Google turns Android phones into a massive earthquake detection system

Most smartphones have accelerometers that make automatic screen rotation and other features possible. Now Google has found another user for them: earthquake detection. The company is rolling out a feature for Android smartphones that can allow your mobile device to sense the kind of movements that might indicate an earthquake is happening. Then your phone […]

Google Meet shortcuts added to Gmail app for Android (Here’s how to disable it)

Video communication tools have become more important than ever during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Zoom has exploded in popularity. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have added new features to their video chat and video conferencing tools. And Google decided to add Google Meet shortcuts to the Gmail app for Android so you won’t forget that Google […]

Google launches Nearby Share file sharing feature for Android

Google is making it easier to quickly share files between Android devices. The company’s Nearby Share feature is rolling out now to some Google Pixel and Samsung smartphones, and it should be available for more devices running Android 6.0 or later soon. It’s also coming to Chromebooks sometime “in the coming months.” Nearby Share lets you […]

Run Android 10 on the 2018 Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet (unofficially with LineageOS 17.1)

Most new Android phones and tablets shipping this year are running Android 10 software, and Google is getting ready to release Android 11 this fall. Meanwhile, Amazon’s latest tablets are running a fork of Android called Fire OS and some recent tablets are still stuck on Fire OS 6, which is based on Android 7.1 […]

Microsoft Surface Duo passes through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG (dual-screen Android phone)

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a dual-screen Android phone that will be the first smartphone from the company since the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which both ran the now-defunct Windows Phone operating system. First unveiled last October, rumor has it that the Surface Duo could go on sale this summer. And now it […]

Android 11 Beta 2 is available

Google’s 2nd public beta of Android 11 is here, and the company says the most important thing about it is that it brings “platform stability” for developers. In a nutshell that means while some behind-the-scenes features could still change before Android 11 is released to the public this fall, all of the APIs and app-facing […]