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Report says that the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be first Android phone with 3D sensing; Q3 release expected

Report says that the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be first Android phone with 3D sensing; Q3 release expected

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A new report published today says that the first Android handset with 3D facial recognition technology won't appear until the third quarter of 2018. That isn't necessarily that far away considering that Q3 begins in July. There is an issue with 3D sensing vendors that is holding back Android manufacturers from including a 3D facial mapping system on their phones, similar to the process used by the TrueDepth Camera on the Apple iPhone X. With 3D mapping, Apple iPhone X users can grow a beard, wear a hat or sunglasses, grow out their hair, and the phone will still recognize them. The report ...

Toyota wants privacy concerns addressed before it adds Android Auto

Toyota wants privacy concerns addressed before it adds Android Auto

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Toyota wants privacy concerns addressed before it adds Android Auto

Consumer activists and tech experts in the US advise to hold off on buying Android handsets from ZTE

Consumer activists and tech experts in the US advise to hold off on buying Android handsets from ZTE

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ZTE phones were available for sale on Thursday through websites of major U.S. carriers and retailers.

The only phones left on the Microsoft Store website run Android

The only phones left on the Microsoft Store website run Android

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With Microsoft no longer keeping Windows 10 Mobile smartphones in stock, the only smartphones available are flagship-level Android devices.

'Chat' will be Google's new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

'Chat' will be Google's new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

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It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this cycle will be disappointed today, as The Verge has revealed that Google is pausing development for Allo and switching focus to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "Chat."

Google is supercharging SMS on Android with an iMessage-like experience

Google is supercharging SMS on Android with an iMessage-like experience

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As a tech-savvy TNW reader, you may have already ditched SMS for more sophisticated messaging apps years ago, but people still send some 8 trillion texts a year – and that means that it’s worth improving the experience for those folks, and for the rest of the planet that’s yet to send their first message. To that end, Google is building Chat, a texting experience that will replace traditional SMS on Android devices

Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Now Getting Android Oreo Update (Updated: No!)

Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Now Getting Android Oreo Update (Updated: No!)

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So, this is a bit surprising as we head into the weekend, but Verizon is ready to push Android Oreo updates to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. UPDATE: Those who have picked up the update have told us that this is not Oreo and is instead just a security patch. Verizon’s changelogs … Continued

Google prepping Chat messaging service that'll work inside Android Messages app

Google prepping Chat messaging service that'll work inside Android Messages app

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Google is working on a new messaging service. You're probably thinking, "I've heard this one before," and you're right. But this time things appear to be a bit different.

Google Android 8.1 Oreo: Nokia 7 Plus to OnePlus 5T, list of phones with latest update

Google Android 8.1 Oreo: Nokia 7 Plus to OnePlus 5T, list of phones with latest update

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Android’s texting is outdated, but Google is fixing it

Android’s texting is outdated, but Google is fixing it

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Google is finally fixing the mess of Android's messaging system with Chat. It's not a new app, but it's the brand name for RCS, the evolution of SMS. Chat brings modern-day messaging features into the Android Messages app.

5 Best Android Games in April 2018

5 Best Android Games in April 2018

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We know how difficult it can be to pick something great to play from Play Store. Not that there’s a shortage of games on Android—quite the opposite! Every month, so many play-worthy games...

Google attempts to get Android messaging right (again) with Chat

Google attempts to get Android messaging right (again) with Chat

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As predicted, Android is stepping up its messaging game to be on the same page as Apple's iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

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