelchin, Rememory is a new movie that will be available for free exclusively on Google Play Movies starting on August 24 before being released in select theatres on September 8. The film is an upcoming sci-fi mystery featuring futuristic technology that is capable of recalling past memories.

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