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What’s new for developers in Android P

Kotlin, machine learning, and greater app compatibility get attention in the latest Google developer tools

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JBL’s Link Bar might be the Google Assistant/Android TV soundbar of my dreams

Google and JBL are partnering on a new smart sounder with always-on Google Assistant support and Android TV.

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Best Android antivirus? The top 11 tools

There are plenty of antivirus tools for Android. Here's how the top 11 measure up in protection, usability and features.

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Android quick replies on your Fitbit Ionic and Versa: How to get set up and customized

Fitbit has flipped the switch on Android smart replies for the Versa and Ionic. Here's how to get it set up on your smartwatch.

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Google I/O 2018: 5 things we're likely to see (and 5 things we really want)

Google I/O is happening this week, and we've got everything you need to know about the big show.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: New interface, S Pen, and in-display fingerprint sensor

Here's everything we think we know about the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung's next flagship phone.

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iPhone vs. Android: Why the iPhone X notch is showing up on Androids

Apple’s iPhone X, with its all-new design and — dare we say it? — 'top-notch' display, is a clear example of form following function. So why are Android smartphone makers jumping on the notch bandwagon?

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Mingis on Tech: When it comes to Android phones, a notch too far?

The all-screen design of Apple's iPhone X necessitated a 'notch' at the top of the display for various cameras and sensors. So Android phone makers naturally (notchurally?) did the same thing.

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LG's G7 is boring because all Android phones are boring now—and it's Apple's fault

Apple's effect on Android phones is at an all-time high in 2018, and it's making everything boring.

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LG G7 ThinQ hands on: Camera smarts, killer sound, and some funky notch options

LG amps up its game with the G7 ThinQ, an AI-infused, 6.1-inch powerhouse with a disappearing notch.

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LG unveils the G7 ThinQ with more screen and an AI-infused camera

LG has taken the wraps off the G7 ThinQ, its first flagship phone of 2018, and it has a notched screen, booming speaker, and AI-infused camera.

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The case for Apple’s iMessage on Android

Apple should bring iMessage to Android, not just for consumers, but for its own bottom line.

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OnePlus 6: Everything we know leading up to its May 16 launch

Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship phone. Yes, it'll have a notch.

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Mingis on Tech: All about Android security

Google's Android operating system sometimes gets unfairly maligned as being weak on security. Computerworld blogger JR Raphael explains why that's a misconception.

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The best privacy and security apps for Android

Forget malware scanners or over-the-top security suites: These are the apps that'll actually improve your security and protect your privacy on Android.

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Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus and Home Assistant Pack review: A middling tablet is a poor Alexa speaker

The Lenovo's Tab 4 8 Plus is an OK Android tablet on its own, but the Home Assistant Pack accessory doesn't do Alexa justice.

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I don't care if Google's 'chat' for Android is an inferior version of Apple iMessage, I want it now

Google has announced that a new messaging protocol called chat is on the way, bringing RCS support and unifying the scattershot messaging experience on Android. It's about time.

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Apple is poised to take another swing at news subscriptions and this time it might work

A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is poised to launch a new premium news service based on its acquisition of the Texture app. Here's why it might work this time around.

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Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating

We already now that Android P will be bringing iPhone X-style notch support, but now Google has inadvertently outed a new gesture-based navigation system as well. What happened to Android's innovation?

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Sony makes May’s Xperia XZ2 launch irrelevant with the announcement of the 4K XZ2 Premium

Sony has unveiled the Xperia XZ2 Premium with a better display, camera, and battery than the XZ2 that hasn't even gone on sale yet.

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