About the Author

Joe Maring


Joe has been writing and making videos about mobile tech since 2012 when he worked under the alias of, “MobileCupOfJoe.” After retiring his personal channel, Joe worked for a number of different sites before finding his way to 9to5Google. When he isn’t writing or making videos, Joe can be found flying drones and channeling his inner white girl at Starbucks.

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September 21, 2017

At the beginning of August, Motorola officially unveiled the Moto G5S Plus as a slightly upgraded version of the Moto G5 Plus that was released earlier this year. Today, the company has announced full US pricing and availability info for its latest budget offering (because we were all asking for another Moto phone).

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Google Phone app may soon get speakerphone toggle in notification drawer

Thanks to a recent sighting in the AOSP commit, Google might be in the process of adding new notification actions to its Google Phone app.

Google Keep is my favorite note-taking app. While there are a lot of neat and helpful features available to further enhance your note-taking skills, one of the best parts is arguably the different colors you can use to spruce up the look of your to-do lists and memos. In a little surprise update, Google Keep is gaining 4 new hues to make your notes look even better than before.

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First alleged photos of the BlackBerry Krypton pop up

TCL’s BlackBerry Keyone from earlier this year might not have been the most impressive or powerful handset of 2017, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting releases that we’ve seen.The Keyone’s nostalgic step back in time is what really caught our attention in our full review, and a handful of new photos have recently popped up that may give us a glance at the next BlackBerry-branded device that’ll hit the market — the Krypton.

September 19, 2017

We’re a little less than a month away from Huawei’s announcement event for the Mate 10, and as expected, we’ve seen a trickle of leaks and reports come in ahead of it. Early this morning, the first real-world photo of the Mate 10 popped up to show us our clearest look yet at the upcoming handset.

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September 15, 2017

Quite a few things happened in 1997. Titanic won 11 Oscars, WebMD went online for the first time, The Spice Girls had a number one hit, and yours truly was born. However, bigger than all of these things, the domain “Google.com” was officially registered.

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The possibilities with virtual reality are endless, but even since the days of Google Cardboard, Google Earth has been one of the highlights for newcomers to the VR platform. Yesterday, Google announced that its Google Earth VR app is being updated to support Street View images.

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Android 8.0 Oreo has been out in the wild for a hot minute now, and following the OS’s release back in August, we’ve quickly been learning which phones will be updated to the new firmware and which ones won’t.

Motorola recently updated its software upgrade support page to include which of its devices will be updated to Oreo, and while a lot of units will get the latest and greatest of Android, there are some notable exceptions.

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September 14, 2017

Maps is one of Google’s many services that seems to get new little updates all the time. Users have been able to add photos of locations on Maps for a while now, but Google is now taking things to the next level by allowing for videos to be uploaded as well.

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September 12, 2017

Following the controversy surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, it was uncertain to some as to whether or not Samsung would be able to regain people’s trust with the Note 8. According to recently released preorder numbers for the Note 8, the Note 7’s explosive saga had little-to-no impact on this year’s handset.

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September 11, 2017

Twitter is testing a new feature in its Android app for easier tweeting of threads

Twitter’s character limit of 140 characters still gives the social network a unique advantage over its competitors, but sometimes, you need to send out multiple tweets in rapid succession to truly get your point across. Thankfully, it looks like Twitter is testing a feature in its Android app that makes doing this a whole lot easier.

Xiaomi made some waves last week with the announcement of its first Android One handset — the Mi A1. There’s certainly a lot of interest surrounding the Mi A1, but just a few days after its announcement, Xiaomi has already announced two additional new gadgets in the form of the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3.

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September 8, 2017

Although everyone likes to think they’re a pro at responding to emails promptly, it’s far too easy to let messages slide through the cracks during the day. This can be particularly annoying if you’ve sent an important message to someone and need to hear back in a timely manner, and a new feature in Inbox by Gmail aims to help you get the fast responses that you’re after.

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The Google Assistant has seen a host of new features and capabilities added since launch, and as demoed at Google Developer Days earlier this week, there are a lot more new goodies to look forward to in the near future. Along with the announced upgrades, Google is also alerting users to prepare for new Assistant features regarding its integration with smart home devices.

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Picture-in-Picture now available for all WhatsApp users on Android 8.0

In late July, WhatsApp started testing picture-in-picture support for video calls in its beta program for the application. We didn’t have any idea at that time as to when WhatsApp would be rolling out PiP for all users, but it looks like that day has officially come.

Update (2:18 PM PT) — Since originally publishing this article, Google has also started to push out HDR YouTube support for the Google Pixel, LG V30, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. I’m personally not seeing the new addition on my Pixel, but if you have any of the above devices, be sure to head to the YouTube app try watching an HDR-compatible clip!

Last November, Google announced that it was officially supporting HDR video content on YouTube. HDR videos on YouTube have previously only been available to watch on Google’s Chromecast Ultra and select Android TV devices, but it appears that HDR YouTube videos are now available on the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8

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Despite the criticism that Allo seems to face on a regular basis, credit has to be given to Google for updating the app regularly with new features, settings, and more. Google just pushed out version 18 of the app on the Google Play Store, and although it isn’t the biggest Allo update we’ve ever seen, there are a couple features here that are worth talking about.

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September 7, 2017

Google Developer Days has been taking place in Europe this week, and although the event is now over, Google recently uploaded a video from day 2 highlighting a lot of new features coming to the Google Assistant. Some of these are already available while others aren’t, but everything here is quite impressive.

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It can sometimes be hard to keep track of all the services/apps that Google has to offer, but among them, three that can be the most helpful for planning and organizing a trip or vacation include Trips, Flights, and Destinations. Today, Google is releasing these three services in a host of new countries and languages.

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If you’re in the market for a new Android Wear smartwatch, the majority of options available to you come from fashion brands rather than tech-centric OEMs. Companies like Louis Vuitton and Fossil have already released Android Wear watches so far this year, and today, you can now order Micahel Kors’ two latest options — the Access Sofie and Access Grayson.

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