Google Stadia voice chat on Android is now live, explained in support document [Updated]
One of the most glaring omissions of the Stadia app for Android may soon be fixed as a Google support document details how voice chat will — and won’t — work. Update: Voice chat has finally arrived to Stadia for Android.
YouTube testing Google Assistant integration on Android that offers search suggestions
Following iOS PiP and desktop download, YouTube is now testing the ability to “get suggestions for topics related to videos you’re watching” on Android that are powered by Google Assistant.
Google Meet rolling out video backgrounds on web [Update: Android]
Back in October, Google introduced default and custom wallpapers for Meet. Google Meet is now rolling out video backgrounds that are first coming to the web.
Android 12 Developer Preview 2 released for OnePlus 9/9 Pro
While we await the full release of Android 12 for Pixel devices, Developer Preview 2 is now available for the OnePlus 9 series with a number of tweaks and tuning in tow.
Chrome 94 introduces Material You and Dynamic Color on Android 12
Last week, Google rolled out the latest version of its browser and kicked off the new four-week release cadence. Chrome 94 is now widely rolling out on Android, and it brings along Material You, as well as Dynamic Color on newer devices.
Android 11 October security patch rolling out to Google Pixel, factory images & OTAs live
Android 12 is not launching today. As such, we only have the October security patch with another Android 11 update for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a.
Google blasts EU for ignoring Apple as it fights $5 billion fine over Android & Play Store
While the US and other regions are shining more of a spotlight on Google and the Play Store, the EU has already issued a 2018 ruling that imposed Google with a $5 billion fine over anticompetitive practices on Android. Google is fighting that fine, and slamming EU regulators over turning a blind eye to Apple.
Stadia 3.36 for Android preps voice chat, ‘Instant Trials,’ more
The latest version of Stadia for Android includes continued work toward adding voice chat, “Instant Trials” for Stadia store games, and more.
Everything we know about Android 12.1: Foldables, fixes, dynamic colors, and more [Video]
Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that Google is developing a mid-year follow-up to Android 12. Here’s everything we know is coming in what we’ve dubbed “Android 12.1,” from improvements for foldables, to fixes for a variety of issues, dynamic color availability, and much, much more.
How to play Sheltered 2, Overcooked, and more from your Android phone
The arrival of cloud gaming has made it possible to stream games from your phone that you’ve never had the chance to play on a mobile form factor, from groundbreaking AAA titles to super-fun indies. That includes hits such as the Overcooked series to newer games, like the just-released Sheltered 2, which you can now […]
Original Surface Duo is now officially getting Android 11 by the end of 2021
The Surface Duo launched with Android 10 two days after the Android 11 rollout commenced last year. Following the unveil of the Surface Duo 2 yesterday, Microsoft is now committing to bringing the year-old operating system to its original Android Foldable by the end of 2021.
Verizon appears to be working on the first Android TV soundbar since the flopped JBL Link Bar
As Android TV continues to expand, Verizon is stepping up to make another new Android TV device, but this time it looks to be a soundbar…
Setting up Smart Lock no longer requires using a UI dating back to Android Lollipop
Smart Lock dates back to Android Lollipop and was Google’s solution for reducing the number of times users had to enter their passcodes before the ubiquity of fingerprint readers. Smart Lock in Android Settings was recently updated with a much-needed modern UI.
Google working on ‘finishing touches’ for its Android 12 update with ‘Pixel-exclusive’ features
While Android 12 is now available in AOSP today, Google did not release it to Pixel phones in an unprecedented departure. Instead, the company is still working on the Pixel’s Android 12 update and teased it would be a “special release.”
Oppo releases Android 12-based ColorOS 12 beta, announces four-year update policy
Google just released Android 12 to AOSP today, but not to its own Pixel smartphones. Where those will be delayed by a “few weeks,” Oppo has just announced that it will release ColorOS based on Android 12 to select regions starting today, though only in beta.
Epson’s affordable new 1080p projector has Android TV w/ Netflix & Prime Video support
Android TV ships as the operating system for quite a few projectors, but all too often these products end up shipping without support for popular services such as Netflix. That’s a problem Epson addresses with its new, pretty-affordable Android TV projector.
The best Android phones you can buy today [Update: September 2021]
If you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone, chances are you’ve got a lot of devices on your shortlist. There are so many different options out on the market today that it can make finding the right one a bit difficult. So, let’s take a look at the best Android phones you can buy today, as of September 2021.