Feature May 20

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When Google announced that the Android O Beta Program was being opened during the I/O 2017 keynote, I immediately went and enrolled my Pixel XL. For me personally, I end up running buggy software even on my daily drivers just so that I can have the latest and greatest ASAP. To my surprise, though, Android O Developer Preview 2 is actually quite stable and enjoyable.

But don’t just take my word for it, below are comments from several other 9to5Google authors with their thoughts on Android O after using it for several days…

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Feature May 17

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The first developer preview for Android O didn’t bring much to the table, but Google fixed that today at I/O 2017. Now available through the Android Beta Program, the second developer preview of Android O brings a lot more of the features we were hoping to test from the initial announcement. So, let’s take a closer look.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Feature May 16

GOOG: 943.00

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The original Huawei Watch was a hugely popular Android Wear smartwatch, largely thanks to its elegant design that worked well with anything from casual to formal wear. It was one of the first smartwatches to feature a circular display without a “flat tire” underneath (a la Moto 360), and the fairly high screen-to-bezel ratio made for a relatively small watch.

Two years later, the Huawei Watch 2 abandons nearly every design trait of its predecessor and instead offers a more rugged, sporty look. The shifted design paradigm has been polarizing among potential buyers, but there’s more to a good smartwatch than a pretty design.

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Feature May 9

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Google Assistant is a powerful voice assistant platform that I personally use every day on my phone and my Google Home. Among other things, I use Assistant to turn on my music, change the brightness or colors of my LIFX connected lightbulbs, add items to a grocery list, ask random trivia questions, and more, all using just my voice.

It’s been rolling out to Android Nougat devices over the past few months, and to put it into even more users’ hands Google has recently released the Google Assistant SDK. Thanks to this extensive post by Mishaal Rahman on XDA Developers, many enthusiasts, including myself, have gotten it up and running on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

Keep reading to find out how you can install it as well…

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Feature May 5

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With new hardware and software options that continue to get better and better, there’s no time like now to buy a smartwatch. While iOS users are pretty limited in what they could buy, Android users have too many choices to count. Not sure where to start looking? Let’s go over some of the best…

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Looking for a new smartphone? There are dozens upon dozens of great options on the market today, but finding the best of the best can be a bit difficult. We’ve seen some great launches through the year and more should be coming soon too, so let’s take a look at the best Android smartphones you can buy as of May 2017.

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